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Thursday 11 July 2024

First ECHO Suites opens......

Construction workers hitting the road for month-long projects, travelling nurses visiting a new city for extended periods and digital nomads taking advantage of today’s work-from-anywhere policies will now have a new home-away-from-home with ECHO Suites Extended StaySM by Wyndham, which celebrated the grand opening of its first location, ECHO Suites Spartanburg in South Carolina.


The opening marks a major milestone for the brand, which has grown its development pipeline to nearly 270 hotels and over 33,000 rooms across the U.S. and Canada. Timed amidst an influx of infrastructure projects expected across the country over the next decade, additional ECHO Suites are slated to open in Texas and Virginia this year.

Philip Cox, ECHO Suites Spartanburg Owner said “Spartanburg, like many other cities around the country, is booming with projects that require long-term, comfortable and affordable stays. ECHO Suites is the answer with a well-designed prototype created with the operator in mind. Plus, when you add in the collaboration with the world’s largest hotel franchisor, it’s a perfect match.”


 An Efficient Build for Today’s Everyday Traveler

The arrival of ECHO Suites coincides with historic infrastructure investments in the U.S., including $1.2 trillion in approved funding as part of the 2021 Infrastructure and Jobs Act, the largest in our nation’s history. This is coupled with $280 billion as part of the CHIPS and Science Act of 2022, driving construction of new chip manufacturing plants across the U.S.

Together, these projects are creating a tailwind for Wyndham and the everyday business traveler, particularly construction and other trade workers, many of whom are in need of long-term accommodations as they travel to job sites across the country. The work is expected to bring a $3.3 billion opportunity in additional room revenue to Wyndham franchisees over the multi-year period of spend.

The purpose-built, all new-construction, 124-room ECHO Suites prototype requires under two acres of land and has a highly competitive cost per key. Coming in at approximately 50,000 square-feet, the prototype is designed to offer 79% of revenue generating square footage. Rooms consist of single- and two-queen studio suites with kitchens as well as efficiently-designed public spaces—a lobby, fitness center and 24/7 guest laundry—that are designed to help limit labor needs.

Continued Investment in Extended-Stay Hotels

Wednesday 10 April 2024

The St. Joe Company and InterMountain Management, LLC Announce the Opening of the 121-Suite Residence Inn by Marriott® Panama City Beach Pier Park

The St. Joe Company and InterMountain Management, LLC announce the opening of the 121-suite Residence Inn by Marriott Panama City Beach Pier Park (“Residence Inn”). The hotel is located at 15900 Panama City Beach Parkway, Panama City Beach, FL 32413 in the popular Pier Park® shopping and entertainment district.


Managed by InterMountain, the pet-friendly hotel features 121 studio, one-bedroom and two-bedroom guest suites with full kitchens, equipped with a full-sized refrigerator, stovetop, microwave, dishwasher and coffee maker. Complimentary amenities include hot breakfast, Wifi, on-site parking, grocery delivery services, outdoor pool and fitness center. The convenient location is ideal for families traveling on vacation as well as for business travelers, as guests will be within walking distance of the nearby Pier Park district, white sand beaches and the Frank Brown Park sports complex and event site.

Residence Inn is the second extended-stay hotel in Panama City Beach owned by a partnership of St. Joe and InterMountain, preceded by the 124-suite TownePlace Suites by Marriott® Panama City Beach Pier Park (“TownePlace Suites”).

“Our joint venture with InterMountain has produced two great Marriott-branded hotels in the popular Pier Park area,” said William Brock, Vice President of Commercial Real Estate for St. Joe. “As Panama City Beach continues to position itself as a year-round destination for families, this new hotel will provide visitors with another extended-stay option and supports our goal of having lodging and hospitality offerings to meet every traveler’s needs and price point.”

Residence Inn adds to St. Joe’s growing and varied hotel portfolio, increasing the company’s operational hotel rooms to 1,298 and providing a wide range of options at different service levels and locations. In 2023, St. Joe opened five new hotels with 2024 as the first full year of operations for these new properties. St. Joe, individually or through consolidated and unconsolidated joint ventures, now has 12 hotels in its portfolio with the addition of this Residence Inn.

"InterMountain is excited to open another hotel in Panama City Beach with our partners at The St. Joe Company," stated Dewey Weaver, Owner of InterMountain. "The positive reception of the neighboring TownePlace Suites since its opening is demonstrative of a strong demand for hotels in the Pier Park shopping and entertainment district, and we are optimistic that we will experience the same success with the Residence Inn.”


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Wednesday 3 April 2024

Hilton has acquired a majority controlling interest in Sydell Group to expand the NoMad Hotels brand

Hilton has announced it has acquired a majority controlling interest in Sydell Group (“Sydell”) to expand the NoMad Hotels brand from its existing London flagship location to high-end markets around the world. The addition of NoMad to Hilton’s brand portfolio marks the global hospitality leader’s entry into the fast-growing luxury lifestyle hotel market with a meticulously designed brand defined by exceptional food and beverage, interior design and service. 

Over the last decade, Sydell, led by founder Andrew Zobler, has created seven dynamic lifestyle brands, with award-winning hotel concepts including NoMad, The Line, Freehand and The Ned. Sydell will be responsible for design, branding and management of the NoMad brand while Hilton will lead all development. The NoMad brand will be fully integrated into Hilton’s commercial platforms, including Hilton Honors. All NoMad properties will remain independently owned.  

Hilton projects that as many as 100 NoMad properties will be developed globally over time, with approximately 10 already in advanced stages of discussion with Sydell.  
Chris Silcock, President, Global Brands and Commercial Services said: "Adding NoMad to our growing brand portfolio will create new offerings for guests seeking unique luxury experiences in some of the world’s most desirable locations."

“Adding NoMad to our growing brand portfolio will create new offerings for guests seeking unique luxury experiences in some of the world’s most desirable locations,” said Chris Silcock, president, global brands and commercial services, Hilton. “By pairing an already proven brand concept that’s ready for expansion with the power of Hilton’s commercial engine, we are accelerating our ability to drive growth in the luxury lifestyle segment.  

“Coupled with our recently announced exclusive partnership with Small Luxury Hotels of the World and our planned acquisition of the Graduate Hotels brand, Hilton is leading the hotel industry with the addition of innovative new luxury and lifestyle offerings that meet changing guest needs and add new opportunities for owners to join our system,” Silcock said.

Each NoMad hotel added to Hilton’s network will provide a uniquely local luxury experience that makes guests feel like residents of some of the world’s most sought-after neighborhoods. NoMad Hotels are both grand and intimate, fun and elegant, and classic and playful, creating a unique blend of luxury and lifestyle experiences throughout the stay with special touches like unique local art collections featured in each guest room. 

Tuesday 12 March 2024

Hyatt set to open new Andaz hotel in Miami

Following a property-wide renovation, luxury lifestyle hotel Andaz Miami Beach is slated to open in late 2024, with reimagined spaces, programming and a new culinary collaboration with Jose Andrés Group.





Hyatt Hotels Corporation, announced an update on the anticipated renovation of The Confidante Miami Beach and its complete transformation into the new Andaz Miami Beach, which is slated to open in the fourth quarter of 2024. The new hotel, which is owned by Sunstone Hotel Investors, Inc., will go beyond the familiar to discover and define guests’ personal essence while immersing themselves in the spirit of the eclectic culture around them through a barrier-free redesigned lobby, two reconceptualized pools and outdoor recreation experience, an exhilarating spa, inspiring guestrooms, suites and meeting spaces, and immersive dining experiences with the hotel’s new culinary provider, José Andrés Group. As part of the hotel’s transformation the iconic oceanfront property will temporarily suspend operations starting Monday, March 25, 2024, through the conclusion of the renovation.

"We are thrilled to unveil this new chapter for Hyatt as our hotel becomes the Andaz Miami Beach, blending the essence of Miami Beach with the allure of imaginative travel to stimulate guests’ curiosity and self-expression,” said Amy Johnson, general manager, of Andaz Miami Beach. “This exciting journey brings the luxury lifestyle Andaz brand to Florida along with exciting collaborations like Jose Andres Group. We look forward to welcoming back our guests and local community to a completely new and bold hotel, embodying the distinctly native experience and expressive nature of the Andaz brand, while still capturing the essence of Miami Beach.”

Tuesday 5 March 2024

Marcus Hotels & Resorts, Hempel Real Estate and Robinson Park Close Acquisition of Loews Minneapolis Hotel

Loews Minneapolis Hotel will be rebranded The Lofton Hotel with immediate effect.
The 251-room property will be rebranded as The Lofton Hotel under the Tapestry Collection by Hilton flag; Marcus Hotels & Resorts to manage the property.


Marcus Hotels & Resorts, a nationally recognized owner and management company and division of The Marcus Corporation announced this week that it, Hempel Real Estate, and Robinson Park have closed on the acquisition of the Loews Minneapolis Hotel. The property will be managed by Marcus Hotels & Resorts, effective today, and will be rebranded immediately as The Lofton Hotel under the Tapestry Collection by Hilton flag, making it the first Tapestry Collection hotel in Minnesota. The terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

“Since 1993, Marcus Hotels & Resorts has been invested in elevating the travel and leisure experience in Minneapolis, a city we greatly admire and appreciate,” said Michael Evans, president of Marcus Hotels & Resorts. “The Lofton Hotel’s chic design, incredible location, and ample amenities create a welcoming destination for travellers visiting the Twin Cities and experiencing all they have to offer. With The Lofton Hotel now part of the Tapestry Collection by Hilton platform, we look forward to welcoming our new associates to the Marcus Hotels & Resorts family and providing our guests with the high-quality service and experience for which Hilton and we are known. We also look forward to playing an active part in the continued resurgence of the downtown business and social community.”

Sunday 25 February 2024

Hyatt Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2023 Results

Record Total Fee Revenue Led to the Highest Cash Flow from Operations in Company History

Full Year System-Wide RevPAR Increased 17%

Hyatt Hotels Corporation last week reported fourth quarter and full year 2023 financial results. Highlights includes:

Net income was $26 million in the fourth quarter and $220 million for the full year of 2023, and exceeded the full year outlook for 2023. Adjusted net income was $68 million in the fourth quarter and $276 million for the full year of 2023.
Diluted EPS was $0.25 in the fourth quarter and $2.05 for the full year of 2023. Adjusted Diluted EPS was $0.64 in the fourth quarter and $2.56 for the full year of 2023.
Adjusted EBITDA was $241 million in the fourth quarter and $1,029 million for the full year of 2023, and exceeded the full year outlook range for 2023.
Adjusted EBITDA does not include Net Deferrals and Net Financed Contracts of $33 million1 in the fourth quarter or Net Deferrals and Net Financed Contracts of $158 million1 for the full year of 2023.
Comparable system-wide RevPAR increased 9.1% in the fourth quarter and 17.0% for the full year of 2023, compared to the same periods in 2022, and exceeded the full year outlook for 2023.
Comparable owned and leased hotels RevPAR increased 5.9% in the fourth quarter and 15.5% for the full year of 2023, compared to the same periods in 2022. Comparable owned and leased hotels operating margin was 26.2% in the fourth quarter and 25.4% for the full year of 2023.
Comparable Net Package RevPAR increased 11.3% in the fourth quarter and 15.3% for the full year of 2023 compared to the same periods in 2022.
Net Rooms Growth was 5.9% for the full year of 2023, in line with the full year outlook for 2023.
Pipeline of executed management or franchise contracts was approximately 127,000 rooms.
Share Repurchases were approximately 890 thousand Class A shares for $95 million in the fourth quarter and approximately 4.1 million Class A shares for $453 million for the full year of 2023.
Capital Returns to Shareholders were $500 million for the full year of 2023, inclusive of dividends and share repurchases, in line with the full year outlook for 2023.
1 Represents the sum of Net Deferrals and Net Financed Contracts. Refer to Apple Leisure Group Segment Statistics on schedule A-18 for additional details.

Mark S. Hoplamazian, President and Chief Executive Officer of Hyatt, said, "The fourth quarter marks the completion of a transformative year and demonstrates the progress towards our strategic vision and earnings evolution. RevPAR growth exceeded the high end of our guidance range and we had industry leading net rooms growth for the seventh consecutive year. This led to a record level of fees and the highest free cash flow in Hyatt's history. We returned $500 million to our shareholders and achieved an asset-light earnings mix of approximately 76% for the full year, a testament to the successful execution of our strategy."

Monday 19 February 2024

Four Seasons Resort Mauritius at Anahita Retains the Forbes Travel Guide Five Star Rating for the Fifth Year in a Row

Situated along one of the island’s largest natural lagoons on the east coast, Four Seasons Resort Mauritius at Anahita features stunning scenery, fringed by azure blue waters and a natural coral reef. The stand-alone accommodation options - ranging from one-bedroom villas to multi-bedroom Private Retreats – along with a diverse range of dining and resort experiences make idyllic island vacations truly memorable.


Five Years, Five Stars




Recognising not just the Resort setting, but also the quintessential Four Seasons service, Forbes Travel Guide 2024 has once again awarded the Resort with Five Stars. The only global rating system for luxury hotels, restaurants, spas and ocean cruises, Forbes Travel Guide announced its Star Awards 2024, revealing that the Resort has been given Five Stars once again (the highest category). “The watermark that underlines any Four Seasons experience is our unrivalled attention to detail and an excellence in service and experiences,” says Martin Dell, General Manager. “We are incredibly proud and honoured to have retained the Forbes Travel Guide Five Star award: our focus is to make every experience personal and fulfilling – for our guests as well as our colleagues.”

Limitless Possibilities


Special access to two spectacular golf courses, one designed by Ernie Els and a signature course by Bernhard Langer on the adjacent Ile Aux Cerfs, make this a dream destination for golf enthusiasts. “With dramatic volcanic rock formations juxtaposed against the impossibly green tropical foliage, it can be hard to stay focused on the putting greens,” smiles Armelle Duval, Director of Rooms. Besides golf, the Resort offers a wide range of seaside activities, from kayaking and sailing to snorkelling out into the reef, and even fishing excursions into the deeper blue. The expansive property boasts seven dining options including the latest opening - the premium grill-house concept Upper Cut. “From exquisite pan-Asian flavours at Umi.Zaka to the rustic Italian fare at Acquapazza, our distinct concepts cater to all palates,” adds Duval.

Award Winning Relaxation


Recognized for its continued excellence, the Resort’s overwater Spa has been bestowed with Four Stars for its unique concept, combining local organic ingredients with sophisticated skincare products. “Impactful and innovative are our two mantras at the spa,” explains Joelle Jennepy, Senior Director of Spa. “We pride ourselves on curating experiences such that every individual gets a personalised holistic healing.”

Sunday 3 December 2023

Marriott Sanibel Harbour Resort & Spa Opens Fully Renovated Spa at Sanibel Harbour

More than a year after Hurricane Ian wreaked destruction on Ft. Myers and Sanibel Island, Florida, the Marriott Sanibel Harbour Resort & Spa is proud to announce the opening of the newly transformed Spa at Sanibel Harbour, the largest and most comprehensive spa in Southwest Florida.



The 40,000 square feet, full-service spa, salon and fitness complex features 28 treatment rooms, and comprehensive spa treatments, co-ed spa experiences, a private bridal suite, full-day spa experiences, new, luxurious results-oriented skin care product lines, a variety of wellness/fitness classes, and recreation components including eight new pickleball courts and three tennis courts with open play and instructed lessons and clinics.

Largest and Most Comprehensive Spa in Southwest Florida Completes Transformation



Bryanna Weldy, spa director, says, “We have been working diligently to redesign and rebuild our spa, which is an integral part of the Ft. Myers and Sanibel island wellness communities. We are excited to share all of the new offerings with residents through our membership program, and to visitors and resort guests.”


The ambiance is modern luxe and the design theme is inspired by the coast, including teak, grey blue and green color palette. The spaciousness of the spa provides the perfect location for events and spa day getaways and encourages guests to incorporate wellness into their lives through treatments, skin enhancing products, lounges, recreation, and wellness classes.


The Marriott Sanibel Harbour Resort & Spa has long been a destination wedding location, hosting up to 100 weddings a year. The Spa’s new bridal suite, which is attached to the spa, is perfect for pre or post wedding events, accommodating up to 10 guests.

The new Spa at Sanibel Harbour’s top to bottom renovation includes a grand entrance, mixed mosaic tile flooring, wall treatments, teak toned millwork throughout, spa boutique, salon with stations for hair, manicures and pedicures, heated treatment tables and equipment, men’s and women’s lounges and furnishings, and pools, whirlpools, steam rooms and saunas. A new Couple's Lounge was created for couples to begin their wellness journey prior to their services.

In addition to the spa, the wellness complex of the resort includes the following new or newly renovated amenities:


24-hour access to the 5,500 square-foot fitness center with extensive equipment selections, showering and changing facilities
2,000 square-foot fitness studio
Three Har-Tru clay tennis courts
Eight pickleball courts
Basketball court
Indoor co-ed pool
New Spa Bistro
Co-ed steam room
Spa boutique with new product lines including
Eminence Organics
Yonka Paris
Greyson
CauseMedic
Scentsational Soaps
Dazzle Dry
Knesko
L'Duex
Rad Roller
Local residents can enjoy six- or 12-month memberships which includes a 15 percent discount on spa services and spa retail; access to spa amenities without a treatment; space in members only exclusive clinics and recreation events; and membership pricing on wellness/fitness classes.

Resort Renovation:

Saturday 21 October 2023

Elegant Hotel Collection Launches


Elegant Hotel Collection has entered the luxury soft brand market, launching with 25 luxury hotels, and targeting 50 properties globally by summer 2024.


The independently-owned flag will expand on a curated, invitation-only basis, creating a luxury community where individual hotels receive tailored service.

Elegant identified a gap in the luxury market and is designed to reflect a renewed perspective on high-end travel. All Elegant properties have been selected to embody the five elements of the Elegant brand – Hospitality, Authenticity, Inclusivity, Innovation, and Sustainability – echoing the demands of today’s luxury travellers.

Elegant will take a dynamic approach to luxury distribution combining bespoke personalised service and global consumer and trade marketing. The group will operate on a commercial model biased toward results rather than high fixed fees to ensure a quantifiable return.

As part of an elite community of hoteliers, Elegant member hotels will have access to an array of benefits that equip them to thrive in the global competitive landscape utilising the latest technology to adapt to target demographic buying behaviour.

Catt McLeod, Vice President Brand Development, Elegant Hotel Collection said: “We are thrilled to be launching the Elegant Hotel Collection and raising the profile of these exceptional hotels.



“Elegant Hotel Collection offers a compelling alternative to traditional legacy brands, delivering a fresh, dynamic and comprehensive approach to luxury representation. The Elegant Hotel Collection is underpinned by a full suite of global partnerships and marketing solutions along with best-in-class technology.”

Founding members of Elegant Hotel Collection include some of the most highly awarded and regarded properties, featuring: Home House, London; Rosselli AX Privilege, Malta; the Exclusive Collection (Pennyhill Park, South Lodge, Lainston House, The Manor House, Royal Berkshire and Fanhams Hall), Sunborn Hotel Gibraltar; Paresa Resort Phuket, Thailand; La Sultana Oualidia, Morocco; Cresta Palace Hotel, St Moritz; and Stapleford Park

Saturday 8 July 2023

The Rome EDITION Redefines Luxury in the Eternal City

Rome is a city filled with masterpieces. From the paintings of Caravaggio and Raphael to the sculptures of Bernini and the films of Federico Fellini – it is the cradle from which all that is best about Italy has emerged. So, the Eternal City was the perfect fit for the opening of the latest EDITION.

Conceived, concepted, and programmed by the visionary entrepreneur, Ian Schrager, executed and interpreted by the hotel owners, Statuto Group, the intimate 91-room Rome EDITION sets a new standard in the Eternal City. Its sophistication, attention to detail, refinement, and high design aesthetic make it set to become a meeting place for Romans and travellers alike. Positioned in one of the most enviable areas of Rome, the hotel is only a few short steps from Via Veneto, the most sought-after street in all of Italy. It was immortalised in La Dolce Vita and embodies Italian flare in all its glory. Not only that – all the major attractions are within easy reach, including the Piazza Barberini, the Spanish Steps, the Trevi Fountain and the ever-beautiful Borghese Gardens.

Built-in the 1940s and formerly occupied by one of the main Italian banks, the building is a striking example of the rationalist style and was created by Cesare Pascoletti in collaboration with the famed architect Marcello Piacentini. The stunning central staircase of rare cipollino marble from the quarries of Apuane is a testament to their genius. Original features are retained throughout, including the central courtyards and original statues and lamps.

The hotel has three unique bars, a rooftop lounge, bar and pool, a show-kitchen restaurant, a well-appointed urban wellness space with gym and treatment rooms, and a courtyard garden where guests can while away the time sipping their favourite drink or sampling the peerless food menu from adored Roman Chef Paola Colucci, the hotel’s chef partner. The 91 rooms, including 17 suites, have all the design elements the brand is renowned for: the muted tones, the accents of walnut wood and stunning custom-designed furniture.

Friday 7 July 2023

Global Holdings buys Mondrian Park Avenue....


Global Holdings, the international real estate development and investment firm has snapped up the Mondrian Park Avenue, a 190-key boutique hotel in Manhattan’s NoMad neighbourhood.

“Mondrian Park Avenue is an extraordinary asset, perfectly located in the heart of Manhattan at a time when tourists and local visitors are flooding back into the city,” said Jonathan Ofer, Chief Executive Officer of Global Holdings Management Group. “Moin Development did an incredible job converting this property into one of Park Avenue’s best hotels.”



Global Holdings previously held a senior mortgage loan on the property and completed the acquisition as part of a prior agreement with Moin Development.

Global Holdings’ portfolio includes more than 120 properties globally, totalling 10 million square feet across residential, hotel and commercial assets, including more than 1,500 hotel rooms. Global Holdings is an active player in the New York market, over the past month launching leasing for Anagram Columbus Circle, a first-of-its-kind luxury rental tower located next to the highly acclaimed 15 Central Park West, between Manhattan’s famed Billionaire’s Row and Central Park, and acquiring 51 Irving Place, a mixed-use apartment building located near Gramercy Park.











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Sunday 18 June 2023

Hotel JAL City Bangkok, the 16th property to operate under the Hotel JAL City brand, opens 3rd July



Hotel JAL City Bangkok, the 16th property to operate under the Hotel JAL City brand, which is one of the most renowned hotel brands in Japan, is all set to open on 3rd July.


The official opening had to be postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, is the first of the brand to open outside of Japan and is located on Sukhumvit Road in Bangkok’s Thonglor tourist and business district. 

Hotel JAL City Bangkok is situated adjacent to Hotel Nikko Bangkok, which opened in January 2019. Thonglor BTS Skytrain station is just a three-minute walk away. Thonglor is an area extending north and south from Soi Sukhumvit 55, commonly known as Thonglor Road, in the Wattana district of central Bangkok. The area has long been home to many Japanese and other expatriates as well as wealthy Thais. The Bangkok International Trade & Exhibition Centre (BITEC) and Queen Sirikit National Convention Center (QSNCC), along with multinational restaurants, bars, community malls and international hospitals, are all nearby, making it a prime location for both business and leisure.

“We are delighted to be able to announce the opening of the first Hotel JAL City property outside Japan,” said Mr Tadashi Kitahara, General Manager of Hotel Nikko Bangkok and Hotel JAL City Bangkok. “We are expecting this to bring broader recognition of our hotel brand in Thailand and we aim to provide the renowned Japanese style omotenashi service, taking full advantage of the convenient and strategic location of the new hotel.”

Tuesday 6 June 2023

MCR acquires three hotels in Florida.........The Marriott, Hilton and Hyatt properties are in the Sunshine State’s fastest-growing markets


MCR — the 3rd-largest hotel owner-operator in the U.S. has acquired three hotels in Florida. Totalling 384 rooms, the portfolio includes a Hampton Inn by Hilton, a Courtyard by Marriott and a Hyatt Place in Orlando and Daytona Beach — both among Florida’s fastest-growing markets. With this portfolio acquisition, MCR now has 13 hotels in Florida.

How magical! The 169-room Hyatt Place Orlando/Lake Buena Vista is located a few miles from Walt Disney World Resort and in walking distance of the world-class shopping, dining and entertainment offered in the Disney Springs district. It’s also a short drive from iconic destinations like The Wizarding World of Harry Potter and Universal Studios.

Race to the beach! Located just off State Road A1A and directly on the water, the 111-room Hampton Inn Daytona Shores features a sunny pool deck and direct access to the beach. It’s also conveniently located near numerous dining and golfing options. The Ocean Center convention arena and Daytona Beach Golf Club are both five miles away and the famous Daytona International Speedway is less than 20 minutes from the hotel!

Go, Hatters, go! The newly built, 104-room Courtyard Marriott DeLand Historic Downtown is the only hotel located downtown next to Stetson University, a private university with more than 4,000 students. The hotel is also within walking distance of top local attractions including SkyDive DeLand, Downtown DeLand and the Athens Theatre, as well as plenty of local shops and restaurants.

Wednesday 24 May 2023

Hyatt to open a Thompson branded hotel in Palm Springs.


Hyatt Hotels Corporation has confirmed it will be bringing its Thompson brand to Palm Springs in California with a 168-room property scheduled to open in late 2023.


Thompson Palm Springs will offer panoramic views of the San Jacinto Mountains and the city of Palm Springs and will feature a modern, groundbreaking design in the heart of the city. Unique guestroom bungalows will be surrounded by two outdoor pools, gardens, lounge areas and winding walking paths, immersing visitors in the natural landscape of Palm Springs. 


Additional amenities including a signature restaurant helmed by a world-class chef, sought-after indoor and outdoor bar and lounges, a well-appointed spa and fitness concept, and approximately 8,000 square feet of flexible meeting and event space.


Thompson Palm Springs will also offer over 20,000 square feet of ground-level retail and restaurant space along Downtown’s iconic Palm Canyon Drive which will include HALL Napa Valley, a 3,400 square foot tasting room from owners Craig & Kathryn Hall showcasing selections from their family of wines: HALL, WALT and BACA.

Thompson Palm Springs will be led by general manager Jeffrey Miller said:  “We are excited to welcome guests and locals to Thompson Palm Springs, which will bring-to-life the iconic spirit of the destination through striking design, innovative culinary offerings and locally inspired guest experiences.”








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Hilton launches new long-stay brand.

Hilton has released details of a new long-stay brand designed to meet the needs of the rapidly expanding $300 billion workforce travel market. Initially launching in the U.S. under the working title Project H3, the idea is to offer a lower midscale, extended-stay solution for business and working travellers, that provides a reliable and consistent foundation allowing guests to make the most out of every day.


Hilton says it has created a hotel product for a vastly underserved group of travellers looking for apartment-style accommodations for 20 nights or more, built with the staying power of Hilton’s award-winning hospitality.

“Project H3 is perfectly positioned to serve the unique needs of the long-stay traveller, thanks to its innovative design, strong value proposition for our owners and of course, the hospitality our team members offer every day,” said Chris Nassetta, president and CEO, of Hilton. “We aim to serve any guest, anywhere in the world, for any travel need they may have, and this new brand represents a greater opportunity for us to grow our portfolio while providing the reliable and friendly service our customers expect from Hilton.”

Hilton’s research shows that long-stay travellers, including travelling nurses, military personnel, and those experiencing workforce relocations, value the simple things in life, placing quality time and comfort above all else. In addition, those looking for a long stay will book an average of 20 or more nights and desire a reliable home base that allows them to maintain their routines while delivering simplicity, consistency and convenience.

This new extended-stay brand will appeal to the long-stay traveller through signature elements including:

Monday 15 May 2023

The Grand Hyatt La Manga Club Golf & Spa has officially opened


The Grand Hyatt La Manga Club Golf & Spa has officially opened in Murcia, southeast Spain, following an extensive refurbishment.

The Grand Hyatt La Manga Club - an oasis of charm and sophistication.


Javier Águila, group president EAME, Hyatt, said, "We are grateful for our continued collaboration with Grupo Inversor Hesperia, in making Grand Hyatt La Manga Club Golf & Spa a striking example of the Grand Hyatt brand delivering on its promise of celebrating the iconic in both the small details and magnificent moments."

The CEO of Grupo Inversor Hesperia, Jordi Ferrer, highlights, “The arrival of the Grand Hyatt brand in Spain via La Manga Club is undoubtedly an important step for our company and for the Spanish tourism sector as a whole. We are convinced that with this new hotel, distinguished by the exclusiveness of its services and location, we are going to offer unique experiences to our clients and generate new value for the Murcia Region." 

Mediterranean-inspired Guestrooms


The 192 elegantly appointed guestrooms, including seven signature suites, showcase the hotel’s idyllic location overlooking the rolling hills of Calblanque natural park and the Mediterranean Sea. Each guestroom exudes luxury, elegance and sophistication featuring the latest amenities, colours inspired by the surrounding nature and spa-inspired marble bathrooms.

Recreation and Wellness

Sunday 7 May 2023

Africa’s largest hotel Gets a Grand Opening

Africa’s largest hotel Gets a Grand Opening





Ethiopian Airlines Group, the largest aviation group in Africa, holds a grand opening of the largest hotel on the African continent as it inaugurates the second phase of the Ethiopian  Skylight Hotel. Ethiopian Airlines opened the first phase of Ethiopian Skylight Hotel back in January 2019. With the new extension, the hotel now has a total of 1,024 modern rooms and suites with different room types including fully equipped apartments suitable for long and short-staying guests. 

The hotel also incorporates meeting and event facilities which can accommodate from  small to up to 5000 guests, 19 food and beverage outlets including Ethiopian, Italian,  Arabian and Asian restaurants, coffee houses, bars, recreational facilities and spots for  sips or hand-crafted cocktails with a panoramic view of the airport and the city. 

Regarding the grand opening of Ethiopian Skylight Hotel’s second phase, Ethiopian  Airlines Group CEO Mr. Mesfin Tasew said “We are truly pleased to be standing here today on the grand opening ceremony of Ethiopian Skylight Hotel’s second phase as we will now have an even greater facility to accommodate guests. Above all we are thrilled with the accomplishment as it takes our contribution to Ethiopia’s tourism sector a step higher. The hotel is suitable to accommodate both business and leisure events and stays. Skylight Hotel has been providing a wide range of luxury experiences to its guests and with the completion of the second phase more five-star facilities and experiences will be available. With Skylight Hotel having more than 1000 rooms  and several other facilities, we can now proudly say that we have the largest hotel in the African  continent”


Located in the diplomatic capital of Africa, Addis Ababa, home to UNECA and AU  headquarters, Ethiopian Skylight Hotel, stands within a prime location at just 5 minutes’ walk from Addis Ababa Bole International Airport. The hotel is built to be a suitable space for both business and social event gatherings.  

Construction of phase two of the project had been ongoing while the hotel’s services were open and available for guests through the first phase of Ethiopian Skylight facility.  It is also to be recalled that Ethiopian inaugurated a Five-Star In-Terminal Hotel which is set to take passengers' transit experience at Ababa Bole International Airport to a whole new level with 97 modern and luxurious rooms, a restaurant, a meeting space, and other facilities within the airport Departure Terminal 2 back in September 2022 which is managed under Ethiopian Skylight Hotel.  


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Friday 28 April 2023

Embassy Suites by Hilton Panama City Beach Resort Opens


The St. Joe Company and Hilton announce the opening of the 255-suite Embassy Suites by Hilton Panama City Beach Resort. The resort is located in the popular Pier Park shopping and entertainment district with unobstructed views of the Gulf of Mexico available from each of its five floors.

The resort features a Gulf-view pool complex with a waterslide and hot tub, a business center, a fitness center and approximately 15,500 square feet of meeting and event space. Additionally, the resort is home to two restaurants, Blu Bar & Grill serving lunch and dinner with both indoor and outdoor seating, and Fin, which provides guests with complimentary hot breakfast. Vue 55, the fifth-floor, open-air event venue, is available for weddings and group functions and boasts sweeping views of the Gulf of Mexico and the Russell-Fields Pier.

Embassy Suites by Hilton Panama City Beach Resort’s 255 suites are a mix of one- and two-bedroom suites, including two-bedroom family suites and multi-room suites with bunkbeds. The resort’s Five Feet to Fitness™ suites enable guests to work out in the privacy of their suite with access to a variety of fitness equipment.

Wednesday 26 April 2023

Andaz Nanjing Hexi opens


Hyatt Hotels in association with Sun Hung Kai Properties has confirmed the opening of Andaz Nanjing Hexi, the fourth Andaz property in the region. It is located in the rapidly developing Hexi central business district area and is ideal for exploring the city and local area. 

Andaz Nanjing Hexi boasts stunning views of the city and Yangtze River from its prime position atop Nanjing Metro Yuantong station of Line2 and Line10. As part of the most sought-after landmark Nanjing IFC, the hotel, together with two super grade-A office towers and the luxury shopping mall with top-notch international brands in the complex, create a one-stop destination of premium business, shopping, dining, entertaining and living experiences. With its perfect blend of Nanjing’s eclectic spirit, rich culture, and the vibrant character of the modern neighbourhood the property resides in, Andaz Nanjing Hexi serves as an exciting new destination for curious travellers and locals to explore and experience.


“SHKP has always been committed to developing and operating premium landmark projects. As an integral part of the Group’s flagship project Nanjing IFC, the newly opening Andaz Nanjing Hexi, along with two world-class office towers and the luxury IFC mall in the complex, will further reshape the business dynamics and economic vitality of the city, renewing a sense of glamour to this culturally rich destination,” says Albert Lau, Executive Director of Sun Hung Kai Properties.

“We are very pleased to have an Andaz hotel join our hotel portfolio. It is a new-generation luxury brand created for the young and the young at heart. We believe the hotel will inject color and vibrance to the whole IFC complex and Hexi as we welcome people from all over China and the world to spend a memorable time in Nanjing,” says Tasos Kousloglou, CEO - Hotel division of Sun Hung Kai Properties Limited.

“We are thrilled by this introduction of the vibrant Andaz brand to the Hexi CBD area,” said Stephen Ho, president of growth and operations for Asia Pacific, Hyatt. “This location is perfect for our inspiring Andaz brand, providing guests the opportunity to experience Nanjing’s rich culture. We sincerely appreciate our hotel owner, Sun Hung Kai Properties, for their support with entrusting Hyatt for this new hotel.”

Contemporary Design Rooted in Local Culture

Hilton's first quarter results for 2023 released.

The hotel and hospitality giant, Hilton Worldwide Holdings, has just released details of its first quarter 2023 results which show the firm amassed a net income of $209 million.  The company added 9,200 rooms to Hilton's system in the first quarter, resulting in 5,300 net additional rooms in Hilton's system during the period and approved 24,900 new rooms for development, bringing Hilton's development pipeline to 428,100 rooms as of March 31, 2023

Hilton repurchased 3.2 million shares of Hilton common stock during the first quarter, bringing total capital return, including dividends, to $487 million for the quarter and more than $602 million year to date through April.

Full-year 2023 system-wide RevPAR is expected to increase between 8 percent and 11 percent on a comparable and currency-neutral basis compared to 2022; full-year net income is projected to be between $1,331 million and $1,385 million; full-year Adjusted EBITDA is projected to be between $2,875 million and $2,950 million. Full-year 2023 capital return is projected to be between $1.8 billion and $2.2 billion.

Christopher J. Nassetta, President & Chief Executive Officer of Hilton, said, "We carried strong momentum into 2023, exceeding the high end of our guidance for system-wide RevPAR, driving strong bottom-line results and delivering meaningful free cash flow available for return to our shareholders. As a result of our strong performance and positive outlook, we are raising our Adjusted EBITDA guidance for the full year."

In the first quarter of 2023, Hilton opened 64 new hotels totalling 9,200 rooms and achieved net unit growth of 5,300 rooms. Additionally, Hilton started construction on over 19,000 hotel rooms during the first quarter, continuing the positive momentum from the end of 2022, particularly in China. Further, Hilton continued to achieve development milestones during the first quarter, opening the 100th Tapestry Collection by Hilton, as well as its 500th hotel in China.