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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

New hotels in France – Countdown for European Soccer Championship UEFA Euro 2016 is running – Boost for tourism

Paris, France – 06 April 2016 – Kick off is on the 10th of June: This year the UEFA European Football Championship is taking place in France. The UEFA EURO will last until the 10th of July and is expected to increase tourism for the country. Several new hotels are under construction in the ten venue cities. According to tophotelprojects.com, currently 84 top hotels with more than 15,000 rooms are in the pipeline for France.

New hotels in France - Countdown for European Soccer Championship UEFA Euro 2016 is running - Boost fort tourism

Leading hotel group Accor just opened a new Mercure hotel in Paris. Other projects are a new property by the smart chain citizenM with 170 rooms as well as a low-budget hotel with 200 rooms by the German Meininger Group.

Three new properties are currently planned in Marseille, including a top hotel by the NH Collection brand (200 rooms) and a Golden Tulip Hotel (210 rooms). Another three projects are in the pipeline in Lyon, among others a Radisson Blu (245 rooms) and a sophisticated Intercontinental (145 rooms). In Lille the iconic American brand Mama Shelter will step onto the market with 100 room hotel. In Bordeaux another Radisson Blu hotels with 125 rooms will be build and Nice is looking forward to the opening of the new Park Hotel with 124 rooms.

After 1960 and 1983 the The European Football Championship will take place in France for the third time and it is expected to be the biggest sport event in Europe this year. Around 2.5 million spectators are expected in the stadiums, including 1.5 million foreign guests. Their expenditure is estimated at around one billion euros during the tournament period. The matches are broadcast in more than 230 territories worldwide. Each match is expected to be seen by approximately 150 million television viewers. More than 8.1 billion television viewers watched the championship in 2012.

Official fan zones with large screens will be set up in all ten venue cities. The hotels, in which the 54 participating nations will be staying, are represented at http://teambasecampseuro2016.uefa.ch/.

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.

Riu club resort 'Helios Paradise' in Bulgaria will open this summer

Bulgaria bets on year-roud tourism on the coasts and in the mountains – Number of tourists will rise to 10 million – Several new hotels in the pipeline

Sofia, Bulgaria – 29 July 2015 – Lots of sun, fine sandy beaches on the Black Sea and safe snow layers in the mountains: Bulgaria sets heavily on the development of tourism and wants to win especially overnight guests from Western Europe. By 2020 the number of tourists is about to increase by around ten million per year. Therefore new hotels are in the pipeline. This data has been revealed by TOPHOTELPROJECTS, the worldwide leading provider of global b2b hotel data.

Riu club resort 'Helios Paradise' in Bulgaria will open this summer

Riu club resort ‘Helios Paradise’ in Bulgaria will open this summer

In the capital Sofia, a new Swissotel with 281 rooms, serviced apartments and a private eye clinic is being built. The complex is scheduled to open in 2018. Set on the popular Black Sea coast a 600 room resort of the TUI hotel brand Riu will open this summer. The holiday hotel offers among others a water park for children, swimming pools and restaurants as well as playgrounds and sports fields. In the city Plovic, which will be European Capital of Culture in 2019, a new Holiday Inn hotel with 68 rooms is being built; opening is scheduled for this year’s autumn.

Tourism in Bulgaria urgently needs new impetus. The number of affluent overnight guests recently decreased to around 4.5 million as previous tourism crowds from the Ukraine and Russia failed to materialize as a result of the Crimean crisis. In the past year about 510 million Euros were generated by the tourism industry. Currently Bulgaria supplies 3,162 hotels and resorts with a total of 314,000 beds.

In addition to the current focus on summer travellers and winter sports guests also the culture and wellness tourism should be promoted in the future. Therefore the Ministry of Tourism recently founded two transnational tours – “Towards the wine” and “Towards the Roman emperors” – which will lead from Bulgaria to Romania, Serbia and Croatia.

For hotel and tourism investors so-called One-Stop-Shop card were developed, which will identifies worthwhile destinations. So ski resorts will be built and lifts will be extended. For the spa tourism historic baths with mineral springs, which occur all over in Bulgaria, will be offered. Also an amusement park, which will popularly display the rich history of European country, is under construction.

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.

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.

InterContinental Hotels Group Underlines Commitment To China

Beijing – 02 December 2013 – InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) today outlined its strong position in Greater China and ambitious growth targets for the region as it announces plans to recruit another 110,000 staff to support its growth which involves doubling the number of hotels in China in the next three to five years.

IHG Logos

The announcement comes as Richard Solomons, Chief Executive Officer of IHG, joins the British Prime Minister David Cameron in a trade mission to China to boost trade ties between the two countries.

British Prime Minister David Cameron said: “IHG’s plans to double the number of their hotels across China over the next five years is a great example of how British businesses can benefit from China’s growing middle class.”

Richard Solomons, Chief Executive of IHG, said: “China is IHG’s second largest market after the United States and is likely to surpass the US to become our largest by number of rooms by 2025. Having been in China for 30 years, IHG has a deep understanding of the market and of consumers’ needs, and we are confident in its future development prospects. We are committed to continuing to grow in China.”

IHG has an industry leading position in Greater China and is well placed to capitalise on the strong demand drivers in the region. With 200 hotels open and 179 hotels in the pipeline, IHG is currently the largest employer among all international hotel companies in the region, with nearly 60,000 employees working at its corporate office and hotels across over 70 cities in the country. In the first three quarters of 2013 alone, IHG signed another 42 new hotels to its portfolio. To support this industry leading pipeline, IHG has today announced plans to recruit more than 110,000 employees between 2013 and 2015.

Furthermore, IHG has a highly ambitious development strategy which includes deepening penetration in key cities such as Beijing and Guangzhou and targeting Tier 2, 3 and 4 cities.

In 2012, IHG launched HUALUXE Hotels & Resorts, a new hotel brand specifically designed for Chinese guests, the first of which is scheduled to open in 2014, with 21 hotels currently in the pipeline. IHG has previously announced its target to locate the brand in more than 100 cities in China, as well as in key global gateway cities in other countries.

In 2012, China’s domestic trips reached 2.9 billion, a 10% year-on-year growth. China has already become the world’s third largest destination for inbound travel, the world’s largest for outbound travel and the world’s largest for domestic travel, with 80 million outbound travellers and 133 million inbounded travellers in 2012. By 2020, the number of outbound travellers is expected to reach 150 million. According to the latest statistics, the total expenditure of Chinese travellers in the UK during the first half of this year has doubled compared to the same time last year. Chinese travellers have for the first time become the UK’s highest spending Asian visitors.