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.
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%.
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.
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%.
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.