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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.

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.

Gold rush in Iran: boom in tourism expected – Strong increase of business travels and culture trips predicted

Iran TeheranTeheran, Iran – 22 July 2015 – The nuclear agreement and the loosening of the sanctions cause expectations of a touristic gold rush: As travel destination Iran offers lots of cultural experience and is about to reveal this to more and more international tourists. The hotel market requires significant extensions and new buildings. The capital Tehran currently supplies only 96 hotels, in comparison: Dubai offers 657 properties. According to TOPHOTELPROJECTS, the worldwide leading provider for global b2b hotel data, only five new hotels are in the pipeline, all by the Rotana hotel chain. However, this might change soon.


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Last year, only 4.8 million tourists travelled to Iran. According to surveys by TRI Consulting the occupancy rate of top hotels in Tehran was at 79 percent with an average room rate of 108 US-Dollars and a Revpar (revenue per available room) of 85 US-Dollars. Hotel experts are now predicting an increase of business travel, led by delegations of company representatives accompanied by Western world’s Ministers of economics. Modern hotel concepts are in great demand, especially in the higher segments. Nowadays half of all overnight stays in Tehran are generated by business travels.

The majority of inbound overnight stays in Iran were motivated by religious reasons. But these days more and more Western, cultural interested tourists are visiting the country with its 17 Unesco world heritage sites. The international hospitality and tourism consulting company Horwath HTL is predicting a tourism boom in Iran as the “next big thing”.

A new passenger train, which will shuttle between Budapest and Tehran starting this autumn, promises a truly luxurious journey to the jewels of Persia. The “Golden Eagle Luxury Trains” will show the panoramas of the Orient and Occident in 15 days for about 13,000 Euros per person.

Exclusive resort with 77 private villas - St. Regis Vommuli resort will be opened in 2016 on Maldives

New luxury hotels demanded worldwide – More and more hing-end properties in the pipeline – More than 5,000 news hotels around the globe

Hamburg, Germany – 15 July 2015
The hotel construction is flourishing worldwide – more than 5,000 new top hotels arise. Especially the aggressive expansions by international leading hotel companies and the significantly changed quality requirements of the target and style groups pressurise establish hotels in important hotel markets. Worldwide the number of new building hotels is increasing annually. Only in July 143 new top hotels will open their doors. This data has been revealed by tophotelprojects.com, the worldwide leading provider for global b2b hotel data. Especially in the luxury segment the market pressure in growing enormously. Recently Mandarin Oriental, one of the best hotel groups in the world, announced the opening of a second high-end-hotel with 241 rooms in China’s capital Beijing.

Exclusive resort with 77 private villas - St. Regis Vommuli resort will be opened in 2016 on Maldives

Exclusive resort with 77 private villas – St. Regis Vommuli resort will be opened in 2016 on Maldives

Also the US-company Marriott International relies on new luxury hotels: in Macau the first “only suites” property by the Ritz-Carlton brand opened end of May. With the inauguration of a JW Marriott Hotel (228 rooms) in Zhejiang Anji at the Yangtze River delta the number of high-end-properties by this brand was raised up to eleven. Also in Washington D.C. another JW Marriott Hotel (750 rooms) recently opened its doors. Another highlight by the JW Marriot brand is a resort (266 rooms) in Venice.

With its legendary hotel brand Ritz-Carlton Marriott is also expanding: in Cairo the famous 431-room property will re-open. In Budapest another Ritz-Carlton with 192 rooms is arising in prime location close to the St. Stephan Cathedral; opening is scheduled for early-2016 and in Jeddah a 224-room Ritz-Carlton will open its doors also this summer.

Also Starwood is promoting its top hotel brands: 2016 a St. Regis resort (77 private villas) will open on the Maldives (Vommuli Island). Further St. Regis hotels recently opened in Moscow, Mumbai and in Dubai. The former Conrad Hotel in Chicago (Hilton group) will re-open as an exquisite Luxury Collection hotel. The first Luxury Collection hotel by Starwood itself is arising in Kyoto, Japan.

Top 10 hotel chains with their expansions
Peninsula Hotels: 1 new building project in London
Mandarin Oriental Hotels: 14 new building projects i. a. in Beijing, Maldives, Milano, Istanbul, Dubai, Moscow and Marrakech
One&Only Hotels: 5 new building projects i. a. in Jeddah, Bahrain und Sanya
Ritz Carlton: 34 new building projects i. a. in Muscat, Marrakech, Nanjing, Chongqing, Hainan, Macau and Mumbai
Aman Resorts: 8 new building projects i. a. . in Shanghai and Libreville
St. Regis: 19 new building projects i. a. in Istanbul, Napa Valley, Jakarta, Nanjing, Dubai and Cairo
Oberoi Hotels: 3 new building projects in Casablanca and Marrakech
Four Seasons Hotels: 34 new building projects i. a. in Agadir, Bangalore, Bahrain, Boston, Goa, Kuwait City, New Delhi and Kuala-Lumpur
Shangri-La Hotels: 17 new building projects i. a. in Colombo, Hangzhou, Nanchang and Shaoxing

Africa is hoping for more tourists – 305 new top hotels in the pipeline – With 45 hotel projects Egypt trusts in re-strengthening of the tourism industry

Cairo, Egypt – June 10, 2015 – Africa has lots of problems: Ebola epidemic, fights, attacks and tumults after the Arab Spring. The sun-kissed holiday destination at the Mediterranean Sea, Atlantic and Indian Ocean suffered strongly during the past years. In West African countries such as Sierra Leone the beautiful beaches remain empty as well as in Kenya in the East of Africa and Tunisia by the Mediterranean Sea. Nevertheless the continent trusts in a re-strengthening of the multi-billion dollar worth tourism business. According to TOPHOTELPROJECTS, the worldwide leading provider for global b2b hotel data, currently 305 high class hotels with 73,100 rooms are in the pipeline for Africa.

Africa Hotel Pipeline

Top hotel investments – hotel construction projects in Africa
Morocco: 54 hotel projects with 17,900 rooms
Egypt: 44 hotel projects with 15,000 rooms
Nigeria: 31 hotel projects with 7,300 rooms
Kenya: 17 hotel projects with 2,500 rooms
Algeria: 13 hotel projects with 2,800 rooms
South Africa: 13 hotel projects with 3,300 rooms
Tunisia: 9 hotel projects with 1,700 rooms
Libya: 8 hotel projects with 2,200 rooms
Ghana: 4 hotel projects with 800 rooms
Uganda: 4 hotel projects with 800 rooms
(all hotel categories/all operators & developers; source: http://www.tophotelprojects.com)

Selected hotel projects in Africa
(Source: http://www.tophotelprojects.com)
Rocco Forte Shepherd Hotel – Cairo/Egypt – 279 rooms – planned opening: spring 2016
Steigenberger Hotel Tahir Square – Cairo/Egypt – 295 rooms – planned opening: autumn 2016
Ritz Carlton Resort – Marassi Beach/Egypt – 120 rooms, villas & apartments – planned opening: early 2020
MGM Grand – Sham El Sheikh/Egypt – 170 rooms – project delayed
JW Marriott New Marina Casablanca/Morocco – 300 rooms – planned opening: early 2016
Ritz Carlton – Marrakech/Morocco – 60 rooms – planned opening: autumn 2016
Four Seasons Resort – Agadir/Morocco – 132 rooms – planned opening: early 2016

Steigenberger Hotel Doha - Opening in early 2016

Qatar bets on several new top hotels until the FIFA World Cup in 2022

41 new hotel construction projects with 11,600 rooms in the pipeline

Doha, Qatar – April 29, 2015 – The Emirate of Qatar is investing billions in infrastructure and tourism – not just for the FIFA World Cup in November/December 2022. With the master plan “Vision 2030”, among other, the extension of the airport and a whole new city at the gates of the capital Doha are planned. According to TOPHOTELPROJECTS, the worldwide leading provider of global b2b hotel data, currently 41 new top hotels with 11,600 rooms are in the pipeline.

Steigenberger Hotel Doha - Opening in early 2016

Steigenberger Hotel Doha – Opening in early 2016

In total, an investment amount of about 200 billion US dollars is planned in Qatar. Thereof about 5.7 billion dollars will be invested in new hotels and restaurants. Until the FIFA World Cup 2022 eight stadiums still need to arise.

Selected hotel construction projects in Qatar
Steigenberger Hotel Doha – Doha – 200 rooms
Centara Grand West Bay Hotel – Doha – 360 rooms
Zalal Wellness Destination Spa – Doha – 125 rooms
The Amphibious 1000 – Doha – 80 rooms
Le Meridien – Doha- 350 rooms
Park Hyatt Msheireb Downtown – Doha – 187 rooms
Mondrian Hotel – Doha – 270 rooms
Shaza Doha – 180 rooms
Sillks Hotel & Spa – Doha – 100 rooms
Nikki Beach Resort & Spa, The Pearl Qatar – Doha, 47 suites
Planet Hollywood Hotel – Doha – 300 rooms
Wyndham Garden – Doha – 153 rooms
Silver Pearl Hotel – Doha – 1,000 rooms

The quantity of contracts for the coming years is so great that Qatar already proclaimed, that not necessarily required projects need to postpone on a date after the World Cup. Priority is given to sports stadiums and the necessary transport infrastructure, such as streets and the metro.

Most international companies are expecting delays at their project implementation, among others, because based on experience decisions in Qatar could take longer. In addition, people fear a shortage of material, which could intensify the delays, because right before the World Cup’s start significantly more projects will be under construction than currently planned. Bottlenecks are expected in particular with filling material and concrete. The procurement of materials is already a problem, as the infrastructure, especially the port and the streets, is not set up for such large quantities of tourists visiting the country. In addition to the logistics, also the risk of cost pressure is a consequent to worry about.

If the oil prices remain low, it will carry new challenges for the gas exporter Qatar in 2016 and 2017. Prime Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa al-Thani, confirmed in mid-March, they would retain in the planned infrastructure spending for the “Vision 2030” despite weak energy prices. Qatar has a generous financial cushion to absorb losses in export earnings; therefore also most experts do not expect deterioration in the investment climate. The Investment Authority will have a surplus of 160 billion US dollars, plus currency reserves of more than 40 billion US dollars. But every project would be coming to the test, as the examples of already cancelled or adjourned projects.

New York City promotes its tourism with several new top hotels – 46 new first class and luxury hotels in the pipeline

New York City - ManhattanNew York City – 08 April 2015 – New York City is booming – more and more tourists visiting from China: Tourism in the Big Apple is booming. As expected by tourism experts the number of overnight stays of visitors from China will increase from currently 109 million to 175 million during the next five years. New York is the expected hot spot. About 54 Million tourists visit Manhattan every year. With around 350 hotels (appr. 82,000 rooms) the number of hotels is at a very high rate. In fact 46 further top hotels are in construction as TOPHOTELPROJECTS, the leading information provider for hotel chains and hotel construction projects reports.

The massive growth of hotel rooms constitutes pressure on operators. The average occupancy decreased by almost five percent to 68 percent and the average room rate decreased by 8 percent to 190 US-Dollar. The industry now relies on wealthy customers from China.

The number of Chinese tourists could be increased. With currently approximately 646.000 visitors from China the country is just in fifth place of incoming tourists. As comparison: More than 1,1 Million tourists from the UK visit NYC every year. JLL Hotels is monitoring a growing interest of Chinese investors for real estate in Manhattan.

Prime example is the spectacular sale of the Waldorf Astoria to Chinese investors at a price of two Billion US-Dollars in the past year. During the next five years the number of Chinese tourists in New York is expected to double itself to about one million tourists.

Top hotel projects in New York City (selection by TOPHOTELPROJECTS)
Four Seasons Private Residences New York, Downtown – 189 rooms – opening: autumn 2016
EVEN Hotel New York City 35th Street – 150 rooms – opening: autumn 2015
EVEN Hotel New York City – 230 rooms – opening: autumn 2015
Virgin Hotel New York – 475 rooms – opening: early 2017
Edition Hotel Times Square – 452 rooms – opening: early 2017