Briet appointed EMEA chief development officer with Marriott

Marriott International has announced the appointment of Jerome Briet as chief development officer for Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA). The division within Marriott International encompasses over 75 countries and territories. He takes on the role from Carlton Ervin, who has been appointed global development officer for Marriott’s international portfolio. “I am delighted that Jerome […]

Accor to open new 76-room Ibis Styles in Bournemouth

Accor has announced the signing of a new franchise hotel in partnership with hotel management and development company NQ2. Ibis Styles Bournemouth is set to open in June 2021 and will become the brand’s 30th hotel in the UK. The refurbished 76-room hotel will feature a ground floor bar, lounge and large restaurant. The hotel […]

Motel One announces new openings

Affordable design hotel group Motel One, like all businesses in the travel industry, has been impacted by the current economic challenge posed by the COVID-19 virus. In 2020 sales decreases by 63% resulting in a loss of EUR 102 million. Occupancy figures for the year closed at 28% (previous year: 77%). Although reserves are melting […]

Louvre Hotels Group enters the extended stay hotel market with Tulip Residences

The health crisis has upset consumers’ expectations in terms of long term stays This is why Louvre Hotels Group is developing in the Apart ‘hotel market with Tulip Residences. Thanks to this new brand, the group offers its customers and investors ever more diversified offers. The Group’s first two residential hotels will open their doors […]

Robinson appointed chairman of Travelodge

Travelodge has announced the appointment of leisure travel veteran, Martin Robinson, as its new chairman. He has spent most of his career within the sector and brings a wealth of brand building, strategic management and leadership expertise. He spent 17-years at Center Parcs as chief executive of their European business and chairman of the UK. […]

Sonesta Launches Global Hotel Franchising Organization

Sonesta International Hotels Corporation (Sonesta) today announced the launch of its renewed global hotel franchising organization. Less than ten days after completing its acquisition of RLH Corporation, Sonesta is now one of the largest hotel companies, with approximately 1,200 franchised and managed properties. The company offers a complete platform of franchise services, hotel operations, and […]

Cross Hotels & Resorts Debuts In Japan With 7-Hotel Deal

In a landmark development for Asia’s hospitality sector, Cross Hotels & Resorts is pleased to announce it has expanded its regional footprint with entry into the Japanese market in a master franchise agreement with AB Accommo Company Limited. The company anticipates a rewarding future initially with seven properties with a total of 844 keys within […]

Safestay to offload Edinburgh site

Safestay, the owner and operator of an international brand of contemporary hostels, has announced it will sell its Edinburgh Hostel to a&o Hotels and Hostels for £16m payable at completion, representing a 22% premium to the £13.4m book value. The 2019 annual EBITDA of the hostel pre-Covid 19 was £1.7m, but the group said it […]