Hospitality Breaking News

Hotel Indigo opens in Chester, UK, with 75 rooms


InterContinental Hotels Group has announced the opening of its sixteenth Hotel, Indigo in the UK, in the heart of the notable city of Chester. Within walking distance to one of the oldest racecourses in Britain and numerous historical attractions, Hotel Indigo Chester is perfect for a weekend getaway. Featuring 75 rooms, the much-awaited boutique Hotel Indigo Chester, combines elements from the city’s local character and charm, with vibrant colours and textures to give the hotel a residential look and feel. Just as no two places are alike, no two Hotel Indigo® properties are the same. The hotel’s design reflects the surrounding neighbourhood by drawing inspiration from three key elements of the city – the material layers of its architecture, the iconic 1897 Eastgate Clock and the world-famous Chester Racecourse.

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Hyatt Regency Chantilly opens 211-room property


Hyatt Hotels Corporation has announced the opening of Hyatt Regency Chantilly, France-the ninth Hyatt branded hotel in the country. Reminiscent of an 18th-century authentic hamlet, the 211-room property is set along the Nonette River in the historic town of Chantilly. Situated only 20 minutes from Charles De Gaulle International Airport and 45 minutes from the center of Paris, the hotel is able to accommodate both business and leisure guests alike. “We are thrilled to announce the opening of Hyatt Regency Chantilly,” said Charles Guyonnaud, general manager of Hyatt Regency Chantilly. “The hotel’s exquisite facilities combined with its peaceful setting provides the ultimate business retreat and relaxation getaway.”

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Radisson Tbilisi City Centre to open in 2021 with 200 rooms


Radisson Hotel Group has announced the signing of the first Radisson-branded hotel in Georgia. The Radisson Tbilisi City Centre is set to arrive in Georgia’s capital in 2021. Alongside 200 guest rooms, the Radisson Tbilisi City Centre will also feature a restaurant, a bar and a meeting space equipped with the latest audio-visual technology (not to mention free high-speed Wi-Fi). With its variety of facilities, the hotel is expected to attract both business and leisure guests to the center of Georgia’s capital city. Elie Younes, Executive Vice President & Chief Development Officer for Radisson Hotel Group, said:“We are excited to bring a Radisson to Georgia which will complement the three existing properties that we have in the country, including the recently opened Radisson Collection. A warm welcome for our owners, Block Invest, to our family’’

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The LaLiT Ahmedabad to open by 2021


The LaLit Suri Hospitality Group is coming up with its new property in Ahmedabad. Jyotsna Suri, Chairperson & Managing Director, LaLit Suri Hospitality Group, says, “We are currently building a new LaLit property in Ahmedabad. It’s situated on the bank of Sabarmati River and should be ready in about 18 months from now.” The hotel will most likely open by next year end and would be the first LaLit hotel in the state of Gujarat.

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InterGlobe Hotels scouting for new projects in Hyderabad: JB Singh


InterGlobe Hotels has committed to open 5-6 hotels by 2022. JB Singh, President and CEO, InterGlobe Hotels, says, “In another three years, InterGlobe Hotels will cross 4000 rooms and we continue to look at Tier-1 markets aggressively. We will grow fast but will grow cautiously. We have been chasing projects in Hyderabad. Let’s see where that goes. But, our expansion will majorly happen in Tier-I cities.”

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295 properties, 44,119 rooms in India’s pipeline, 15.4% growth on existing supply: STR

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Hotel industry in India is growing at a consistent yet rapid pace. Vidhi Godiawala, Business Development Manager, STR, speaking on the future of the Indian hotel market says, “There are currently 295 properties and 44,119 rooms in India’s pipeline, representing a 15.4% increase on existing supply. The majority of this growth is expected to come from international brands. The growth of a number of established international hotel brands has been evident in India over the past 7 or 8 years and is showing little sign of stopping. In September 2018, IHG announced their goal to have 150 Indian hotels (both operational and in the pipleline), within 2 to 3 years, while Hyatt announced plans to open 14 new hotels over the next 2 years in March 2019. As recently as April of this year, Marriot stated that it has 50 hotels in the pipeline and could open more than that.”

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Wyndham to open hotels in Lucknow, Aligarh, Gandhidham & Trivandrum this year

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India is an important market for Wyndham Hotels. Speaking exclusively to Hospitality Breaking News, Panos Loupasis, Vice President Development, Middle East, Eurasia & Africa, Wyndham Hotels & Resorts, says, “India is an integral part of Wyndham Hotels & Resorts’ global growth strategy. We have well established mid-scale brands, such as Ramada by Wyndham, Howard Johnson by Wyndham and Days Hotel by Wyndham. Ramada by Wyndham is currently our largest brand in India, with 29 hotels, accounting for approximately 75% of our portfolio. This year alone, we have opened three Ramada by Wyndham hotels in Kapurthala, Bangalore, Jaipur and we expect additional openings in Lucknow, in Trivandrum, Gandhidham and Aligarh.”

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The Ritz-Carlton, Xi’an, opens with 283 rooms


The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, has announced the opening of The Ritz-Carlton, Xi’an. Owned by Zhongda Zhongfanxin Proprietary Company, the hotel elevates luxury by connecting guests to the destination’s rich way of life through a contemporary take on local culture, history and cuisine. Known as ‘the cradle of Chinese civilisation’, Xi’an is the ancient provincial capital of Shaanxi located in the central-northwestern region of China. With a history that spans thousands of years, Xi’an is one of China’s four ancient capitals and the former home to thirteen imperial Chinese dynasties. The city marks the eastern end of the ancient Silk Road and today is a key crossroad to one of the country’s most important trading corridors. “We are delighted to bring the legendary service of The Ritz-Carlton to Xi’an, a city that blends the majesty of the past with the pulse of the present, and the promise of the future,” said Lisa Holladay, Global Brand Leader for The Ritz-Carlton. “By creating a unique sense of place while also celebrating the vibrant cultural legacy of the destination, The Ritz-Carlton, Xi’an will offer guests and visitors from around the world a truly authentic experience.” Ideally located in the business center of the Gao Xin District, The Ritz-Carlton, Xi’an boasts unique access to a variety of historical and cultural sites, including the legendary Terracotta Warriors, Great Wild Goose Pagoda and old City Walls. Designed by Remedios Studio, the hotel is imbued with a spirit of timeless luxury that reveals the distinctive soul of the city. Interiors pay homage to the architecture, history and culture of Xi’an through patterned motifs created by local artisans that offer a thoughtful path towards discovering the hidden parts of …

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OYO expands to Vietnam with 90+ hotels across 6 cities


OYO Hotels & Homes has announced the opening of its doors in Vietnam as it continues to strengthen presence in South East Asia. The company also eyes spot to become the leading hotel chain in Indonesia with 1,082 hotels having already joined OYO’s chain – 720 hotels are fully operational and more than 300 upcoming hotels that are under transformation – with a total of 19,750 rooms spread across 80 cities. Philippines and Malaysia also reported continuing growth in assets under management with 8,000 and 1,300 exclusive rooms, respectively. Starting with over 90 franchised hotels, spread across 6 cities, including Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh, Da Nang, Phu Quoc, Vang Tau and Nha Trang, OYO Hotels plans to expand its footprint to 10 cities in Vietnam by 2020-end. The hospitality chain has also committed an investment of over $50 million over the next few years in the country with the mission of transforming its hospitality landscape and creating quality affordable accommodations. The hospitality chain has also committed an investment of over $50 million over the next few years in Vietnam with the mission of transforming its hospitality landscape and creating quality affordable accommodations. As a part of its continued commitment to the country, OYO Hotels aims to generate over 1,500 direct and indirect jobs that will help support the economic trajectory of Vietnam.

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Accor announces the management of Windsor Suites Hotel, Bangkok


Accor has signed an agreement to manage the 456-room Windsor Suites Hotel. The hotel will be rebranded under Grand Mercure Windsor in 2021. Located along Sukhumvit’s Soi 20, the 34-storey hotel boasts six dining outlets, a fitness centre, wellness spa, executive lounge and helipad on its rooftop. The hotel will undergo an extensive refurbishment of its public areas, dining outlets and guest rooms at the end of this year to be completed in phases over the next two years. “Grand Mercure Hotels & Resort is a cultural touchstone in each destination, capturing guests’ imagination and bringing local stories to life. We’re really excited to have the Windsor Suites Hotel join the Accor network giving visitors to Bangkok an added choice of hotel to choose from in the Sukhumvit area” said Patrick Basset, Chief Operating Officer of Accor for Upper Southeast & Northeast Asia and the Maldives.

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