UK supply pipeline opens
New hotel supply will pick up in the UK market as banks and new funders release more debt. Budget operators Premier Inn and Travelodge will grow strongly in 2014, along with Hilton, suggests the latest hotel bulletin from HVS, AM:PM and Zolfo Cooper.
Harrods hotel plan
The Harrods department store brand could soon appear on a chain of luxury hotels. Ahmad al-Sayed, chief executive of Harrods owner the Qatari Investment Authority, has appointed a senior executive to scout for sites, reports the London Times.
Accor shows MGallery’s female side
MGallery is to roll out a range of facilities aimed at women guests, targeting comfort, wellbeing and health. The “Inspired by Her” features have been tested at four French hotels and will now be extended to all of the almost 70 MGallery hotels in Accor’s high end portfolio.
Marriott checks out mobile
Marriott has added mobile checkout to the services included in its mobile app. The service will start at 326 hotels in the US, and grow across the network in coming months.