Spotlight on New Hotels

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Rotana opens new hotel in Erbil, Iraq

erbil arjaan rotanaRotana has chosen Erbil as the destination for its first-ever Arjaan hotel brand in the Kurdistan region, Iraq, introducing modern and stylish hotel apartments to the city. Following the company’s ongoing success in Iraq, Erbil Arjaan by Rotana will be their third hotel in the country, joining the company’s five-star Erbil Rotana and Karbala Rayhaan by Rotana.

Best Western The Lagoon Hotel opens in Indonesia

BW The Lagoon Manado

Best Western Hotels & Resorts has unveiled its first ever property in Manado, the scuba diving and snorkeling paradise on the northern tip of Sulawesi, Indonesia. The new Best Western The Lagoon Hotel opened its doors on April 1, 2017. The hotel overlooks the beautiful Bay of Manado and island of Manado Tua, and is surrounded by lush, jungle-clad hills.

Hotel comments expose the winning formula for bookings

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Swissôtel to open a resort in Sarajevo, Bosnia

Swissotel SarajevoSwissôtel, part of AccorHotels, enters the Bosnian market by signing a new 218-room urban resort in Sarajevo. Scheduled to open in early 2018, Swissôtel Sarajevo will be situated next to Bosnian Parliament, within the expansive mixed use Sarajevo City Center project, consisting of shopping mall and office tower with 30,000 daily visitors.

Chinese travel to the Middle East increases hotel bookings by 60% in 2017

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Tourico Holidays reported that inbound hotel room nights to the Middle East have increased by 112 percent year-over-year in 2017 and outbound travel from the market is also on the rise. Hotel room nights sold from the Middle East are pacing at an increase of 138 percent through the end of 2017 - meaning future hotel reservations through the end of the year have more than doubled compared to the same time in 2016.

AmericInn Hotel and Suites Winona Opens

AmericInn logoAmericInn®—the largest midscale hotel brand in the upper Midwest— announced the opening of the new AmericInn Hotel and Suites Winona at 303 Pelzer Street. The opening marks the 61st property in Minnesota. The brand now boasts more than 200 locations open or in development across 21 states.

What travelers think about Sustainable Tourism in 2017?

As the United Nation's has designated 2017 as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development, has released findings from its global Sustainable Travel Report ahead of Earth Day which will be celebrated on 22 April. The new research points to some promising signs when it comes to the eco-considerations weighed by both travelers and accommodations.

The first W Sound Suite in North America launches at W Seattle

w sound studio seattleW Hotels Worldwide in partnership with Coca-Cola unveiled the first W Sound Suite to launch in North America at W Seattle. W Sound Suite is a private music studio and writer’s room for professional recording artists, studio musicians and producers, in addition to hotel guests, to record in style while on the road.

Condé Nast Traveler announces 75 best hotel openings in 2017

anantara Peace HavenCondé Nast Traveler revealed the winners of its 2017 HOT LIST with 75 properties around the world recognized as the best hotel openings of the past year. The HOT LIST selection process started with 675 contenders and ended with the 75 properties listed below.

Dusit Hotels accepts WeChat Pay, announces special offers

dusit logoThailand-based Dusit Hotels & Resorts becomes the first hotel group in Thailand to accept WeChat Pay. WeChat Pay is part of China’s largest mobile instant messaging app, WeChat, which to date has over 800 million active users. It allows users to pay bills, order goods, transfer money to other users, and pay in selected stores directly via smartphone using credit from their personal WeChat Pay accounts.

Hilton focuses on expansion in North Africa

Hilton logoBuilding on an active pipeline in the region, which has grown to 15 hotels across Algeria, Egypt, Morocco and Tunisia, Hilton has identified North Africa as a focus area for further growth. In this perspective Hilton established a dedicated development office in Casablanca, where it announced its debut hotel earlier this year, Hilton Garden Inn Casablanca Sidi Maarouf.

Four Points Miami Airport opens for business

four points by sheraton miami airportMarriott International announced the opening of Four Points Miami Airport, the brand’s second property in Miami and tenth in the state. Catering to the needs of today’s modern traveler, the hotel is conveniently located within three miles of the corporate offices of BV Oil Company, Harris Corporation, Magaya Corporation, Parker-Hannifin Corporation, and Refricenter International.

Carlton Downtown Hotel in Dubai changes hands

carlton downtown dubai

Dubai-based The First Investor group, a subsidiary of Al Fardan Group, announced the purchase of the Carlton Downtown hotel on Sheikh Zayed Road. Formerly the Warwick Hotel, it is the third hotel to be operated by Carlton Hotel Management - a brand owned by The First Investor, and the ninth in the group’s collection of hotels.

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