Check in! – latest hotel highlights from across EMEA

The Blue Swan Daily brings you a round up of some of the latest hotel news from across Europe, Middle East and Africa.

  • IHG grows its boutique footprint across Spain and southern Europe
  • Hyatt to return to Poland after affiliate signs franchise for Krakow property
  • German hotels hit the prize of increasing inbound arrivals
  • Choice Hotels increases its European footprint with properties in Czech Republic, Germany and Italy
  • Latest industry news and developments

IHG grows its boutique footprint across Spain and southern Europe

InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) has announced plans to open a new Hotel Indigo in the Spanish capital. The Hotel Indigo Madrid – Princesa will be one of seven IHG boutique hotels opening in key cities across Southern Europe in the next three to five years, the company revealed during the recent 19th WTTC (World Travel & Tourism Council) Global Summit in Seville, Spain. The Hotel Indigo Madrid – Princesa is set to open its doors in autumn 2019 in the Moncloa-Argüelles area, a key location in the Spanish capital within walking distance of the city’s main business and leisure districts. Developed in partnership with Hotel Collection International, a Luxembourg-based third party operating company which currently operates four IHG properties, the hotel will feature 100 rooms inspired by local culture and history, a destination restaurant, fitness centre and a rooftop offering sweeping views of the city. The move builds on Hotel Indigo’s strong growth in the fast-growing boutique segment – it made 33 new hotel signings in 2018 and is now set to double its portfolio over the next three to five years. Current open properties in Southern Europe include Madrid (Gran Via), Barcelona, Rome and Paris, with pipeline developments opening in Venice, Milan and Belgrade in 2019, Verona in 2020, and Gibraltar in 2021.


Hyatt to return to Poland after affiliate signs franchise for Krakow property

Hyatt Hotels Corporation has confirmed that an affiliate has entered into a franchise agreement with 3M Hotels Group for the first Hyatt hotel in Krakow, marking the return of the Hyatt brand to Poland. Hyatt Place Krakow will feature 216 guestrooms and will be managed by Hotel Professionals Management Group. The hotel is expected to open in 2021. The hotel will be located in an upscale neighbourhood west of the city centre. Alongside approximately 300 square meters of practical meeting space and a 180-square-meter workout area connected to a relaxation zone offering dry and steam saunas, the new hotel will also host two food and beverage outlets, the Zoom restaurant and the Lobby Bar.


German hotels hit the prize of increasing inbound arrivals

Hotels in Germany are poised to benefit from tourism numbers that are outpacing the growth of travel within the EU’s most visited country destinations, a new report has found.  The ‘State of the Nation 2019: How Big is the Opportunity for Hotel Bookings in Germany?’ study by guest acquisition platform SiteMinder, reveals that Germany’s inbound arrivals have almost doubled (96%) in the last 10 years to surpass the growth rates seen across the EU. The report shows that while France, Spain and Italy continue to lead the EU in total traveller numbers, they trail Germany’s 96% growth rate with inbound arrivals that have grown 26%, 65% and 65%, respectively, over the last 10 years. This pace is expected to continue over the next four years with Germany forecast to see a 14% jump in inbound arrivals by 2023 faster than Europe’s leading markets. According to the SiteMinder report, 27 million travellers visit Germany for leisure purposes while 11 million visit for business. Couples make up the largest portion of travellers (35%) followed by families (22%). More than 1-in-10 travel solo. Germany’s top five international source markets in 2018 were the Netherlands, Switzerland, USA, UK and Austria.


Choice Hotels increases its European footprint with properties in Czech Republic, Germany and Italy

Underscoring its continued international expansion, Choice Hotels International has added three additional properties to its European offer, adding more than 300 rooms to a portfolio of more than 426 hotels across 19 countries across the Continent. These comprise the Quality Hotel Ostrava City (Czech Republic) and Ascend Hotel Collection properties Hotel Aquarius Venice in Italy and V8 Hotel Koln @Motorworld in Germany. The eight-story, 185-room Quality Hotel Ostrava City is the first hotel under the Quality brand to open in the Czech Republic and the twelfth Choice-branded property to open in the region as part of the company’s longstanding alliance with CPI Hotels, whose portfolio also includes Clarion and Comfort hotels. With an automotive-themed interior design and located as part of MOTORWORLD Cologne Rhineland, a famous motor sport exhibition, the V8 Hotel Koln @Motorworld opened its doors to guests in Mar-2019 and is Germany’s second hotel to join the Ascend Hotel Collection brand. Meanwhile, the Hotel Aquarius Venice with its 28 rooms will open later this year in the heart of historic Venice between the Santa Lucia railway station and the Rialto.


News Briefs

Norway’s iconic Britannia hotel has celebrated its grand reopening after a four-year, USD160 million renovation. The property, originally opened in 1870 for aristocratic Britons in search of the world’s best salmon fishing, is a member of Leading Hotels of the World is located in the city of Trondheim, on the fjords of central Norway and just sixty miles south of the Arctic Circle. It provides 246-room and 11-suites for guests.

Thomas Cook Group has signed a franchise agreement for the opening of a Casa Cook branded hotel with Hotel Sa Torre in Majorca. The hotel is owned and operated by Blackstone Group subsidiary HI Partners. Thomas Cook plans to open a further 20 new own brand hotels in 2019, including three other Casa Cook properties in Ibiza, Chania and El Gouna.

Marriott International and Dur Hospitality announced the opening of Riyadh Marriott Hotel Diplomatic Quarter and Marriott Executive Apartments Riyadh, Diplomatic Quarter. The complex is the first five-star full service hotel in Riyadh’s Diplomatic Quarter and features 80 modern rooms, and 140 fully equipped apartments.

The Mandarin Oriental, Lago di Como is due to reopen on 15-Ap-2019 following the renovation of the historic lakefront property. Located in the village of Blevio, it is close to central Como and the region’s many attractions and its 19th Century Villa Roccabruna is the heart of the resort offering 21 rooms, 52 suites and two private, stand-alone villas.

Novaport Holding is preparing the project for the construction of a second terminal at Tyumen Roshchino Airport. The terminal is expected to open in 2023. A project for the construction of a hotel near the airport is also being prepared.