Spotlight on New Hotels

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AccorHotels acquires Availpro

accor logo14After buying Fastbooking in 2015, now AccorHotels announced the acquisition of Availpro, the leader in France and one of the leading European software providers to hoteliers with more than 6,500 clients. The “channel management” solution, which provides an innovative management tool, together with various software packages developed by Availpro, will complement the products and services currently provided to hoteliers by Fastbooking.

AccorHotels partners with UnionPay especially for Asian travelers

accorhotels unionpayAccorHotels and UnionPay International teamed up to offer an enhanced experience to guests from Asia, who stays at AccorHotels’ properties in France. This partnership already enables guests staying at the project’s 85 pilot hotels (in all segments, from economy to luxury) to use a payment solution they are familiar with.

Four Seasons Hotel Doha offers Dinner in the Sky

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Four Seasons Hotel Doha is hosting the year’s most coveted culinary experience: Dinner in the Sky, at the annual Qatar International Food Festival (QIFF) 2017. Until April 8, 2017, food connoisseurs and adventure seekers alike are invited to soar to new culinary heights with an “elevated” three-course fine dining experience 50 meters (164 feet) above the festival’s location at Hotel Park.

Report shows how terrorist attacks hit hospitality industry in Europe

brussels airport bombThe latest ECM-MKG European Destinations Observatory report points out that in European cities, in 2016, the Revenue Per Available Room (RevPAR) experienced a modest growth (+ 0.7%) compared to 2015. With a stable Occupancy Rate (-0.1 point), growth is driven by the Average Daily Rate (ADR) up by 0.9%. These overall results hide great disparities between European destinations, some of them registering serious setbacks, while others grow at a fast pace.

The ClubHotel Riu Costa del Sol welcomes families this summer

ClubHotel Riu Costa del SolRIU presents the ClubHotel Riu Costa del Sol, which recently opened its doors, to attract family tourism in Torremolinos. This new hotel, with its privileged location on the maritime promenade of Torremolinos and just meters from the beach, is the result of the complete renovation and unification of the Riu Belplaya and Riu Costa Lago hotels.

Rio occupancy down during Carnival

Brazil Rio de JaneiroWhen Rio de Janeiro hosted Carnival 2017 from 24-28 February, the city's hotels experienced a 12.1% occupancy decrease compared to the week of the festival in 2016 (5-9 February), according to data from STR. However, demand (actual number of rooms sold) increased 3.5%.

Park Inn by Radisson Izmailovo opens in Moscow

ParkInn by Radisson IzmailovoRezidor’s midscale hotel brand announced the opening of the new Park Inn by Radisson Izmailovo. Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group now has eight hotels operating in Moscow and the Moscow region. With the new property, Rezidor has 36 hotels in Russia and more than 9,800 rooms in the Group's Russian portfolio.

Marriott sells Westin Maui Resort & Spa

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Marriott International has completed the sale of its long-term leasehold interest in The Westin Maui Resort & Spa, Ka’anapali for approximately $317 million. Marriott will continue to manage the 759-room property under a long-term management agreement.

BW Premier Collection arrives in Japan

BW Premier Collection NagasakiBest Western’s upscale brand, BW Premier Collection arrives in Japan. The former Best Western Premier Hotel Nagasaki has now decided to enhance its reputation even further by joining the desirable BW Premier Collection.

Special boutique hotel retreats for beard lovers

beard hotelsA first of its kind offer launched as a special boutique hotel retreat for beard lovers. The special boutique hotels are designed to be a haven for beard lovers offering custom beard services such as beard trimming, waxing, coloring and styling and even beard-stroking salons for those beard appreciators without their own facial hair.

Trendy Lifestyle Hotel MOXY Opens First Location in Austria

moxy vienna airportThe MOXY Vienna Airport was ceremoniously opened on Wednesday March 29, 2017, by Günther Ofner, Member of the Management Board of Flughafen Wien AG, Petra Bierwirth, Managing Director of B&K Hotelmanagement GmbH, and Michael Dorfer, MOXY Captain.

Aman to open 11 new hotels

Aman logoApproaching its fourth decade, and embracing 31 resorts, hotels, residences and expeditions in 20 destinations, Aman will continue under the leadership of Chairman, Vladislav Doronin, his executive team is committed to strengthening and safeguarding the iconic brand. A robust development strategy is in place, and having firmly established itself in Asia, Aman is now focusing on further expanding the collection within the Western Hemisphere.

Frasers Hospitality expands in Middle East and Africa

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Frasers Hospitality Group is expanding its global presence with eight new properties in the Middle East and Africa. The new properties will increase Frasers Hospitality Group’s global footprint to more than 1,500 units across both regions.

Top 10 Countries for Thailand tourism

KohSamuiThe Expedia group has released 2016 full-year data revealing the trends in hotel demand from international visitors to Thailand last year. Expedia revealed top 10 international markets for Thailand and top 5 destinations in Thailand.