Melia signs for Manhattan
Spanish group Melia has announced its first New York hotel, which will be under its Innside brand. A 313 room hotel will be located in a new 20 storey block on West 27th Street, due to open in 2016.
Airbnb funds expansion
Accommodation sharing site Airbnb is looking to raise a further USD400m to expand its business, in a move that could value the company at USD10bn. Private equity investor TPG Capital Management, which recently invested in taxi app Uber, is leading the funding round, reports Reuters.
Wellness for Westin
Starwood has launched a USD15m campaign to underline the wellness credentials of its Westin brand. A year-long initiative will include spa treatments and guided jogging from hotels.
Marriott and Rezidor have been named among the most ethical companies in the hospitality sector worldwide. The pair were the only hotel companies to make the grade in the annual listing by the Ethisphere Institute.
Nine dead in Kabul attack
Nine civilians have died in a gun attack on the Serena luxury hotel in Kabul, Afghanistan. Four gunmen smuggled pistols into the hotel, before launching a random shooting attack, reports CNN.