All articles by Priyanka Sunder

Priyanka Sunder

July’s top stories: First robot-staffed hotel in Japan, Somalia hotel attacked

Improving productivity by 1% would drive an additional £1.43bn of revenue in the UK hospitality industry, says a new report from workforce development charity People 1st, while a suicide bomber slammed a truck loaded with explosives into the walls of the Jazeera Palace Hotel in Mogadishu, Somalia. wraps-up the key headlines from July 2015.

June’s top stories: Grand Hyatt opens hotel in Mexico, IHG tests mobile technologies

Starwood’s The Luxury Collection is investing $300m towards the development of its North American portfolio, while at least 38 people were killed and 39 seriously injured after a gunman opened fire at a beach outside Hotel Riu Imperial Marhaba, in Sousse, Tunisia. wraps-up the key headlines from June 2015.

May’s top stories: New World Development to sell three hotels, Legoland Hotel to open in Florida

Hong Kong-based New World Development has sold three hotels to Abu Dhabi Investment Authority for HK$18.5bn, while Marriott International plans to add 80 properties and additional franchises to MEA region within the next five years. wraps-up the key headlines from May 2015.

April’s top stories: Crowne Plaza integrates LeoNovus solution, Interstate signs agreement

Canada’s Crowne Plaza Kitchener-Waterloo Hotel and Conference Centre is integrating LeoNovus’ SMART Media Platform and distributed cloud services, while Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide is exploring strategic and financial alternatives to enhance its share value. wraps-up the key headlines from April 2015.

March’s top stories: Hyatt’s fifth Dubai property, Apple Pay in Marriott US

Hyatt Hotels has opened a new Hyatt Regency Dubai Creek Heights hotel in Dubai, which is its fifth property in the city, while Marriott International is set to create complete mobile-powered travel experience for its guests with the introduction of Apple Pay. wraps-up the key headlines from March 2015.

February’s top stories: Marriott hotels to use IBM Cloud, Godzilla-themed hotel in Japan

Marriott International is set to implement IBM Cloud technology to offer improved IT operations and faster digital services to its web-savvy guests across more than 4,000 properties worldwide, while Japan is to unveil a new Godzilla-themed accommodation, Hotel Gracery, in Tokyo. wraps-up the key headlines from February 2015.

January’s top stories: Autograph Collection adds Mauna Kea, Tripoli hotel siege

Autograph Collection added Mauna Kea Beach Hotel in Hawaii to its portfolio of hotels, while at least ten people were killed in the Libyan capital Tripoli after militants attacked the Corinthia Hotel. wraps-up the key headlines from January 2015.

2014: The year’s biggest Hotel Management Network stories

Marriott International revealed plans to reach more than 150 hotels across 16 African countries between 2014 and 2020, while Hilton Worldwide began operations at the new Hilton Istanbul Bomonti Hotel & Conference Center. wraps- up the key headlines from 2014.

November’s top stories: NZ’s first DoubleTree by Hilton, 2022 World Cup hotels

DoubleTree by Hilton Queenstown opened in New Zealand, while a new $1.6bn hotel and conference/expo centre named Silver Pearl Hotel has been proposed for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar. wraps up the key headlines from November 2014.

October’s top stories: Melia’s Qatar and Indonesia hotels, Holiday Inn in Russia

Spanish hotel company Melia Hotels International has inked agreements for two new hotels in Qatar and Indonesia, while IHG in collaboration with Regional Hotel Chain (RHC) is to launch its Holiday Inn Express brand in Russia, the CIS and Georgia. wraps up the key headlines from October 2014.