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.

  • Hyatt announces plans for first Alila branded resort in Europe
  • Moxy will arrive in Tromsø with a fresh hotel approach for the popular lifestyle destination
  • Madrid, Cairo and Paris see the largest rises in rates in latest update of the trivago Hotel Price Index
  • A European first for Quest Apartment Hotels
  • Six Senses Ossura Valley will bring a sense of nature, wellness and adventure to Iceland when it debuts in 2022
  • Latest industry news and developments

Hyatt announces plans for first Alila branded resort in Europe

Hyatt Hotels has announced that a Hyatt affiliate has entered into a management agreement with Resort 4 SA, owned by Ben Golf Investissements SA, for Europe’s first Alila branded resort. Overlooking a picturesque lake, Alila La Gruyère will be a luxury destination resort offering a high-end golf course with stunning views and an authentic wellness retreat, enhancing Hyatt’s lifestyle and wellbeing offerings for guests. With 85 rooms and 27 residences, the resort is expected to open in 2023, marking a significant growth milestone for Hyatt since the Alila brand integrated into the Hyatt portfolio in late 2018.


Moxy will arrive in Tromsø with a fresh hotel approach for the popular lifestyle destination

Marriott International’s next-gen traveling brand, Moxy Hotels, is opening a new hotel in Tromsø, Norway, the third Moxy hotel to open in the Nordic country. The debut of the international brand in late 2021 will bring a new offer to the hotel market in Tromsø, a lifestyle destination for adventurous looking for spectacular experiences in nature. “We are eager to open a unique hotel brand in Norway that differs from the market’s saturation of local brands,” says Per Denker Sørensen, CEO of the hotel operator Core Hospitality. As such the 220 room property will have its reception and common areas on the top floor. Daimyo, the hotel owner and developer, has chosen to develop Moxy Hotels in cooperation with Core Hospitality, the Danish hotel management company that also operates Moxy in Copenhagen and with plans to develop another in Bergen, Norway.


Madrid, Cairo and Paris see the largest rises in rates in latest update of the trivago Hotel Price Index

The latest update of the trivago Hotel Price Index (tHPI) from the global hotel metasearch covering the month of Jun-2019 shows Madrid with the sharpest rise in the average rate for a standard double hotel room during the month. The tHPI shows rates rising an average 28% from last month to reach EUR154 per night. It is followed by the Egyptian capital, Cairo, where travellers will now pay EUR100 on average for an overnight stay in a standard double room, a 21% increase compared to last month. A similar rate rise is being seen in Paris, where the average hotel price is EUR168 euros for an overnight stay in June, a 21% increase versus May-2019.


A European first for Quest Apartment Hotels

Quest Apartment Hotels may not be in the Champions League just yet but its new Liverpool property marks its first moves into the European market. A long way from its South Pacific roots, the Quest Liverpool City Centre is now accepting bookings ahead of its opening in Sep-2019. The serviced apartment hotel offers 100 properties ranging from studio, one bedroom and two bedroom accommodation and is centrally located on Church Street in the city. The brand is well established across Australia, New Zealand and Fiji, but Liverpool is expected to be the first of up to 12 properties planned in Europe over the next five years to meet growing demand for alternative accommodation options.


Six Senses Ossura Valley will bring a sense of nature, wellness and adventure to Iceland when it debuts in 2022

Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas has confirmed it will open the Six Senses Ossura Valley in Iceland in 2022. It says the property will be a hub for people passionate about nature, wellness and adventure by day, and indulgent dining, comfortable beds and perhaps a glimpse of the Aurora Borealis by night. Located a 30-minute drive from the airport at Hofn in 4,000 acres (1,619 hectares) of privately-owned land in Svinholar near Loni, the first phase of the project will see the opening of a 70-guestroom resort and private cottages. The property is owned and being developed by the Alfaland Hotel ehf under the care and creative inspiration of its partners; architect John Brevard, fashion entrepreneur Aslaug Magnusdottir and cultural entrepreneur Jakob Frimann Magnusson.


News Briefs

A Hyatt Hotels affiliate has entered into a franchise agreement with Bay Street Holdings Limited to develop the first Hyatt-branded hotel in Malta. Located on the scenic coastal destination of St Julian’s, the 153-room Hyatt Regency Malta resort is expected to open in 2021 and will add to the brand’s growing portfolio in Europe, joining Hyatt Regency Nice Palais de la Méditerranée, soon to open Hyatt Regency Barcelona Fira and Hyatt Regency Hesperia Madrid, and recently announced Hyatt Regency Lisbon.

Greece’s Athenaeum Hotels has become part of Aegean Airlines’ Miles+Bonus FFP arrangement to secure miles awards and/or redemption for hotel stays. This covers the Athenaeum Grand Hotel, Athenaeum Palace Luxury Suites and Athenaeum Smart Hotel, all located in the centre of Athens.

TUI Group has announced a new 2020 commitment to reduce plastics. As part of the global drive to reduce plastic waste, TUI aims to remove 250 million pieces of single use plastic by the end of 2020, a significant increase on the 140 million pieces of single use plastic already removed by the end of 2018. Single use plastics will be removed from across the group’s business, including airlines, hotels and cruise ships.

Air Mauritius has strengthened its capital structure and cash flow to support its fleet renewal process through the sale of 342,732 shares in the Pointe Coton Resort Hotel to Airports of Mauritius for a consideration of MUR111.3 million (USD3.1 million).

British Airways has announced Pruvo as one of three finalists from its Pitch on a Plane start-up accelerator programme. The web platform aims to save travellers money even after they have booked a hotel room by searching for hotel price drops/secret deals.

El Al Israel Airlines has signed an agreement with Leopard Hospitality Group on the provision of Brown Hotels Collection spa services at the carrier’s King David Lounge at Tel Aviv Ben Gurion International airport.