According to a new press release, Pebblebrook Hotel Trust has announced the acquiring of the Sir Francis Drake Hotel.
Jon Bortz, Chairman, President and CEO of Pebblebrook Hotel Trust commented: “We are very excited to acquire one of San Francisco’s most recognizable hotels.”
“We are also extremely pleased to invest in San Francisco, which is one of our top target markets. The historic Sir Francis Drake Hotel is located in the heart of the city’s world-renowned shopping and entertainment district and is central to San Francisco’s primary business demand drivers, including the Financial District and the Moscone Convention Center.”
One of the biggest hotel chains in the world, Marriott International, has announced the opening of its first hotel in Guyana.
Laurent de Kousemaeker, CEO for Marriott International in the Caribbean & Latin America commented:
“We are thrilled to partner with AHI and the Government of Guyana to open our first Marriott Hotel in the country, representing Marriott’s presence in another Capital city in South America.”
“This will also be Marriott’s first LEED- hotel in the region, and we are confident that it will play an instrumental role in the continued economic and commercial development of Guyana.”
It has been recently announced the agreement between two important franchises to open Doubletree by Hilton in Poland.
The hotel will feature 347 bedrooms, 2 restaurants, 2 bars, spa and there will be more than 3,000 sq. mts. of conference facilities.
Rob Palleschi, global head for Doubletree by Hilton hotels, commented: “Doubletree by Hilton has seen remarkable growth since its European introduction in 2008 and we are proud to continue our development success in Poland.”
The 300,000 square foot Beaux Arts building, has recently been acquired by Highgate Holdings in partnership with Ashkenazy Acquisitions Corporation.
The building has been for years under the control of Danske Bank, but they have finally agreed to sell the property for $6 billion.
“The high-profile property’s rejuvenation will mark the latest milestone in the dramatic revival of the 42nd Street block between Broadway and Avenue of the Americas.”
According to the latest report from Starwood Hotels, their portfolio has bee increased 56% within the last three years.
Mr. Simon Turner, President of Global Development for Starwood commented:
“Along with the fact that we have three great brands, our select-service brands have connected with both travelers and partners because they offer precisely the right products and experiences at the right time.”
“With the appetite for these brands growing in some of the most important emerging markets, the future looks very bright for Aloft, Element, and Four Points.”
The InterContinental Hotel Group has recently signed an agreement to open the first Indigo Hotel in Southeast Asia in conjunction with Piyasombat Property Co. Ltd.
The hotel will open at the end of 2012. Jan Smits, Managing Director, IHG Asia Australasia commented:
“We’re delighted to partner with Piyasombat Property to create an outstanding first Hotel Indigo in Thailand – a country and market with which we have a long-standing commitment. Bangkok is a strong market for boutique hotel products.”
“Hotel Indigo offers an intimate, boutique experience with the added benefits of being part of a large international hotel company – a model that’s generated high customer satisfaction and good returns for our owners internationally.”
AH & LA known as The American Hotel & Lodging Association has recently announced its partnership with Green Key Global.
This partnership will provide a significant discount ed fee “on the Green Key Eco-Rating Program”
“The program is a voluntary, self-administered audit, coupled with onsite inspections to verify a hotel’s rating, designed to assist a hotel in determining its current environmental footprint.“
Since the problem with the oil plattform, hotels in Florida have been extremely worried about the summer season.
Emily Kettner, marketing manager at Tween Waters Inn commented:”Because Florida was ‘grouped’ as a whole as being affected by the spill, but Southwest Florida has yet to be affected physically, many resorts and hotels felt their reservations might be affected by the stigma that all of Florida’s beaches were being affected”.
She also said: “Tween hasn’t experienced any cancellations because of the spill and is sold out for the Fourth of July weekend.”
However, there are other hotels that have been receiving cancellations due to the oil spill.
One of the main and most prestigious hotel chain, Marriott International, has recently announced the launch of Water Conservation Program in China.
This program has become popular around the world and it’s known as “Nobility of Nature”.
J.W. Marriott Jr., chairman and CEO of Marriott International said:”Marriott is committed to doing business in China and to the well-being of the Chinese people. There’s a Chinese proverb, ‘when drinking the water, consider the source.’
Water is the key to prosperity and sustained economic growth. Helping to develop viable ways to preserve the water supply and conserve water in our hotels is important to our business, our associates and our customers.”
Four Points by Sheraton Hotel is changing green. The hotel is located on the edge of the Charlotte Harbor in Punta Gorda.
“Our team is thrilled about our Florida Green Lodging Program designation, and our guests have been very enthusiastic about our sustainability efforts.”
Stephen Svecak, the property’s general manager: “When you’re lucky enough to be situated in the kind of beautiful setting we enjoy, it becomes even more apparent how important it is to reduce waste and conserve resources.”