Issue 2525 - 8 September, 2020

    Phuket concerns

    Plans by Thai authorities to reopen the island of Phuket have been put into doubt after the first covid-19 infection there in 100 days was reported. The tourist destination had planned an October reopening, reports Bloomberg. International vistors accounted for two thirds of the country’s tourism income, prior to lockdown. The setback means almost 70% [...]

    Staycation Israel

    Hotels in Israel enjoyed a strong August, as locals were restricted to local holidays. But worries remain that spiking coronavirus cases could lead to another lockdown, reports Haaretz. Until covid-19 hit, the country’s three largest groups Fattal, Dan and Isrotel had been enjoying strong international tourist arrivals. Shares in listed Fattal remain 60% off previous [...]

    All change at Deutsche

    Deutsche Hospitality has announced a new CEO and finance director, both recruited from outside the company. Swiss national Marcus Bernhardt joins from Europcar, as the new chief executive. Alongside him, Ulrich Johannwille has been appointed CFO and head of human resources. Johannwille has since 2006 been in senior roles at German airline Condor, part of [...]

    Marriott quits Cuba

    Marriott has closed its Four Points hotel in Havana, and has abandoned other openings planned there. The moves follow the US government revoking its licence to operate there, reports Reportur. Marriott had moved to launch in Cuba, after previous president Obama rolled back restrictions on US trade there. But president Trump has renewed sanctions, attacking [...]