• Issue 1095

All change at Kempinski

 

Alejandro Bernabe has been appointed CEO at Kempinski Hotels, replacing Reto Wittwer. He is joined by new COO Marcus Van der Wal, and deputy CEO Markus Semer.

 

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Strong quarter for Host

 

Host Hotels reported revpar up 7.9% in the third quarter thanks to strong room rate growth. Occupancy improved to reach 79.9%, sending hotel operating profits up 21.9%.

 

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Marriott wifi move

 

Marriott is extending its provision of free wifi from January – but with catches. The offer is only to loyalty programme members, and only if they book direct.

 

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Expedia growth strengthens

 

Strong hotel and air ticket sales growth pushed revenues up 29% at Expedia in the third quarter. Domestic and international room night sales were up 24%. 

 

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Rotana expands in Saudi

 

UAE hotel operator Rotana is to open six further hotels in Saudi Arabia. The majority of the properties, in Riyadh, Jeddah, Khobar and Dammam will be under its Centro economy brand, reports Arabian Business.

 

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