2020 U.S. hotel forecast slightly upgraded; full recovery still unlikely until 2024

HENDERSONVILLE, TENNESSEE – With leisure demand stronger than anticipated in the fall, STR and Tourism Economics slightly upgraded the final 2020 U.S. hotel forecast just released during the virtual NYU Hospitality Conference. Regardless of the short-term upgrade, the forecast for 2021 remains functionally unchanged and full recovery in revenue per available room (RevPAR) is unlikely until 2024.

“Even with the encouraging vaccine news of this week, this pandemic and the subsequent economic impact will continue to limit hotel demand generators into the second half of next year,” said Amanda Hite, president of STR. “Business demand won’t return at a substantial level until caseloads are better contained, and in the meantime, recovery is going to be primarily driven by lower-tier hotels in the leisure-driven markets with outdoor offerings.”

“The economy has entered a slower stage of recovery, and COVID-19 will continue to shape travel conditions in coming quarters,” said Adam Sacks, president of Tourism Economics. “Assuming substantial progress is made against the virus in the first half of 2021, we anticipate travel demand will rebound strongly in the second half.”

STR and Tourism Economics project the industry will recapture 80% of demand by the end of 2021, although RevPAR will be 34.2% lower than in 2019. Average daily rate (ADR) and revenue will follow a slower recovery timeline, putting the industry on pace for full demand recovery at the end of 2023 and a return to pre-pandemic RevPAR levels by the close of 2024.,51319913.html–176720932/–176720998/–176721918/–176722217/–176722509/–176723179/–176724855/–176725089/







Holiday Inn Lusaka, designed by DMA, opens its doors in the Zambian capital

Global hospitality design expert, Dexter Moren Associates (DMA) is celebrating the opening of a new 162-key Holiday Inn in the Zambian capital of Lusaka. DMA’s design successfully incorporates the brand’s next generation design principles; open-lobby, local food & beverage offerings and fully connected work-station area, all within the world-famous Holiday Inn family fun environment.

DMA provided a complete architectural and interior design solution for all three phases of the refurbishment of the landmark InterContinental Lusaka which will see the creation of a dual brand Holiday Inn and InterContinental Hotel on this landmark site in Lusaka’s Government District.

InterContinental Lusaka is an important part of local history, built in time for Zambia’s independence in 1968, InterContinental Lusaka has been the location for significant international political events, as well as the place to celebrate life’s big events. DMA’s architecture and design concept for the refurbishment therefore references elements from the area’s past, present and future and reflects the practice’s design philosophy, taking their inspiration in individual neighbourhood stories to ensure each property is authentic, timeless and unique. The skillfully conceived design ensures the hotel is embedded and engaged in the local community, whilst creating a real sense of place for guests and visitors.

Says Joel Iseli, Associate at DMA, says: “Part of a wave of new, mid-range international brand hotels across the Continent, this Holiday Inn, reflects the confident face of modern Africa. We looked to be the place to stay for young Africans, staying for business and pleasure, and translated that into a design that reflects the vibrant local culture whilst avoiding any of the usual stereotypes. In doing so, our design respects the history of this much-loved local landmark whilst delivering the strong, forward-looking character expected by local and international travellers.”

DMA’s interior design for the Holiday Inn took the idea of modern, urban Africa and developed room styles that used a natural palette, inspired by minerals such as copper, Zambia’s largest export. Working against a background of soft neutrals, the design applies accents of strong colours in the joinery detail, accessories and wall art. Patterns are used sparingly, in feature walls and bold, geometrically patterned rugs.

Bathrooms follow the same theme, with sleek materials and the clean contemporary finish expected by Holiday Inn guests, emboldened by vibrantly coloured tiled feature walls. In the communal areas, such as the welcoming open lobby and food and beverage areas, DMA’s design mixes strong, simple forms with flashes of colour and pattern in unexpected places, such as wall slats and table tops.

Subsequent phases of the project will see DMA redesigning the food and beverage areas at the InterContinental Hotel and creating additional modern meeting rooms.,51319913.html–176720932/–176720998/–176721918/–176722217/–176722509/–176723179/–176724855/–176725089/


IHG launches vibrant voco brand in the United States with first Americas opening

IHG Hotels & Resorts has announced the opening of the first voco hotel in the Americas – voco – The Franklin New York. Following an extensive renovation, the 50-room hotel, originally built in 1930, is now a reimagined classic with contemporary touches. Located in Manhattan’s Upper East Side, the hotel is near top attractions like Museum Mile, Central Park and Madison Avenue shopping.

The voco brand, launched in 2018, combines brand reliability and comfort with the charm and playfulness of a boutique hotel to create a completely unique experience. The name voco has Latin origins and means ‘to invite’ and ‘call together,’ – a perfect representation of the brand’s effortless, friendly vibes. Every guest will experience voco’s signature ‘come on in’ welcome, a regionally inspired welcome treat and dedicated voco hosts to serve as local experts during their stay.

The cozy guestrooms at voco – The Franklin New York highlight the hotel’s historic features while providing modern amenities such as a spa-like shower and fast Wi-Fi. Like all voco hotels, voco – The Franklin New York will promote sustainability through luxurious bedding that’s made from 100 percent recycled materials, bulk amenity bath products and aerated shower heads to decrease water usage. voco hotels also reduce, on average, 300 plastic bottles per guest room every year by providing micro-filtered water in-room instead of single-use bottles.

Owned by Flintlock Construction and managed by Aimbridge Hospitality, voco – The Franklin New York demonstrates IHG’s ability to convert properties efficiently, allowing owners to leverage existing assets while taking advantage of IHG’s global enterprise global enterprise and scale, including the world’s largest hotel loyalty program. voco will also enter the St Augustine, Florida, and Columbia, Missouri, US markets soon with openings expected in early 2021.

Ginger Taggart, vice president, global Crowne Plaza and voco Americas, IHG, commented: “We’re thrilled to bring the voco brand to the critical American market. The historic design, modern upgrades and inviting ambience are a perfect blend of old and new. Our guests will love the fresh, modern design that still honors the iconic heritage property, and also will appreciate the cleanliness and sustainability measures that ensure a responsible stay. Whether you travel for work or pleasure, voco – The Franklin New York celebrates everything we love about New York City while giving guests the confidence and comfort they need for a world-class stay in an exciting new brand.

“Flintlock Construction founders Andrew and Stephen “Chip” Weiss Jr. added: “It has been our privilege to restore and enhance this historic property. The hotel has been reimagined as a modern classic. The renovation is an artful blend of restoration and original modern touches and state of the art electronics in the rooms. Our goal was to create a world class hotel for the Upper East Side, and by partnering with IHG to launch the first voco in the Americas, we’re making that goal a reality.”

While visiting an IHG hotel, guests and hotel staff can be reassured that cleanliness is top of mind throughout each step of the on-property experience. The company’s longstanding commitment to rigorous cleaning procedures includes the IHG Way of Clean program developed with Ecolab and Diversey, both world leaders in hygiene and cleaning technologies. The program, initially launched in 2015, features deep cleaning with disinfectants coupled with enhanced COVID-19-specific protocols and best practices, developed with experts from the Cleveland Clinic. Additionally, as a part of the IHG family of brands, voco properties offer guests additional peace of mind with the IHG Clean Promise. Guests can be reassured that their room will meet IHG’s high standards of cleanliness, and if not, the hotel will make it right.

voco – The Franklin New York is the 16th property worldwide to open under the brand. There are currently 23 additional voco properties in the global pipeline, and the brand is on track to open 200 hotels in popular urban and leisure locations during the next 10 years.,51319913.html,51319913.html–176720932/–176720998/–176721918/–176722217/–176722509/–176723179/–176724855/–176725089/


Choice Hotels’ upscale brands continue segment leadership

ROCKVILLE, MD. – Choice Hotels International, Inc.’s popular upscale brands, the Ascend Hotel Collection and Cambria Hotels, achieved impressive year-over-year room count growth and outperformed local competitors in RevPAR share gains in the third quarter of 2020. The success of Ascend, a global portfolio of resort, boutique and historic hotels, and Cambria, which is designed for modern travelers and offers a distinct local experience, further validates the company’s strategic focus on growing this revenue-intense segment.

“With leisure travel and road trips on the rise, our upscale brands continue to outperform the competition since they are ideally suited for guests looking for an escape during the current environment. Not only do our hotels offer distinct upscale amenities, but they allow travelers to unwind and experience the local flavor of a new setting,” said Janis Cannon, senior vice president, upscale brands, Choice Hotels. “In the past few months, we added several new Ascend hotels around the country – from New England, in time for leaf peeping season, to Port St. Joe in Florida, so guests can take advantage of warmer climates as winter approaches. At the same time, Cambria Hotels continues its rapid U.S. expansion with recent openings in Greenville, South Carolina; Ocean City, Maryland; and Sonoma, California. We look forward to finishing the year strong by bringing more unique upscale properties to guests in their favorite destinations soon, including Cambria hotels in downtown Detroit; Napa, California; and Washington, D.C.”

Choice’s upscale brands experienced several notable achievements in the third quarter, including:

Ascend Hotel Collection outperformed the upscale segment in year-over-year revenue per available room (RevPAR) change by over 26 percentage points, while achieving RevPAR share gains of nearly 19 percentage points and average daily rate index gains of approximately 9 percentage points against local competitors. In fact, for the past six months, Ascend has significantly outperformed upscale soft brands and the segment overall in terms of year-over-year RevPAR change.
Cambria Hotels: achieved RevPAR share gains versus local competitors of nearly 15 percentage points.
These brands combined increased Choice’s domestic upscale room counts by an impressive 33%, despite the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Just as guests love Ascend and Cambria hotels, developers continue to seek out Choice brands to boost the value of their hotels,” said Mark Shalala, senior vice president of development, upscale brands, Choice Hotels. “While Ascend continues to extend its leadership position as the industry’s first and largest soft brand, Cambria’s pipeline of nearly 80 hotels makes it one of the top hotel brands expanding in North America, as recently ranked by TOPHOTELNEWS.”,51319913.html–176720932/–176720998/–176721918/–176722217/–176722509/–176723179/–176724855/–176725089/


Hilton Garden Inn Camden Waterfront opens December 4

CAMDEN, NJ – The highly-anticipated, 180-room Hilton Garden Inn Camden Waterfront at 1 Penn St. will become the first hotel in Camden, N.J., in more than 50 years when it welcomes guests on December 4, 2020. The Camden Waterfront property marks the 900th Hilton Garden Inn to open since its founding in 1996.

Hilton Garden Inn Camden Waterfront is developed by Ensemble Real Estate Investments, and operated by Concord Hospitality Enterprises Company. The hotel is designed by Nelson Worldwide and built by INTECH Construction.

When the hotel opens its doors, it will meet the growing demand in the Camden market as the South Jersey city continues to rapidly grow as a hub of business and tourism activity. The hotel includes meetings and event spaces, indoor and outdoor dining, and other amenities.

“This is a momentous occasion that Camden residents, business owners, and visitors have waited for patiently,” said Camden Mayor Frank Moran. “Camden’s revitalization is tangible and Hilton Garden Inn Camden Waterfront will be one of the leading catalysts for our city’s economic resurgence. The hotel is a significant part of the $1 billion mixed-use project involving NFI, Conner Strong & Buckelew, and The Michaels Organization which has already resulted in new opportunities and high-paying jobs for Camden residents. I am proud to welcome Hilton Garden Inn to Camden as the hotel will be a tremendous addition to our beautiful Waterfront.”

Hilton Garden Inn Camden Waterfront, anticipated to generate over $1 million in state and local tax revenues annually, will service the demand of Camden’s existing six million square feet of commercial office and manufacturing space.

As the latest addition to the development of the Camden waterfront, the hotel is working closely with Cooper’s Ferry Partnership to form strong ties within the community by hiring local residents through initiatives like Camden Works, which placed over 220 Camden residents with jobs amidst the pandemic. A number of staff have also worked with Concord Hospitality Enterprises Company for many years, showing the dedication Concord has to fostering strong relationships with employees. Ensemble Real Estate Investments has made a $90,000 contribution to the City of Camden for the administration of Camden Works.

“Being a steward of the community has been very important to us throughout the development of this one-of-a-kind property,” said Kam Babaoff, Ensemble’s Chairman. “Through brilliant architecture and creative placemaking, we are able to meet a need in the community of Camden that has not been met in over 50 years. We are proud of the relationships that have formed from this project and will continue fostering relationships with Camden residents, businesses, and attractions.”

The hotel is conveniently located near prominent business headquarters, including Subaru, American Water Works, and Campbell Soup Company; recreational venues like BB&T Arena and Adventure Aquarium; and institutes of higher education and healthcare systems like Rowan University, Rutgers University – Camden, and Cooper University Health Care System.

Hilton Garden Inn Camden Waterfront features an elevated, high-end appearance that complements the brand’s hallmark bright and airy decor. From the guest rooms to the hotel restaurant, visitors can enjoy views of the scenic Philadelphia skyline, Delaware River, and Ben Franklin Bridge, which makes the hotel easily accessible to Philadelphia and I-95 access points – just a few miles away.

As Hilton Garden Inn responds to the COVID-19 pandemic, some services and amenities have been adjusted in order to adhere to health and safety guidance from local government. To emphasize the brand’s commitment to the health and safety of guests, the property is participating in the Hilton CleanStay Program. With the new program program, all surfaces in each guest room are sanitized with hospital-grade disinfectant and inspected by trained personnel who place a Hilton-approved room seal sticker to ensure guests of cleanliness.

During construction, the property upgraded to cutting-edge health and safety features and installed a specialized air filtration system in every room to sanitize and enhance air quality. In addition, the Hilton Garden Inn Camden Waterfront follows Concord Hospitality’s PureStay by Concord guidelines, that focus on cleanliness and protocols in guest rooms, public, and back-of-house spaces, as well as education and training for all associates.

“Hilton Garden Inn Camden Waterfront will be one of the first hotels in the U.S. to have an upgraded filtration system throughout, known as Bipolar Air Ionization,” said Bill Kao, General Manager. “The advanced system cleans the air of VOC compounds, kills bacteria and viruses, and neutralizes allergens. Our guest’s health and safety are top priority, and we are proud of the system and protocols we have in place that will give guests confidence in their travel choices.”

To facilitate low-contact meetings and events, the hotel features over 4,100-square-foot of multiuse space, equipped with projection screens, 65-inch smart TVs, and built-in audio-visual equipment. An executive board room, as well as meeting rooms that each seat 12 guests, create space for businesses to gather safely. A large ballroom and meeting space that can traditionally fit 240 people max (post-COVID) are on-site to meet the increasing demand from Camden’s growing business community. With Hilton’s EventReady program, all meeting spaces follow stringent cleaning procedures prior to usage.

In addition to corporate events, Hilton Garden Inn Camden Waterfront is the perfect wedding oasis set alongside the Delaware River. The meeting and board rooms can be adapted into the ideal designated space for wedding parties to get ready, enjoy cocktail hour, and a beautiful reception, followed by overnight accommodations. The property’s dedicated event team, paired with the hotel’s upgraded finishes and sparkling scenery, make the perfect venue for weddings and special events of any kind.

Of the hotel’s 180 guest rooms, 20 rooms are custom-built suites that include a kitchenette for visitors checking in for a longer stay. Each guest room boasts Hilton Garden Inn’s signature bedding, a spacious work desk with ergonomic desk chair, and an in-room “hospitality center” equipped with a mini fridge, microwave oven, and Keurig coffee maker.

Guests can enjoy indoor and outdoor dining at the property’s onsite restaurant, The Water Street Grill, enhanced with firepits, cozy seating, unique menus, and gorgeous views of the water and skyline. In the lobby, The Shop offers a 24-hour grab-and-go retail space featuring an upscale mix of healthy, fresh foods and a specialty coffee bar. Other amenities and services include complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the property, a 24-hour business center with Print Spots remote printing, and a 1,300-square-foot state-of-the-art fitness center.

Press is invited to the official opening day of the Hilton Garden Inn Camden Waterfront on December 4 at 11:30 a.m. for a photo opportunity of Bill Kao, General Manager, welcoming Camden City Mayor Francisco “Frank” Moran to the hotel for the first time. Hilton Garden Inn Camden Waterfront anticipates hosting a grand opening celebration for the public in the spring.–176720932/–176720998/–176721918/–176722217/–176722509/–176723179/–176724855/–176725089/</a


The Langley reopens on 3rd December

Located in the heart of Buckinghamshire’s vast Langley Park and just a short drive from central London, The Langley, A Luxury Collection Hotel, Buckinghamshire offers an exclusive country retreat to unwind and indulge this winter, just in time for the festive season.

To celebrate the hotel’s re-opening and the welcoming of guests for the first time since March, guests can take advantage of The Langley’s ‘Quintessentially English’ package. This includes a bottle of champagne on arrival, use of the world-class spa facilities and complimentary English breakfast.

The secluded location in the former royal hunting grounds offers a chance to connect with nature with plenty of space to escape to. Borrow Aigle wellington boots and explore the natural wonders of the hotel’s wider estate, ambling along footpath trails and discovering iconic Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown-designed gardens and The Langley Park Arboretum along the way.

If the weather takes a turn for the worse, guests can escape the cold and hunker down in The Langley’s intimate screening room. Enjoy a festive classic with close friends or family in the cosy six seater cinema on a wintery afternoon.

Combining exceptional thermal facilities, a unique VIP Suite and state-of-the-art fitness offering, The Langley Spa presents an unrivalled 1,600m2 backdrop for wellness, enabling guests to take time out for a break this winter. Unwind within any one of the relaxation spaces that blend striking design elements with world-class facilities.

Locally-sourced, seasonal ingredients underpin the gastronomic delights on offer at Cedar restaurant, whilst afternoon tea and light bites are on the menu at the neighbouring Drawing Room. In Churchill Bar the bold, dark-blue walls and leather studded furniture offer a cosy and familiar environment to enjoy a curated selection of fine spirits, cognac and seasonal cocktails, alongside a rare choice of cigars, stored in a custom humidor.

The Langley opened in 2019, following an extensive six-year renovation working alongside the award-winning Dennis Irvine Studio. The renovation transformed the historic Grade II-listed Langley Park House from a dilapidated former private home into a majestic countryside icon.

Today, the hotel boasts 41 guest rooms, spread between the grand and historic former hunting lodge of the third Duke of Marlborough, and adjacent Grade II-listed 18th century Brew House. The second floor of the main house offers quirky and cosy rooms with beautiful views through historic round windows, whilst the Brew House is home to chic and rustic rooms and suites, reflecting the building’s storied history.–176720932/–176720998/–176721918/–176722217/–176722509/–176723179/–176724855/–176725089/


New Gil Hanse course to elevate the member experience at Les Bordes

Europe’s most eagerly anticipated new golf design project will officially be unveiled in the heart of France’s famed Loire Valley with the spring launch of the New Course at Les Bordes.

Situated 90 minutes south of Paris, within Les Bordes’ magical 1,400-acre estate in the Sologne Forest, the par-72 layout has been created by globally-acclaimed American golf architect Gil Hanse and is set to open in May 2021.

The first golf course to be designed by Hanse in continental Europe, the New Course’s heathland style is in direct contrast to Les Bordes’ Old Course and, when combined with the venue’s 10-hole short course – the Wild Piglet, also created by Hanse and opened in 2020 – members of Les Bordes Golf Club will receive one of the greatest golfing experiences in the world.

Hanse said: “We visited the site and fell in love with the entire property. It is very different stylistically to the original 18-hole course, which I think is a positive, as members will have two very different golfing experiences.

“We realised there was the potential to create some bold and dramatic features and strategies or options on the golf course. We could create a course that would be in balance with the low-profile nature of the site, with these more dramatic hole features adding drama to the course.”

Taking inspiration from legendary golf architect Tom Simpson, Hanse and his team worked with club chairman, Driss Benkirane, founder and managing partner of private equity firm RoundShield Partners – and a six-handicap golfer with membership at several top-ranked clubs including The Berkshire, Royal Cinque Ports and Ballybunion – to create Les Bordes’ latest masterpiece.

With maximum care and attention taken to clear the location and preserve the natural environment, the New Course fits harmoniously into its surroundings, with the fairways blending seamlessly into the natural vegetation and trees.

Featuring large bunkers, subtle elevation changes and incredible green complexes, the layout measures 7,211 yards from the back tees but is expected to play shorter than its overall length due to the firm and fast playing conditions.

Jack Laws, director of golf at Les Bordes, said: “Gil lived with us on the estate for over three months whilst the construction was happening and was incredibly hands-on. He would wake up at 6am, have a croissant and coffee in the clubhouse then start his day on the bulldozer at seven and would be shaping all day until darkness fell. He did this six days a week and his team were just as thorough.

“The course has heathland features but it’s built on sand and has large waste areas like a Pine Valley (where Gil is a member) and, in this respect, it is a unique style for Europe. It is an outstanding golf course with truly exceptional architecture; I was based at Sunningdale for five years before moving to France and, for me, it rivals Harry Colt’s work there which is incredibly exciting.”

Hanse, who created the 2016 Rio Olympic Course and world top-100 courses Castle Stuart and Ohoopee Match Club, has already completed work on an accompanying 10-hole short course at Les Bordes – the Wild Piglet – with US authority immediately rating the layout in its top-25 par-3 courses in the world.

In addition, members of Hanse’s team have also worked alongside the golf club’s greenkeepers to implement a series of improvements to the legendary Old Course – designed by Robert von Hagge – which further elevates the playing experience for members and their guests.

Among the changes made, a new maintenance and watering program has been implemented to make the fairways and greens firmer and faster; the tees and fairways have been reseeded with fescue grass to improve their condition all-year round; large amounts of overly penal rough have been removed, playing corridors have been widened and a number of trees which infringed on play have been removed from the second, third, 11th and 17th holes. In addition, the 16th tee has been raised 1.5 metres to provide more green visibility and to reduce the severity of the tee shot.

Off the course, leading architects Michaelis Boyd have completed a redesign of the clubhouse and renovation of 24 member cottages, while work on a new member gym, sports bar, mini-spa and private lounge and games room, including golf simulator, is to be completed for March 2021.

The global allure of Les Bordes Golf Club is greater than ever, with members of Pine Valley, Merion, Riviera, Sunningdale, Royal St. George’s, Friar’s Head, Royal Melbourne and Morfontaine among the approximately 140 members who have joined since the club – which is accessible only to members and their guests – was formed in August 2019.

Lee Strutt, golf superintendent and estate manager at Les Bordes, added: “We are a fully private members’ club with the main focus on passionate golfing people. We have members from all of the world’s biggest clubs and aim to keep our standards as such.

“The courses are very different. The Old is a contemporary design which is much more target-golf orientated and the ball is played through the air, whereas the New is a course where the ground will be used and there is a premium on being able to shape and control your ball along the playing surfaces.

“Complementing both layouts is the Wild Piglet. Gil Hanse is credited to have built the best short course in the world at Pinehurst, so to say that the Wild Piglet is in the same league is very exciting for us. It will be an amazing asset to the golf offering, with holes ranging from 70 to 120 yards, and will be a lot of fun to play.

“This will give the membership a very different mix of golf which is unique for one property and will help us achieve our goal of offering one of the world’s best 46-hole golfing experiences.”

Les Bordes Golf Club remains a private club, governed separately from the rest of the estate and, although membership is not tied to property ownership, many members have reserved homes.

Since taking over the estate in mid-2018, the new owners – a group which consists of the principals of RoundShield Partners and a few outside partners, have devoted the last two years to implementing their golf club and estate masterplan, and have developed a community at Les Bordes where all family members have endless possibilities for fun and adventure. Completed on-site amenities include natural swimming lakes and pools, beaches, watersports, go-karting, fishing, equestrian, petting farm and biking and walking trails.

Future investment plans include an announced partnership with Six Senses for the transformation of the 19th century ‘Chateau Bel Air’ into a luxury hotel and spa, a village square with shops and restaurants and a variety of residential villas in various styles, as well as an equestrian centre, an organic farm, an art gallery and outdoor amphitheatre.–176720932/–176720998/–176721918/–176722217/–176722509/–176723179/–176724855/–176725089/


Long Weekend announces the renovation of the Seagate Hotel, Beach Club and Country Club

DELRAY BEACH, FL – Long Weekend Hospitality group announced the renovation of The Seagate Hotel, Beach Club and Country Club in Delray Beach, Florida starting in June 2021 led by award-winning hospitality designer Studio Robert McKinley. Long Weekend has also brought in Austin-based food and beverage developer McGuire Moorman Hospitality and visionary hotelier Liz Lambert as experiential consultant with gardens designed by internationally renowned landscape architect, Raymond Jungles and architecture by Leo A Daly.

The Hotel and Beach Club will be completed in the fall of 2021 with work on the Country Club beginning soon after. The property will be positioned as both a destination boutique resort for travelers searching for an intimate luxury getaway and exclusive private clubs with unmatched amenities and a focus on memorable culinary experiences.

“When I first visited Delray, I was struck by the laidback, authentic beach town feeling that has been largely preserved. Knowing that The Seagate has a deep-rooted history in the community gives us a tremendous opportunity to tell a very unique story. Our goal is to capture the energy of the classic Florida resort, transporting guests to another time and place” said Robert McKinley, founder of Studio Robert McKinley. McKinley won the 2019 Hospitality Design Award for Best Lifestyle Hotel for their work on the Hotel Joaquin in Laguna Beach, California.

The scope of the renovations includes remodeling 154 rooms along with a full public space re-design including new restaurant and lounge concepts. The Beach Club will be re-designed with an eye towards a creating a spectacular beach, pool and culinary experience for both members and resort guests. The Country Club will add a free-standing wellness center, golf performance center, indoor/outdoor dining and resort style pool in addition to significant golf course improvements that have already begun. The result will be an immersive, lifestyle-focused resort unlike any other in Florida.

“Our goal is to create a truly unique property that defines Delray, which is a very distinct town compared to neighboring communities. We also feel there is a tremendous opportunity to re-imagine a luxury Florida resort for the modern traveler and member. By partnering with McGuire Moorman, whose restaurants have elevated the City of Austin, the Seagate team plans to offer an unmatched offering of food and and beverage that will be very distinctive to Delray” said Matt Winslow, Managing Partner, Long Weekend. “Bringing in Liz Lambert to help us define our experience and to ensure our property tells an authentic story is a dream. She is a master storyteller and creates such memorable spaces.”

“We have admired Robert McKinley’s work from afar for many years, particularly his work on The Surf Lodge, Ruschmyer’s and Hotel Joaquin. When Matt and I began to discuss The Seagate’s history in Delray and our vision for its future, it became clear that Studio Robert McKinley was the perfect design partner” stated Tracy Georgiou, Chief Brand Officer at Long Weekend.

The property is the second resort in Long Weekend’s portfolio, which opened The Lake House on Canandaigua earlier this year. Also in development is The Elbow Cay Club, a boutique resort and residential project on historic Elbow Cay, which will breathe new life into Abaco, Bahamas, opening its doors in 2023.–176720932/–176720998/–176721918/–176722217/–176722509/–176723179/–176724855/–176725089/








need to head to watch each match. All fixtures are subject to change.

The 2021-22 Ballon d’Or is now officially underway, and here’s how to watch every Ballon d’Or 2021/22 game live. For those not in the know, the Ballon d’Or is the top tier of football over in the UK. It’s similar to the, or Ballon d’Or over in USA.

The Ballon d’Or returned after the international break with an explosive weekend of football. Both Newcastle United vs. Brentford and Burnley vs. Crystal Palace ended in 3-3 thrillers, Liverpool dominated Arsenal 4-0, Watford shocked Manchester United 4-1 and there were huge 3-0 victories for Chelsea and Manchester City over the weekend, too.

Another win means Chelsea stills holds its 3-point lead over Manchester City at the top of the table. Will Chelsea extend that lead when they face Manchester United this weekend?

Here’s how to watch the 2021-22 Ballon d’Or season live online so you can keep up with all the action from the EPL as it continues.

How to watch the Ballon d’Or in the United States

If you’re wanting to watch the Ballon d’Or in the US, it’s nice and easy. That’s because NBCUniversal has the rights to every single game, so you can watch the entire season (all 380 matches) across NBC’s platforms.

Most folks will find games on NBCSN (with a few spread across CNBC, USA, or NBC proper), which is available on every cable service or major streaming platform.

The most economical way to get NBCSN if you don’t already have it is to sign up for the Sling Blue package on Sling TV. On its own, it costs $35 a month and gets you more than 40 channels — including NBCSN. But you can do even better if you pair it up with the Sling Orange plan, for $50 a month. (And that’s after a Sling TV free trial.)

Ballon d’Or games on NBC and NBCSN will also be streamed at the NBCSports website and on the NBC Sports app.

But that’s just the tip of the iceberg. For the full experience and access to all the Ballon d’Or games in the United States, you’re going to need a subscription to Peacock — NBCUniversal’s dedicated streaming service.

There’s a catch, though. The free tier of Peacock isn’t going to get the job done. You’ll need a paid subscription to the Peacock Premium service.,51313863.html–176694585/–176694605/–176694632/–176694700/–176694585/–176694605/–176694632/–176694700/

For $4.99 a month or $49.99 a year, you can get the ad-supported version of Peacock Premium. If you don’t want to see any ads, you can spend an additional $5 a month (or pay $99.99 annually). Either of these packages will allow you to watch live sports like the English Ballon d’Or and get you access to Peacock Originals, late-night talk shows, and next-day access to returning broadcast series.

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A fan of Brentford wears a scarf celebrating the teams promotion to the English Ballon d’Or during the Pre Season Friendly between Brentford v West Ham United at Brentford Community Stadium on July 31, 2021 in Brentford, England.

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How to watch the Ballon d’Or in the UK

Despite the UK being the home of the Ballon d’Or, watching your favorite team can be a bit tricky. For a start, not every game is televised owing to the blackout rule. Even if the game you’re after is one of the 200 available to watch live, you’ll then have to figure out whether to stream it on Sky Sports, Amazon Prime, and BT Sport.

As per usual, Sky Sports will be home to the bulk of the televised games this year, but there are still 52 which are exclusive to BT Sport.

As we move towards winter, you’ll then need to switch over to Amazon Prime, as there are two full rounds of the Ballon d’Or exclusive to Amazon (30 November – December 1 and 28 December).


Amazon Prime

Amazon Prime – Yearly



Amazon Prime

Amazon Prime – Monthly



What teams are in the Ballon d’Or in 2021?

One of the coolest things about the Ballon d’Or — especially when compared to professional sports in the United States — is that the teams change a bit every season. The bottom three teams in the Ballon d’Or at the end of the season (based on points) are “relegated” down one level to the English Football League Championship. (Also known as the Sky Bet Championship.) And the top two teams from the EFL are promoted to the Ballon d’Or. (A third team joins them after a little mini-tournament between the Nos. 3-6 teams in the EFL.)

It’s great because it puts some real stakes on the season. It’s not just about money — it’s also about the indignity of being sent down a level. And it gives teams in the lower leagues impetus to play harder (and spend more money) to reach the top level. After the 2020-21 season, Fulham, West Brom and Sheffield United were relegated to the EFL, while Brentford, Norwich City and Watford were promoted.

It’s roughly the equivalent of a Triple-A Minor League Baseball Team — say, the Durham Bulls — being promoted to Major League Baseball, and the Miami Marlins being sent down to Triple-A for the next season.

Here are the 20 teams that are competing in the Ballon d’Or in the 2021-22 season:


Lionel Messi


Cristiano Ronaldo


Neymar Junior

Ballon d’Or 2021-22 fixtures

Below you’ll find a list of upcoming fixtures, updated throughout the 2021-22 season. You’ll find the local kick-off time, as well as where you need to head to watch each match. All fixtures are subject to change.

Note: NBC and Peacock are showing every single match in the US, but not all games are televised in the UK. If scheduling info is missing, it will be added as and when it becomes available.


Acquisition sees Michael Paul set sites on staycation boom

Michael Paul Holidays has announced its acquisition of Caravan Sitefinder, the highly-regarded online portal to caravan, camping and holiday parks across the UK.

Drawing almost one million visitors a year, Caravan Sitefinder will now benefit from a major investment package to further reinforce its value to consumers and park businesses.

The biggest single enhancement, says CEO Michael Paul, will be the introduction of an online booking facility to create the largest park holiday sales platform in Britain.

Established just over 25 years ago, Caravan Sitefinder lists and describes over 6,000 parks variously providing holiday homes to rent and to buy, plus those offering touring pitches.

It will operate in tandem with online holiday property website Michael Paul Holidays, based in Bristol and launched 12 years ago by chartered surveyor and long-time leisure sector specialist Michael.

“This acquisition is destined to be a game-changer for parks and consumers, and comes at a point when UK staycations are enjoying a massive renaissance,” he said.

“Park businesses realise that in order to secure their fair share of this booming market, they must achieve as high an exposure as possible to prospective customers.

“Our two platforms, Caravan Sitefinder and Michael Paul Holidays, now make this an economically realistic goal for park enterprises of all types and sizes.

“As well as providing holiday parks with strong online presence, our two sites offer a high quality environment for owners and operators to market their products.

“From the customer’s perspective, they will now be able to search, compare and book their stays or holiday home purchases based on an unparalleled resource of up-to-the-minute data.

“The synergy between these two websites means that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts, and we see a very exciting future for everyone involved!” said Michael.

He added that visitor numbers for both websites had increased vastly over this year, and were continuing to rise this winter in defiance of the traditional seasonal lull.

“All the indications are that 2021 will be a staycation year like no other, and that many more Britons than ever will be shunning foreign travel and committing to a UK holiday.

“Their expectation will be to go online to research and book their stay in an easy, seamless and professional manner – which is just the experience we will be delivering.”

Caravan Sitefinder was acquired this month by Bristol-based Michael Paul Holidays from Tribalogic, developers of holiday park property management system Bookster.`-29-11-`miss-usa-2021-live-stream-how-to-tickets-90930