More details about JFK’s TWA hotel revealed

First Look at TWA Hotel Rooms

 

By Bob Curley

 

Rooms at the forthcoming TWA Hotel at New York’s JFK International Airport will have floor-to-ceiling windows with views of the runway or the iconic, Eero Saarinen designed former TWA Flight Center building now being converted into a luxury hotel (https://www.businesstraveller.com/airlines/2015/09/25/jfks-twa-flight-centre-to-become-505-room-hotel/).

 

Rooms at the forthcoming TWA Hotel at New York’s JFK International Airport will have floor-to-ceiling windows with views of the runway or the iconic, Eero Saarinen designed former TWA Flight Center building now being converted into a luxury hotel.

 

USA Today (https://www.usatoday.com/story/travel/flights/todayinthesky/2018/04/16/exclusive-first-look-inching-closer-launch-twa-hotel-unveils-room-design/512088002/) reported April 16, 2018 that a mockup of the hotel rooms was presented to journalists in a JFK hanger building, along with previews of staff uniforms based on vintage TWA flight attendant uniforms.

 

Among the unique features of the rooms were toiletry kits similar to those given to TWA passengers, logo slippers, mid-century furnishings, and rotary dial telephones. Mini-bars include cans of vintage Tab diet soda.

 

Work stations will be situated behind the beds, with views out the windows. Beds also will face the windows.

 

Slated to open in 2019, the TWA Hotel will have 512 guest rooms, six restaurants, and eight bars — including one housed in a vintage Lockheed Constellation aircraft (https://www.businesstraveller.com/news/2017/03/14/twa-hotel-new-york-jfk-will-feature-restaurant-vintage-aircraft/) in TWA livery. The hotel will feature a 200,000 square foot lobby and a rooftop pool (https://www.businesstraveller.com/business-travel/2017/10/04/new-john-f-kennedy-international-airport-twa-hotel-will-rooftop-pool/).

 

The former TWA terminal debuted in 1962 and closed in 2001.

Hyatt Place and Hyatt House to open at Paris CDG

 

CYCAS ENTERS FRENCH MARKET WITH DEAL TO MANAGE HYATT’S FIRST EUROPEAN DUAL-BRANDED HOTEL

Cycas Hospitality, one of the largest branded extended-stay hotel operators in the UK, is continuing its international rollout by signing its inaugural deal in France, which will see it manage the first dual-branded Hyatt property in Europe.

Cycas has signed a lease agreement to operate the Hyatt Place and Hyatt House hotels, which are both on one site, close to Paris Charles De Gaulle airport. Cycas currently operates Hyatt Place London Heathrow Airport.

The 21,631 sq m, five-storey building is located in Paris Nord 2 business park at 241 rue de la Belle Etoile in Roissy. It will have a total of 430 rooms – 309 at Hyatt Place and 121 at the Hyatt House extended-stay hotel – with the hotels sharing conference, extensive all-day dining/bar facilities, a gym and a large swimming pool; a rare amenity in this location.

Hyatt House will be the first extended-stay hotel around Charles de Gaulle airport and follows a detailed feasibility study by Cycas showing that there is a strong market for extended-stay hotels at major airports; Hyatt has also experienced success with similar locations in the US.

As well as appealing to international guests, the hotel location will attract corporate demand from the local major commercial and industrial hubs around Charles de Gaulle airport and the A1 corridor, which links Paris with Lille and the north of France.

Developed by Kaufman & Broad, the hotels are set to open in the second half of 2020.

Asli Kutlucan, Partner at Cycas Hospitality, said: “We are proud to continue our relationship with Hyatt through this agreement, which sees us managing the Hyatt House extended-stay brand for the first time. This is a major milestone in our international rollout plans, taking advantage of the growing and widely untapped market for the extended-stay concept in Europe to bridge the gap between hotels and home.

“With further deals in our pipeline in France and Germany, our next key focus, we are making steady progress towards our target of having more than 10,000 guest rooms open and operating by 2022. These are exciting times and we look forward to announcing further news soon.”

Felicity Black-Roberts, Vice President Development, Europe and North Africa at Hyatt Hotels, said: “We are delighted to be partnering with Cycas Hospitality on our first dual-branded project in Europe. We are confident that Cycas’s extensive experience of successfully managing double-decker hotels will help us take full advantage of the many opportunities that this prime airport location offers for corporate as well as leisure travellers.”

David Laurent, Senior Vice-President Commercial Property and Major Urban Projects of Kaufman & Broad, said: “This realisation demonstrates our expertise in hotel residences and proves our ability to respond to the hotel residence industry’s demand. It also shows the capacity of Kaufman & Broad to develop several complex projects and meet the expectations of the population density and the new customs of the city.”

The deal is Cycas’s first following a major investment from Huakee Group, the Thai family office and a major hotel owner and operator in Southeast Asia. With this backing, Cycas is rapidly growing its operations in Europe, including opening its first dual-branded hotel in Amsterdam at the beginning of the year under Marriott’s Moxy and Residence Inn brands.

 

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Notes to Editors

 

About Cycas Hospitality

  • Founded in 2008, Cycas Hospitality is a hotel management company which specialises in extended-stay properties. Its spacious hotel apartments combine the flexibility of home with classic hotel services.
  • With a total of 2,782 suites and rooms open or under development across 18 hotels, 11 of these are open and three will open in summer 2018. These are in key city centre locations across the UK (London, Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle) and include Cycas’ first properties in mainland Europe (Amsterdam, Paris).
  • Following recent investment from the family-owned Huakee Group, Cycas intends to grow its portfolio to more than 10,000 guest rooms in the next five years.
  • Having pioneered the branded extended-stay hotel concept in Europe, Cycas is London’s leading operator in this field and a partner of choice for major global hotel franchise brands plus international investors. In Europe, Cycas is the largest extended-stay operator for IHG’s Staybridge Suites brand and Marriott’s Residence Inn, and helped develop the dual-branded hotel concept in the region for each company.
  • The heart of Cycas’ first-class guest experience is a dedicated Culture Team who ensure each property operates with Cycas’ signature ‘positively outrageous service’ and the philosophy that “our job is not over until we get a smile”.
  • Cycas delivers a combination of expertise in hotel operations, property development and asset management. Its overarching goal is to become one of the best hospitality employers in the market, making its hotels the best places to work as well as stay.
  • To find out more visit www.cycashospitality.com or connect with us via LinkedIn and Twitter.

About Hyatt Hotels Corporation

  • Hyatt Hotels Corporation, headquartered in Chicago, is a leading global hospitality company with a portfolio of 14 premier brands.
  • As of December 31, 2017, the Company’s portfolio included more than 700 properties in more than 50 countries across six continents. The Company’s purpose to care for people so they can be their best informs its business decisions and growth strategy and is intended to attract and retain top colleagues, build relationships with guests and create value for shareholders.
  • The Company’s subsidiaries develop, own, operate, manage, franchise, license or provide services to hotels, resorts, branded residences, vacation ownership properties, and fitness and spa locations, including under the Park Hyatt®, Miraval®, Grand Hyatt®, Hyatt Regency®, Hyatt®, Andaz®, Hyatt Centric®, The Unbound Collection by Hyatt®,Hyatt Place®, Hyatt House®, Hyatt Ziva, Hyatt Zilara, Hyatt Residence Club® and exhale® brand names.
  • For more information about Hyatt Hotels Corporation, please visit www.hyatt.com.

 

About Kaufman & Broad 

  • Kaufman & Broad has been designing, building, and selling single-family homes in communities, apartments, and offices on behalf of third parties for 50 years.
  • Kaufman & Broad is one of the leading French Property Development & Construction companies due to the combination of its size and profitability, and the strength of its brand.
  • For more information: realestate.kaufmanbroad.fr

 

If I can help with anything relating to this story, including interview opportunities, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

 

Many thanks

Suzanne

 

Suzanne Seyghal

PR & Communications

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www.cycashospitality.com

 

Airbnb targets business travellers and rejigs “Home type” categories

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Airbnb targets business travellers and rejigs “Home type” categories

 

 

Airbnb is adding new categories to its list of available rentals that will better describe vacation homes, B&Bs, boutique hotels and “unique” properties such as treehouse lodgings.

 

Previously, the “Home type” listings on Airbnb were broken into just three categories: “Shared room”, “Private room”, and “Entire place”. The new categories “will give greater choice of accommodation options to guests, provide greater transparency over the types of accommodation available, and help hosts better showcase what’s unique about them to better match with guests’ preferences,” according to Airbnb.

 

“Airbnb for Work” https://www.airbnb.co.uk/help/article/927/what-is-airbnb-for-work is a business-travel friendly category in a planned array of “Collections” — offerings sorted by functionality   https://www.airbnb.co.uk/New?af=43720035&c=.pi0.pk53956495564_252752183168_c_414320556862&gclid=CjwKCAiAoNTUBRBUEiwAWje2lqoWPs_3KWfC2eTVKBHBPXbxhnb-RUNxqiGM187VNhmN-VForn_-PBoCELUQAvD_BwE

. Airbnb for Work

 

 

https://www.airbnb.co.uk/s/homes?collection_ids%5B%5D=2&s_tag=n1eC8deA&allow_override%5B%5D=&refinement_paths%5B%5D=%2Fhomes

 

and Airbnb for Family

 

https://www.airbnb.co.uk/s/homes?collection_ids%5B%5D=1&s_tag=5Mu1sXzk&allow_override%5B%5D=&refinement_paths%5B%5D=%2Fhomes

 

 

were launched in February 2018, with additional collections

 

https://www.airbnb.co.uk/New?af=43720035&c=.pi0.pk53956495564_252752183168_c_414320556862&gclid=CjwKCAiAoNTUBRBUEiwAWje2lqoWPs_3KWfC2eTVKBHBPXbxhnb-RUNxqiGM187VNhmN-VForn_-PBoCELUQAvD_BwE

 

 

 

for Social stay, Wedding, Honeymoon, Group getaways, and Dinner party, and One-of-a-kind slated for launch later in the year.

 

The lodging company has previously established a pair of premium categories, Airbnb Plus and Beyond by Airbnb, and plans to launch a guest membership programme later in 2018.

 

Airbnb Plus consists of an initial 2,000 ‘High quality” homes in 13 cities that have been vetted by an inspector against a 100-point quality checklist; Beyond by Airbnb is a collection of luxury properties.

 

https://www.airbnb.co.uk/new

 

The new guest loyalty programme will be called Superguest and tested over the summer of 2018 with an estimated 10,000 inaugural members. Airbnb already has a programme for top hosts called Superhost, with 400,000 members.

 

https://press.atairbnb.com/airbnb-unveils-roadmap-to-bring-magical-travel-to-everyone/

 

 

Bob Curley

Airbnb “Experiences” planned for more US cities

Airbnb experience swim like a mermaid

Airbnb Will Bring ‘Experiences’ to Hundreds More U.S. Cities

 

By Bob Curley

 

Airbnb announced that it will spend $5 million to expand its “Airbnb Experiences” offerings to an additional 200 cities in the U.S., building on the success of the locally guided programmes launched in a dozen cities in November 2016 and expanded to 50 cities since.

 

Airbnb announced that it will spend $5 million to expand its “Airbnb Experiences” offerings to an additional 200 cities in the U.S., building on the success of the locally guided programmes launched in a dozen cities in November 2016 and expanded to 50 cities since.

 

Activities available to Airbnb guests though Experiences range from tours to hands-on educational programs and dine-arounds. Local hosts earn fees for leading programs, with Airbnb getting a 20 per cent cut.

 

“By attracting travelers from around the world who seek to see cities through the eyes of a local, Airbnb Experiences bring real economic value to neighborhoods and non-profits that previously would not have benefited from tourism,” according to a company statement. “Even more, it provides a unique opportunity for people to earn extra income by showcasing their knowledge and talent with an audience of millions.”

 

Guest Experiences bookings are up 2000 per cent year-over-year, according to Airbnb, and the number of Experiences on offer has increased 500 per cent. “Globally we currently offer more than 4,000 experiences across 50 cities, and in the US alone, we now offer over 1,000 experiences and counting.”

 

http://ww.airbnb.com

 

 

 

Millennials prefer hotels to Airbnbs

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Millennials, Like Other Travellers, Prefer Hotels to Airbnbs

 

By Bob Curley

 

Half of U.S. travellers ages 20-36 regularly or occasionally stay in an Airbnb or another home-sharing accommodation, but less than one in four say it’s their preferred type of lodging, according to the 2018 Future of Millennial Travel Report (http://resonanceco.com/reports/2018-future-millennial-travel-report/).

 

Full-service hotels are the top choice for millennial travellers, followed by staying with family or friends, staying in all-inclusive resorts, and luxury hotel and resort stays, according to the report from Resonance Consultancy.

 

Even camping, cited by 33 percent of millennials, was preferred over short-term rentals like Airbnb (23 percent).

 

The findings are “contrary to the prevailing belief that hotels are in trouble with younger travelers who prefer homesharing,” said Chris Fair, president of Resonance Consultancy, a tourism, real estate, and economic development consulting firm.

 

Airbnbs often lack the amenities that are most popular among millennial travellers, which the report says are led by free wifi access, privacy, and a swimming pool.

 

“If there’s one benefit hotels currently have that homestays don’t, it’s the ability to fuel discovery by bringing people together—either on a roof top happy hour for guests only or at a WiFi-and-free-coffee-enabled morning work session,” the report added. “Strangers will rarely gather at a vacation rental. That ability to connect—to see and be seen—is significantly reduced in an apartment.”

Dahisar welcomes Sarovar property

Golden Sarovar Portico in Amritsar

Sarovar Hotels and Resorts has signed a new deal in Dahisar, a neighbourhood on the northern periphery of Mumbai — Royal Hometel Suites.

The homegrown hospitality group has recently been on an expansion spree in India and Africa. Currently, it has over 75 operating hotels.

Royal Hometel Suites, Dahisar (not pictured) is a 112-suite hotel, scheduled to open later this year. It will feature an all-day restaurant, a bar, banquet halls, conference and meeting rooms, a swimming pool and a gym.

Anil Madhok, the executive chairman at Sarovar Hotels and Resorts, says, “We are delighted to sign yet another hotel in Mumbai, which is one of our most significant markets. We are already present in Mumbai with all of our three brands Sarovar Premiere, Sarovar Portico and Hometel. With this new addition, we look forward to further growth in this city.  It is an important location for us and a significant addition to our portfolio.”

Sarovar Premiere is the group’s 5-star brand, Sarovar Portico has 3- and 4-star properties under its label, and Hometel is Sarovar’s “economy hotel” brand.

This year and the next will see Sarovar Hotels and Resorts launch properties in Raipur, Mahipalpur and Jaisalmer in India, and in Lusaka and Zambia in Africa.

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Anil Madhok, the executive chairman at  Hotels and Resorts, says, “We are delighted to sign yet another hotel in Mumbai, which is one of our most significant markets. We are already present in Mumbai with all of our three brands Sarovar Premiere,  Portico and Hometel. With this new addition, we look forward to further growth in this city.  It is an important location for us and a significant addition to our portfolio.”

Premiere is the group’s 5-star brand,  Portico has 3- and 4-star properties under its label, and Hometel is  “economy hotel” brand.

This year and the next will see  Hotels and Resorts launch properties in Raipur, Mahipalpur and Jaisalmer in India, and in Lusaka and Zambia in Africa.

sarovarhotels.com

Jumeirah Group to debut hotels in Bahrain, Bali and Oman

Jumeirah Muscat Bay

Jumeirhar, the Dubai-based hotel group revealed at its annual Middle East Roadshow in Dubai that it intends to open at least five new luxury hotels in 2018, three of which are debut properties for the regions in which they are opening. The properties include:

  • Jumeirah Royal Saray, Bahrain
  • Jumeirah Sa’adiyat Island, Abu Dhabi
  • Jumeirah Bali, Indonesia
  • Jumeirah Nanjing, China
  • Jumeirah Muscat Bay, Oman

Of those, the regions getting debut Jumeirah properties are Bahrain, Bali and Oman.

Also part of Jumeirah’s plans is the refurbishment and reopening of Jumeirah Beach Hotel. The hotel is expected to close from May to December, and should be open in time to celebrate its 21st anniversary in December.

The news comes from Jumeirah reporting a strong performance in 2017. It announced a five per cent increase in the number of room nights and a six per cent increase in room revenues on the same period last year.

Linda Lewis, vice-president of global sales for Middle East, Africa and South Asia and Asia Pacific for Jumeirah Group said: “Jumeirah continues to strengthen its position as one of the most successful, UAE home-grown brands on a global scale.  Our strong performance in 2017 is evidence of our robust and forward-looking business strategy and we are confident of continuing the success story in new markets in 2018.

“We believe that our strength lies in our ability to understand the needs of our guests and in creating bespoke luxury inspired by Arabic hospitality and charm. This achievement comes with the support and vision of the UAE’s leadership whose continued focus on building the tourism and hospitality sector has helped us to deliver business success.”

For more information visit Jumeirah’s website.

 

Jasper Hart

 

Hotel update: Global round-up

ibis London Canning Town

Ibis London Canning Town, UK

 

This new Ibis hotel is opposite Canning Town Tube station, with good transport links to the centre of London via the Jubilee line. It has 196 rooms, including 10 for people with reduced mobility, and 24-hour reception. The hotel also has a café bar aimed at local residents, with east London coffee company Climpson & Sons providing the beans. This Ibis uses the hotel chain’s newest guest welcoming system, which eliminates the traditional check-in desk through employees’ use of mobile devices. This enables them to meet guests upon arrival, key in hand.

ibis.com

 

Conrad Cartagena, Colombia

 

This hotel is the first from Conrad Hotels & Resorts, Hilton’s luxury hotel brand, to open in Colombia, and is only the third to open in Latin America. It has 109 uniquely designed rooms, a golf course, and seven venues to eat and drink, offering local and wider Latin American cuisines and cocktails. Additionally the hotel has more than 2,200 sqm of event space, including the 800 sqm grand ballroom and five 46 sqm meeting rooms. The events spaces can receive up to 1,400 guests. Later in 2018 the hotel is opening 159 additional rooms and a large spa of 900 sqm.

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Bellagio Shanghai 

 

This is the first international hotel venture of the Las Vegas Bellagio brand, providing views of the Pudong Skyline from its 162 rooms, which range from 60 sqm to the 400 sqm Presidential Suite. The hotel’s four dining areas provide Cantonese cooking (Mansion on One), chic Italian cuisine (Lago by Julian Serrano), and two areas for more relaxed coffee and cocktail appointments (The Lounge and Café Bellagio). The hotel also caters to events and meetings with a grand ballroom, three function rooms and a private VIP room. The hotel is also well-placed near Shanghai’s historic Bund district.

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Hotel Cartesiano, Puebla, Mexico

 

The Cartesiano is set in a modern building and two restored colonial mansions, with 78 guest rooms in total, a 24-hour concierge and inclusive valet parking and wifi. The Centena Cuatro restaurant serves contemporary Mexican cuisine, while the Café Hercilia provides a more informal meal setting. The hotel also has a pool and a 24-hour gym. Guests are encouraged to unwind at the hotel’s spa. The Descartes Ballroom can host 80 guests for banquets and weddings, and 160 for cocktail receptions.

hotelcartesiano.com

 

Nobu Hotel Epiphany Palo Alto, USA 

 

Situated in the heart of Silicon Valley, this hotel from the international restaurant brand is ideal for the tech-minded traveller. Each of its 86 rooms comes with a private balcony with views of the city, and offers 24-hour in-room dining. The Nobu Palo Alto restaurant is open daily, serving the founding chef’s signature new-style Japanese cuisine with South American influences. The hospitality suites can be used for meetings, trainings, dinners and drinks receptions and can be joined through connecting doors to make larger event spaces. Guests receive free access to the Vivre health club across the street.

nobuhotels.com

 

Coming Soon 

 

ME Dubai, UAE

 

ME by Meliá announces its debut Middle Eastern property with the launch of this hotel, scheduled for the end of 2018. This hotel has been designed by the late Zaha Hadid, and is the only hotel where she personally designed all the interiors and exteriors. Taking residence in the newest addition to Dubai’s skyline, the more than 23,000 sqm Opus building, the hotel will consist of 93 rooms and suites over 19 floors, as well as 98 serviced apartments. Among the 15 restaurants will be Roka, serving new-style Japanese cuisine.

meliahotelsinternational.com 

 

Raffles The Palm Dubai Hotel, UAE

 

Set to open in 2021, this hotel will be part of the new Palm360 development from AccorHotels and Nakheel on Dubai’s famous artificial archipelago Palm Jumeirah. It will have 125 rooms and suites, a lobby lounge, and a variety of restaurants. These include: two rooftop restaurants, a waterside restaurant, and a speciality restaurant that, they claim, will give ‘culinary presentations’ throughout the day.

accorhotels.com

 

Rosewood Munich, Germany

 

Rosewood’s first German and seventh European property will open in 2023, housed in the former State Bank of Bavaria building and an adjacent former aristocratic residence. It will have 132 rooms and suites. Other amenities will include a spa with five treatment rooms, an indoor pool and fitness area; meetings and events spaces that will be able to host events, conferences and private parties for up to 400 guests; and two distinct dining venues with restaurant and bar.

rosewoodhotels.com

 

Jasper Hart

 

 

SAMHI to rebrand Premier Inn hotels as Fairfield by Marriott

Gurgaon-based SAMHI Hotels will be rebranding British hospitality chain, Premier Inn’s properties in India to Fairfield by Marriott.

SAMHI Hotels, partly owned by Goldman Sachs, is in partnership with Marriott International for the later’s Fairfield brand. Together, they have bought over Premier Inn’s India portfolio for ₹200 crore. There are five such properties in the country that will now be managed and marketed as Fairfield by Marriott.

“We have a great and successful partnership with Marriott with over 1,500 rooms. This portfolio is currently being self-managed under our in-house brand Caspia, but will eventually be rebranded under an international brand,” said Ashish Jakhanwala, CEO of SAMHI Hotels.

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Bhavya Aggarwal 

Gurgaon-based SAMHI Hotels will be rebranding British hospitality chain, Premier Inn’s properties in India to Fairfield by Marriott.

SAMHI Hotels, partly owned by Goldman Sachs, is in partnership with Marriott International for the later’s Fairfield brand. Together, they have bought over Premier Inn’s India portfolio for ₹200 crore. There are five such properties in the country that will now be managed and marketed as Fairfield by Marriott.

“We have a great and successful partnership with Marriott with over 1,500 rooms. This portfolio is currently being self-managed under our in-house brand Caspia, but will eventually be rebranded under an international brand,” said Ashish Jakhanwala, CEO of SAMHI Hotels.

samhi.co.in

marriott.com

Bhavya Aggarwal 

Gurgaon-based SAMHI Hotels will be rebranding British hospitality chain, Premier Inn’s properties in India to Fairfield by Marriott.

SAMHI Hotels, partly owned by Goldman Sachs, is in partnership with Marriott International for the later’s Fairfield brand. Together, they have bought over Premier Inn’s India portfolio for ₹200 crore. There are five such properties in the country that will now be managed and marketed as Fairfield by Marriott.

“We have a great and successful partnership with Marriott with over 1,500 rooms. This portfolio is currently being self-managed under our in-house brand Caspia, but will eventually be rebranded under an international brand,” said Ashish Jakhanwala, CEO of SAMHI Hotels.

samhi.co.in

marriott.com

Bhavya Aggarwal