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Louis Hotels proudly celebrated World Tourism Day on September 27 with this year’s theme being, ‘Tourism and Jobs: A Better Future for All’.

UAE-headquartered hospitality company, TIME Hotels, has launched a new health and wellness initiative, ‘Healthy You. Healthy World,’ across all of its properties in line with its Tomorrow’s World Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programme.

InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) has signed a master development agreement (MDA) with Aleph Hospitality to develop ten franchise hotels across IHG’s portfolio of brands in midscale and upscale segments.

Accor has announced the debut of its successful midscale brand Novotel in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

This follows the signing of three properties during the Africa Hotel Investment Forum (AHIF) which took place in Ethiopia September 23 – 25.

The group has partnered with Compagnie Hôtelière et Immobilière du Congo (CHIC), owned by leading DRC conglomerates, to open Novotel properties in the capital, Kinshasa, and its two major mining centres in the south, Lubumbashi and Kolwezi, introducing a total of 337 keys to Sub-Saharan Africa’s largest country.

The agreement introduces Novotel’s signature relaxed and lively hospitality concept to Africa’s fourth-most populous nation and its most populous Francophone country, capitalising on a surging demand for modern world-class hospitality concepts that meet the needs of its local communities and business travellers.

“With Africa tipped as the next global market and DRC one of the continent’s fastest-expanding economies with an affluent middle class, the time is right to introduce our flagship midscale lifestyle brand in three major growth markets,” said Mark Willis, CEO, Middle East & Africa, Accor. “We are delighted to partner with local expert CHIC to develop Novotel’s presence in this global mining powerhouse, building on the success of the brand in other African destinations and bolstering our accelerated development strategy on the continent.”

 

 

 

 

Analysts at Lodging Econometrics (LE) report that Europe’s hotel construction pipeline soared to record high counts in the second quarter of this year with 1,704 projects having 260,111 rooms, for a dramatic 23 percent increase in projects and 19 percent increase in rooms year-over-year (YOY).

Best Western Hotels & Resorts (BWHR) celebrated the upcoming arrival of its urban, upscale boutique brand, Vîb, with a groundbreaking ceremony in Denver.

WorldHotels has announced a new member in Peru, Casa Andina Premium San Isidro.

WorldHotels has announced a new member in Peru, Casa Andina Premium San Isidro.

Grand Millennium Al Wahda, a luxury five-star hotel located in the centre of Abu Dhabi, adjacent to Al Wahda Mall, has been awarded the Green Key certification.

Centara Hotels & Resorts, one of Thailand’s leading hospitality group, signed a hotel management agreement for two new hotels owned by Al Bandary Hotel Management.