Fattal recovers the London Dilly: Fattal Group, the Israeli owner of Leonardo Hotels UK & Ireland, has acquired the 283-room Dilly Hotel in London. The new owner plans to invest £90 million ($100.64 million) in extensive renovations to create a luxury hotel. The acquisition is part of a recently announced €400 million fund, which Fattal has raised in partnership with a number of institutional investors. Bank Hapoalim supported the transaction. The historic hotel opened in 1908 as The Piccadilly Hotel and operated as a Le Meridien hotel before becoming independently owned as The Dilly in 2021. Leonardo operates 52 properties across the UK and Ireland and is part of Fattal Hotels, which owns and operates over 200 properties in over 100 destinations. In total, so far Leonardo Hotels UK and Ireland has seen over 2,530 rooms refurbished across the group and over 1,450 rooms have been added through new developments and acquisitions – including hotels Leonardo in Manchester, Bristol Glassfields, Chester and the opening of new NYX hotels. in Dublin and Edinburgh. The development pipeline is supported by the rebranding of the Jurys Inn portfolio to Leonardo Hotels.
NEOM signs Ennismore as first partner: NEOM’s Hotel Development Unit, which aims to develop a forward-looking hotel ecosystem in the North West region of Saudi Arabia, has signed Ennismore as its first hotel partner. He will see two of Ennismore’s brands – 25hours Hotels and Morgans Originals – in Trojena, NEOM’s mountain tourism destination with a ski village. In addition to hotels, the ski village will also include residential units around a public plaza and high-end retail and dining outlets. Early construction work has begun, with major construction work on the village due to begin later this year.
The Hoxton makes its Irish debut: Deutsche Finance International (DFI) and BCP Capital, both based in London, have signed an agreement with Ennismore to operate the 129-key Central Hotel in Dublin as Ireland’s first Hoxton. The hotel is scheduled to open in 2024. The Central Hotel was acquired by DFI and BCP Capital in 2019. There are plans to renovate and expand the property, with Irish interior designer Bryan O’Sullivan working on interiors with Ennismore and BCP Capital. . The redevelopment will see a significant increase to the existing bar, nightspot and dining space, as well as a revitalized Ri-Ra nightclub and The Globe bar. The redevelopment is financed by a loan from a fund managed by a subsidiary of Apollo Global Management. The Hoxton has further openings planned in Brussels, Amsterdam, Edinburgh, Vienna and Berlin.
Aimbridge Hospitality adds 5 extended stays: Aimbridge Hospitality, Plano, Texas, announced the expansion of its Select Service division with the addition of five extended-stay properties totaling 603 keys recently acquired by New York-based company Three Wall Capital. Aimbridge now manages more than 70 extended-stay, select-service and full-service properties owned by Three Wall Capital since the companies partnered in 2019. Three Wall Capital plans to purchase and develop 30 midscale extended-stay hotels and additional high-end over the next few years. 18-24 months.
Leisure Travel Trends: U.S. hotel leisure travel revenue is expected to end the year 14% above 2019 levels, while hotel business travel revenue is expected to be within 1% of 2019 figures, revealed the latest study published by the American Hotel & Lodging Association and Kalibri Labs. The post-COVID recovery will remain uneven, particularly in most key cities and destinations where business travel continues to lag. Of the top 50 markets, 80% will see hotel leisure travel revenue surpass 2019 levels, but only 40% will reach this milestone for business travel revenue. Rising incomes have created historic job opportunities, with more than 115,000 hotel jobs currently open in the United States. Forecasts have not been adjusted for inflation and the recovery of real hotel revenues is expected to take more years.
Ennismore’s new F&B concept studio: Ennismore has launched Carte Blanched, an in-house team of chefs, operators, mixologists and creatives specializing in bespoke, authentic and ‘culturally relevant’ food and beverage concepts for Ennismore’s lifestyle brands. Carte Blanched will create new and grow existing F&B brands for hotel owners, overseeing everything from concept to opening and beyond. Additionally, before launching a new brand, Carte Blanched is testing the concept in a three-month pop-up at La Cave in London, its incubator kitchen, to get customer feedback and build brand awareness. Across its 100 lifestyle hotels, Ennismore has 190 restaurants and bars which generate 50% of total revenue. Within its own portfolio, Carte Blanched has more than 40 brands and since 2021, has opened 17 new sites in Europe and the Middle East. Carte Blanched’s global team includes Oklava founders Selin Kiazim and Laura Christie’s award-winning duo behind Tayer & Elementary Monica Berg and Alex Kratena; Kris Yenbamroong of Night + Market in Los Angeles; Andrei Soen of Singapore’s Park Bench Deli; the team behind Palomar, The Barbary, Evelyn’s Table and The Blue Posts in London, Layo Paskin & Zoe Paskin; and Dario Cecchini from the Netflix show “Chef’s Table.”
Air passenger travel to and from the United States is soaring: Passenger boardings for U.S. international air traffic soared 96% to 17.057 million in September from last September, according to the National Travel and Tourism Board. Boardings reached 85% of September 2019 volume, compared to 82% in August. Nope-US citizen air passenger Arrivals from foreign countries totaled 3.895 million, +230% compared to September 2021 and (-27.2%) compared to September 2019. Air passenger departures of American citizens from the United States to foreign countries increased amounted to 4.573 million, +87% compared to September 2021 and more (+2%) compared to September 2019. Europe continued to strengthen to total 6.183 million passengers, up 204% compared to September 2021, but down only (-15.8%) compared to September 2019. South/Central America/Caribbean increased by 33% to 3.628 million on September 2021, but was “stable” compared to September 2019 Asia was up 260% to 1.221 million passengers from September 21, but still down (-60%) from September 2019.
Hong Kong airport traffic on the rise: Passenger traffic in September at Hong Kong International Airport jumped 133% from a year earlier after authorities lifted travel restrictions, which included mandatory hotel quarantine and COVID testing before boarding. Passenger volume rose 10% to 525,000 from August, fueled by travelers to and from Southeast Asia, according to the Airports Authority. Freight throughput fell 25% to 341,000, continuing a long slump amid global supply chain disruptions and geopolitical headwinds. Freight traffic to and from major parts of North America and Europe was among the hottest, with both imports and exports falling more than 25%. Flight movements fell by 16% to 11,665 compared to 2021. In the first nine months of this year, passenger traffic jumped by 140%, while cargo volume fell by 13% and the flight movements of 4.7%.
Scandic ad campaign: Scandic launches its first international advertising campaign since 2018 entitled “Your friend in town”. Based on local knowledge and personal service, the campaign highlights some of the everyday situations where a hotel stay can make a big difference, such as when in-laws visit on a peaceful night’s sleep. The campaign was developed by advertising agency Drum. It will launch on October 17 in Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland and Germany and will run for five weeks with a focus on digital channels, screens, cinemas and outdoor advertising. It will also feature the Nordic Swan Ecolabel for the first time. Scandic has been working with the Nordic Swan Ecolabel for nearly 30 years, and in 2022 and 2023 all Scandic Ecolabeled hotels will be re-certified.
Employment platform for refugees: Hospitality Unite, a new platform, has been launched to support refugees and their families by providing employment opportunities in the hospitality sector, supported by the Sustainability Hospitality Alliance. Free for job seekers and hotels, the platform is powered by Harri. Initially working as a pilot for Ukrainian refugees seeking hospitality jobs in Europe, the platform is a centralized space for hotel brands to post job opportunities and an online system for refugees to apply. and to interview for positions in transit or planning to leave Ukraine. Available in English and Ukrainian, the website already features notifications of job opportunities from groups such as Radisson Hotels Group, IHG Hotels & Resorts and Accor. The site will be shared by disaster relief agencies and local media. For now, employment opportunities may be offered by hotel properties in countries that have granted the right to work to Ukrainian refugees. Sustainability Hospitality Alliance works with the International Rescue Committee to provide opportunities with the Tent Partnership for Refugees.