Junior Suite at the Pure Salt Port Adriano at Mallorca (Picture: Pure Salt Hotels)

New luxury hotels for Mallorca – Growing tourism on the popular Mediterranean island

Palma de Mallorca – Tourism is thriving on Mallorca despite a recently decided special tax for tourists. Four new top hotels are currently in the pipeline on the Spanish holiday island. This data has been revealed by TOPHOTELPROJECTS, the worldwide leading provider of global b2b hotel data.

Pure Salt Port Adriano Mallorca - Junior Suite

Pure Salt is a new luxury hotel brand for adults only on Mallorca. With the five-star Pure Salt Garonda, the Mallorcan hotelier family Amengual has inaugurated its first property at the Playa de Palma in the past year. Currently they are preparing the opening of their second hotel, the Pure Salt Adriano in Calvia (93 rooms) which will open after a refurbishment end of March.

Recently the Portals Hills Boutique Hotel opened its doors above the same named marina on Mallorca (29 suites and two penthouses). Further three high-class hotels are under construction, one of which is a Park Hyatt Hotel with 142 rooms.

Mallorca has been trying for years to force back the muck tourism on the beaches near the capital Palma and north of the island. However, entertainment areas, such as the “Ballermann” continue to be very popular. Only the consumption of alcohol has been curbed on the beaches. According to recent test reports, there is also still need for action in terms of the hygiene and waste prevention.

Mandarin Oriental Marrakech - Room

Mandarin Oriental Marrakech Now Open

Marrakech, Morocco – 26 October 2015 – Mandarin Oriental is delighted to introduce the Group’s legendary hospitality to Morocco with the opening of Mandarin Oriental, Marrakech. The elegant and contemporary resort is set among 20 hectares of landscaped gardens filled with the scent of 100,000 roses, with the snow-capped Atlas Mountains providing a stunning backdrop. Located just 10 minutes’ drive from the heart of the city and the historic Medina, the hotel offers 54 private villas inspired by Berber and Moorish influences, all with secluded walled gardens, swimming pools and hot tubs, extensive areas for sunbathing and shaded alfresco dining. A further nine spectacular suites, seven with their own rooftop plunge pool, feature panoramic vistas of the gardens and the surrounding countryside.

Mandarin Oriental Marrakech - Room

Mandarin Oriental Marrakech – Room

The architect of the project is Pascal Desprez while the design of Mandarin Oriental, Marra-kech, rustic yet sophisticated, was created by renowned French architects, Patrick Gilles and Dorothée Boissier. With its Berber and Andalusian-Arabic influences, the resort provides re-laxed and stylish luxury for the cosmopolitan traveller. Featuring natural, local materials, the interior and exterior spaces co-exist and benefit from the extraordinary light for which Marra-kech is well known.

Guests at Mandarin Oriental, Marrakech will enjoy a variety of restaurants and bars featuring a diverse range of global cuisines. The Mes’Lalla restaurant serves a contemporary take on traditional Moroccan cuisine under the leadership of renowned Chef Meryem Cherkaoui. Le Salon Berbère offers an exceptional view over both the resort’s blue and green pools and the Atlas Mountains, serving traditional Moroccan as well as international breakfast, drinks and light bites throughout the day. Beside the main swimming pool, the Pool Garden offers a re-freshing outdoor environment to enjoy a variety of healthy dishes prepared with locally sourced produce.

The Spa at Mandarin Oriental, Marrakech is a unique environment featuring expansive spa suites with private terraces and gardens designed for outdoor treatments. The Spa also in-cludes two luxurious hammams, an indoor heated pool, a fitness centre and a yoga studio, as well as hair and beauty salons.

Guests of Mandarin Oriental, Marrakech will also enjoy direct access to the Golf Royal and Golf Al Maaden courses, while the Amelkis course is also nearby.

“We are delighted to combine the art of oriental hospitality with the generosity and warm welcome for which Morocco is renowned” commented Mark S. Bradford, General Manager. “Mandarin Oriental, Marrakech is set to become the region’s most sought after and exclusive resort, offering stylish accommodation and a range of impeccable facilities, all of which are underpinned by Mandarin Oriental’s legendary service,” he added.

To celebrate the opening, the property has developed two tempting offers. Experience Marrakech provides a complimentary third night for every two consecutive paid nights and Delight in Marrakech offers a resort credit of up to EUR 300 per day that can be spent throughout the resort. Both offers provide luxury accommodation, breakfast at Le Salon Berbère and limousine transfers to and from the airport.

Aloft Hotel

From Manhattan to Munich: Aloft Hotels Opens 100th Hotel Worldwide – Momentum Continues for Fast Growing Aloft Brand, with Eight Additional Hotels Set to Open by End of 2015

Stamford, Connecticut – 29 September 2015 – Aloft Hotels, the innovative hotel brand for today’s hyper-connected global traveler, today announced the 100th hotel milestone worldwide, with the opening of Aloft College Station in Texas. Currently operating in 16 countries across the globe, Aloft has experienced incredible growth since it emerged onto the scene in 2008. With the recent openings of Aloft Manhattan Downtown – Financial District in New York City, Aloft Santa Clara (CA), Aloft Stuttgart and Aloft Munich in Germany, Aloft continues to expand in key global markets, with eight more hotels set to open by year’s end.

Aloft Hotel

Aloft Hotel

“Aloft has been one of the fastest growing hotel brands , successfully opening 18 hotels in three countries within the first six months of launch, and now boasts Starwood’s second largest development pipeline,” said Brian McGuinness, Global Brand Leader, Specialty Select Brands for Starwood. “Aloft continues to be set apart from the competition, filling a white space we identified long ago in the marketplace: the need for an innovative and design-forward option for travelers on the road for either business or pleasure. When we think about development, we look for places where today’s – and tomorrow’s – travelers not only want to be, but need to be.”

Aloft hotels now operate in nearly every corner of the world, with properties in North America, Mexico, Belgium, Germany, UK, Turkey, UAE, India, Korea, Malaysia, Thailand, Costa Rica, Colombia, Panama, and more. Development is booming. Aloft signed as many hotel deals in the first half of 2015 as in all of 2014, and is in its fifth consecutive year of market share gain. The brand will expand its portfolio in Greater China to 10 hotels by year’s end and will continue to penetrate new markets globally, with additional 2015 openings planned for Aloft Raleigh, Aloft Louisville Downtown, Aloft Taipei Zhongshan, Aloft Greenville Downtown, Aloft Raleigh – Durham Airport Brier Creek, Aloft El Segundo – Los Angeles Airport, and Aloft Dongguan Dynamic Town.

Launched in 2008 as Starwood’s tech-forward incubator brand, Aloft is designed with a futuristic lens. Built on an agile platform, the Aloft brand’s innovation team works to develop and pilot new technologies to enhance the guest experience and cater to the lifestyle and needs of today’s emerging traveler. In addition to milestone technological breakthroughs including the world’s first robotic butler, Botlr, as well as the introduction of Smart Check-In, which has now evolved into SPG Keyless— the hospitality industry’s first mobile, keyless entry system allowing guests to use their smart phone as a key— Aloft will soon pilot other innovations such as Virtual Reality, 3-D Food Printing and Smart Wake-Up, dreamt up from the brand’s Concept Rooms at its global Headquarters in Stamford, CT. Dynamic lifestyle programming is also in the brand’s DNA, as Aloft offers a buzzing social scene for the early adopter including its renowned global music series, Live At Aloft Hotels, offering guests and locals free access to the hottest emerging artists at every Aloft Hotel around the world.

CitizenM Hotels - Lobby

New lifestyle hotel concepts conquer tourism – ‘Hotel 3.0’ stands out due to innovative design concepts

Hamburg, Germany – 27 August 2015 – New, exciting hotel concepts conquer the market: The number of creative lifestyle and design hotels is increasing. The promising creations include the new brands CitizenM, Moxy, Ruby, W Hotels, Mama Shelter and some more. TOPHOTELPROJECTS, worldwide leading provider for global b2b hotel data, has listed some.

CitizenM Hotels - Lobby

CitizenM Hotels – Lobby

W Hotels (Starwood Hotels) – 38 new building projects among others in the USA, UAE, China and India
Moxy Hotels – 19 new building projects among others in Germany, USA and Norway
Yotel – 7 new building projects in the USA, UAE and Singapore
Soho House – 5 new building projects in the UK, the Netherlands and India
CitizenM Hotels – 4 new building projects in France, UK and China
Ruby Hotels – 1 new building projects in Vienna/Austria
Ace Hotels – 1 new building projects in New Orleans/USA
Mama Shelter – 1 new building projects in Lille/France

Casual style is no longer a unique selling point for new hotel types. Instead a design, which will merge living and working, is in demand. Thus, the new lifestyle hotels are characterized by generous lobbies, where you can lie on couches and sofas while working via the ultra-fast Wifi internet, ordering drinks and snacks at the kiosk. Due to smartphone automation, previous typical hotel operations as annoying as queuing at the reception desk for check-in or check-out are things of the past. Another technical benefit of the “Hotels 3.0” is the Smart TV screens in the rooms, which will offer personal video libraries via the i.e. Netflix app access.

E-mobility is also a feature of the new hotel types: Electric cars provided by cooperation partners can be recharged outside of the hotel. Guests can simply book these cars via smartphone app. A new hotel concept in Germany, which will be presented this autumn, will provide an E-Smart directly upon arrival at the airport or train station. The guest can drive immediately to a business meeting or directly to the hotels. Hotels will be (new) centres of mobility, also with e-bikes and transport bicycles to borrow.

Steigenberger Hotel Istanbul Airport - Opening in spring 2016

Top hotels with service apartments in high demand in Turkey – 74 new hotel construction projects in the pipeline

Istanbul, Turkey – 25 August 2015 – Turkey is still interesting as a tourist destination: as NATO member country and partner of the EU. Especially international hotel groups are getting involved in popular destinations such as Istanbul. Hilton, Starwood Hotels (with its Sheraton brand), Carlson Rezidor, Wyndham and Raffles rely on so called mix-used projects – including residences (serviced apartments), shopping malls and offices. In total 74 new top hotels are in the pipeline in Turkey. This data has been revealed by TOPHOTELPROJECTS, the worldwide leading provider of global b2b hotel data.

Steigenberger Hotel Istanbul Airport - Opening in spring 2016

Steigenberger Hotel Istanbul Airport – Opening in spring 2016

Selected hotel projects in Istanbul/Turkey
Radisson Blu Residence Istanbul Batisehir – 171 rooms – planned opening: spring 2016
Steigenberger Hotel Istanbul Airport – 210 rooms – planned opening: spring 2016
Mandarin Oriental Bosphorus, Istanbul – 130 rooms – planned opening: 2017
Hilton Istanbul Bakirkoy – 305 rooms – planned opening: early 2017

The growing number of new hotels in Istanbul – according to TOPHOTELPROJECTS currently 30 projects with a total of 5,400 rooms – is increasing the market pressure again. The existing 200,000 beds in hotels and private pensions are available for approximately 11.8 million travelers. The number of tourism is expected to grow further, but not for the holiday destinations Antalya on the Turkish Mediterranean coast. The number of foreign tourists decreased in this year’s first half to 12.3 percent, mainly because guests from Russia failed to materialize.

New luxury gambling resort Wynn Palace in Macao will open early next year

Olympic Winter Games promotes tourism in China – 676 new top hotels and luxury resorts in the pipeline

Beijing, China – 25 August 2015 – The Olympic Winter Games 2022 will take place in Peking and the new winter sports area in Chongli – which promotes the tourism and several new hotel projects. According to TOPHOTELPORJECTS, the worldwide leading provider for global b2b hotel data, currently 676 new top hotels and luxury resorts with about 205,000 rooms are in the pipeline.

New luxury gambling resort Wynn Palace in Macao will open early next year

New luxury gambling resort Wynn Palace in Macao will open early next year

A new high-speed rail network will drive to the winter sports center Chongli in the Hebei province in the North West of the capital. Spectators, athletes and journalists can then arrive in only 50 minutes. By car it takes three to four hours for the 200-kilometer stretch. In Chongli in the mountains new courses and lifts as well as snow cannons are required. Also several hotels are needed. Currently a 200-room hotel by the Starwood hotel brand Element is planned to open in autumn 2017.

19 new properties with 3,800 rooms are currently being built in Beijing, among them several luxury hotels such as a Bulgari Hotel (120 rooms) and two properties by Mandarin Oriental Hotels (74 and 241 rooms).

The largest hotel projects in China:
Moringa Hotel Sanya Beauty Crown – Sanya/Hainan – 6,000 rooms – opening: spring 2016
Wynn Palace – Macau – 2,000 rooms – opening: early 2016
Pacific Dream Plaza Hotel – Qingdao/Shandong – 1,500 rooms – opening tba
Atlantis Resort – Sanya/Hainan – 1,300 rooms – opening: autumn 2017
Pullman Huizhou Xunliao Bay Resort – Huizhou/Guiangdong – 1,000 rooms – opening: autumn 2016

Riu club resort 'Helios Paradise' in Bulgaria will open this summer

Bulgaria bets on year-roud tourism on the coasts and in the mountains – Number of tourists will rise to 10 million – Several new hotels in the pipeline

Sofia, Bulgaria – 29 July 2015 – Lots of sun, fine sandy beaches on the Black Sea and safe snow layers in the mountains: Bulgaria sets heavily on the development of tourism and wants to win especially overnight guests from Western Europe. By 2020 the number of tourists is about to increase by around ten million per year. Therefore new hotels are in the pipeline. This data has been revealed by TOPHOTELPROJECTS, the worldwide leading provider of global b2b hotel data.

Riu club resort 'Helios Paradise' in Bulgaria will open this summer

Riu club resort ‘Helios Paradise’ in Bulgaria will open this summer

In the capital Sofia, a new Swissotel with 281 rooms, serviced apartments and a private eye clinic is being built. The complex is scheduled to open in 2018. Set on the popular Black Sea coast a 600 room resort of the TUI hotel brand Riu will open this summer. The holiday hotel offers among others a water park for children, swimming pools and restaurants as well as playgrounds and sports fields. In the city Plovic, which will be European Capital of Culture in 2019, a new Holiday Inn hotel with 68 rooms is being built; opening is scheduled for this year’s autumn.

Tourism in Bulgaria urgently needs new impetus. The number of affluent overnight guests recently decreased to around 4.5 million as previous tourism crowds from the Ukraine and Russia failed to materialize as a result of the Crimean crisis. In the past year about 510 million Euros were generated by the tourism industry. Currently Bulgaria supplies 3,162 hotels and resorts with a total of 314,000 beds.

In addition to the current focus on summer travellers and winter sports guests also the culture and wellness tourism should be promoted in the future. Therefore the Ministry of Tourism recently founded two transnational tours – “Towards the wine” and “Towards the Roman emperors” – which will lead from Bulgaria to Romania, Serbia and Croatia.

For hotel and tourism investors so-called One-Stop-Shop card were developed, which will identifies worthwhile destinations. So ski resorts will be built and lifts will be extended. For the spa tourism historic baths with mineral springs, which occur all over in Bulgaria, will be offered. Also an amusement park, which will popularly display the rich history of European country, is under construction.