The Marcus Hotel Portrush, Tapestry Collection by Hilton Latest HITs: Accor doubles up in Japan; Radisson trades in France; Hilton adds in N. IrelandBy Jeffrey Weinstein | July 21, 2023Share Breaking news on development, deals and more. Accor doubles up in Japan. Accor reported it will double its presence in Japan because of a strategic partnership with asset manager Japan Hotel Reit Advisors to renovate and rebrand the Daiwa Resorts portfolio into Grand Mercure and Mercure hotels. The deal will add 23 properties and over 6,000 rooms. Conversion of the hotels will occur throughout 2024.Radisson Blu trades in Biarritz. Groupe Annie Famose (GAF) and investment fund Extendam have acquired from JMA Hôtellerie the 150-room Radisson Blu hotel in Biarritz, France. GAF will operate the hotel, adding to its some 40 assets in locations such as Saint-Tropez, Megève, Courchevel, Avoriaz and Saint-Barthélemy. Extendam manages a portfolio of 300 hotels in France and Europe. The price paid for the hotel was not disclosed.Hilton grows in Northern Ireland. Through a franchise agreement with Andras House, Hilton will expand its Tapestry Collection by Hilton brand to Northern Ireland with the opening of the 83-room Marcus Hotel Portrush, Tapestry Collection by Hilton in the popular seaside town of Portrush. Andras House said it plans to invest £11 million in property improvements starting in September.Ashford preliminary earnings. Ashford Hospitality Trust reported preliminary 2Q23 results and said it expects occupancy of approximately 75% for the 2Q23 with ADR of approximately $191, resulting in RevPAR of approximately $144. This comparable RevPAR reflects an approximate increase of 7% compared to the second quarter of 2022. Excluding the 19 hotels secured by loans that the company did not extend during the quarter, Ashford’s results for the second quarter would have been occupancy of approximately 76% with ADR of approximately $197, resulting in RevPAR of approximately $150.Meliá grows in Vietnam. Spain’s Meliá Hotels International has inked an agreement with Hanoi Halong Tourism Co,, a member of IDS Equity Holdings, for a new hotel in Ha Long, Vietnam, set to debut in 2027 with 240 rooms and 302 serviced apartments spread over two towers. Meliá now has 23 hotels throughout the country, including operating and pipeline.Swiss-Belhotel, CTG tie-up. Swiss-Belhotel International, Hong Kong, has signed a memorandum of understanding with CTG Hotel, part of the largest tourism enterprise in China - China Travel Group, to manage properties in China. The duo is exploring dual branding business cooperation and diversified business development both in China and international markets. CTG Hotel has a portfolio of over 200 owned or managed properties.