The hottest hotel openings to look forward to in July [Infographic]
It’s been a crazy month with many Covid19-related restrictions still in force but July 2020 will also see lots of new hotels open, according to exclusive TOPHOTELPROJECTS research.
So far, 2020 has been wild for reasons that we could never have predicted a few months ago, but nevertheless there are some stellar hotels due to launch this month. Check out our rundown of the hottest openings over the coming weeks below – and read up on the key stats and figures from the ever-changing hotel development landscape.
Rate of hotel openings slows amid pandemic
Although the overall numbers for July’s hotel openings are slightly lagging behind those for June, according to the TOPHOTELPROJECTS construction database, the first month of 2020’s third quarter is still set to perform pretty well considering the blow the hospitality industry was dealt by Covid19. Across the world, 294 projects are scheduled to open their doors this month bringing an additional 55,128 rooms to the global hotel market, compared to 444 projects and 86,275 rooms in the previous month.
Many of July’s schemes – 113 to be precise with 20,484 total keys – are located in North America, followed some way behind by Europe and APAC, with 68 (9,811 keys) and 63 (12,995 keys) projects respectively.
US leads the way in terms of hotel development
The US comes out on top yet again when we consider which country has the most openings lined up this month. Given how quickly certain states have reopened after taking steps to tackle coronavirus earlier this year, it’s perhaps unsurprising that there will be no fewer than 86 American hotels welcoming guests for the first time this July, adding a further 15,100 rooms to the region.
China lags way behind in the opening stakes this month with only 18 projects on the cards for a total of 4,091 rooms, while the ever-popular holiday destination of Mexico takes third billing with 17 properties and 3,307 rooms. Dubai, London and Bangkok will be the three busiest cities in July, with seven, five and four hotels to open in each respectively.
In terms of brands, meanwhile, the extended-stay offering Home2 Suites by Hilton is a runaway favourite with 17 projects in total (1,727 rooms), while the Hampton by Hilton brand is proving as popular as ever with nine developments, and Marriott Hotels & Resorts rounds out the top three with six schemes.
Meliá heads the list of July’s most notable hotel openings
There are plenty of eye-catching hotel openings to look forward to this month, including high-profile developments in Africa, the Middle East and North America.
Meliá Whites Sands Hotel & Spa is an 835-key resort in the Cape Verde islands off West Africa. The hotel is a 4-star new build and caters to both families and adults, with something to entertain everyone both onsite and in the immediate surroundings, and offers a number of dining options, as well as separate areas for families and those travelling without children. Highlights include a champagne bar, sports bar and adventure playground.
Elsewhere, Spanish hotel chain RIU’s Beachfront Resort & Waterpark Deira Islands is one of the most hotly anticipated resorts in Dubai. Located on a prestigious beachfront, it is part of a new development that will be spread over four of the Deira islands, which is sure to appeal to many tourists. This 800-key hotel will give guests convenient access to a shopping mall, a 30,000-capacity amphitheatre and a marina.
Finally, JW Marriott Orlando Bonnet Creek Resort is a 516-key property located in Orlando, Florida. It may well be that this 5-star luxury newbuild will appeal mostly to business and corporate guests as it boasts over 50,000 sq ft of meeting, conference and event space including a 23,000 sq ft ballroom, as well as a rooftop bar with panoramic views and a state-of-the-art spa.