Spotlight on New Hotels

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Tourico Holidays has officially become part of Hotelbeds Group

Hotelbeds TouricoHotelbeds Group, a global bedbank and business-to-business provider of services to the travel industry, has confirmed that as of today – following the closure of the customary regulatory and legal procedures – Tourico Holidays has officially become part of Hotelbeds Group.

Malaysia Tourism Tax comes into effect from July 1st

malaysia kualalumpurMalaysia’s Tourism and Culture Minister Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz announced that Malaysia will begin imposing its tourism tax from July, 2017. The tax will be collected from all types of premises used as accommodation for tourists, such as registered hotels and inns.

La Colección showcases authentic Mexican hospitality in NYC

Mexican Hotel Group, La Colección took to the streets of Manhattan with 100 ambassadors to open doors for New York City locals and visitors, showcasing authentic Mexican hospitality. Welcoming travelers with open arms and encouraging them to travel to Mexico by giving away 5,000 room nights at participating resorts, La Colección sought to make the statement that while “some believe in walls, we believe in open doors.”

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Trump’s new hotel brand: American IDEA

American Idea HotelsTrump Hotels expands its hotel portfolio with the launch of its new midscale brand, American IDEA, a concept rooted in local history and neighborly service. Trump Hotels currently has three agreements signed for American IDEA properties in the Mississippi Delta area.

W Sound Suites debut at W Hollywood & W Barcelona

w hotels sound suiteW Hotels Worldwide in partnership with Coca-Cola has unveiled the latest W Sound Suite at W Hollywood. The private music studio and writers room offers hotel guests and musicians alike the opportunity to experience recording like a pro in the heart of global music capital, Los Angeles.

Hi-Lo boutique hotel opens in Oregon

hi lo hotel oregonMarriott International’s Autograph Collection Hotels announced the opening of Hi-Lo Hotel in Oregon. Situated in the historic Oregon Pioneer Building in downtown Portland, the highly-anticipated boutique hotel is the brand’s first hotel in Oregon.

RIU buys Madrid’s 8th tallest building, to open Riu Plaza hotel

Madrid Edificio EspanaThe RIU hotel chain buys Madrid’s 8th tallest building; 'Edificio España' and will turn it into the first Riu Plaza urban hotel in Spain. After purchasing the building from Wanda, the Baraka Group has sold the property on to RIU Hotels & Resorts.

Best Western expands portfolio with 3 new hotels in Japan

Best Western Hotels & Resorts expands its portfolio by signing of three hotels in key destinations across Japan. These three new hotels reinforce Japan’s position as one of Best Western’s largest and most important Asian markets.

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Ascott acquires DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel New York – Times Square South

DoubleTree NewYork TimesSquare SouthAscott Residence Trust (Ascott Reit) acquires the 224-unit DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel New York – Times Square South for US$106 million. The freehold property is located in Midtown Manhattan near Times Square, one of the most visited locations in the world, with more than 40 million visitors each year.

The Steigenberger Hotel Palace Marhaba to open in Hammamet, Tunisia

steigenberger hotel groupDeutsche Hospitality announced its third hotel in Tunisia; the Steigenberger Hotel Palace Marhaba in Hammamet to open its doors for travelers. From November 2017, guests will be able to sample the delights of the fabulous beach location occupied by the Steigenberger Hotel Palace Marhaba on the Gulf of Hammamet.

Hotel Indigo opens in Warsaw, Poland

hotel indigo warsaw roomInterContinental Hotels Group announced the opening of Hotel Indigo® Warsaw – Nowy Swiat, centrally located on Nowy Świat – or “New World” – street, one of the main historic thoroughfares of the city. Nowy Świat street is one of the most recognizable, fashionable and entertaining areas in Poland. It connects the two elements of the capital – the historical and the contemporary, leading straight to the Old Town area.

The first Aloft Hotel in Australia opens

The design-led Aloft Perth Hotel opens as the first Aloft hotel in Australia. Aloft Perth is the new urban-inspired gathering place for tech-savvy Next Gen travelers and locals. Aloft Perth is located alongside the Swan River and on the doorstep of Perth Central Business District.

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Marriott reveals Most Searched Holiday Destinations for Summer 2017

holiday poolMarriott International analyzed nearly 2 million searches and bookings in April and May for travel between the Memorial Day and Labor Day holiday weekends. The global hospitality group announced the findings at its inaugural U.S. Summer Travel Trends Report 2017.

Mama Shelter to open its 8th property in Dubai

mama shelter logoMama Shelter, the global collection of authentic hotels, has announced plans to open in a new location in Dubai. The property will be located in Dubai’s downtown Business Bay.