What’s New in Hotel Online Distribution and Tech Trends? W1, January 2024

Here is your weekly industry news round-up. Check out the short snippets here and follow below for more details. 

  • IHG opens the first Staybridge Suites in France. 
  • Marriott acquires Dubai hotels, Saudi tourism rises, Wadama’s rally 
  • Sofitel Mumbai BKC: India’s 1st hotel with Green Key Certification. 
  • Accor grows in India and signs Grand Mercure Jaipur Kukas. 
  • Amal Group invests $315M in Phuket’s “Gardens of Eden.”

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IHG launches inaugural Staybridge Suites in France. 

The city of Cannes is now home to the first Staybridge Suites property in France. Staybridge Suites Cannes Centre represents the introduction of the all-suites hotel to the IHG Hotels & Resorts portfolio in France. Staybridge Suites Cannes has been opened in partnership with hospitality management company, SOHOMA. 


Marriott acquires three Dubai hotels, Saudi tourism surges, and Spencer Wadama issues a rallying cry 

The past week has been marked by key developments, reshaping the hospitality landscape, from Marriott’s strategic move to take over three Dubai hotels previously operated by Emaar to Hyatt’s ambitious plan to expand its luxury hotel portfolio across Morocco, Saudi Arabia, and Qatar by 2025, even as we near the year’s end, the industry is witnessing substantial growth and transformation. 


Sofitel Mumbai BKC: India’s first hotel awarded Green Key Certification 

Sofitel Mumbai BKC is thrilled to announce its prestigious Green Key Certification, bestowed by the National Jury Green Key India and the Center for Environment Education (CEE). As the inaugural recipient of this certification in the country, the hotel proudly stands at the forefront of environmental responsibility and sustainable practices within the tourism industry. 


Accor expands in India with the signing of Grand Mercure Jaipur Kukas  

Accor, a world-leading hospitality group boasting more than 1,000 properties across the Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific, has partnered with Shree Kamalam Elite Resorts Pvt Ltd, to launch Grand Mercure Jaipur Kukas, the eighth Grand Mercure property in India, a premium addition to its distinguished portfolio. Set to open in 2028, this upscale property will tailor an unparalleled guest experience in India’s foremost tourist belt.   


Amal Group invests $315M in record Phuket property, “Gardens of Eden.”

Amal Group of Companies has unveiled Gardens of Eden on Bangtao Beach, a 11.68 hectare luxury wellness residential and hospitality community dedicating 70% of the land to open spaces populated with botanical gardens and active green areas. With an investment capital of USD 315 million, an inspiring vision of sustainability and well-being are at the core of the project, a clear indication of the growing maturity of Phuket as a multicultural lifestyle destination highly sought after by the international community. 


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