Hilton goes soft
The Hilton hotel group plans ‘major expansion' of its Curio and Tapestry soft brand collections in the year ahead, with both conversions and new signings. Additions to the Curio Collection include the Reykjavik Konsulat Hotel, the Porter Portland and two hotels in Paris. Tapestry Collection additions include The Graham Hotel Washington DC and Rose Hotel Chicago.
Royal growth plans
Nigerian Royal, Queen Catherine Ajike, has detailed ambitious plans for a new hotel group with a five-star property in every country in the world by 2026. The first eight Ugwunwa Ajike Hotels are due to open in August this year and include a property in Aberdeen.
Capita Travel and Events is teaming up with Maiden Voyage to showcase hotels that are certified female friendly based on various safety and comfort criteria. The TMC says that, as companies become increasingly aware of their duty of care obligations, it will help travel managers make more informed choices when selecting accommodation.
Aparthotel operator Go Native will open three flagship properties this year under its new Native branding. Opening this spring is Empire Warehouse in London, followed by a Glasgow property this summer.