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Thursday 13 April 2023

Pivot Expands Portfolio with Two Boutique Hotels on the Jersey Shore

Kushner Companies taps award-winning management company to operate Wave Resort and The Bungalow

Pivot, the lifestyle operating vertical of Davidson Hospitality Group, has been selected by Kushner Companies to operate the Wave Resort and The Bungalow. Situated in the heart of Pier Village in Long Branch, New Jersey along the iconic boardwalk, the 67-room Wave Resort features an oceanfront pool deck; Wave Resort Spa and fitness centre; 7,000 square feet of event space, and three distinct dining experiences. Also located in Pier Village, The Bungalow is comprised of 24 rooms and fully equipped suites with kitchenettes; an art gallery featuring work from local artists; 1,000 square feet of event space and a unique cocktail lounge.

"We are honoured to welcome these exceptional properties to our growing family," said Rick Colangelo, Executive Vice President, Pivot. "Through enhanced operations, robust group sales efforts, strategic revenue management, and optimization of the food & beverage concepts, we look forward to elevating both hotels with genuine heart to embolden a truly authentic experience."

"The Wave Resort and The Bungalow offer a genuinely reimagined Jersey Shore experience through modern architecture, design and exclusive amenities," said Nicole Kushner Meyer, President, Kushner Companies. "We were inspired by the Pivot team's deep understanding of the lifestyle space and proven track record of success gaining market share and maximizing seasonal demand drivers at like-minded hotels. The future is bright, and we are excited to leverage their well-rounded expertise to drive performance and profitability."

Pier Village, deemed as one of New Jersey's most luxurious oceanfront and dining destinations, is an award-winning mixed-use beachfront Victorian-inspired community, featuring more than 30 esteemed restaurants, shops and services.

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Tuesday 11 April 2023

Happy 50th birthday to Drury Hotels .......

Drury Hotels turns 50.....

Drury Hotels Company, the family-owned and operated hospitality group, celebrates fifty years of warm welcomes this month. 

In 1973, the Drury family opened the first Drury Inn in Sikeston, Missouri and the company has grown to 150 hotels in 26 states. Drury Hotels include Drury Inn & Suites, Drury Inns, Drury Plaza Hotels, and Pear Tree Inns.

"Since our founding, we've been guided by the simple promise to provide our customers with clean rooms, friendly service, and a good night's sleep at an honest price," said Chuck Drury, President & CEO. "Fifty years later, that promise still stands with almost 6,000 team members dedicated to ensuring our guests Travel Happy."

Drury Hotels continually focuses on providing the best value for guests. In 2003, they were among the first in the hotel industry to offer free hot breakfast to their guests and followed up in 2010 by introducing free 5:30 Kickback®, with dinnertime snacks and cold beverages. As its latest enhancement, Drury Hotels recently introduced The Kitchen + Bar for late-night dining options at 16 Drury Hotels, with plans to add eight more by the end of 2024.

In 2022, Drury Hotels earned a record-breaking 17th consecutive J.D. Power award for Highest in Guest Satisfaction Among Upper Mid-Scale Hotel Chains. Drury Hotels' J.D. Power distinction sets a record for the most consecutive wins in the travel and hospitality category.

Continued Growth

Last December, Drury Hotels opened the 604-room Drury Plaza Hotel Orlando located within the Disney Springs® Area, an Official Walt Disney World® Hotel. In the past five years, Drury Hotels has opened 16 new hotels including downtown Nashville Tenn., Milwaukee Wis., Richmond Va., St. Paul Minn., and Dallas Texas. In addition, three new hotels are currently under construction in Tallahassee Fla., Savannah Ga., and Arlington Texas.

Tuesday 21 March 2023

IHG and AWC extend long-term strategic partnership with second Kimpton signing

IHG Hotels & Resorts, one of the world’s leading hospitality companies, is proud to announce Kimpton Pattaya, as an exciting extension of its long-standing partnership with Asset World Corp Public Company Limited or AWC in Thailand.

New-build Kimpton Pattaya grows successful collaboration to 1,250 rooms across six properties and three brands


The agreement is another major milestone in the relationship between IHG and AWC – renowned as being the Kingdom’s leading integrated lifestyle real estate group, with a stellar track record in market-leading tourist destinations. This will be their second collaboration for a Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants property in the country.

The strategic partnership between IHG and AWC already includes five outstanding properties: the highly-anticipated 302-room InterContinental Chiang Mai Mae Ping which will open this year: two hotels in Bangkok’s Chinatown – the 332-room InterContinental Bangkok Chinatown and 63-room Vignette Collection Bangkok Chinatown; the 234-room Vignette Collection Pattaya; and 124-room Kimpton Hua Hin.

Rajit Sukumaran, Managing Director, South East Asia and Korea, IHG said: “Our partnership with AWC goes from strength to strength and, thanks to this latest collaboration for Kimpton Pattaya, together we have now signed 1,250 rooms across six fantastic properties in the past three years, in Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Hua Hin and Pattaya.

“This will be the fifth Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants property signed in Thailand which shows the confidence owners have in the brand. Together with Kimpton Maa-Lai Bangkok, Kimpton Kitalay Samui and the upcoming Kimpton Khao Yai and Kimpton Hua Hin, the brand already has a strong following amongst affluent and discerning travellers.

“I’m delighted that Kimpton Pattaya is joining Vignette Collection Pattaya – also situated in Aquatique Pattaya – and two open hotels – InterContinental Pattaya and Holiday Inn Pattaya – in the district, establishing IHG as a market leader in Pattaya.”

Monday 6 February 2023

MCR — the 4th-largest hotel owner-operator in the U.S. — has acquired the Hilton Miami Airport Blue Lagoon

MCR — the 4th-largest hotel owner-operator in the U.S. — has acquired the Hilton Miami Airport Blue Lagoon, a 14-story hotel with 508 rooms in Miami, Florida. With a prime waterfront setting within the Blue Lagoon business park, the hotel is located just south of Miami International Airport (MIA). This is the company’s second hotel in the Miami airport submarket following the acquisition of the Hyatt Place Miami Airport East in December of 2022 and its tenth hotel in Florida.

MIA is the busiest airport for international passengers and international freight in the U.S. and provides a hub for over 90 air carriers. International traffic continues to ramp back up following the pandemic and overall passenger volume through MIA was up over 10% in 2022 compared to 2019 based on the latest data available. And with a $5 billion capital improvement and expansion plan underway, it’s only going to get busier.

Tourism remains the top industry in “the 305,” but it is also home to the largest concentration of international banks in the U.S., as well as many major Fortune 500 companies. With its prime location near the airport, the Blue Lagoon business park has over four million square feet of office space and serves as the headquarters for nationally recognized names including Burger King and Lennar, as well serving as the Latin American headquarters for Sony, Airbus, Novartis, Hasbro, Estée Lauder and Olympus.

Friday 3 February 2023

Hyatt Hotels Corporation has confirmed the completion of the Dream Hotel Group lifestyle hotel brand and management platform acquisition

The addition of Dream Hotel Group further strengthens Hyatt’s global lifestyle footprint and accelerates asset-light growth

Hyatt Hotels Corporation has confirmed the completion of the Dream Hotel Group lifestyle hotel brand and management platform acquisition, bringing a vibrant portfolio of lifestyle hotel brands – including Dream Hotels, The Chatwal and Unscripted Hotels – into the Hyatt portfolio. The asset-light acquisition includes 12 lifestyle hotels (nine managed and three licensed), with another 24 signed long-term management agreements for hotels expected to open in the future.

Dream Hotel Group properties are known for their progressive design and vibrant dining and nightlife that are the soul of each hotel. They boast unique and authentic hospitality experiences built on inventive activations and design-savvy spaces that inspire creativity and act as social hubs for guests as well as local communities.

The acquisition welcomes more than 600 new colleagues into the Hyatt family, bringing deep expertise in experiential hospitality to Hyatt’s global portfolio of lifestyle offerings and extending Hyatt’s brand footprint in strategic destinations including Nashville, Hollywood, Las Vegas, South Beach, Saint Lucia, Doha and several new locations new in New York City. It will also include new markets such as the Catskills in New York and Valle de Guadalupe in Mexico.

“Hyatt’s acquisition of Dream Hotel Group represents an exciting chapter in our asset-light growth as we expand our lifestyle offerings, providing global travellers with an increased number of elevated experiences – now, and in the future,” said Mark Hoplamazian, president and chief executive officer, Hyatt. “Together, we will carefully preserve the spirit and individual identities of the sought-after Dream Hotel Group hotels while adding the commercial strength of Hyatt’s marketing and sales channels, all united under the World of Hyatt loyalty program.”

Dream Hotel Group founder Sant Singh Chatwal will continue his commitment as an owner of four open and two future hotels that are expected to join the Hyatt portfolio.

Friday 18 November 2022

2022 Historic Hotels of America Annual Awards of Excellence Winners Announced

Historic Hotels of America is pleased to announce the winners of the 2022 Historic Hotels of America Annual Awards of Excellence. The Historic Hotels Awards of Excellence recognize and celebrate the finest historic hotels and hoteliers from across the United States of America and around the world.

Recipients were announced and honoured at a special evening Ceremony and Gala at the Grand Hotel Golf Resort & Spa, Autograph Collection in Point Clear, Alabama, on Thursday, November 17, 2022. The Grand Hotel Golf Resort & Spa (1847) has been known as The Queen of Southern Resorts for 175 years and is set on 550 acres next to Mobile Bay. Awards were presented before an audience of more than 200 industry leaders, owners, senior management, and representatives of the world’s finest historic hotels.

Seventeen Historic Hotels of America Annual Awards of Excellence were given in multiple categories ranging from Historic Hotels of America Historic Hotelier of the Year, Historic Hotels of America Hotel Historian of the Year, Historic Hotels of America Best Historic Resort, Historic Hotels of America Lifetime Achievement Award, and others.

Winners were selected from nominations by historic hotels, preservation supporters, prior award recipients, community leaders, and leadership from Historic Hotels of America. As an official program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, Historic Hotels of America provides the recognition to travellers, civic leaders, and the global cultural, heritage, and historic travel market that member hotels are among the finest historic hotels from across the United States of America. The Historic Hotels Annual Awards of Excellence program recognizes the pinnacle of this distinct group of nominees in a range of categories.

From over 350 nominations, the awards committee evaluated the nominee finalists and, after careful consideration, selected the 2022 Historic Hotels of America Annual Awards of Excellence award winners:

Historic Hotels Worldwide names the winners of the 2022 Historic Hotels Worldwide Annual Awards of Excellence

Historic Hotels Worldwide is pleased to announce the winners of the 2022 Historic Hotels Worldwide Annual Awards of Excellence. The Historic Hotels Awards of Excellence recognize and celebrate the finest historic hotels and hoteliers from around the world.

Recipients were honoured at a special evening Ceremony and Gala at the Grand Hotel Golf Resort & Spa, Autograph Collection in Point Clear, Alabama, on Thursday, November 17, 2022. The Grand Hotel Golf Resort & Spa (1847) has been known as The Queen of Southern Resorts for 175 years and is set on 550 acres next to Mobile Bay. Awards were presented before an audience of more than 200 industry leaders, owners, senior management, and representatives of the finest historic hotels in operation today.

Nine Historic Hotels Worldwide Annual Awards of Excellence were presented, including awards for Best Historic Hotels Worldwide Hotel in Europe, Best Historic Hotels Worldwide Hotel in Asia / Pacific, and Best Historic Hotels Worldwide Hotel in the Americas.

Winners were selected from nominations by historic hotels, preservation supporters, prior award recipients, community leaders, and leadership from Historic Hotels Worldwide. As a program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, Historic Hotels Worldwide provides the recognition to travellers, civic leaders, and the global cultural, heritage, and historic travel market that member hotels are among the finest historic hotels in the world. The Historic Hotels Annual Awards of Excellence program recognizes the pinnacle of this distinct group of nominees in a range of categories.

From over 350 nominations, the awards committee evaluated the nominee finalists and, after careful consideration, selected the 2022 Historic Hotels Worldwide Annual Awards of Excellence award winners:

Historic Hotels Worldwide New Member of the Year
This award is presented to a new member hotel that best demonstrates immediate engagement, activation, and passionate support of Historic Hotels Worldwide.
Winner: Solar do Castelo (18th century) Lisbon, Portugal.

Historic Hotels Worldwide Best Social Media of a Historic Hotel
This award is presented to a hotel that actively engages consumers by sharing the best of its history through social media, including Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram with interesting historical facts and stories.
Winner: Hotel Maximilian’s (1722) Augsburg, Germany

Historic Hotels Worldwide Sustainability Champion
This award is presented to a hotel that best implements and practices innovative green initiatives and programs, demonstrating historic preservation is the ultimate green.

Historic Hotels Worldwide Legendary Family Historic Hoteliers of the Year
This award is presented to a multi-generational family ownership entity or management company which has served as an exemplary role model in the operation of the historic hotels entrusted to its stewardship, has demonstrated a long-term legacy of commitment to historic preservation, and has been an active champion of Historic Hotels Worldwide.

Winner: The Dietrich-Kienberger Family at Hotel Waldhaus Sils (1908) Sils Maria, Switzerland.

Historic Hotels Worldwide Best City Center Historic Hotel
This award is presented to a hotel located in a city center that best celebrates its history in the guest experience and provides exceptional customer hospitality and service.
Winner: Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh – The Caledonian (1903) Edinburgh, Scotland, U.K.

Monday 14 November 2022

2023 Brits Travel Trends Revealed: Road Trips, Culture, Wellbeing and Technology

Nearly a quarter (23%) of Brits say they will be making mostly road trips next year, while wellness (46%) and connecting to local cultures (50%) are the most important aspects of travel as they look to 2023
67% are also looking to technology to make travelling in 2023 seamless, with one in five (21%) wanting to use technology within their hotel stay, such as digital room keys and mobile check-in services
Research also reveals that there is likely to be a travel surge – as 59% of the nation are looking to travel more next year compared to 2022 
The new research comes as Hilton releases its 2023 Trends Report, a global study unpacking how traveller needs and interests are changing – with key themes uncovered as prioritising wellbeing, learning about local cultures, and using technology to create seamless stays

                       If 2022 was the year of the changed traveller, 2023 is set to be the year of the evolved traveller, as Hilton releases its latest global Trends Report: The 2023 Traveler: Emerging Trends that are Innovating the Travel Experience, A Report from Hiltontoday. 

New research from Hilton shows that Brits are looking to immerse themselves in local culture, prioritise personal wellness, take to the road, and become more tech-focused as they travel next year.

2023 is set to be the year of invigorated travel – with travel at top of mind for over half of Brits (59%) who are set to travel more in the next year compared to 2022.

Staycations Are Here To Stay

The pandemic prompted the re-emergence of staycations and is no surprise that this trend will continue, with one-fifth (23%) looking to explore the best of Britain through road trips in 2023.  

With so much to explore, from the Cornish coast to the Scottish Highlands, holidaymakers will be spoilt for choice as they look forward to next year. 

Culture Vulture

Keeping it local is even a trend for those looking to venture further afield, with nearly a third of Brits (29%) stating that immersing themselves in the local culture is a top priority when on holiday. 

Nearly a quarter (23%) even states that being able to support the local community and culture is what they will consider the most when it comes to travelling in 2023. 

Holiday Self-Care

A focus on health and wellness is often high on new year’s resolutions lists, and this is a top trend for travel, too – as over half of Brits (54%) see travel as a key part of their wellness routine – with a third of Brits looking for travel experiences that allow them to escape the stress of everyday life (32%).

The importance of wellness even plays into the type of accommodation they pick, with Brits selecting holidays based on addressing mental (31%) and physical (32%) wellness, having healthy options to eat and drink (40%), access to fitness activities or facilities (44%) and unique spa treatments (19%).

With this trend in mind, travel experts at Hilton are predicting to see an increase in holidays to more remote and secluded locations such as Legacy Hotel Cascais, Curio Collection by Hilton, which is nearby Portugal’s capital Lisbon; Hilton Garden Inn Da Nang in central Vietnam; and Hilton Skanes Monastir Beach Resort, on Tunisia’s central coast.

Smart Tech for Smooth Travel

Hilton anticipates tech will become an integral part of travel – with 67% of Brits caring most about ease and technology where travel is concerned, and one in five (21%) wanting technology to be used throughout a hotel stay to ensure a seamless stay.

For a frictionless travel experience, Hilton’s Digital Key allows travellers to bypass the front desk and go straight to their rooms. Additionally, enhanced booking options like Confirmed Connecting Rooms by Hilton allows families and friends to reserve adjoining rooms when booking online.

Rise of Bleisure Trips

The nation is set to see a rise in ‘Bleisure’ trips – where Brits will blend work and travel needs to maximise on time and experiences. 

Work environments are being seen in a new light – the traditional office is becoming a thing of the past, as one in 10 plan to work remotely while travelling in 2023 (10%).  

“In 2022, motivated travellers sought out new experiences around the world and reconnected with the people and places they love,” said Chris Nassetta, president and chief executive officer, Hilton. "The 2023 Trends Report showcases travellers’ evolving preferences and how eager and optimistic they are about their future adventures. Our Hilton team members are ready to welcome them and create a great stay experience at our more than 7,000 properties worldwide.”

Consumer research conducted by Material with 1,002 UK adults. The survey took place between August 23 - 30, 2022, on behalf of Hilton. 

Both qualitative and quantitative methods were used to determine the emerging trends detailed in this report. Hilton conducted stakeholder interviews across the organization to gain perspectives on what travel looks like today and determine what is top of mind going into 2023. Business Divisions included: Business Travel/Events, Food & Beverage, Wellness, Sustainability, Design, Digital Innovation, Workplace Culture. In addition, Hilton commissioned an online omnibus survey with Material, fielded in August 2022 among general population consumers 18+ years of age in several markets with questions targeting behaviour related to travel. Specifically, the survey was fielded to: n=1,002 in Australia, n=1,002 in China, n=1,002 in Germany, n=1,002 in Japan, n=1,002 in Mexico, n=1,002 in the U.K. and n=1,018 in the U.S. Additionally, a Hilton Survey was conducted by Wakefield Research (www.wakefieldresearch.com) among 1,000 U.S. Adult Travelers, between August 23rd and August 30th, 2022, using an email invitation and an online survey. This data has been weighted to ensure an accurate representation of U.S. travellers. “Travelers” are defined as those who took a trip in the past 24 months that required an overnight stay.

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Friday 11 November 2022

Marriott’s Bali Nusa Dua Terrace Opens

Marriott Vacation Club — a global industry leader in Vacation Ownership and brand of Marriott Vacations Worldwide has officially opened Marriott’s Bali Nusa Dua Terrace. The brand’s second vacation ownership property in Bali is perched in the hills of the island’s southernmost region, roughly 20 minutes away from the airport and near the area’s most popular beaches and cultural sites.

“We had long ago set our sights on making Bali a destination available to both our owners and guests, and we are excited to be opening our second property here. Last year, Tripadvisor named Bali the most popular global destination, which is no surprise as it is known around the world for its pristine white sand beaches and vibrant culture, all enhanced by the warmth of Balinese locals,” says John Geller, President of Marriott Vacations Worldwide. “We know travellers are looking for more flexibility and independence on how they spend their vacation, and by expanding our Vacation Club portfolio, we have deepened our footprint in the Asia-Pacific region, and we’re making bucket-list destinations like Bali more approachable.”

The Resort

Tucked away in the tranquil community of Nusa Dua, Marriott’s Bali Nusa Dua Terrace combines the best of vacation ownership and a lifestyle resort experience. The resort features 88 units offering one-, two-, and three-bedroom luxury apartments designed to feel like a private residence with a spacious living area, fully equipped kitchen, separate bedroom suite with a spa-like bathroom, and outdoor terrace with a private plunge pool. Each apartment’s interior features artfully blended rich hues and intricate wood carvings as well as pillows, throws, and other décor with colourful patterns, gold accents, and diverse textures to reflect the joy and spirit of local Balinese culture – specifically, the annual Galungan Celebration, which is one of the island’s most important traditions. Apartment amenities include a refrigerator, microwave, dishwasher, and in-unit washer and dryer, with baby/toddler items such as cribs and highchairs available upon request.

“Whether visiting for a family vacation, romantic getaway, or to work remotely from a dream destination, our owners and guests can curate their own version of paradise thanks to the premium travel experience our apartments provide,” says Novi Murad, general manager of Marriott’s Bali Nusa Dua Terrace. “The co-located Renaissance Bali Nusa Dua Resort provides authentic Balinese wellness experiences, all-day dining, and hands-on activities inspired by the region. Once owners and guests get a feel for the Marriott Vacation Club experience, they can also visit our new sales gallery on property where they can learn about the benefits of vacation ownership with Marriott Vacation Club.”

Owners and guests of Marriott’s Bali Nusa Dua Terrace have full access to the shared amenities at the co-located Renaissance Bali Nusa Dua Resort. The 5-star hotel currently features:

Monday 17 October 2022

Hotel group Scandic has opened the doors to its fifth hotel in Germany, Scandic München Macherei.

Hotel group Scandic has opened the doors to its fifth hotel in Germany, Scandic München Macherei.

Scandinavian chic meets Bavarian hospitality

The hotel, which has 234 rooms, is attractively located in Munich’s lively “Die Macherei” quarter in the Berg am Laim district. With its modern tile and brick facade and Nordic-inspired interior, the new hotel will offer global travellers unique hotel experiences.

- Die Macherei is a district for movers and shakers – a creative place where ideas are brought to life. Munich is also an important strategic location for us, so it’s exciting to be opening Scandic’s first hotel in the city. We’re continuing our growth strategy of expanding in Germany’s largest cities. Scandic München Macherei complements our German portfolio at a time when leisure and business travellers have returned in large numbers to our hotels, says Michel Schutzbach, Head of Europe at Scandic Hotels.

The hotel features airy living room-style lounges and spacious co-working areas. Conventional conference rooms have also been replaced by two private rooms that are ideal for shorter meetings. With its international yet Scandinavian-Bavarian feel, the hotel restaurant, Zieglerei, will be a modern meeting place for hotel guests and locals alike.

- I’m very much looking forward to bringing a new type of hotel experience to Munich. We’ve placed great emphasis on creating a sense of community here at Scandic München Macherei and in addition to chic and comfortable hotel rooms, we offer spacious lounge areas for relaxing, coworking, socializing and for private events and seasonal usage, a rooftop terrace with a stunning view of the Alps. Together with my outstanding team, we’re ready to welcome guests to enjoy truly great hotel experiences, says Carina Antic, General Manager at Scandic München Macherei.

The building will also be certified according to LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design), an international sustainability assessment system, meeting the requirements for LEED Gold. The purpose of the certification is to provide an independent environmental assessment of the building for guests, society and other stakeholders. The certification system assesses several important sustainability aspects, such as biodiversity, water conservation, energy and resource efficiency as well as the ability of indoor spaces to provide good daylight, air and sound environments.

As at all Scandic hotels, sustainability is a central part of Scandic München Macherei. The hotel is aimed to be ecolabeled according to the Nordic Swan Ecolabel’s tough new criteria when the ecolabel is introduced in Germany. Ecolabeled products, chemicals and 100 percent renewable electricity, the absence of single-use disposables, reduced water consumption, a climate-friendly menu and reduced food waste forms the basis for certification. The hotel is also located near mobility-sharing facilities, excellent public transportation options and e-charging stations located in the public underground garage.

Scandic München Macherei is Scandic’s fifth hotel in Germany and the ninth hotel that the company has opened in 2022. The hotel will strengthen Scandic’s presence on the German hotel market and following the opening, the company will operate a total of 1,645 rooms in the country.

Facts about Scandic München Macherei

234 rooms
24 accessible rooms
Zieglerei restaurant and bar, seating for 152
Private meeting rooms, maximum capacity 20 (10 persons each room)
Coworking Lounge
Architect, interior: Koncept
Architect, exterior: HWKN New York
Property owner: Bayerische Versorgungskammer / Universal Investments
Construction: Art Invest / Accumulata
Construction years: 2019 – 2022

Tuesday 11 October 2022

Second Selina hotel opens in Mexico....

Located in Tulum's downtown area, this new destination is perfect for travellers searching for a tropical getaway or a new place to call home.....
-Selina, the fast-growing lifestyle and experiential hospitality company targeting millennial and Gen Z travellers, announced it officially opened its newest location in downtown Tulum last week on October 3rd. The hotel — the second for the brand in the Tulum area -- is perfect for today's digital nomad and the modern traveller. Selina Tulum Downtown offers guests alternative ways to stay, play and work by combining beautifully designed accommodations with coworking, recreation, wellness, and unique local experiences.

This new Quintana Roo getaway provides digital nomads with an ideal option to live a unique lifestyle in the center of one of Mexico's top beach destinations. Perfect for travellers looking for a quick vacation or a new home base for remote working, the hotel offers a collection of private room options allowing guests to personalize their stay based on their budget. Unlike its counterpart in Tulum's resort area, this new space is defined as an experience focused on personal, physical, and mental well-being and exploring and appreciating the area's rich culture.

Selina Tulum Downtown marks the 12th Selina hotel in Mexico. The hotel will offer an onsite coworking facility, bookstore, gym, pool, spa, rooftop bar, and restaurant, opening in phases in the following months. It will also have the classic Selina hotel activities such as yoga, dance classes, surfing, and tours, as well as a shuttle service to and from Selina Tulum with its well-known beach club.

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Friday 30 September 2022

Hyatt Centric Sector 17 Chandigarh has opened

The 144-room property is Hyatt's second hotel in the city, and the fourth Hyatt Centric hotel in India

The Hyatt Centric Sector 17 Chandigarh has opened in recent days the group confirmed. It should be noted that as a company and a brand, Hyatt has chosen to pull out of Ukraine but continues to operate in Russia and support the Russian authorities.

The Hyatt Centric Sector 17 Chandigarh plays homage to French architect Le Corbusier who designed the city along with Pierre Jeanneret, Jane Drew, and Maxwell Fry, and the hotel celebrates both Corbusier’s design philosophy and the vibrant and bold culture of Punjab.

Built for the adventurous spirit, Hyatt Centric Sector 17 Chandigarh connects guests with the vibrant action throughout Chandigarh, with the city's popular parks, cafes, shopping plazas and restaurants. “We are extremely pleased to introduce the Hyatt Centric brand to Punjab and Haryana with the opening of this hotel, and we look forward to delivering the brand’s exquisite hospitality and personalized service to local residents and visitors in the City Beautiful,” said Maulina Gupta, general manager, Hyatt Centric Sector 17 Chandigarh. “Hyatt Centric Sector 17 Chandigarh is an exciting addition to Hyatt’s portfolio of hotels and brands in India, with its contemporary décor and playful design.”

Hyatt Centric Sector 17 Chandigarh, ideally situated in the city’s commercial and shopping district, has 144 guest rooms with modern and contemporary decor. Both the outer façade and the interior design of the hotel reflect Le Corbusier's minimalistic style, interspersed with splashes of vibrant colour like the shades of yellow in the lobby and the red in the elevators. The décor is distinctive and includes various details such as the flute panelling on the walls which is inspired by French architecture, the contemporary bedside lamps adapted from inverted urns to the “Chandigarh chairs” which are placed around the property. There are 138 guestrooms and six suites in the hotel, perfect for families travelling together or business travellers on the go.

Wednesday 28 September 2022

Peachtree On Track for a Record Year in New Hotel Construction - 15 hotels will open or break ground in 2022

Hilton Garden Inn in Pensacola. Photo: Business Wire
Peachtree Group’s development division, Peachtree Hospitality Development (“PHD”), is on track to deliver a record year of development achievements. In 2022, PHD has opened three select-service hotels, with another hotel slated to open later this year. In addition, the company will break ground this year on 11 hotels, primarily select-service, across the U.S. In total, Peachtree will add more than 1,500 rooms to its portfolio through these developments.

“While construction starts have been slowed by the pandemic and supply chain disruptions, we have successfully navigated these issues and remain on track to deliver the most hotel openings and groundbreakings in our history,” said Mitul Patel, Peachtree’s COO and managing principal.

The hotels opened this year include:

  • 95-room Homewood Suites by Hilton in Destin, Florida
  • 134-room Homewood Suites by Hilton in Louisville, Kentucky
  • 157-room SpringHill Suites in Baltimore, Maryland

Peachtree expects the 132-room Hilton Garden Inn in Florence, Kentucky, to open later this year, as well as two hotels in Florida, the Hilton Garden Inn in Pensacola and the Hampton Inn Delray Beach, during the first three months of 2023.

Tuesday 27 September 2022

Twenty Four Seven Hotels Adds Four California Hotels to Ever Expanding West Coast Portfolio

Twenty Four Seven Hotels, a third-party hospitality management company for premium-branded, select-service and lifestyle hotel segments in the western U.S., today announced the addition of four California hotels to its ever-expanding West Coast portfolio. The hotels include the 128-room Hyatt House Sacramento/Midtown, the 112-room Hyatt Place Newark/Silicon Valley, the 90-room Hampton Inn & Suites Marina and the 119-room Holiday Inn Express Chino Hills. The company is currently providing pre-opening services for the soon-to-open hotels, which expect to be fully operational by December 2022.

“We continue to expand our management footprint throughout California, with these four additions bringing our total Golden State portfolio to twenty,” said David Wani, CEO, Twenty Four Seven Hotels. “By focusing exclusively on the West Coast, our area operational expertise is unparalleled. This also allows for the ability to more readily share best practices and enact economies of scale.”

Independently owned, Twenty-Four Seven Hotels is an approved operator for such premium hospitality brands as Marriott, Hilton, Hyatt, IHG and Choice. The company is uniquely California-focused, granting it greater market and labour environment understanding.

“Twenty Four Seven Hotels provides a full suite of services, starting at the earliest phases of the pre-construction process to create advantages over companies acquiring or assuming operations at a later stage,” Wani added. “We pride ourselves on having the size to remain well-resourced and effective while staying nimble and responsive to our owners’ needs. Our tailored methods allow for a quicker ramp-up period and greater market share.”

Hyatt House Sacramento/Midtown

Friday 23 September 2022

La Zambra officially opens - the luxury Byblos Hotel hideaway in Costa del Sol has transformed from a historic hotel of the 80s and 90s into a relaxed, bohemian retreat

La Zambra, a reborn hotel destination in Málaga, Andalusia. The opening marks the completed transformation of the infamous Byblos hotel, an icon of late 20th-century celebrity and indulgence. Inspired by the celebrity and luxury of its past, La Zambra joins The Unbound Collection by Hyatt.

Nestled in the Mijas mountains and just under 2 miles (3 km) from the coastline, La Zambra invites guests to experience a one-of-a-kind stay steps away from the charming “Pueblo Blanco” of Mijas, one of the white villages of Andalusia. Ideally located 20 minutes from Málaga airport, the hotel immerses guests into surrounding landscapes, offering easy access to world-class golf courses, lush natural greenery, and the stunning beaches of the Mediterranean. Guests can enjoy the relaxing lifestyle of the local culture on visits to nearby villages, or venture along the coastline to vibrant hotspots of Fuengirola, Puerto Banús and Málaga to sample the rich culture, gastronomy, and nightlife that the region is known for.

The character of the 197 rooms and suites include warm materials and soft tones, evoking longed-for Andalusian essence with an indulgent backdrop where relaxation and fun are blurred. Four distinct dining options feature the flavors of southern Spain, while the luxurious 26,909-square-foot (2,500-square-meter) Mood Spa, offering a Turkish bath, sauna, whirlpools and 12 personalized treatment cabins, will recalibrate body and soul according to the mood preferred by every guest. This commitment to laid-back indulgence ensures a stay at La Zambra is a true expression of its history and Spanish-Mediterranean roots.

“We are delighted to open La Zambra and bring The Unbound Collection by Hyatt to Costa del Sol,” said Joost Kruissen, General Manager of La Zambra. “The Unbound Collection by Hyatt is dedicated to inspiring its guests to create their own stories – and ours is one of relaxed, rebellious luxury, thanks to the legacy of the emblematic Byblos hotel. We can’t wait for our visitors to start their own La Zambra story.”

Tuesday 20 September 2022

Voyager Space names Hilton as its official hotel partner to elevate the guest experience in space........................Hilton and Voyager Space to Partner on Improving Stays in Space — Designing Crew Lodging, Hospitality Suites for Starlab Space Station

Voyager Space names Hilton as its official hotel partner to elevate the guest experience in space

When you’re going into outer space for an extended period of time, Hilton and Voyager Space want astronauts and space tourists to know it matters where you stay. Voyager, a global leader in space exploration, today announced Hilton will be the official hotel partner of Starlab, Voyager’s planned free-flying commercial space station.

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Dylan Taylor

Chairman and CEO, Voyager Space

“Starlab will be more than just a destination, it will be an experience made infinitely more unique and artful with the Hilton team’s infusion of innovation, expertise and global reach,” said Dylan Taylor, chairman and CEO, of Voyager Space. “Voyager and Hilton are acutely focused on creating innovative solutions for the future of humanity and this partnership opens new doors to what is possible for comfort-focused space exploration and habitation.”

Voyager, and its operating company Nanoracks, were awarded $160 million in NASA funding in 2021 for the Starlab space station, which is set to replace the International Space Station. Starlab is planned to have the capacity to continuously host up to four astronauts and house the George Washington Carver (GWC) Science Park, a state-of-the-art laboratory system and the first science park in space. Starlab leverages Voyager and Nanoracks' experience managing global customer experience and research operations on the International Space Station for over a decade.

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Chris Nassetta

President and CEO, Hilton

“Hilton has been innovating to improve the guest experience and pioneering new destinations for travel for more than a century. We are thrilled to partner with Voyager to bring that expertise to Starlab,” said Chris Nassetta, president and CEO, of Hilton. “For decades, discoveries in space have been positively impacting life on Earth, and now Hilton will have an opportunity to use this unique environment to improve the guest experience wherever people travel. This landmark collaboration underscores our deep commitment to spreading the light and warmth of hospitality and providing a friendly, reliable stay – whether on the ground or in outer space.” 

This first-of-its-kind venture builds on Hilton’s effect in new and emerging markets, its storied history with space, and its global lodging and hospitality leadership, welcoming more than three billion guests across a portfolio of 18 brands comprising 7,000 properties in 122 countries and territories. In partnership with Voyager, Hilton will bring this unique scale and customer focus to Starlab as it continues to serve every traveller for every trip occasion. 

Five historic hotels in Lisbon, Portugal, have been inducted into Historic Hotels Worldwide®

Five historic hotels in Lisbon, Portugal, have been inducted into Historic Hotels Worldwide®, the official program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation (United States of America) for recognizing and celebrating the finest historic hotels around the world. These historic hotels are Heritage Avenida LiberdadeAs Janelas Verdes, Hotel Britania Art DecoHotel Lisboa Plaza, and Solar do Castelo. All five historic hotels are part of the Lisbon Heritage Hotels collection, which promotes the history and culture of Portugal’s capital city.

Historic Hotels Worldwide promotes heritage and cultural travel by featuring a prestigious collection of historic treasures including historically significant hotels and other iconic and legendary hotels spanning more than 10 centuries.

“We are delighted to induct the five historic hotels of Lisbon Heritage Hotels into Historic Hotels Worldwide.” said Lawrence P. Horwitz, Executive Vice President of Historic Hotels of America and Historic Hotels Worldwide. “We commend Antonio and Manuel Fernandes, the founders of Lisbon Heritage Hotels nearly 25 years ago, for their vision and dedication to preserving and restoring these historically significant buildings and converting them to luxurious boutique historic hotels. As a result of their leadership, buildings important to the history, heritage, and culture of Lisbon have been preserved for future generations of travellers. The successful restoration of the hotels in this iconic collection of historically significant buildings in Lisbon demonstrates their commitment and leadership as stewards of history and historic preservation. As Lisbon Heritage Hotels continues to restore other historic buildings and convert them to iconic historic hotels, we look forward to inducting other historically significant hotels into Historic Hotels Worldwide.”

Historic Hotels Worldwide membership is exclusive to historically significant hotels and resorts that are in buildings at least 75 years old. As a diverse and prestigious collection, each inducted hotel is required to possess one or more of the following qualities: it served as the former home, or it is located on the grounds of the former home, of famous persons, or it is a significant location for an event in history; it is located in or within walking distance to a historic district, historically significant landmark, place of a historic event, or historic city centre; it has been recognized by a local preservation organization or national trust; and it displays historic memorabilia, artwork, photography, or other examples of its historic significance.

Saturday 10 September 2022

The opening of the first Thompson Hotels branded property in Spain marks a significant milestone for Hyatt as it continues to grow its luxury and lifestyle portfolio

Hyatt Hotels Corporation announces the opening of the highly anticipated Thompson Madrid, the first Thompson Hotels branded property in Spain. Setting an inspiring new standard for modern luxury stays, the 175-room hotel is a celebration of thoughtfully curated style and global sophistication with an authentic Madrilenian flair, delivering an exciting destination for culturally astute travellers looking to immerse themselves within the vibrant Spanish capital.

Featuring three signature dining venues, well-appointed spaces with curated design elements and architecture evocative of Madrid's rich heritage, Thompson Madrid truly embodies the identity of its location. Guests are invited to experience all that the city has to offer through creative spaces, unapologetically bold interiors and elevated gastronomy.

Located on Calle De La Montera, which connects the city’s famed main square, Puerta del Sol, to the theatres, cinemas, and boutiques of the lively Gran Via Street, Thompson Madrid is housed in two historic buildings and is a dynamic and refined home base for guests to explore the authentic character of the city. The buzzing neighbourhoods of Malasaña, Chueca, and Madrid’s historic city centre are within walking distance of the hotel, and a diverse selection of galleries, museums, culinary delights, and cultural landmarks are on every corner.

“We are excited to welcome guests to Thompson Madrid and invite them to immerse themselves into the culture of the city, which can be found inside and outside the walls of the hotel,” said Carlos Erburu Zazpe, general manager of Thompson Madrid. “Inspired by Madrid’s nearby “kilometre Zero,” which marks the spot all distances in Spain are measured from, all journeys start in Madrid and all authentic Madrilenian experiences for our guests begin in Thompson Madrid.”

Monday 29 August 2022

Hyatt Place Nanchong Gaoping Celebrates Official Opening

Hyatt Place Nanchong Gaoping Celebrates Official Opening
The 276-room hotel is the first international hotel to open in the heart of Nanchong

Hyatt Hotels Corporation announces the opening of Hyatt Place Nanchong Gaoping, expanding the Hyatt Place brand’s footprint globally in markets that matter most to guests and World of Hyatt members. The new hotel is the first and currently only international hotel in Nanchong and features the Hyatt Place brand’s intuitive design, casual atmosphere and practical amenities, such as free Wi-Fi, 24-hour food offerings and a 24-hour gym. The hotel is a joint venture led by Nanchong Yuxuan Hotel Management Co., Ltd, and operated by Minyoun Hospitality.

Because Hyatt’s efforts are grounded in listening and fueled by care, Hyatt Place hotels combine style, innovation and 24/7 conveniences to create an easy-to-navigate experience for today’s multitasking travellers. Hyatt Place Nanchong Gaoping is located on the 29th to 43rd floors of the Chuanbei Financial Center, the tallest landmark in Nanchong city. The hotel is adjacent to the Poly Mall commercial complex, Financial Square Commercial Pedestrian Street and Wangfujing Department Store, making it an ideal choice for business and leisure travellers.

The hotel sits by the Jialing River, only a minute’s walk from the wetland park on the banks of the river, about a 20-minute drive from Nanchong Airport and a 15-minute drive from the railway station. Set in an oasis of nature with convenient access to transportation, shopping and dining, Hyatt Place Nanchong Gaoping is well located for enjoying a leisure vacation.

“As Nanchong continues to grow and thrive economically, we are excited to welcome the first Hyatt Place hotel to the area,” said General Manager Zeke Xiao. “With our smartly designed social spaces and guestrooms with separate work and sleep areas, our multitasking guests can easily accomplish what they need to do while on the road.”