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Jumeriah takes Le Richemond. Dubai-based Jumeirah Group has
added its fifth hotel in Europe, its first in Switzerland and 26th overall with
the acquisition of the famed, 109-room Le Richemond in Geneva on the banks of
Lake Geneva. The property will undergo extensive renovations to be completed by
2025 and will include the introduction new F&B spaces as well as Jumeriah’s
wellness and fitness concepts.
Standard adding in NYC? Standard International has reportedly
acquired the 97-room Sixty Soho from the Pomeranc family. Standard would not
comment when asked about the news, but reports suggest it paid more than $1
million per key. This would mark Standard’s third hotel in Manhattan.
Fed chief Powell speaks. With employment data still running
hot, Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell warned Tuesday that interest rates
could rise more than expected in the months ahead. The good news, however, is
Powell said he sees inflation beginning to ease. “The disinflationary process,
the process of getting inflation down, has begun and it’s begun in the goods
sector, which is about a quarter of our economy,” he said. “But it has a long
way to go. These are the very early stages.” Nonfarm payroll increased by
517,000 jobs in January, reportedly tripling Wall Street’s expectations.
Hyatt grows in KSA, Pakistan. Hyatt Hotels Corp. said it has
entered into management agreements with Rua Al Madinah Holding Co. to manage
three new Hyatt-branded hotels (1,729 rooms) in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia,
including Grand Hyatt Madinah, Hyatt Regency Madinah and Hyatt Place Madinah.
The three properties will be part of the Rua Al Madinah project and are set to
be the first Hyatt-branded hotels in Madinah. Hyatt also announced a franchise
agreement with FP Global (Private) Limited for the 94-room Hyatt Regency Lahore
DHA, the first Hyatt-branded hotel in Pakistan. Situated within Defence Housing
Authority Phase 6, the conversion property will be operated by Valor
Hospitality Partners and is expected to open its doors in 2024.
Resort fee rumblings. There is word coming out of
Washington, D.C., again about the U.S. government wanting to take action to at
least make resort fees more transparent during the booking process. President
Joe Biden will call on Congress to act to curtail what his administration calls
“junk fees.” The call for legislative action is intended to require hotel to
provide up-front disclosure of resort fees, which the administration said are
often opaque early in the booking process.
Marriott dual brand in Suzhou. Marriott International has
signed a deal with Suzhou Chunji Real Estate Development for a dual-branded 190-room
Ritz-Carlton and 270-unit Marriott Executive Apartments (rendering above) in Suzhou, a major city
in Eastern China, near China Central Place mixed-use development. The two
complex properties plan to open at the end of 2024 and in the middle of 2025,
respectively. In Suzhou, Marriott International currently operates 15 hotels
across eight brands.
Financing for Utah development.Sonnenblick-Eichner Co. has
arranged $50 million of construction financing for Phase I of the Lionsback
Resort in Moab, Utah, a 175-acre development located adjacent to Canyonlands
and Arches National Park in eastern Utah. Proceeds from this fixed-rate,
non-recourse construction loan will be used to complete the Phase I onsite
infrastructure improvements and vertical construction of the initial 34 single
family homes, as well as the horizontal infrastructure of Phase II. To be built
over five phases, at build-out, the $350 million development will include 188
single-family residences “Casitas” and a luxury, destination resort hotel. The
project will be the first luxury residential development in the city of Moab.
Minor grows in Italy. Bangkok-based Minor Hotels is
expanding further into Europe with the spring 2023 opening of the 52-room Anantara
Grand Hotel Convento di Amalfi in Italy, a rebranding of the former NH Collection
Grand Hotel Convento di Amalfi. It marks the second Anantara property in Italy
and the brand’s eighth in Europe.