CHECK IN! – latest hotel highlights from across the globe

13 July, 2021

CTC - Corporate Travel Community brings you a round up of some of the latest accommodation and hospitality news from across the globe. Here's our first offering of the week.

  • Radisson debuts upper midscale Park Inn brand in the Philippines' 'City of Smiles'
  • Marriott boosts its Anahiem offer with Westin Anaheim Resort and Element Anaheim Resort Convention Center debuts
  • Qatar reveals plans to open over 100 new properties in FIFA 2022 World Cup countdown
  • Wyndham boosts its Trademark Collection in Europe with brand's Hungary introduction
  • Staybridge Suites Nashville-Midtown welcomes guests to their home away from home in Music City
  • Data metrics - latest performance insights from STR
  • News briefs - bitesize updates of latest industry news and developments

Radisson debuts upper midscale Park Inn brand in the Philippines' 'City of Smiles'

Radisson Hotel Group has confirmed the opening of another new Park Inn by Radisson hotel in the Philippines. The latest opening marks the debut of the upper midscale brand in Bacolod City, the capital of Negros Occidental province. The new property is located within the SM City Bacolod lifestyle mall, providing guests with instant access to extensive retail, F&B outlets, entertainment facilities and the SMX Convention Center. The property features 150 rooms ranging from 25 to 49 square metres, including Superior Rooms, Deluxe Rooms and Junior Suites. For corporate travellers and meeting planners, it features three function rooms covering 230 square metres, which are suited to a variety of events including business meetings, training sessions and media briefings, all supported by audio-visual equipment. Radisson now operates five Park Inn by Radisson properties in the Philippines, located in Clark, Davao, Iloilo City, North EDSA (Quezon City) and Bacolod, as well as an upper upscale Radisson Blu hotel in Cebu City.


Marriott boosts its Anahiem offer with Westin Anaheim Resort and Element Anaheim Resort Convention Center debuts

Marriott International continues to grow its footprint in Anaheim, California with the opening of The Westin Anaheim Resort and Element Anaheim Resort Convention Center. As the global hospitality leader in wellness for more than a decade, Westin's newest outpost in Anaheim boasts state-of-the-art amenities for well-being and relaxation, just steps from Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure Park. Just three blocks away, Element by Westin's newest longer stay property is designed with a focus on sustainability and well-being, ideal for families and groups who want to maintain a balanced lifestyle while traveling. The two hotels are debuting on the heels of last summer's opening of the nearby JW Marriott, Anaheim Resort and add to Marriott's growing portfolio of 30 hotels in Anaheim, a destination built on imagination. The Westin Anaheim Resort features 618 guest rooms including 121 suites, a resort-style heated outdoor pool with five private cabanas, and seven signature restaurants and bars, including Anaheim's only exclusive rooftop bar overlooking Disneyland Resort. The Element Anaheim Resort Convention Center features 174 rooms equipped with the brand's signature fully equipped kitchens and spa-inspired bathrooms.


Qatar reveals plans to open over 100 new properties in FIFA 2022 World Cup countdown

Qatar is adding 105 new hotels and serviced apartments to its already extensive portfolio of properties, as the country gears up to host the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022. The new properties will broaden Qatar's appeal to a range of travellers and enhance the visitor experience, as Qatar National Tourism Council (QNTC) continues its mission to turn the country into a world-leading destination. One recent hotel opening is the Banyan Tree Doha, a five-star luxury property, designed by renowned interior designer Jacques Garcia. The property, in the heart of the city, boasts five opulent dining options, 341 rooms, suites and residences, with all facilities and amenities enclosed within a circular architectural marvel. Hotel openings on this year's horizon include the Pullman Doha West Bay, a five-star Accor property with 375 rooms and suites and 93 stylish apartments; the JW Marriott West Bay, a 53-storey tower; and the Steigenberger Hotel, a futuristic building featuring 204 rooms and suites.


Wyndham boosts its Trademark Collection in Europe with brand's Hungary introduction

Wyndham Hotels & Resorts has confirmed the opening of H2 Hotel Budapest, Trademark Collection by Wyndham, the latest addition in Wyndham's strong portfolio of Trademark properties across Europe and its first property under the Trademark Collection brand in Hungary. Located on the eastern side of the Danube River, minutes from the iconic Széchenyi Chain Bridge and within walking distance of many iconic attractions, the 157-rooom H2 Hotel Budapest is expected to appeal to both business and leisure travellers. The new hotel builds on the Company's longstanding relationship with H-Hotels.com, a leading hotel operator headquartered in Germany that manages 50 Trademark Collection hotels across key European destinations. H2 Hotel Budapest, Trademark Collection by Wyndham marks the hospitality group's first hotel outside of Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Launched in 2017, Trademark Collection by Wyndham is a fast-growing brand, designed and perfectly suited for hoteliers who seek independence on their terms and take pride in their unique spirit, while leveraging the competitive advantages that come with the scale of a global partner. The brand's footprint now extends to 115 hotels in countries such as Australia, Austria, Canada, Curacao, Germany, Mexico, Sint Maarten, Switzerland, and the United States. Earlier this year, the brand also launched a first-in-market property in Belgium and a new private island beach resort in Belize.


Staybridge Suites Nashville-Midtown welcomes guests to their home away from home in Music City

IHG Hotels & Resorts has confirmed the opening of Staybridge Suites Nashville-Midtown, welcoming guests to one of the Music City's most popular neighbourhoods. Owned and operated by Tharaldson Hospitality Management, the property features 164 guest suites and contemporary public areas that include a full bar, providing a beautiful new space for guests and locals to connect. The property is Tharaldson's 15th opening under the Staybridge Suites brand. Developed in a previous site of a downtown fire department, the hotel showcases the brand's elevated, modern design approach by incorporating elements of the Next Generation 7.0 design programme while honouring the property's unique heritage through its décor and connection to the community. The bar is named Station 350, combining the history of the fire station with the hotel's current address. The décor features photographs and gear from the station and serves specialty drinks with a "fire station" twist.


Data metrics - latest performance insights from STR

  • Most of South America continues to stagnate since the region exceeded 20% hotel occupancy in Dec-2020 thanks to the summer holidays and Christmas. However, one of the region's key countries stands out for its inability to generate recovery momentum. Argentina closed May with the lowest occupancy (14.4%) in the region, which was well below the levels recorded in Chile (42.7%), Peru (38.4%), Brazil (30.9%), Uruguay (30.0%), and Colombia (25.0%). While Argentina lags overall, the country has exhibited a similar trend as the rest of the region with regional destinations showing higher performance driven by domestic demand. At the same time, corporate cities like Buenos Aires continue to suffer from border closures and restrictions as well as lack of a MICE segment or international demand.
  • The latest COVID-19 lockdowns in Australia are taking their toll on hotel bookings. The country had been one of the highest performing hotel occupancy markets with improving midweek demand alongside continued strength across weekends, but recent COVID-19 outbreaks and lockdowns have meant key markets in the country are showing noticeably lower levels of occupancy on the books for the coming weeks. When comparing the Forward STAR data updates of 28-Jun-2021 versus 21-Jun-2021, STR notes Sydney's average decline in occupancy on the books for the coming weeks and months was -13.8%. For the week ending 03-Jul-2021, occupancy was not expected to exceed 20%.

News briefs - bitesize updates of latest industry news and developments

  • Ascott Limited has launched discoverasr.com, unifying its separate brand websites on one single global online travel booking platform. The new domain will provides guests with one-stop access to its more than 400 serviced apartments, co-living spaces and hotels with a total of about 77,000 units, across more than 130 cities in over 30 countries. This includes more than 10,000 units across 61 properties under TAUZIA Hotel Management, which are available for the first time on Ascott's online booking platform.
  • The Baird/STR Hotel Stock Index dropped -3.0% in Jun-2021 to a level of 4,993. Year to date through the first six months of 2021, the stock index was up +9.2%. "While leisure markets are reaping the benefits of the US summer travel surge, the major metros and big-box hotels are still stuck near the recovery start line - that is preventing more substantial recovery for the industry as a whole," noted Amanda Hite, president, STR. If aligning industry performance with investor sentiment, it would seem there is "less focus on the uptick in leisure-driven segments and more concern around the persistent lack of business travel and group demand," she added.
  • The historic Ingalls Building, originally built in 1903 as the world's first reinforced concrete skyscraper and added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1975, is taking on a new life as the first Courtyard by Marriott hotel in downtown Cincinnati. Located at 6 East 4th Avenue, the 16-storey Courtyard by Marriott Cincinnati Downtown is owned and managed by SREE Hotels, which already has three existing properties in downtown Cincinnati.
  • Edwardian Hotels London has confirmed its much-anticipated The Londoner property will open its doors to guests in September 2021. The property in Leicester Square will feature 350 rooms, across its 16 storeys and incorporates six concept eateries, a unique members club-style private area, a wealth of meeting and event space, cinema and an entire floor dedicated to wellness. The Londoner has been designed to capture the character of London itself, and offers "winks and nods at every turn to British humour".
  • The Four Seasons Resort Mauritius at Anahita will unveil a significant restaurant and bar renovation in Oct-2021. The four-month long renovation will introduce a brand new Lobby Bar and see the complete transformation of the beachfront Bambou Restaurant and Bar through a structural re-build and fresh design concept, led by Macbeth Architects & Designers and EDG Design.
  • Hotelbeds has announced a new deal with VisitDallas, an independent, not-for-profit organization that promotes Dallas as a business and pleasure destination, to drive domestic in-bound tourism to the US city. The campaign is designed to drive domestic leisure tourism to Dallas, with a particular focus on weekday and long weekend visits.
  • The Davidson Hotels operated Hyatt Regency Boston / Cambridge, located along the scenic Charles River, will complete an extensive property-wide renovation to enhance the hotel's common spaces and meeting & events venues, and introduce new dining venues this autumn. Following an upgrade to the 479 guest rooms and suites, the latest project phase is already underway.
  • Viva Wyndham Resorts, a collection of all-inclusive resorts located in the Caribbean, including the Bahamas, Dominican Republic, and Mexico, has completed the groundbreaking of a 750-room hotel in Miches, Dominican Republic. The resort, the first hotel to settle in the Miches area, was made possible by a USD60 million investment to kick off the first stage of construction. It will start with a 486-room family hotel to be completed in 2023, then a second 264-room development of units oriented to the adult market will be constructed at a later date.