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“The successful Covid-19 vaccination rollout, paired with rising consumer confidence, has revived the demand to resume foreign holidays, therefore boosting

investor sentiment.” Borivoj Vokrínek, head of hospitality research EMEA, Cushman & Wakefield

UKHospitality struggles amid staff shortages

Analysis by the industry association UKHospitality has revealed the alarming extent of the staffing crisis facing the sector. The findings, which suggest a current vacancy rate across the hospitality industry of 9% (a shortage of 188,000 workers), is predicated on a survey of hundreds of operators and found that 80% reported needing front-of-house staff and 85% needed

more chefs. The data supports claims by reporters and industry experts who have attributed the current shortage of staff in the sector to the fallout of Brexit and the Covid-19 pandemic, as hospitality venues have struggled to recruit staff long before reservations were lifted on 19 July 2021. Kate Nicholls, chief executive of UKHospitality, commented: “The

Marriott continues growth in Turkey

Marriott International has announced plans to expand its portfolio in Turkey with the expected opening of ten properties by the end of 2022. Coupled with existing properties, the anticipated openings will take the company’s portfolio in country to 43 properties with over 7,000 rooms across eight markets. Reinforcing its long-term focus on the market, the company also announced two recent deal signings under the Four Points by Sheraton brand, including the Four Points by Sheraton Istanbul Kagithane expected to open this year and the Four Points by Sheraton Elazig, projected to open in 2022.

Marriott is also expanding its premium brands with two new Autograph Collection hotels planned to open in Istanbul – The Burdock, Autograph Collection in 2021 and Orient Occident Hotel, Autograph Collection in 2022.

“Marriott International has a strong history of successful operations in the Turkish market,” said Begüm Kaya, director of development, Turkey at Marriott International. “With our captivating portfolio of brands, world-class distribution platform and all-encompassing travel programme, Marriott Bonvoy, we appreciate the confidence our owners and franchisees have with us in this exciting market.”

Qatar reveals plans to open 100 properties for FIFA 2022 World Cup

Qatar is adding 105 new hotels and hotel apartments to its portfolio of properties, as the country gears up to host the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022. The properties will broaden Qatar’s appeal to a range of travellers and enhance the visitor experience, as Qatar Tourism continues its mission to turn the country into a world- leading destination.

Alongside recent openings, such as Banyan Tree Doha, a five-star luxury property elegantly designed by renowned interior designer Jacques Garcia, the country is set to unveil the Pullman Doha West Bay, a five-star Accor property; the


JW Marriott West Bay, with an eye-catching and towering exterior; and the Steigenberger Hotel, famed for its exclusive hospitality. Each of these hotels contribute a unique amenity or experience to Qatar’s portfolio.

Qatar Airways Group chief executive and chairman of Qatar tourism, Akbar Al Baker, said: “These upcoming properties are part of our strategy to diversify our offering and broaden our appeal to visitors. We are pleased to expand our global tourism offer in line with Qatar National Vision 2030 and provide travellers with more options to experience the very best of Qatar.”

government must restore confidence in the hospitality sector so that it is once again seen as a stable employer and provider of fulfilling careers.” Nicholls also asked for the government to consider introducing an Australian- style visa system “to enable the workers we need, who don’t meet the point-based system, to come and work” in the UK.

IHG announces launch of new

luxury hotel brand InterContinental Hotel Group (IHG) is launching a bespoke luxury hotel brand as it seeks to recover from the impact of Covid-19. The Vignette Collection is part of an ongoing strategy to target the luxury leisure segment as IHG hopes that independent hotels will be enticed by the prospect of joining a household name with significant marketing reach The Vignette will join the groups’ current high-end hotel chains — including Six Senses and Kimpton — and debut in Thailand and Australia as IHG strives to keep pace with rivals such as Hilton and Hyatt, and recover from the financial losses it has suffered due to the pandemic. “Our new Vignette Collection gives IHG a compelling way to welcome world-class independent hotels into our brand family, combining each property’s identity with the power of our global scale,” said Keith Barr, IHG’s chief executive.

Sculpture hotels

A series of exhibitions entitled “tinyBE – living in a sculpture” is providing a unique hotel experience. Open until the 26 September 2021 and co-organised by the Steigenberger Frankfurter Hof, the collaboration offers overnight accommodation inside pieces of art. As the project’s hotel and cooperation partner, the Steigenberger Frankfurter Hof is fitting out the sculptures, checking guests in and arranging a shuttle service. Artworks must not exceed 30m2

and are

constructed using sustainable materials. One sculpture, has even been constructed using mushroom sheets.

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