Global Hyatt expands portfolio in Germany
Global Hyatt Corporation has expanded its portfolio in Germany with the addition of the Hyatt Regency Dusseldorf, which is scheduled to open in 2010. The 286-room hotel, which will be situated in the city's MedienHafen, a business district on the bank of the Rhine River, will be located in one of two 16-storey towers. Facilities will include restaurants and bars as well as a spa and health club with swimming pool. The hotel will also offer meeting and conference space. The Hyatt Regency Dusseldorf will be Hyatt's fifth property in Germany. Gebhard Rainer, senior vice-president of Hyatt International Europe, Africa, Middle East, said: "The Hyatt Regency Dusseldorf ideally complements our successful locations in Cologne, Hamburg, Berlin and Mainz, further underscoring our interest in the German market."
First Ramada hotel in Belgium
Wyndham Hotel Group has launched its first Ramada hotel in Belgium with the opening of the Ramada Plaza in Antwerp. The 210-room hotel is located in the city's business district, close to the exhibition centre Antwerp Expo. Facilities include wireless internet access throughout the hotel as well as a business centre, gym and fitness centre. Sean Worker, senior vice-president and managing director of international operations at Wyndham, said: "The Ramada Plaza Antwerp is a prime opportunity to build on the success of the brand in the UK, Ireland and Germany."
Accor to expand Ibis chain in Asia
Hotel company Accor plans to open its largest Ibis hotel outside of Paris in Singapore, as the group aims to meet growing demand for economy lodging in the Asia Pacific region. The 538-room property, which is scheduled to open in the first quarter of 2009, will be the first Ibis property in Singapore. Accor also plans to open 70 further Ibis hotels in the Asia Pacific area including 40 in China, 20 in India and 10 in other Asian destinations. This will increase the group's number of 35 economy hotels to 105. According to Accor, strong economic growth in the region and the take-off of budget airlines in Asia are major factors fuelling the demand for the type of lodging offered by the Ibis chain.
IHG to expand in Middle East and Africa
InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) plans to expand its presence in the Middle East and Africa aiming to add up to 7,000 rooms in the region by 2010. The company said that it is looking to open at least 30 properties across five of its hotel brands in 11 countries in the region including established and emerging markets. IHG said that it had already signed agreements for seven InterContinental Hotels & Resorts and three Crowne Plazas but added that it will be looking to concentrate on the four-star and mid-scale property tiers. To meet this requirement IHG said that it would be looking to add new Holiday Inn properties and add the Express by Holiday Inn in the region for the first time. The company also reiterated past announcements that it would be introducing its Staybridge Suites brand in the Middle East market.
By Kerstin Kühn
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