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The Top 5 Hospitality Projects in the New York City Pipeline

TOPHOTELPROJECTS - 20 October 2017
New York is the hub of the United States hospitality industry, which puts it in strong running to be considered the hub for the hospitality industry of the entire world. With that in mind, all savvy hotel owners and operators would do well to pay attention to New York City's project pipeline, particularly to some of the most high profile properties that are coming soon to the city.Let's take a look at five noteworthy hotels that are currently in New York City's project pipeline:Graduate Roosevelt IslandGraduate Roosevelt Island is a ground-up hotel development that features panoramic views of the Manhattan skyline. It's slated to debut in the second quarter of 2019 with 196 rooms total. The hotel will be located in the heart of the Roosevelt Island campus alongside the Verizon Executive Education Center, which will have conference, executive program and academic workshop space. [MORE INFO...]Ace Hotel New YorkThis noteworthy project involves the renovation of a 10-story building on the Bowery on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, which is slated for completion in the second quarter of 2018 and will involve a total of 200 rooms. The addition of three floors will transform the existing building into a new micro hotel. It will include amenities such as a lobby, a 130-seat restaurant, roof-top bar and fitness center, as well as top-floor guestrooms with balconies offering iconic city views. [MORE INFO...]The Artezen HotelNestled in lower Manhattan and the vibrant Financial District, this 4 star modern boutique hotel offers a fitness/yoga room, an onsite restaurant and something called The Studio, which is a two story glassed-in rooftop lounge that offers cocktail libations and creative bar foods couple with spectacular views of the world famous Manhattan Skyline. It is slated for completion later this year, and it will feature a total of 89 four star rooms. [MORE INFO...]Edition Hotel Times SquareThis tower, which has been dubbed 20 Times Square, will rise 517 feet above street level and will contain 269,769 square feet of commercial space, according to the latest building permits. Retail space will be located on two cellar levels and the ground floor through fourth floors. Actual hotel rooms will be located on the 14th through 40th floors. The project is slated for completion in late 2017, and it will have a massive total of 452 rooms to offer guests. [MORE INFO...]Virgin Hotel New YorkRichard Branson's Virgin Hotels has announced that it will build a hotel in New York City. The company will build the Virgin Hotel on the northwest corner of 30th Street and Broadway in the NoMad neighborhood. The hotel will feature meeting spaces and multiple food and beverage venues. The highly anticipated hotel chain is developing properties in cities such as Los Angeles, Miami, San Francisco, Dallas, Washington, D.C., and London. [MORE INFO...]More information on New York projects can be found on TOPHOTELPROJECTS, the specialized service provider in the exchange of cutting-edge information of hotel construction in the international hospitality industry.

Sustainability at the heart of hotel design in the future

TOPHOTELPROJECTS - 19 October 2017
Sustainability has long been a buzzword within the design community, and hoteliers in particular have been latching onto the idea of the past number of years. Not only is it a response to an increased awareness of climate change and the impact we as humans, especially those working in one aspect of the construction industry, have on the planet, but it is also a response to client demand, with more and more guests desiring sustainable tourism as a requirement in their holidays. An annual competition run by hotel consultancy firm the John Hardy Group called Radical Innovation Award takes submissions for innovative hotel designs that reimagine the hospitality experience, and this year's entries and winners point to a significant upswing in sustainable hospitality that could well be the future of the industry.The award has singled out a number of visionary projects as finalists, but many of the entries proposed radical ideas that threw out the rulebook of hospitality design. A common theme was that of sustainability, both in an environmentally friendly sense, but also in a cultural sense, where local culture and art is celebrated and promoted. This also points to recent trends in hospitality where local experiences are being sought by guests wishing to engage more with the place and people they are visiting.Green or garden hotels were a big feature of a number of entries. Canadian firm Arno Matis Architectureproposed a project entitled the "Vertical Micro-Climate Hotel", whose concept is to make the outdoor areas of hotels located in the harsh climates of North America habitable all year round. One of the features of this hotel was the use of heliostat technology, a mirroring system which reflects sun back into certain parts of the building as required so as to make them habitable even in colder weather conditions. EoA's submission involved suspending hotel facilities from a treetop by using a system of cables to hold rooms in tent-form above a trampoline-like platform, giving the hotel a very small footprint above the forest floor and re-orientating the guest's field of vision to that from the tree canopy. A Dutch architecture student submitted a project that he had built in his mother's back garden which connects guests to nature while allowing them to sleep in a sustainably built and naturally ventilated structure.The culturally sustainable aspect came in the form of the currently-operational Play Design Hotel in Taiwan, which champions local artists and designers by installing their creations into hotel rooms and encouraging guest to interact with them. The idea came about after the developer noticed a lot of his artist friends were having to go abroad to showcase their designs, and he thought that it would be better to not only exhibit the work locally in hotels so that international guests could see them, but also to cultivate an environment of design engagement within the hotels themselves. "I want people to experience the culture of this country. played a lot with the idea of using the hotel as a portal for people who want to learn about Taiwanese design, a space that is furnished with all of these local designers' work. So, their work is not only shown but so it's experienced. Design isn't something you only put in a museum or gallery. It should be used. It's for your everyday use," says hotelier Ting-Han Chen.Let's have a look at some hotel projects with focus in sustainability:Hotel Indigo Dubai The Sustainable CityThe Hotel Indigo Dubai The Sustainable City will be part of Dubai's first sustainable integrated development [READ MORE...]Pestana Troia Eco-Resort & ResidencesIn this privileged setting that Pestana Group gives a luxury Real Estate Resort, environmentally sustainable, integrated in a complex that includes a 5-star hotel [READ MORE...]Sandos Caracol Eco ResortWhile the resort will eventually renovate all 639 rooms in room categories including Signature Eco Superior, Signature Eco Deluxe and Signature Eco Junior Suite [READ MORE...]More information on hotel sustainability can be found on TOPHOTELPROJECTS, the specialized service provider in the exchange of cutting-edge information of hotel construction in the international hospitality industry.

For Tourism-Driven Austria, the Hotel Project Pipeline is Key to the Economy [Infographic]

TOPHOTELPROJECTS - 19 October 2017
Due to its bucolic cities and wonderful natural vistas, Austria is one of the most popular countries in Europe to visit, which puts it high on the list of most popular tourism destinations worldwide, and while it's current hotel project pipeline is not nearly as large as global hospitality industry behemoths such as the United States, China and the United Kingdom, there are still some marquee properties that are very much worth knowing.Before we get into the top projects currently in Austria's hotel pipeline, however, let's take a broad look at the country's overall numbers. At present, there are 75 projects in development that once completed will yield about 9,148 rooms. The projects are, of course, most heavily concentrated in the country's largest and most famous city, Vienna, which will be host to 16 new hotels. Other Austrian markets with multiple projects in the pipeline include Salzburg, Linz and Graz. Austria's project pipeline also skews long-term, with only 32 of its projects slated to be completed in 2020 or later, while 17 are set for 2019, 19 for 2018, and 7 for the waning months of 2017.Now, let's take a look at some of the most important hotel projects currently under way in Austria:The Student Hotel WienThis unique concept, which is slated to open in the second quarter of 2020, will feature a mix of contemporary student rooms, hotel rooms, and residential co-living studios. The 4,000 square meter ground floor has been specially designed to be open and inviting for members of the local community in Wien as well. In total, this property will feature about 820 rooms, as well as a wide variety of study and gaming areas, meeting rooms, and nearly 1,500 square meters of co-working facilities dedicated to start ups, local businesses, restaurants, bars, gyms, and sports facilities. There will also be a unique indoor amphitheater for communal seating and event space [MORE INFO...]Andaz Am Belvedere ViennaThe Andaz Am Belvedere Vienna will be located next to the Belvedere Palace and opposite Vienna's Schweizergarten. It's slated to open in the second quarter of 2019, and when it does it will feature 300 rooms for guests. There will also be a spa and fitness center on the fourth floor, a 16th floor rooftop bar, and ample space for conferences [MORE INFO...]Le Meridien WienAnother hotel set to open in Wien, the Le Meridien Wien is scheduled to debut in the second quarter of 2018 with 294 rooms for guests [MORE INFO...]More information on Austria can be found on TOPHOTELPROJECTS, the specialized service provider in the exchange of cutting-edge information of hotel construction in the international hospitality industry.

The Hospitality Industry in Poland Begins to Reap the Benefits of Slow-Building Tourist Gains

TOPHOTELPROJECTS - 18 October 2017
One of the most recent countries where this progression has been in evidence is Poland, which began building its reputation as a destination for visitors from America, France, the United Kingdom and even Asia some years ago. Industry experts have described Poland's investment market as being still in its infancy phases, but one that displays much potential, driven by a wide range of factors such as the improvement of hotel indicators, the presence of more major hotel chains, the enhancement of the country's meetings and conference industry, improvements to the road and rail infrastructure there, and favorable property prices as compared to other nearby European markets such as London, Paris, and Munich.Poland's rise is perhaps best evidenced by InterContinental Hotels Group signing a franchise agreement to open the first Staybridge Suites in Poland back in August, which marks the brand's eighth property in the European continent. Marriott International also recently opened the Sopot Marriott Resort and Spa there, establishing it as one of the country's largest spa resorts.Those are signs of hotel growth, obviously, but the signs of increased interest of tourist have been building even longer, perhaps as far back as 2012 when the country hosted the UEFA Euro 2012 football tournament alongside the Ukraine. Experts estimate that from 2012 to 2016, tourist numbers in Poland increased by as much as 46 percent, meaning the traffic rose to nearly 19.6 million visitors, with overnight stays going from 24.9 million in 2012 to 37.2 million in 2016, which marks a 10.6 percent increase by year.With that in mind, it's time for all savvy hotel owners and operators to stay abreast of the major hotel openings in Poland. Let's take a look at some of the most notable:Hotel Ibis Styles WarsawThis hotel is slated for completion in the second quarter of 2019, and when it opens its doors it will feature 468 new rooms for guests. It's a stylish construction to be sure, one that has been masterminded by the Polish real estate company Adept Investment. [MORE INFO...]Hotel DeoLocated at Chmielna Stagiewna on scenic Spichrzow Island, Hotel Deo is scheduled to open its doors to guests in the second quarter of 2018, featuring 374 rooms for visitors when it does. [MORE INFO...]Dobosz Hotel BlueThis new hotel in Swinoujscie is currently under construction, with a scheduled opening date some time in the second quarter of 2018. It will have 305 rooms for guests and a stylish, modern exterior design, as well as luxurious accommodations inside. [MORE INFO...]More information about Poland Hotel Projects can be found on TOPHOTELPROJECTS, the specialized service provider in the exchange of cutting-edge information of hotel construction in the international hospitality industry.

London's Uber ban could spell bad news for AirBnB

TOPHOTELPROJECTS - 17 October 2017
Last month it was announced that controversial carpool site Uber would be banned from operating in London. Transport For London refused to renew the ride sharing site's operating license, saying that "Uber's approach and conduct demonstrate a lack of corporate responsibility in relation to a number of issues which have potential public safety and security implications," and that the ban would come into place on September 30th. However, as predicted Uber immediately moved to appeal the ban under the court's 21 day appeal procedure, and it will continue to operate while the appeal is being processed. This was a major blow for the taxi-alternative, who have faced controversy worldwide for their business model, staff treatment and ruthless behaviour, sparking protest in cities all over the world from London to Buenos Aires. The ban prompted the abrupt resignation of the Uber's UK and Ireland director Jo Bertram at the beginning of October, just ten days after the ban was announced.As the prevalence of the sharing economy has grown, big names in this revolutionary yet polemic industry have faced significant backlash from regulators, unions and local councils. While the public will always be on the side of a bargain, traditional industries are scratching their heads as to how to compete with this new models, and the hospitality industry is one such sector that has had to seriously think outside the box when it comes to competing with sites like AirBnB who appeal to the tricky millennial demographic.What implications will the Uber ban in London have on sites like AirBnB? AirBnB has already made moves to placate British regulators in London, with the site limiting rentals to a maximum of 90 days unless they have been granted permission from the city council. Since they have started to enforce the ban, 90 day-plus bookings have drastically decreased. However, unlike cities like Barcelona, which is suffering from an over-saturated tourism market that is angering locals and forcing a crackdown on AirBnB's rental properties, London has seen a 6% increase in tourism in the past year, and with tourism contributing PS127 billion annually to the British economy, crackdowns like the one in Barcelona are less likely to happen in the English capital. Increasingly it seems like councils and business owners alike will have no choice but to embrace the sharing economy instead of trying to fight it.The following projects in London should be on your radar:Park Regis Shoreditch LondonThe 70,000 sqft project for Seven Capital will create a 125 bed boutique hotel on a stand alone island site and utilising in part the original facade of a late Victorian warehouse [MORE INFO...]Westin London QueensbridgeThis is a major development in the City of London facing the river Thames [MORE INFO...]Arundel Great CourtThe Hotel would be part of the development - it will be a last minute decision if there will be a hotel or not [MORE INFO...]More information about London Hotel Projects can be found on TOPHOTELPROJECTS, the specialized service provider in the exchange of cutting-edge information of hotel construction in the international hospitality industry.

Project Pipelines in Mexico, Caribbean Booming in 2017 [Infographic]

TOPHOTELPROJECTS - 12 October 2017
Mexico, which ranks among the ten most popular countries for tourists in the entire world, currently has a grand total of 77 projects in its pipeline, while the Caribbean region has a total of 91, according to numbers from the TOPHOTELPROJECTS database. This includes properties that are currently under construction or in the planning, vision, pre-planning, or pre-opening phases. The grand total of rooms in the pipeline is more than 17,000, which means that the two regions combined are demonstrating a 24.4 percent increase year-to-year, at least based on the number of coming rooms. However, it remains to be seen what effect, if any, the sizeable hurricanes and earthquakes that have recently beset both regions will have on the booming project pipeline.Whatever the effect, it's likely safe to assume that it won't be long before tourists return to the world class beaches found in countries like Mexico, the Dominican Republic, and Jamaica. With that in mind, let's take a look at five projects that will soon be making their debuts in the region.Pageant Beach Hotel - Cayman IslandsAlthough the name is not yet decided upon, this special hotel will boast a 10th-floor bar and grill with an outside glass elevator, four swimming pools (including a rooftop infinity pool), five outdoor beachfront and poolside restaurants and bars, a spa and fitness facility, a landscaped boardwalk, children's center and 30,000 square feet of conference facilities. With a slated opening date in early 2020, this hotel will have 450 rooms. [MORE INFO...]Embassy Suites by Hilton St. Kitts - St. KittsEmbassy Suites by Hilton St. Kitts will be located in Pelican Bay, which is a private cove nestled on seven acres on the Caribbean side of this island. Once completed in early 2018, this 226-room hotel will offer access to main roads, downtown attractions and Robert L. Bradshaw International Airport. The condo-hotel complex will include six towers, 3,847 square feet of meeting space, an infinity pool, a fitness center, spa and kids' club. The new accommodations will also offer the brand's signature features such as the elaborate atrium environment, where guests will have full access to complimentary cooked-to-order breakfast and more. [MORE INFO...]Hideaway at Royalton Punta Cana Resort - Dominican RepublicThis 168-room hotel is slated for completion at the end of this year. It's important to note that Hideaway at Royalton Luxury Resorts have become a top choice among adult travelers seeking superior accommodations, premium service and gourmet dining in popular beachfront destinations such as Cancun, Jamaica, St. Lucia and now the Dominican Republic. [MORE INFO...]Westin Monterrey - MexicoWith 180-rooms and an opening date slated for the third quarter of 2018, this hotel will be part of Punto Valle, Monterrey's most exclusive neighborhood, which also features high end offices and upscale restaurants that cater to international and national business travelers as well as the city's most affluent residents. [MORE INFO...]Sandos Caracol Eco ResortWith 639 rooms and an opening set for the second quarter of 2018, the Sandos Caracol Eco Resort will be one of the nicest beach experiences available in beautiful Playa del Carmen. [MORE INFO...]More information on Mexico hotel projects can be found on TOPHOTELPROJECTS, the specialized service provider in the exchange of cutting-edge information of hotel construction in the international hospitality industry.

The Future is Bright for the Hilton Hotels and Resorts Project Pipeline [Infographic]

TOPHOTELPROJECTS - 11 October 2017
There is a lot happening lately with Hilton Hotels and Resorts. In August alone, Hilton confirmed plans for more than 30 hotels in the United Kingdom over the next few years, signaling major support in the British hospitality and tourism industry from the global brand. Hilton also established a new coastal landmark this month with the opening of Hilton Yantai, it's second property in the northern Chinese coastal city of Yantai. And Hilton released a brand-new type of room where guests can use a private gym without having to go into a public space, along with a new program called Five Feet to Fitness.These are all significant moves for any global hotel brand. Hilton, for its part, also has a vibrant project pipeline. In fact, according to numbers from the TOPHOTELPROJECTS database, Hilton Hotels and Resorts currently has 143 projects underway with 42,940 rooms, many of which are in the Asia Pacific Region. In fact, like the aforementioned Hilton Yantai, the chain has 65 projects underway in that region.Across the globe, the database reports that these projects are likely to open sooner rather than later, with 89 of the projects currently being categorized as under construction, 28 in the planning phase, 14 in the pre-planning phase, 10 in the pre-opening phase and 2 in the very preliminary vision phase. This means that most of the projects are currently slated to debut in 2018, 51 of them to be exact, with 20 of the projects opening between now and the end of 2017, 34 projects opening in 2019 and then 38 projects opening in 2020 or beyond.Of the other ventures that Hilton has underway, the in-room gym is one of the most interesting. It removes the need for hotels to feature communal gym spaces, instead putting a Gym Rax storage bay with an assortment of equipment in the rooms, where guests can complete suspension, body weight, core, yoga, HIIT, meditation and family-friendly workouts in privacy. These rooms also include trendier products such as the Wattbike and TRX Suspension Trainers. Hilton has also partnered with Aktiv Solutions to create its Five Feet to Fitness kiosk, which includes more than 200 guided exercise tutorials, as well as more than 25 classes that require the use of the equipment that's already in the room. In addition, these fitness-oriented rooms will come complete with five free beverages, such as Zico Coconut Water, that guests can enjoy in order to re-hydrate themselves after a rigorous workout. These rooms are being priced at about $45 more than Hilton's standard room rates, with prices varying depending on view and the city in which the hotel is located.The following projects by Hilton Worldwide are currently under construction:Hilton Lake ComoGBH S.p.a., an affiliate of the Limonta Group, has signed a management agreement with Hilton Worldwide for a hotel on Lake Como, Italy [MORE INFO...]Waldorf Astoria Doha West BayThe Waldorf Astoria Hotel Doha is a 43 story tower in West Bay, including several specialty restaurants, a luxurious spa and large function spaces, plus a grand ballroom [MORE INFO...]Hilton Abu Dhabi Saadiyat Island ResortThis is a resort which is developing on Saadiyat Island in Abu Dhabi. The Hilton Abu Dhabi Saadiyat Island Resort will have a prime location at Saadiyat Beach [MORE INFO...]More information on Hilton Worldwide can be found on TOPHOTELPROJECTS, the specialized service provider in the exchange of cutting-edge information of hotel construction in the international hospitality industry.

AccorHotels Makes $930 Million Bid for Australia's Mantra Group

TOPHOTELPROJECTS - 10 October 2017
AccorHotels, which is the biggest hotel operator on the European continent, has offered to buy the Australian Mantra Group Ltd. in a deal that values that hotel chain at about $930 million, according to a recent press release from Mantra.Mantra made the statement after reports began to swirl that an offer had been made, stating that the company "has received an indicative and non-binding proposal from Accor S.A. in relation to a potential control transaction, to be implement by way of a Mantra scheme of arrangement." The release went on to detail the prices associated with the offer, noting that Mantra had granted Accor access to its books and finances as part of the potential sale process.If the deal goes through without hitting a snag, it would mark Accor's largest acquisition into the Asia-Pacific Region, bringing the company more than 20,000 rooms in properties spread throughout Australia, New Zealand and Indonesia. The acquisition is likely to strike many industry experts as a savvy move, given that this corner of the world is one that has grown in popularity among tourists in recent years and shows few signs of slowing down soon. This spike in popularity has been driven by growing Chinese travel demands.Analysts have already begun to point out that acquiring Mantra would greatly bolster Accor's ongoing efforts to add more properties in mid and upscale markets within the Asia Pacific region.This non-binding offer from Accor comes after nearly six months of speculation among the Australian hotel sector that Mantra had been in play, speculation that resulted in a run on the companies shares when it first came to light back in March. Although no bid emerged then, it was thought that some of the biggest hotel chains in the world were interested in acquiring Mantra, hotel chains such as Marriott, InterContinental, Hyatt and the China-based HNA and Manshan.Mantra currently owns and operates more than 125 properties. Accor, as noted, is the largest hotel operator in Europe, which also makes it one of the most significant hospitality companies in the world, with more than 4,200 hotels. If this deal proceeds, it will ultimately be subject to approval from both the Mantra and Accor boards.Accor has a history of acquiring large operators in the region in recent years, having bought into Mirvac's hotel operations in 2012 and the Fairmont, Raffles and Swissotel operations in 2015. The company's newest asset in the region is Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbor, which opened its door in the last week and already has an impressive 60 percent occupancy rate.This deal would result in the effective merger of Australia's two largest hotel chains, which would mean that if agreed upon it would also be subject to clearance by the Foreign Investment Review Board as well as Australia's competition watchdog, the ACCC.Mantra Hotels has the following projects currently in the pipeline:MANTRA HOTEL, M-CITY MONASHThe Mantra Hotel will have a conference centre and ballroom [MORE INFO...]PEPPERS SOUTHBANK, MELBOURNEPeppers Southbank, a full-service hotel, is set to open on a prime site on the corner of Clarendon and Haig Streets in Melbourne's vibrant Southbank precinct [MORE INFO...]MANTRA WALLAROO SHORESMantra Wallaroo Shores Resort is located in the prime position of the 18.5 hectare Wallaroo Shores development [MORE INFO...]More information on Mantra Group hotels can be found on TOPHOTELPROJECTS, the specialized service provider in the exchange of cutting-edge information of hotel construction in the international hospitality industry.

Where Are the Highest Profile Hotel Openings for October 2017?

TOPHOTELPROJECTS - 9 October 2017
With less than three months remaining in the calendar year, information from the TOPHOTELCONSTRUCTION database shows that there are 274 projects nearing completion worldwide in October 2017 alone, and once they have been finished they will yield a total of 51,594 rooms for guests. Now, in general the global hospitality market is broken into six regions, but for the purposes of this analysis, we've lumped Latin America and the Caribbean in with North America, creating a map with five regions: the Americas, Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and Asia Pacific.North America generally tops any ranking of the most prolific project pipelines worldwide, and the count for hotel openings in October 2017 is no exception, especially given that the rest of the Western Hemisphere has been included in its count. By the end of October 2017, the Americas will see 108 projects come to fruition, which is more than double the number of the next closest region, which is Asia Pacific with 57. If North America is the perpetual first place finisher, fueled almost entirely by the markets in the United States, Asia Pacific is the regular runner-up, fueled in large part by the prolific pipeline in China. Again, the count for October 2017 is no exception in this regard.Following those two regions is the Middle East, which has 52 projects in its own pipeline, narrowly missing out on topping Asia Pacific. The Middle East is a thriving region supported a great deal by the constant growth in the United Arab Emirates, specifically in Dubai. Europe is fourth for hotels opening in October 2017 with 41 projects, while Africa is a distant fifth with 16.As the regional rankings would indicate, the United States is the top country in the world for hotel openings with 78, while China is second with 25 and the United Arab Emirates is third with 15. The top brands in the world are Hilton Garden Inn with 10 projects, Four Points by Sheraton with 8, and Hampton with 7.Now that we've got the numbers out of the way, let's take a look at some descriptions for the highest profile properties.The Atlantis, Sanya Hainan - ChinaThis gorgeous hotel is in the pre-opening phase, meaning the first guests will be arriving any day now. It has an unbelievable location overlooking the stunning sea, and it comes fully-equipped with 1,300 rooms. The property encompasses 62 hectares of unparalleled excitement. [MORE INFO...]The Corals Atlantis - BahamasFinishing up the construction phase, this hotel is also slated to debut by the end of October, offering more than 1,200 rooms for guests. This is a property formerly known as Atlantis, Paradise Island. [MORE INFO...]Millennium Biltmore Hotel Los Angeles - United StatesThis project is also in its final phases, involving 683 rooms as well as touch up work on the hotel's four ballrooms. [MORE INFO...]More information on hotel openings can be found on TOPHOTELPROJECTS, the specialized service provider in the exchange of cutting-edge information of hotel construction in the international hospitality industry.

Get to Know the Top 5 Largest Hospitality Project Investments

TOPHOTELPROJECTS - 6 October 2017
Lustica BayThe Lustica Development is a premium holiday resort that's being constructed around the Traste Bay on the Lustica peninsula in Montenegro. Once completed it will be embedded in the heart of nature of a new living environment that it is creating. It will include many hotels, such as The Chedi Lustica Bay, Marina Hotel, Hillside Boutique Hotel, Thalasso Hotel, and more. In addition there will be 1,600 apartments and 750 villas, as well as a downtown area with all the necessary faiclities, such as shopping, schools and medical services, plus two marinas for water sports, a conference center and an 18-hole golf course. The investment is 2.2 billion dollars. [MORE INFO...]Marriott Marquis Miami World CenterOnce completed, the Marriott Marquis Miami World Center is slated to be the largest hotel in South Florida. It will be split into two towers, one of which has 1,100 rooms and another that has an additional 600. There will be a massive amount of exhibition space as well, including a 100,000 square foot exhibit hall, a 65,000 square foot main ballroom, a 45,000 square foot junior ballroom, a 390,000 square foot meeting space, and a 10,000 square foot lecture hall that has 1,500 seats. The investment is 1.56 billion dollars. [MORE INFO...]Resorts World Las VegasAt number one on our list is the long-delayed resort project Resorts World las Vegas, which would sit right on the Las Vegas Strip and cater to the city's growing number of Chinese tourists. This massive construction project is in the process of overhauling its design to have a modern Asian flair that appeals to a younger generation of visitors. It's a massive project and one of the largest hospitality investments in the world. Currently in the planning phase, Resorts World Las Vegas is slated to debut in 2020. The investment is 986 million dollars, according to information from the TOPHOTELPROJECTS database. [MORE INFO...]Hilton Riyadh Hotel and ResidencesLocated on Riyadh's Eastern Ring Road in Saudi Arabia, a major corridor linking King Khalid International Airport with the downtown area, this new build Hilton Riyadh Hotel and Residence in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia will also feature two towers, much like the Marriott Marquis Miami World Center. One of the Hilton towers will be 20 stories tall and the other will be 14 stories tall. It will offer a total of 864 luxury rooms when it makes its debut later this year. The total investment is $844 million. [MORE INFO...]DAMAC Towers by Paramount Hotels and ResortsDAMAC Towers and Paramount Hotels and Resorts is a hotel and a residential complex located in the heart of the stylish Burj area in Dubai. It's a four-tower development made up of 1,200 luxury serviced suites spread throughout the towers, all of which stand 250 meters in height and are joined by a multi level plaza. The total investment is $608 million. [MORE INFO...]More information on hotel projects can be found on TOPHOTELPROJECTS, the specialized service provider in the exchange of cutting-edge information of hotel construction in the international hospitality industry.

Why Major Brands See So Much Potential in Indonesia's Project Pipeline [Infographic]

TOPHOTELPROJECTS - 5 October 2017
In fact, InterContinental Hotel Group, one of the leading hotel companies in the world, recently signed a dual-brand management agreement with PT Graha Agung Indahsentosa, which will involve the anticipated debut of two hotels: Holiday Inn Resort Bintan Lagoi Beach and Hotel Indigo Bintan Lagoi Beach, both of which are in Lagoi Bay, one of the prime tourist destinations in Bintan, Indonesia. These new properties are set to make their scheduled debuts in 2019.One look at Bintan is enough to see why such an important hospitality industry stakeholder would choose to make such an investment in the region. Bintan is known for its natural beauty, and it's located just off the coast of Singapore. It is connected to that city by ferry boats. In regards to the debut of these hotels and the dual-brand management agreement, Rajit Sukumaran, the chief development officer for IHG Asia, Middle East and Africa, has said, "Indonesia is a key market for IHG. It is a diverse market, has a strong leisure and business pull, and is well-placed for easy travel between Australia, Southeast Asia and Singapore."And IHG isn't the only company executing a plan to expand into Indonesia. The Langham Hospitality Group, which has a history that extends back to the opening of The Langham, London in 1865, is also looking at Indonesia to foster future growth. The brand is planning to make its debut in Indonesia in 2018 with a new hotel in Bali. Also, The Langham, Jakarta is slated to open in 2019 with plans calling for Langham Palace, Pandava Beach, Bali to open in 2020, all of which makes Indonesia a key part of Langham's strategy in the increasingly important Asia Pacific global hospitality region.According to information from the TOPHOTELPROJECTS database, Indonesia's current project pipeline is quite robust, with 118 projects slated to debut soon, creating a total of 22,958 new rooms for guests. Bali is the hub of the pipeline, with 29 projects slated for that city while Jakarta is expected to usher in 27 projects of its own. The expansion is center around this year and next, with 36 new projects slated for 2017 and 44 more projects set for 2018.Let's take a look at some ongoing projects in Indonesia:Four Points by Sheraton Bintan, Lagoi BayLocated on a site with a beach frontage spanning nearly 165 meters, the hotel is part of the Lagoi Bay mixed-use development, a new integrated resort destination spanning 1,300 acres on the northern end of Bintan [Read More...]The Cordis Nusa Dua BaliEach Cordis hotel are individual in style, architecture and design, all of which are reflective of its location and culture, and tailored to the requirements of our guests, from the corporate travelers to honeymooners to multi-generational families [Read More...]PARKROYAL Pecatu Bali ResortPARKROYAL Pecatu Bali Resort will be part of the 400-hectare Pecatu Indah Resort, an integrated development with planned facilities including a shopping mall and conference venues that can accommodate up to 12,000 people [Read More...]

Four Seasons Hotel Launches First Entirely Residential Project

TOPHOTELPROJECTS - 3 October 2017
For decades and decades, the Four Seasons name has been associated with the highest echelons of the luxury hospitality industry, synonymous with high service standards and exceedingly comfortable accommodations. In fact, industry experts associate Four Seasons with most hotels now offering a better quality of bathrooms and large walk-in showers at properties across the globe. In nearly every metric, Four Seasons has scores and scores of hotels that regularly earn five star ratings.Now, the company is making somewhat of a pivot by debuting its first ever purely residential property, Four Seasons Private Residences, which is set to open during 2018 with a location at Twenty Grosvenor Square, in the heart of London's famed Mayfair. The property will feature a total of 37 luxury residences that will be serviced by Four Seasons employees, possessing many of the typical hotel-style amenities one has come to expect from Four Seasons, amenities such as room service, catering, concierge services, salon and spa services, childcare, pet care, event planning, and housekeeping.The Four Seasons Private Residences will be a 250,000 square foot property with luxurious touches such as a private wine cellar, a spa with an 82-foot swimming pool, a state of the art fitness facility, games room, meeting space, private landscaped gardens, a treatment suite with a steam room and a sauna, a movie theater, and more.The property itself where this development will be located has its own rich tradition and history, dating back to World War II when Twenty Governor Square was a home for naval forces from the United States who were serving in Europe, and it welcomed such august visitors as General Dwight Eisenhower.London is a market that Four Seasons has invested in, with the brand also boasting two existing hotel properties in the UK's largest city: the Four Seasons Hotel London at Park Lane and the Four Seasons Hotel London at Trinity Square.What's unique about this new project is that it's 100 percent entirely a private residence, whereas other Four Seasons recent developments have been partially leading a budding trend of blending ownership residences within hotel spaces. In total, Four Seasons has 33 other branded private residences around the world, and it stands to add quite a few more in the coming years. In fact, at present about 75 percent of all Four Seasons projects (and there are currently more than 50 being planned) have some sort of residential component included within them.Let's take a look at some projects currently underway by Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts:Four Seasons Calistoga ResortLocated in Calistoga, amongst the valleys, mountains and vineyards of northern Napa Valley, the resort will feature its own fully operational winery and hand-farmed vineyard, offering an unprecedented grape-to-glass experience to resort guests and owners [Read More...]Four Seasons Haitang BayWith an investment of 1.5 billion yuan, the hotel occupies a construction area of 100,000 sqm, and will feature 275 guest rooms and 10 coastal villas and a comprehensive outlay of high-end accompanying facilities [Read More...]Four Seasons Fort LauderdaleThe 23-story Four Seasons Hotel & Private Residences, Fort Lauderdale will feature about hotel rooms and residences. The Four Seasons in Fort Lauderdale will include separate hotel and residential lobbies [Read More...]More information on Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts can be found on TOPHOTELPROJECTS, the specialized service provider in the exchange of cutting-edge information of hotel construction in the international hospitality industry.

U.S. Hotel Construction Pipeline Shows 8.8 Percent Growth from 2016 to 2017

TOPHOTELPROJECTS - 29 September 2017
While an 8.8 percent increase over that time period is significant for any country, it is especially relevant given that this particular country is the United States, which is the largest hotel market in the world. According to numbers from the TOPHOTELPROJECTS database, as of August 1, 2017, there were a grand total of more than half a million rooms for nearly 5,000 hotel projects that fell into one of the following categories: under construction, planning, pre-opening, pre-planning, or vision.The concentration of markets that these projects fell into is also quite diverse. One of the greatest strengths of the U.S. market is that it has a wide range of cities that offer different experiences for visitors, from the businesses travelers who flock to Dallas to those intrigued by fame and fortune who enjoy visiting Los Angeles.Up and coming major tourist destinations are also well represented in the thriving project pipeline, with developers continuing to invest heavily in places like Austin, Texas, Portland, Oregon, and Nashville, Tennessee.With all that in mind, let's take a look now at three of the must-know projects that are currently in the U.S. project pipeline.Gaylord Rockies Resort & Convention CenterThis 1,504-room beauty is currently slated to make its debut in late 2018, and when it does it will be located in Aurora, Colorado, which is near Denver, and it will features 1,800 acres of a mixed use, master planned community that is just 15 miles from the city's downtown and only minutes away from the airport. The Gaylord Entertainment Center will be part of this development, and in addition to all those rooms, it will also boast 400,000 square feet of exhibition space for meeting, as well as an atrium with a panoramic view of the Rocky Mountains [MORE INFO...]Fifth Avenue LandingThis development, which is slated to have 1,396 rooms once it is complete, will be located in sunny San Diego, California. The proposal for this project, which is currently in the planning stage, was submitted by the Port of San Diego for 5th Avenue Landing along the San Diego Bayfront. In addition to grand hotel, it will boast a location between the Convention Center and the San Diego Bay with an expanded marina, new public open spaces, and viewing plazas [MORE INFO...]8th and Howell - Hyatt RegencyThis hotel, which is slated to have 1,264 rooms when it debuts, is currently under construction, with plans that call for it to make its debut in the third quarter of 2018. This property is specifically designed to complement the soon to be completed expansion of the Washington State Convention Center [MORE INFO...]More information about US Hotel Projects can be found on TOPHOTELPROJECTS, the specialized service provider in the exchange of cutting-edge information of hotel construction in the international hospitality industry.

More Than a Dozen Hotels Slated to Debut in Kenya Over Next Five Years

TOPHOTELPROJECTS - 28 September 2017
Kenya is set to undergo a major surge in available hotel rooms.In fact, according to numbers from the TOPHOTELPROJECTS database, there are currently 17 hotel projects underway in the country and once completed they will add nearly 3,500 rooms to the hospitality industry in the nation. Much of this growth is taking place in the city of Nairobi, with some properties also coming to Rift Valley, Nanyuki, Masaai Mara, Maindi and other locales.The reasons this growth is taking place now are simple. For one, Kenya's economy is also growing, and when a developing nation's economy expands so too does the number of hotel properties. Another reason for this surge in new rooms is demand. Basically, more and more tourists are travelling throughout Kenya, both of domestic and international origin, and as a result there is a great need for more hotel rooms. This surge of visitors has corresponded with a lift of foreboding travel advisories as well, plus a series of growth incentives offered by the government. These incentives include an elimination of VAT on park fees, a removal of visa fees for children, and a reduction in park fees by Kenya Wildlife Service. That last is especially significant given the natural beauty of the landscapes found in the country.What's also significant, is the sheer number of notable brands that are coming soon to Kenya. The 17 new hotels preparing to make their debuts in the coming years are not smalltime operations. The brands involved include such world-famous properties as JW Marriott, Pullman, Wyndham, Ibis, Hilton, Four Points by Sheraton, Radisson Blu and more.There are a wide variety of properties coming as well, with the sizes of the hotels varying from 365 rooms on the high end, to 50 rooms on the low end. Africa has long presented an enticing set of circumstances for hotel developers, as the number of visitors to the continent has been steadily increasing and a lot of the markets are as of yet largely untapped.However, Africa does present a distinct set of challenges as well, with many investors saying one of the biggest hurdles is that it is often difficult to staff the hotel with local workers who are trained in the ways of high end global hospitality. If Kenya is any indication, however, for those willing to take the risk, Africa can pay great dividends.The following projects are currently underway in Kenya:Four Points by Sheraton Nairobi AirportWith its emphasis on stylish comfort and genuine service at an honest value, Four Points by Sheraton spearheads Starwood's growth in the mid-market segment in the region [READ MORE...]Wyndham Amboseli Golf Resort and SpaWyndham Hotel Group announced the signing of a management agreement for the first upscale Wyndham Hotels and Resorts property in Africa [READ MORE...]Movenpick Hotel & Residences NairobiMovenpick Hotel & Residences Nairobi is a 15-story property situated in the Kenyan capital's Westlands district [READ MORE...]More information on Kenya Hotel Projects can be found on TOPHOTELPROJECTS, the specialized service provider in the exchange of cutting-edge information of hotel construction in the international hospitality industry.

Mobile Tech is Key for Hotels Looking to Engage Millennial Guests

TOPHOTELPROJECTS - 27 September 2017
Over the past decade as well, hotels have begun to focus on enticing millennial guests. The previous generation, the Baby Boomers, have largely aged up and are no longer the most lucrative market for the hospitality industry. They have instead been placed by the younger generation, known as the millennials. This generation is also one that has grown up in the smartphone area, and largely expects to be able to use an app to do everything.With this in mind, hospitality industry experts say that it is vital for hotels to use mobile tech to properly cater to millennial guests, which are key to success in the current global hospitality market. Statistics bear out the importance of mobile in this day and age, with recent studies showing that 95 percent of Americans own a mobile phone of some kind, with the vast majority of 77 percent owning a smart phone. Globally, those numbers are closer to 66 percent owning a mobile phone and about 50 percent using a smart phone.Simply put, mobile tech is not a trend. It's here to stay as a major influencer in our lives. So, what does this mean for hotel owners and operators? Well, consider that about two thirds of U.S. travelers have at some pointed shopped for or booked air or hotel on a mobile device, and of that group, about half are travelers under the age of 35, which in other words makes them millennials.Taking all this into consideration, there are some keys to mobile success among millennial guests, one of which is ensuring that a hotel's mobile website is never broken or ineffective. Millennials have a stock attitude toward tech that states it should work and it should work well, otherwise they are liable to take their business elsewhere. Design is also crucial, as studies have shown that more than 50 percent of users won't suggest a business that has a mobile website with poor design, and, as those who study the industry well know, millennials put a heavy emphasis on peer recommendations. So, take your mobile website's design seriously and create something that's both sleek and reliable.Another thing to consider is the impact of video media. Now, most hotel owners and operators have videos of their properties on their websites. This has been a standard among most of the industry for some time. Recent studies, however, show that nearly 50 percent of millennials view online videos solely on mobile devices. What this means is that those videos on your website really aren't doing you much good. Simply put, to reach millennials you need to have videos that are easily streamed on mobile channels as well.Let's take a look at 3 hotel projects targeting milennials:Canopy by Hilton London CityGuests will be able to walk to London's buzzing East End in under 20 minutes [READ MORE...]Moxy Hotel Plaza MuenchenThe Moxy Hotel will be excellent for price conscious, modern travelers. The hotel will offer high-speed WiFi as well as an open-lobby area [READ MORE...]Radisson Red Hotel GlasgowThe Radisson Red will comprise a stylish "Redeli" restaurant and a "Oui" bar; a gallery; more than 100sqm of meeting space; a gym; and 78 parking spaces [READ MORE...]More information about Hotel Projects can be found on TOPHOTELPROJECTS, the specialized service provider in the exchange of cutting-edge information of hotel construction in the international hospitality industry.

Top 5 Luxury Hotel Brands of the Year

TOPHOTELPROJECTS - 26 September 2017
Fairmont HotelsRecently acquired by Accor Hotels, who have seen their profits rise 0.9% since the 2016 acquisition, the name Fairmont is synonymous with luxurious accommodation in some of the world's most desirable destinations. With over 70 properties worldwide, Fairmont combines impressive architecture and opulent interiors with unique experiences that can only be found in locations as diverse as Hawaii or Shanghai. Fairmont can claim the operation of some of the world's most iconic hotels, including the Savoy in London and the Plaza in New York, bastions of luxury in the hospitality industry since luxury got a name. [Project Pipeline]Mandarin OrientalFavoured by celebrities worldwide, the Mandarin Oriental brings a different level of class to the luxury hotel. With hotels located in some of the most idyllic destinations on the planet, Mandarin Oriental channels the beguiling nature of the east to exotic shores from the Indian Ocean to New England. Renowned for having some of the best spa and wellness facilities the hospitality industry has to offer, each stay in a Mandarin Oriental hotel is more memorable than the last. [Project Pipeline]W Hotels and ResortsThe fashionable W Hotels collection appeals to the well-connected traveler who wishes to be seen among the movers and shakers in whichever city of in-demand destination he or she decides to rest their head. Known for their convergence of hospitality, music, food and fashion, these trendsetting hotels are high on the hot list, as well as being some of the most luxurious accommodations in the business. W Hotels are also riding high on the technology wave, so their hotels and spaces are super social media friendly. [Project Pipeline]Aman Hotels and ResortsAman Hotels and Resorts is the king of the exotic getaway, perfect for that special occasion such as a honeymoon or anniversary. Located in areas of pristine natural beauty that each hotel aims to amplify by the architecture and amenities of the hotel itself, Aman's hotels give each guest serenity and privacy, and a sense that they are having a once in a lifetime experience in one of the most beautiful places in the world. You don't get much more luxury than that. [Project Pipeline]Six SensesSix Senses Hotels, Resorts and Spas are the ultimate fusion of luxury hotel, natural setting and unforgettable experience. Encapsulating everything that a luxurious hotel stay should embody, Six Senses really does offer each guest the opportunity to discover an additional sense they didn't know they had, by awakening in them sensations they have never felt before. Indulge in the prestigious spa facilities and dine in world class restaurants in some of the most incredible locations known to man. [Project Pipeline]More information on luxury hotels can be found on TOPHOTELPROJECTS, the specialized service provider in the exchange of cutting-edge information of hotel construction in the international hospitality industry.

Hotel Industry in the United Kingdom Enjoys Ongoing Revenue Growth in 2017

TOPHOTELPROJECTS - 25 September 2017
This tact has been widely successful, and as a result, the hotel industry in the United Kingdom has experienced steady growth so far in 2017. Even areas that have previously shown slow gains -- areas such as Newcastle and London -- are showing increased revenue per each available room.Some say that the way one starts a year establishes a tone that defines the next twelve months. If that's the case for the hospitality industry in the United Kingdom, that's a very good thing. In the first quarter of 2016, most regions throughout the island nation showed occupancy growth, year-on-year. The Belfast area saw the biggest uptick in its percentage, with a 13 percent rise, while the largest city in the country, London, saw only modest growth with its occupancy going up 5 percent, driven primarily by visitors from China and the United States. Liverpool underwent a similar increase in occupancy as London, while some other markets like Manchester and Leeds grew much slower with only 2 percent increases. The Scottish city of Edinburg was the lowest grower, coming in at slightly below what was seen in Manchester and Leeds.The country's ongoing increase in demand, coupled with a limited increase in supply, means that average room rates percentage changes were in general positive throughout 12 cities that were surveyed, except for the cities of New Castle and Aberdeen. As a result, revenue per available room, also known as RevPAR, was generally up, with Belfast seeing the biggest rise at a whopping 25 percent, while London was next with 11 percent and Liverpool was third with 10 percent.An interesting subplot that is defining a good deal of business in London at the moment is that investments from China are being made in the London real estate market. In the first half of 2017 alone, about 5 million pounds were put into the British capital. The pound has been low in the wake of the Brexit vote, and as such the country has become an attractive place for investments. It's uncertain what sort of long-term impact this will have on the hospitality industry, but based on what 2017 has held so far, all indications are that revenue is likely to continue growing. If supply surpasses demand, however, this will most certainly change.The following projects in London should be on your radar:Park Regis Shoreditch LondonThe 70,000 sqft project for Seven Capital will create a 125 bed boutique hotel on a stand alone island site and utilising in part the original facade of a late Victorian warehouse [MORE INFO...]Westin London QueensbridgeThis is a major development in the City of London facing the river Thames [MORE INFO...]Arundel Great CourtThe Hotel would be part of the development - it will be a last minute decision if there will be a hotel or not [MORE INFO...]More information about London Hotel Projects can be found on TOPHOTELPROJECTS, the specialized service provider in the exchange of cutting-edge information of hotel construction in the international hospitality industry.

Top 5 Boutique Hotel Projects to Know About Before 2019

TOPHOTELPROJECTS - 22 September 2017
These efforts include mirroring millennials' values, which often means creating individualized travel experiences that are environmentally conscious and steeped in local character of the regions and neighborhoods in which they're located, while also offering great service and sometimes even cutting edge tech. Perhaps, no type of hotel is better situated to meet these needs than boutique hotels.The impact of this has been born out throughout the industry, as the largest hotel chains in the world work to establish brands that mirror the experiences that for so long were only available through boutique hotels.With that in mind, it's of utmost importance for savvy hotel owners and operators to know about some of the most exciting boutique hotel projects that are slated to debut between now and 2019. We recently turned to the TOPHOTELPROJECTS database for a look at these properties.Bangkok Boutique Edition HotelThis boutique hotel will actually be located inside a larger property -- the luxury mixed-use retail project Maha-Nahkon, a 77-storey building. The views that guests will be amazing, looking out across the vibrant and thriving metropolis of Bangkok. Slated to make its debut in late 2017, the Bangkok Boutique Edition Hotel will have 154 rooms for guests. [MORE INFO...]Boutique Hotel Block 54 LincolnEven visitors to a city as traditional as Lincoln, Nebraska are now craving a boutique hotel experience. So, of course there is a hotel developer looking to meet this demand. That's where the Boutique Hotel Block 54 Lincoln comes in. It will located within a a 15 to 17 story hotel condo complex on the southeast corner of the city's Ninth and O Street intersections, making it the third tallest building in the city and a signature project that will link downtown to the Haymarket. Block 54 is expected to make its debut in early 2019. [MORE INFO...]Sarani ResortSlated for completion in the first quarter of 2018, Sarani Resortand Spa will be a four star boutique hotel with the service of a five star VIP resort. It will span one third of the idyllic island of Isla Pastor in the Bocas Del Toro Province of Panama. The islands' warm Caribbean waters, white sand beaches and abundant rain forest are untouched, making this a breathtakingly beautiful escape for guests. [MORE INFO...]Boutique Hotel at Playa Bonita Beach ResidencesThis boutique hotel will be located within Playa Bonita Beach Residences, a tourist housing development along the Atlantic Ocean. It is also slated to debut in the first quarter of 2018, offering a total of about 38 rooms for guests. [MORE INFO...]Aranwa Palacio Rickets Boutique HotelThe last property on our list is one of the most quaint. This boutique hotel, which is slated to open in the second quarter of 2018, is a refurbishment of the old Casa Tristan del Polo. It will have 80 rooms and it will include a restaurant, bar and spa. [MORE INFO...]More information about Hotel Projects can be found on TOPHOTELPROJECTS, the specialized service provider in the exchange of cutting-edge information of hotel construction in the international hospitality industry.

Germany Update: Three Historic Cities Power the Country to Hospitality Success [Infographic]

TOPHOTELPROJECTS - 21 September 2017
Let's start by looking at Berlin, which according to information from the TOPHOTELPROJECTS database currently has 40 hotel projects in its pipeline, making it somewhat surprisingly the least active of the three cities we will be discussing today. To put it simply, Berlin has everything, from vintage glamour to some of the best graffiti on the entire planet to the futuristic feel that can be found at its gleaming major railway station, Hauptbahnhof, not to mention the vast and comprehensive KaDeWe department store, famous across the planet. Berlin is also a real treat for travelers who love museums, with its mixture of contemporary and classic art. The city's own history is well kept via the Berlin Story Museum.Next up is Hamburg, which was recently ranked by experts as among the world's 10 most livable cities, based on health, security and culture, according to the Global Liveability Survey that was conducted by Britain's The Economist magazine this month. According to information from the TOPHOTELPROJECTS database, Hamburg ranks as the most active cities in the country in terms of the hotel project pipeline, with 44 projects currently underway, and its in great company on the list of most liveable cities, ranking alongside Vienna, Melbourne and Vancouver. This isn't the first accolade to be won by Hamburg, after the city was ranked well by the Smart Meetings travel and event magazine among, landing in the top three global cities ahead of industry heavyweights such as London, Sydney and Singapore. In January, the New York Times even put Hamburg on its famed annual list of 52 Places to Go in 2017, descrbing the city as "a haven for architecture and design," which is something known to attract millennials, the younger generation that now wields the greatest influence in the hospitality industry.The final city we're discussing today is Munich, which is just behind Hamburg with 43 projects in its upcoming hotel pipeline. Millions of tourists flock to Munich in the summer months, but also in September and October for the world famous Oktoberfest.Let's check 3 of the most interesting projects in the cities mentioned:Ramada Hotel Bogenhausener TorPlans call out for a superior hotel located in the new Bogenhauser Tor in Munich [READ MORE...]Hotel Indigo Berlin - City East SideThis hotel is part of Mercedes Platz, a complex located opposite the Mercedes-Benz Arena [READ MORE...]Courtyard by Marriott Hamburg St. GeorgOn a currently unused 4.000 sqm plot area in Hamburg St. Georg will Marriott build a Courtyard by Marriott hotel [READ MORE...]More information on German Hotel Projects can be found on TOPHOTELPROJECTS, the specialized service provider in the exchange of cutting-edge information of hotel construction in the international hospitality industry.

Potentially Valuable Excelsior Hotel Property in Hong Kong is Receiving Bids

TOPHOTELPROJECTS - 20 September 2017
Mandarin Oriental International Ltd. first announced in June that it would be testing the market for potentially selling the Excelsior Hotel, a four-star hotel that also serves as the Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group's headquarters. The government has approved redevelopment of this site for a commercial building with gross floor space that totals 684,000 square feet.The location of the hotel, which sits at 281 Gloucester Road in Hong Kong, is significant because it was the first plot of land sold at auction after Hong Kong became a British Colony in 1841. The hotel first opened in that space in 1973, a time in which it ranked as the first hospitality property in Hong Kong that featured more than 1,000 rooms.Hong Kong business publications have reported that there were at least five bids for the Excelsior Hotel property, which is valued at $3.8 billion, with one of those bids coming from a Chinese-backed consortium Sun Hung Kai Properties Ltd. and Hysan Development Co. Mandarin Oriental has acknowledge that it has received offers while also saying that no decision has as of yet been made on whether the property will be sold.In all likelihood, the strength of the proposals will determine whether the company moves forward with plans to sell. At this time, there's no way to tell what will become of it.If the company does indeed to decide to sell the hotel, it could be a lesson in the immediate future of the hospitality industry in Hong Kong. A Bloomberg Intelligence analyst has found that Hong Kong will struggle to capture high end, transient Chinese tourists over the next 20 years because there has been such recent growth in the number of available rooms and accommodations in the city. Hotel rooms in Hong Kong will also likely fall due to Chinese travelers looking at other Asian or further flung destinations for their vacations.Mandarin Oriental operates a total of 30 hotels and eight residential properties in 20 countries and territories spread throughout the world. The Excelsior Hotel has the distinction of being a four-star hotel, which makes it the lone Mandarin Oriental holding that is not classified as a five star property.Let's take a look at other projects currently underway by Mandarin Oriental:Mandarin Oriental MelbourneThe hotel and residences will be located on Collins Street, in an iconic, mixed-use 185-metre tower which will play a part in the ongoing regeneration of the city"s Central Business District [READ MORE...]Mandarin Oriental BeirutThe overall development comprises two adjacent buildings located in Beirut's Central District at the heart of Lebanon's capital [READ MORE...]Mandarin Oriental Resort MaldivesMandarin Oriental, Maldives is located 185 kilometres north of the capital city Male, a journey of 45 minutes by seaplane [READ MORE...]More information on Mandarin Oriental can be found on TOPHOTELPROJECTS, the specialized service provider in the exchange of cutting-edge information of hotel construction in the international hospitality industry.

Bali Hospitality Pipeline Benefits From Innovative Hotel Concepts [Infographic]

TOPHOTELPROJECTS - 18 September 2017
Currently, the project pipeline in Bali bears this out, with a steady amount of growth that is being supported by a few truly unique ideas. One of those unique concepts has been created by Marriott International as part of the company's W hotel. It's called the W Sound Suite and it debuted in Bali last year.The W Sound Suite concept caters to high end guests, especially professional musicians. Drawing inspiration from how The Doors recorded the 1970 album Morrison Hotel in a grungy Los Angeles hotel. The W experience, of course, is far from grungy. The Sound Suite facilities feature an on-site recording studio that officials say provides "a perfect environment for professional musicians to record while on the road, while also being available for hotel guests who want a taste of the limelight."In addition to the Bali property, this concept is also now available at the W Hollywood, meaning that the luxury lifestyle brand that was first rolled out in Bali has extended to the most glamorous market in the United States. There are also Sound Suite's available to guests now In Seattle and Barcelona. The Bali incarnation, however, is notable for a couple of reasons, the first of which is that Lady Gaga and DJ White Shadow collaborated to make sure the suite's mixing equipment, lounge, and vocal booth matched the expectations of real life superstar musicians. The second is that this sort of innovation, which has now spread to the global stage, is indicative of a healthy project pipeline overall in Bali.Indeed, Bali's project pipeline currently features 29 projects that once completed will offer a total of 5,698 new rooms. The vast majority of these projects will be completed in 2018, with 17 of them scheduled for completion then. Of these projects, 25 are in the construction phase, meaning that the expansion in Bali's capacity to house visitors will be coming sooner rather than later.It's also telling that of the 29 projects, 19 fall into the luxurious 5 star category while the 10 others are considered four stars, meaning that the current trend in Bali is more so oriented toward high end guests, much like the W's Sound Suite concept.Let's take a look at hotel projects currently underway in Bali:The Sarasvati, a Luxury Collection Resort, BaliOften called the 'Island of the Gods,' exotic and mystical Bali promises a truly unique experience [READ MORE...]Hyatt Regency BaliHyatt Hotels and Resorts would like to announce that Bali Hyatt is closed to undergo a large-scale renovation project at this time [READ MORE...]Waldorf Astoria BaliLocated in the exclusive Bukit Pandawa precinct in the south of Bali, the villa Waldorf Astoria Bali is also the fourth hotel in the pipeline in Indonesia for the global hospitality group [READ MORE...]More information about Bali Hotel Projects can be found on TOPHOTELPROJECTS, the specialized service provider in the exchange of cutting-edge information of hotel construction in the international hospitality industry.

How TripAdvisor and AirBnB Have Drastically Changed Hotels

TOPHOTELPROJECTS - 18 September 2017
In fact, AirBnB for example has been projected by experts to pull in as much as $3.5 billion by the year 2020, as AirBnB's number of available listings continues increasing by leaps and bounds in markets that range from New Zealand to Kansas. That's not to say that the overall global outlook for hotels hasn't been increasingly rosy as well. Dubai, one of the most glamorous and active travel locales on the planet, is a great example. In 2007, the city had 32,616 hotel and resort rooms. As we get into the later months of 2017, Dubai is preparing to reach a 134,000 room milestone.So, the big story in the travel industry is not that AirBnB is outright replacing hotels as the mode of choice for travelers looking to book accommodations, but rather that hotels are continuing to grow, while making tweaks and changes to their existing business models designed to stave off incursions from these new competitors, which in addition to AirBnB include TripAdvisor, an aggregate review website that can also be used to book travel.The biggest response to AirBnB and the rise of the sharing economy, at least in the hospitality industry, has been the drive to create the so-called Millennial hotel, which can attract the new generation of dominant traveler that now wields the most wealth in the hospitality sector. This trend has seen the largest hotel groups on the face of the planet launching hip new spinoff brands aimed specifically at appearing trendy and locally-grown, all in a direct attempt to pull in more business from Millennials.The ways that hotels are changing to accommodate this demographic are diverse and wide-ranging. Some strive to incorporate an interior feel that conveys an experience that is unique to the area in which the hotel is located, catering to the Millennial preference for locality and authenticity. Others are seeking to entice them with tech advances, instilling rooms with smart technology that allows them to control everything from the lighting to the television to room temperature with applications that they can download on their devices and smart phones.Some hotels are appealing to Millennials who consider themselves foodies, or restaurant patrons that are knowledgeable about the culinary arts and great food. Some hotels are inviting mega star chefs into their restaurants while others are focusing on farm to fork menus that have a heavy emphasis on organic foods.The one constant, however, is chance. Hotels that have for years focused on luxuries and consistent service are now thinking outside the box, innovating and changing long-standing business models as part of efforts to evolve and not be left behind by the new industry threats.Let's take a look at 3 hotel projects targeting milennials:Canopy by Hilton London CityGuests will be able to walk to London's buzzing East End in under 20 minutes [READ MORE...]Moxy Hotel Plaza MuenchenThe Moxy Hotel will be excellent for price conscious, modern travelers. The hotel will offer high-speed WiFi as well as an open-lobby area [READ MORE...]Radisson Red Hotel GlasgowThe Radisson Red will comprise a stylish "Redeli" restaurant and a "Oui" bar; a gallery; more than 100sqm of meeting space; a gym; and 78 parking spaces [READ MORE...]More information about Hotel Projects can be found on TOPHOTELPROJECTS, the specialized service provider in the exchange of cutting-edge information of hotel construction in the international hospitality industry.

AccorHotels CEO Discusses What It Takes to Succeed in the Competitive Hospitality Industry

TOPHOTELPROJECTS - 15 September 2017
During the second day of the SAHIC South America event Thursday in Buenos Aires, AccorHotels CEO Sebastien Bazin detailed his thoughts about the importance of being able to anticipate change in an increasingly competitive hospitality industry and about what he sees for the future of the business.Bazin, one of the most prominent figures in global hospitality, has headed Accor since 2013, guiding a company with more than 4,000 properties in nearly 100 countries spread throughout the planet. Under his leadership, Accor is one of the largest hotel operators on the planet. In a wide-spanning conversation rich with ideas and valuable insights, Bazin shared his thoughts with Stephanie Ricca, editor-in-chief of HotelNewsNow."In today's world, either you change or you will be change," Bazin said.Throughout his years as leader of Accor, Bazin has placed a heavy focus creating a company that stands out and is first to move on new ideas, thinking with an eye towards being successful in the future. He described this as key to thriving in the hotel industry, which has been growing at a steady 4 to 5 percent clip in recent decades, which is great but also challenging because it draws so much competition to the space.A major challenge facing large-scale hotel brands such as Accor in the modern industry is upstart concepts like AirBnB, a sharing economy web platform with a vast and increasingly number of listings across the globe. Bazin emphasized that AirBnB is not the enemy, but rather a company that provides valuable insight because they have understood something about consumers that traditional hospitality stakeholders have not.Bazin said that the hotel industry needs to learn from AirBnB as well as from the customers themselves. The modern hotel guest does not want to be seen as a number, they want to be a unique individual and their hotel experiences should reflect this desire. On the whole, price is a less important element than it once was, with customers that are now willing to pay more if it means being transformed by experiences they want to remember, learn from and share with others.When asked about what he sees as the future of the business, Bazin said that the hotel industry must prepare for the advent of artificial intelligence, describing a scenario in which computers make organic suggestions to would-be guests. He also said evolving online payment methods is something for brands to monitor.In terms of Accor's immediate future, Bazin said the company has about 100 hotels in its project pipelines, 99 percent of which are not in the United States and 85 percent of which are not in Europe. Accor's focus is instead on developing markets such as India, APAC and LATAM."Anybody that is driven by size makes a mistake," Bazin said. "I prefer to be driven by local market share."In terms of Argentina, the host country for this event, Bazin praised it as a hospitality destination for having a rich history and wonderful cities, but said the macroeconomy is a problem because land and labor are expensive while the price per room remains low. Another challenge facing the country in terms of attracting tourists is that it has a need for more visiting flights and airlines.Overall, his advice for people who aspire to join the hospitality industry is change and learn, not staying with the same company for 20 years as people were once likely to do.The following projects by AccorHotels are currently underway in Latin America:Sofitel So La HabanaThe hotel will be located on the corner of the Malecon and Paseo del Prado [READ MORE...]Fairmont Costa CanuvaThe new Fairmont Costa Canuva will reside within the new master-planned seaside community, 'COSTA CANUVA', on the Riviera Nayarit [READ MORE...]Mercure ItajaiThe Mercure hotel is part of the "Absolute Hotel & Business" development in Itajai [READ MORE...]More information about AccorHotels can be found on TOPHOTELPROJECTS, the specialized service provider in the exchange of cutting-edge information of hotel construction in the international hospitality industry.

The North Africa Hotel Pipeline is Thriving, Especially in Morocco

TOPHOTELPROJECTS - 14 September 2017
Those who have invested in partnerships in recent decades, however, have been able to reap some rewards in recent years as, in spite of Africa's struggles, tourism begins to pick up a bit on the continent. One area where the hotel construction pipeline is becoming healthier is North Africa, specifically in the long-time tourism destination that is Morocco.In fact, according to information from the TOPHOTELPROJECTS database, there are currently 47 projects in the hotel pipeline in the coastal country of Morocco, perhaps most famous for being home to ancient cities such as Casablanca and Marrakesh, both of which have roots that date back to empires in medieval times.In addition to this history, Morocco also features a French colonial legacy that gives it a fascinating mix of architecture, one that blends Moorish styles with European art deco. The coast is also part of the reason that Morocco has been a famous landing spot for tourists over the years, with Casablanca featuring buildings that extend out over the water.The largest project currently in Morocco's hotel construction pipeline is the Marina Resort Chbika, which when completed in the second quarter of 2020 will feature 2,500 new rooms for guests. Chbika, originally known as Chbika Sahara Atlantique, has been master-planned to include three or more hotels, 1,851 apartments and villas, a town center, a marina with berths for 100 boats, a sports center, a spa, a medical center, and what's been described as a tournament-worthy golf course. Without question, the resort will be the biggest thing to ever hit the village of Chbika, which is located along the Atlantic coast in a remote part of southwestern Morocco, near the town of Tan-Tan.Another project of note from Morocco's construction pipeline is the JW Marriott New Marina Casablanca, which is due to open in the first quarter of 2020, featuring 307 rooms for guests. Like many of the attractions in Casablanca, the hotel will be adjacent to the water as part of the Casablanca Marina. It's outer facade is also quite modern and stunning, featuring a design that gives the illusion of twisting, creating a building that looks more at home in a place like Dubai than it does in Casablanca.Let's take a look at some of the projects currently underway in Morocco:Marina Resort ChbikaChbika, originally known as Chbika Sahara Atlantique, has been master-planned to include three or more hotels, 1,851 apartments and villas, a town center and a marina with berths for 100 boats [READ MORE...]W MarrakechIdeally located between the historic Medina and Gueliz, the city's modern new town, W Marrakech will be near Menara Gardens with easy access to fashionable boutiques and pulsating nightlife [READ MORE...]Park Hyatt MarrakechAmenities include a resort center, Park Hyatt meeting residences, specialty restaurant, luxury spa, private villas, and an artist's medina [READ MORE...]More information on Morocco Hotel Projects can be found on TOPHOTELPROJECTS, the specialized service provider in the exchange of cutting-edge information of hotel construction in the international hospitality industry.

Wyndham Hotel Group CEO Discusses Future of Hospitality in Latin America

TOPHOTELPROJECTS - 14 September 2017
During the SAHIC South America event today in Buenos Aires, Wyndham Hotel Group President and CEO Geoff Ballotti discussed the future of hospitality opportunities in Argentina and the rest of Latin America, painting a picture of continued growth.In his position at the head of Wyndham, which is one of the five largest hotel companies in the world, Ballotti oversees a total of 200 properties in Latin America and the Caribbean, and he said that recent years have ushered in considerable growth. In fact, Wyndham's portfolio has doubled in the region over the past 3 years, with 24 new hotels added this year. Of those hotels, 17 are in Argentina and came to Wyndham via the company's acquisition of Fen Hotels in late 2016.Ballotti's remarks often address how important it is for the government's in Latin America to work with hotel companies. Last year in the wake of Wyndham's acquisition of Fen Hotels, Ballotti received a call from Argentinian President Mauricio Macri, asking what more the government could do to support the company. As such, Ballotti predicts a rosy future for hospitality growth in Argentina over the coming years. This outlook is not just talk, however, as Wyndham is currently preparing to move its Latin American headquarters to the country. Indeed, Buenos Aires ranks as the most visited country in South America, but not at the top of the list for Latin America.That honor goes to Mexico, which Ballotti also pointed to as a country that is important to Wyndham's operations in the region, saying they have long had a good working relationship with the government there. Mexico has widely and aggressively promoted its country's tourism industry since the 1960, making the nation one of the 10 most visited countries in the world as tourists regularly flock there from the nearby United States and Canada, especially to the country's many beach resort cities, including Cancun, Baja and Puerto Vallarta.Discussing governmental collaboration with hospitality companies further, Ballotti said there are indications that Brazil is beginning to understand the importance of doing so, laying the ground work for work with major players in the industry.Overall, Ballotti and Wyndham believe that revPAR will continue growing throughout Latin America, powered largely by middle class travelers. As such, it is somewhat safe to expect the hospitality industry throughout the region to focus its efforts on attracting those guests.One positive of note for Latin America, Ballotti said, is that the sharing economy website Airbnb has not taken hold in that region as it has in other parts of the world, making conditions there for large hospitality operators a bit more stable.Ballotti's remarks came during an interview with Peter Greenberg, the travel editor for CBS News. The SAHIC South America continues today with a keynote speech from Accor Hotels CEO Sebastien Bazin. Make sure to check back to TOPHOTELNEWS for updates from the second day of the annual must-attend event.The following projects by Wyndham Hotels & Resorts are currently underway in LATAM:Howard Johnson Resort Nautico Spa & Convention Center CarmeloThe condohotel has a total area of 7000 m2. It has exclusive suites with magnificent views of the Arroyo and Rio de la Plata and will be the first Uruguayan national flag resort with exclusive marinas that will allow river access to nautical boats [READ MORE...]Wyndham Papagayo Yu ResortWyndham Papagayo Yu Resort will be situated along Playa Panama in Guabacaste, an area known for pristine beaches, world-class surfing and lively culture [READ MORE...]Howard Johnson La FaldaHoward Johnson La Falda will be a superior hotel with a minimalist concept. In a 7000 m2 plot, located in the Villa Eden neighborhood [READ MORE...]

Ibis Styles comes to the United States

TOPHOTELPROJECTS - 11 September 2017
Ibis Styles, the Accor operated brand that bills itself as friendly, upbeat and idiosyncratic, appealing to a broad spectrum of clients, including the millennial market, has opened the doors of its first hotel in the United States of America. Situated close to New York City's La Guardia airport, the Ibis Styles New York La Guardia Airport is actually located in a former airport hotel building, but has been renovated employing the signature branding and comfort that makes Ibis a trusted name in mid-range lodgings.The 93-key property is the newest addition to the brand's existing portfolio of nearly 340 Ibis Styles hotels worldwide, with the brand being found in more than 30 countries internationally. Ibis Budget is the group's brand that offers rooms at a lower price point, and they operate over 560 hotels around the globe. This particularly property takes its cues from local design and infrastructure, namely the iconic signage and branding of the New York subway system. This influence gives the airport property a connection through transport to both the city and the airport itself, while at the same time adding colour and a definite identity to the hotel. The common areas are decorated with neon strip lighting which emulates the subway lines on maps, and brightly coloured recesses in blue, red, yellow and green appear as terminating points, or maybe stations, that double as shelving and convey a sense of playfulness that the hotels strive to achieve. The walls of the guest rooms are covered in illustrations of cities and subway maps, and each room has a 26-inch TV screen, free wifi, a desk and guests can avail of the hotel's buffet, which serves street-food inspired cuisine.Ibis Styles has the following projects currenty in the pipeline:Ibis Styles Glasgow Centre WestThe site is currently disused offices on Waterloo Street, Glasgow and will undergo a major redevelopment over the coming months [READ MORE...]Ibis Styles Bangkok Phra KhanongA new 25-story Ibis Styles is planned in Khet Wattana, Bangkok [READ MORE...]Ibis Styles ViennaA former bureau building in Vienna will be converted to an Ibis Styles Hotel, which will be ideally situated next to the Praterbrucke and near the Donaukanal [READ MORE...]More information on Ibis Styles can be found on TOPHOTELPROJECTS, the specialized service provider in the exchange of cutting-edge information of hotel construction in the international hospitality industry.

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