Kempinski Hotels to make Israel debut


Nahal Group has signed a deal with Kempinski Hotels AG to open the luxury brand’s first hotel in Israel, a 220-key property in Tel Aviv.

The Kempinski Tel Aviv Hotel, scheduled to open in 2013, will be part of the luxury David Promenade Residences on Tel Aviv's seafront. Residents of David Promenade will have access to facilities throughout the 23-story hotel, Globes reports.

Nahal owns several other prestigious hotels across Israel, including Le Méridien Dead Sea, InterContinental David Tel Aviv and Grand Court Hotel Jerusalem.

Hotel Indigo continues global expansion


Hotel Indigo, IHG’s (InterContinental Hotels Group) upscale boutique brand, continues to aggressively increase global distribution. In the last year, the brand has signed franchise agreements to open 13 new hotels in key global markets around the world, including London, Madrid, Shanghai, Hong Kong and New York.

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IHG Signs Eighteen New Hotels in Europe


IHG has reported one of its most successful periods for hotel signings in Europe, adding 18 hotels to its European pipeline over the summer period.

The 2,375 new rooms are spread across the UK, Spain, Portugal, Germany, France, Russia and Turkey.  These new additions mean IHG continues to hold the hospitality industry's largest development pipeline, with 1,300 hotels planned worldwide.

Kirk Kinsell, IHG's president for Europe, Middle East and Africa said, "These new signings demonstrate the confidence developers have in our brands and the strength of our marketing programmes.  More than two-thirds of our guests come through our distribution channels such as the 52 million member strong Priority Club Rewards loyalty programme.  This is why IHG-branded hotels are such a compelling proposition for owners and developers."

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5-star Corinthia London to open early next year


The ninth Corinthia Hotels property from Malta-based CHI Hotels & Resorts will open early next year in London. The 5-star Corinthia Hotel London is being built in an imposing Victorian building on a city block between Whitehall Place, Northumberland Avenue and Great Scotland Yard, overlooking Trafalgar Square and the River Thames.

The grand Victorian exterior houses fully-reconstructed elegant and contemporary interiors set around an inner foyer and garden, two restaurants, a luxury spa, a concept cocktail bar, boardroom meeting facilities and a beautifully refurbished grand ballroom. It will have 294 guestrooms, including 45 luxurious suites—some of which are located on duplex floors, inside historic turrets and feature private lifts and terraces.

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