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.

  • Hyatt grows its lifestyle brand with opening of Hyatt Centric in Dublin’s vibrant The Liberties area
  • Sweet Dreams – Premier Inn upgrades its pillows to reinforce its ‘Good Night Guarantee’
  • German hotel market predicted to see higher RevPAR in 2020, despite occupancy declines and the uncertainty around an economic recession.
  • Hyatt returns to Egypt’s capital with new Hyatt Regency Cairo West
  • Latest industry news and developments

Hyatt grows its lifestyle brand with opening of Hyatt Centric in Dublin’s vibrant The Liberties area

Hyatt Hotels Corporation has formally opened of the 234-room Hyatt Centric The Liberties Dublin, the first Hyatt branded hotel in Ireland. Located in The Liberties, one of Dublin’s most historic and vibrant areas which dates back to the 10th century, the hotel is managed by Hodson Bay Group. From the large windows overlooking the bustling city, to the spacious guestrooms, Hyatt describes the hotel as delivering “shareworthy experiences for socially connected guests due to its modern feel and exceptional social spaces”. These include the private, landscaped Poddle Garden, along with The Corner – a relaxing reading lounge. The 234 rooms include nine spacious suites with open views of The Liberties, St Patrick’s Cathedral or the Dublin Mountains. The Dublin property adds to the five current Hyatt Centric properties across Europe, in Madrid, Istanbul, Venice, Milan and La Rosière. The brand is also established globally with a presence in major cities, such as New York, Tokyo and Santiago.


Sweet Dreams – Premier Inn upgrades its pillows to reinforce its ‘Good Night Guarantee’

Bosses at Britain’s biggest hotel chain are hoping they can rest assured its latest innovation will prove a hit with people wanting some quality shut-eye across the UK. Premier Inn is upgrading every single pillow across its 800-strong hotel estate to introduce what it describes as it’s ‘best-ever’ pillow. The hotel is famous for its’ promise of a ‘Good Night Guarantee’ and is so confident of the comfort of its pillows that it is selling its pillows alongside its Hypnos bed. The company’s biggest ever pillow-replacement scheme has seen almost half a million pillows replaced with new and improved products, with every room fitted with a choice of brand new soft and firm options, which are now also available to buy online, sold in pairs.


German hotel market predicted to see higher RevPAR in 2020, despite occupancy declines and the uncertainty around an economic recession.

A new forecast from benchmarking specialist STR and Tourism Economics projects German hotel markets to see higher revenue per available room (RevPAR) in 2020, despite occupancy declines and the uncertainty around an economic recession. It has predicted six of seven key markets in Germany are forecast to post RevPAR increases in 2020, due to a continued rise in average daily rate (ADR). Occupancy, however, is expected to decline as an economic slowdown begins to impact demand, and markets start to feel the effect of sustained supply growth. Hamburg is the only German hotel market forecast to see a slight increase in occupancy (+0.02%), while Dusseldorf is expected to be the standout for 2020 with a strong events calendar expected to push 11.3% growth in both ADR growth and RevPAR. Supply growth is expected to surpass demand in a number of markets, including Frankfurt, Stuttgart and Munich, according to the forecast.


Hyatt returns to Egypt’s capital with new Hyatt Regency Cairo West

Hyatt Hotels Corporation has announced today that an affiliate has entered into a franchise agreement with ALDAU Development group for a Hyatt-branded hotel in Cairo. The Hyatt Regency Cairo West, set to open in the last quarter of 2020, will mark the return of the Hyatt brand to the capital of Egypt. The hotel joins Hyatt Regency Sharm El Sheikh and will further add to Hyatt’s growing brand footprint in North Africa. Situated within the well-established Pyramids Heights Business Park, the hotel is expected to be popular with both business and leisure travellers, as well as a setting for meetings and events with its close proximity to diverse corporations, landmarks, malls, and popular leisure and cultural attractions such as the Pyramids of Giza, and soon, the Grand Egyptian Museum. The property will feature 242 guestrooms and suites, inspired by Egyptian culture; overlooking the Pyramids of Giza or the hotel’s pool and lush gardens.


News Briefs

  • InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) has signed a management agreement with Al Rawabi Regional Company for Hotels Resorts and Tourism Ltd. to open the InterContinental Durrat Al Riyadh next year. The property will be located 25 minutes from King Khalid International airport and in close proximity to King Abdullah Financial District and high-end shopping malls. The urban resort will feature 152 rooms and 10 private chalets.
  • MP Hotels has further consolidated its presence in Greece with the opening of KAIRABA Mythos Palace in Corfu. The German hotel group already has two hotels in this increasingly popular Greek island along with an additional seven in the country. The adults only (18+), all-inclusive, five-star beachfront hotel is located on the southeast coast of Corfu.
  • Hyatt Hotels has confirmed the opening of the fully renovated, 169-room Hyatt Regency Hesperia Madrid, marking the Hyatt Regency brand’s entry into Spain. The property is located on one of Madrid’s most iconic avenues, Paseo de la Castellana, and includes 33 suites, the top floor examples featuring garden terraces and private hot tubs, where guests can enjoy exclusive views of the city.
  • Lanyon Group has announced the Maldron Hotel Belfast International Airport has completed a GBP2 million refurbishment, the third and final stage seeing the modernisation of its conference centre and function room. The hotel can accommodate meetings and events for up to 250 people across seven conference suites and benefits from being only 50 metres from the terminal building, the closest hotel to the airport.
  • A new 120 room Holiday Inn Express hotel has opened Rzeszow Jasionka airport in Poland. The hotel features a restaurant and two conference rooms.
  • HTI Consulting has shared unique insights into the top and bottom hospitality investment markets across East and West Africa. Hospitality investment expert Wayne Troughton says the most popular investment opportunity at the moment includes midscale urban hotel assets of 150 rooms, which are located close to corporates, conferencing centres and transport nodes. The top investment hospitality markets in West Africa are identified as Abidjan, Dakar, Cape Verde and Accra, while the bottom five are Bamako, Niamey, Ouagadougou and Conakry. In East Africa, the top markets are said to be Kampala, Addis Ababa, and Dar es Salaam, whilst the bottom are Nairobi (over supply) and Kigali (over supply and limited demand).