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“We have today received the news of [Pandox CEO] Anders Nissen sadly passing away. It is a great shock and an unmeasurable personal loss. There are not words enough to


describe the sense of sadness and loss we are all feeling.” Christian Ringnes, chairman of the board of directors of Pandox


Pandox CEO Anders Nissen passes away


Anders Nissen, CEO of hotel property group Pandox, has died after a short period of illness aged 64. He was reportedly undergoing treatment for Covid-19. Nissen had been instrumental in growing Pandox’s portfolio since its inception in 1995, turning the Swedish business into one of the leading hotel property companies in Europe. Nissen


Accor creates 300 hospitality roles amid


summer recovery


Accor, the leading global hospitality group, has created 300 initial roles across the UK following the May reopening of indoor hospitality, with hundreds more hotel positions expected later this summer. The positions range across the group’s diverse brand portfolio, which spans economy to luxury hotels, including kitchen and bar staff to front-of-house and management positions. To drive talent acquisition and showcase the value of the hospitality sector, Accor has launched a series of bi-monthly recruitment days, with a focus on roles across 22 London properties.


New IHG hotels in


Saudi Arabia IHG Hotels & Resorts, one of the world’s leading hotel companies, has signed a five-year agreement with RIVA Development Company to open seven hotels in Saudi Arabia. It will add to IHG’s portfolio across key brands in cities such as Riyadh, Jeddah, Abha, Ha’il and Tabuk, and provinces Qassim and Eastern Province.


The agreement also presents the potential to extend the partnership for another five years to develop an additional 12 hotels in the region, marking a continuation of IHG’s ongoing expansion project in a country with one of the fastest-growing hotel markets in the world. The group currently operates 38 hotels across five brands in Saudi Arabia, with a further 20 in development due to open within the next three to five years.


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leaves behind a portfolio that encompasses 156 hotels with approximately 35,000 rooms in 15 countries. “We have today received the news of Anders Nissen sadly passing away,” said Christian Ringnes, chairman of the board of directors of Pandox. “It is a great shock and an unmeasurable personal loss. There are not words enough to describe the


sense of sadness and loss we are all feeling. Our thoughts are with Anders and his family. The board of directors is now forced to begin to search for a new CEO. During this process, Liia Nõu will continue as acting CEO and CFO. Anders Nissen leaves behind an executive organisation in which the board of directors has strong confidence.”


The Hoxton continues to expand with five European openings


Ennismore’s open house hotel brand has announced plans to add five more properties to its growing portfolio, with hotels set to open in Barcelona, Berlin, Brussels, Shepherd’s Bush (London) and Vienna over the course of 2022 and 2023. The news follows the recent opening of its tenth hotel in Rome in May, marking the continuation of the brand’s ambitious expansion across Europe, which will also see the launch of Working From_, The Hoxton’s co-working brand in Brussels. CEO and founder, Sharan Pasricha, said, “It’s been an incredibly difficult time


for everyone, especially those in hospitality, and for all of those who, like us, love to travel and discover new places. Community has never felt more important, and we look forward to sharing Hoxton with more people in some of our favourite cities in Europe. Our exciting plans for the next few years reflect our optimism for the bounceback of travel and commitment to the industry we love. We can’t wait to expand our portfolio and open our doors in these great cities, ready for when city breaks and international travel is back and thriving.”


Wyndham Hotels & Resorts continues impressive EMEA growth


Despite a year of unprecedented challenges, Wyndham Hotels & Resorts has continued to cement its presence across Europe, Middle East, Eurasia and Africa (EMEA) with a series of recent hotel launches and a strong line-up of openings for 2021. The world’s largest hotel franchising company achieved 38 new hotel signings in the region, with notable openings that have included Ramada properties in Madrid, Valencia, Leeds and Budapest, and continued momentum in both India and Pakistan. In late 2020, Wyndham also opened its first hotel in Nepal under the Ramada


Encore by Wyndham brand, and expanded in India with the addition of Wyndham Ahmedabad Shela. Solid growth continued in 2021 as


Wyndham announced the debut of the La Quinta brand in Dubai, and saw further momentum in western Turkey with the opening of Ramada by Wyndham Izmir Aliaga, while also expanding its Dolce brand with a new flagship hotel in Copenhagen. A total of 20 new hotels are expected to open later this year across Wyndham’s ever-growing portfolio, which now spans nearly 95 countries on six continents.


Hotel Management International / www.hmi-online.com


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