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.

  • Marriott’s The Luxury Collection debuts its first resort in Çeşme, Turkey as it doubles its presence on the Turkish Riviera
  • Berlin and Bratislava hit record May performance metrics, according to STR insight
  • Radisson Blu arrives in Niamey and brings five star accommodation to Niger’s capital
  • Latest industry news and developments

Marriott’s The Luxury Collection debuts its first resort in Çeşme, Turkey as it doubles its presence on the Turkish Riviera

Marriott International’s The Luxury Collection has launched a second property on the Turkish Riviera with the opening of the Reges, a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa in Çeşme. Owned by Reges Turizm Inşaat, it is one of a collection of more than 110 hotels and resorts in more than 30 countries and territories. It is The Luxury Collection’s third hotel in Turkey, joining the brand’s existing properties in Bodrum and Ankara. The property is spread across two kilometres of Çeşme’s Boyalık Bay and includes 93 guestrooms and 11 suites each with oversized floor-to-ceiling windows with panoramic views of the Aegean Sea. Each room has been designed to “merge traditional elements with modern-day amenities,” while the hotel’s two restaurants present International and Aegean flavours “infused with a stylish al fresco atmosphere and live music”.


Berlin and Bratislava hit record May performance metrics, according to STR insight

Berlin and Bratislava were highlighted for their strong hotel occupancy and ADR levels during May-2019, a month that Europe Europe’s hotel industry reported positive results in the three key performance metrics during May-2019. Across the continent, occupancy rose+1.4% to 74.9% versus May-2018, while average daily rate (ADR) grew +2.9% to EUR116.38 and revenue per available room (RevPAR) increased +4.3% to EUR87.22, according to data from benchmarking specialist STR. In Berlin occupancy and ADR levels were the highest for any May in STR’s Berlin database. May also marked 12 consecutive months of positive year-over-year demand comparisons in the market. The data shows occupancy in the city increased +6.9% versus May-2018, to 83.6%, while ADR was up +8.2% to EUR108.14 and RevPAR up +15.6% to EUR90.37. STR analysts note that multiple events helped Berlin push performance levels: Re:publica (6-8 May), Raw Materials Summit (20-22 May), 16th World Congress of the European Association for Palliative Care (23-25 May) and the Berlin E-Prix (25 May). Similarly, Bratislava recorded its highest May ADR level, up +83.3% to EUR132.15 in May-2019, versus May-2018. Occupancy in the Slovak capital grew +6.9% to 77.9%, while RevPAR was up a whopping +95.9% to EUR102.95. STR analysts attribute the market’s performance to the IIHF World Championship. semi final and championship round games (25-26 May) which produced significant increases in each of the three key performance metrics: occupancy (+30.7% to 90.6%), ADR (+210.7% to EUR195.25) and RevPAR (+304.5% to EUR176.83).


Radisson Blu arrives in Niamey and brings five star accommodation to Niger’s capital

Radisson Hotel Group has opened the Radisson Blu Hotel & Conference Center, Niamey – the first and only 5-Star international brand hotel in the country. With 189 rooms and suites, eight meeting rooms and a dedicated conference centre, the hotel boasts unparalleled views of the city from its location near to the Parliament and the Presidential Palace. Designed for modern business and leisure travel needs the rooms and suites offer contemporary designs with local aesthetics for an authentic Nigerien ambience. The room types range from standard rooms, junior and executive suites to presidential and royal suites.


News Briefs

Hyatt has formally introduced Alila Hotels into the World of Hyatt loyalty programme beginning 25-Jun-2019. This programme expansion allows World of Hyatt members to enjoy stays, the ability to earn and redeem points and enjoy in-hotel benefits at 16 participating Alila properties, which includes the Alila Jabal Akhdar – Jabal Al Akhdar, Oman, which will be incorporated into the programme from 15-Jul-2019. This follows Hyatt’s Nov-2018 acquisition of Two Roads Hospitality and its recent integration of the Thompson Hotels and Joie de Vivre brands into the loyalty programme – the Destination Hotels brand is set to follow later this year.

Air France-KLM and Accor have launched a dual loyalty scheme enabling more rewards for their joint customers across more stages of passengers’ journeys. Members of the Flying Blue and Le Club AccorHotels loyalty programmes will be able to earn Miles+Points under the joint programme, which can be earned for every EUR1 spend on air services and hotel stays as well as converted between Flying Blue miles and Le Club points.

Radisson Hotel Group has concluded a multi-million renovation project at the Radisson Blu Royal Viking Hotel, Stockholm in Sweden. The renovation is one of several renewed Radisson hotels across the Nordics, as the hotel group is now finalising its most extensive renovation and investment programme ever in the region, where it operates close to 60 properties. The new design concept of the hotel’s communal areas – such as the lobby, the Stockholm Fisk restaurant, and the stunning atrium area – has been carried out by the renowned Spanish architectural studio Proyecto Singular.

Whitbread, owner of Premier Inn, has said “political and economic uncertainty” and “weaker business confidence” has hit the hotel’s performance in the UK this year. Latest figures for the first quarter of its financial year show UK sales down -1.5%. The hotel brand reported an average occupancy rate of 74.8% at its 75,000+ UK rooms during the quarter, down by 2.3 percentage points year-on-year. Average daily room rates (ADR) were also down by -3.4% to GBP61.45 for the period.