• Issue 880

Reputations count

Abu Dhabi is to include online reviews when deciding on the country’s official star rating for hotels. The Abu Dhabi tourism authority will use data provided by guest experience management company Olery, reports Tnooz.

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Orange sees red

Activist shareholder Orange Capital has accused Strategic Hotels of failing to get the best price for the recently sold Four Seasons Punta Mita. The property was sold off-market to Cascade Investment, a 6.4% shareholder of Strategic.

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Monterrey double

Mexican hotel Reit FibraHotel is to develop two new full service hotels in Monterrey. A 180 room Fiesta Americana Grand and 46 room Live Aqua will open in late 2015.

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Parity fight continues

Lawyers for Starwood and Expedia have asked for a price fixing case to be dismissed from US courts. They argue consumers have a choice between brands, so price parity deals are not anti-competitive, reports Bloomberg.

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German expansion

IHG has signed two new hotels in Germany for its Holiday Inn Express brand. A 117 room hotel in central Hamburg and 120 room property in Freiburg are the latest fruits of an ongoing deal with Foremost Hospitality.

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