The Blue Swan Daily brings you a round up of some of the latest hotel news from across Europe, Middle East and Africa.
- After successful Madrid trial NH Mood Room is now installed in Berlin property
- Dusit’s Dubai Marina property to upgrade as Princess Residences property
- Ascott transforms digital ecosystem to support rapid expansion as global lodging portfolio grows over 30% annually
- Latest industry news and developments
Dusit International makes its Qatar debut with Dusit Doha Hotel
With a view to capture major market share in Qatar’s hospitality sector, Dusit International, the Thai global hospitality specialists, has made its debut in the country with the launch of the luxury Dusit Doha Hotel on 25-Apr-2019. Located in the heart of Doha’s vibrant West Bay area, adjacent to the breezy Corniche, Dusit Doha Hotel is a five-star modern oasis only 20 minutes by car from Hamad International Airport, and just a five-minute walk from Doha Exhibition and Convention Center, the City Center Mall and The Gate Mall, making it a perfect stopover for business and leisure travellers alike. The full-service property comprises 264 guestrooms and suites and 96 apartments for short- and long-stay guests.
Moscow and St Petersburg hotel markets show continued growth in Q1 2019
New figures from JLL Hotels & Hospitality Group shows that Moscow hotels continued to enhance their operational results in the first quarter of 2019 compared to the same period in previous years. Occupancy levels grew by 2 percentage points and reached a record 67% coupled with a modest increase in average daily rate (ADR) – less than 1%, up to RUB7,000. As a result, Moscow hotels’ revenue per available room (RevPAR) rose by 5%, to RUB4,500. A similar situation was record in Russia’s second city of St Petersburg where the hotel market recorded occupancy growth of three percentage points versus Q1 2018, filling 42% of total market room stock. A slight uptick in ADR by 1.4%, to RUB4,300 resulted in a 5% growth of RevPAR, to RUB 1,800. In Moscow the leader in occupancy was the Upper Midscale segment with 74%, while the upper upscale market grew by seven percentage points to 60%. The only drop was noted in the midscale segment (by -3 percentage points to 63%). The highest percentage of rooms sold in St Petersburg was in the Upscale segment (59%), and the best dynamics were recorded in the midscale segment (growth by 4 percentage points to 40%).
Emaar Hospitality Group to open five new hotels in Dubai this year
Emaar Hospitality Group, the hospitality and leisure business of global developer Emaar Properties, will open four new hotels in Dubai under its premium luxury Address Hotels + Resorts brand and upscale lifestyle Vida Hotels and Resorts name, this year. Further, Rove Hotels, the joint venture of Emaar Properties and Meraas, will open a new hotel, adding to the contemporary midscale hotel choices in the city. Two hotels will open under Address Hotels + Resorts – both in Downtown Dubai: Address Fountain Views and Address Sky View. The new hotels to open under Vida Hotels and Resorts are Vida The Hills and Vida Harbour Point. The new Rove Hotels property is Rove At The Park. All the hotels have already commenced online bookings ahead of their openings. Altogether, the five properties offer over 1,350 additional rooms into the Dubai market.
Hyatt Hotels has confirmed the opening of the Hyatt Regency Algiers Airport, first Hyatt hotel in Algeria. The 320 room airport hotel is operated under a management agreement with Société d’Investissement Hôtelière. Included within the hotel’s portfolio of amenities are dedicated airline lounges, a Regency Club lounge, a swimming pool and a 2200sqm lobby.
Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts has announced plans to operate its Four Seasons Private Jet service with an Airbus A321LR aircraft from early 2021, replacing its current aircraft. The A321LR will feature more space and a more modern interior. New itineraries will also be unveiled later in 2019.
Amadeus has signed an agreement to offer Restel‘s portfolio of 150,000 hotel properties via its global distribution system. Restel’s hotel content, including independents and major hotel chains, is already available to travel sellers through Amadeus’ points of sale and web services. The agreement represents a growth of around 20% in hotel availability through Amadeus.