Latest HITs: Hyatt EMEA; Pelisson dies; onefinestay growthBy Jeffrey Weinstein | March 6, 2023Share News in brief from around the world. Hyatt EMEA growth. Fully, 45% of the properties that joined Hyatt Hotels Corp.’s system in 2022 were based in EAME markets and the region’s contribution to Hyatt’s growth continues into 2023 with 10% of its 117,000 rooms pipeline, as of fourth quarter earnings, expected to join the portfolio in EAME markets. Properties classified as lifestyle hotels make up nearly one-fourth of the EAME pipeline. Globally, Hyatt has doubled the number of luxury rooms, tripled the number of resorts and quadrupled the number of lifestyle rooms in its portfolio in the last five years.Pelisson passes. Accor Co-Founder Gerard Pelisson has died at 91 after a long illness. Together with partner Paul Dubrule, Pelisson created one of the world’s biggest hotel companies under brands such as Novotel, Ibis, Sofitel, Mercure and Pullman. Pelisson studied at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and worked at IBM before jumping into the hotel business, having been inspired by the Holiday Inn model. Pelisson and Dubrule opened their first Novotel in 1967, built on a former beetroot field close to a motorway on the outskirts of Lille, in northern France. Within two years, they added hotels in the eastern city of Colmar and Marseille in the south. An Ibis hotel followed in 1974 in Bordeaux. Their company, SIEH, invested in Africa, the Middle East and the Americas, and became Accor in 1983. Pelisson and Dubrule left Accor in 1997 but co-led the supervisory board until 2005.Accor grows onefinestay. Accor continues to grow its presence in the private rental business by announcing the addition of five furnished villas to its onefinestay collection in the region of Provence, France. The collection, including Bastide des Chenes in Luberon, Provence (above), adds a further destination to the brand’s array of homes in France, already including Paris, Cannes, St Tropez, as well as other destinations in southern Europe such as Italy, Spain and Greece.Caption coming to Nashville. HRI Hospitality, New Orleans, in partnership with C. B. Ragland Co. and Peachtree Hotel Group, have closed on the ground-up development of a 210-room Caption by Hyatt in the Gulch District of downtown Nashville, Tennessee. Construction financing will be provided by Truist Financial Corp. and its syndication partner, Commerce Bank. The hotel is scheduled to break ground this month and debut in late 2024. It will mark HRIH’s 32nd property in the United States and its third in Nashville. HRIH and C.B. Ragland will be co-developing the project, and upon completion, the hotel will be operated by HRI Lodging. Hastings Architecture will serve as the architectural design firm, with Studio 11 Design leading the interior design and J.E. Dunn Construction Co. serving as the project’s general contractor.Pyramid update. Pyramid Global Hospitality reported that it has added 59 properties to the company's portfolio, six key executives and notable investment in technology since the company was formed about a year and a half ago when Benchmark Global Hospitality merged with Pyramid Hotel Group. CEO Warren Field said that in 2022, the company saw a 40% increase in revenue across same-store assets with a 60% flow through to its net operating income to owners. The company now has a portfolio of more than 230 properties.Graduate to Auburn. AJ Capital Partners, Nashville, is developing a Graduate hotel near Auburn University in Auburn, Alabama. The 177-room Graduate Auburn is under construction and set to open in 2024. With more than 30 locations in university towns, Graduate Auburn will feature two dining options, including a rooftop bar and restaurant. The hotel plans to offer on-site parking and an impressive 10,000 square feet of event space.