There’s no putting the brakes on the way business travelers view and utilize ground transportation. That’s according to the latest report from FREENOW, Europe’s Mobility Super App, and the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA), the world’s largest business travel association.
With increasing demand for two-way guest communications, Hotel Communication Network (HCN) is expanding globally. Developer of the widely popular, modern, multi-lingual Navigator 2.0 in-room tablet platform has recently opened a new sales office in London. Mark Brooks-Belcher will serve as VP of Sales for the UK and Europe region.
Hyatt Hotels Corporation announced today that a Hyatt affiliate has entered into a franchise agreement with JUEL Hospitality Limited, part of the JUEL Group, to develop the 160-room Hyatt Centric Malta. The hotel is expected to open in early 2024, marking the second Hyatt-branded property in Malta, joining Hyatt Regency Malta in the heart of St Julian’s, a bustling resort town on the island’s northeast coast known for its thriving nightlife and stunning beaches. Hyatt’s thoughtful expansion of the Hyatt Centric brand represents its commitment to growing its lifestyle and leisure portfolio while increasing the World of Hyatt loyalty program value proposition by delivering meaningful experiences to members in more sought-after destinations.
Avani Hotels & Resorts, the upscale lifestyle brand of Minor Hotels, announces its debut in Spain and Italy with the opening of Avani Alonso Martínez and Avani Palazzo Moscova. Situated in the vibrant cities of Madrid and Milan respectively, these remarkable properties embody Avani’s modern and functional approach. Featuring meticulously designed spaces that are smart, flexible and social, Avani’s entrance into these cosmopolitan destinations marks an exciting new chapter for the brand.
European tourism leaders have met to advance shared plans for the sector’s future. The 68th meeting of the UNWTO Regional Commission for Europe (31 May – 2 June, Sofia, Bulgaria), assessed the current state of tourism in the region while also recognizing the vital importance of education, jobs and investments for a more inclusive and sustainable future.
As the summer season approaches, over 50% of respondents in China, Brazil, Australia, Canada, and the US expressed optimism about travelling overseas. Among them, Europe remains a top choice for long-haul trips in May-August 2023. Nearly half of those planning to visit the region are repeat visitors, indicating Europe’s ability to cultivate a positive reputation, satisfy travellers, and entice them to return.
European tourism demand entered 2023 on a strong footing despite ongoing challenges, with international tourist arrivals 18% below 2019 levels. This is according to the latest edition of the ‘European Tourism Trends & Prospects’ quarterly report from the European Travel Commission (ETC), which monitors Europe’s tourism recovery, macroeconomic developments and other major factors having an impact on the European tourism outlook.
YOTEL has today announced plans to debut its disruptive aparthotel brand, YOTELPAD, in Europe with the opening of YOTELPAD London Stratford in Q4 2023, following a long-term management agreement with the owner, Silver Mascot Limited. It will be YOTEL’s seventh property in the UK and third in London, joining YOTEL London City and YOTEL London Shoreditch.
Dusit Hotels and Resorts, under Dusit International, one of Thailand’s leading hotel and property development companies, has continued its global expansion with the opening of Dusit Suites Athens – the first Dusit-branded property in Europe – in Greece’s stunning capital.
Hyatt’s growth across Europe, the Middle East and Africa bolsters position as a global leader in luxury
Hyatt Hotels Corporation today shared that 45 percent of the properties that joined Hyatt’s system in 2022 were based in EAME markets and the region’s contribution to the Hyatt growth journey continues into 2023 through a strong pipeline with ten percent of Hyatt’s 117,000 rooms record pipeline, as of fourth-quarter earnings, expected to join the portfolio in EAME markets. Properties classified as lifestyle hotels make up nearly one-fourth of the EAME pipeline, expanding the portfolio to more sought-after leisure destinations and strengthening the World of Hyatt value proposition.
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