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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

Smart technology for new top hotels – Useful tools and applications to increase the comfort

Hamburg, Germany – 30 March 2016 – More than 5,500 hotel projects with over 1.2 million rooms are currently in the pipeline worldwide. New technology is a huge part in new projects. TOPHOTELPROJECTS, the specialized service provider in the exchange of cutting-edge information between clients and contractors in the international hotel industry, is showing some new trends:

Discovery Portal Powered By Time Out - Renaissance New York Midtown

  • Tablet computers – printed documents are already replaced by digital ones. Via a tablet the guest can read newspapers, stream videos and control the air conditioner.
  • Service robots – a new towel, a bath robe at the pool or another soft drink in the spa is no problem for the android. Further robots are already in action in the kitchen and the basement, the logistic or in the storing place.
  • Entertainments in F&B outlets – embedded touchscreens in bars and in tables are offering fun with games, short video clips and simplify the reorder of food and beverage.
  • Interactive smart TV to become information spots – innovative screens in the lobby could be controlled by fingertip or foot kick. The digital lifestyle concierge supports the guests with valuable tips and advices for new hot spots in the area and must-do’s for sightseeing.
  • The VR goggles help to discover new destinations – with brilliant 3D footage hotel guests can discover their next travel destinations along with tasting the local wines and foods.
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.

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.

Hotel association confirms: SuitePads set to replace traditional guest directories

Berlin, Germany – February 25th, 2014 – The underlying trend in the hospitality industry extends further into hotel rooms. As tablet-PCs in hotel rooms become more and more commonplace, the German hotel classification association recently reacted by allowing hotels to replace traditional guest directories, and other items in hotel rooms with tablet-PCs. In some cases, hotels are even awarded additional points in the classification process for offering guests digital services via tablet.

SuitePad

Tablet-PCs in hotel rooms made their first appearance roughly one year ago. Since then, the number of hotels switching to the in-room devices has increased substantially.

The German hotel classification association took this recent trend into account when revising its guidelines for hotels nationwide. Hotels are now able to replace a number of objects in hotel rooms, such as guest directories, TV channel lists, radios, etc. with tablets and administrate the information on the devices centrally. “We’re excited to see the classification guidelines now accommodating our vision of a paperless hotel room”, says Moritz v. Petersdorff-Campen, co-founder and MD at SuitePad. SuitePad’s clients can even look forward to earning extra points with their tablets, as the devices offer not only guest information, but also internet access, games, and daily newspapers. All of which count as extra digital services rewarded by the classification association with additional points.

The “guest directory 2.0” has come a long way since its launch one year ago, and is now widely regarded as the replacement for paper-based guest information. Increasing guest demand and plummeting prices for hardware are likely to contribute their share to the spread of this concept.

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.