Covid19 live blog roundup: APAC hotel openings in full swing

by | 12 Nov 2020 | News

We summarise updates shared on the TOPHOTELNEWS Covid19 live blog to draw a picture of how the international hotel industry is negotiating the ongoing crisis.

The international hospitality industry has been sent into a tailspin with the sudden onslaught of the coronavirus crisis. From lockdowns to travel bans and border closures, hotels are having to navigate more uncertain waters than ever before. 

Our team has been tracking in real-time how the industry is reacting to the continuing crisis, and here we recap some of the recent activity around the world, focusing on positive developments in particular.

A flurry of openings in China

The APAC market really seems to have recovered its stride if the latest slew of openings are anything to go by. TOPHOTELNEWS’ Covid19 live blog reports a wealth of new hotels welcoming guests across the region as we edge towards the festive season. 

To kick us off, Andaz Xiamen has opened its doors in south-east China, while W Chengdu is also up and running. Over in the east of the People’s Republic, Naked Orchard Suzhou has started trading, and up north, JW Marriott and the Courtyard by Marriott have both gone live in Yinchuan. 

Turning our attention away from China, Aloft Hotel Tokyo Ginza is fully operational and receiving guests as planned, and Sindhorn Kempinski Hotel Bangkok has launched in the Thai capital. 

Postponements aplenty outside Asia

Other markets are perhaps not looking quite as rosy as APAC however. Given that many nations are experiencing a second wave of Covid19 as winter hits in the northern hemisphere, we’re seeing several properties postpone their openings. 

The renovation of the PlumpJack Squaw Valley Inn & Residences in California, for example, has been pushed back to 2022, although the property itself will launch as is at the start of December. The official opening of Hotel Freedom Square Tbilisi, part of Marriott International’s Luxury Collection, has been postponed too, and a new date has not yet been announced. 

Meanwhile, Falcon Hotel Apartment Building in Doha is now set to open in the first quarter of 2021. Hyatt Centric Dubai La Mer will also not make its debut until 2021 – no exact date has been confirmed thus far – while another Dubai property, Terhab Towers – Grand Mercure, has signalled its intention to launch in the first quarter of 2022.

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