CHECK OUT! – latest hotel highlights from across the globe

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 second offering of the week.

  • IHG Hotels & Resorts brings majestic Regent brand to Kyoto
  • Accor confirms return of Mondrian brand to London
  • Radisson further boosts South African offer with Radisson Hotel Middelburg signing
  • Thompson Hollywood debuts in the heart of Los Angeles
  • Minor Hotels makes major advances in Bahraini market
  • Data metrics – latest performance insights from STR
  • News briefs – bitesize updates of latest industry news and developments

IHG Hotels & Resorts brings majestic Regent brand to Kyoto

IHG Hotels & Resorts and GI Capital Management have outlined plans to welcome a new era of elegant luxury to Japan, following the signing of Regent Kyoto, which will open in 2024. The collection of modern hotels and resorts is rooted in the beauty of contrast and the promise of extraordinary experiences blending Eastern simplicity with Western elegance to deliver legendary hospitality. Regent Kyoto will continue this rich tradition, offering travellers to Japan’s cultural city an unparalleled level of luxury and sophistication, with stunning design, world-class facilities and 86 elegant rooms that blend imagination, extravagance, and calm. Set within a garden that was originally landscaped 100 years ago by renowned gardener, Kumakichi Kato, Regent Kyoto’s idyllic location is currently home to the famous restaurant, Tsuruya, which is recognised among Kyoto’s top dining destinations, having held a number of Michelin Stars over the years. Regent Kyoto will be thoughtfully designed to incorporate Tsuruya and the gardens, and will offer everything guests would expect from an upper-luxury hotel, including a lobby lounge, fitness centre and spa, along with several restaurants in addition to Tsuruya. IHG Hotels & Resorts operates 37 hotels in Japan, and has been growing rapidly over the past few years, opening new hotels including Kimpton Shinjuku Tokyo, Holiday Inn & Suites Shin Osaka, ANA Holiday Inn Resort Shinano-omachi Kuroyon, Hotel Indigo Hakone Gora, InterContinental Yokohama Pier 8, ANA InterContinental Beppu Resort & Spa.

Accor confirms return of Mondrian brand to London

Accor has confirmed the return of the Mondrian brand to the UK’s capital city with the opening of the Mondrian Shoreditch in London. Occupying the former Curtain hotel in London’s hip Shoreditch neighborhood, the 120-room property – which is owned by Reuben Brothers – has been given a top-to-toe overhaul that fully embraces the Mondrian brand’s individual, fun-loving spirit. The new European flagship for the brand further increases Accor’s footprint in London, where its portfolio of more than 60 hotels includes much-loved classics such as The Savoy, a Fairmont managed hotel, Sofitel London St James, and the highly-anticipated Raffles London at The OWO. The property’s design, meanwhile, is the work of London-based firm Goddard Littlefair, who took its cues from the Mondrian brand’s upbeat vibes to reveal a light-hearted and energetic aesthetic, layered with standout art installations, such as the large-scale piece, hand-painted onto concrete by Fred Coppin, in the soaring double-height ground floor. Following the recent launch of Mondrian Seoul Itaewon, up next will be the openings of Mondrian Bordeaux and Mondrian Cannes in 2022, while the brand is set to expand internationally with soon-to-be-announced launches in Australia, the Dominican Republic, Germany, the Maldives, New Zealand, Puerto Rico, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam.

Radisson further boosts South African offer with Radisson Hotel Middelburg signing

Radisson Hotel Group has confirmed the signing of Radisson Hotel Middelburg as part of the group’s ambitious expansion plan in South Africa. Set to open at the end of 2023, the hotel boosts the group’s South African portfolio to 16 hotels in operation and under development. It also places the group firmly on track to reach its ambition of 150 hotels in operation and under development across Africa within the next five years. Middelburg is a growing town situated in the cultural heartland of the Mpumalanga Province, located north of the Gauteng Province in South Africa, bordering Swaziland and Mozambique. The town is a mining and manufacturing hub for Mpumalanga, home to Columbus Stainless Steel, South Africa and the continent’s only producer of stainless-steel flat products. The contemporary new-build, 150-room hotel will be located within walking distance of the town’s major shopping complex, the Middelburg Mall, home to over 140 stores, including all South Africa’s renowned retail brands, as well as an array of eateries and banking services. Middelburg is located just off the N4, one of South Africa’s national roads, giving the town access to many nearby towns and larger cities such as Emalahleni, Nelspruit, Pretoria, and Johannesburg. The town itself is less than two hours away from Johannesburg, while the hotel itself is located just 90 minutes from Johannesburg O.R. Tambo International Airport, and just over a two hour drive from the Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport in Nelspruit. Currently under construction and on schedule to open concurrently with the hotel is a large convention centre, situated adjacent to the hotel.

Thompson Hollywood debuts in the heart of Los Angeles

Hyatt Hotels Corporation has confirmed the debut of Thompson Hollywood, a luxury lifestyle hotel situated on Wilcox Avenue near Hollywood and Vine. A dynamic mix of global sophistication, hyper-local immersion and intuitive service, the prime location embodies the Thompson Hotels brand’s promise to provide guests with the ultimate “in-the-know” experience at the refined edge of travel. The new 11-storey hotel features 190 mid-century-inspired guestrooms, including 16 suites, a sophisticated feature dining concept from acclaimed LA-based chef Lincoln Carson and Bar Lis, a destination rooftop lounge and pool with unparalleled city views. Thoughtfully designed by renowned London-based interior architecture studio Tara Bernerd & Partners, the 11-floor hotel innovatively combines the hallmarks of timeless elegance with a raw industrial edge to create a unique atmosphere that is relaxing and inspiring, familiar and new.  The overall design is bold and confident, drawing upon the West Coast Modernist movement and a dash of Hollywood glamour as inspirations toseamlessly blend for a contemporary and elegant approach throughout.

Minor Hotels makes major advances in Bahraini market

Minor Hotels has confirmed its entrance into Bahrain with the upcoming debut of its Avani and Tivoli brands in the Kingdom. Scheduled to open in 2024, Avani Bilaj Al Jazayer Bahrain Resort and Tivoli Bilaj Al Jazayer Bahrain Resort will be part of Bilaj Al Jazayer, a new waterfront leisure mixed-use masterplan owned by Edamah, the real estate arm of Bahrain’s sovereign wealth fund, Mumtalakat. Bilaj Al Jazayer is located on the south-west coast of Bahrain and encompasses 1.3 million square metres of land with a three-kilometre beachfront. The new development will offer resorts, residential villas and apartments, food and beverage outlets, retail, offices and entertainment. The new Tivoli and Avani hotels, each with 110 keys, will be located along the main boulevard of Bilaj Al Jazayer on the waterfront and will offer a selection of guest rooms and suites, multiple food and beverage outlets, swimming pools, leisure facilities including gyms, spa and wellness, plus meeting space. In addition, the hotels will share a beach club within the Bilaj Al Jazayer development. Minor Hotels currently has 29 hotels and resorts in operation and in the pipeline in the Middle East region across its Anantara, Avani, Tivoli and Oaks brands, with the pipeline including the upcoming launch of two new brands to the region – NH Collection and NH Hotels.

Data metrics – latest performance insights from STR

  • All key markets in China in Jun-2021 showed increases in hotel occupancy and ADR compared to the same period last year, except for Guangzhou and Shenzhen, according to STR data. Guangzhou occupancy dropped to 27.6%, which was the market’s lowest level of the last 15 months. Thus, RevPAR dropped -50.5% year-on-year, which was -71.1% lower compared with Jun-2019.  Occupancy exceeded 65% in markets such as Shanghai, Chendu, Xi’an and Sanya. Wuhan showed the highest RevPAR increase – from CNY77.6 in Jun-2019 to CNY223 in Jun-2021. Beijing ranked second, as occupancy doubled from last June and hit 61.8%. That brought RevPAR up +136.7% from Jun-2020, which recovered was 80% of the comparable level from 2019. The Northwest region outperformed the rest of the regions in both June and the first half of 2021, which shows its dominance as the top long trip destination as well as leisure travel driving China’s recovery.

News briefs – bitesize updates of latest industry news and developments

  • The 106 Jefferson, a Curio Collection by Hilton, a 115-room boutique lifestyle hotel has opened in downtown Huntsville, Alabama. Built on the historic site of the former Huntsville Hotel, an iconic hot spot during the Victorian era, the property features a chef-driven restaurant, a rooftop lounge and is walkable to the city’s bustling downtown. In addition to its spacious guestrooms and suites, the property pays homage to the city’s rich history through purposeful design and a charitable mission of raising up the Huntsville community.
  • SRH Hospitality Holdings and SkyWalker Property Partners will shortly break ground on the first full-service hotel to be developed in downtown Waco since the early 1980s. The 182-key AC Hotel Waco will open in spring 2023 in the prestigious Magnolia Silos District, which is a designated Qualified Opportunity Zone for investment purposes. Centrally located downtown, the 2.5-acre infill site is bordered by Mary Avenue, which is envisioned as the city’s “festival street,” South 6th Street and Jackson Avenue. The SRH project will be located directly across the street from Chip and Joanna Gaines’ Magnolia Market at the Silos.
  • Revenue management SaaS start-up Buoy has launched into the vacation rental market with a dynamic model that avoids standard ‘base rate’ pricing. Using an algorithm called the ‘buoyancy point’ – a dynamic and entirely market-based index of millions of hotels and short-term rentals globally that sets an optimum rate for its users – uses a daily feed of hotel APIs and data from the likes of Airbnb, and Expedia. Users can then adjust their rates directly relative to their competition through the dashboard.
  • La Colección Resorts by Fiesta Americana – a collection of 30 distinctive urban and beach resorts across Mexico and the Dominican Republic – has upgraded its offer at the Fiesta Americana Puerto Vallarta All Inclusive & Spa. Set on the shores of Banderas Bay and surrounded by lush greenery and the Sierra Madre Mountains, the enhancements include newly remodeled guestrooms and upgrades to its dining venues. The resort’s 291 guestrooms and suites are undergoing a complete transformation with new contemporary and timeless furniture accented by authentic Mexican handcrafted touches.
  • Elise Capital has completed its purchase of the Hampton Inn by Hilton Douglas, located at 1604 S. Peterson Avenue in Douglas, Georgia. The property offers 61 guestrooms and completed a full renovation in 2019. Located in the heart of Douglas-Coffee County, the Hampton Inn Douglas is surrounded by top local employers and one of the largest concentrations of cargo trailer manufacturers in the United States and is home to the largest peanut shelling operation in the world, Premium Peanut.
  • With business travel and events roaring back to life, Wilmington’s historic Hotel Du Pont, a PM Hotel Group property, is marking 110 years since its groundbreaking in 1911 with a new visual identity, refreshed brand and website relaunch. Philadelphia’s WFGD Studio worked closely with hotel leadership and PM Hotel Group to create a refreshed brand identity that conveys the hotel’s modern sensibility, luxe amenities and approachable style. The new design takes its cues from the details of the building, grandeur of the spaces, and the history of the hotel.
  • Innisfree Hotels, the largest beachfront hotel owner-operator on the US Gulf Coast, has selected StayNTouch, a global provider of guest-centric technology and mobile hotel property management systems (PMS), as PMS provider for their five independent Gulf Coast Properties, totalling more than 590 rooms.
  • In its fifth year of collaboration, Marriott International has expanded its partnership with idea engine, TED, featuring new custom content reflective of the current environment. Designed to continue inspiring innovative thinkers who always seek ways to drive their success, the new content ranges from the art of speaking – whether in a meeting room or in a virtual room – to design tips on how to transform one’s personal space into a creative hub.
  • According to a survey conducted by NewYorkHotels, East Hampton is the most expensive summer destination in New York state. The survey compared 20 popular destinations in the Empire State based on cost of lodging for the month of Aug-2021. Only hotels that are located close to the beach or city centre and rated at least 3 stars were considered. East Hampton tops the leaderboard with an average rate of $432/night for the cheapest available double room. Only slightly less expensive are the Hampton villages of Montauk and Southampton. Outside of Long Island, Saratoga Springs is the priciest destination at a rate of $285 for the most affordable double room. Plattsburg is the least expensive destination in the state at an average of $105 per night. In New York City, travellers will spend on average $115 per night – about 20% lower compared to 2018 and 2019. In most other destinations, the average rates have increased significantly. In the Hamptons, for instance, rates are about 30% higher than this time in 2018.
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