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    IHG links with Sands

    IHG has signed a partnership with Sands China, covering hotels in Macau and Las Vegas. The Venetian and Parisian hotels in Macau will become InterContinental Alliance Resorts. The agreement will also covers The Londoner, which opens in 2020. An existing alliance with the Venetian in Las Vegas has been extended to 2027. Read the full [...]

    Second Raffles for Singapore

    Accor has signed to add a second Raffles hotel in Singapore. The project will be built alongside the Sofitel in Sentosa, reports the Straits Times. Developer Royal Group will create an all-villa resort, with 61 villas in a mix of sizes. The original Raffles hotel in Singapore, which opened more than 100 years ago, is [...]

    Hopper jumps on hotels

    Travel app Hopper, which uses artificial intelligence to predict airfare movements, is heading into hotels. The move follows a trial featuring New York hotel rates, running since 2017, reports Techcrunch. Hopper is designed to learn about user preferences, presenting options based on features other than just price or location. The company aims to charge no [...]

    Waldorf heads to Mexico

    Hilton is to rebrand The Resort at Pedregal under its Waldorf Astoria flag. The conversion follows the acquisition of the 115 room resort by Walton Street Capital. The beachside property is already acknowledged as one of the best resorts in Mexico, set in 24 acres of mountainous terrain on the coast. It will rebrand in [...]

    Ramada for Wellington

    Wyndham has signed to open a new Ramada hotel in Wellington, New Zealand. The 93 room property will be developed by Safari Group for a late 2020 opening, reports The Hotel Conversation. Wyndham and Safari currently have five hotels open in the country, and a further seven pipeline projects. This year, Ramada will open three [...]

    Danubius sells Gellert

    Hungarian hotel group Danubius has sold its Gellert Hotel in Budapest, to developer Indotek. The new owner plans a complete renovation of the four star Art Nouveau landmark taking it upmarket. Danubius had sought an investor or strategic partner to support the renovation works, before finally agreeing to sell. Indotek is likely to seek an [...]

    Strategic six

    Six bidders remain in the race to win Anbang Insurance’s hotel portfolio. Blackstone, Brookfield and Mirae Asset Management are among those offering between USD5.5bn and USD5.8bn, reports the Wall Street Journal. Anbang bought the Strategic portfolio from Brookfield three years ago, paying USD5.5bn. The Chinese investor is now under pressure from its home government, to [...]

    Kensington Forum approved

    Development partners Queensgate and Rockwell have won permission for redevelopment of London’s Kensington Forum site. The project will include a new 749 room hotel, 340 serviced apartments, and 46 new homes. The scheme will replace the existing 906 room Holiday Inn hotel. Local planners turned down the project as being out of scale, but have [...]

    Pandox Stockholm sale

    Hotel landlord Pandox has sold its Hotel Hasselbacken in Stockholm for SEK480m. The property has been acquired by Pop House, which is controlled by Abba founder Björn Ulvaeus. In February, Pop House bought the operational side of the 113 room hotel from Scandic. The group already operates the nearby Abba Museum, and Pop House Hotel. [...]

    Trivago faces Cuba claim

    Trivago has been taken to court over the use of hospitality assets in Cuba. Heirs to the Hotel San Carlos, confiscated by Fidel Castro, are claiming the OTA is unlawfully benefiting by booking guests into the property, reports Law.com. Hotel group Melia, and several other Cuban operators, have already been threatened with claims. The actions [...]