Spotlight on New Hotels

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W Hotels to open a new hotel in Rome, Italy

w romeBorn from the bold attitude and 24/7 culture of New York City, W Hotels announced plans to open W Rome, offering a unique twist on La Dolce Vita in the capital city. Marking the first time that the iconic W sign will land in Italy, W Rome is set across two historic buildings in the energetic Via Veneto neighborhood.

Holiday Inn opens a new hotel in Brazil

IHG announced the opening of the new-build 209-room Holiday Inn® Goiânia hotel. This is IHG’s eighth Holiday Inn property in Brazil and the first IHG hotel in the Midwestern city of Goiânia, located about 130 miles from Brasilia, the nation’s capital.

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IBEROSTAR Lisboa opens – brand’s first hotel in Portugal

IBEROSTAR Hotels & Resorts opened its first hotel in Portugal, on October 5th. IBEROSTAR Lisboa offers a 5-star experience in the heart of the city, and it’s the Majorcan hotel chain’s seventh urban accommodation option.

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A new Ritz-Carlton Hotel opens on a tropical island

The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C. announced the newest addition to its collection of renowned global properties with the opening of The Ritz-Carlton, Koh Samui. Located on the tropical island paradise of Koh Samui on the Gulf of Thailand, The Ritz-Carlton, Koh Samui will create a unique melting pot of indelible new memories for travelers.

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AccorHotels acquires Australia’s Mantra Group Limited


AccorHotels acquires Mantra Group Limited, which is one of Australia’s largest hotel and resort marketers and operators with 127 properties and over 20,000 rooms in hotels, resorts and serviced apartments across Australia, New Zealand, Indonesia and Hawaii.

Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group opens 6 hotels across Africa in 2017

carlson rezidor hotel group logoCarlson Rezidor Hotel Group has accelerated its growth in Africa with six hotel openings and the addition of three hotels to its portfolio this year. The new 530 rooms bring the group’s African portfolio to a tally of 80 hotels and over 17,200 rooms in operation and under development. Within the next five years the African Portfolio will feature 125 hotels by establishing critical mass in key countries.

Airbnb listings tripled, revenues up 421% in Dubai

A special market report outlined the growth of Airbnb in Dubai between August 2015 and August 2017. Revenues for properties listed on the online marketplace and hospitality platform during that time increased by 421% to top US$3.3million in August 2017, with listings nearly tripling to 3,249.

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Marriott announces 7 new hotels in Africa

Marriott International announced further expansion plans in Africa with seven new hotel signings. Marriott International was the first global chain to make a significant investment in Africa with the acquisition of Protea Hotels for $210 million in 2014. The company announced its future plans at the Africa Hotel Investment Forum (AHIF).

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Bahia Principe signs deal with Expedia

expedia incThe Expedia group and Bahia Principe Hotels & Resorts have announced a strategic technology partnership which will enable the global hotel chain to offer package bookings directly on US point-of-sale.

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