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October 2019 4394

IHG tackles the sleep conundrum 

A RECENT global study commissioned by IHG Hotels & Resorts has revealed that a lack of sleep is a primary concern for travellers, with four in five (80 per cent) stating they have trouble sleeping when travelling away from home. The research also found that business travellers lose around 58 minutes of sleep each night when staying away from home, averaging just 5 hours and 17 minutes of sleep. One of the major causes is a different environment (44 per cent) followed by unfamiliar noises (35 per cent) and working late (35 per cent).

IHG have introduced various sleep initiatives to ensure guests have a peaceful and undisturbed sleep. Crowne Plaza Hotels & Resorts Sleep Advantage Programme offers guests 100 per cent cotton bed linen for unbelievable softness and This Works aromatherapy line contains pure essential oils that help guests recover from the day’s stress and sleep more soundly. The Pillow Menu was introduced to offer guests a variety of options determined by firmness, type of fill, so that no one is left behind.


Accor and Marriott lead African hospitality

ACCOR and Marriott International represent the largest hotel supply and pipeline counts in Africa, according to data from STR. As part of the STR 500, the company  released a combined list of the continent’s 100 largest companies and brands during Africa Hotel Investment Forum (AHIF) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Accor’s portfolio covered 24,512 rooms as of July 31, 2019, while Marriott accounted for 24,508 rooms. The companies also lead the development pipeline with 19,745 and 15,219 rooms under contract, respectively. Under contract covers the in construction, final planning and planning phases of the pipeline.

“Over recent years, there has been increased investment interest across Africa with international groups leading the expansion,” said Thomas Emanuel, a director for STR. “There are now just seven countries in Africa with no internationally branded properties present, compared to 18 just six years ago. Accor and Marriott continue to lead the way in Africa, not just in terms of supply, but also pipeline. We look forward to seeing the continued development of the hotel industry across the continent as more supply goes into rapidly developing destinations.”


Kerten brings The House Hotel to Mideast

SPECIALIST mixed-use operator Kerten Hospitality is bringing its award-winning boutique hotel brand – The House Hotel – to the Middle East region for the first time, with The House Hotel Jeddah, part of a dynamic mixed-use destination in the Saudi Arabian city, scheduled to open its doors in Q4 this year.

The 114-key The House Hotel Jeddah will be the focal point of the new City Yard complex – a creative lifestyle hub in Jeddah’s upmarket Al Rawdah district, just 12km from King Abdulaziz International Airport – making its mark as a luxury design-led boutique hotel offering a unique blend of Arab and European hospitality and a personalised service.

Property highlights will include a Baker & Spice Restaurant, a spa, barbershop, TechnoGym with a glass-walled bridge, ballroom hall, meeting spaces, and a rooftop pool dotted with olive trees.


Centara signs three new hotels in Phuket

CENTARA Hotels & Resorts has signed hotel management agreements for three new hotels in Phuket’s Mai Khao Beach area owned by Maikhao Dream Company Limited. Two properties are already in operation and fall under Centara management from September 11, while the third property is in development. The new agreements expand Centara’s presence across the island to a total of nine hotels and resorts, with eight in operation. The hotel management agreements encompass the following properties:

The 22-key Maikhao Dream Villa Resort & Spa, is the only beachfront villas resort on the shores of Mai Khao Beach. The resort offers luxurious accommodation in spacious private villas.

The 142-key Maikhao Hotel, which opened in early 2019, is a midscale hotel offering contemporary design and comfortable accommodation as well as excellent facilities.

The 280-key Centra by Centara Maikhao Resort Phuket is a green field development currently under construction. The resort is expected to open in 2024.

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