Hospitality News - 2021

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March 18, 2021
World-Famous ‘ROKA’ to Open at Waldorf Astoria Kuwait
Following its tremendous success in London, and more recently Dubai, ROKA–the world-famous contemporary Japanese restaurant–will be arriving in Kuwait at the country’s first Waldorf Astoria. Expected to open in fall 2021, the iconic luxury hotel features 200 deluxe guestrooms and will be located in The Avenues, real estate developer Mabanee’s most notable 360,000-square-meter leasable area development and Kuwait’s largest retail, entertainment and lifestyle destination.

March 18, 2021
IHG strengthens presence in SWA with a new Holiday Inn Express signing in Nepal
IHG has signed a management agreement with Swornim Hotel Pokhara Private Limited to develop a new Holiday Inn Express hotel - Holiday Inn Express Pokhra Lakeside, in Nepal. The new-build hotel will feature110 keys and will be operational by the first quarter of 2025.

March 16, 2021
Fairfield By Marriott Continues Its Brand Expansion in Japan with Six Hotels Slated to Open By August 2021
Fairfield by Marriott today announced the planned openings of six new Fairfield properties in Japan. The new hotels slated to open in 2021 are: Fairfield by Marriott Mie Odai, Fairfield by Marriott Kyoto Minamiyamashiro, Fairfield by Marriott Tochigi Nikko, Fairfield by Marriott Wakayama Kushimoto, Fairfield by Marriott Wakayama Susami and Fairfield by Marriott Gifu Takayama Shokawa.

March 16, 2021
Konichiwa Osaka! W Hotels Debuts in Japan with the Opening of W Osaka
W Hotels Worldwide today lifted the curtains on Japan's first-ever W hotel. Making its debut along vibrant Midosuji Boulevard, W Osaka will redefine the local hotel scene with the brand’s spirited spin on luxury as the perfect addition to this electric city.

March 15, 2021
Residence Inn by Marriott Announces the Opening of Its First Hotel in the United Arab Emirates (UAE)
Located in a prime city district and boasting spectacular views of the Burj Khalifa, Residence Inn by Marriott Al Jaddaf offers convenient access to key areas including Downtown Dubai and Business Bay. Welcoming guests into a flexible, comfortable, and intuitive space, the Residence Inn experience is designed for guests to travel the way they love to live by blending comfort with style.

March 15, 2021
Marriott Bonvoy’s Portfolio of Collection Brands Propels Its Global Footprint Forward with Nearly 70 Distinctive Hotels Expected to Open in 2021
Marriott International announced a major milestone in its Marriott Bonvoy portfolio of independent hotel brands, with the opening of the 200th Autograph Collection hotel, the 50th Tribute Portfolio hotel, and the anticipated opening of the 120th Luxury Collection hotel. Together, all three Collection brands are expected to expand their global footprint to nearly 70 new locations in 2021.

March 08, 2021
Radisson Individuals Debuts in India With the First Hotel Opening in Imphal
Overlooking the majestic Baruni Twin Hills and ridges, Classic Grande Imphal, a member of Radisson Individuals features 171 uniquely designed rooms. The hotel is strategically built in the commercial hub of Imphal at Chingmeirong and is just nine kilometers away from Bir Tikendrajit International Airport.

March 01, 2021
Accor and Galaxy Entertainment Group Annouce the Development of the Legendary Raffles at Galaxy Macau
Raffles at Galaxy Macau, featuring approximately 450 suites, is the latest chapter in the storied history of the legendary Raffles brand and will soon introduce a new level of sophistication and refinement to Macau. The exclusive, all-suite Raffles at Galaxy Macau is opening in the second half of 2021.


February 28, 2021
Australia welcomes first Hotel Indigo in the vibrant neighbourhood of Adelaide
IHG Hotels & Resorts’ boutique lifestyle brand, Hotel Indigo, has made its Australian debut with the opening of Hotel Indigo Adelaide Markets on 1 March. The much-anticipated 145-room hotel with its intriguing design features, deep connections to the neighbourhood and exemplary culinary offerings is set to become a vibrant cultural hub for locals and visitors, and a hallmark of Hotel Indigo properties around the world.

February 25, 2021
Hyatt Announces Plans for a Hyatt Regency Resort and Spa and Residences in Vietnam's Popular Beach Destination, Ho Tram
With 280 guestrooms and 63 pool villa residences, Hyatt Regency Ho Tram Resort and Spa and Residences will be situated in a prime location along an over 1,000-foot (330-meter) picturesque coastline known for its pristine sandy beaches, turquoise waters and coastal vibe.

February 24, 2021
IHG debuts its global extended stay brand Staybridge Suites in India
IHG Hotels and Resorts announced the debut of its world-renowned extended stay brand, Staybridge Suites in India with the signing of Staybridge Suites Bengaluru Thanisandra.

February 21, 2021
Hilton Shenzhen World Exhibition & Convention Center Opens for Business
Hilton Shenzhen World Exhibition & Convention Center features 325 digital key-enabled contemporary and stylish guestrooms and suites with a spectacular view of the harbor or city, well suited for business travelers, or families on vacation.

February 19, 2021
Accor announces the signing of Sofitel Cebu City
Accor is expanding its presence in the Philippines with the signing of Sofitel Cebu City, a 195-room luxury hotel which will debut in 2025. The hotel joins a pipeline of 17 committed projects across the country which will see an extensive array of internationally renowned hospitality brands arrive for the first time.

February 18, 2021
Hilton Abu Dhabi Yas Island, the United Arab Emirates Capital’s Newest Leisure Resort, Opens Its Doors to Guests Today
The hotel is set within Yas Bay’s Waterfront, a vibrant destination on the southern end of Abu Dhabi’s Yas Island, giving guests immediate access to the waterfront’s retail and food and beverage outlets, as well as world-class entertainment and nightlife experiences.

February 18, 2021
Accor Announces First Mondrian Property to Open in Singapore in 2023
Accor, a world-leading hospitality group, today announced Singapore’s first Mondrian hotel will be built in the heart of the city’s prominent Duxton Hill neighborhood and is set to open in early 2023.

February 18, 2021
Yeouido comes to life with the opening of the first Fairmont hotel in South Korea
Nestled in the Parc. 1 Complex, a stunning new landmark in the city’s Yeouido district, Fairmont Ambassador Seoul is perfectly situated to host world leaders, business travellers, families and vacationing jetsetters, offering an extraordinary setting for unforgettable experiences.

February 18, 2021
IHG and Proinvest build Brisbane CBD presence with two premium hotel conversions
voco Brisbane City Centre and Hotel Indigo Brisbane City Centre will become the latest additions to the River City’s hotel scene, as Mercure Brisbane and ibis Brisbane rebadge under IHG’s world-class upscale brands following a repositioning and extensive refurbishment.

February 11, 2021
Ascott expands its world's fastest growing brand Citadines in Indonesia with the opening of Citadines Berawa Beach Bali
The 224-unit serviced residence is a stone’s throw away from Berawa Beach and is surrounded by a plethora of cafes, restaurants, retail and recreational options. It is also a 20-minute drive to Seminyak, a landmark tourist destination with high-end shops, bars, and restaurants.

February 10, 2021
IHG Hotels & Resorts announces its first opening of 2021 in India with Holiday Inn Chandigarh Zirakpur
Featuring 131 keys with scenic city views, the hotel is located on Chandigarh- Ambala highway connecting the city of Chandigarh to all famous landmarks and attractions in the Northern belt.

February 04, 2021
W Hotels Opens the Doors to W Melbourne, Unveiling Its Second Hotel in Australia
W Melbourne has 294 luxuriously stylish guest rooms and 29 suites, with design details curated to reflect Melbourne's fascinating history and culture. The hotel's Wonderful, Fabulous and Mega category rooms are inspired by the neighboring street-level newspaper kiosks that back to the 1960s.

February 04, 2021
Ocean Spring Resort Chengdu – MGallery Debuts in Sichuan’s Legendary Healing Sanctuary of Jintang
The resort destination consists of 22 deluxe guestrooms with private balconies in intimate settings and 44 villas with exclusive water facing gardens and private hot spring pools.

February 03, 2021
Marriott Bonvoy's Latest Global Promotion Offers Twice as Much
Members will receive double elite night credits and double points earned for stays of two nights or longer that occur between February 16 – April 27, 2021 at properties participating in Marriott Bonvoy.

February 03, 2021
Gladstone welcomes a Mantra hotel
Mantra Gladstone is ideally located just minutes from the CBD and adjoins the Yaralla Sports Club. The hotel features arguably the best amenities, including fitness centre, food and beverage options and the soon to be opened swimming pool, in terms of choice and quality in the region.

February 02, 2021
Radisson Collection Launches In China, Introducing Its Premium Lifestyle Concept To Asia Pacific's Gateway City
Radisson Collection, Radisson Hotel Group’s anthology of premium lifestyle hotels, has reached another major milestone with the official debut of Radisson Collection Hotel, Xing Guo Shanghai, this exceptional brand’s inaugural property in China and its first hotel in an Asia Pacific gateway city.

February 01, 2021
Marriott International Celebrates Milestone 50th Hotel in Shanghai Region with Opening of JW Marriott Hotel Shanghai Fengxian
Located on Hangzhou Bay in the city’s Fengxian seaside district, just an hour’s drive south of metropolitan Shanghai, the new hotel promises to be a sophisticated and luxurious sanctuary designed to let guest’s relax and rediscover a sense of balance in mind and body, as well as a convenient gateway to Shanghai and nearby cities such as Hangzhou and Suzhou.

February 01, 2021
Hyatt Regency Ningbo Hangzhou Bay Opens in China Beside the Famed Hangzhou Bay Bridge
Hyatt Hotels Corp. announced today the opening of Hyatt Regency Ningbo Hangzhou Bay in Ningbo, China. Beside the Hangzhou Bay Bridge, which is the world’s longest sea-crossing bridge, connecting Ningbo, Shanghai, Hangzhou and Suzhou, the 319-room hotel serves as an energizing hub for the fast developing Ningbo Hangzhou Bay New Area.

February 01, 2021
Hyatt Regency Brand Grows in Australia with Entry into Brisbane
Located in the heart of the city’s central business district within Queen Street Mall, the 292-room Hyatt Regency Brisbane offers business travelers and leisure guests a relaxing haven complete with an outdoor infinity pool and bar. The hotel, which has been rebranded from an existing hotel and will undergo a refurbishment, marking the return of the Hyatt brand into the state of Queensland.


January 28, 2021
Accor welcomes Lunar New Year with an Ox-picious 888 reward points offer
The offer is valid at 275 Accor properties across Southeast Asia, in eight countries including Vietnam, Thailand and Singapore, for stays between 1st February and 31st March 2021.

January 28, 2021
Sheraton Hotels & Resorts Inspires Future Journeys as the Iconic Brand’s New Vision Debuts Around the World
Following Marriott International’s announcement in 2018 of its plans to refresh the iconic brand for today’s travelers, the completion of the renovations at these hotels is an important milestone in the brand’s reinvention journey.

January 27, 2021
IHG signs MDA with Ishraq Hospitality to open 8 new Holiday Inn Express hotels across MEA
The multi-property portfolio license will see new hotel openings in the United Arab Emirates, Sultanate of Oman, Bahrain, Jordan and Egypt in the near term. Ishraq Hospitality, which operates HIEX under the IHG franchise, currently owns four Holiday Inn Express hotels in the UAE in partnership with IHG.

January 27, 2021
Hilton Expands Indonesia Footprint with Opening of DoubleTree by Hilton Surabaya
DoubleTree by Hilton, one of the fastest-growing brands in the Hilton portfolio, today announced the opening of DoubleTree by Hilton Surabaya. The 310-room hotel marks the sixth property in Hilton’s Indonesia portfolio. It is owned by PT. Indo Citra Eka Abadi and managed by Hilton.

January 26, 2021
Experience Good Travel with Marriott Bonvoy in Asia Pacific
Newly launched pilot program set to allow guests to forge connections with local communities for meaningful travel across Asia Pacific whether at home or abroad.

January 21, 2021
Hilton Opens Third Canopy by Hilton Hotel in China in UNESCO World Heritage Site of Hangzhou West Lake
Marking the brand’s 27th property globally, the 160-room state-of-the-art hotel is located within the heart of downtown Hangzhou and a short walk from UNESCO World Heritage Site, West Lake.

January 21, 2021
Accor and LA Hotel Group open new-build Mantra Traralgon in Gippsland Valley
The first hotel to open in Traralgon in more than 10 years, Mantra Traralgon is set to become a destination of choice for business travellers and leisure guests looking for convenient, contemporary accommodation in Victoria’s spectacular Gippsland region.

January 21, 2021
Australia’s first Mövenpick hotel has opened its doors
The 221-room warm and contemporary hotel promises to delight guests with Tasmanian nature design-inspired boutique interiors, fine food and wine experiences at Tesoro Modern Italian restaurant, a daily Chocolate Hour, and an assortment of other Mövenpick brand signature offerings.

January 20, 2021
IHG and City Tattersalls Club to open Hotel Indigo Sydney Centre in 2025
Hotel Indigo Sydney Centre will sit atop the iconic Club’s premises in a newly renovated, 49-story mixed-use tower that includes new restaurants, event space, an exclusive City based business lounge, retail, health and wellbeing facilities, along with a circa 110-room hotel and 246 residential apartments.

January 18, 2021
Marriott International Continues Asia Pacific Growth With Nearly 100 Properties Expected to Open in 2021
In 2020, the company celebrated its 800th milestone hotel opening in the region with 75 properties added to its portfolio during the year, representing more than one opening per week across the region.

January 17, 2021
IHG signs agreement for Holiday Inn Jeddah Corniche
Holiday Inn Jeddah Corniche will feature well-appointed guest rooms, excellent facilities including a business center, two meeting rooms (450 sqm in total) as well as a state-of-the-art gymnasium, spa and pool for guests to relax and rejuvenate.

January 17, 2021
Grand Hyatt Al Khobar Hotel and Residences Opens, Bringing Luxury Experiences to the Middle East
The 368-room luxury hotel including 54 residential units is situated in the commercial and retail heart of Al Khobar with a connecting bridge to Al Rashid Mall. Grand Hyatt Al Khobar Hotel and Residences is the sixth Hyatt-branded hotel in Saudi Arabia, and the fifth hotel under the Grand Hyatt brand in the Middle East.

January 17, 2021
Hilton Garden Inn Expands Footprint in Cairo
Scheduled to open in 2024, Hilton Garden Inn Cairo East will offer upscale and affordable accommodations featuring 250 guest rooms, a full-service restaurant, two bars, a fitness center, an outdoor pool and a 300-sqm meeting space.

January 14, 2021
Radisson Hotel Group rises above challenges to add 84 new hotels across Asia Pacific in 2020
Radisson Hotel Group overcame significant global challenges in 2020 to expand its portfolio of properties in Asia Pacific, with the addition of 84 exceptional new hotels and resorts, covering eight of its distinct brands.

January 13, 2021
Announcing 25hours Hotel Sydney
Sydney’s first 25hours Hotel is set to open at the end of 2022. 25hours Hotel Sydney will be located in the heritage building of 1-11 Oxford Street, Paddington, bringing life back to one of Sydney’s most iconic event and hospitality landmarks.

January 12, 2021
Ascott exceeds 2019 record growth to add over 14,200 units globally in 2020 despite COVID-19
Marking a fourth consecutive year of record growth for Ascott, with an 80% year-on-year growth in China compared to 2019.

January 11, 2021
IHG signs agreement for Holiday Inn Riyadh The Business District
Expected to open in January 2022, the 138-room property will be strategically located close to King Khalid International Airport and the Riyadh Front, the new leisure destination of Riyadh developed in line with Vision 2030, making it an ideal choice for both corporate and leisure guests.

January 11, 2021
IHG expands Crowne Plaza brand in Central Vietnam
The 300-room Crowne Plaza Danang Waterfront will welcome guests in 2023. With unobstructed views of the ocean, the 38-storey hotel will be highly sought-after by business and leisure travellers seeking a single destination for work, meetings and relaxation.

January 08, 2021
Accor unveils flexible work solutions in Hong Kong
Accor, the world’s leading lifestyle hospitality group, addresses the market need for alternate premium spaces with its launch of flexible work solutions at Accor in Hong Kong across a wide range of convenient locations including Causeway Bay, Wanchai, Sheung Wan, Jordan, North Point and Tung Chung.

January 07, 2021
Marriott International Signs Milestone Branded Residential Project
Located in the heart of Ho Chi Minh City, the dual-branded project is expected to house Marriott residential and officetel units with sophisticated spaces meant to inspire residents and JW Marriott residential and officetel units designed for mindfulness and fostering togetherness with loved ones.

January 07, 2021
Conrad Hotels & Resorts to Bring Contemporary Luxury to Bahrain
Conrad Hotels & Resorts, Hilton’s contemporary luxury hotel brand, today announced plans to bring the global brand to Manama, Bahrain, following the signing of an agreement to open Conrad Residences Bahrain Financial Harbour in 2022 at the upcoming state-of-the-art, mixed-use development First Energy Bank Tower.

January 06, 2021
Hyatt Regency Phnom Pehn Opens in Cambodia
The 247-room property is the largest hotel from a global brand in the city and is located in the heart of the cultural and business district of Doun Penh, which is a 30-minute drive from the airport and within walking distance to the Royal Palace, National Museum and the riverside.