Conrad Seoul Named ‘2013 Best City Hotel in Seoul’
Conrad Seoul today announced it has been awarded with the prestigious title of ‘Best City Hotel in Seoul’ in the 24th Annual TTG Travel Awards for 2013. In addition, the hotel was named ‘2013 Best New Hotel in Asia-Pacific region’ by the October/November issue of DestinAsian as the only hotel from the nation. The announcement was made at the 24th TTG Travel Awards 2013 ceremony that was held at Centara Grand & Bangkok Convention Centre on October 3. Nils-Arne Schroeder, general manager of Conrad Seoul attended the event and accepted the award on behalf of Conrad Seoul. The TTG Travel Awards has been recognizing the best of Asia-Pacific’s travel industry since 1989. This prestigious annual event honors stellar organizations and individuals in four categories: Travel Supplier, Travel Agency, Outstanding Achievement and Travel Hall of Fame. Source: Press release.
Hotel Construction Boom in Hamburg
Hamburg's tourism is booming and the hotels are often fully booked. Several new projects are entering the hotel market. According to TOPHOTELPROJECTS (http://www.tophotelprojects.com), the worldwide leading provider of global b2b hotel data, in Hamburg currently 23 new hotels are planned. A new lighthouse project arises at the area of the former headquarter of the company BP in the "City Nord". The 18-storey new building with 297 rooms will become a Holiday Inn, which will be the second hotel by this hotel brand in the Hanseatic City. Developers are TAS and Bierwith & Kluth. The opening is not expected before end of 2016. It is the seventh first class hotel constructed by Bierwirth & Kluth in Germany, Austria and Italy. Hence they are starting a new cooperation with the InterContinental Hotels Group. Start of construction is planned to in autumn 2014. One of the hotel projects in Hamburg is the Grandhotel The Fontenay with 130 rooms and suites, which will open during 2016 at the area of a former Intercontinental hotel located at the Outer Alster. Prizeotel builds a low budget hotel (218 rooms) between the central train station and the harbour town. Accor plans two Ibis hotels with a total number of 448 rooms at the central train station as well as an Adagio apartment hotel downtown (100 apartments). Furthermore an Ameron buisness hotel (192 rooms) and an Innside by Melia hotel (205 rooms) will arise in the hanseatic city. Next to the exhibition centre a third Intercity Hotel (275 rooms) is going to be built in the Hanseatic City. Citadines prepares the opening of an apartment property with 128 units at the Protestant main church Michel. In Hammerbrook a Ramada Hotel with 261 rooms is planned. At the "Reeperbahn" a Motel One hotel (94 rooms) and another hotel by Lidl (180 rooms) are concrete in the pipeline. Furthermore two historic buildings in the city center should be transformed into luxury hotels. With the opening of the "Elbphilharmonie" the Westin Hotel (244 rooms) will open its doors but not before 2016. Source: Press release.
Marriott Continues Aggressive Expansion Plan in Asia
The major international hotel companies continue to show ability in adjusting to shifts in global economies. Marriott International, for example, will open on average one Asian hotel every eight days over the next three years. Marriott plans to more than double its footprint in Asia over the next three years, reaching 330 hotels and 96,000 rooms scattered across 16 different countries. Right now it has 186 hotels in its signed pipeline, more than 135 of which it expects to open in that three year window. Marriott will open six hotels in Asia this month in its Ritz-Carlton and JW Marriott brands. Many of the new openings are taking place in secondary cities. The new Ritz-Carltons will be in Chengdu, Tianjin and Bangalore this month, while new JW Marriotts will open in Hanoi, Bangalore and Delhi. Marriott brands in Asia include Bulgari Hotels & Resorts, Ritz-Carlton, JW Marriott, Renaissance, Autograph Collection, Marriott Hotels, Courtyard and Marriott Executive Apartments. Marriott sees potential for all of its brands in Asia, though it’s planning 50 hotels under its flagship Marriott brand alone in the region during the next few years. Last week it introduced the Fairfield by Marriott into India and will open an EDITION in Bangkok in 2016. Fairfield is a significant new brand launch for the company, with 12 hotels signed for India, and additional properties under construction in Indonesia and Nepal. Source: Travel Pulse