From the desks of the Hotel News Now editorial staff:
- Hurricane Michael strengthens to Category 4 storm
- Amsterdam hotels see ADR lift despite anti-tourism measures
- Rotana Hotels CEO stepping down after 20 years with company
- Avid expands to Europe with hotels in Germany
- US hotels renovating around the holidays
Hurricane Michael strengthens to Category 4 storm: The National Hurricane Center said Hurricane Michael has turned into a Category 4 storm Wednesday, with winds of 145 mph, CBS News reports.
The storm is expected to make landfall in the Florida Panhandle midday Wednesday and weaken as it moves across the Southeastern U.S.
The Federal Aviation Administration has asked travelers to monitor their flights for status updates as the hurricane nears as airlines are likely to cancel or delay them, according to the article. Amtrak has also adjusted its rail services and is waiving fees for those who change their reservations.
Amsterdam hotels see ADR lift despite anti-tourism measures: City administrators in Amsterdam put tough anti-tourism measures in place last year, but the city remains an attractive spot for hotel investment as fewer properties force prices higher, Hotel News Now contributor Tamara Thiessen writes.
In response to a high number of tourists in 2017, Amsterdam introduced an “overnight policy,” which Thiessen writes “ruled out all new hotel development in Zone 1, the World Heritage canal belt, and allowed only a smattering of opportunities for new projects in Zone 2—that is, the rest of the city.” This move applies to new-build hotels, conversions, room inventory expansion, extended-stay hotels and hostels.
Peter Schickling, GM of the Amsterdam Marriott Hotel, told Thiessen that Amsterdam has not granted additional building permits to inner-city hotels since the policy was put in place.
“There are still a handful of hotels coming up, about 5,000 beds in the next three years, but mostly outside Amsterdam,” he said. “Inside Amsterdam, within the ring road, for sure there are some renovations going on, but nothing new is coming to the market. You cannot build in the inner circle.”
Rotana Hotels CEO stepping down after 20 years with company: Omer Kaddouri, president and CEO of hotel management company Rotana Hotels, will step down from his position at the end of the year, according to a news release.
Kaddouri has served as president and CEO since 2014, and has served in various other roles at the company for 20 years.
Guy Hutchinson, Rotana’s COO, will serve as acting president and CEO when Kaddouri steps down at the end of 2018.
Avid expands to Europe with hotels in Germany: InterContinental Hotels Group announced its Avid Hotels brand is moving into Europe with a 15-asset multiple development agreement with Germany-based GS Star GmbH, according to a news release.
All of the properties will be located in Germany, with the first one opening in 2020, according to the release. IHG currently has 122 hotels in Germany either already open or in the development pipeline, the release states.
U.S. hotels renovating around the holidays: Hotels around the U.S. are getting ready for the holiday season with renovation projects to attract guests, USA Today reports.
The Willard InterContinental in Washington, D.C., revamped its 335 guestrooms around its 200th anniversary. The six-month renovation cost $18 million.
The Hotel Figueroa in Los Angeles, founded in 1926 by the Young Women’s Christian Association, restored the hotel’s Spanish colonial architecture and added energy efficiencies around its 92nd birthday.
Compiled by Danielle Hess.