HA Perspective 2018

    Palladium makes collection

    Palladium Hotel Group has become the latest company to launch a collection brand, under the name Bless. The group said that it planned to target the premium market, following in the footsteps of the larger global operators, with InterContinental Hotels Group also due to launch a soft brand. The 48-strong group signed a management contract [...]

    IHCL Gingers up

    IHCL, the owner of the Taj brand, proclaimed a “stellar performance” as it acted on its Aspiration 2022 strategy, which will see it favour management contracts and leases to drive growth. The company has seen expansion on the back of its budget Ginger hotels brand, which accounted for nine of the group’s 10 openings for [...]

    Minor buys NH stake

    Minor International announced that it would be an 8.6% shareholder in NH Hotels Group after paying EUR192m for 30 million shares formerly owned by Oceanwood Capital. The deal came after last year’s investment in Corbin & King, which it said would “transform its hotel restaurants into an attraction that draws the crowd and accelerate growth [...]

    EasyHotel looks to Europe

    EasyHotel is to turn its focus on Europe as the UK comes under pressure, describing the current period as the “perfect time to go to Spain”. The budget player was not alone, with Motel One also looking to the country for expansion as it opened its first hotel in Spain, in Barcelona. At EasyHotel, the [...]

    Airbnb to collect tax in Denmark

    Denmark is set to become the first country to require Airbnb to report the income of owners to the tax authorities. The sharing platform welcomed the news, which came as UKHospitality called on the Mayor of London to ensure fairness and transparency regarding the short-term letting of homes, with further legislation mooted in the capital. [...]

    IHG deepens resorts business

    InterContinental Hotels Group has signed eight resort properties in Thailand, across its Holiday Inn, Holiday Inn Express and Staybridge Suites brands. The sites, consisting of conversions and new builds would, IHG said, drive growth in its resorts portfolio. The properties, in the key resort destinations of Pattaya, Rayong, Phuket, Khao Lak and Koh Samui, [...]

    Hilton grows with Country Garden

    Hilton has signed a deal with China-based developer Country Garden to manage a number of properties in the country under its brands. The agreement focused primarily on the DoubleTree by Hilton and Hilton Garden Inn brands,  as the country’s hotel sector looks increasingly to the mid market. The partnership saw an initial six hotels owned [...]

    Regions under pressure 

    Shearings Leisure Group has bought three hotels to the market in the regional UK, with total offers sought of GBP4.55m. The decision came as ongoing cost creep drove a 0.9% decline in goppar (operating profit) in April in the UK, according to Hotstats. The hotels being marketed were the Strathmore Hotel, Morecambe, Eden Arms Hotel, [...]

    Brands moot contract ‘flipping’

    The global operators were being encouraged to be more flexible in their contracts, offering the chance to flip between management and franchise, delegates at the Hotel Operations Conference heard. Caution was urged in relation to funding, with concerns that lenders were more reassured by long-term contracts, rather than those which might change within five years. [...]

    Hotels told to multi-skill employees

    The hotel sector was trying to do more with less in terms of staff, as the pressures of rising wages and, in the UK, Brexit, exacerbated the war for talent. Delegates at this year’s Hotel Operations Conference heard that the challenge facing hotels was maintaining customer service and brand standards while increasing retention. Per Denker, [...]