Issue 2529 - 14 September, 2020

    Hoteliers look to tech

    Over 90% of hoteliers expect to see considerable falls in day rates and occupancy. A global survey by eRevMax of hotel sentiment reveals many will look to technology to improve their performance. Around 40% of those surveyed expect a 30-50% ADR fall for 2020, compared with previous years. Online bookings will continue to grow in [...]

    Minor wellness launch

    Minor Hotels is launching a new medical and wellness retreat at the end of this year. The RAKxa branded Bangkok retreat will operate with partners MK Real Estate Development and VitalLife Scientific Wellness Centre. The project is located within Bang Krachao on the Chao Praya River in Bangkok. The development will have 60 private villas, [...]

    Virgin postponement

    Developers of a planned Virgin hotel in Palm Springs, USA have postponed the project. A 62 unit condo development is now set to replace it, reports the Desert Sun. Developer Grit Development had previously planned a 142 room hotel for Virgin. Another local hotel project, the part-complete Andaz Palm Springs, is currently exiting bankruptcy with [...]

    Revamp for Ace

    London’s Ace Hotel is to close permanently. Owner Lore Group plans to renovate the property, directly managing it under a new brand. Lore currently operates Sea Containers hotel in London as well as Kimpton and Pulitzer hotels in Amsterdam. The Ace, in London’s Shoreditch, opened in 2013 and was sold for GBP150m by owner Starwood [...]