Showing posts with label Hotel. Show all posts
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Saturday, 23 June 2012

Hotel Prices in London Drop Slightly Ahead of Olympic Games

With just over a month to go until the world's top athletes descend upon London to compete for gold, the latest figures from show that travellers planning to visit London to watch the games, but who have yet to book accommodation, are better placed to find value for money, than they were two months ago. has reported that the average price of a London hotel room during the Olympics has risen by approximately 93% year-on-year to HK$2,525 per night. However, historical data from shows that the average price has actually decreased by about HK$138 a night, when May is compared to March this year.

Jessica Chuang, Senior Marketing Manager, Greater China, said, It's inevitable that prices rise in host cities during major sporting events. During the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa, saw hotel prices in Cape Town rise 71% compared to the corresponding period in 2009 ... In London, hotel prices have come down as there are still good deals and availability during the Olympic period. That's not to say prices will continue to drop further so travellers are advised to book now if they see a good deal and not to wait for bargains at such a busy time of year.

The online hotel booking website found that rates on accommodation vary greatly depending on how close the hotel is to the Olympic action.

The most popular nights for hotel bookings are for the Opening Ceremony on 27 July, and the first day of the athletics on 3 August.

On the night of the Opening Ceremony, travellers can get a four-star hotel in Central London for around HK$1,813. In West London, travellers can stay in a three-star hotel for around HK$1,288 per night and there still seems to be plenty of budget accommodation available.

Interestingly, search figures from shows demand for hotel rooms reflects the top of the medal table from the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Searches are up a whopping 300% in China and 206% in Russia, first and third on the 2008 podium of best-performing countries. Searches are up 92% in the US, which ranked second on the 2008 medal table. Searches among Hong Kong travellers are up by 54% too.

World's Largest Holiday Inn Hotel Launches Promotion

The world's largest Holiday Inn hotel, the Holiday Inn Macau Cotai Central at the Sands Cotai Central integrated resort, has launched a very special promotion with accommodation for two in a King Superior Room starting from HK$488 for stays until 12 July 2012 inclusive.

The Holiday Inn Macau Cotai Central has 1,224 guestrooms and suites, featuring floor-to-ceiling windows and offering all the latest facilities, amenities and services that travellers today demand.

 The ample Pool Deck and fully-equipped Health Club are among a host of services and facilities readily available to guests, with convenient access to Sands Cotai Central?s luxurious and relaxing spas.

Holiday Inn Macau Cotai Central provides fast, convenient and complimentary shuttle bus service to all major points of entry into Macau and is just a short trip to major attractions in the territory, including UNESCO heritage sites.

Monday, 16 January 2012

STR: 3,377 New Hotel Rooms Opened in Canada in 2011

According to data from the STR/McGraw Hill Construction Dodge Pipeline Report, 34 new properties comprising 3,377 rooms opened in Canada in 2011, representing a 1% increase in new supply over last year.

Among the Chain Scale segments, the Upper Midscale segment reported the most new rooms, opening 14 properties with 1,328, followed by the Upscale segment with six properties and 884 rooms.

The Economy segment reported the largest increase (135.8%) in new rooms, compared to 2010, with 6 properties opening with 408 rooms.

In 2012, there are 46 properties expected to open in Canada with 6,206 rooms.

The Upper Midscale segment is expected to open the most rooms with 19 projects and 2,051 rooms, followed by the Unaffiliated segment (12 properties with 1,767 rooms) and the Upscale segment (8 properties with 1,369 rooms).

In December 2011, the Canadian hotel development pipeline comprised 187 projects totalling 20,957 rooms. This represents a 4% decrease in the number of rooms in the total active pipeline compared to December 2010.

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Strong Growth for India's Hotel Industry

According to date compiled by STR Global, India's hotel industry showed overall year-to-date (YTD) November 2011 growth in performance data and supply pipeline.

YTD hotel performance results showed that all major regions, with the exception of Kerala and Maharashtra, reported continuous RevPAR growth.

Looking at the hotel pipeline, India's hotel inventory is expected to increase by more than 61,000 rooms in the next three years with over 30,000 rooms currently under construction based on STR Global's pipeline database.

Regional India

The central region of Madhya Pradesh reported the largest RevPAR growth (+19%), led by a 12.7% increase in occupancy YTD. The neighbouring regions of Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan saw RevPAR increase by 10.8% and 3.3%, respectively, driven by increased average daily rate in Uttar Pradesh of 2.8% to INR5,527.43, whilst occupancy rates in Rajasthan increased by 6.8% to 40.8% during the same period.

In Kerala and Maharashtra, occupancy and ADR growth declined moderately YTD when compared to the same period last year. Demand in Kerala, following strong growth between 2009 and 2010 (16.3%), remained flat at 0.7% between 2010 and 2011. In Maharashtra, demand growth jumped by 10.6% YTD compared to a negative trend between 2009 and 2010.

Main Indian Cities

RevPAR grew across most Indian cities, with the exception of Chennai (-1.1%) and Delhi (-10.6%). Chennai's demand and supply increased almost in equal measures (6.0% and 5.4%, respectively) making it more difficult to hold average room rates. Delhi reported the highest supply growth (+13.0%) of the cities for the period. Likewise, Jaipur and Bangalore experienced stronger new supply growth compared to demand and saw their occupancy decrease YTD.

Leading the best performing markets in terms of RevPAR growth, Goa reported an 8.0% RevPAR increase, led by year-on-year demand growth of 4.1%. Second was Mumbai with the highest ADR of all Indian cities sampled at INR8,450.84. This financial capital also saw demand growth reaching 9.1%.

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Tuesday, 22 November 2011

Pan Pacific Named as Official Partner Hotel for ITB Asia 2012

Pan Pacific Singapore has become the Official Partner Hotel for ITB Asia 2012.
On the opening day of the three-day trade show, Pan Pacific Singapore will be hosting an exclusive evening reception where guests will be able to enjoy the hotel?s service and ambience.
In addition to providing an excellent networking opportunity for industry leaders and professionals, the evening reception will showcase the hotel?s signature culinary delights inspired by the recipes and cultural influences along the Pacific Rim.
In addition, some 150 top buyers attending the travel trade show will also be able to experience the hotel?s accommodation and hospitality services.
Scott Swank, General Manager Pan Pacific Singapore, said, "We believe that there is no better platform than ITB Asia to showcase our properties across the region. ITB Asia has proven to be a great success in facilitating the growth of the travel market and we?re confident that this partnership will provide us with the opportunity to create memorable experience for ITB visitors in our hotel but also to meet potential business partners and network within the global travel market."
ITB Asia will allow first-time exhibitor Pan Pacific Hotels Group to showcase its portfolio of over 30 upscale Pan Pacific and ParkRoyal hotels, resorts and serviced suites across Asia, Oceania and North America.
ITB Asia 2012 is in its fifth year and will be held from 3 to 5 October 2012 at Suntec Singapore. This year, the show attracted over 7,500 attendees and 750 exhibitors from 70 countries.
"As a leading trade show that represents the Asian travel market, we are honoured to partner with Pan Pacific, a brand with similarly strong regional presence. Synonymous with impeccable hospitality and five-star service, Pan Pacific Singapore is conveniently located within walking distance of Suntec Singapore making them an ideal hotel partner for the show," said Nino Gruettke, Executive Director, ITB Asia.

New York City to Have 90,000 Hotel Rooms by Year's End

Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg has announced that New York city will reach a record 90,000 hotel rooms by year's end, representing a 24% increase since 2006.
More than 7,000 rooms are in the pipeline that will add to the city's hotel inventory, with an average 40% of new openings taking place in boroughs other than Manhattan, including in Long Island city, Queens, a hotbed of hotel development.
The increase in hotels reflects an overall upward trend for the city's $31 billion tourism industry. In September for instance, an estimated 323,000 people were employed in the travel and tourism sector, a record for the month. Last year, New York city welcomed a record 48.8 million visitors who collectively spent $31 billion.
The city is on track to reach a record number of visitors this year. Room rates are steadily increasing, and occupancy remained at close to 85%, the highest in the nation.
More people want to visit New York city than ever before, and with a record 90,000 rooms, we have great places for them to stay, said Mayor Bloomberg. That's good news not just for tourists, but also for the city's economy. Our tourism sector employs 323,000 people, and those jobs are now increasingly located outside Manhattan, as tourists want to visit all of the city's great neighborhoods.
There are now 17 hotels in Long Island city that are comprised of 1,500 rooms with five more properties and 650 rooms under construction. Major hotel brands in the neighborhood include the Four Points by Sheraton Long Island city/Queensboro Bridge; Fairfield Inn New York Long Island city/Manhattan View; Country Inn & Suites; Holiday Inn Long Island city Manhattan View; and opening next month, the Wyndham Garden Long Island city. Independent properties such as the Z NYC, which opened in July, join other LIC hotels such as the Ravel, the Queensboro Hotel and the Verve Hotel, among others.
'One of the reasons why New York's economy has rebounded faster than the rest of the country's is the growth and development of the city's tourism industry, Deputy Mayor Robert K. Steel said. 'The tourism boom is driving a boom in hotel construction, which is creating thousands of jobs throughout the five boroughs.'
Overall hotel development in the city has been robust in 2011 with new properties recently opened or under construction in all five boroughs. Approximately 40 new projects are slated to open in the next 30 months, with about 13 properties representing 1,865 rooms in boroughs other than Manhattan (5 in Long Island city, 3 in Queens, 1 in the Bronx, 1 in Staten Island and 3 in Brooklyn). 22 new hotels representing 4,120 rooms are also under construction in Manhattan.

Thursday, 10 November 2011

Best Western Signs Plus Hotel in Malaysia

Best Western International has expanded its portfolio of hotels in Malaysia with a new 139-room project which is scheduled to be opened in 2015.

The Best Western Plus hotel reception lobby is located on the ground floor of the 31-storey tower whilst the sky lounge, fitness center and swimming pool are located on the 18th floor.

There are also 90 SOVO (small office variable office) suites available for the local and international business travelers.

Mr. Lim Thiam Huat, Executive Director of Lagenda Erajuta Sdn Bhd., said, ?Best Western International is the world?s largest hotel chain with 4,000 independently owned and operated hotels around the world. Best Western Plus is suitable for Port Klang as it?s a Free Trade Zone and surrounded by other international business development, which is right at 1Gateway?s doorstep. Foreign and local businessmen will find it convenient and comfortable to stay in and will enjoy the right ambience for conducting business.?

Sunday, 6 November 2011

Wyndham Signs New Hotel in Turkey

Wyndham Hotel Group has signed an agreement to open a second franchised Wyndham Hotels and Resorts property in Turkey.

The Wyndham Istanbul Kalamis Marina owned by Reisler Deri Sanayi Ve Ticaret Limited Siketi, is due to open in autumn 2012.

The signing of the Wyndham Istanbul Kalamis Marina adds to Wyndham Hotel Group?s steady growth in the country, following last month?s announcement that Turkey?s first Wyndham hotel, the Wyndham Petek Istanbul, is set to debut in 2012. Wyndham Hotel Group currently has seven hotels open and operating in the country under the globally renowned Ramada brand.

With views of the Marmara Sea, this five-star property will be located directly across from the exclusive Kalamis Marina on the Asian side of Istanbul.

The hotel will feature 211 rooms over five floors, one presidential suite and eight meeting rooms. A large spa and fitness centre will offer 12 treatment rooms, one indoor pool and one rooftop pool. Dining options will include three restaurants: one offering all-day dining and two speciality restaurants. A lobby bar and room service will also be available.

?Turkey plays an important role in our plans to expand Wyndham Hotel Group?s portfolio in Europe and the Middle East and continue providing travellers with first-rate accommodations around the world,? said Eric Danziger, president and chief executive officer of Wyndham Hotel Group. ?The opportunities in Istanbul make for an exciting time to introduce a second Wyndham hotel here. With its incredible location and five-star offerings, the addition of Wyndham Istanbul Kalamis Marina further demonstrates our commitment to work with respected partners to bring high-caliber products to key, vibrant markets.? 

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Accor Signs Sofitel So Hotel in Singapore

Accor is expanding its network of Sofitel So hotels with the signing of the Sofitel So Singapore, the world?s third Sofitel So label hotel.

The new hotel is located at 35 Robinson Road, an heritage building within walking distance from the Marina Bay area and close to premier shopping belt, Orchard Road.

Sofitel So Singapore will have 134 guestrooms including 23 suites and is owned by Royal Group Holdings, a Singapore-based organisation that focuses on the development of hospitality projects at unique locations with historical relevance.

 The development at 35 Robinson Road will commence next month, while Sofitel So Singapore is schedule to open in the first quarter of 2013.

?We are proud and excited to have our first Sofitel Luxury Hotels footprint in Singapore with Royal Group? stated Markland Blaiklock, Senior Vice President of Sofitel Asia Pacific. ?The 35 Robinson Road building with its iconic fa?ade is an ideal place to showcase Sofitel So, the label that brings together the essence of design and city soul.?

With the addition of Sofitel So Singapore, the group currently has a network of four hotels under its Sofitel So label. The first was the Sofitel So Mauritius, which opened in December 2010. Sofitel So Bangkok, the first urban Sofitel So, is expected to open in the first quarter of 2012 and the fourth Sofitel So hotel in the pipeline, Sofitel So Mumbai, is set to open in 2015.

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Friday, 28 October 2011

Ritz-Carlton Opens Palatial Hotel in Riyadh

The Ritz-Carlton, Riyadh, with 493 rooms and suites located next to the Diplomatic Quarter and adjacent to the King Abdul Aziz Convention Centre, has opened.

The sense of arrival through 213,500 square meters (52 acres) of exquisitely landscaped gardens is befitting of the grandeur of the palace that lies ahead. Designed by Al Rasheed Engineering Company and constructed by Oger International, The Ritz-Carlton, Riyadh boasts spectacular fountains that front the one kilometer driveway.

Originally envisioned as a royal guest palace for visiting dignitaries and heads of state, the hotel?s stately architecture is modeled on traditional palaces and elegant Arabian residences, with ochre facades blending gracefully with the verdant landscape of the gardens. Native palms, 600-year old olive trees from Lebanon, and water fountains abound on the property, providing an oasis of serenity amidst the city centre.

All guestrooms and suites are elegantly styled using the vibrant colors and ethnic textures of the region, with subtle touches reflecting the Kingdom?s heritage. Highlights include not just one, but 49 two-bedroom Royal Suites, each generously measuring more than 425 square meters (4,574 square feet,) and 50 one-bedroom Executive Suites at 95 square meters (1,022 square feet,) ideal for senior corporate titans and political delegates.

All guest rooms are equipped with the latest technology, including wireless and wired internet access, flat screen televisions and DVD players as standards.

The Ritz-Carlton, Riyadh offers more than 5,800 square meters (62,000 square feet) of conference space combined, including two colossal ballrooms in a separate wing that are both identical in size at 1,970 square meters or 21,000 square feet each. They are complemented by two vast auditorium-styled theatres with stepped floors and built-in stages, perfect for press conferences and symposium lectures, and a generous variety of smaller meeting rooms. Completing the conference area is Aubergine restaurant that caters exclusively for the invited delegates, journalists and accompanying security personnel.

Guests are offered a selection of gourmet dining venues, including Al Orjouan, the signature all-day dining buffet restaurant featuring Lebanese favorites; and Turquoise, the cigar lounge that will be home to one of the widest selection of Cuban cigars in Saudi Arabia. Presenting an alfresco option is Chorisia Lounge for leisurely breakfast, lunch or the signature afternoon tea, while Strike offers a fun and stimulating atmosphere for mocktails and smoothies within the 1,000 square meter (10,700 square feet) indoor six-lane bowling alley.

Flanking the indoor swimming pool on the ground level, which features garden views from the floor-to-ceiling windows, are Hong, the Asian restaurant featuring a contemporary fusion of fresh Oriental ingredients with a western flair, and Azzuro Italian restaurant that serves authentic cuisine from the old country.

Recreational facilities include a full-service men?s health club complete with three treatment rooms.

The Ritz-Carlton, Riyadh joins nine other Ritz-Carlton hotels and resorts currently operating or under development in the Middle East: Bahrain, Dubai, Sharm El Sheikh, Doha, Sharq Village & Spa, Dubai International Finance Centre, Muscat, Abu Dhabi and Nile Cairo (opening respectively in 2012 and 2013).

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New AGM of Landmark Lancaster Hotel Group - Thailand

Mr. Albert Cheong has been appointed as Area General Manager of the Landmark Lancaster Hotel Group, Thailand.

 In Mr. Cheong?s new role, he will be responsible for the group?s existing hotel, The Landmark Bangkok, as well as its upcoming sister hotel, Lancaster Bangkok which is slated to soft-open during the second-half of 2012.

At each hotel, Mr. Cheong is supported by a Hotel Manager who oversees daily operations.

Mr. Cheong was with Shangri-La Hotels & Resorts for more than 28 years where he held various many management positions, including being General Manager of the company?s hotels in Bali, Shenzhen, Wuhan, Singapore, Yangon and Beijing.

The Landmark Lancaster Hotel Group owns and operates hotels of the same names, including the K West brand in both London and Bangkok.

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