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Asia-Pacific

Doubletree by Hilton Reaches 100 Hotels in Asia Pacific

Hilton’s Doubletree by Hilton brand has surpassed 100 properties in the Asia Pacific region, with significant expansions in Indonesia, Japan, India, and China, and plans for nearly 80 more properties to support their goal of exceeding 1,000 hotels in the region next year.
Asia-Pacific

Seoul Plans a Floating Hotel

Seoul plans to develop floating office and hotel buildings with leisure facilities on the Han River by 2030 to enhance the river’s potential and attractiveness.
Asia-Pacific

Accor Plans 30 New Hotels in India

Accor plans to expand its Indian portfolio by introducing 30 new hotels, adding 5,500 rooms over the next 3-5 years, and is set to open luxury hotels including Sofitel Jaipur Jawahar Circle and Raffles Jaipur.
North America

Four Seasons Unveils Expansion of Residential Offerings

Four Seasons will develop the Four Seasons Residences at The Ocean Club in Nassau, Bahamas. This project, set to open in 2027, will include 67 Private Residences with luxurious amenities including an oceanfront pool, private cabanas, a beachfront restaurant, a spa, and more.
Asia-Pacific

China Sees RevPAR Surge 54% Year-Over-Year

STR reported a 54.2% increase in China’s hotel RevPAR compared to last year, with Jakarta hotels reaching record occupancy and RevPAR levels, boosted by events like a Coldplay concert. Accor announced the opening of five new properties in Asia, along with the first Movenpick by Accor destination in Qingdao, China, as part of a strategic alliance with Sunmei Group, planning over 400 new properties across China. IHG, Radisson, and Wyndham announced new hotel openings in Amritsar, Surat, Goa, and Cebu, with IHG’s voco Amritsar Airport and Radisson’s Uday Palace Navsari targeting diverse locations.
North America

IHG Accelerates Global Expansion

Choice Hotels International purchased more shares in Wyndham Hotels & Resorts in its unsolicited exchange offer to acquire the company. The Baird/STR Hotel Stock Index rose 9.3% in November, with the Hotel REIT sub-index up 7.6% year-to-date and the Hotel Brand sub-index up 30.6% year-over-year. BCD Travel forecasts a global decrease in airfares and a 6.8% increase in hotel rates in 2024.
North America

New CEOs for Fairmont and Orient Express

Truist remains optimistic about US hotel demand and RevPAR, favoring C-Corp stocks like HLT, MAR, and H, and recommending Hyatt and Ryman Hospitality among REITs. Hilton is expanding in Baja California, Mexico with Tapestry Collection hotels. Ashford Hospitality Trust faces lawsuits over loan defaults. Accor announced executive appointments and a new hotel in Poland with Allenort Group.
Asia-Pacific

Wyndham Grand Makes Debut in Kuala Lumpur

Wyndham Grand debuts in Kuala Lumpur and Hilton’s Curio Collection enters India, while Hotel Indigo Sydney Potts Point launches after a significant refurbishment. Hyatt and IHCL plan extensive expansions in India, while Genting invests in Sentosa. The Westin Tokyo undergoes a major makeover, and Candeo Hotels integrates a historic temple in Osaka.
North America

Canada Notches Record High Average Room Rates

Wedbush initiated coverage on lodging REITs, with Ryman Hospitality and Host Hotels receiving Outperform ratings and price targets of $94 and $19, respectively. Park Hotels and Pebblebrook Hotel Trust were initiated with Neutral ratings and price targets of $13 and $14, respectively. Keybanc downgraded Airbnb’s rating to Sector Weight from Overweight. A report by Morning Consult indicates that the “revenge travel” trend may be declining, with travel intentions increasing in some countries but declining in others, particularly in Europe. China is experiencing a significant surge in travel, driven by pent-up demand.