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 makes European debut with its ‘simple, yet full-service premium hospitality’ Delta Hotels brand
  • Premier Inn says ‘I do’ with the UK’s first wedding vending machine.
  • Oman expecting USD50bn in Oman tourism investment by 2040 with ‘work to be done’ on hotel sector
  • TUI reorganises executive board responsibilities; Sebastian Ebel takes hotel lead
  • Dover debut marks the start of a new emphasis on Port cities from Travelodge
  • ‘There’s a misconception that hotels are incredibly profitable’
  • Air India crew accommodation deadline approaches for Kuwaiti hotels

Marriott makes European debut with its ‘simple, yet full-service premium hospitality’ Delta Hotels brand

Marriott International has officially launched Delta Hotels by Marriott Frankfurt Offenbach marking the European debut of the hotel brand. The opening is a significant landmark in the global rollout of the highly regarded Delta Hotels portfolio – one of the company’s fastest growing brands. Situated on the left bank of the Main River between Frankfurt city centre and Offenbach, the hotel, with 223 guestrooms and suites designed to “a modern take on comfort” specification, is within easy reach of the city’s abundant historic and cultural attractions, and a short walk from the European Central Bank. Delta Hotels’ portfolio now encompasses more than 50 properties, with a healthy pipeline of over 30 signed projects in North America, Europe, and Asia. In addition to Frankfurt, the company recently added its first Chinese property in Shanghai and also plans to debut in Turkey this year.


Premier Inn says ‘I do’ with the UK’s first wedding vending machine.

Premier Inn has come up with a novel way to show their dedication to ensuring wedding day conundrums are solved – the UK’s first Wedding Vending Machine. Packed with wedding essentials to help with the ten most common challenges faced by guests, the Vending Machine has been installed for a limited time in the Premier Inn at London County Hall – one of its most popular locations for bookings by wedding guests. Its contents were selected following a survey to identify the most common mishaps that wedding guests face and includes re-sizeable wedding rings; a clean shirt and tie set; a one size fits all dress, a ‘fill in the gaps’ grab and go speech; a wedding gift, card and pen and on-call dance teachers and make-up artists.


Oman expecting USD50bn in Oman tourism investment by 2040 with ‘work to be done’ on hotel sector

Omran, the Oman Government’s tourism investment arm, said it expects the country to generate USD50 billion in tourism investment by 2040. Omran CEO Peter Walichnowsk said: “In terms of visitations, the target is to get 11.5 million people here by 2040, including five million international visitors, while the others are part of the national movement of tourists within the country”. He said for tourism infrastructure, the “focus is on airport construction… However, in hotel infrastructure there is far more work to be done”.


TUI reorganises executive board responsibilities; Sebastian Ebel takes hotel lead

TUI Group has reorganised some of its executive board responsibilities with Sebastian Ebel now assuming responsibility for hotels and resorts, cruises and destination experiences, combining all hotel activities. Elsewhere, David Burling has assumed responsibility for markets and airlines, comprising the group’s global tour operation business and airlines and Kenton Jarvis appointed CEO aviation within markets and airlines, while Henrik Homann has resigned from his position after the reorganisation. “The new organisational structure follows the successful transformation of our Group and our business segments… We are now further developing our management structure, forming the basis for TUI to become even more digital, global and agile and deliver continued growth in future,” says TUI Group CEO Fritz Joussen. The previous organisation of the executive board responsibilities had been based on the structure of the business created after the takeover of the former British TUI Travel by TUI AG in 2014.


Dover debut marks the start of a new emphasis on Port cities from Travelodge

Budget hotel chain Travelodge has officially opened its first hotel in Dover, cementing its position of offering good quality, low-cost accommodation at the UK’s top ten busiest cruise ports. Dover Travelodge, a purpose-built, 108-room hotel with Bar Café and on-site car-parking, represents a GBP9 million investment for the landlord; Legal & General, undertaken by Dover District council’s development partner Bond City Ltd, and has created 30 new jobs within the local community. The new hotel, the 560th in its portfolio, overlooks Dover Castle and is located minutes away from Dover’s cruise terminal. Travelodge is looking for a further ten new hotel sites close to the UK’s busiest cruise ports in response to the growing cruise boom. This expansion represents an investment of GBP60 million for third party investors and will create around 300 new jobs. These comprise Edinburgh, Glasgow, Harwich, Hull, Liverpool, Newcastle, Poole, Portsmouth, Southampton and Tilbury and will boost Travelodge’s presence to 42 hotels at the busiest ferry and cruise ports across the UK.


‘There’s a misconception that hotels are incredibly profitable’

“There’s a misconception that hotels are incredibly profitable”. This quote from Pan Pacific Hotels Group global sales office Oceania area director Keren Southgate is also relevant to other parts of the world, especially in the likes of Europe where competition can be intense. Speaking at the recent CAPA Melbourne Aviation & Corporate Travel Summit, she stated that in reality hotels generate returns of approximately 7%-8%. Ms Southgate reported hotel energy costs are “astronomical” and previously profitable services, including minibar food and beverages, are “no longer a revenue stream, they’re all costs”. She urged corporate travel buyers to remember that hotels are businesses that “need to maximise revenue opportunities”, and noted “If we don’t make hotels profitable there won’t be investment in creating future demand”.


Air India crew accommodation deadline approaches for Kuwaiti hotels

The deadline for Kuwait hotels to bid to accommodate Air India and Air India Express crews will pass this week. The airline issued a tender earlier this month for four star or above hotel accommodation for its cockpit and cabin crew for a three year period from 17-Jun-2018. Its current requirement is for approximately eight rooms per day, but says this may increase / decrease by five rooms depending on exigencies.