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Choice Hotels International announced the signing of a master development agreement with Equinox Ventures, a joint venture between Equinox Group and Al Tayyar Travel Group, to introduce and develop three of Choice’s most prominent brands: Clarion, Comfort and Quality across the UAE and Saudi Arabia. This announcement, its fifth EMEA market portfolio expansion in the past six months, is part of Choice’s strategy to continue to expand its brand internationally.

One of Thailand’s leading hospitality group, Centara Hotels & Resorts, has inked a management memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Asia Investment, Development & Construction Sole Co. (AIDC), a well-established investment and construction company in Laos.

Studio M, a chic urban hotel concept by Millennium Hotels & Resorts, is all set for its target opening date in the fourth quarter of this year.

Peter Lucas has been appointed CEO of the Flight Centre Travel Group’s hotel management business, BHMA.

Steven Ciobo, minister, trade, tourism and investment, Australia, noted more travellers in Australia are checking into hotels, motels and serviced apartments.

Hotels in Singapore reported positive hotel performance in June, according to preliminary data from benchmarker STR.

Preliminary data for hotels in Melbourne, Australia, suggest high room rates were charged during April this year.

STR’s recently-released April preliminary data for Munich hotels indicated significant demand and performance growth.

A recent report from Airbnb revealed that the federal government, which, throughout 2017, spent USD3.1 billion with hotels, and almost USD2 billion of it with just five chains, could save taxpayers USD413 million by staying with Airbnb.

Hotels will comprise 20 percent of the total show area at Arabian Travel Market (ATM) 2018, becoming the largest exhibition of regional and global hotel brands ever throughout the event’s history, its organisers have revealed.