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Norgani Aims To Acquire Hotelleiendom Norwegian hotel property company Norgani Hotels has shown that it is still sweet on Sweden by bidding 1.7 billion Swedish kronor (approximately €179 million) for hotel company Hotelleiendom, which was formed earlier this year and which in June acquired 16 Scandic hotels in Sweden from Capona. Thus far, eight out of every ten shareholders in Hotelleiendom have said that they would prefer Norgani to any other new owner. Norgani expects to have completed the deal by the end of the year, at which point in time its portfolio will swell by 2,910 rooms to 10,382 rooms. Norgani completed a deal with Capona on five hotels in Sweden only a few weeks ago.
Second Irish hotel spa for Starwood Hotel group Starwood is to open its second resort and spa in Ireland in spring 2006. The property will be situated on Fota Island, within Cork harbour, on the site of the existing Fota Island Golf Club, which hosted the Irish Open in 2001 and 2002. The resort will boast a destination spa designed by Dr Christian Jost and featuring 17 treatment rooms. Other spa facilities will include a hydropool, a walking river – where clients can walk against strong currents to aid muscle tone – a gym, a swimming pool and conservatory. Upon opening, the resort will boast 133 rooms alongside the championship golf course, a speciality restaurant, an all-day restaurant and Whiskey Bar, plus six meeting rooms ranging in capacity from six to 500 people. The resort will ultimately include more than 250 residential lodges.
Emaar And ONA On The Road To Morocco Real estate developer Emaar Properties and industrial and financial group ONA are to make their second trip together to ONA’s native Morocco. They have given themselves five years from the first quarter of 2006 to build another in their series of residential and golfing communities. Bahia Bay is a US$1.2 billion 530-hectare development near the western city of Casablanca that will feature two hotels among the assortment of buildings.
Ossis Tempts Marriott To Amwaj Islands The emirate of Dubai is not the only country in the Middle East to have man-made islands. Bahrain has its Amwaj Islands, which Ossis Property Developers has reclaimed from the sea off the country’s northern coast. And those islands are reportedly set to see the opening of the Renaissance Amwaj Islands Hotel in 2008 after Marriott International accepted Ossis’s offer of a management contract on the US$119 million property. At 20 storeys, the 323-room hotel will apparently be the tallest in Bahrain.
NH Has The Nhow NH Hoteles describes nhow, a new brand that it has been working on with Design Hotel Development, as being “especially created for industrial chic lovers”. The first hotel to wear the brand will open in the Italian city of Milan. Lovers who have yet to decide which category they fall into might like to come to their decision in the privacy of NH Hoteles’ third hotel in and around the German city of Nuremberg. The company has invested €3.2 million in the 244-room, four-star NH Nürnberg-City.
Mövenpick Hotels Is In Izmir Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts’ second hotel in Turkey is in line for its official opening in the middle of next year. The 185-room, five-star Mövenpick Hotel Izmir, in the city of Izmir, will be the product of the renovation of an existing hotel owned by Viltur Inþaat Ve Turizm. Meanwhile, a couple of native Turkish hotel companies have wandered far and near in search of their next openings. Kainak is reportedly in the republic of Tajikistan, where it has plans to build two five-star hotels – one with 150 rooms and the other with 400 – in the capital Dushanbe, whereas Kaya Group has made the short journey to Cyprus, where it is putting the finishing touches to the Kaya Artemis Holiday Resort. The 528-room, five-star property is due to open next year.
Something Big In Stockholm Norwegian hotel and real estate firm Buchardt has handed a contract worth some 500 million Swedish kronor (€53 million) to Skanska that permits the construction firm to build what will be the largest hotel in the Swedish capital Stockholm. The 558-room Clarion Hotel on Norra Bantorget Square is due to be finished in January 2008.
German Tulip Water If you want a view over the waters of the Ruppiner See in Germany, then book a stay in one of the 139 rooms of the Golden Tulip Fontane – Neuruppin, which arrived recently in the eastern town of Neuruppin. An elevated view of the River Elbe as it flows through Hamburg awaits all those who can contain their excitement until 2007. Work has just begun on the 21-storey 328-room Empire Riverside Hotel in the St Pauli district of the city.
Cuban Hotel Reopened for Canadians Villa Cayo Coco Hotel has been reopened with the presence of 50 Canadian experts from Quebec-based Caribe Sol tour group, a report on Cubatravel website said Thursday. The Cuban Ministry of Tourism website added that Villa Cayo Coco, owned by Grupo Gaviota SA, restarted operations in view of the winter season in collaboration with Havantur Collection. Cayo Coco is one of the islets in Cuba´s northern archipelago, Jardines del Rey, in the province of Ciego de Avila. The Canadian delegation toured Coco and Guillermo keys as part of their agenda to establish tourism programs from Canada to Cuba, according to their spokespersons. Another group of Canadian experts from Toronto-based Hola Sun tour agency will be coming soon, Cuban tourism officials in Ciego de Avila reported. Villa Cayo Coco has 48 rooms (one and two-story bungalows) with satellite TV and other conveniences, including Internet service, lobby bar, swimming pool, snack bar and marina.
Pearl Shells Out For The Best Western Gatwick Worth Pearl Hotels has paid close to the asking price of a reported £8.25 million for the Best Western Gatwick Worth Hotel, which is close to Gatwick Airport. The 118-room property joins the likes of the Ramada Encore Swansea Bay, in south Wales, in Pearl’s portfolio. Up in the West Midlands, Pritchard Holdings has begun work on a 12-storey tower at the Orbital Plaza mixed-use scheme on the outskirts of Cannock. The tower will be home to a hotel of between 80 and 100 rooms.
A Year With De Vere De Vere Group is facing the future with cautious optimism after its latest financial year (it ended on 25 September 2005) closed with pre-tax profit excluding exceptional items 7.8% down on the previous year, at £42.0 million. Turnover of £312.0 million was 3.0% lower than last year. Like-for-like RevPAR was ahead both at the De Vere Hotels and the Village Hotels at 5.2% and 0.7%, respectively.
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