Hospitality Breaking News

Hard Rock to open second hotel in Bengaluru by 2020

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Hard Rock International continues intensifying its India presence with the announcement of Hard Rock Hotel Bangalore, slated to open in Fall 2020. Joining Hard Rock Hotel Goa, the second Hard Rock Hotel in India will be located in the city of Bangalore. “The city of Bangalore is full of culture and beauty and is the perfect location for our second property in India,” said Todd Hricko, senior vice president and head of global hotel development for Hard Rock International. “We are pleased to work with Convention Hotels India Private Limited who share in our vision, integrity and dedication to quality.”

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Best Western’s SureStay Plus brand makes its India debut, opens in Indore

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Best Western Hotels & Resorts has launched its new SureStay Plus Hotel Brand in India with the opening of a first SureStay Plus hotel in Indore, Madhya Pradesh. The hotel offers 57 rooms across three categories and eight suites. “We are delighted to unveil SureStay Plus Hotel by Best Western Indore, an exciting midscale brand that will redefine the hotel landscape in Indore.,” said Atul Jain, Best Western’s Chief Operating Officer for India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. “By combining the ease and affordability of midscale hotels with the international standards of a global chain, SureStay Hotel Group is sure to appeal to business and leisure travellers alike”.

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Preferred Hotels & Resorts adds Fortune Park JP Celestial, Bengaluru, to its portfolio

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In India, Preferred Hotels & Resorts has added another hotel in its member portfolio – Fortune Park JP Celestial, Bengaluru. The hotel is centrally located off Race Course Road and offers 129 guestrooms featuring wooden floors, modern amenities, and whirlpool baths in its suites. The hotel also features two dining options including a rooftop bar specialising in popular Indian Tandoor (grill) specialties, and an on-site spa. In total, the hotel has added 25 members.

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Four Seasons Hotel Montreal to open on May 8

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Montreal’s Golden Square Mile, Four Seasons Hotel Montreal will officially open on May 8, 2019.  With 169 guest rooms, 19 suites and 18 Four Seasons Private Residences, Montreal’s Four Seasons’ interiors are designed by Paris-based Gilles & Boissier in collaboration with Montreal-based architect and designer Philip Hazan. “We can’t wait to receive our local community, as well as world travellers, into our luxury ecosystem for the full Four Seasons experience, right in downtown Montreal,” says Four Seasons General Manager Gonçalo Monteiro. “With summer and all its great festivals and events just around the corner, spring is the perfect time for us all to enjoy Montreal’s trendsetting style and culture.”

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Marriott opens its 7,000th property in Hong Kong

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Marriott International has opened of its 7,000th property – The St. Regis Hong Kong. The 27-story luxury hotel, which features butler service, and multiple restaurants, is emblematic of Marriott’s global expansion strategy which disproportionately focuses on the highest lodging tiers as well as fast-growing international markets such as Hong Kong. The company’s first property, the Twin Bridges Marriott, opened in 1957 and was a four-story motor hotel in Arlington, Virginia. “It’s thrilling to open our 7,000th property, an incredible milestone for a company that began as a nine-stool root beer stand in 1927 and didn’t even open its first hotel until decades later,” said Arne Sorenson, President and Chief Executive Officer of Marriott International. “I can’t think of a more fitting property to hold the honor than The St. Regis Hong Kong which underscores the benefits of our merger with Starwood, the importance of luxury and the tremendous opportunity in Asia.”

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IHG signs two Holiday Inn hotels in Saudi Arabia

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InterContinental Hotels Group has signed two franchise agreements including Holiday Inn Madinah King Abdulaziz Road with Loulouat Al Madinah Hospitality and Holiday Inn Jeddah Al Hamra with Al Hokair Group. The signings consolidate IHG’s strategy to expand its footprint across the kingdom, with its mid-scale offerings. Holiday Inn Jeddah Al Hamra will feature 253 rooms and a host of facilities for business and leisure travellers including three food and beverage outlets, six meeting rooms, and a business centre. In addition, guests will be able to take advantage of recreational facilities such as the outdoor pool, a gymnasium and a spa. Due to open in 2020, Holiday Inn Madinah King Abdulaziz Road will be strategically located near Al Haramain Railway Train Station and other major transport hubs. The 180-key hotel will feature 2,000 sqm of banqueting space for events and conventions, a business centre as well as a gym and two dining options. Given its location in the Holy City and close proximity to Knowledge Economic City, it is expected to attract both pilgrims and corporate travelers.

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Room supply to grow by 4% and demand by 7% in 2019

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HVS ANAROCK recently released its industry review for 2018. According to the report, the supply of rooms is anticipated to grow by 4.0% and demand by 7.0% in 2019. Over the last 2 years, hotel supply grew by 3.7% in 2017 and 3.5% in 2018, whilst demand grew by 7% and 6.8% in the respective years. While both the past years have paved the way for strong growth in demand for 2019 driven by strong economic growth in the country, some headwinds in 2019 are expected to dampen the performance turnout for the year. The first major reason is the country’s general election, during which the commercial market, the main stay for hotels in the country, puts on hold all decision making in anticipation of the election results that could potentially have a material impact on several policy initiatives of the government. Thankfully though, elections will be held in the summer months when demand in the country is comparatively low, limiting its negative impact on hotel performances.The second major reason is the impact of new hotel supply that is expected to commence operations in the current year. As per our estimates, 8,574 keys will enter the market in 2019, a nearly 19% rise over the last two years

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Lords Hotels and Resorts to open in Amritsar

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Lords Hotels & Resorts has announced its latest property in Amritsar which will be named as Lords Eco Inn. The property is expected to open in the next 9-10 months. The hotel boasts of well appointed rooms along with 2 F&B outlets. It is located at Lawrence Road which is the main artery of Amritsar shopping – branded clothing stores, traditional clothes, modern wares of carpets, bangles, shawls, woolen textiles, stationery shops, junk eating joints and coffee shop. The nearest Airport is Amritsar Airport which is at the distance of just 12 kms and the nearest Railway Station is Amritsar Railway Station which is at a distance of 10 kms. Popularly known for Golden Temple it is the spiritually significant city of Punjab. It is the biggest commercial zone in North India and has a lot of business opportunities which have been contributing to the State of Punjab.

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The Fern opens in Manali and Polo Forest in Gujarat

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The Fern Hotels & Resorts has opened two hotels- The Fern Residency, Manali (Himachal Pradesh) and The Fern Sattva Resort, Polo Forest (Gujarat), thereby taking the tally to 58 hotels managed by the company. Commenting on the opening of both the hotels, the COO of the hotel, Suhail Kannampilly said, “The people visiting Manali and Polo Forest can now enjoy our eco friendly hospitality. Manali hotel is the second hotel which we are managing in HP. In Gujarat we are now at 15 locations”. The Fern Residency, Manali is a 37 room property situated in the picturesque hill state of Himachal Pradesh. Nestled far away from the hustle and bustle of the cityscape, the hotel is enveloped by a panoramic view of the magnificent Kullu Valley dotted with spectacular streams, apple orchards and rugged snow peaked mountains. The Fern Sattva Resort, Polo Forest (Gujarat) is a 30 room resort located in Abhapur Village, Taluka Vijaynagar of Gujarat and is two and half hours drive from Ahmedabad. Surrounded by the lush green forests at one side and the gentle flowing Harnav River on the other, the resort is a perfect place to unwind and chill. The hotel has three different room categories Winter Green Cottage, Fern Club Villa and Hazel Suite.

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Justa to open 30-room property in Delhi in 2019 end

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Justa Hotels & Resorts is all set to open a new property in Greater Kailash, New Delhi. The hotel would be a design hotel with a new concept, reveals Rohit Katyal, National Sales Head, Justa Hotels & Resorts. “The new hotel will have 30 rooms and it will be a design hotel. It would be on the lines of our property in Chennai, but not similar. It will be a modern property with an international feel to it. We will be opening the property in winter 2019.” The brand already has a property in the same vicinity. Last year. Justa Hotels & Resorts opened two properties. First was Justa Sajjangarh Spa Resort, Udaipur with 63 Keys close to Biodiversity Park. The other was to sign up Justa Atrio Resort in Delhi in close vicinity to Gurgaon and Aerocity. It was the first hotel for the brand on management contract in Delhi.

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