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.

  • Radisson lands at Zürich Airport in Switzerland following Park Inn property rebrand
  • Mandarin Oriental to debut Parisian Apartment suite at its French capital property this summer
  • Middle East and Africa hotel pipelines offer very different outlooks
  • Hotel room rates on the rise across Europe in May-2019; Madrid sees largest leap for a standard double room
  • Hyatt’s Andaz brand debuts in Austria with opening of Andaz Vienna Am Belvedere
  • Latest industry news and developments

Radisson lands at Zürich Airport in Switzerland following Park Inn property rebrand

Radisson Hospitality officially opens the Radisson Hotel Zurich Airport on 15-May-2019 following a comprehensive reconstruction and rebranding of the former Park Inn by Radisson Zürich Airport in Rümlang. The hotel is the second Radisson-branded property to open in Europe – and the first in the German-speaking region. The repositioning and rebranding strategy is all part of the group’s plan to introduce the sophisticated upscale full-service hotel brand to the Europe, Middle East & Africa (EMEA) region. The property has undergone extensive renovation work and all 211 guestrooms have been completely refurbished, along with the communal areas of hotel – creating a fresh new look designed to please both business and leisure travellers. In addition to the reopening of the Radisson Hotel Zurich Airport, Radisson Hotel Group has identified several other projects that will be part of its repositioning and rebranding strategy by 2022. The group has already invested more than EUR60 million in the Central & Southern Europe region to drive this plan. Following an extensive makeover of the hotels in Frankfurt and Cologne, the Radisson Blu hotels in Basel and Milan – as well as the Radisson Blu Schwarzer Bock Hotel, Wiesbaden – are currently undergoing renovation and redesign. The strategy also includes new properties such as the Radisson Blu Hotel, Geneva which will boast 250 rooms and a comprehensive MICE package – with its opening date planned for 2022.


Mandarin Oriental to debut Parisian Apartment suite at its French capital property this summer

Mandarin Oriental, Paris has confirmed it will launch a 430 square-metre Parisian Apartment suite at the property this summer. Located on the 6th floor, the spacious new ‘Haussmann style’ suite is being designed by the acclaimed French agency Gilles & Boissier as a large single level chic Parisian apartment, overlooking the hotel’s lush inner garden and Rue Saint-Honoré. It will be one of the largest hotel suites in Paris and offer four bedrooms and bathrooms, an expansive reception area, bright dining room and fully equipped kitchen. For flexibility, the suite can also be divided into two connecting two-bedroom suites.


Middle East and Africa hotel pipelines offer very different outlooks

Latest data from benchmarking specialist STR shows that the hotel sector in the Middle East is continuing its rapid development, but things are very different in Africa. Its Apr-2019 pipeline data showed 424 hotel projects accounting for 125,052 rooms in construction in the Middle East and 141 projects and 25,056 rooms in construction in Africa. The Middle East total represents a 9.3% year-over-year increase in the number of rooms in the final phase of the development pipeline, but the Africa total room construction total was down 7.1% year over year. The Middle East reported an additional 30,203 rooms in the final planning stage and 45,991 rooms in planning, while showed 13,854 rooms in final planning and 26,534 rooms in planning. Between the Middle East and Africa, four countries showed more than 4,000 rooms under construction. United Arab Emirates led with 56,701 rooms, which represented 33.6% of the country’s existing supply, followed by Saudi Arabia (42,571 rooms, 42.9% of existing supply), Qatar (13,086 rooms, 47.8% of supply) and Oman (4,129 rooms, 21.7% of supply).


Hotel room rates on the rise across Europe in May-2019; Madrid sees largest leap for a standard double room

New information from the trivago Hotel Price Index (tHPI), reported by global hotel metasearch trivago.com, shows that the average rate for a standard double room has risen in the majority of European cities in May-2019. Madrid recorded the largest month-on-month hotel price increase with travellers paying EUR129 on average for an overnight stay, a 26% increase compared to last month. Athens follows with a 17% increase compared to Apr-2019, with its average hotel price now at EUR111 per night. Average hotel prices in Dublin are increasing as well, rising 16% this month compared to last to reach EUR161. Elsewhere, Lisbon and Brussels report month-on-month increases of 9% and 8%, respectively, which translate into EUR108 euros for a night in the Portuguese capital and EUR107 for one in the Belgian capital. At the other end of the scale Amsterdam and Istanbul, by contrast, report this month’s most significant decreases in hotel prices across Europe: the cities’ average rates are down 12% and 5%, respectively, falling to EUR63 for a standard double room per night in Amsterdam and to EUR175 for one in Istanbul.


Hyatt’s Andaz brand debuts in Austria with opening of Andaz Vienna Am Belvedere

Hyatt Hotels has confirmed the new Andaz Vienna Am Belvedere was formally opened on 30-April-2019 and marks the Andaz brand’s entry into Austria and its fourth property across Europe, joining the Andaz London Liverpool Street, Andaz Amsterdam Prinsengracht and the recently opened Andaz Munich Schwabinger Tor. Located in the new Quartier Belvedere, the hotel offers 303 guestrooms, including 44 suites. Each guestroom delivers the ‘local experience’ promise of the Andaz brand with floor-to-ceiling windows in each room ensuring stunning views of Quartier Belvedere or the nearby Belvedere Palace, historically known as the summer residence of Prince Eugene and is now a popular tourist attraction for art aficionados.


News Briefs

Oman Convention Bureau has announced the signing of a strategic partnership agreement with the Millennium Hotels and Resorts Middle East and Africa to promote Oman as a key MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conferences and Exhibitions) destination. As part of the strategic alliance, Millennium Hotels & Resorts MEA will work closely with the Oman Convention Bureau to introduce combined sales and marketing strategies directed to key MICE agents and potential clients.

STR’s Apr-2019 pipeline data for Europe showed 1,454 hotel projects accounting for 187,198 rooms in construction. This represented a 48.6% year-over-year increase in the number of rooms in the final phase of the development pipeline. A majority of the region’s rooms in construction are in three segments. Of those three, unaffiliated projects represented the largest percentage increase (57,274 rooms,+119.9%) in activity year-over-year, followed by upscale (40,477 rooms, +34.0%) and upper Midscale (31,127 rooms, +16.1%).

The City of Edinburgh Council is considering plans for a mixed use International Business Gateway (IBG) at Edinburgh Airport. The proposed development includes 122,000sqm of office space, 396 residential units, 1150 hotel rooms and around 5500sqm of retail and leisure space. The plans are being instigated by businesses including Murray Estates, Frogmore Property, New Ingliston Limited and Salmon Harvester Properties.

A new Hotel Indigo property has opened in the historic English market town of Stratford upon Avon, famous as being the birthplace of William Shakespeare. The property is home to 93 guest rooms with designs inspired by the history of the local neighbourhood with Tudor Rooms, the Georgian Townhouse and Contemporary Rooms, the latter located in a new wing to the building.