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Hard Rock Hotels appoints new European Global Sales Director

Hard Rock International has announced the appointment of Mathew Turvey as Regional Director of Global Sales, Europe for Hard Rock Hotels & Casinos.

Europe hotel construction up 52.4% in July

Data benchmarking and analytical specialists for the hospitality sector STR have reported the hotel pipeline data for Europe showed 1,504 projects accounting for 192,352 rooms in construction as of July 2019.

Hampton by Hilton opens hotel number 2,500

Global hotel brand Hampton by Hilton has reported reaching the ‘2,500 hotels open’ mark and its largest pipeline in history - 700 properties and more than 93,000 rooms.

New JW Marriott Edmonton debut brings up the 250 in Canada

Located in the centre of Alberta’s Capital City, the newly opened JW Marriott Edmonton claims is now part of Canada’s largest mixed-use and entertainment district.

IHG hotel group abandons mini toiletries for 843,000 rooms

The IHG hotel group has announced plans to replace bathroom miniature toiletries with bulk supplies across all of its 17 brands, including Holiday Inn and InterContinental.

Global hotel rates predicted to rise in Hotel Monitor 2020 report

American Express Global Business Travel (Amex GBT) has published its Hotel Monitor 2020 report, predicting ‘modest’ rises in hotel prices next year.

Three hotel companies exceed the 500,000-room barrier in North America

Three hotel company portfolios now exceed 500,000 rooms in North America, according to census data from STR, provider of research for the global hospitality sector. Marriott International (886,308 hotel rooms), Hilton (703,238) and Wyndham Hotels & Resorts (546,716) reported the largest room counts between the US, Canada and Mexico as of 28 May 2019. Using those same three countries and cut-of...

Golden new planner packages from Maritim

Germany’s largest owner-managed hotel group Maritim Hotels is marking 50 years of delivering hospitality to meeting planners and business travellers with a new range of discount packages to be unveiled at IMEX Frankfurt, where Maritim has a property next to the Messe. The new conference rates will apply across the company’s 34 German hotels throughout this year. Mark Spivey (pictured), Director of...

Hard Rock Hotels appoint ‘VIBE Managers’ to curate events

Hard Rock Hotels feature a dedicated “VIBE Manager” for events and meetings at each of its international venues – a Visionary Individual Behind Energy. A VIBE manager’s role is to curate the hotel atmosphere with lighting, music, decor, entertainment and surrounding memorabilia. They are at the helm of delivering unique events at the venues. Adam Zengel, VIBE Manager for Ha...

Brunei-owned Dorchester Hotel faces LGBT backlash

The London Evening Standard newspaper is facing pressure to cancel an event planned at the Brunei-owned Dorchester Hotel, following backlash against the country’s anti-LGBT laws. Brunei installed a new penal code on 3 April, which allows for the punishment of gay sex with stoning to death. The newspaper had planned its annual New Homes awards at the Dorchester hotel for 17 May, but the venue has s...

SANA Hotels appoints new International Sales Director

Isabella Magro has joined SANA Hotels as the company’s new International Sales Director – UK & Ireland. Isabella joined SANA hotels in February 2019 from The Langham, London where she was Senior Sales Manager for over two years. She started her hospitality career in Brazil, where she´s originally from, moved to London in 2007 and has worked for some key hotel chains in London such as Sta...

Hamburg set for six new hotels in first half

Germany’s second largest city, Hamburg, is to offer event planners more venue and accommodation options, with 10 hotels set to open this year. Six of these projects are scheduled for the first half of 2019. Some of the highlights include Sylc, which is less of a hotel, more of a movement. Sylc opens later this month, offering 347 apartments alongside a series of ‘social spaces’. The apartments are...

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