CHECK OUT! – latest hotel highlights from across the globe

14 August, 2020

The Blue Swan Daily brings you the second of this week's round up of some of the latest accommodation news from across the globe.

  • Hyatt Place Toronto/Mississauga Centre opens as the brand's first hotel in Ontario, Canada
  • Marriott debuts its 'The Luxury Collection' in Abu Dhabi with Al Wathba Desert Resort & Spa
  • Ascott offers 'Work in Residence' and 'Space-as-a-Service' options to diversify its business offering
  • Data metrics - latest performance insights from STR
  • News briefs - bitesize updates of latest industry news and developments

Hyatt Place Toronto/Mississauga Centre opens as the brand's first hotel in Ontario, Canada

The new 123-guestroom Hyatt Place Toronto/Mississauga Centre officially opened this week, expanding the Hyatt Place brand into Ontario, Canada. Located in the heart of Mississauga's business district, the hotel features the Hyatt Place design, casual atmosphere and practical amenities with separate spaces for guests "to sleep, work and play". The new property offers easy access to Pearson International Airport in a location that will appeal to both leisure and business travellers. The hotel is just minutes from Square One Shopping Centre and within walking distance to nearby restaurants and local attractions. It is approximately a one-hour drive to Niagara Falls, as well as a short drive to destinations like the CN Tower, Casa Loma, Rogers Center, Canada's Wonderland, as well as Playdium, the virtual and physical entertainment centre for families.

Marriott debuts its 'The Luxury Collection' in Abu Dhabi with Al Wathba Desert Resort & Spa

The Luxury Collection of world-renowned hotels and resorts from Marriott International has expanded into Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) after welcoming the Al Wathba Desert Resort & Spa to its ensemble of iconic hotels. The Arabian-style resort celebrates Emirati culture through design, cuisine and memorable desert experiences in a location deep within the expansive landscape of the emirate. With a design reminiscent of a historic desert village, it is an intimate retreat containing 103 guest rooms and villas which feature traditional Arabesque flourishes, mashrabiya detailing, and Bedouin accessories. The property joins a rapidly growing The Luxury Collection portfolio in the UAE which includes iconic hotels such as Al Maha, a Luxury Collection Desert Resort & Spa, Dubai, Grosvenor House, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Dubai and Ajman Saray, a Luxury Collection Resort, Ajman.

Ascott offers 'Work in Residence' and 'Space-as-a-Service' options to diversify its business offering

The Ascott Limited, the wholly owned lodging business unit of CapitaLand, has launched its 'Work in Residence' initiative at participating properties worldwide, leveraging its design strengths to transform selected apartments into conducive work suites. To extend its service offerings to guests, Ascott is also providing its 'Space-as-a-Service' by exploring with multinational corporations (MNCs), entrepreneurs and small-medium enterprises (SMEs) different possibilities to optimise the use of space in its properties. These range from hosting cloud kitchens and Starbucks coffee kiosks, to organising live streaming or fitness activities in its apartments, and serving as parcel collection hubs for online orders. Kevin Goh, CapitaLand's CEO for Lodging and Ascott's CEO says that to ensure that Ascott remains a "dominant lodging player" in the new normal, it must be "agile, continually adapt and develop new business strategies" to future-ready the company. "We are evolving our lodging products and services to cater to new customer segments, uncover alternative revenue streams as well as deliver greater value for our guests and business partners," he explains.

Data metrics - latest performance insights from STR

  • The hotel industry in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia reported improved but low performance levels during Jul-2020, according to preliminary data. Showing continued early recovery from the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, each of the city's three performance metrics were up from Jun-2020. The ADR level was the highest for any month in the market since Oct-2019, while the RevPAR level was the highest since Feb-2020. In comparison with Jul-2019, occupancy was down -57.9% to 32.1%, ADR declined -36.8% to SAR769.35 and RevPAR fell -73.4% to SAR247.17.
  • Preliminary data for Jul-2020 indicates record low occupancy levels for hotels in London, United Kingdom although ADR and RevPAR were up from Jun-2020 levels. Regional markets in the UK continue to outperform capital cities, according to STR. In comparison with Jul-2019, occupancy was down -74.8% to 22.8%, ADR fell -52.4% to GBP83.61 and RevPAR declined -88.0% to GBP19.02.
  • Sydney, Australia showed slightly higher hotel performance in Jul-2020 but the same significant level of year-over-year declines, according to preliminary data. On a positive it was the second consecutive month that occupancy and RevPAR were above 30% and AUD40.00, respectively. In comparison with Jul-2019, occupancy fell -57.9% to 33.2%, ADR was down -25.7% to AUD143.68 and RevPAR declined -68.7% to AUD47.64. STR says the primary source of demand was from returning Australian travellers and weekend uplift from leisure travellers.

News briefs

  • Aparium Hotel Group will rapidly expand its portfolio with the addition of five new US properties by the end of 2021, with one further opening following in 2022. The 178-room Hotel Haya in Tampa, FL, is due to open on 24-Sep-2020, the 138-key Surety Hotel in Des Moines, IA will follow on 14-Oct-2020, while the 125-room Jasper Hotel in Fargo ND, and 151-key Daxton Hotel in Birmingham, MI will follow in Jan-2021. A property in Denver, CO, will also come on line in 2021 and in Alexandria, VA in 2022.
  • Choice Hotels International has completed onboarding more than 50 AMResorts-branded properties to its network, as part of a strategic agreement announced last year with the Apple Leisure Group company known for its portfolio of luxury, all-inclusive resorts throughout Mexico, the Caribbean and Central America. The arrangement allows members of the Choice Privileges loyalty program to earn and redeem points among these well-known resort brands.
  • The Four Elements Hotel Amsterdam, located in a waterfront area on IJburg, an area made up of three reclaimed islands, is among a new breed of fully sustainable, energy neutral hotels appear to environmentally conscious travellers. Taking its name from to the natural energy sources of Wind, Water, Earth and Fire and fully powered by renewable energy, the restaurant and 195 rooms at the 10-storey property all operate on the principle of zero waste, with little or no environmental impact.
  • InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) has selected Hotel Equities to manage the full-service Holiday Inn Boone-University Area. The hotel is situated in the scenic Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina near Appalachian State University and last year saw the completion of a USD4.3 million renovation to the hotel by owner Watauga Hospitality.
  • The Hotel Milano Scala, a zero-emission hotel in the centre of Milan, will reopen to guests from 01-Sep-2020. The boutique hotel in the capital of Lombardy in the Brera area, has become known in recent years for its focus on sustainability and customer service.
  • UK holiday rental marketplace has launched to add to its growing roster of travel sites and capitalise on the expanding holiday rental market in the UK under the shadow of Covid-19. has partnered with leading self-catering accommodation providers to offer over 100,000 last-minute and professionally managed cottages on the platform.
  • The Pan Pacific London will be the first European property of the Asian luxury hotel group when it opens in 2021. The 43-storey bronze tower consists of 160 private residences, a luxury hotel and a public plaza animated by One Devonshire House, a separate space and mix of retail offerings, a destination restaurant and cocktail bar. The new addition to the London skyline is located in One Bishopsgate Plaza, just across from Liverpool Street Station and close to the financial and business centred of the capital city.
  • The TownePlace Suites San Antonio Northwest at The RIM will open its doors to guests from 17-Aug-2020 as a Marriott franchise, owned and managed by Satesh Limited. The new 109-suite hotel is located 15 miles from San Antonio International Airport and 20 minutes from downtown and offers guests convenient access to Six Flags Fiesta Texas, The Shops at La Cantera and the University of Texas San Antonio.