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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.

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)

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.

Starwood Hotels Accelerates Growth in North America

Company to Surpass 600th Hotel Milestone in North America in 2015 Following 23 Openings and 64 Signings in 2014

Starwood Hotels & ResortsStamford, Connecticut, USA – 23 January 2015 – Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide today announced that it expects another year of accelerated growth in North America, where it will surpass the 600th hotel milestone in the next two months. The company’s growth is being driven by the rapid expansion of its Specialty Select Brands, the continued growth of its Upper Upscale brands and increased demand for luxury hotel offerings. In 2014, Starwood opened 23 new hotels and signed 64 new hotel deals in North America, a 23% signings increase over the previous year and the most deals signed in one year since before the global economic crisis.

“North America remains one of Starwood’s most important global markets accounting for approximately 50% of our global portfolio and a third of our hotel openings in 2014, and we expect strong growth trends to continue this year,” said Simon Turner, President of Global Development for Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. “The ongoing economic recovery and increased availability of financing are creating favorable conditions, contributing to strong growth across all three segments of our business and a notable surge in demand for new-build hotels, which comprised 81% of our North America signings in 2014.”

“We are experiencing robust growth across all nine of our globally admired lifestyle brands, both for new build projects and the repositioning of existing assets,” said Allison Reid, Senior Vice President of North America Development for Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. “We highly value our relationships with our owners and franchisees, and continue to see strong interest from partners looking to leverage Starwood’s powerful brands and network, global booking platforms and loyal customer base.”

Starwood’s Specialty Select Brands to Open 200th Hotel in North America in 2015
Starwood’s Specialty Select brands – Four Points by Sheraton, Aloft and Element – continue to lead the company’s growth in North America and will surpass the 200th hotel milestone in 2015. Last year, Starwood signed 53 deals in this segment in North America, marking the fifth straight year of increased deal signings, accounting for 83% of all of Starwood’s signings in North America in 2014.

Boasting the second largest global pipeline among all of Starwood brands, Four Points by Sheraton is on track to open its 125th hotel in North America this year. The “best for business” Four Points brand anticipates over 15 hotel openings in the region in 2015, including debuts in Las Vegas, Coral Gables, and Raleigh. Other key openings will include Four Points by Sheraton New York Downtown – the brand’s fourth hotel in New York City and Four Points by Sheraton Houston-Katy – its fourth hotel in Houston. Four Points by Sheraton signed 17 new deals in North America in 2014, the most in one year since 2007.

Designed for the next generation of travelers, Starwood’s Aloft brand will reach the 75th milestone in North America in 2015. The leading-edge brand will open an adaptive re-use project in Sunnyvale, CA, later this year, on the heels of two adaptive re-use openings in 2014 – Aloft Tampa Downtown and Aloft Detroit at the David Whitney. This year, Aloft will debut in 12 new cities including New Orleans, Durham and Sarasota, while expanding its portfolio in the New York City metropolitan area with the openings of Aloft Manhattan-Downtown and Aloft Long Island City. Aloft Hotels signed 22 deals in North America in 2014, more than any other Starwood brand in the region and the most signings in one year since 2008.

Starwood’s trailblazing eco-wise Element brand will reach the 15th hotel milestone in North America this year, with the addition of four new hotels, including debuts in several new markets such as Bozeman, MT; and Fargo, ND. Element will also open its second hotel in Miami (Element Miami Doral) and its second in Canada (Element Vancouver Metrotown). Element is on track to triple its global portfolio by 2017, fueled by the signings of 14 more deals in North America last year, the most in one year since its launch, including a deal for the brand’s first adaptive re-use project, opening in Moline, Illinois in 2017.

Demand is also on the rise for dual-branded Aloft and Element projects in cities across North America. Aloft and Element Boston Waterfront will both debut by early 2016, followed by Aloft and Element Fort Lauderdale and Aloft and Element Redmond in 2017.

Starwood’s Upper Upscale and Luxury Brands Continue to Grow to Meet Demand
Starwood’s large portfolio of upper-upscale hotels under its Sheraton, Westin and Le Méridien flags is poised for another year of sustained growth in North America. In 2014, Starwood signed deals to open nine new upper upscale hotels in the region in the next three years.

Starwood will expand the North American footprint of its Le Méridien brand with this year’s debut in Columbus, on the heels of last year’s openings in Charlotte, Indianapolis, New Orleans and greater Chicago after a record year of signings in 2013. Westin Hotels will reach the 125th hotel milestone in North America in 2015, fueled by the phenomenal success of its distinctive wellness positioning. This year, Westin will open hotels in Jekyll Island, GA; Austin, TX; Denver, CO; and San Jose, CA.

On track to open its 500th hotel worldwide in 2016, Sheraton Hotels, which continues to boast Starwood’s largest development pipeline – and the largest pipeline in its history – will add four new hotels to its North American portfolio in the next two years, nearly all of which will be new-builds. This year, the global powerhouse will open hotels in McKinney, TX and Mesa, AZ, and break ground in Georgetown, TX, coupled with strong and growing interest from owners and developers for both conversion and new build hotel opportunities throughout North America.

Starwood continues to widen its global lead in the luxury segment and boasts one of the strongest North American luxury portfolios in the industry, with more than 50 luxury hotels in the region under its St. Regis, W Hotels and Luxury Collection brands.

Following the complete renovation of The St. Regis New York, the brand will unveil the renovation of its iconic St. Regis Monarch Beach Resort later this year. The Luxury Collection will open three properties in the region in the next year, including this year’s opening of The St. Anthony, a Luxury Collection Hotel, San Antonio. W continues to re-create its famed cutting-edge experience for guests with hotel renovations in Los Angeles, Fort Lauderdale, Montreal, Seattle, San Francisco, South Beach and Times Square, New York.

Choice Hotels Celebrates Continued System Growth in 2014

Pipeline shifting from Conversion to New Construction Activity

Phoenix, Arizona, USA – 22 October 2014 – Momentum for new hotel development continues to build at Choice Hotels International, one of the world’s leading hotel companies. At the 20th annual Lodging Conference, the company heralded several initiatives driving interest in new construction for Choice branded hotels. The growing volume of these projects is multi-faceted – mainly driven by the ongoing success of the Comfort brand’s transformation, a new dual-brand lodging concept and the broad appeal of the Ascend Hotel Collection brand, the company’s portfolio of upscale independent hotels.

Choice Hotels International - Hotel Brands

“We are reaping rewards from a strategic synchronization of events. An extremely favorable market for lodging investment, pent up demand for new supply in the right markets and proven brand strategies are driving development in a big way,” said Stephen P. Joyce, president and CEO of Choice Hotels International. “The confluence of all of this has Choice Hotels well positioned for even more compelling growth. The aggressive plan behind our reinvigorated Comfort brand includes accelerating improved product and performance for existing properties and unprecedented new construction incentives. Developers are also excited by our dual-brand concept and the success of the Ascend Hotel Collection network, which has evolved to include new construction projects in urban markets with tight site constraints that limit the appeal of typical hotel brands.”

REINVIGORATED COMFORT BRAND DRIVES NEW CONSTRUCTION INTEREST
As part of a comprehensive strategy to reintroduce the new and improved Comfort brand to developers and consumers, the existing Comfort portfolio embarked on extensive product upgrades. Since the initiative was launched more than $250M in product improvements have been made, including Choice’s investment of $40M to help fund these renovations. Simultaneously, Choice created a new contemporary prototype, designed in collaboration with renowned architecture firm Gensler, which offers developers an attractive new build option at the right time when many markets are ripe for development. Recent agreements in key business and leisure destinations such as Denver, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and Ft. Lauderdale are spearheading the Comfort brands new construction growth.

“Lodging developers and investors are pleased by the strategies we are executing to improve portfolio quality and deliver more guests to our hotels. They know the great benefits of working with an innovative company like Choice Hotels and want to be a part of it,” said David Pepper, senior vice president of global development for Choice Hotels International. “Additionally, the announcement earlier this year of attractive incentive options has resulted in a surge of new construction activity for the Comfort brand. The timing of these incentives and strategic initiatives for the Comfort brand is perfect.”

DUAL APPEAL WITH DEVELOPERS
Developers are also eager to construct Choice’s new, innovative dual-brand concept for the MainStay Suites and Sleep Inn brands. The strong appeal of these projects includes construction efficiencies, operational productivity through shared staff and facilities, as well as the ability to tap into diverse customer bases. This allows developers to capitalize on several travel market demands — business, leisure, transient and extended stay – all under one roof.

The dual brand concept has gained traction with well-established players in the business community including Love’s Hospitality, the hotel division of travel center conglomerate Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores. Love’s operates more than 300 travel centers in 39 states, generating more than $26 billion annually. The family-owned business, which in 2013 Forbes ranked as the 9th largest privately held company, recently executed multiple agreements to build new hotels, including dual-brand projects in Georgia and Colorado.

ASCEND TRANSCENDS ORIGINAL MODEL
The Ascend Hotel Collection network, a pioneer in soft branding, is also experiencing tremendous success and growth. When it was first conceived, the primary focus of the Ascend brand was to attract existing upscale independent hotels with the power of Choice Hotels. Having now reached 128 hotels worldwide, Ascend is now expanding further by adding new construction projects to the portfolio, including several in New York City. Developers with the appetite to build a uniquely designed property can gain access to the reservations and support system of one of the world’s largest hotel companies and still offer a fresh product to the market.