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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.

Thailand tourism in booming – 64 new top resorts in the pipeline

Thailand tourism in booming - Photo: ITB BerlinBangkok, Thailand – 24 Februar 2016 – Tourism is booming worldwide – and especially in Thailand. The tourism revenue is growing in the Southeast Asian country annually by more than six percent. This attracts also new investments: According to tophotelprojects.com, the specialized service provider in the exchange of cutting-edge information between clients and contractors in the international hotel industry, currently 74 new hotels and resorts with a total of more than 15,200 rooms are in the pipeline for Thailand.

The InterContinental Hotels Group relies on the holiday destination of Phuket and develops a resort with 454 rooms. The resort will include 75 private apartments and 13 hillside villas as well as gardens. The opening is planned for 2019. The group already operates 19 properties in Thailand.

Another major project is the Grand Hotel Eastin Grand Phayathai in the capital Bangkok, a luxury hotel with 569 rooms (opening should be end of 2019). Also in the capital, a new business hotel with 442 rooms, the Grande Centre Point Hotel will open its doors at the end of this year.

The number of foreign guests recently grew in Thailand by around three percent. It has been estimated that this number will increase by another 17 percent within the next ten years. Currently Chinese guests are, with 25 percent, the largest group of tourists in Thailand.

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.

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

Sanya Beauty Crown Hotel on Hainan island, China

Hainan: The tourism of China’s island paradise is booming – 48 luxury resorts in the pipeline

Beijing, China – 28 May 2015 – Paradise on earth: the sun-kissed holiday island Hainan in the south of China is about to be converted into an international tourism destination. Since more than five years the tourism is booming – a public index is recording growth rates of almost 18 percent every year. According to TOPHOTELPROJECTS, the worldwide leading provider for global b2b hotel data, currently 48 new luxury resorts with more than 20,700 rooms are under construction or in development on Hainan.

The largest hotel project on the island is the spectacular Sanya Beauty Crown Hotel with „seven hotel stars“. The hotel will feature 6,000 rooms and serviced apartments in nine building sections, which will look like trees. The hotel project costs more than a billion US-Dollars and will open its doors in spring 2016. The extraordinary tree shape, the “nine beautiful trees”, should represent the tropical nature of the island, which is also called “Hawaii of China”.

Selected Top hotel projects on Hainan in China (Source: www.tophotelprojects.com)
Hard Rock Hotel Haikou – Hainan – 250 rooms – August 2015
Moringa Hotel Sanya Beauty Crown – Hainan – 6000 rooms & Serviced Apartments – planned opening: spring 2016
St. Regis Qingshui Bay Resort – Hainan – 400 rooms – spring 2016
Swissotel Sanya – Hainan – 300 rooms – spring 2016
Submarine Hotel – Hainan – 175 rooms – early 2016
Jumeirah Haikou Hotel – Hainan – 140 rooms – early 2018

The Chinese have already replaced the Germans as top travelling nation and promote especially in the Middle Kingdom the domestic tourism. Currently China offers more than 2.7 million rooms and 11,700 hotels. The tendency is rising. Recently the tourism archived a revue of 40 billion US-Dollars. Until 2022 it is expected that the market volume will increase up to 100 billion US-Dollars and will therefore surpass the USA.

Dusit Thani Cam Ranh Flowers Resort - Opening late 2016

Tourism boom in Southeast Asia: More new top hotels in the pipeline – Vietnam relies on luxury top hotels and resorts

Saigon, Vietnam – 17 May 2015 – The tourism in Southeast Asia is rising. Especially in Vietnam where the number of new hotel constructions is increasing: According to TOPHOTELPROJECTS, the worldwide leading provider of global b2b hotel data, currently 50 new top hotels and luxury resorts are in the pipeline, thereof large properties for international hotel brands such as Six Senses, Ritz Carlton, Dusit Thani and JW Marriott.

Dusit Thani Cam Ranh Flowers Resort - Opening late 2016

Dusit Thani Cam Ranh Flowers Resort – Opening late 2016

With 90.7 million residents Vietnam is the third densely populated country in Southeast Asia, behind Indonesia and the Philippines, and surprises with a strong economic growth by six percent in the past year. A similar expansion rate is also expected for this year. The tourism is about to increase its revenue from 10.9 billion US Dollars in 2014 to 12.7 billion US Dollars in 2015. The tourism office is aiming about 8.4 million international visits in 2015 (previous year: 7.9 million). Therefore the infrastructure will be extended in popular holiday destinations such as the Phu Quoc Island.

Selected hotel construction projects in Vietnam
Ritz-Carlton Reserve Vinh Hoi Bay – Quy Nhon – 100 rooms – planned opening: Q2 2016
Six Senses Latitude – Phu Quoc – 136 rooms – opening tbd
Dusit Thani Can Ranh Flowers Resort – Cam Rahn Bay – 439 rooms – opening: late 2016
Four Seasons Cham Island Resort – Quang Nam – 75 rooms – opening tbd

Tourism boom also in Myanmar
Also Myanmar tries to obtain revenue through tourism. After doubling its number of international visitors in 2013, this number increased up to the million in 2014. As the construction of the new major airport Hanthawaddy is delayed, the Yangon International Airport will be expanded until late 2015. According to TOPHOTELPROJECTS currently 14 top hotels, brands such as Shangri-La, Dusit, Pullman (Accor), Hilton and Best Western, are in the pipeline.

In 2013 the hotel portfolio increased from 787 to 923 hotels with 34,834 rooms. The greatest part is located in Yangon (232 hotels with 10,175 rooms) followed by Mandalay (104 hotels), Bagan (77) and the capital Nay Pyi Taw (50) and Taunggyi/Inke Lake (70). The ministry recently calculated a stock of 1,000 hotels with about 10,000 new rooms.

Yangon remains the most popular destination. The occupancy rate at luxury hotels reached greatly 80 percent in 2013. In 2009 it was only at 46 percent. The room rate increased by almost 300 percent from 40 US Dollars to 157 US Dollars in average. The largest hotel is the Sule Shangi-La (former Traders) with 484 rooms as well as the hotels Sedona (450 rooms), Park Royal (359), Chatrium (315), Summit Parkview (250), Inya Lake (239) and Golden Hill (212).

Another strong economic growth by seven percent is recorded in Cambodia. Similar increases are expected for this and the next year. More and more manufacturing sites (focus of clothing) are relocated from China and Vietnam to Cambodia. With a growth of the visitor flow by 17.5 percent up to 4.2 million foreign guests, the tourism revives the demand of customer good as well as the hospitality and gastronomy. According to TOPHOTELPROJECTS currently seven new top hotels (Rosewood, Okura, Shangri-La) are in the pipeline in Cambodia.

Starwood Hotels & Resorts to Grow Portfolio by More Than 40 New Hotels and Resorts across Europe in the Next Five Years

Company Aggressively Expands in Turkey with Opening of The St. Regis Istanbul Marking the Entry of the Luxury St. Regis Brand in the Country – Record Year of Signings Driven by Conversion Deals with Accelerated Growth in 2015

Berlin, Germany – 02 March 2015 – From the International Hotel Investment Forum (IHIF) in Berlin, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide announced it is on track to open more than 40 new hotels and resorts across Europe in the next five years, expanding its portfolio by almost 30% with openings in both fast-growing and established markets. Further underlining its long-term growth strategy, Starwood is set to open five new hotels in Turkey this year, including The St. Regis Istanbul which just opened on March 1st.

St. Regis Istanbul - Facade Rendering

St. Regis Istanbul – Facade Rendering

“2014 was a record year of deal signings for Starwood in Europe with consistent, sustainable high-quality portfolio growth in key European markets and sought-after destinations,” said Simon Turner, President of Global Development for Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. “Our growth momentum continues this year with 14 hotels on track to open across Europe and strong owner interest in our nine lifestyle brands, backed by our loyalty program, the collective strength of our global platform and our highly-experienced, local teams.”

2015 opening highlights include:
Five new hotels in Turkey, reaffirming Starwood’s commitment to growth in the country, bringing its portfolio to 15 hotels across seven brands by the end of 2015. Among the openings, is the St. Regis brand launch in Turkey with The St. Regis Istanbul introducing unparalleled luxury and style into the dynamic gateway city. Starwood will also introduce the Four Points by Sheraton brand into the country with two Four Points by Sheraton hotels in Batisehir and in Dudullu, two of Istanbul’s most promising districts. The iconic Sheraton brand will open a hotel in Atasehir, on the Asian side of Istanbul and recently entered the emerging coastal city of Samsun.

Steady growth in Russia with two new Starwood hotels opening in 2015: Sheraton Ufa and a Four Points by Sheraton in Kaluga, marking the entry of the Four Points by Sheraton brand in the country. With six more hotels in the pipeline, Starwood will double its footprint in Russia over the next three years.

Growth momentum in Germany with the launch of the Aloft brand in Stuttgart and Munich this summer, strengthening Starwood’s position in this key European travel market to nearly 30 hotels.

The introduction of the W and Element brands to The Netherlands by year-end with W Amsterdam located in the prestigious Dam square, just steps from the city’s vibrant canal district, and Element Amsterdam, south of the city centre.

Three further additions to the Sheraton brand portfolio in Southern Europe: Entering Romania with the opening of Sheraton Bucharest this fall, a conversion that leverages the brand’s first-mover advantage. The brand will also open the Sheraton Lake Como Hotel, a conversion hotel, overlooking the spectacular Lake Como in Italy, and expand its footprint in Croatia with the Sheraton Dubrovnik Riviera Hotel.

2014 record year for hotel signings in Europe, conversion hotels driving expansion
In 2014 Starwood experienced a record year of deal signings in Europe with almost 60% more signed deals than in the previous year, largely driven by conversion deals. Starwood continues to see increased interest from owners looking to maximize the value of their assets quickly, with many conversion opportunities amidst growing demand coming from the UK, Germany, France and Southern Europe.

Recent conversions such as The St. Regis Moscow Nikolskaya and Excelsior Hotel Gallia, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Milan, have fuelled growth in Starwood’s luxury brand segment, highlighting development interest for strong brands with global selling power. Another key conversion this year is Sheraton Berlin Grand Hotel Esplanade, which marks the launch of the iconic Sheraton brand in Germany’s capital, one of the most important European travel destinations for business and leisure.

“We see many conversion opportunities across Europe through both managed and franchised deals,” said Bart Carnahan, Senior Vice President Acquisitions & Development, Starwood Hotels & Resorts, Europe, Africa & Middle East. “Our conversion-friendly approach allows us to deliver value to our partners through a flexible, cost-efficient process that yields almost immediate results and gives them access to world-class delivery systems as well as our SPG loyalty program, differentiated marketing, and much more.”

Franchise deals are a fundamental part of Starwood’s development strategy, driving nearly 50% of signed hotel deals in Europe last year. The pace of franchise deal signings is expected to continue through 2020 with developers seeing the added value Starwood’s brands deliver to their real estate strategies, particularly in mature markets such as the UK, Germany and France.

Starwood’s mid-market brands build on strong growth momentum
Starwood’s three distinct mid-market brands, Aloft, Four Points by Sheraton and Element, are experiencing unprecedented growth momentum globally. In Europe, the company’s mid-market portfolio is poised to exceed 50% of Starwood’s development pipeline with more than 15 new hotel openings expected across the three brands by the end of 2017.

Aloft will more than double its portfolio in Europe with hotels opening in St. Petersburg and London over the next two years, in addition to two hotels in Germany, opening this summer. Four Points by Sheraton, Starwood’s fastest growing brand will also expand in emerging markets with eight openings planned in Turkey and Russia by 2017. The eco-centric Element brand, introduced to Europe with the opening of Element Frankfurt Airport Hotel last year, will debut in Amsterdam before year-end, and become part of an Aloft and Element dual-hotel development in the historic Tobacco Dock section of East London in 2017.

“The record growth experienced in the last five years in the mid-market segment has set the stage for 2015, where we will see a vigorous expansion in mature and emerging markets” said Michael Wale, President Starwood Hotels & Resorts, Europe, Africa & Middle East. “The increasing demand for conversion and franchise deals from new and existing partners is a strong reflection of Starwood’s powerful network, loyal customer base and commitment to deliver value for owners.”