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 launches new Marriott Bonvoy Events platform for meeting and event planners
  • Europe’s hotel construction pipeline soared to record highs in 2Q 2019 with impressive double-digit increases year-over-year
  • Israel’s Dan Hotels signs management agreement for new Modani Luxury Spa Resort
  • Hyatt brings its Hyatt House brand to the UK as part of ‘The Lume’ development its Manchester
  • Designs for landmark 30th Icehotel are revealed ahead of Dec-2019 opening
  • Latest industry news and developments

Marriott launches new Marriott Bonvoy Events platform for meeting and event planners

Marriott has launched its new Marriott Bonvoy Events platform – MarriottBonvoyEvents.com. This new site is a comprehensive tool for meeting and event planners, building upon former Marriott’s meetings site, Meetings Imagined. The new platform will provide detailed information about the brand’s portfolio of more than 5,700 participating properties through a meetings and events lens. With loyalty at the forefront, the platform will feature a points calculator, allowing planners to estimate the number of Marriott Bonvoy points earned for each meeting or event held at participating hotels. Acting as a dynamic resource for planners, the site will provide hotel details such as number of guest rooms, total meeting space, largest meeting space and floorplans as well as the ability to submit an RFP for participating hotels through the platform.


Europe’s hotel construction pipeline soared to record highs in 2Q 2019 with impressive double-digit increases year-over-year

Analysts at Lodging Econometrics (LE) report that Europe’s hotel construction pipeline soared to record high levels in the second quarter of 2019 with 1,704 projects having 260,111 rooms, for a dramatic +23% increase in projects and +19% increase in rooms year-over-year. There findings recorded 819 projects/128,284 rooms under construction. Projects planning to start construction in the next 12 months stood at 496 projects/76,633 rooms and those in the early planning stage at 389 projects/55,194 rooms with both of the latter at all-time high levels. In the first half of 2019, Europe opened 213 new hotels with 28,167 rooms and is forecast to open another 192 new hotels with 24,689 rooms by year-end, reports LE. Should all the forecasted new hotels between 2019-2021 come to fruition, Europe’s census of open and operating hotel rooms, which currently stands at 2,885,630 rooms, will grow by +7%. Germany continues to lead Europe’s hotel construction pipeline ahead of the United Kingdom, France, Portugal and Poland. London is the city with the largest pipeline ahead of Paris, Dusseldorf, Lisbon and Hamburg. In terms of hotel groups, AccorHotels has the largest pipeline ahead of Marriott International, Hilton Worldwide and InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG).


Israel’s Dan Hotels signs management agreement for new Modani Luxury Spa Resort

Dan Hotels, Israel’s largest luxury hotel chain, has signed a management agreement with Silverock Group Ltd, for the Modani Luxury Spa Resort, subject to the approval of the antitrust commissioner. The property is slated to open at the end of 2021 and will join Dan’s portfolio of 17 hotels, which includes the iconic King David hotel in Jerusalem. The Modani hotel will be situated on 14.3 acres in Havazelet Hasharon, just north of Netanya in central Israel. Perched on a cliff overlooking the Mediterranean with private access to the beach, the Modani will be a luxurious five-star deluxe spa resort featuring 169 rooms, including: 130 standard rooms, 14 suites and 25 suites with private garden areas, pools or terraces.


Hyatt brings its Hyatt House brand to the UK as part of ‘The Lume’ development its Manchester

Hyatt Hotels Corporation confirms an affiliate has entered into a management agreement with Ewart Manchester Properties Limited, a majority owned subsidiary of M&L Hospitality, for the introduction of the Hyatt House brand into the United Kingdom (UK) as part of a development in Manchester that will also see the opening of a Hyatt Regency, the third in the UK. The 212-room Hyatt Regency Manchester Oxford Road hotel and the 116-room Hyatt House Manchester/Oxford Road hotel will both be located in the landmark ‘The Lume’ building and are expected to open in 2020. They will bring the total number of Hyatt-branded hotels in the UK to 11 by 2022. The hotels will be located in the University Quarter, a 10-minute walk from the city centre and in close proximity to the Manchester Oxford Road railway station, which links the city to the rest of northern England.


Designs for landmark 30th Icehotel are revealed ahead of Dec-2019 opening

The opportunity to help create Sweden’s 30th Icehotel sparked the interest of artists, sculptors, designers and architects from all across the world with 126 unique concepts from 34 countries being submitted for selection. Only 15 were successful and selected to design and create the art suites of ice and snow at Jukkasjärvi this winter. The first snow reaches Jukkasjärvi around mid-November and this year’s hotel is due to open on 13-Dec-2019. You can view some of the sketches of the winning designs here.


News Briefs

  • Interior architecture studio JOI-Design has helped redesign the SkySuites on the 37th floor of the Park Inn by Radisson Berlin Alexanderplatz, the tallest building in the German capital city. The 16 spacious, modern and light-filled suites have 3.2 metre-high ceilings and footprints ranging from 45 to 57 square metres with open-plan spaces zoned to feel like private apartments.
  • Luxury villa rental company My Villa Breaks has launched a new sustainability initiative to support a Greek charity. It has partnered with the EMFASIS Foundation, a non-profit organisation operating in Athens focusing on street work and helping the homeless and will ensure a donation of 1% from every booking made across select Santorini properties to the Greek charity.
  • Swedavia property developer Landvetter Logistics Centre signed (06-Sep-2019) an agreement with Postnord TPL to build a new 46,000sqm logistics centre in Airport City Gothenburg adjacent to Gothenburg Landvetter airport. The facility includes warehousing and logistics operations, offices, hotels, retail and workplaces. Phase one of the development covers approximately 20,000sqm and will be ready to receive occupants from 01-Jun-2020. The remaining sections of the facility are expected to be occupancy ready in autumn 2020.