5 things to know: 3 March 2017
5 things to know: 3 March 2017
03 MARCH 2017 10:14 AM

From the desks of the Hotel News Now editorial staff:

  • AccorHotels signs 26-hotel deal in Brazil
  • EU parliament seeks to impose visas on US travelers
  • Casual design, seamless tech crucial to Gen Z
  • Hong Kong joint venture to acquire Rosewood Hotel Georgia
  • Craft brewer to build hotel at Ohio brewery

AccorHotels signs 26-hotel deal in Brazil: France’s AccorHotels signed a management agreement from Brazil Hospitality Group for 26 hotels in Brazil for €60 million ($63 million), Reuters reports. The portfolio includes budget, mid-market and luxury hotels in cities such as Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo.

The company currently has 252 hotels in the country, making it the largest hotel operator in Brazil, the news agency reports. AccorHotels Chief Development Officer Gaurav Bhushan said the company plans to open at least 30 to 40 hotels a year in Brazil over the mid-term.

EU parliament seeks to impose visas on US travelers: The European Union’s parliament is calling for the end of visa-free travel by United States citizens, The Wall Street Journal reports, as the U.S. still excludes five EU countries from visa-free travel. It’s a nonbinding request and unlikely to change policy within the EU.

The ruling requires all countries within the EU to follow the same no-visa rule, the newspaper reports. The U.S. Visa Waiver program allows citizens from 38 EU countries to travel without a visa, but it excludes Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Poland and Romania.

Casual design, seamless tech crucial to Gen Z: In terms of design, Generation Z acts a lot like millennials, except they want more, writes HNN’s Danielle Hess. Gen Z guests want seamless integration of their personal technology and a casual feel during their stays.

“Authenticity brings value to their experience, and the narrative stimulates and connects with them,” said Justin Colombik, senior designer at Puccini Group. “So having that sort of sense of history but the convenience of technology is really important, and I think it’s very unique to their generation. If there’s no technology, they feel like it’s not connected to them, but if it feels too technical, then it’s meant for someone else.”

Hong Kong joint venture to acquire Rosewood Hotel Georgia: Hong Kong investors have reached a deal with Delta Land Development to purchase the Rosewood Hotel Georgia in Vancouver for 145 million Canadian dollars ($108 million), Business in Vancouver reports.

Able Shine and Magnificent Hotel Investments are the two Hong Kong investors purchasing the property through their company, Babenna, according to the article. Rosewood Hotels and Resorts will continue to act as the management company for the property.

Craft brewer to build hotel at Ohio brewery: BrewDog, a Scottish craft brewer, will build a hotel, the DogHouse, at its U.S. headquarters and brewery in Canal Winchester, Ohio, The Columbus Dispatch reports.

The hotel is expected to cost $6 million to build, according to the article, and received $75,000 in an initial round of investment through online crowdfunding. Though the hotel is still in development stages and requires various forms of approval prior to construction, the current projected opening date is late 2018.

Compiled by Bryan Wroten.

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