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.

  • Wyndham Hotels & Resorts plans to ‘add value’ for franchisees as it seeks to elevate its brands
  • Groupe ADP, ADIM, Cycas combine to develop Marriott dual-branded hotel complex at Paris CDG
  • Accor signs three-property deal to introduce the Novotel brand in the Democratic Republic of Congo
  • IHG signs up Aleph Hospitality to grow its Africa business
  • Thanks to NH Hotel Group you can now bunk down for the night on top of a World War II bunker
  • Latest industry news and developments

Wyndham Hotels & Resorts plans to ‘add value’ for franchisees as it seeks to elevate its brands

Wyndham Hotels & Resorts is already the world’s largest hotel franchising company with approximately 9,200 hotels across more than 80 countries, but last week it outlined plans to advance its position to elevate brands, serve owners, drive global growth and innovate for guests as part of its mission to make hotel travel possible for all. With a focus on enhancing returns for its nearly 6,000 franchisees, the company has unveiled several initiatives designed to elevate its brands, deliver incremental resources to its owners, grow its presence and meet the needs of today’s travellers. As part of this strategy it is prioritising new-construction growth with the launch of both new and refreshed prototypes designed to lower development costs and capture greater efficiencies. It plans a new interior and exterior prototype called Arbor for its Wyndham Garden brand which offers a “streamlined, modern aesthetic inspired by nature that is designed to reduce cost-per-key to build”. Wyndham is also introducing a new prototype combining its extended-stay Hawthorn Suites brand with La Quinta, designed to “streamline development and operational costs while appealing to multiple types of travellers”.


Groupe ADP, ADIM, Cycas combine to develop Marriott dual-branded hotel complex at Paris CDG

Groupe ADP, real estate developer ADIM Paris Île-de-France and hotel operator Cycas Hospitality have signed a partnership agreement for the development and operation of a Marriott International dual-branded hotel complex combining Courtyard and Residence Inn properties at Paris Charles de Gaulle airport, France’s largest air gateway. The complex will feature a 223 room Courtyard by Marriott hotel and 100 apartment Residence Inn across a 13,500 square metre location. Construction is slated for completion in Jan-2022. Accommodation capacity at Paris Charles de Gaulle airport now stands at 3,448 rooms in 11 hotels and is expected to reach 4,460 rooms by 2025 as a result of new and future projects in progress.


Accor signs three-property deal to introduce the Novotel brand in the Democratic Republic of Congo

Accor Group will debut of its midscale brand Novotel in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) after partnering with Compagnie Hoteliere et Immobiliere du Congo (CHIC) to open properties in the capital, Kinshasa, and its two major mining centres in the south, Lubumbashi and Kolwezi. In total, the three properties will bring a total of 337 keys to Sub-Saharan Africa’s largest country. The capital, Kinshasa, is a centre for international corporations, institutions, government offices, embassies and NGO headquarters, and the 115-key Novotel Kinshasa, due for completion in Dec-2020, will be strategically located close to all of them, with a prime address on Avenue Bandundu in the city centre. In Lubumbashi, DRC’s second largest city and its mining capital, the 120-key Novotel Lubumbashi, which has a planned opening date of Dec-2021, is under construction on the city’s main road by the lake, close to the ‘La Plage’ family leisure, fitness and entertainment development. Meanwhile, also in the south of DRC and the capital of Lualaba Province, Kolwezi is a major mining centre for copper and cobalt. The 102-key Novotel Kolwezi, due for completion in Dec-2022, will be located on the main road, close to the multitude of international mining companies with headquarters in the city. Accor currently operates a total of 25,826 rooms in 164 hotels across 22 countries in Africa and already operates two properties under the upscale Pullman brand in DRC – the Pullman Kinshasa Grand Hotel and the Pullman Grand Karavia in Lubumbashi.


IHG signs up Aleph Hospitality to grow its Africa business

InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) has signed a Master Development Agreement (MDA) with Dubai-based Aleph Hospitality to develop ten franchise hotels across IHG’s portfolio of brands in midscale and upscale segments across the Middle East and Africa. The agreement will see IHG expand its presence in Africa across key countries such as Kenya, Ethiopia, Nigeria, Morocco, Algeria and Ghana with new properties planned across the Crowne Plaza, voco, Hotel Indigo, Holiday Inn, Holiday Inn Express and Staybridge Suites brands.


Thanks to NH Hotel Group you can now bunk down for the night on top of a World War II bunker

NH Hotel Group has won the tender to operate a new hotel to be built in the rooftop of the stunning St. Pauli bunker in Hamburg, destined to become the third nhow hotel in Germany. It will join the brand’s pipeline of seven establishments due to open their doors in 2020. The new Hamburg hotel will have 136 rooms, a bar, a café and a restaurant and is scheduled to open mid-2021. It will extend over a five storey development being added to the landmark, which was built as a bunker during World War II.


News Briefs

  • Radisson Hotel Group has confirmed the signing of 11 new hotels in Africa within the first nine months of 2019, accelerating its expansion across the continent. This brings the Group’s African portfolio to almost 100 hotels and over 17,000 rooms in operation and under development across 32 African countries and firmly on track to reach 130+ hotels and 23,000 rooms by 2022. These include the Radisson RED Johannesburg Rosebank, South Africa; the Radisson Hotel La Baie d’Alger Algiers, Algeria; and portfolios in Egypt and Madagascar.
  • InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) has signed a management agreement with Srivikorn Group to open a new hotel in Reading under its upscale Voco brand by the end of 2019. The 201-room Voco Reading at the city’s Madejski football stadium, currently operates under the Millennium brand. It is due to complete its transformation within four months.
  • Moscow – more than any other Russian city – has felt the force in declining hotel ADR and RevPAR following last year’s Football World Cup. While average occupancy in the Jun-2019 to Aug-2019 window is up almost two percentage points year-on-year from 85.6% to 87.4%, ADR fell by -55%, to RUB7,100, while RevPAR slipped -54%, to RUB6,200, according to data from JLL Hotels & Hospitality Group. The strongest decline was observed in the Luxury segment where ADR dropped almost a two thirds (-61%), to RUB20,900, but this was actually up +20% versus the same period in 2017.
  • Business-to-business hotel management platform Roomex has partnered with Booking.com to add more than 315,000 new properties across the UK and other European markets to its site. The expanded partnership includes hotels and apartments in the UK, Ireland, Germany and other regions in the GTM +1 time zone.
  • The Holiday Inn Krakow City Centre in Poland has deployed new technology solutions across the property’s 236 guestrooms and suites. Through the recent installation, InnSpire has upgraded the entire guest experience by combining new networks, with IPTV-heads and its TV-based sales, entertainments and analytics solution.
  • The RevPAR metric has grown for 87 consecutive months in Africa amid a period of low supply growth and strong demand, according to STR director Thomas Emanuel in a presentation at the Africa Hotel Investment Forum. Using a 12-month moving average and US dollar constant currency to remove the impact of currency fluctuations, Africa’s RevPAR was up +6.4% to USD67.10 as of Aug-2019. ADR, up +3.3%, has had more of an impact on that growth than occupancy, up +2.9, according to the benchmarking specialist.
  • Khabarovsk Novy Airport chairman Konstantin Basyuk has confirmed that negotiations with Tokyo Inn on the construction of a hotel at the airport have been suspended. The companies signed an MoU in 2016, but Mr Basyuk highlighted that the airport is now looking to offer more comfortable accommodation.
  • The OTA Insight cloud-based data intelligence platform for the hospitality industry has exceeded the 50,000-client benchmark after agreeing a global parity management agreement with InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG).