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The latest super hotels – Every day a new luxury hotel opens somewhere at the globe

Hamburg, Germany – 12 May 2016 – Due to the fast growing tourism industry more and more top hotels are needed. On average two new hotels or resorts of the leading categories opened every day during the first quarter of this year worldwide. 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.

Loisaba Lodge in Kenya

Loisaba Lodge in Kenya

Within the next eight months until the end of the year another 1,500 hotels will celebrate their inauguration. In total far more than 1,800 hotels are put into operation internationally. But the sustained boom pressurizes the large hotel chains: On the one hand, the expansion must proceed faster. Which means even more new locations are obtained in a shorter period. On the other hand new employees for the new jobs are needed and have to be educated and trained constantly. Leading hotel groups must occupy the positions in the lower and middle areas of work new several times a year as the world’s leading job portal “Hospitality Leaders” reported.

Among other, one of the new top hotels and resorts is the Loisaba Lodge in Kenya / Africa. Out of the very comfortable tent village you can watch numerous wild animals – as well as from the luxurious infinity pool. In the high-end luxury hotels the newly opened St. Regis Kuala Lumpur is talking point – with generous walk-in closets in every guestroom and an exquisite gourmet restaurant of a known, Japanese three-star chef. The new Four Seasons Abu Dhabi – exclusively located on an island in the Arabian Gulf – privacy is appreciated:: there are separate exuberantly equipped fitness centers for men and women.

Katamama Hotel Bali

Katamama Hotel Bali

One of the highlights of the global hospitality market also includes the new Grand Hyatt in Rio of Janeiro, a true landmark hotel for the Summer Olympics this year, which features among other amenities three restaurants at a worldwide peak level and a “Leading” Spa. In the Katamama Hotel in Bali, a hideaway with just 58 suites, only exclusive on hand-crafted furniture and conveniences of regional craftsmanship find a place. Furthermore the art-loving guests will be inspired with vegan delicacies and a rich offer of fresh juices. In the Maldives the guest can enjoy the endless Indian Ocean with the largest Infinity Pool at the new Amari Havodda resorts on the Gaafu Dhaalu Atoll, a holiday hotel with 120 private beach villas and overwater bungalows.

Top 10 Hotel Groups with the most hotel development projects

Berlin, Germany – The hospitality and tourism industry is meeting in Berlin: March is the month in which CEO’s and partners of the leading hotel companies are exchanging ideas. TOPHOTELPROJECTS, the specialized service provider in the exchange of cutting-edge information between clients and contractors in the international hotel industry, has put together the hotel groups with the most hotel projects worldwide.

Top 10 Hotel Groups with the most hotel development projects - Source: tophotelprojects.com

Ranking of the hotel groups with the most hotel construction projects
Hotel group/brand – number of projects/rooms – number of existing hotels

  1. Hilton Worldwide – 710 Projects / 147,985 rooms – 4,525 existing hotels
  2. Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. – 475 Projects / 116,997 rooms – 1,222 existing hotels
  3. Marriott International, Inc. – 465 Projects / 101,646 rooms – 4,200 existing hotels
  4. InterContinental Hotels Group PLC – 343 Projects / 75,910 rooms – 5,032 existing hotels
  5. Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group – 171 Projects / 33,396 rooms – 1,370 existing hotels
  6. Hyatt Hotels Corporation – 170 Projects / 39,631 rooms – 638 existing hotels
  7. AccorHotels – 161 Projects / 34,922 rooms – 3,873 existing hotels
  8. Wyndham Hotel Group – 80 Projects / 16,939 rooms – 7,812 existing hotels
  9. The Ascott Limited – 74 Projects / 14,502 rooms – 208 existing hotels
  10. Fairmont – Raffles Hotels International (FRHI) – 46 Projects / 16,008 rooms – 115 existing hotels

(Sourche: www.tophotelprojects.com / March 2016)

New landmark for Hamburg, Germany: Classical event centre Elbphilharmonie will open in 2017 with 244-rooms luxury Westin hotel

Hotel market Germany even more in focus of international investors and hotel chains – 389 new hotels in the pipeline – Aggressive expansion

Hamburg, Germany – 01 July 2015 – The hotel market in Germany is facing a change:within the next five years the market structure will be newly organized, predicts the renowned hotel expert Prof Stephan Gerhard. Especially the aggressive expansions by international hotel chains and the significantly changed quality requirements of the target and style groups as well as the enormous sales pressure due to innovative booking technologies substantially pressurise establish hotels. Currently 389 new hotels are in the pipeline for Germany in total, reveals TOPHOTELPROJECTS, the worldwide leading provider for global b2b hotel data. With 27 new building projects Hamburg is an interesting market for investments.

New landmark for Hamburg, Germany: Classical event centre Elbphilharmonie will open in 2017 with 244-rooms luxury Westin hotel

New landmark for Hamburg, Germany: Classical event centre Elbphilharmonie will open in 2017 with 244-rooms luxury Westin hotel

In Hamburg alone about a billion Euros will be invested into 27 new hotels. With an investment volume of 100 million Euros the new luxury hotel The Fontenay (130 rooms, opening scheduled for mid-2016) is an outstanding hotel project. The metropolis on the Elbe River is one of the top locations for new hotel real estates in Germany besides Munich. Recently more than twelve million overnight stays per year were counted, this number is about to double during the next ten years. With an average occupancy rate of 78.9 percent and a RevPAR (Revenue per available room) of 83.9 Euro the hotel market Hamburg has some room for improvement – for new hotel rooms and innovative hotel concepts. The city-state’s tourism experts want to intensify the promotion of new hotel investments with a hotel development plan. Among others another congress centre including conference hotels is needed.

Hotel investments in Germany continue to grow. Just in the first quarter of the year the volume increased to 3.74 billion Euros, thus compared to the first quarter of the previous year (1.73 billion Euros) is more than double as high. This is a result of an analysis by the real estate consulting company CBRE.

New hotel projects in Germany briefly summarised

New Ameron Business Hotel for Munich
Luckily, there are the business hotels: For top hotelier Thomas H. Althoff, head of the eponymous hotel collection, the expansion of its Ameron hotels is a blessing. The thriving first-class hotels are earning money properly, such as the property in Hamburg’s Hafencity. Another property is now planned in Munich, a 149-room hotel in a former engine hall in the Freimann district. The opening is planned for early-2017.

New low budget hotel projects in Munich
In the Bavarian state capital Munich further low budget hotels are planned. Meiniger Hotels will open a second property late-2017 – the hotel with 173 rooms (820 beds) is arising close to the Olympic Park. Super 8 Hotels also plans its second location in Munich: the 197-room property is arsing in Schwabing. Opening is scheduled for autumn 2016. The operator will be GS Hotel.

Marriott is investing in Moxy and Residence Inn by Marriott
Also in Munich new hotel concepts by the US-company Marriott International are in the pipeline. The Swiss SV Group will operate a Moxy Hotel (150 rooms) as well as an adjacent Residence Inn by Marriott (72 rooms) in the so-called “Werksviertel”. Opening is planned for early-2017.

International Fonds is investing 25 million Euros into hotel construction project in Hamburg
The Real Estate Investment Trust (Reit) W.P.Carey is investing 25 million Euros into the new building of a 207-room Innside by Melia Hotels close to the central train station in Hamburg. The trendy business hotel by the Spanish hotel chain Melia will feature among other a small dock at a canal for boat trips. Opening will take place in summer 2017.

Motel One is strongly expanding in Berlin
New sleep factory at the Alex: 2017 another Motel One will open its doors in Berlin – with 708 rooms. The 95 million Euros expensive construction project at the famous Alexanderplatz will be the low budget hotel chain’s largest hotels and the eleventh property in the city. The hotel will be part of a building complex with 19 floors and a “Sky Lounge & Bar”. The construction on the 2,500 square meter area at the Alex will start in spring. Project developer is the Wilfried-Euler-Gruppe, funding partner is Pegasus Capital Partners. The new building will offer in total 18,200 square meter floor space. Another large Motel One is also arising next to the Waldorf Astoria in Berlin City West – with 582 rooms and “Sky-Bar” at the highest floor of the 118 meter high tower at the “Breitscheidplatz”. The opening is scheduled for mid-2016.

Hotel market Stuttgart in the focus
The hotel market Stuttgart will get lots of new rooms: a Moxy Hotel will arise at the airport. GBI is developing the 176-room property and the Swiss SV Group will operate the hotel as franchise of Marriott. Opening will take place in spring 2017. Thereof in total six Moxy Hotels are currently in the pipeline on Germany. The construction start is scheduled for autumn. For the first time the hotel will be built conventionally without any prefabricated parts. With the “Ikea hotel concept” Moxy several locations are planned in Germany: end of the year a Moxy Hotel will open at the airport in Munich. Early-2016 a Moxy Hotel in Eschborn near Frankfurt/Main will open its doors. In Gateway Gardens at the airport in Frankfurt another property by the brand will enter the market mid-2016. Furthermore early next year a Moxy Hotel will be inaugurated close to Berlin’s east train station. In Essen a new property is taken into operation end of 2016.

Tourism boom in Berlin encourages enormous hotel investments
Berlin remains hot spot for hotel investments in Germany. The number of new hotel projects could rise up to 40 according to hotel expert Willy Weiland. Due to general expectations the number if overnight stays will increase from currently 27 million per year up to 40 million in 2020. The demand of new and modern hotel beds will continue to grow. Currently Berlin offers 132,600 hotel beds in 786 accommodations. The average occupancy rate increased slightly on 56.4 percent compared to the previous year and is thereof higher that it was the past 25 years. In total the tourism in Berlin achieves revenue of about eleven billion Euros per year.

Hotel Development Pipeline in Sub-Saharan Africa Overtakes the North

Lagos, Nigeria – 15 April 2014 – New research from Lagos-based consultancy W Hospitality Group reveals a marked divergence in activity when it comes to hotel development in Africa. For the first time since the survey began in 2009, the international and regional hotel chains are signing more deals in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) than in North Africa, as the chart below shows.

Hotel Chain Development Pipelines Africa 2014

The 49 countries of SSA now have a development pipeline that is over 40 per cent greater than the five countries in North Africa, in double the number of hotels. By contrast, North Africa, which has experienced negative growth in 2014, continues to be negatively impacted by the unrest in many markets in the region, particularly Egypt, where projects have either been suspended or cancelled.

Hotel Chain Development Pipelines Africa 2014 - 2

The number of branded hotel rooms planned for SSA has risen consistently since 2011 (from 13,700 in 2011 to 23,283 rooms in 2014) and the number of hotel deals signed has also increased sharply, from 77 hotels in 2010 to 142 hotels in 2014. This represents growth of 84 per cent over the five-year period, and a compound annual growth rate of 13 per cent.

Out of the 38 countries surveyed, Nigeria ranks highest both in terms of the number of hotels and the number of rooms in the pipeline, which is almost 40 per cent larger than the second-ranked country, Morocco.

Hotel Chain Development Pipelines Africa 2014 - 3

Of the five North African countries, Libya is the top performer in terms of growth, despite the ongoing unrest there, adding three hotels to its 2014 pipeline, an addition of 869 rooms, up 62 per cent on 2013.  However, a few large developments skew the picture, as Libya and Egypt have some much larger properties planned, close to double the size of those in Nigeria and Morocco.

Nine countries are new to this year’s pipeline report. South Sudan makes its debut with two hotels totalling 435 rooms between them. Liberia also has a planned hotel for the first time and Congo is to have two new branded hotels, the first development in the past three years.  Equatorial Guinea and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have not seen any pipeline action in the past three years; nevertheless; this is changing with two planned properties in DRC and one in Equatorial Guinea. There is also newly sparked interest in Cote d’Ivoire as a result of the return to political stability, after many years of civil war, which is encouraging economic growth.

The flip-side of the Sub-Saharan Africa growth story, however, is that less than 60 per cent of the rooms in the pipeline are under construction, compared to 75 per cent in North Africa.  The table below shows the top 10 countries ranked by the number of rooms ‘on site’.  On this analysis, Nigeria loses its first position in the previous ranking by number of planned rooms and moves to fourth place – with only 37 per cent of signed rooms under construction. This reflects both the pace of the growth in the pipeline, as well as the slow pace of getting projects started in that country.  Ethiopia and Senegal lose their positions in the top 10 to Cote d’Ivoire and Rwanda, who have more projects actively on site than the former two.

revor Ward, Managing Director, W Hospitality, said: The big story this year is a dramatic surge in interest from the hotel chains in Sub Saharan Africa.  The continent generally has never been an easy place to do business, and is likely to remain more challenging than Europe, or even China. However, the lack of quality hotel rooms, not just in the capitals but also in the secondary cities is so marked that the major international chains now cannot ignore the opportunity.”

Jonathan Worsley, Chairman, Bench Events, which organises the Africa Hotel Investment Forum (AHIF), which attracts all the major international hotel investors in Africa, where this report will be discussed in detail, added: “There are three trends we are observing in Africa, which act like a virtuous circle – cessation of conflict, economic growth and investor confidence – and at present, that virtuous circle has very positive momentum.”

This year’s survey is based on the contributions from 27 hotel chains with 60 brands between them.  Of these 27 hotel chains, 24 of them are already operating in Africa, with a total of approximately 84,000 rooms.  The pipeline of new deals therefore represents almost 50 per cent of the branded supply.