The enormous toll of COVID-19 on international tourism has now become clear, with World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) data showing the cost up to May was already three times that of the 2009 Global Economic Crisis.
Hotel news in Europe
Adif, Spanish state-owned railway infrastructure manager, has launched the tender for the development, construction and operation of a new hotel at the María Zambrano railway station in Malaga city.
Radisson Hotel Group announces 15 new hotel signings across EMEA in Q2 2020. The new signings re-affirm the Group commitment to its ambitious 5-year development plan.
With lockdowns lifting and borders opening, millions of Europeans are heading off for a summer holiday - even if their plans are rather different to previous years.
The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) has strengthened its partnership with Telefónica, the Spanish multinational telecommunications company.
New research from the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) shows even a modest increase of just one million more international arrivals into Europe could generate an extra $0.48 billion in GDP.
Meliá Hotels International has created the Meliá Pro Travel Labs community on Facebook, an exclusive community for travel agents with a programme of live events in which agents will have the chance to take part in webinars, workshops, round tables and virtual visits to company hotels.
Accor is stepping up its ambition in the lifestyle sector with TRIBE, a rapidly expanding midscale brand, which is exceeding initial expectations and planning to open more than 50 hotels globally.
Greece saw 35.3 million international arrivals in 2019 and was forecast to welcome 37.1 million arrivals in 2020 pre-COVID-19. However, the impact of COVID-19 has seen that projection fall to 24.3 million, according to the latest figures from GlobalData.
Restrictions on travel, introduced in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, are slowly being eased, allowing tourism to restart in a growing number of destinations.
Meliá Hotels International will start opening some of its hotels in Spain in June and eventually have almost 60 hotels open throughout the country in July. This number will increase if there is sufficient demand, with the company fully committed to getting as many people as possible back to work and helping to stimulate the economy.
More than 197 million jobs could be lost in the global Travel & Tourism sector if barriers to global travel, such as blanket anti-travel advisories and quarantine measures remain in place, according to new research from the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC).
As the travel industry faces some of the most important challenges in its history, CityHub (the hotel/hostel hybrid brand), has announced its financial collaboration with Dutch banks NIBC and ABN AMRO to kickstart its international expansion. The new funds will support and accelerate CityHub development plan, to grow its portfolio to ten locations.
Analysts at Lodging Econometrics (LE) report that at the close of the first quarter of 2020, European hotel construction pipeline expanded to near-record highs with 1,840 projects and 294,047 rooms, a 10% increase in projects and a 15% increase in rooms, year-over-year (YOY).
Spain was the third most visited country in the world last year, welcoming 83.7 million international tourists. According to GlobalData, that number will drop dramatically to 50.2 million tourists in 2020. This decrease highlights the devastating impact that COVID-19 is having on Spanish tourism and the wider Spanish economy.
Resort located on the island of Büyükada. Upon completion in summer 2016, Viceroy Hotel Group will open the doors to its first property in Turkey. Viceroy Princes' Islands Istanbul boasts a total of 77 luxury guest rooms, suites and serviced residences
NH Hotel Group chooses Rome for the launch of its upper-upscale brand, NH collection, with a new hotel
The new NH Collection Palazzo Cinquecento is the 53rd hotel of NH Hotel Group in Italy and the tenth NH Collection in this country. Close to the main tourist and cultural destinations in the city, this hotel offers 177 rooms, a 600 square meter terrace, facilities for meetings and events and a complete gastronomic offer.
The Catalan group Solixent Invest has invested €30 million in the construction of new five-star hotel Ohla Eixample, at number 289 of the Còrsega street in Barcelona.
Rezidor, part of the Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group, has announced the opening of Radisson RED in Brussels, Belgium. It is the very first Radisson RED hotel in the world to open its doors.