New Superlative Hotels in Las Vegas – More Than 1,200 New Top Hotels in the Pipeline

Las Vegas, Nevada – 4 May 2016 – In the US, a new superlative hotel arises. Steve Wynn, the casino king of Las Vegas wants to expand its empire of resorts crucial now. In the glitter and gambling metropolis in the desert of Nevada, he plans a new hotel complex with no less than 1,000 rooms, nightclubs, trendy restaurants and a huge, man-made lagoon. This will even surpass ambitious hotel construction projects in Macao. Overall are currently more than 1,200 new top hotels and resorts in the pipeline in the United States. This data has been revealed by TOPHOTELPROJECTS, the specialized service provider in the exchange of cutting-edge information between clients and contractors in the international hotel industry.

Wynn Paradise Park

Wynn Paradise Park – New Casino Resort project with Crystal Lagoon revealed

Wynn Paradise Park wants to score with an artificial beach resort in the desert city: White sand beach and a promenade are planned at the artificial lake. Guests will have the possibility to try water skiing, canoeing and paragliding. Every night a firework should be fired off from the artificial island. The complex will also feature a spacious conference center, which will attract international conferences. The start of construction for the new major project is still open.

Project partner is Crystal Lagoon, which have already established a number of artificial lakes worldwide. The new goal now is to create the largest water park in the United States. The current plan covers an area of approximately one hundred Olympic fitting pools. In addition an equally spacious Golf Course is carefully planned by professionals.

In Las Vegas six other top hotels are currently being built, including a stylish W Hotel with 298 rooms, a new casino resort by Genting Group with around 3,500 rooms and the iconic Lucky Dragon Hotel Casino with 201 rooms and suites.

HNA Tourism Group Acquires Carlson Hotels

Beijing & Minneapolis – 27 April 2016 – HNA Tourism Group Co., a division of HNA Group Co and Carlson Hospitality Group announced they have entered an agreement, for the acquisition of Carlson Hotels, which owns the Quorvus Collection, Radisson Blu, Radisson, Radisson Red, Park Plaza, Park Inn by Radisson, Country Inns & Suites By CarlsonSM brands and the Club Carlson global hotel rewards program.

HNA Carlson

The combination of HNA Tourism Group and Carlson Hotels will have increased ability to accelerate growth through investments in areas such as digital, owned assets in major gateway cities, building of Radisson RED and other new brands.

“Carlson Hotels own a powerful set of global brands and this historic agreement provides tremendous opportunities for growth,” said David P. Berg, Carlson Hospitality Group chief executive officer. “We look forward to working within HNA Tourism Group, a greatly respected global enterprise, in what will be an exciting new chapter in the history of Carlson Hotels. As part of HNA Tourism Group, Carlson Hotels will have an opportunity to advance our commitment to providing guests with hospitality world-wide,” added Mr. Berg.

Handshake from Left to Right: BAI Haibo, Chairman and CEO, HNA Hospitality Group and David P. Berg, CEO, Carlson Hospitality GroupWitness Leaders from Left to Right: CHEN WENLI, Vice Chairman, HNA Group; WANG JIAN, Chairman, HNA GROUP*; Diana Nelson, Chair, Carlson; Cheng Feng, Chairman of Board Members*, HNA Group; TAN XIANGDONG, CEO, HNA Group; LI TIE, CEO, HNA Tourism Group not visible

Handshake from Left to Right: BAI Haibo, Chairman and CEO, HNA Hospitality Group and David P. Berg, CEO, Carlson Hospitality GroupWitness Leaders from Left to Right: CHEN WENLI, Vice Chairman, HNA Group; WANG JIAN, Chairman, HNA GROUP*; Diana Nelson, Chair, Carlson; Cheng Feng, Chairman of Board Members*, HNA Group; TAN XIANGDONG, CEO, HNA Group; LI TIE, CEO, HNA Tourism Group*not visible

“Since my grandfather, Curt Carlson, founded our company in 1938, our family has run businesses that create opportunity for people and positive change in the world,” said Diana Nelson, Carlson Board chair. “Hospitality is in our hearts, which made this a difficult decision. We strongly believe that selling our hotel business to HNA Tourism Group, a company that fully recognizes its value and heritage, is the best way for us to position it for success and to be true to my grandfather’s legacy in the long term.”

“We have great respect for the Carlson family and a deep appreciation for its history and special culture,” said Bai Haibo, HNA Tourism Group’s Board Member and HNA Hospitality Group’s Chairman and CEO. “Carlson Hotels’ global success and strong, sustainable growth potential is a testament to their world-class brands, continuous innovation, excellent management, and unique employee-focused culture, all of which we will build upon as part of this combination to establish our presence in the U.S. market and expand our footprint in hospitality internationally. We look forward to working together with their management team, employees, franchisee partners, suppliers and customers to accelerate growth by investing substantially in the business.”

Under terms of the Agreement, which were unanimously approved by the Carlson Board of Directors, HNA Tourism Group will acquire all of Carlson Hotels, including its approximately 51.3 percent majority stake in Rezidor Hotel Group AB (publ) (“Rezidor”), Carlson Hotel’s master licensee based in Brussels, with hotels in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Since the closing of the Transaction will result in an indirect change of control in Rezidor, HNA Tourism Group would, under Swedish takeover rules, be obliged to launch a mandatory public tender offer for the remaining approximately 48.7 percent of Rezidor, within four weeks after the closing of the Transaction if the ownership in Rezidor is not sold down below 30 percent. Hence, HNA Tourism Group may, during these four weeks following closing of the Transaction, decide whether to launch a mandatory public tender offer for the remaining shares in Rezidor or sell down its ownership in Rezidor below 30 percent. If HNA Tourism Group decides to launch a mandatory public tender offer, according to Swedish takeover rules and as per a ruling from the Swedish Securities Council (“SSC”)1, the minimum price in such mandatory tender offer would be the 20-trading day volume weighted average price (VWAP) immediately before the announcement of the signing of the Agreement to acquire Carlson Hotels dated April 27, 2016. HNA Tourism Group will give further information about such potential mandatory tender offer in due course, upon closing of the Transaction.

The Transaction is subject to receipt of regulatory approvals and other customary closing conditions, and is expected to close in the second half of (calendar) 2016.

New hotel world records – Unique features are important for hotel marketing

Shanghai, China – 20 April 2016 – Size is not everything when it comes to world records. Now, the luxurious JW Marriott Hotel Shanghai at Tomorrow Square was honoured for its world’s highest library and therefore will get an entry in the “Guinness Book of World Records”. This is reported by tophotelprojects.com.

JW Marriott Hotel Shanghai at Tomorrow Square

JW Marriott Hotel Shanghai at Tomorrow Square

The library with over 2,000 books in English and Mandarin (Putonghua) is located at the 60th floor, 230.9 meters above ground. For the hotel tower with landmark character, it is a welcome, exclusive award to emphasize the excellent service.

The “Guinness Book of World Records”, currently presents 193 entries on hotels. A selection:

  • Largest hotel in the world: First World Hotel in Pahang Darul Makmur / Malaysia with 7,351 rooms
  • Smallest Hotel in the World: Eh’häusl in Amberg / Germany with 53 square meters total
  • Oldest hotel in the world: Nisiyama Onsen Keiunkan in Yamanashi / Japan opened 705 BC
  • Largest hotel suite in the world: “Royal Suite” at the Grand Hills Hotel & Spa in Broummana / Lebanon with 4,131 square meters

New superlative in Dubai – 125 new hotel projects in the pipeline – Mega tower for Expo 2020

Dubai, United Arab Emirates – 13 April 2016 – Dubai aspires after more attention: Until the World Exhibition Expo 2020 another record tower is about to be build next to the 800 meter high Burj Khalifa. According to tophotelprojects.com, currently 119 top hotels with 37,000 rooms are being built in Dubai.

The Tower at Dubai Creek Harbour (Photo: Emaar)

The Tower at Dubai Creek Harbour (Photo: Emaar)

The new, even higher, skyscraper will be built by Emmar Properties in the old “Dubai Creek” quarter and will feature a boutique hotel, rotating balconies, a viewing platform and hanging gardens like the legend of Babylon. The new property is expected to be finished in just four years.

The height on the new, so far unnamed tower in Dubai is not yet set. Meanwhile in the neighbouring country Saudi Arabia the worldwide highest skyscraper is being built in Jeddah – the “Jeddah Tower” formerly called “Kindgom Tower”. The tower will be 1,007 meters high and will include a luxury hotel by Four Seasons and apartments.

New hotels in France – Countdown for European Soccer Championship UEFA Euro 2016 is running – Boost for tourism

Paris, France – 06 April 2016 – Kick off is on the 10th of June: This year the UEFA European Football Championship is taking place in France. The UEFA EURO will last until the 10th of July and is expected to increase tourism for the country. Several new hotels are under construction in the ten venue cities. According to tophotelprojects.com, currently 84 top hotels with more than 15,000 rooms are in the pipeline for France.

New hotels in France - Countdown for European Soccer Championship UEFA Euro 2016 is running - Boost fort tourism

Leading hotel group Accor just opened a new Mercure hotel in Paris. Other projects are a new property by the smart chain citizenM with 170 rooms as well as a low-budget hotel with 200 rooms by the German Meininger Group.

Three new properties are currently planned in Marseille, including a top hotel by the NH Collection brand (200 rooms) and a Golden Tulip Hotel (210 rooms). Another three projects are in the pipeline in Lyon, among others a Radisson Blu (245 rooms) and a sophisticated Intercontinental (145 rooms). In Lille the iconic American brand Mama Shelter will step onto the market with 100 room hotel. In Bordeaux another Radisson Blu hotels with 125 rooms will be build and Nice is looking forward to the opening of the new Park Hotel with 124 rooms.

After 1960 and 1983 the The European Football Championship will take place in France for the third time and it is expected to be the biggest sport event in Europe this year. Around 2.5 million spectators are expected in the stadiums, including 1.5 million foreign guests. Their expenditure is estimated at around one billion euros during the tournament period. The matches are broadcast in more than 230 territories worldwide. Each match is expected to be seen by approximately 150 million television viewers. More than 8.1 billion television viewers watched the championship in 2012.

Official fan zones with large screens will be set up in all ten venue cities. The hotels, in which the 54 participating nations will be staying, are represented at http://teambasecampseuro2016.uefa.ch/.

New Hyatt Place hotel at Frankfurt airport in Germany revealed

Frankfurt, Germany – 4 April 2016 – A Hyatt Place hotel, located at the Frankfurt Airport in Germany, is scheduled to open in the first quarter of 2018. Union Investment acquired the approximately 32,350 square foot hotel site from seller, developer and lessee Europahotel Baufeld 11.3 GmbH & Co KG., which is part of the Feuring Group, via a forward purchase arrangement. The transaction was formally agreed on March 14, 2016. The completed hotel will be purchased by Union Investment for its open-ended retail real estate fund Unilmmo: Global. The Feuring Group will then operate the hotel under a lease for the next 30 years under the Hyatt Place brand. The parties agreed not to disclose financial details of the transaction.

Hyatt Place at Frankfurt airport

Hyatt Place at Frankfurt airport

Hyatt Place Frankfurt Airport will be part of the new Gateway Gardens business quarter in walking distance to Frankfurt Airport. A new suburban rail station to serve Gateway Gardens is currently under construction, the exit of which will be directly outside the hotel. The line will connect to the airport in two minutes and to Frankfurt city center in 10 minutes. With the Frankfurter Kreuz motorway intersection situated in the immediate vicinity, the Hyatt Place hotel will also be easily accessible by car. About 5,000 people are already employed by the companies located at Gateway Gardens. LSG Sky Chefs, DB Schenker and Condor all have offices close to the future Hyatt Place hotel.

Construction of the 312-room hotel with approximately 208,280 square feet of leased space is due to commence in the second quarter of 2016. Around 110 underground parking spaces are also planned. “The Hyatt Place Frankfurt Airport deal sees us exploiting an opportunity to acquire a hotel project in the established Gateway Gardens location. The anticipated growth in passenger numbers and associated overnight stays will benefit not only the Hyatt Place hotel but also the wider district,” said Andreas Löcher, head of Investment Management Hotels at Union Investment Real Estate GmbH. Reflecting a commitment to sustainable real estate development, the hotel will qualify for a LEED silver rating.

“Hyatt Place Frankfurt is an exciting development as the Hyatt Place brand continues to expand throughout Europe,” said Peter Norman, senior vice president, acquisitions and development for Hyatt – Europe, Africa, and Middle East. “After listening to the needs of the modern traveler, the Hyatt Place brand launched to offer casual hospitality in smartly designed, high-tech hotels that operate 24/7. We look forward to introducing the Hyatt Place brand to Germany, where guests will enjoy the brand’s industry leading select-service experience.“

The Hyatt Place brand is known for its appeal to both business and leisure travelers. The hotels are designed in response to what the modern traveler prioritizes, featuring intuitive design, casual atmosphere and practical amenities. Catering to the 24/7 traveler, Hyatt Place Frankfurt will deliver seamless experiences and will offer the services guests want, whenever they need them. Rooms will range from 269 square feet to 344 square feet in size and incorporate “Cozy Corners”, making it possible to accommodate up to four people. The hotel will feature a 24/7 Gallery Menu and Market allowing guests to grab food at any time, as well as the 24-hour StayFit gym featuring cardio equipment and LCD touchscreens. In addition, the hotel will be ideally located directly next to the Gateway Gardens park.

Gateway Gardens comprises a projected 7.5 million square feet area across an 86-acre site, making it one of the largest developments in an airport city anywhere in Europe. In October 2014, Gateway Gardens became the first commercial district to receive DGNB gold certification for sustainability. This year, more than 40% of Gateway Gardens is expected to be fully marketed.

New Maritim Hotel in Turkey

Bad Salzuflen, Germany, 4 April 2016 – At the world’s largest travel fair, ITB, in Berlin, the agreement for the new Maritim Hotel Saray Regency was officially signed – on 1st April 2016, Maritim Hotelgesellschaft took over the 4-star establishment on the Turkish Riviera near Side (Antalya).

Maritim Hotel Saray Regency, Turkey

Maritim Hotel Saray Regency, Turkey

This 4-star hotel will operate under the Maritim brand; it has a total of 381 rooms, including family rooms, suites and two rooms equipped for physically challenged persons. Located at a distance of only 65 kilometres from Antalya airport and five kilometres from Side, the Maritim Hotel Saray Regency will offer an all-inclusive service in addition to numerous sporting and water activities, three outdoor pools with water slides, two indoor pools, as well as a spa and wellness centre for those seeking relaxation, and direct access to the beach, which is only 150 metres away.

“The Turkish Riviera holiday region offers high quality, attractive rates and an excellent environment for a varied and relaxing holiday. This popular holiday area is also peaceful. Safety concerns are only an issue in the large cities such as Istanbul. “We are sure that tourists will soon return to the Turkish beaches,” explains Dr. Monika Gommolla, owner and chairperson of the advisory board of the Maritim Hotelgesellschaft. The head of the group is also the Chief Operating Officer of Hotel Management Services GmbH (HMS), which has its head office in Cologne. Since 2004, HMS has been taking care of the expansion of Maritim Hotelgesellschaft abroad.

The Maritim Hotelgesellschaft is Germany’s largest owner-managed hotel group, and the company’s nationwide hotel network is represented by hotels in six countries overseas: Mauritius, Egypt, Turkey, Malta, Spain and China. The group’s strong position in Europe’s first-class hotel industry will continue to be consolidated through continual expansion. For more information, please visit http://www.maritim.com.