Global Hospitality Report (July 24, 2017)

Israel Hotel Market Overview 2017 
By Lionel Schauder and Russell Kett

Israel’s hotel sector saw a relatively stable performance during 2016 with significant potential for growth due to a rise in tourism and expansion of the sharing economy. This article explores the hotel performance and development pipeline in Israel.

Social Media Marketing in the Hotel Industry: Trends and Opportunities in 2017 
By Jimmy Quach

Mobile phone proliferation and the rise in social media users is poised to present unique opportunities for hotel companies. How are hotels currently utilizing social media marketing and are they ready for the future?

Don’t Miss the Opportunity to THINC AFRICA with 200 Market Leaders 

A year after the success of THINC Africa 2016, it’s time to get together again for THINC Africa 2017: the same but better! The conference will bring together 45 speakers from 14 countries and 12 different fields. Investors, owners, brand operators, bankers, lawyers, designers and marketing experts will come together to discuss opportunities and challenges of hotel investment in Africa, in 2017. Sessions will not only address investment and operations, but also educational challenges, alternative business models and debt raising opportunities. Whether you are wondering if you should invest and looking for opportunities; seeking ideas to overcome challenges; or just curious about what is happening in this massive and diverse region, THINC Africa 2017 is a must-attend forum. An additional highlight this year is the launch of the THINC Africa Awards, which will recognize and reward the Best Hotel, the Best General Manager and the Best Student of 2017.  Furthermore, all delegates are able to register for a complimentary full-day seminar run by Tim Smith, Managing Partner of HVS Cape Town, and Stephen Rushmore Jr., CEO and President of HVS, on how to value hotels. The conference will be held 30 & 31 August 2017 at the FNB Portside Building in Cape Town.  

Hotel Indigo to Open Flagship Resort in Bali 

InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) is all set to open the Hotel Indigo Bali Seminyak Beach later this month. The hotel is not only the brand’s inaugural resort, but also their first property in Bali. Spanning over 4.7 hectares of landscaped gardens, the 289-key resort encompasses an authentic fusion of Balinese culture and contemporary creativity, drawing inspiration from the flavors, culture and character of its local neighborhood. Located along Seminyak’s Mesari Beach, Hotel Indigo Bali Seminyak Beach features 19 Balinese-styled villas, with private outdoor swimming pools, in addition to the 270 guestrooms. Guests can also expect a range of food and beverage options as the resort will feature seven lifestyle dining offerings. Other facilities include a ten-treatment-room Sava Spa, a relaxation lounge, a reflexology lounge, a nail beauty lounge, and a 24-hour health club.

Pandox Purchases the Hilton London Heathrow Airport…  

Nordic group Pandox has agreed to acquire the Hilton London Heathrow Airport in west London for £80 million (£201,000 per room). The 398-room hotel is connected to Heathrow Airport’s Terminal 4 by a covered walkway and is operated by Hilton Worldwide subsidiary Adda Hotels under a revenue-based lease agreement. The sale is expected to close by the end of the third quarter of 2017.


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