Issue 2565 - 3 November, 2020

    Marriott moves

    Satya Anand has been appointed president of EMEA for Marriott. The 32 year company veteran replaces Liam Brown, who moves to group president, US and Canada. Currently Marriott has 998 hotels across the region, representing 24 of its 30 brands. Originally from India, Anand began his Marriott career as a night auditor at the Vienna [...]

    Malaysia switch

    IHG is to convert a hotel in Johor Bahru, Malaysia to its Holiday Inn Express flag. Owner OSK Holdings Berhad will switch the Swiss Inn Johor Bahru in early 2021. The 203 room hotel is close to the Singapore border, and to the Persada Johor convention centre. IHG currently has four hotels operating under three [...]

    Melia gets personal

    Melia has introduced a new personalised incentive travel initiative. Companies can purchase Melia Rewards loyalty points, to provide personalised stays to customers, employees or partners. With organised group trips not currently possible, Melia says the individual incentive concept fills the gap. Those gifted points will have full flexibility to choose the destination and duration of [...]

    Scandic calls on landlords

    Scandic Hotels saw net sales down 60% in the third quarter, with occupancy averaging 36%. It is stepping up negotiations with landlords, saying it must reduce rent payments, and agree new terms. The company has signed to take over a 150 room hotel at Stockholm Arlanda airport, on a revenue-based rent. At the end of [...]