At Q1 ‘22 Asia Pacific’s Hotel Construction Pipeline, Excluding China, Shows Moderate Growth Year-Over-Year

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May 18, 2022 – PORTSMOUTH, NH
According to the Q1 2022 Construction Pipeline Trend Report from Lodging Econometrics (LE), the hotel construction pipeline in the Asia Pacific region, excluding China, has 1,880 projects/404,060 rooms, up 7% by projects and 9% by rooms Year-Over-Year (YOY).

At the end of the first quarter, in the Asia Pacific hotel construction pipeline excluding China, there are currently 949 projects/214,215 rooms under construction, up 9% by projects and 10% by rooms YOY. Projects scheduled to start construction in the next 12 months are at 357 projects/74,459 rooms and projects in early planning, hit a record-high this quarter, up 25% by projects and 21% by rooms YOY, standing at 574 projects/115,386 rooms at the end of the quarter. New project announcements in Q1 ‘22, in the region, are up 28% by projects and 24% by rooms YOY, standing at 164 projects/26,105 rooms.

In recent months, a growing number of countries in the region have updated travel policies to allow domestic and some international travel and the region’s hospitality industry has already seen increases in booking numbers. As more countries ease restrictions, travel and tourism demand will rise, which is a key ingredient for new hotel development.

According to analysts at Lodging Econometrics (LE), the top countries in the Asia Pacific hotel construction pipeline, excluding China, by project count are India with 316 projects/40,939 rooms, Indonesia, with 302 projects/48,276 rooms, and Vietnam with 218 projects/81,764 rooms. Following Vietnam, at the end of Q1 2022, Thailand stands at 165 projects with a record-high room count of 39,721 rooms, and Japan closed the quarter with 162 projects/36,648 rooms. These five cities account for 62% of total projects currently in the region’s pipeline.

Excluding China, cities in the Asia Pacific region with the largest number of hotel projects in the current construction pipeline are Seoul, South Korea with 64 projects/12,221 rooms, followed by Jakarta, Indonesia with 63 projects/11,443 rooms, then Bangkok, Thailand with 61 projects/15,582 rooms.

According to LE’s Trend Report, at Q1 ‘22, the top hotel franchise companies in the Asia Pacific Construction Pipeline, excluding China, are Marriott International with 270 projects/58,933 rooms, Accor with 210 projects/44,094 rooms, InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) with 142 projects/30,719 rooms, Hilton Worldwide with 91 projects/21,510 rooms, and Hyatt Hotels with 76 projects/15,214 rooms.

The leading brands in the construction pipeline for each of these companies, at Q1 ‘22, are Marriott’s Courtyard by Marriott with 37 projects/7,931 rooms, Accor’s Novotel with 47 projects/9,816 rooms, IHG’s Holiday Inn brand with 46 projects/10,182 rooms, Hilton’s Hotel & Resort with 32 projects/8,903 rooms, and Hyatt’s Regency brand with 21 projects/4,615 rooms.

Fifty new hotels, accounting for 9,755 rooms, opened in the Asia Pacific region, excluding China,  in 2022’s first quarter. LE analysts forecast another 252 projects with 50,855 rooms to open throughout the remainder of the year, totaling 302 new hotels with 60,610 rooms in 2022. In 2023, LE forecasts the Asia Pacific region, excluding China, to open 351 new hotel projects, accounting for 71,178 rooms.

To view other recent media releases from LE, visit our Global Insights page.

 

About Lodging Econometrics (LE):
For over 25 years, Lodging Econometrics (LE) has been the industry-leading provider of global hotel intelligence and decision-maker contact information. LE custom-builds business development database programs for hotel franchise companies looking to accelerate their brand growth, hotel ownership and management companies seeking to expand their real estate portfolios, and lodging industry vendors wanting to increase their sales. To learn more about our business development programs contact us: +1 603.431.8740, ext 0025 or info@lodgingeconometrics.com.

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Aimbridge Hospitality Appoints Mark Tamis to President, Global Operations

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Industry veteran brings depth of operational expertise to critical leadership position

Mark Tamis

PLANO, Texas May 17, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Aimbridge Hospitality, a leading global hospitality company, has welcomed travel and tourism industry veteran Mark Tamis to the role of President, Global Operations. The addition of Tamis represents Aimbridge’s commitment to and investment in providing an elevated management experience to hotel owners and creating memorable experiences for guests.

“Adding a seasoned leader with the breadth and depth of experience Mark brings to the team is an opportunity to continue to elevate our operational excellence,” said Michael J. Deitemeyer, Aimbridge President & CEO. “As Aimbridge continues to evolve, Mark’s expertise and leadership will empower our global operations team to further define industry best practices, partner with brands, ultimately add greater value for our owners and set new standards in the hospitality industry.”

Tamis joins Aimbridge with more than 35 years of hospitality leadership experience, including a diverse background in hotel, resort and cruise operations. Most recently he served as Senior Vice President of Hotel Operations at Royal Caribbean International, overseeing every aspect of hotel services across the global cruise line’s fleet and its private destinations, including all onboard revenue operations and food, beverage and entertainment offerings.

Prior to joining Royal Caribbean, Tamis served in a number of progressive roles across the travel and tourism industry with key industry leaders, including Carnival Cruise Line, Setai Hotels and Resorts, Ian Schrager Hotels, Morgans Hotel Group and Ian Schrager Company.

He began his career at Four Seasons Resort and Club Dallas at Las Colinas after graduating from Cornell. During his 15-year tenure with the company, Tamis rose through Four Seasons’ leadership ranks and received awards and accolades for his contributions, including the prestigious AAA Five Diamond Award at Four Seasons Properties in Newport Beach and Santa Barbara, California, and Nevis, West Indies.

“Beginning my career as a housekeeping supervisor 35 years ago, I’ve learned no detail is too small to overlook in the pursuit of operational excellence,” said Tamis. “The experiences I’ve had have allowed me to get to this moment and I look forward to applying my diverse skill sets and acumen for Aimbridge and its industry leading global operations team.”

To learn more about Aimbridge Hospitality, visit aimbridgehospitality.com.

About Aimbridge Hospitality

Aimbridge Hospitality is a leading, global hospitality company offering best-in-class hotel management services across a broad spectrum of franchised branded full service, select service, luxury hotels, destination resorts, convention centers and lifestyle hotels. Aimbridge’s premium portfolio represents over 1,500 properties in 50 states and 23 countries, inclusive of pipeline. With the most robust brand diversity in the industry, Aimbridge operates 84 lodging brands, in addition to more than 90 independent boutique/lifestyle hotels in the portfolio. As the world’s largest third-party operator, Aimbridge is dedicated to its mission to leverage its scale to add value for owners and opportunities for associates better than any other hotel operator. Aligned with a concentrated focus, agility, and expertise for each vertical, Aimbridge drives market success for hotels and optimizes investment returns for owners. Aimbridge Hospitality’s global headquarters is based in Plano, Texas, with additional corporate offices in Atlanta, Calgary, FargoPuerto Rico, and Washington, D.C. Evolution Hospitality, Aimbridge’s Lifestyle Division, is based in San Clemente, California. Aimbridge’s International Division, Interstate Hotels & Resorts, has supporting offices across Europe in AmsterdamBirmingham, and Glasgow. The company’s division in MexicoGroup Hotelero Prisma, has offices in Monterrey and Mexico City. For more information, visit www.aimbridgehospitality.com and connect with Aimbridge on LinkedIn.

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The Indigo Road Hospitality Group Adds The George Hotel in Georgetown, SC to Growing Family of Boutique Hotels

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CHARLESTON, SC — May 17, 2022 — The Indigo Road Hospitality Group (IRHG) has added The
George Hotel, which is currently under construction in Georgetown, SC, to its growing family of
boutique hotels. In addition to operating the hotel, IRHG will manage the property’s outdoor bar, full-
service restaurant, and catering operations.

“The George marks Indigo Road’s first hotel in our beautiful home state of South Carolina,” said Larry
Spelts, president of Lodging & Lifestyle Adventures at IRHG. “Halfway between Myrtle Beach and
Charleston, historic downtown Georgetown is the home to not only dozens of carefully preserved
historic sites but also the city’s vibrant waterfront, as its located on the captivating Winyah Bay. We’re
honored to be given the opportunity to deliver our experience-driven, high-touch hospitality in such a
beautiful city.”

Once completed, The George will have 56 rooms; a full-service restaurant and bar on the Front Street
side of the property, where there are bustling shops, art-filled galleries, and charming restaurants; a
waterfront event space and bar; and an activity lawn for lounging, games, and events. As the hotel
will have direct marina access, guests will be able to take advantage of the many opportunities to fish
and sail in the Winyah Bay and surrounding areas, and boaters will have access to the hotel’s
amenities.

Joe Keenan of Winyah Hospitality LLC is serving as the developer of the project, which began in
February 2022. The demolition of the building currently at 615 Front St., which Winyah Hospitality
purchased from Georgetown Times in August 2021, is underway. The property is slated to open in
early spring 2023.

“Having Indigo Road involved to handle management aspects and run the F&B and catering provides an incredible boost to the project,” Keenan said. “They are viewed as one of the top food and
beverage groups in the Southeast and share the same overall vision for the area and the hotel. We
knew it was a perfect fit from the start and look forward to continuing to work with their talented team
on the concept for restaurant and event space as we get further along with the development.”

Jenny Keenan Design, known for its extraordinary work at properties in the Charleston area,
including The Spectator Hotel, has been tapped as The George’s interior design firm. For the
property, the firm is drawing inspiration from Georgetown’s maritime legacy and combining it with the
casual lifestyle of the neighboring barrier islands of the South Carolina Lowcountry.

“We love the idea of bringing a sophisticated food and beverage experience to a small city hotel,
especially in such a beautiful, colonial-era port city like Georgetown,” said Steve Palmer, founder of
IRHG. “We operate a very successful restaurant in nearby Florence, SC that is beloved by locals, and
we recently opened a restaurant at our Historic Park Inn Hotel in Mason City, Iowa that has also been
well received, which reinforces our belief that smaller markets also desire and support the quality
dining experiences that we have successfully delivered in larger markets like Charleston and
Nashville.”

The Indigo Road Hospitality Group

Founded in 2009 by Steve Palmer, The Indigo Road Hospitality Group (IRHG) owns, operates, and manages restaurants and boutique hotels throughout the country. Based in the Southeast, IRHG is founded upon the core principle of serving with love and creating memorable experiences for all. In 2019, IRHG marked its tenth anniversary by being named a Forbes Small Giant and appearing on the
Inc. 5000 Fastest Growing Companies list, and in 2020 announced that hotelier Larry Spelts joined
The Indigo Road as a partner and president of its new venture into lodging with a focus on food &
beverage driven boutique hotels. As of May 2022, IRHG has three open and operating hotels, three
acquisitions under contract, and four active development projects with openings from early 2023
through 2024, in addition to more than two dozen restaurants in eight cities. The Indigo Road’s
dedication to excellence in food & beverage has been recognized three consecutive years (’18,’19, & ’20) by Palmer being named a semi-finalist by the James Beard Foundation’s award for Outstanding Restaurateur-US. For more information on the portfolio, team, core values and services, visit theindigoroad.com.

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Behind the Scenes of a Hotel Documentary

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HospitalityMD’s Kyle Allison joins the show to discuss the public release of their brand’s award winning documentary film and his experience being mentored by the Film’s subject, Craig Poole. Listen in to learn about the small things you and your team can do to build an award winning culture” www.reelhouse.org/hospitalitymd/followme

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FNA 59: Bruce Ford in the House!!

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Glenn, Craig and Dave are joined by Bruce Ford for an hour of comedy and cocktails. Plus, the guys play a new gam: Take Glenn Down a Peg!

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ATLANTIS PARADISE ISLAND INTRODUCES SAPPHIRE SERVICES, A BESPOKE CONCIERGE PLATFORM EXCLUSIVE TO GUESTS

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The Bahamas’ Most Famed Resort Elevates Guest Experiences Through Customized #BahamasAtHeart Itineraries

PARADISE ISLAND, THE BAHAMAS (MAY 16, 2022) – Atlantis Paradise Island announces the debut of Sapphire Services, a bespoke concierge platform dedicated to crafting and curating extraordinary and one-of-a-kind guest experiences.

Sapphire Services provides guests with many opportunities and chances to pursue the wanderlust of all of The Bahamas. A dedicated team of concierge specialists will guide guests in creating rare and personalized #BahamasAtHeart itineraries within the resort and beyond. Possibilities include immersions in authentic Bahamian customs such as Junkanoo and art walks with well-known Bahamian artists, private or semi-private chartered flights from South Florida with Tropic Ocean Airways, and day trips to nearby family islands by boat.  Partake in a culinary adventure on land or sea or enjoy one-on-one, behind-the-scenes educational tours at Dolphin Cay and Atlantis’ fish hospital, turtle release excursions to Rose Island, ecotourism opportunities such as mangrove planting, coral reforestation, and so much more.

Available now – adventurous guests can reserve a seaplane with Atlantis’ partner Coco Bahama Air to Kamalame Cay on remote Andros Island. The itinerary includes chauffeured roundtrip car service from Atlantis to Nassau’s Odyssey Airport, a scenic seaplane ride to Kamalame Cay on Andros Island, and a delicious ‘sea-to-table’ lunch under Kamalame Cay’s famous palapa. Access to renowned snorkeling, bonefishing, and an overwater spa are also part of the experience. Additional seaplane excursions will launch to Spanish Wells and Harbour Island later this year.

For boat lovers, travelers can enjoy The Bahamas’ family islands by water with Pieces of 8, Nassau’s premier boat charter company. Pieces of 8 tours launch from a private dock at Atlantis Marina. A wide range of itineraries includes day trips to Exuma and Eleuthera, where guests can walk along the famous white-sand bars in the midst of crystal blue waters, interact with animals in their natural habitats and enjoy an authentic Bahamian lunch dockside.

“Atlantis is the most remarkable resort in the world, and our guests have been returning for years. We know they make lifetime memories here,” says Audrey Oswell, President and Managing Director of Atlantis Paradise Island. “We also know Bahamian natural splendor and culture exist at our resort and our sister islands. Through our new Sapphire Services travelers will be able to explore and immerse themselves in all of The Bahamas, with highly personalized #BahamasAtHeart itineraries.”

For more information about Sapphire Services, please visit: SapphireServices.com.

About Atlantis Paradise Island:

Atlantis Paradise Island, a lush, oceanside resort located on Paradise Island in The Bahamas, is a dynamic destination that launched over 25 years ago as a first-of-its-kind modern marvel of nature and engineering. Bahamian culture and the spirit of its beloved team members are the heart and soul of this legendary resort. The immersive programming connects guests to the rich history, art, people, food, and festivities of The Bahamas while remaining dedicated to sustainability and environmental conservation.

Atlantis features five unique lodging options: the grand iconic towers of The Royal, family-friendly accommodations at The Coral, water-side villas at Harborside Resort, all-suite luxury accommodations at The Cove, and residential-style accommodations with full kitchens at The Reef. The resort is centered around Aquaventure, an innovative, 141-acre waterscape of thrilling slides and river rides, eleven pools, and five miles of white sand beaches. Home to the largest open-air marine habitat in the world, over 50,000 marine animals from 250 species make their home in natural ocean-fed environments. With its unparalleled meeting and convention space, the well-appointed Atlantis Marina with 63 slips hosting vessels up to 250 feet/76 meters overlooking Marina Village and more, the Atlantis experiences are endless and unique to each traveler. Additional resort amenities include the 30,000 sq ft tranquil Mandara Spa, state-of-the-art fitness center and wellness programs, outdoor tennis and basketball courts, a 400-seat movie theatre, Atlantis Kids Adventures (AKA) for children ages 3-12, gaming arcade and CRUSH, a nightclub for teens. Jokers Comedy and Night Club offers nightly entertainment and live music. The resort is also home to an award-winning 18-hole golf course designed by Tom Weiskopf, renowned Atlantis Casino, duty-free shopping, and restaurants and lounges with celebrity chef culinary masterpieces, including Fish by José Andrés, Nobu, by Nobu Matsuhisa, and Olives, by Todd English. Guests of Atlantis Paradise Island have exclusive access to unforgettable excursions led by local partners including Pieces of 8 boat tours, Tropic Ocean Airways and Coco Bahama Seaplanes. Day trips to The Bahamas’ out islands of Exuma and Eleuthera to swim with pigs and nurse sharks or feed iguanas in their natural habitats are a few of many #BahamasAtHeart itineraries travelers can discover.

Atlantis has committed to a meaningful connection with the ocean, marine life, sustainability, and environmental stewardship through its purpose-led efforts with Dolphin Cay and the Atlantis Blue Project Foundation (ABPF). Dolphin Cay, the resort’s 14-acre marine mammal habitat, is an advanced marine education center and animal rescue rehabilitation hospital whose first residents include 17 rescue dolphins from Hurricane Katrina. Visitors to Dolphin Cay, one of the world’s largest and most sophisticated marine-mammal habitats in the world, can participate in creative, non-disruptive “interactions” that build real awareness, stir emotion, and help fund the resort’s conservation efforts. Every visit to Dolphin Cay and each Atlantis Marine Adventure, such as snorkeling and SCUBA diving, benefits ABPF, the resort’s nonprofit 501©3 organization dedicated to saving sea species and their extraordinary habitats throughout The Bahamas and surrounding Caribbean seas. Atlantis Paradise Island offers a variety of unforgettable excursions with local partners including Pieces of 8, which offers day trip trips to Exuma and Eleuthera to swim with pigs and nurse sharks or feed iguanas in the wild, and Coco Bahamas Air to help visitors explore the destination.

About The Cove, Atlantis Paradise Island

The Cove, Atlantis Paradise Island’s luxury hotel, is nestled along a protected cove between two private white sand beaches. The Cove offers 600 elegant suites with balconies, floor-to-ceiling ocean views, and impeccable butler service. The adults-only Cove Pool features 20 private beach cabanas with Bahamian-inspired art and design. Guests can enjoy outdoor gaming at the pool, indoor gaming at Sea Glass Lounge, exceptional cuisine at FISH by the world-renowned and Michelin star Chef José Andrés and authentic Bahamian cuisine at Sip Sip by celebrated Bahamian Chef Julie Lightbourn, as well as shopping at Escape Boutique. The Cove recently announced an exclusive partnership with niLuu to create vegan silk mini-kimono robes in the hotel’s signature plum color available exclusively for VIP guests of The Cove and for purchase at Escape boutique. The Cove recently debuted the reimagined Lapis which offers private access to daily breakfast, hors d’oeuvres, a full bar, and breathtaking views of Paradise Island to guests staying in select suites. There is also a dedicated concierge on site to assist with reservations.

Enhancing the luxury experience and white-glove services offered by The Cove, the Sapphire Services program provides bespoke, exclusive concierge services to guests. From private dinners and VIP programming at Dolphin Cay to collaborations with high-end brands and private jet and yacht charters, this new program will elevate the exclusivity of the elegant retreat, adding an experiential element to the high-end amenities already offered.

Visitors staying at The Cove also have access to Atlantis’ Aquaventure with its various slides, lazy rivers and pools, Atlantis Casino, five miles of pristine beaches, diverse dining, spa, golf, shopping, and more. For more information and reservations please visit: coveatlantis.com or call 888-497-5997.

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Marriott International Introduces Travel Media Network, Powered by Yahoo

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Marriott debuts the hospitality industry’s first global omnichannel media network, enabling advertisers to deliver curated experiences to millions of travelers

BETHESDA, Md.May 16, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Marriott International, Inc., today announced the launch of the Marriott Media Network, an omnichannel cross-platform advertising solution for brand advertisers, enabling curated content experiences and offerings to guests throughout their travel journey. To power its network of owned channels, Marriott is exclusively collaborating with Yahoo, an industry-leading unified stack advertising platform.

The Marriott Media Network initially will offer brand advertisers exposure to travelers in the U.S. and Canada, ultimately expanding to travelers globally including all the more than 164 million members in Marriott Bonvoy, the company’s award-winning travel program. The network is expected to feature premium inventory spanning its owned channels including display, mobile, video, email and digital out-of-home (in-room television and digital screens) when fully deployed. For brand advertisers, the Marriott Media Network will offer an unprecedented combination of scale and personalized media to an audience of in-demand, high-intent travelers.

For travelers, tailored brand experiences will drive smarter purchase decisions and a more fulfilling travel experience. The Marriott Media Network will provide travelers with relevant products and services during their travel journey, including throughout their path of purchase, pre-arrival and during their stay. Marriott’s audience has intent, and travelers will be in the right mindset when receiving these offerings.

“We are thrilled to launch the Marriott Media Network, which will enable advertisers to create curated content that aligns with the 30 brands in our portfolio,” said Chris Norton, Senior Vice President of Marketing Channels & Optimization, Marriott International. “The Marriott Media Network will foster connections through our owned channels with guests, creating a broader and more rewarding travel experience.”

Marriott’s media partnership with Yahoo spans supply and demand with Yahoo SSP serving as the exclusive access point for activating the Marriott Media Network supply. In addition, the global Yahoo ad sales team will lead demand generation and sales across Marriott’s paid media and the Marriott Media Network, leveraging Yahoo’s expanded Demand Side Platform.

“We are excited to work with Marriott International in driving meaningful growth via industry innovation,” said Iván Markman, Chief Business Officer, Yahoo. “As media networks become increasingly important, we are well-positioned to collaborate with Marriott to power the hospitality industry’s first media network with an end-to-end demand and supply solution for the cookieless world.”

The exclusive offering is one of Yahoo’s strategic full-stack collaborations, highlighting Yahoo’s unique ability to support advertisers and publishers in unlocking the full value of their content, audiences, and marketing. Yahoo offers both buy- and sell-side capabilities as well as an exchange – all tightly integrated to work better together. The Marriott Media Network will help open innovative opportunities to connect and personalize ad experiences across paid and owned media channels.

 

About Marriott International

Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) is based in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, and encompasses a portfolio of approximately 8,000 properties under 30 leading brands spanning 139 countries and territories. Marriott operates and franchises hotels and licenses vacation ownership resorts all around the world. The company offers Marriott Bonvoy®, its highly-awarded travel program. For more information, please visit our website at www.marriott.com, and for the latest company news, visit www.marriottnewscenter.com. In addition, connect with us on Facebook and @MarriottIntl on Twitter and Instagram.

About Yahoo

Yahoo is a global media and tech company that reaches nearly 900 million people around the world, bringing them closer to finance, sports, shopping, gaming and news—with the trusted products, content and tech that fuel their day. For partners, we provide a full-stack platform for businesses to amplify growth and drive more meaningful connections across advertising, search and media. To learn more, please visit yahooinc.com.

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ICONIC HAMPTON’S RESORT GURNEY’S MONTAUK UNVEILS NEW SEAWATER SPA AFTER EXTENSIVE RENOVATION

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Gurney’s Montauk, home to North America’s only seawater spa, is now a complete wellness oasis

NEW YORKMay 16, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Today, Gurney’s Montauk Resort & Seawater Spa, has unveiled a renewed Seawater Spa after an extensive $20 million dollar renovation focused on holistic wellness, innovation, and sustainability. The 30,000 square foot well-being destination features the only ocean-fed seawater pool in North America, a full bathhouse experience including a caldarium, thermae baths, sauna and steam, a salt room, indoor-outdoor treatment suites overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, a curated indoor/outdoor wellness space which includes state of the art cardio and weight equipment, movement studio, and areas for activations and activities. Notably, to coincide with the spa launch the resort is now offering exclusive Spa Memberships, providing the opportunity for guests and locals alike to opt into the Hampton’s most bespoke wellness offering, including unfettered access to state-of-the-art facilities and treatments. 

Gurney’s Montauk has long been an icon of the Hamptons and considered one of the Northeast’ top spa destinations. Situated at the furthest point east on Long IslandMontauk is a beach lover’s paradise, a naturalist’s haven and a historic resort town. The urbanite’s ultimate escape, Montauk grounds city dwellers in the beautiful natural surroundings and local traditions. With the launch of The Seawater Spa at Gurney’s Montauk, with its sweeping views of the Atlantic Ocean and the resort’s 2,000-foot stretch of private beach, the property has not only added a luxurious new level of wellness to the Hamptons but has also cemented the resort’s status as one of the leading wellness destinations in the country.

With the goal of curating an unparalleled holistic and authentic experience, Gurney’s Montauk has tapped some of the leading partners in the spa space, most notably Alonso Designs, the team behind Manhattan’s beloved spa Aire Ancient Baths, treatment expert Dr. Dennis Gross, and leading wellness brands including Biologique Recherche, OSEA, QMS Medicosmetics, Voya, and Aesop.

“We are very excited to bring a new Seawater Spa to our guests, members and community, allowing access to a level of facilities, treatments and amenities not previously available in Montauk,” said George Filopoulos, Owner of Gurney’s Resorts. “After the challenges of the past couple of years, we’ve learned how important prioritizing wellness is, and we are happy to bring this completely new and elevated experience to the Hamptons. The new Seawater Spa only adds to the already vibrant environment at our resort, creating the opportunity for a balanced experience. Whether visiting for a full wellness reset or looking to incorporate health, fitness and beauty into a beach vacation or winter getaway, our guests will find a wide array of amenities and activities at our new Seawater Spa.”

Design

The seaside spa structure has been reimagined by architect Ignacio Alonso of Alonso Designs, previously known for their work on Aire Ancient Baths, one of New York City’s top spa destinations. In addition to the spa facilities, the renovation also introduces a new event space to the property. The Spa Deck, a venue available for weddings and large events, has been created on the panoramic rooftop of the Seawater Spa offering unmatched privacy and unobstructed ocean views. One of the main design objectives of the entire facility was to ensure that all parts of the structure complement the spa’s unique and picturesque waterfront location. The entire building has been designed with the sea in mind, featuring new treatment rooms with direct ocean views and dedicated outdoor spaces for seaside treatments and relaxation. With a shared passion for incorporating sustainable practices into design, together Gurney’s Resorts and Alonso Designs sourced and installed environmentally friendly and energy-efficient mechanical and water treatment systems for the new spa.

The interior of the spa was inspired by the luxury resort’s natural beachfront surroundings and crafted to evoke a sense of calm, with design elements specifically chosen to help drive attention to the stunning views the building offers. The interiors feature numerous natural materials and tones, playing into the colors and textures of the local environment. To further underscore the connection to the ocean, all the pools and bodies of water also have a custom-designed infinity drain that blurs the edge between the ocean and spa water.

Sustainability

The spa’s renovation that took place over the course of two years will not only revamp the guest experience and amenities available but has also been executed with sustainability top of mind. The new spa further advances Gurney’s commitment to lessening their impact with features that maximize performance, efficiency and user friendliness, all while helping reduce the spa’s overall environmental footprint. Efforts the resort has taken as part of this innovative and comprehensive overhaul include filters that reduce water waste, energy saving heating systems, and the use of UV to limit the need for harmful chemicals. The pool’s new filtration systems have also been implemented with guest safety in mind, efficiently purifying water for the best spa experience available.

Facilities

The facilities at the new Seawater Spa include numerous spaces designed with wellness and serenity in mind, including peaceful co-ed relaxation areas and eucalyptus oil-infused aromatherapy steam rooms. The resort’s existing saltwater swimming pool fed directly by the Atlantic ocean has been renovated and will be complemented with four new bathhouse style experiences – a large caldarium, thermae and a dual frigidarium – all with direct ocean views. Newly designed treatment rooms, featuring indoor/outdoor space will offer chromotherapy, hydrotherapy and full-body treatments.

The fitness center features equipment by top brands including Peloton and Technogym, with the gym thoughtfully designed to maximize space with bespoke touches such as custom designed weight shelves. The fitness offerings are divided into sections based on activity type, with dedicated areas for cardio, strength training, and a selection of studios that are home to a robust schedule of group fitness classes. The gym is designed to allow for fitness seekers to enjoy the ocean views and natural surroundings while utilizing the space.

Amenities and Treatments

In addition to tapping leading fitness brands and designers, the spa also features treatments and products from some of the industry’s top practitioners. Aligned with the property’s mission to elevate the Hampton’s overall wellness experience, the spa offers access to some of the best products and treatments available, while allowing for complete customization and for guests to work with the spa team to curate bespoke experiences that help meet their needs and wellness goals. Brands featured within the spa include luxury skincare brand Biologique Recherche that helped to put effective and potent skincare on the map, clean marine beauty and artisanal skin care brand, One Ocean Beauty, along with cruelty free clean Malibu based beauty brand Osea, that utilizes organic ingredients sourced straight from the sea.

The spa also serves as an outpost for skincare expert Dr. Dennis Gross with guests given the ability to choose from a menu of his bespoke facials and skincare treatments. Aside from these luxurious and scientific facials, the menu of treatments also includes massages, body wraps, masks, and more, with booked treatments all offering access to the pools and bath house facilities. The spa also features a retail component for guests to purchase the products and technology used during the treatments for ongoing maintenance at home, along with exercise apparel, and more.

Memberships

Further adding to the excitement around the new Seawater Spa, Gurney’s Montauk has also introduced private memberships for those seeking unparalleled access to one of the most elite resorts in the country. The dedicated spa-focused membership further enhances the value and experience provided by the resort’s new facilities, allowing members to take full advantage of the area’s highest caliber wellness offerings. The spa membership is one of the brand’s three new memberships – Resort, Spa and All-Access – offering members a chance to revel in all Gurney’s Montauk has to offer –including exclusive access to the Beach Club, concierge services, and the year-round seawater spa and wellness destination. New spa members also receive one-on-one fitness coaching and wellness classes and curated spa treatments. Memberships start at $17,500

About Gurney’s Resorts

Gurney’s Resorts are luxury, full-service hotels found at premier travel destinations. The waterfront havens provide luxury lodging in Montauk, New YorkScottsdale, Arizona and Newport, Rhode Island. Born on Montauk’s most pristine stretch of oceanfront real estate, the collection now includes Gurney’s Montauk Resort & Seawater Spa, Gurney’s Newport Resort & Marina, Sanctuary Camelback Mountain,  A Gurney’s Resort, and Gurney’s Star Island Resort & Marina.  All locales feature well-appointed accommodations, elevated dining, sumptuous spas, sparkling pools, expansive grounds and thousands of square feet of indoor and outdoor space for weddings and events. The Residences at Gurney’s deliver the most unique ownership opportunity in the Hamptons, offering the experience of oceanfront living coupled with the unmatched amenities of Gurney’s Montauk Resort & Seawater Spa. Under ownership led by George Filopoulos and Lloyd Goldman (BLDG Management Co, Inc.), the expanding brand has quickly defined itself as both market leaders and year-round destinations. For more information, please visit www.gurneysresorts.com

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Summit Hotel Properties Completes Sale of Hilton Garden Inn San Francisco Airport North for $75 Million

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AUSTIN, TexasMay 12, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Summit Hotel Properties, Inc. (NYSE: INN) (the “Company”) today announced that it has completed the previously announced disposition of the 169-guestroom Hilton Garden Inn San Francisco Airport North for a gross sales price of $75.0 million, or $444,000 per key, through its joint venture with GIC.

The transaction represents 1% capitalization rate based on the hotel’s net operating income after a 4% FF&E reserve for the twelve months ended March 31, 2022. The joint venture will also forego a comprehensive renovation that was scheduled for late 2022 estimated to be $7.1 million, or $42,000 per key, as a result of the sale.

The joint venture acquired the hotel in October 2019 for $58.0 million, or $343,000 per key, and the transaction will result in an estimated $20.5 million net gain on sale. Net proceeds from the transaction are estimated to be $73 million, of which the Company’s share will be equal to approximately $37 million. The Company expects to use the net sale proceeds, along with existing cash, to repay its only remaining 2022 debt maturity for $62 million.

 

About Summit Hotel Properties

Summit Hotel Properties, Inc. is a publicly traded real estate investment trust focused on owning premium-branded hotels with efficient operating models primarily in the Upscale segment of the lodging industry. As of May 12, 2022, the Company’s portfolio consisted of 100 hotels, 61 of which are wholly owned, with a total of 15,059 guestrooms located in 24 states.

For additional information, please visit the Company’s website, www.shpreit.com, and follow on Twitter at @SummitHotel_INN.

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Are Timeshares Seeing Growth?

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Richard Scinta joins the show to give us an update on the timeshare industry. The hotel industry is seeing strong returns, are timeshares seeing the same?

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