Spotlight on New Hotels

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Airbnb 2017 Summer Travel Trends, Top Destinations

airbnb newlogoWith bookings doubling over 2016, Airbnb projects that this summer will be the biggest travel season yet on Airbnb by a wide margin. It’s no surprise that summer travel is synonymous with beach time for many travelers – and that’s reflected in trending destinations this year, with high growth in seaside enclaves.

SAS renews its food and drinks onboard

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SAS is now launching “New Nordic by SAS” – a food concept for every SAS passenger. SAS passengers will now be offered a selection of taste experiences based on fresh, local ingredients and pure flavors in new pared down packaging designed for life onboard.

A Hugely Different hotel experience

staybridge suites beirutInterContinental Hotels Group announces the launch of the newest Staybridge Suites® brand campaign, Hugely Different. Through the brand’s most extensive use of video assets to date, the multi-channel advertising campaign shows guests that Staybridge Suites is a different kind of hotel for a different kind of traveler.

Airbnb signs first tax agreement in the Caribbean

airbnb newlogoAirbnb has been investing in partnerships in the Caribbean to support a thriving community of homeowners who are renting their spaces and creating new flows of local economic benefits. Airbnb have announced the first tax agreement in the Caribbean.

First Kimpton Hotel opens in Europe

InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) has opened the doors to the highly anticipated Kimpton® De Witt. The unveiling of the hotel in the heart of Amsterdam, marks the first Kimpton® in Europe and outside of the Americas.

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Hard Rock International to invest more than $320 million in Ottawa

Hard Rock International and RCR Investor Inc. plan to potentially invest more than $320 million during a multi-phase construction process for Hard Rock Casino Ottawa. The plan is to ultimately create an electrifying, integrated entertainment destination incorporating thrilling nightlife, world-class gaming, decadent cuisine and the heart of the Hard Rock brand, music.

Hard Rock Casino Ottawa

Centara opens its first hotel in the Middle East

Centara Muscat business club suiteThailand’s Centara Hotels & Resorts continues to expand internationally with today’s opening of a four-star, 152-room hotel in Muscat, its fifth hotel outside Thailand and first of three planned for the Middle East.

Dusit International enters Nepal market

Dusit Himalayan ResortThailand-based, global hospitality company Dusit International soon will have a hotel in Nepal. The first Dusit-branded property in Nepal, Dusit Thani Himalayan Resort & Spa, is located in the heart of Nepal’s central region, just over an hour’s drive from Kathmandu and Tribhuvan International Airport (KTM).

IHG opens new property in Northern Mexico

Hiexpress monterrey valle mexicoInterContinental Hotels Group (IHG®) announces the opening of the newly-built 174-room and 25 suites Holiday Inn Express® & Suites Monterrey Valle hotel located within the Plaza Tanarah complex in the city’s exclusive Valle area.

Dusit invests in travel startup favstay

dusit favstay signupfavstay Pte. Ltd., a Thai hospitality startup offering condos and villas for rent in Thailand’s top destinations, has secured a US$1 million investment from Thailand-based, global hospitality company Dusit International.

New Best Western property opens in Malaysia’s popular and scenic Genting Highlands

The brand new Best Western Premier Ion Delemen opened on April 26, 2017 in Malaysia’s popular and scenic Genting Highlands. It is nestled in the lush jungle-clad hills of Pahang state, the center of the Malay Peninsula. In addition to providing the perfect natural retreat for both Malaysian and international visitors, the new hotel is on the doorstep of Genting’s Resorts World, which features a large theme park, casino and Malaysia’s longest cable car ride.

Best Western Premier Ion Delemen Pool

Marriott’s hospitality brand in Africa named coolest brand

Marriott logo light brownMarriott International announced that Protea Hotels by Marriott® has been named the Coolest Hotel Brand in the Sunday Times Generation Next Survey 2017. Protea Hotels by Marriott® is the leading hospitality brand in Africa and it is one of the most widely recognized brands in Africa.