Starwood to launch W brand in Japan
Starwood has unveiled plans for a new W Hotel in Japan, with the opening of the W Yokohama in 2010. The group currently operates hotels under three brands in Japan, including Westin and Sheraton, and this will be its first domestic hotel for the W brand. Starwood said it will invest ¥23b (£100m) in the new property, which will have eight floors above and two below ground. The first floor will have commercial establishments, the third floor will feature a lobby and bar lounge and the upper five floors will have a total of 245 guest rooms. The site will also house a restaurant and spa.
Fairmont opens first African resort
Fairmont Hotels & Resorts has launched its first property in Africa with the opening of the Fairmont Mara Safari Club in Kenya. Located on the edge of the Masai Mara, the resort features 120 rooms in cottages, villas and suites on 100 acres of grounds, as well as a nine-hole golf course, pool, tennis and varied opportunities for adventure including horseback riding, bird watching, fishing, and an animal orphanage, as well as safaris. It also includes a number of restaurants as well as a heated pool, complete with bar and private massage tents.
IHG to build new hotel in Copenhagen
InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) is to launch a new property in Denmark with the opening of the Crowne Plaza Copenhagen Towers in summer 2009. The new-build hotel will offer 365 rooms including four suites and 39 club rooms. The hotel will also feature a restaurant and lounge bar as well as 3,000m² of conference and events space with 20 meeting rooms catering for up to 800 delegates. The new Crowne Plaza property will be part of the 130,000m² commercial development Copenhagen Towers, developed by Sjaelsoe, one of Scandinavia's largest property developers.
Carlson unveils aggressive expansion plans for India Hotel group Carlson has unveiled aggressive expansion plans for the Indian market and said it is looking to build 52 hotels in the country by the end of 2009. The company added that this will include the launch of its Regent brand in India, which currently doesn't operate in the country. Carlson's executive vice-president for south Asia, K B Kachru, said that the group was looking to open 26 hotels by the end of this year and has plans for a further 26 properties by 2009. he said the group plans to invest between $15m (£7.5m) and $20m (£10m) per property to build hotels in the mid-scale price bracket.
By Kerstin Kühn