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The Abraj Kudai Hotel in Mecca, Saudi-Arabia

Hotels are becoming ever larger – The world’s biggest hotel with 10,000 rooms is built in Mecca

Hamburg, Germany – 17th of August, 2016 – The next record-breaking hotel is built in Mecca: The Abraj Kudai in the Saudi Arabian capital will have about 10,000 rooms, 70 restaurants, 5 landing sites for helicopters in 12 towers with 45 levels. The opening is planned next year. According totophotelprojects.com there are currently 252 new large-scale hotels under construction with more than 500 rooms each.

Abraj Kudai Towers in Mekka

Those are currently the biggest hotels under construction:
Abraj Kudai – Mecca/Saudi-Arabia – 10,000 rooms – opening 2017
Aquis Great Barrier Reef Resort – Australia – 7,500 rooms – opening 2019
Resort World – Las Vegas/USA – 6,583 rooms – opening 2019
Bawadi Project – Dubai/UAE – 6,500 rooms – Baufortschritt unklar
Pearl Hotels – Dubrovnik/Croatia – 5.,00 rooms – opening 2020

Previous record holder in the hotel industry (measured in number of rooms):
First World Hotel, Genting Highlands/Malaysia – 7,351 rooms
The Venetian/The Palazzo, Las Vegas/USA – 7,117 rooms
MGM Grand/The Signature, Las Vegas/USA – 6,852 rooms
CityCenter, Las Vegas/USA – 6,790 rooms
Sands Cotai Central, Macau/China – 6,000 rooms

Citizen M Hotel London Tower - Lobby

Tourism in London continues to boom

How will the Brexit affect tourism? London’s hotel industry keeps on booming. The depreciation of the Pound makes hotels, restaurants and shopping cheaper for guests from abroad. It is not yet clear if Britain’s exit will actually lead to losses in Tourism. Therefore, the hospitality industry UK chooses for new investments. According to Tophotelprojects.com there are currently 195 new top hotels planned.

Citizen M Hotel London Tower - Lobby

Citizen M Hotel London Tower – Lobby

A new record value was reached in London’s tourism last year, counting 31.5 million visitors. Therewith, the British capital maintains its position as one of the most visited major cities in the world.

There are currently 69 hotels emerging, only in London. The most recent opening was the Citizen M near the tower. This 370 room hotel is the second one of the smart, Dutch hotel chain, which is deemed as disruptive and targets the contemporary needs of generation Y. Citizen M focuses on newest technology like automatic check-in processes via smartphone or a modern Vitra-design in lobby and rooms. One new feature is the shop concept “Collection M”, which will be tested in the new flagship hotel.

Selected projects in London:

  • Park Plaza London Park Royal – 168 rooms – Opening: August 2016
  • Great Scotland Yard Hotel – 235 rooms – Opening: Early 2017
  • Hard Rock Hotel – 900 rooms – Opening: Autumn 2018
  • Artotel London Hoxton – 350 rooms – Opening: Early 2019
  • Nhow London – 190 rooms – Opening: Late 2018
  • Peninsula London – 190 rooms – Opening: 2021

On 20 July 2016, TOPHOTELPROJECTS starts its “World Tour” (#THPWorldTour) in London. This exclusive event series of expert symposia with matching intentions for hotel planners, operators, selected outfitters and suppliers will monthly lead to Miami, New York City, Dubai, Singapore and Berlin. For more information please visit: www.thpworldtour.com

Motel One Stuttgart Bad Cannstatt - new room concept

Budget design hotel chain Motel One paves Europe with new properties – Soon ten hotels in Berlin

Munich, Germany – 07 July 2016 – Motel One is still on its road to success: The budget design hotel chain from Munich is developing 19 new properties with a total of 6,100 rooms across Europe. Currently, two large hotels are being built in Berlin; thus Motel One will have ten hotels in the German capital soon. This is what tophotelprojects.com reports.

Motel One Stuttgart Bad Cannstatt - Zimmer

Motel One Stuttgart Bad Cannstatt – new room concept

In the contested hotel market in Berlin the flat-rate strategy of Motel One (from 62 Euro per Night Room) caused a sensation. At the revived prime location in City West between the Zoo Station and the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church, a new hotel tower with 582 rooms and a skybar with panoramic view will open next summer. Just a stone’s throw from the East Berlin Alexanderplatz the largest Motel One hotel with 708 rooms is scheduled to open in autumn of next year.

Motel One is growing in Europe: new hotel construction projects are arising in France, the UK, Spain and Switzerland.

Motel One – new hotels in:
Germany – 12 (4,200 rooms)
Switzerland – 2 (543)
UK – 2 (647)
Spain – 1 (300)
France – 1 (255)
Austria – 1 (60)

Motel One has long been a European hotel chain with locations in the UK, the Netherlands, Belgium, Czech Republic, Austria and Switzerland. In the past year the sales increased by a whopping 26 percent to around 322 million euros. The average occupancy rate of the almost 13,800 rooms in 51 hotels increased slightly to 75 percent – which are dream values in the hospitality industry.

The most recent opening is now the third hotel in Stuttgart: The hotel in Bad Cannstatt offers 141 rooms and is located close to the so-called Stuttgart Beer Festival, which is, beside the Oktoberfest in Munich, one of the biggest festivals in Germany. For the first time the company’s room concept has been expanded to increasingly address business travelers: A new element is the comfortable lounge chair in leather by “Freifrau”, as well as the height-adjustable table from Vitra, which is tailored to the needs of the (business) guest. In addition, the guest can now find a safe for securely storing personal valuables.

Hungary’s tourism still has lots of potential – New Ritz-Carlton in Budapest will be a landmark

Budapest/Hungary, 19th May 2016 – Hungary still has lots of potential in tourism, in the larger cities as well as in traditional holiday areas such as Lake Balaton. During the past five years the spending of visitors increased by more than five billion euros. Although new hotel rooms can be placed on the market very well, the investments are currently restrained. Only six hotels are in the pipeline in Hungary right now, as TOPHOTELPROJECTS, the specialized service provider in the exchange of cutting-edge information between clients and contractors in the international hotel industry, announced.

Ritz Carlton Budapest - Lobby

Landmark in Hungary: recently opened Ritz-Carlton Budapest


One of the projects will be a new budget brand hotel Meininger in Budapest with 184 rooms; opening is scheduled for spring 2018. At the airport of Budapest a new airport hotel (200 rooms, opening: early 2017) will arise and Carlson Rezidor is investing in a new Park Inn Hotel in Zalakaros in the South of Balaton (236 rooms, opening in spring 2018).

But the potential for new hotels is significantly higher. Analysts at Horwath HTL estimated that Budapest itself will be in the need of more than 1,000 new rooms until 2019. Other forecasts are even higher. The hotel stock in the capital will grow by five to ten percent, they say.

A new hotel landmark is the recently opened Ritz Carlton in Budapest: This luxury hotel with 170 comfortable rooms and 30 elegant suites is located in a historic building in a prime, central location.

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.

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