Jumeirah Maldives set for Indian Ocean debut next month | News

Jumeirah Group has announced a new international resort, Jumeirah Maldives, which will welcome its first guests in October.

The all-villa luxury resort is tucked away in the crystalline turquoise waters of the North Malé Atoll, easily reachable by speedboat or seaplane from Malé airport.

The panoramic architecture and calming interiors are the work of Singaporean design studio, Miaja, who have created an elegant contemporary ethos in harmony with the natural environment.

José Silva, chief executive of Jumeirah Group, said: “The Maldives is a much-loved getaway for travellers from around the world and Jumeirah Maldives is a destination that delivers on our brand promise of Stay Different.

“The resort offers unparalleled hospitality with a genuine flair that exceeds guest expectations, while pushing the limits of design, culinary and service expertise.

“A truly breath-taking addition to the brand’s portfolio, Jumeirah Group’s new home in the Maldives guarantees an immaculate guest experience right from the very moment they set foot in our new contemporary resort.”

Jumeirah Maldives offers 67 beach and over-water villas in one-, two- and three-bedroom configurations, all assuring stunning panoramic views of the Indian Ocean.

Starting from 171 square metres, the resort’s villas are among the most spacious in the North Malé Atoll.

Each features a private infinity pool and large roof-top terrace with a dedicated dining area for guests to take in the sensational views while indulging in delicious culinary dishes or relaxing with a picture-perfect movie-under-the-stars experience, while the three-bedroom villas also boast their own gym.

Guests can enjoy an array of activities from water sports, beach volleyball, billiards and tennis, or partake in enriching experiences from underwater photography, planting coconut trees and making coconut oil.

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Choice Hotels partners with Seera for Saudi growth | News

Choice Hotels Europe has repositioned itself as Choice Hotels EMEA as it continues its master license agreement with Seera Hospitality, a fully owned subsidiary of Seera Holding Group.

The plan will see the company open at least ten hotels in Saudi Arabia within the next five years. 

Seera is at the forefront of travel and tourism recovery efforts in the Kingdom and beyond, and as part of the agreement, currently there are several identified projects for Choice Hotels brands throughout Saudi Arabia in various stages of development. 

The first three properties – Clarion Jeddah Airport, Comfort King Road Jeddah and Comfort Olaya Riyadh – are due to open at the end of this year and are available to pre-book now.

Clarion Hotel Jeddah Airport has 200 rooms and is located on the Prince Majid Road, just three minutes away from the new King Abdul-Aziz International Airport and Jeddah Airport Train Station.

It is easily accessible from the Jeddah City Centre and also located close to the Mall of Arabia, one of the biggest shopping centres in Jeddah.

The Comfort King Road, with 125 extended stay suites, is located in one of the most prominent areas of Jeddah and in close proximity to the Jeddah Corniche, Jeddah International Airport, and the Madinah Road.

The Comfort Olaya Riyadh is located in Olaya, in one of the most prized locations in the city’s central business district near the iconic Kingdom Tower. 

The hotel boasts 97 well-appointed extended stay suites, as well as a rooftop lounge with unique views of the Riyadh skyline. 

Commenting on the agreement, Choice Hotels EMEA chief executive, Jonathan Mills, said: “I’m excited to continue this master license agreement in Saudi Arabia and welcoming Seera group and the forthcoming properties to our portfolio.

“With these openings, we reposition our division as Choice Hotels EMEA, further supporting our growth strategy and focus on investing in our business for our stakeholders.”

He added: “We are the only global hotel company to enter the Middle East market through Saudi Arabia, a country placing a substantive focus on developing travel and tourism.

“By entering the region together with a strong hospitality group, we strive to increase Choice Hotels footprint in the region.

“We have been focused on this approach for some time, so I am pleased to be continuing this agreement today.”

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edyn secures fresh funds for European expansion | News

edyn has secured a £195 million multi-asset debt facility with Breds in partnership with an affiliate of KSL Capital Partners through its European Capital Solutions platform as it seeks to expand.

The agreement will help secure continued expansion of the extended stay hospitality provider’s portfolio into Europe, which includes lifestyle aparthotel brand Locke, and newly launched serviced apartment brand, Cove.

The facility contributes to the funding arrangements on five projects comprising 859 units across the Hague (Cove – Centrum), London (Bermonds Locke, Buckle Street Studios, Cove – Landmark Pinnacle) and Cambridge (Turing Locke/Hyatt Centric).

The arrangement underscores a rapidly expanding presence across Europe, which includes seven new Locke openings this year in the UK, Ireland and Germany; plus, two new Cove openings in Canary Wharf and the Liverpool One development.

Merzak Kaddour, investment director at edyn, said: “We are pleased to partner with Blackstone and KSL whose experience, sector knowledge and capability to transact across multiple jurisdictions made them the ideal funding partner for this transaction.

“The pandemic reaffirmed that edyn’s products and strategy are meeting the growing demand for high-quality aparthotels and extended stay facilities.

“We are excited to push forward with our European growth and look forward to a prolonged working relationship with two of the most highly respected and well-established players in the sector.”

Earlier this month, edyn announced it had acquired a project in the Hague which will be the first scheme to operate under its newly launched Cove brand in mainland Europe.

Formerly a 118-key hotel, the asset will be converted to 121 serviced apartments, and is expected to open in March.

Steve Plavin, senior managing director, Blackstone Real Estate Debt Strategies, commented: “We are delighted to support edyn as they continue to successfully expand across Europe.

“Providing financing to edyn, a top sponsor in the extended stay and hospitality sector, with a great lending partner in KSL, is a fantastic business for our debt platform.”

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Radisson Red London Greenwich the O2 welcomes first guests | News

The first Radisson Red hotel in London, the Radisson Red London Greenwich the O2, has opened its doors.

Located in the borough of Greenwich, complete with dreamy riverside views, excellent attractions, and just minutes from central London, this fun and bold lifestyle, select-service hotel is ready to rock the English capital.

Radisson Red London Greenwich the O2 is located near the Royal Museums Greenwich, including the Cutty Sark, the National Maritime Museum, and the Royal Observatory, home of the famous Prime Meridian, where east meets west.

The hotel is located nearby the O2 Arena, the most popular entertainment arena for concerts in Europe, as well as big sport and entertainment events from across the globe.

Tom Flanagan Karttunen, area senior vice president for Radisson Hotel Group in northern and western Europe, said: “We’re thrilled to expand our bold, playful, and eclectic Radisson Red brand in London, and strengthen our position as the leading international hotel group in the region.

“Radisson Red London Greenwich the O2’s location is ideal for visitors looking to explore either maritime Greenwich or the many other attractions across London, while enjoying Radisson RED’s unique twist on hospitality.”

The hotel offers 70 bold and fun guest rooms where guests can relax in plush beds and enjoy rain effect showers.

The spacious rooms are decorated with stunning photo art, large beds and there is no lack of charging points making it easy for guests to work, along with large desk areas.

Guests have easy access to the O2 Arena, which is situated less than a mile from the hotel as well as public transport links via the North Greenwich underground station within walking distance or a short bus ride away.

London City Airport is only five miles from the hotel.

The hotel also has a car park for any guests arriving by car.

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European travel well below 2019 levels over peak summer months | News

New research from ForwardKeys reveals that international flights to European destinations in July and August reached 40 per cent of pre-pandemic levels.

This is significantly better than last year (which was 27 per cent), when the Covid-19 pandemic caused widespread lockdowns; and vaccines were not yet approved.

However, the picture was very mixed, with some destinations doing considerably better than others.

Also, the outlook is not improving, as bookings slowed towards the end of the summer period.

Looking at performance by country, Greece was the stand-out.

It achieved 86 per cent of July and August arrivals in 2019.

It was followed by Cyprus, which achieved 65 per cent, Turkey, 62 per cent, and Iceland, 62 per cent.

Greece and Iceland were amongst the first countries to make widely publicised claims that they would accept visitors who had been fully vaccinated and/or could show a negative PCR test and/or could show proof of recovering from Covid-19.

The countries which fared worst were those which rely more on long haul tourism, such as France and Italy and those which imposed the most onerous and volatile travel restrictions such as the UK, which languished at the bottom of the list, achieving just 14 per cent of 2019 levels.

Leisure destinations proved to be much more resilient.

A ranking of all major local destinations (i.e. those with a market share over one per cent) was dominated by traditional seaside holiday hotspots or the gateway to them.

The leaders were Heraklion and Antalya, which exceeded pre-pandemic levels by six per cent and 0.5 per cent respectively.

They were followed by Thessaloniki, 98 per cent; Ibiza, 92 per cent; Larnaca, 74 per cent and Palma Mallorca, 73 per cent.

Aside from the macro trends, certain destinations fared relatively better or worse for more locally specific reasons.

For example, Portugal, which is a favourite destination of UK holidaymakers, suffered when the UK changed its designation from green to amber in June; and Spain suffered at the end of July when Germany warned against all but essential travel.

Olivier Ponti, vice president, insights, ForwardKeys, commented: “When one considers how dreadful things were for tourism in Europe last year, this summer has been a very modest recovery story.

“Benchmarked against normal times, the continued low intensity of international air travel, less than 40 per cent of normal, has been extremely damaging for the aviation industry.

“The continued absence of long-haul travellers, particularly from the Far East (it reached just 2.5 per cent of pre-pandemic volumes this summer) will prove a severe blow to the visitor economy of several European countries.”

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New senior appointment for the Peninsula London | News

The Peninsula London has appointed Susan Wheatley to the role of director of sales and marketing at the property.

With almost 30 years of international luxury hospitality experience, she has forged her career in the commercial divisions of some of the great hotels of the world, including Burj Al Arab and Raffles Dubai and Grosvenor House, London. 

As executive director in charge of luxury sales for FRHI Hotels & Resorts, she led an international team covering China, Europe, UK and USA for the three brands under the flag.

Wheatley joins the pre-opening team of the Peninsula London where she will oversee the strategy and direction of the entire sales and marketing division – including brand marketing, e-commerce, communications, catering and events, revenue management and distribution strategy.

Speaking of the appointment, Sonja Vodusek, managing director of the Peninsula London, said: “We are thrilled to welcome Susan back to the UK after her time in Dubai and to have her join the pre-opening team of the Peninsula London. 

“Her deep understanding of luxury hospitality and her commercial insights will be key to the success of our newest hotel in Belgravia. 

“Susan will be instrumental in leading the team to deliver the Peninsula’s legendary experience to London when it opens its doors in late 2022.”

Enjoying a spectacular location overlooking Hyde Park Corner and the Wellington Arch, in the heart of Belgravia, the Peninsula London will welcome guests from late 2022.”

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Pan Pacific London has opened to the first guests after a series of delays due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

This haven in the heart of the city fuses together architecture, contemporary design, boundary-pushing wellbeing and leading destination restaurants and bars, with sincere Singaporean hospitality to create a lifestyle destination in London.

Located in Liverpool Street, Pan Pacific London is on the doorstep of world-renowned locations yet also home to its own inner world. 

Sitting proudly in the landmark tower at One Bishopsgate Plaza, the hotel is situated near many of the finest attractions including high-end shopping in Spitalfields, the Barbican cultural hub and the stylish Shoreditch neighbourhood.

Epitomising the juxtaposition of old and new London architecture, Bishopsgate Plaza encapsulates not only a 43-storey bronze tower encompassing Pan Pacific London and private Sky Residence apartments, but also the 144-year-old Devonshire House featuring designer shops, a destination restaurant and a contemporary cocktail bar.

A landscaped public plaza seamlessly connects these two cultural hubs together, making it a 24-hour destination for meeting, living, working and discovering.

The hotel, including its accommodations, event spaces and public areas, has been created by esteemed design duo Yabu Pushelberg, who bring their signature style to the hotel sparked by the fusion of south-east Asian vibrancy and the refined elegance of traditional British design.

A unique sanctuary in the middle of the City of London, modern lines and artistic flair run throughout the hotel’s public spaces whilst guest rooms offer a sense of peace and calm with curved walls and neutral colour palettes.

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Choice Hotels partners with Seera for Saudi expansion | News

Choice Hotels Europe has repositioned itself as Choice Hotels EMEA as it continues its master license agreement with Seera Hospitality, a fully owned subsidiary of Seera Holding Group.

The plan will see the company open at least ten hotels in Saudi Arabia within the next five years. 

Seera is at the forefront of travel and tourism recovery efforts in the Kingdom and beyond, and as part of the agreement, currently there are several identified projects for Choice Hotels brands throughout Saudi Arabia in various stages of development. 

The first three properties – Clarion Jeddah Airport, Comfort King Road Jeddah and Comfort Olaya Riyadh – are due to open at the end of this year and are available to pre-book now.

Clarion Hotel Jeddah Airport has 200 rooms and is located on the Prince Majid Road, just three minutes away from the new King Abdul-Aziz International Airport and Jeddah Airport Train Station.

It is easily accessible from the Jeddah City Centre and also located close to the Mall of Arabia, one of the biggest shopping centres in Jeddah.

The Comfort King Road, with 125 extended stay suites, is located in one of the most prominent areas of Jeddah and in close proximity to the Jeddah Corniche, Jeddah International Airport, and the Madinah Road.

The Comfort Olaya Riyadh is located in Olaya, in one of the most prized locations in the city’s central business district near the iconic Kingdom Tower. 

The hotel boasts 97 well-appointed extended stay suites, as well as a rooftop lounge with unique views of the Riyadh skyline. 

Commenting on the agreement, Choice Hotels EMEA chief executive, Jonathan Mills, said: “I’m excited to continue this master license agreement in Saudi Arabia and welcoming Seera group and the forthcoming properties to our portfolio.

“With these openings, we reposition our division as Choice Hotels EMEA, further supporting our growth strategy and focus on investing in our business for our stakeholders.”

He added: “We are the only global hotel company to enter the Middle East market through Saudi Arabia, a country placing a substantive focus on developing travel and tourism.

“By entering the region together with a strong hospitality group, we strive to increase Choice Hotels footprint in the region.

“We have been focused on this approach for some time, so I am pleased to be continuing this agreement today.”

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