• Issue 953

Marriott loyalty win

Marriott’s Rewards loyalty scheme has topped a survey of hotel loyalty programmes completed by JD Power. IHG and Delta Hotels came second and third, scoring 704 and 703 respectively, against the 707 ranking for Rewards.

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Haiti opening

Hilton has signed to open its first hotel in Haiti. A 152 room Garden Inn will launch alongside Louverture airport in Port-au-Prince in 2016.

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Melia heads for Mongolia

Spanish hotel group Melia has signed to open a hotel in Mongolia. The Gran Melia will occupy the top floors of a new skyscraper in Ulaanbaatar, opening in 2017.

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Crowdfunding for hotels

A USD55m luxury hotel development in New York is among the projects using crowdfunding to get built. The concept, using grouped small investors to finance larger projects, is gaining momentum, reports the Wall Street Journal.

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Brisbane shortage

Brisbane in Australia has launched a campaign to attract hotel investors and operators. The city is missing out on an estimated 278,000 room nights a year, due to a shortage of suitable accommodation.

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