Issue 2547 - 8 October, 2020

    Qatar additions

    Authorities in Qatar have revealed details of two new resort projects. Hilton Salwa Beach Resort & Villas and the Zulal Wellness Resort outside Abu Samra will both be fully open in early 2021. The country is expanding its tourism offering ahead of its hosting of the 2022 soccer world cup. The Hilton resort will have [...]

    Travel task force

    The UK government has convened a task force to seek ways to ease international travel. The group will look to see if a testing regime can reduce the current quarantine requirements. The aim will be to ease international travel and support global connectivity. Trials of innovative solutions are expected to be arranged with partner countries. [...]

    Lulu poised to buy

    Middle Eastern investor Twenty14 Holdings, part of the Lulu Group, expects to spend USD250m on European hotels in the next two years. The group is also eyeing opportunities in India, reports The National. The coronavirus has led to the investor looking at resort properties, combining with its previous target of city hotels. Twenty14 already owns [...]

    Wellness demand grows

    Hotels need to focus on health and wellness, to exploit growing consumer demand. Research by Barclays Corporate Banking suggests such offerings could generate an additional GBP21.1bn of UK revenues by 2023. With covid-19, consumers now put health and wellness far higher up their personal agendas. Barclays says that making the right investment in wellness could [...]