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


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/


Discover the World uncover photography and a virtual 360° tour of the new art suites in Icehotel in Swedish Lapland

The doors to the 31st rendition of the original Icehotel in Swedish Lapland have just opened, as Discover the World shares the first images including a virtual 360° tour so Britons who are unable to travel right now can still step into Icehotel’s pristine world.

The new winter hotel is an ephemeral art exhibition made entirely of snow and ice from Torne River, which opens each winter in December before melting back into the Torne River come spring. Together with Icehotel’s building and ice production team, artists from Sweden have created the 12 unique art suites in the winter Icehotel #31 as well as six new art suites in Icehotel 365, the year round hotel and there’s a new design for the ceremony hall for intimate celebrations.

“The pandemic forced us to think differently, but the result is a stunning homage to Sweden. The 31st edition of Icehotel will be a memorable one! The 24 Swedish-based artists created concepts that will mesmerise our guests, giving them a much needed escape from the reality of this year”, says Creative Director of Icehotel, Luca Roncoroni.

Audio Guides & Handcrafted art
This year guests can step into a frozen forest in the Ceremony Hall ‘Skogen’, a world full of toys in an art suite called ‘Toybox’, a suite celebrating typographic art, ‘A Journey into Letterspace’ or enter what’s probably the coldest sauna in the world in the suite called ‘Sauna’.

This year all the art suites are also equipped with a QR code that can be scanned to hear an audio guide that tells the story about each art project to further enhance the visitor experience.

Covid 19 Travel Restrictions
Brits interested in visiting the hotel in person this year will have to quarantine on their return as Sweden is not currently on the UK’s travel corridor. Or, choose to wait until later into the season for things to improve and hopefully travel restrictions to ease.

New virtual 360° tour
For those who are unable to travel in person for the very first time there is a 360° tour of some of the new suites – a digital journey to Icehotel’s world of ice and snow – from your living room – go to to find out more.

“Even before the first Icehotel opened 31 years ago Discover the World was already offering dog sledding holidays to Jukkasjarvi, the picturesque village that is home to Icehotel. With such a long history of working together it is hard to imagine a winter without a trip to one of our favourite places,” commented Clive Stacey, Founder & Chairman of Discover the World.

“So, we have everything crossed that the situation will change and we will be taking clients to see the new Icehotel for at least the latter part of this winter season. In the meantime we really hope people will enjoy the images and the 360° experience of the incredible new ice art from the comfort of their homes,” added Stacey.

The winter hotel will be open until 11 April 2021. Discover the World is offering a three night break including return flights from £688 per person for travel this winter with all clients able to take advantage of a comprehensive flexibility promise.

12 art suites have now been completed (six in Icehotel 365 and six in Icehotel 31), ready and waiting with sparkling ice art for their first visitors. Another six art suites will be opening in Icehotel 31 on 21 December with images available shortly afterwards.

In addition, to the art experience the guests will be able to enjoy the many outdoor Arctic experiences such as snowmobile adventures under the northern lights and dogsledding, or savour award-winning cuisine at Icehotel Restaurant, sip cocktails out of the iconic Icebar frozen glasses or challenge themselves to a spot of ice sculpting. The Icehotel is totally compliant to all Covid-19 safety recommendations to create an enjoyable and secure experience for both guests and staff.`-29-11-`miss-usa-2021-live-stream-how-to-tickets-90930


Davidson Hotels & Resorts grows Midwestern foorprint with addition of two hotels

ATLANTA – Award-winning hospitality management company, Davidson Hotels & Resorts, has been tapped by National Real Estate Advisors, LLC (National) to manage the Peoria Marriott Pere Marquette and Courtyard by Marriott Peoria Downtown. Situated in the business and entertainment district of downtown Peoria, Ill., the hotels are within walking distance of Caterpillar World Headquarters, OSF, Unity Point Methodist Hospitals, Peoria Civic Center and the celebrated Peoria RiverFront. With new management oversight, the historic Peoria Marriott Pere Marquette will undergo a renovation to refresh and modernize all guest rooms and public spaces, bringing the hotel in line with the latest global vision for Marriott Hotels. Davidson now operates seven hotels within the state of Illinois, reinforcing a robust Midwestern presence with existing properties in Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska and Ohio.

“We are privileged to be granted the opportunity to expand upon our partnership with National with the addition of these two distinctive hotels,” said Davidson Hotels & Resorts President Thom Geshay. “Through our purposeful and relentless approach to operations, we look forward to creating and maximizing asset value for our partners while simultaneously delivering comfortable and enriching experiences for both business and leisure travelers.”

“During an unprecedented time in our industry, it was imperative to identify a management solution with a dedicated focus on operational efficiencies, quality asset stewardship and a genuine caring for our guests,” said Jeffrey Kanne, President and CEO of National. “Based on our current experience with Davidson, we are confident that the team will have a palpable impact on the financial success of both properties and the future is bright.”

The full-service Peoria Marriott Pere Marquette invites guests to let their minds travel with 286 elegant rooms, including 35 luxury suites; more than 18,000 square feet of meeting space; an indoor lap pool and whirlpool, 24-hour fitness center and business center; complimentary local shuttle service, and three dining outlets including the award-winning Table 19 restaurant. The adjacent 116-room Courtyard by Marriott Peoria Downtown provides a sophisticated yet comfortable environment with welcoming spaces from day to night. Amenities include complimentary Wi-Fi; a 24-hour fitness center; indoor lap pool, and The Bistro onsite restaurant for breakfast and dinner service. The hotels are connected via skywalk to the Peoria Civic Center, which plays host to concerts, tradeshows, sporting events, and exhibitions throughout the year.

Supercity Aparthotels, a market leader in luxury serviced apartments, has secured £10 Million equity to grow its portfolio of serviced apartment hotels. Following the launch of their sixth site this year, the company plans to expand its offering across key locations in the UK.

Over the past 11 years, the privately owned group has grown to six freehold Aparthotels comprising 300 units across London, Manchester and Brighton. Chairman of Supercity Aparthotels, Roger Walters said: “Despite a challenging year for the industry, by owning our real estate, brand and operating company we have been able to quickly adapt our business and maximise the trading performance of each location. We have continued to invest in the business, ensuring that all properties maintain our high standards. We have also appointed new leadership and deepened our relationship with key supplier partners. Our business model has proven to be resilient and we are committed to growing the portfolio across key locations in the UK.”

Philip J Houghton was appointed to the role of Managing Director earlier this year and brings a wealth of experience to the company. Formerly a founding partner of Starboard Hotels, CEO of Safestay PLC and most recently an advisor to private equity funds on hospitality investment opportunities, Houghton commented: “I am delighted to join Supercity Aparthotels which is a
leading brand, owner and operator in the emerging Aparthotel sector. I look forward to supporting the growth ambitions of the company as we seek real estate backed opportunities that meet our investment criteria.”

Demand for serviced apartments has grown exponentially year on year and despite a challenging year for hospitality, the aparthotel sector has fared better than most by offering travellers a safe hotel style environment with the benefits of additional living space including separate kitchen and dining areas.

Supercity Aparthotels are renowned for their signature interiors which blend modern design and artistic overtones to create a stylish living space. All properties are in prime city centre locations making them the ideal base for modern day business or leisure travellers.,51286005.html–176579509/


At year-end 2020, Europe’s hotel construction pipeline stands at 1,905 projects/307,093 rooms

PORTSMOUTH, NH – According to the latest Europe Hotel Construction Pipeline Trend Report from Lodging Econometrics (LE), analysts at LE report that at the close of 2020, Europe’s hotel construction pipeline increased 2% by projects and 3% by rooms year-over-year (YOY) to end the fourth quarter with 1,905 projects and 307,093 rooms, a record high project and room count for the region. Europe’s construction pipeline has remained robust as hotel developers have purposely delayed their opening dates to await improved operating conditions.

Rooms under construction are at an all-time high of 967 projects/157,833 rooms. Projects scheduled to start construction in the next 12 months closed Q4 ‘20 at 477 projects/74,481 rooms, down slightly YOY. Projects in the early planning stage stand at 461 projects, a record high project count, and 74,779 rooms.

During the fourth quarter of 2020, Europe opened 65 hotels/9,606 rooms, for a total of 289 hotels/40,971 rooms in 2020. LE is forecasting another 420 projects/58,711 rooms to open in 2021 and another 468 projects/69,490 rooms to open in 2022.

The United Kingdom leads the construction pipeline with record-high project and room counts for the country of 372 projects/55,505 rooms. The UK is followed closely by Germany with 300 projects/55,346 rooms, then France with 180 projects/21,908 rooms. Next is Portugal, at an all-time high, with 134 projects/15,985 rooms, and Poland with 92 projects/14,206 rooms.

The cities in Europe with the largest hotel construction pipelines include London with 99 projects/17,678 rooms, Dusseldorf with 57 projects/11,046 rooms, and Paris at 45 projects/6,913 rooms. Next is Lisbon, at record high counts for both projects and rooms with 39 projects/4,440 rooms. This is followed by Istanbul with 33 projects/6,291 rooms.

With record-high counts, Accor Hotels leads franchise companies in Europe with the largest pipeline by projects, at 273 projects/38,796 rooms. Accor is followed by Marriott International, with 227 projects/38,149 rooms. Hilton Worldwide is next with 212 projects/33,303 rooms. Hilton is followed by InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) with 148 projects/23,506 rooms.

The leading brands for these four companies are Accor Hotel’s Ibis brands with 107 projects/13,527 rooms, then Novotel, at an all-time high project and room count, with 31 projects/4,922 rooms and Mercure Hotels with 29 projects/3,825 rooms, a record high room count. An up-and-coming brand for Accor within the last year is Tribe by Accor. This brand’s pipeline grew by 45% in 2020 to end Q4 with 20 projects/3,257 rooms. Marriott International’s top brands are Moxy with 68 projects/12,216 rooms, Courtyard by Marriott with 30 projects/5,451 rooms, and Autograph Collection with 23 projects/2,938 rooms. Hilton Worldwide is led by Hampton by Hilton with 86 projects/13,550 rooms, Hilton Garden Inn with 44 projects/7,358 rooms, and DoubleTree by Hilton with 31 projects, a record number of projects for the brand, and 4,113 rooms. IHG’s top brands include Holiday Inn Express with 59 projects/9,267 rooms, Holiday Inn with 25 projects/5,992 rooms, and Hotel Indigo with 16 projects/1,705 rooms.,51266553.html,51266553.html–176371858/–176372643/


AHLA welcomes new members, partners

WASHINGTON – The American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA) recently welcomed several new members and partner organizations, continuing to grow the association’s reach at a critical time for the hotel industry.

New members include Graduate Hotels, Raines Hospitality, SH Hotels & Resorts, and Irvine Companies. Delos, a wellness real estate and technology company, joins AHLA as a Gold Partner; and Accenture, Carrier, and Rubbermaid Commercial Products, join as Silver Partners.

“As the singular voice representing the lodging industry, AHLA is excited to welcome our new members and partner organizations. This is a critical time for our industry, as we continue to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on travel and hospitality,” said Chip Rogers, president and CEO of AHLA. “Our work is more important than ever, and we could not do it without our industry partners. Their support helps ensure AHLA is successful and can represent hotels with one unified voice, both in and outside Washington, D.C.”

The AHLA Premier Partner Program offers industry suppliers and service providers high-value opportunities to engage directly with AHLA members at an executive level and increase brand visibility. New 2021 Premier Partners include:

Delos, an AHLA Gold Partner, is a wellness real estate and technology company guided by the mission to be the world’s leading catalyst for improving the health and well-being of people around the world by improving the indoor environments where they live, work, sleep and play. Delos is the founder of the WELL Building Standard, the premier standard for buildings, interior spaces and communities seeking to implement, validate and measure features that support, and advance human health and wellness. Delos has also developed the Stay Well program, a curated set of features to enhance the guest experience within hospitality, student housing and senior living. Delos and its subsidiaries offer an array of evidence-based technology and solutions for residential, commercial and hospitality spaces.

Accenture, an AHLA Silver Partner, is a global professional services company with leading capabilities in digital, cloud and security. Combining unmatched experience and specialized skills across more than 40 industries, it offers Strategy and Consulting, Interactive, Technology and Operations services – all powered by the world’s largest network of Advanced Technology and Intelligent Operations centers. Accenture’s Travel industry group helps clients reimagine the future and outmaneuver uncertainty through innovation to deliver frictionless travel experiences.

Carrier, an AHLA Silver Partner, is a leading global provider of healthy, safe and sustainable building and cold chain solutions. Carrier Global Corporation is committed to making the world safer, sustainable and more comfortable for generations to come. Carrier continues to lead because they have a world-class, diverse workforce that puts the customer at the center of everything we do.

Rubbermaid Commercial Products, an AHLA Silver Partner, is a manufacturer of innovative, solution-based products for commercial and institutional markets worldwide. Since 1968, Rubbermaid Commercial Products (RCP) has pioneered technologies and system solutions in the categories of food services, sanitary maintenance, waste handling, material transport, away-from-home washroom and safety products. RCP is part of Newell Brands’ global portfolio of leading brands and continues to develop innovative products.–176363395/



Jurny announces rapid expansion as demand soars for short-term rentals

LOS ANGELES – Jurny, Inc., a leading developer of tech-based management solutions for independent hotels and multi-family building owners, announced plans to expand the company’s rapidly growing portfolio by nearly 15%. In addition to expanding existing partnerships in Nashville, the company has entered agreements to integrate its proprietary technology and management systems to operate new locations in Pittsburgh and New York City.

“The expansion of our existing partnerships underscores the success of our technology. Jurny-operated units consistently outperform industry standards. Occupancy and RevPAR rates were nearly double the industry average during the peak of the pandemic, and they continue to perform strongly as the travel industry rebounds,” said David Phillips, Co-Founder and President of Jurny. “With restrictions lifting in many states, we are seeing a surging demand, even exceeding pre-pandemic levels, from travelers ready to resume plans.”

In addition to taking more than 40 units under management at a luxury building located in a trendy Pittsburgh neighborhood, Jurny will integrate its turnkey management solution to operate a boutique hotel in New York City. Each unit will be upgraded with smart technology for a completely contactless experience with instant access to single-touch check-in and check-out, 24/7 virtual customer support, keyless entry, temperature control, WiFi connection and on-demand cleaning services all through the Jurny app.

“The real estate market is constantly fluctuating due to market changes and economic conditions, so we knew we needed a reliable partner to operate our newest multi-million dollar investment,” said Thomas Bost, Principal of Bost Development. “Jurny has a proven track record of operating some of the highest performing properties across the country despite market challenges. The company’s innovative, tech-forward approach complements the modern design of our developments, making them the ideal partner for our Pittsburgh project.”

As the short-term rental industry continues to grow, Jurny provides independent hotel owners with the technology to remain competitive by modernizing operations to enable a contactless guest experience and streamline efficiencies. The company operates more than 570 units across major U.S. and international cities, including Miami, Nashville, London and Tel Aviv.$gfdhfgj-at-dollars-percent-percent-gfjhfgjgj-at-number-$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$gdfhfgjk-hj,51122879.html×518×518,51122853.html–175919344/






U.S. hotel profit improved to 60% of 2019 level, labor remains stagnant

BROOMFIELD, COLORADO – Gross operating profit for U.S. hotels reached 60% of the comparable 2019 level, according to STR‘s April 2021 monthly P&L data release. While GOP in comparison with 2019 improved from 50% in March, labor spending was up to just 64% in April after coming in at 60% the previous month.

Each of the key profitability metrics, on a per-available-room basis, came in higher than any month since February 2020 except for labor, which was down slightly from March.

GOPPAR: US$28.67
TRevPAR: US$87.34
LPAR (Labor Costs): US$26.76
“April was an encouraging month as more of the top-line improvement we’ve been reporting on flowed through to the bottom line,” said Raquel Ortiz, STR’s assistant director of financial performance. “On a GOP basis, 92% of our sample hotels were profitable, which is similar to pre-pandemic levels. Also of note, F&B venue revenue, the restaurants and bars, is recovering right in line with room revenue. Overall F&B of course continues to be bogged down by a lack of group demand and the subsequent spending on catering.”

“There is a long way to go, but if demand surges as expected this summer, we should continue to see accelerated profitability and improved margins around the industry,” Ortiz said. “Labor is the hot topic and we’ll continue to monitor that as demand increases and there is even greater competition for workers to service properties.”,51120153.html


St. Maarten launches SXM Villa Vibes

PHILIPSBURG, ST. MAARTEN – This fall season, luxury villa living is within reach in Dutch St. Maarten, where the island’s newly launched SXM Villa Vibes campaign brings together a collection of high-end villa accommodations offering travelers enticing pricing and seasonal perks on villa stays.

From pay-per-bedroom options for families or a couple’s romantic respite, to splitting a stay – an affordable way for the ultimate girls’ getaway – villa guests will experience the true magic of the island. Limited-time offers also include free nights and concierge-level services and experiences, like sailing St. Maarten’s high seas.

Travelers can find aggregated information at for an easy one-stop shop with direct links for travelers to book.

“As part of our dedicated tourism recovery strategy, we continue to respond to trends related to private travel and are proud to bring guests the opportunity to discover the dynamic villa product our island has to offer,” said May-Ling Chun, Director of Tourism, St. Maarten Tourism Bureau“This varied collection of villas showcases bespoke service, homes tucked away in some of the most fascinating coves, views of our neighboring islands, and so many other unique experiences.”

Participants include Island Properties Online, IRE Vacations, Jennifer’s Vacation Villas, and Villa En Sea, among others, each offering attractive rates and perks on their collections of villa properties.

Island Properties Online’s Villa Paradiso, located in the exclusive Oyster Pond Hillside, is offering full rental of its six bedrooms for $102 per guest per night. IRE Vacation’s Joy Estate, located on posh Indigo Bay, sleeps up to 10 guests, starting at $141 per night per guest with full rental of the villa. The 3-acre estate features castle style rock walls with historic cannons. Jennifer’s Vacation Villas is offering its Witenblauw Estate, which can host up to 22 guests, at just $94 per guest per night.

Add-on services vary by property and include options like boat charters with Aquamania or Eagle Tours, private chef services, car rentals and private transfers, or beachside massages through groups like A Touch of Handz. For adventurous visitors, Pyratz Gourmet Sailing offers intimate catamaran day cruises to discover neighboring islands, combining sailing with a gourmet 4-course lunch aboard.

Additionally, a number of private, curated offerings have surfaced in and around the destination over the course of the last year, raising the bar on exclusive experiences. At The Flavor Academy, a husband-and-wife duo bring a new standard in culinary and beverage experiences, offering private dining for a maximum group of 14, featuring multi-course tasting menus, the finest cocktails, and carefully selected wines in a beautiful venue.

Dates for the campaign’s rates are noted on the site, with most valid through mid-December. Additional service charges may apply at each property.,51010863.html


AKA to open at the Pointe, Palm Jumeirah

A cyberpunk-inspired Japanese lounge is preparing to open at the Pointe, Palm Jumeirah.

AKA plans to re-define the traditional dinner show experience, wowing guests with an edgy yet opulent sense of theatre, presented in its immersive live performances.


The vision of Orzu Hospitality, new food and beverage operators in Dubai, AKA is a small, glamorous space, with rich velvet interiors that set the stage for a seductive night-time journey.

The food concept offers an Asian-inspired lounge menu of sharing plates, paired with cocktails, spirits and wines.

Senses are heightened, teased and a little shocked with nightly array of performances, as cast of artists express a sense of talent and creativity.

The show is curated by White Rabbit, entertainment artists known for pushing the boundaries and stretching the imagination to its limits.

Drawing on an eclectic selection of contemporary references such as Bladerunner and a touch of Madame Butterfly, AKA is set to put a twist on the unexpected.,50949153.html