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Accor Announces Global Launch of Its All-Inclusive Collection
Accelerating its expansion in the fast-growing market with a unique platform of multi-branded luxury and premium offers.
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Ambitious Plans for Spectacular Scandic Holmenkollen Park
Modernised hotel reopens with 376 rooms and room for 1,200 conference visitors.
Changing of the guard
Peter King
to depart after 11 successful years.
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Hotel Sustainability Basics Launched at Leading Industry Summit in Manila
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World’s tallest hotel opens in Dubai 2024

The stunning Ciel Tower will have a rooftop pool on the 82nd floor…

Construction is on track for Ciel Tower, a mega project which, once complete, will become the world’s tallest hotel (a claim which currently belongs to Gevora Hotel on Sheikh Zayed Road). The hotel will soar 365 metres into the sky and comprise of 1,209 luxury suites and serviced residences split across 82 floors.

The Ciel Observatory & Lounge will be found on the 81st floor and a signature rooftop Sky Terrace featuring a stunning infinity pool and bar, offering sweeping panoramic views of Dubai’s skyline Palm Jumeirah and Arabian Gulf will be found on the 82nd.

Inside, specialty dining outlets include a soon-to-be-announced signature restaurant, a Sunset Lounge on the 74th floor and Horizon Bar on the 76th floor, plus a luxury spa and health club, located on the 61st floor.

The upcoming hotel project is currently ahead of schedule, and on track to meet its planned completion date in the fourth quarter of 2023, with the official opening scheduled for the first half of 2024.

Accor Announces Global Launch of Its All-Inclusive Collection

ACCELERATING its expansion in the fast-growing market with a unique platform of multi-branded luxury and premium offers, focusing on experiences through high-quality entertainment and wellness program, as well as diverse F&B concepts.

Accor, a global hospitality leader, today announced that it is accelerating its expansion in the all-inclusive market with the launch of its multi-branded All-Inclusive Collection – an attractive offering that will see the Group double down on this fast-growing segment by building upon the success of the Rixos brand. The platform will incorporate the key strengths of Accor’s brands and leverage the Group’s leading market position in the luxury and premium segments. Building on Rixos’ invaluable 20+ years of experience in the luxury-all-inclusive market. The offering will look to provide exciting and memorable experiences globally.

 

Accor entered into a joint venture with Fettah Tamince, founder of Rixos Hotels, in 2016 to develop the All-Inclusive segment. The partnership has proved to be great success with Rixos successfully tripling its network (including committed pipeline) over the last 5 years. Rixos is a leading global player in the luxury all-inclusive segment and the dominant market leader in Turkey, the Middle East and Central Asia with 24 hotels and over 10,000 rooms in operation and a further 26 hotels with over 14,000 rooms in the pipeline.

Building upon the success of Rixos, Accor is significantly expanding its all-inclusive offering by including its luxury and premium brands with Fairmont, Sofitel, Pullman, Swissôtel and Mövenpick in the Collection. The objective is to leverage the strength and visibility of these brands in the key target markets for expansion for the All-Inclusive Collection.

Carefully curated entertainment programmes, for both day and evening activities, will play a central role and will build on Rixos’ expertise in children’s clubs, fitness, watersports as well as in programming for outdoor activities and MICE. Guests can look forward to spectacular shows with breathtaking performances delivered by entertainers and multiple sporting activities per resort accompanied by world-class spa and wellness facilities.

This will be complemented by the exceptional quality and wide breadth of restaurant, bar, beach club and nightlife concepts, creating unforgettable guest experiences. The Collection’s programming in this space will be inspired and led by Carte Blanched, Ennismore’s F&B Concept Lab with each venue providing diverse and culturally relevant cuisines and culinary experiences. Ennismore is the leading lifestyle platform established by Accor in a joint venture with Sharan Pasricha.

International expansion of the all-inclusive business will be centered in Europe, Middle East Africa, Turkey, Asia and Central America and the Caribbean. These geographies have been selected for their promising growth potential in the all-inclusive segment and the strength of these brands in the target markets. The Collection will initially focus on the further expansion of Rixos’ footprint of 50 properties in the network and pipeline and will quickly scale and diversify as part of a longer term multi-branded strategy of having over 100 all-inclusive resorts in the next five years.

The Collection is set for a strong year of openings which will include: Rixos Gulf Hotel Doha, Rixos Qetaifan Doha, which includes one of the world’s largest waterparks. Both these resorts will open in time for the FIFA World Cup in Qatar. Also opening later this year the Swissôtel Sharm el Sheikh, the first non-Rixos branded property in the All-Inclusive Collection with 1,350 rooms, a water park, multiple dining, beach club and entertainment facilities.

“I am incredibly proud of the success Rixos has achieved in the five years as part of the Accor portfolio. Together, Accor and Rixos complement each other’s market-leading expertise, and the All-Inclusive Collection is the next step in accelerating their positions in the sector. This new initiative comes at a time when the demand for all-inclusive stays could not be stronger and now is the right time to leverage this positive trajectory. I am excited and pleased to continue my partnership with Accor with this expanded brand portfolio,” says Chairman of the Board of Rixos Hotels Fettah Tamince.

“The post-Covid travel market is witnessing a renewed desire for leisure stays. Accor’s strategic decision to double down on the all-inclusive segment, the fastest growing sector in this market and build upon its success with Rixos, capitalizes on this opportunity. The new luxury and premium All-Inclusive Collection, reinforces our business model while increasing our exposure and value proposition for hotel owners,” adds Gaurav Bhushan, CEO Accor Lifestyle & Entertainment.

----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Accor is a world leading hospitality group consisting of 5,300 properties and 10,000 food and beverage venues throughout 110 countries. The group has one of the industry’s most diverse and fully-integrated hospitality ecosystems encompassing more than 40 luxury, premium, midscale and economy hotel brands, entertainment and nightlife venues, restaurants and bars, branded private residences, shared accommodation properties, concierge services, co-working spaces and more. Accor’s unmatched position in lifestyle hospitality, one of the fastest growing categories in the industry, is led by Ennismore, a joint venture, which Accor holds a majority shareholding. Ennismore is a creative hospitality company with a global collective of entrepreneurial and founder-built brands with purpose at their heart. Accor boasts an unrivalled portfolio of distinctive brands and more than 260,000 team members worldwide. Members benefit from the company’s comprehensive loyalty program (ALL: Accor Live Limitless) a daily lifestyle companion that provides access to a wide variety of rewards, services and experiences. Through its Planet 21 – Acting Here, Accor Solidarity, RiiSE and ALL Heartist Fund initiatives, the Group is focused on driving positive action through business ethics, responsible tourism, environmental sustainability, community engagement, diversity and inclusivity. Founded in 1967, Accor SA is headquartered in France and publicly listed on the Euronext Paris Stock Exchange and on the OTC Market in the United States.

Ambitious Plans for Spectacular Scandic Holmenkollen Park

This summer, newly renovated and modernised Scandic Holmenkollen Park will reopen right on top of Oslo, with 376 rooms, 16,000 square feet gym and spa facilities and a conference area with a capacity of up to 1,200 people.

The extensive renovation is a collaborative project between Scandic Norway and property owners Eiendomsspar and Rica Eiendom. Their overall aim is to become the preferred destination hotel in the Oslo region. During the course of the renovation, 388,000 square feet across nine buildings will be renovated and the capacity significantly increased.

When this unique hotel opens on June 16th, it will offer 376 rooms and suites, a modern conference area with a capacity to host up to 1,200 visitors, a new à la carte restaurant and bar, a wine cellar and 16,000 square feet of gym and spa facilities.

“A visit to Scandic Holmenkollen Park will be a unique experience, whether you’re here as a conference guest or on holiday. The hotel is easily accessible by metro and is perfectly located on top of Oslo, in near proximity to the Holmenkollen National Ski Arena. From here you can enjoy nature, go for a hike or just enjoy the breathtaking view in comfortable surroundings,” says General Manager Claus Petersen.

Even though the hotel will be thoroughly modernised, its 127 year old history will be entwined with modern solutions through unique artwork, historical items and details from the original hotel that has been restored and revitalised. Some can be seen in the main building, where you will also find the lobby, the new à la carte restaurant and bar and a large charming fireplace.

“From here you’ll be able to enjoy paintings you otherwise would have had to visit the National Gallery to see, and tapestry from the legendary artist Gerhard Munthe. These items will tell the colorful story of a hotel that has hosted some of the biggest artists of the world throughout its lifetime, says Claus Petersen.

The Edvard Dirik painting “Seterhytte I Nordmarka” has been at the hotel for over a hundred years, and was rescued from a fire in 1895. This painting encapsulates the very idea of Scandic Holmenkollen Park, and the thought of the hotel as a comfortable and safe place to seek shelter in the raw and spectacular Norwegian nature.

There are also great expectations attached to the renovation of Dragebygget, the architectural masterpiece that is one of the main buildings in the Norwegian dragon style that was particularly popular between 1880 and 1910. This building will contain 27 unique rooms and suites, along with the new wine cellar.

“A stay at Scandic Holmenkollen Park will be something to remember. We will make this beautiful hotel shine again,” Claus Petersen says.

 

Photo: The view from Scandic Holmenkollen Park really is something else. From here you can admire Norways capitol city and places far beyond. Photo: Scandic Norway

Peter King to depart after 11 successful years

Peter King has had an incredibly successful tenure bringing the Good Friday Appeal to MCEC, overseeing the venue’s expansion, delivering record revenue for MCEC and economic impact for the state of Victoria, driving sustainability in business events, and transforming the organisation during the pandemic. He will remain with MCEC as it manages this business transition and is committed to ensuring its success as we all emerge from the acute stage of the pandemic. This time will allow for the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Trust (MCET) to recruit his replacement.

In 2014 MCEC officially became the home of the Royal Children’s Hospital Good Friday Appeal, one of Australia’s most iconic and life-changing fundraising events, and in 2018 Peter led the $205 million expansion of MCEC, this increased event space by 25 per cent and grew MCEC’s total size to 70,000 square metres, the largest centre of its kind in the southern hemisphere.

In recent years Peter King has been responsible for pushing MCEC to become a global leader in sustainability in business events. In 2018 MCEC became a partner in the Melbourne Renewable Energy Project which means the 20,000 square metre expansion space at MCEC, is powered with renewable energy. In 2019 the business recovered more than 68 tonnes of food waste and donated over 74,000 meals to food rescue organisation, OzHarvest.

During his time at MCEC Peter was focused on maximising MCEC’s impact for Melbourne and Victoria, and in 2019 MCEC had a record economic impact to the state, exceeding $1.1 billion.

When the pandemic hit in 2020 Peter embraced the challenges this presented to the business by managing the transformation and diversification of the business. This included supporting the Victorian State Government’s vaccination rollout and adapting the space to attract partners such as The LUME Melbourne, Australia’s first permanent digital art gallery. While competitors paused during lockdowns, Peter oversaw a comprehensive business transformation to an Agile operating model, to better position MCEC to serve customers in the wake of the pandemic. The organisation will see the benefits of this legacy for years to come.

“Peter has been instrumental in building Victoria’s global profile through conferences and businesses events over many years. I thank Peter for his work as Chief Executive. His dedication has been crucial to the state’s success in this sector,” commented Martin Pakula, Minister for Tourism, Sport, and Major Events.

“Peter has achieved incredible things with the MCEC team, including the delivery of the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre expansion that has seen the venue cement its flagship status as the region’s premier home of business events,” says Hon John Brumby AO, Chair of MCET. “Over my time as Chair since 2017, I have valued Peter’s strategic counsel, emotional intelligence, confident leadership, and industry insight. These have been especially important attributes over the last two years, during which Peter has steered the organisation through great uncertainty in the face of the pandemic, as well as overseeing a major transformation to the organisation’s operating model.”

Peter King comments: “My feelings are mixed, because whilst I have loved every minute of working with all of you in an extraordinary industry, I also feel the time is right for a changing of the guard. I have had a fantastic innings with the MCEC and feel optimistic about its future.

“I do want to call out the incredible achievements we have made as a team, most recently amongst them the opening of our major expansion in 2018, a record economic contribution of $1.1 billion to the state in 2019 and incredible displays of resilience over a difficult last two years. Beyond that, over many years, we have bought together people from all over the world to be educated, exchange knowledge, be entertained and importantly – to enjoy our wonderful town of Melbourne. What a privilege it has been.

“My most prevailing memory will be the long line of great people I’ve had the honour of working with at MCEC.”

Photo: Nick Harrison

Hotel Sustainability Basics Launched at Leading Industry Summit in Manila

At this year’s prestigious Global Summit held in Manila, the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) has launched its Hotel Sustainability Basics, a globally recognised and coordinated set of minimum indicators that all hotels should implement to drive responsible travel and tourism and to help every hotel address and improve their environmental impact.

In response to the overwhelming evidence of climate change, environmental damage and social need, and the increasing requirements of travelers to book sustainable stays, the hospitality industry has come together to launch Hotel Sustainability Basics. Developed by the industry for the industry, the Hotel Sustainability Basics establishes a globally recognized set of minimum indicators that all hotels should implement and sets a common definition of hotel sustainability to drive responsible travel and tourism, which will help raise the base level of sustainability across the entire hospitality industry by providing every hotel a starting point on their sustainability journey.

The Basics’ twelve criteria focus on actions which are fundamental to hotel sustainability and address tourism’s impact on the planet across a spectrum of critical issues such as water usage, waste production, and resource procurement. These criteria include actions to measure and reduce energy use, measure and reduce water use, identify and reduce waste, and measure and reduce carbon emissions. The criteria also include a linen reuse program, use of green cleaning products, the elimination of plastic straws, stirrers, and single-use plastic water bottles, the implementation of bulk amenity dispensers, as well as measures to benefit local communities. The Hotel Sustainability Basics features different stages to support hotels that are just getting started as well as those who are more advanced in their sustainability performance. For example, eight of the twelve criteria are mandatory, whilst others can be committed to and implemented within the first three years.

The WTTC’s Hotel Sustainability Basics have been developed in collaboration with the Sustainable Hospitality Alliance industry, technical experts, and academics. The initiative has already gained support from major groups and hotel associations around the world representing over 50,000 hotels.*

The WTTC, together with the above-mentioned group of initial supporters, is calling upon hotel operators, owners, associations, and investors around the world to endorse the initiative officially and implement its criteria. Together with top brands, associations and destinations in the industry representing over 50,000 hotels, Radisson Hotel Group has launched the Hotel Sustainability Basics, a common and inclusive definition of hotel sustainability to drive responsible travel & tourism. Criteria include twelve actions which are fundamental to hotel sustainability

Federico J. González, CEO Radisson Hotel Group, said: “Our world needs Sustainable solutions, and we know the crucial decade of action to move towards Net Zero by 2050, is now. These ambitious targets can only be reached by taking everyone in the hospitality industry on the sustainability journey. With the Hotel Sustainability Basics, we collectively define the common starting point accessible to all hotels and the industry framework to grow sustainable travel.

“I am pleased to see that the hotel sector is taking a coordinated and non-competitive way forward to facilitate a true and effective response to the climate change challenge we face. Hotel Sustainability Basics are a first step that will help every hotel to get started on their sustainability journey faster, with clarity and transparency and answering to our customers’ needs and demands for sustainable travel options that are easy to understand. This will move us at Radisson Hotel Group, together with our owners Jin Jiang International, and the whole industry closer towards the ultimate target of Net Zero.”

Julia Simpson, WTTC President & CEO, said: “We are launching the Hotel Sustainability Basics to ensure no hotel, however small, is left behind in the drive to introduce a basis sustainability measures within a minimum level the next three years. Sustainability is non-negotiable but not every small hotel has access to the science on how to make a difference. This gives everyone access to a global standard and provides consumers to travel with conference. WTTC wants the hospitality industry to lead by example so that sustainability becomes the basic requirement used to drive change forward for this generation and the next.”

With its long heritage and experience as an industry pioneer in sustainability Radisson Hotel Group has made a strong commitment to Net Zero by 2050, in line with the SBTi Net Zero Standard, and to set emission reduction targets based in climate science. The implementation of the eight foundational elements of the Hotel Sustainability Basics in all our hotels worldwide by the end of 2023 is one of these important short-term steps on the pathway to the Group’s ambitious decarbonization target.

* Hotel Sustainability Basics has been supported by amongst others by Accor, Barceló Hotel Group, Huazhu, including its affiliate Deutsche Hospitality, Indian Hotels Company Limited, Jin Jiang International (Holdings) Co., Ltd. including its affiliates Jin Jiang Hotels, Louvre Hotels Group and Radisson Hotel Group, Meliá Hotels International, and Minor Hotels including NH Hotel Group.


Radisson Hotel Group
Radisson Hotel Group is one of the world’s largest hotel groups with nine distinctive hotel brands, and more than 1,700 hotels in operation and under development in 120 countries. The Group’s overarching brand promise is Every Moment Matters with a signature Yes I Can! service ethos. The Radisson Hotel Group portfolio includes Radisson Collection, Radisson Blu, Radisson, Radisson RED, Radisson Individuals, Park Plaza, Park Inn by Radisson, Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, and prizeotel brought together under one commercial umbrella brand Radisson Hotels. More than 100,000 team members work at Radisson Hotel Group and at the hotels licensed to operate in its systems.

Scandic to Open Third Hotel in Tromsø

Scandic Hotels has signed a long-term lease agreement with property owner Totaleiendom for a new hotel with 305 rooms on 12 floors in the new Vervet area in Tromsø, Norway, adding to the two hotels they already operate in the city with a total of 390 hotel rooms.

The new hotel is expected to open in 2025 and will be an important addition to meet the demand from the growing leisure segment. The hotel will be located in the new Vervet district that is currently being built on the waterfront in downtown Tromsø. It will feature 305 hotel rooms, a restaurant, a sky bar, a rooftop terrace and meeting facilities that can also be used for private events.

The property will be built with sustainability in focus, with the aim to attain a Breeam environmental certification rating of Excellent. Scandic’s guests will have access to an underground garage with 250 parking spaces equipped with charging stations for electric vehicles.

Tromsø is an attractive hotel market for international leisure travelers, a segment that is expected to increase over time. The city is also an attractive destination for cruises as well as Northern Lights and mountain tourism, and Scandic already operates two hotels in Tromsø with a total of 390 hotel rooms.

“This fantastic hotel will consolidate our position as a leading hotel operator in Northern Norway and not least in a growing Tromsø. We already have two well-established hotels in the city, and our new hotel in this new district will be an attractive meeting place that will strengthen our hotel offering for leisure travelers in a region where we see that demand for hotels is increasing,” says Asle Prestegard, Head of Scandic Hotels Norway.

“So far, Vervet has been a great success and we’ve managed to create a high level of activity in the district. With the establishment of this unique hotel, we hope to take further steps forward. We aim to give something back to the residents of Tromsø in everything we do, and adding another Scandic hotel to Tromsø will make the Vervet area even more dynamic,” says Ørjan Ånesen, Property Manager, Totaleiendom.

Construction of the new hotel will begin at the turn of the year 2022/2023. The hotel is expected to have a total area of 16,500 m², making it the largest hotel in Northern Norway.