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.

  • Hotel Indigo opens its third hotel in Italy in the bustling city of Milan
  • Addis Ababa delivers Africa’s highest ADR and it is supported by occupancy gains
  • Copenhagen’s airport hotel becomes a Best Western Plus
  • Whitbread confirms deal for new Premier Inn in Reading town centre
  • IHG finds a new partner in Turkey to develop Crowne Plaza Ankara
  • Latest industry news and developments

Hotel Indigo opens its third hotel in Italy in the bustling city of Milan

Boutique hotel brand, Hotel Indigo, has opened its third hotel in Italy in the bustling city of Milan. The Hotel Indigo Milan – Corso Monforte, is centrally located close to the city’s notable fashion district. Under the brand’s philosophy for properties to offer a gateway into local neighbourhoods and each hotel bringing the outside in; drawing from the local area to inspire every aspect of each hotel, the new property has a 1950s Italian vintage fashion theme throughout its 75 rooms and communal spaces.

Addis Ababa delivers Africa’s highest ADR and it is supported by occupancy gains

Addis Ababa posted Africa’s highest average daily rate (ADR), according to the most recent 12-month data from benchmarking specialist STR. For the Jul-2018 to Jun-2019 period the Ethiopian capital registered an absolute average daily rate (ADR) of USD163.79, a +1.1% increase year over year. The next closest markets in Africa were Accra Area in Ghana (USD160.34) and Lagos Area in Nigeria (USD132.51). The STR data shows Addis Ababa’s occupancy over the 12-month period was 58.4%, up +6.5% year-on-year. Cairo & Giza was the continent’s occupancy leader at 74.5%. Cape Town Centre, South Africa (65.0%), ranked second in the metric followed by Accra Area (59.7%).

Copenhagen’s airport hotel becomes a Best Western Plus

Copenhagen airport is continuing its growth and that is seeing a significant rise in hotel capacity in near proximity to the hub airport and Denmark’s largest air gateway. In fact available room levels will almost double within a two year period, a situation that has influenced local white label hotel operator Core Hospitality to rebrand its property at the airport.  With effect from 01-Oct-2019 the Quality Airport Hotel Dan will be rebranded to Best Western Plus Copenhagen Airport. The 240-room hotel will be Best Western’s third hotel in the Copenhagen region. “The hotel market in Copenhagen is internationalising, and the location near a strong international airport makes it ideal to enter a global hotel brand,” explains Kristian Haaber, brand manager at Core Hospitality, who are understood to have spoken with many brand families before settling on Best Western’s platform. “They are able to reach a large audience globally and are also big players locally,” says Per Denker Sørensen, CEO of Core Hospitality.

Whitbread confirms deal for new Premier Inn in Reading town centre

Whitbread, Premier Inn’s parent company, working with development partner Moorgarth Group, has secured a new 101-bedroom Premier Inn hotel and Bar + Block Steakhouse restaurant on Hosier Street in Reading town centre. The new hotel is part of the proposed redevelopment of the southern section of the Broad Street Shopping Mall in Reading town centre. Planning consent for the Hosier Street Premier Inn was secured from Reading Borough Council in Jul-2019. The new acquisition comes in the wake of a flurry of new Premier Inn openings in the area. In Winnersh, to the south east of the town, a new 102-bedroom Premier Inn and Bar + Block Steakhouse restaurant will start welcoming guests from 16-Aug-2019, while Wokingham’s new 95-bedroom Premier Inn and Thyme restaurant is due to begin trading in the autumn. The new openings will complement the company’s four existing Premier Inn hotels currently operating in Reading – Reading Central, Caversham Bridge, Basingstoke Road and Reading South – and are part of Premier Inn’s continued growth as Whitbread works to expand the Premier Inn business by a half from 76,000 bedrooms today to 110,000 UK and Ireland rooms.

IHG finds a new partner in Turkey to develop Crowne Plaza Ankara

InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) is continuing to expand its footprint across Turkey with the signing of Crowne Plaza Ankara, a franchise partnership with Angora Birikim. The hotel is planned to open in 2022 and will be located right at the heart of the fast-growing Yenimahalle metropolitan district in Turkey’s capital. Set on Fatih Sultan Mehmet Boulevard, one of the most important arterial roads in Ankara, the modern 4-star upscale hotel will feature 189 guest rooms. IHG currently has 28 hotels open in Turkey across the brands Six Senses, InterContinental, Crowne Plaza, Holiday Inn and Holiday Inn Express. An additional six hotels are in the development pipeline.

News Briefs

  • Rome’s Hotel Splendide Royal will open its new Splendide wing with 16 brand-new suites in autumn 2019. The new wing offers 4 deluxe rooms and 12 junior suites and suites. Located in the Via Veneto area on a hill directly above the historic centre of Rome, the property is housed in a 19th-century palace overlooking the Villa Borghese gardens. Together with the current Royal Wing’s 69 rooms and suites, Hotel Splendide Hotel now offers 85 keys in total.
  • Scandic Hotel has completed the refurbishment of a former Raddison Blu property in Copenhagen and reopened it as the Scandic Falkoner, a 334-room hotel in Frederiksberg’s district that has been designed with particular attention to the area’s rich theatre history.
  • Premier Inn recently opened the doors of its latest hotel in central Bangor. The 85-bedroom hotel opened on 01-Jul-2019 and is its eighth property in Northern Ireland and takes the business to 800 bedrooms across the country. It is located on Castle Park Avenue, metres from Bangor Castle and within walking distance of Bangor Marina and the town centre. The opening represents the latest phase of Premier Inn’s investment in Northern Ireland and follows the granting of planning consent for a 51-bedroom extension of the Lisburn Premier Inn (consented in mid-Jun-2019).
  • India-headquartered OYO Hotels & Homes has tripled its UK portfolio in just three months to more than 100 properties and now has a presence in 25 major cities and towns including London, Manchester, Edinburgh and Glasgow. It is a staggering growth considering the business entered into the UK less than a year ago. The company specialises in helping small and mid-size independent hotels improve their performance whilst also aiming to enhance the guest experience and in the UK its average property size is just 25 rooms.
  • Operto Guest Technologies has an agreement with European smart lock supplier Nuki to install its intelligent smart home controls and keyless entry across its European short-term rental property portfolio. Operto’s existing smart locks used in North America were not compatible on most European locks, but the introduction of Nuki allows for a hardware retrofit that can support the majority of European lock types.