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 promises ‘unforgettable hotel experience’ for guests at proposed London Resort complex
  • No frills – Middle East and Africa hotels show steady pipeline performance
  • Eleventh hub by Premier Inn opens its doors at St Swithins Lane, in the heart of the City of London
  • Latest industry news and developments

Radisson promises ‘unforgettable hotel experience’ for guests at proposed London Resort complex

Radisson Hotel Group will construct a 430-room Radisson Blu hotel within the proposed London Resort entertainment complex set to be built in Swanscombe in Kent close to Ebbsfleet station and guests can expect “an unforgettable hotel experience,” according to PY Gerbeau, CEO of site developer London Resort Company Holdings. The London Resort will feature experiences in partnership with US film studio Paramount Pictures, as part of a wider theme park, water park, cinema, theatre, hotel, restaurant and retail development and is scheduled to open in 2024. It is understood that alongside the upscale property, which will feature a bar and restaurant, meeting and event spaces and leisure facilities, including a spa and swimming pool, Radisson Hotel Group will also become a stakeholder in the project. InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) had been expected to take the lead role with accommodation within the resort, but an earlier tentative proposal has now expired.


No frills – Middle East and Africa hotels show steady pipeline performance

Hotel construction in the Middle East shows a slight increase, while in Africa the numbers show a small decrease, according to benchmarking specialist STR. Its Jul-2019 hotel pipeline data showed 427 projects accounting for 123,742 rooms in construction in the Middle East and 138 projects and 25,986 rooms in construction in Africa. The Middle East total represented a 2.1% year-over-year increase in the number of rooms in the final phase of the development pipeline. The region reported an additional 30,240 rooms in the final planning stage and 45,948 rooms in planning. The Africa room construction total was down 1.8% year over year. Africa also showed 17,485 rooms in final planning and 23,954 rooms in planning. Between the Middle East and Africa, four countries showed more than 4,000 rooms under construction. The United Arab Emirates led with 54,438 rooms, which represented 31.8% of the market’s existing supply, followed by Saudi Arabia (41,207 rooms, 40.5% of existing supply),Qatar (14,518 rooms, 53.5% of existing supply), Oman (4,589 rooms, 24.1% of existing supply) and Egypt (4,100 rooms, just 2.4% of existing supply).


Eleventh hub by Premier Inn opens its doors at St Swithins Lane, in the heart of the City of London

Whitbread, the owner of the Premier Inn, has opened the doors of its newest hub by Premier Inn ‘compact’ hotel at St Swithins Lane, Bank in the heart of the City of London. The 61-bedroom hotel is the eighth hub hotel to open in London Zones 1 and 2 and takes the brand to eleven sites, and more than 1,565 hub rooms, across the country. Developed in-house by Whitbread on the site of a former bank building. Hub by Premier Inn hotels are designed to offer smart, stylish and good value accommodation in the most central and connected locations and features ‘compact’ bedrooms, enhanced by useful technology such as Smart TV’s and clever lighting. A further six hub hotels (more than 975 rooms in total) are either on-site, in planning or in the secured development pipeline in London including at Quaker Street in Shoreditch, Farringdon Road, a 110-room property in Berwick Street in Soho and an 89-room hotel adjacent to West Brompton underground station – the latter two examples are due to open by spring 2020.


News Briefs

  • Radisson Hotels is getting ready to open their second Radisson Blu Hotel in Nairobi, scheduled for early October this year. The brand new purpose built Radisson Blu Arboretrum Hotel and Residence will combine the classic hotel with apartments, adding some 233 rooms and suites to Nairobi’s hotel scene, reports specialist African travel platform ATC News. The new property will join the existing Radisson Blu on Upper Hill and the Park Inn by Radisson in Westlands among Radisson properties in the Kenyan capital.
  • New hotel management company, Rogue City Hotel Group, has been established by Henley Homes with a portfolio of “design-led luxury accommodation”. It will initially feature three properties, the five-star Dunalastair Hotel Suites in the Highlands of Scotland and will soon boast new developments, The Hobson in Cambridge (housed in a former police station) and The Wellington in Glasgow.
  • Hotelbeds has announced a new long-term strategic partnership with Side Crown Hotels, the Turkish hotel group. Building on over eight years of working together, the renewed partnership takes the form of a preferred agreement that will provide Hotelbeds with exclusive access to Side Crown Hotels’ portfolio of more than 1,440 rooms and 3,200 beds across four hotels in Antalya, Turkey.
  • Four new luxury hotels will add a total of 2,590 beds within four years to Cyprus’ accommodation stock. The new hotels will be in Limassol and Famagusta and will pave the way for an 18% rise in the number of available beds throughout Cyprus, according to a KPMG Cyprus report. Construction of the Chrysomare Beach Hotel in Ayia Napa will add 640 beds and the Sun City Resort in Famagusta 460 extra beds before the year’s end. In 2021 the City of Dreams Mediterranean casino in Limassol will add 1000 new beds and in 2022, Sofitel Cyprus Limassol will add another 490.
  • Within Europe, the Eastern European, Irish and Iberian markets have seen stellar revenue-per-available-room (RevPAR) growth over the past 10 years, reported Robin Rossmann, managing director of STR at the Hotel Data Conference in Nashville. Budapest (+78.0%), Dublin (+74.0%) and Istanbul (+70.0%) have seen the largest increases over that time period, according to Mr Rossmann.
  • With the uncertainty of Brexit on the horizon, ‘staycations’ in the UK are set to increase over 2019 and a study of over 2,000 participants by The Tourist Trail has discovered Cornwall as by far the most popular destination, ahead of Devon, Dorset, Cumbria and Norfolk.
  • A new study by cloud-based revenue strategy application Duetto has highlighted that hoteliers are slicing and dicing data in ways that are more insightful and can help move the needle on profitability. One example in the report hails from Germany-based Ruby Hotels, which discovered that 80% of its revenue comes on 30% of days throughout the year and is now better able to maximise profitability on highly compressed days and nights.
  • 25Hours Hotels will open a 173-room hotel in Florence, Italy in early summer 2020 on Piazza San Paolino, steps from Piazza di Santa Maria Novella. Work has already commenced renovating the three existing listed buildings and integrating them into a single complex that will house the new property.