Airbnb “Experiences” planned for more US cities

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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.”

 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Bhavya Aggarwal 

AVANI hotels & resorts to debut in Mauritius

AVANI Hotels & resorts has announced the development of its first hotel in Mauritius – AVANI Bel-Ombre Mauritius Resort & Spa. It is expected to open by 2021.

The property will be located on the island’s south coast, 30 minutes from the airport. It will have 150 guest rooms including 134 standard rooms and 16 Avani suites. 

Their F&B outlets will include a speciality restaurant and an all-day dining outlet. Other amenities will include a large multi-functional meeting space, an AVANI spa and an AVANIFit gym. The hotel will also offers a beach activities centre along with two swimming pools.

AVANI Hotels & Resorts currently has 18 properties across the world including destinations like Thailand, Sri Lanka and Malaysia.

“AVANI is rapidly expanding, not only in urban destinations such as Dubai, Busan and Auckland, but also our current resort portfolio in Vietnam, the Seychelles, Sri Lanka and now Mauritius,” says Alejandro Bernabe, group director AVANI Hotels & Resorts.

It further aims at opening properties across Australia, Asia and the Middle East.

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Bhavya Aggarwal

AVANI Hotels & resorts has announced the development of its first hotel in Mauritius – AVANI Bel-Ombre Mauritius Resort & Spa. It is expected to open by 2021.

The property will be located on the island’s south coast, 30 minutes from the airport. It will have 150 guest rooms including 134 standard rooms and 16 Avani suites. 

Their F&B outlets will include a speciality restaurant and an all-day dining outlet. Other amenities will include a large multi-functional meeting space, an AVANI spa and an AVANIFit gym. The hotel will also offers a beach activities centre along with two swimming pools.

AVANI Hotels & Resorts currently has 18 properties across the world including destinations like Thailand, Sri Lanka and Malaysia.

“AVANI is rapidly expanding, not only in urban destinations such as Dubai, Busan and Auckland, but also our current resort portfolio in Vietnam, the Seychelles, Sri Lanka and now Mauritius,” says Alejandro Bernabe, group director AVANI Hotels & Resorts.

It further aims at opening properties across Australia, Asia and the Middle East.

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Bhavya Aggarwal

Westin Kolkata Rajarhat to open in August

Marriott Hotels will open its first Westin Hotel in east India in Kolkata this August. 

It is currently only open for events with five meeting spaces, ten individual function rooms including three ballrooms that sprawl across 5,760 sqm.

The hotel is situated close to the International Convention Centre and is 8km away from Kolkata International Airport.

It will have 314 rooms including 21 suites featuring expansive windows overlooking Kolkata’s skyline. Room facilities will include a coffee/tea maker with Starbucks confectionery, an LED television, 24-hour in-room dining and a freestanding bathtub. Wifi will be free for SPG members that book their rooms through Starwood’s website or via the smart-phone app.

Other facilities will include a fitness studio, an outdoor pool, in-room spa service, a business centre and an executive lounge.

There will be one F&B outlet in the hotel called Seasonal Taste that will serve all-day dining across international cuisines.

Marriott Hotels has three Westin Hotels in its pipeline for India – Rishikesh (opening in 2018), Gandhinagar (opening in 2020) and Jaipur (opening in 2021).

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Bhavya Aggarwal 

Marriott Hotels will open its first Westin Hotel in east India in Kolkata this August. 

It is currently only open for events with five meeting spaces, ten individual function rooms including three ballrooms that sprawl across 5,760 sqm.

The hotel is situated close to the International Convention Centre and is 8km away from Kolkata International Airport.

It will have 314 rooms including 21 suites featuring expansive windows overlooking Kolkata’s skyline. Room facilities will include a coffee/tea maker with Starbucks confectionery, an LED television, 24-hour in-room dining and a freestanding bathtub. Wifi will be free for SPG members that book their rooms through Starwood’s website or via the smart-phone app.

Other facilities will include a fitness studio, an outdoor pool, in-room spa service, a business centre and an executive lounge.

There will be one F&B outlet in the hotel called Seasonal Taste that will serve all-day dining across international cuisines.

Marriott Hotels has three Westin Hotels in its pipeline for India – Rishikesh (opening in 2018), Gandhinagar (opening in 2020) and Jaipur (opening in 2021).

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Bhavya Aggarwal 

Country Inn and Suites by Carlson enters Kota

Country Inn and Suites by Carlson has made its debut in Kota. It is the first-ever international hotel brand to enter this city.

Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group has partnered with Jaipur-based Bajor Group of Companies to open this hotel with 85 rooms and suites. It is located in the heart of the city, close to corporate zones and educational service institutes.

Room facilities include free wifi and breakfast, minibar, tea and coffee makers, satellite TV and in-room dining. There is a rooftop swimming pool, spa, steam room and health club.

For corporate events, it features 2,805 sqm of outdoor and indoor banqueting and meeting facilities, equipped with the latest state-of-the-art audiovisual technology. It can accommodate events of up to 600 people.

F&B outlets at the hotel are Mosaic (all-day dining), FLAVI (Indian cuisine), Unwind Lobby Bar and Splash (poolside bar).

Country Inn and Suites by Carlson has 34 properties in operation and under development in the country.

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Country Inn and Suites by Carlson has made its debut in Kota. It is the first-ever international hotel brand to enter this city.

Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group has partnered with Jaipur-based Bajor Group of Companies to open this hotel with 85 rooms and suites. It is located in the heart of the city, close to corporate zones and educational service institutes.

Room facilities include free wifi and breakfast, minibar, tea and coffee makers, satellite TV and in-room dining. There is a rooftop swimming pool, spa, steam room and health club.

For corporate events, it features 2,805 sqm of outdoor and indoor banqueting and meeting facilities, equipped with the latest state-of-the-art audiovisual technology. It can accommodate events of up to 600 people.

F&B outlets at the hotel are Mosaic (all-day dining), FLAVI (Indian cuisine), Unwind Lobby Bar and Splash (poolside bar).

Country Inn and Suites by Carlson has 34 properties in operation and under development in the country.

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