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.

  • W Hotels debuts in Oman with the opening of the W Muscat
  • Ship inspired Park Inn by Radisson docks in Northern German city of Wismar
  • Hilton Munich City concludes two-year hotel refurbishment project
  • Radisson signs up for 140 apartment residence in Istanbul
  • European, Middle East and Africa hotel performance insights for Jul-2019
  • Latest industry news and developments

W Hotels debuts in Oman with the opening of the W Muscat

Marriott International has formally opened the W Muscat, the brand’s newest beachfront W Escape and the second to open in the Middle East this year. Set against the backdrop of the rugged Al Hajar Mountains, which form a stark contrast to the historic capital city’s lively waterfront, W Muscat sits at the intersection of the bustling Shatti Al Qurum area. Marriott says the new hotel opens “in an ideal locale to bring the W brand’s signature take on playful luxury to the serene waterfront of Oman”. All of the property’s 279 guestrooms and suites provide uninterrupted views of the glistening blue water, with their design “drawing inspiration from the ocean” as well as “the asymmetrical lines of the nearby mountains, caves and desert”.

Ship inspired Park Inn by Radisson docks in Northern German city of Wismar

Radisson Hotel Group’s upper midscale hotel Park Inn brand has opened a property in Wismar, on northern Germany’s Baltic coast. All the rooms at the property have a nautical theme and have been created by the city’s shipyard MV WERFTEN Fertigmodule and feature a unique ship’s cabin design. The 98-room property is located at the old harbour in a district known for the golden age of the Hanseatic League and is within walking distance of the city centre.

Hilton Munich City concludes two-year hotel refurbishment project

Hilton Munich City has made the finishing touches to a USD50 million hotel transformation project, which included a full refurbishment of the hotel, including all public areas, guest rooms, fitness centre, bar, restaurant and meeting facilities. The project was launched in Jun-2017 and was completed in Aug- 2019. The hotel provides a complement of services and brand amenities, including 483 Guest Rooms, 9 Meeting Rooms, Valet and Laundry Services, MONA Restaurant, Juliet Rose Bar, 24-hour Fitness Centre, 24-hour Room Service, Complimentary Wi-Fi Internet Access in Public Areas, and direct access to public transportation including a 35-minute airport link.

Radisson signs up for 140 apartment residence in Istanbul

Radisson Hotel Group has announced the signing of the Radisson Residences Avrupa Tem İstanbul in Turkey. The apartment residence will be located within the Avrupa Tem Residential Complex and will open before the end of this year, following a partial renovation. The newly built property will consist of 140 modern apartments, combining a mix of one-bedroom, two-bedroom and three-bedroom units. The residence will also feature a well-equipped gym and a spa, including an indoor swimming pool to accommodate both short- and long-term stays.

European, Middle East and Africa hotel performance insights for Jul-2019

Europe’s hotel industry reported positive results in the three key performance metrics during Jul-2019, according to data from benchmarking specialist, STR. Occupancy levels rose +1.2% year-on-year to 79.0%, average daily rate (ADR) saw a modest +0.1% gain to EUR120.92 and revenue per available room (RevPAR) was up +1.3% to EUR95.54. Hotels in the Middle East reported mixed Jul-2019 performance results, with occupancy increasing +3.0% to 60.8%, but ADR slipping -5.0% to USD119.26 and RevPAR down -2.1% to USD72.51. In Africa, hotels posted increases across the three key performance metrics with occupancy increasing +1.0% to 62.6%, ADR up +4.8% to USD106.94 and RevPAR increasing +5.8% to USD66.99.

News Briefs

  • A major refurbishment has been concluded on the Radisson Blu Scandinavia Hotel in Oslo, described as its “biggest-ever renovation programme in the Nordics”. The 22-floor hotel is located close to the city’s Royal Palace.
  • Accor, Hilton, InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) and Marriott International have invested a combined USD50 million in Groups360 to enhance its ‘GroupSync’ platform and make group travel easier for meeting planners. GroupSync is intended to deliver a transparent, efficient and cost-effective online tool for meeting planners to source and book meetings and events across a wide selection of brands.
  • Centara Hotels & Resorts and Al Bandary Hotel Management have signed an agreement regarding the management of the new ‘The B Premiere Hotel’ and ‘Centara Al Bustan Hotel Doha’ properties. The hotels are scheduled to open YE2019 and 2Q2021 respectively.
  • Turkey’s Office for Tourism in France has highlighted that the strength of Turkish hotels are their value for money. Its director director Ozgur Semiz said 50 hotels have opened in three years in Istanbul, the Aegean Sea, Cappadocia and Anatolia since 2017 “Turkey is modernising”, he explained, noting major international chains such as Hilton, Marriott Sheraton, Accor and Radisson are investing. “The strength of the Turkish hotel is its value for money. It can be cheaper than in other countries but with quality at all levels – service, hospitality, technology,” he added.
  • ACME Dream reportedly plans to construct a KES853 million (USD8.3 million) hotel near Nairobi Jomo Kenyatta International airport. The plans follow approvals gained for the change the 5.2 acre plot of land purchased by ACME Dream from industrial to commercial usage. The hotel is to be six floors with 25 standard hotel rooms.
  • Club Car has implemented a new fleet of electric utility vehicles at Atlantis, The Palm to help one of Dubai’s most iconic resorts deliver its five-star customer service. The emission-free electric utility vehicles are being used to meet a diverse range of needs across the 46-hectare resort.