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Skyait Golf Club Debuts Dye Design Course in China

Skyait Golf Club Debuts Dye Design Course in China

(KUNMING, CHINA) -- In one of the more unique golf courses around, Skyait Golf Club recently completed its Eagle Par 3 hole, in the shape of a large eagle. The par-three hole, designed by Cynthia Dye, principal architect of Dye Designs Group (DDG), is being used a marketing tool for the club and its future expansion. Read More »


London Hotel Profits Stay Afloat Despite Economic Environment

London Hotel Profits Stay Afloat Despite Economic Environment

According to a report from STR Global and Whitebridge Hospitality, London's hotel profitability has been challenged in recent years due to the combination of new supply and the macroeconomic environment. During the 11-year period, the gap between the regions and London in terms of gross operating profit performance per available room increased. Read More »

Bahrain Announces Iconic New Four Seasons Hotel, Signals Signs of Optimism for Region

Bahrain Announces Iconic New Four Seasons Hotel, Signals Signs of Optimism for Region

Bahrain has signaled new optimism in the nation's employment and real estate sectors with the recent confirmation of construction work on the Four Seasons Hotel. Read More »

Global Hotel Markets Perform Well in October

Global Hotel Markets Perform Well in October

Based on new hotel data compiled by STR Global, hotel markets across the world reported mostly positive performance gains in October 2011. The Americas region recorded positive results in the three key performance metrics when reported in U.S. dollars for October 2011. Read More »


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Harbor Place at Safety Harbor, The Jewel of Tampa Bay

Harbor Place at Safety Harbor, The Jewel of Tampa Bay

The town of Safety Harbor is a secret little hideaway known as the Jewel of Tampa Bay. Safety Harbor is neighbored by the major city of Clearwater, Florida. Read More »

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Vacation & Leisure Real Estate Property News

An upscale private residence club has been launched in Ireland. The Adare Manor Residence Club in County Limerick will offer members a share in two- or four-bedroom residences in a private, gated enclave next to the Adare Golf Club. Membership in the Golf Club, host of the 2007 and 2008 Irish Open where Lee Westwood shot the course record 64, ...

Mark Sharp, the chief executive of the Association of International Property Professionals (AIPP) claims that fractional ownership will take its place in the real estate mainstream as whole ownership vacation homes become less accessible due to the ongoing global economic crisis.

This week STR Global released their monthly Construction Pipeline Report for October 2011 for the following markets. Based on the October 2011 STR Global Construction Pipeline Report, Europe hotel development pipeline comprises 841 hotels totaling 134,437 rooms.

According to STR Global, hotel occupancy performance in Abu Dhabi following the Formula 1 Grand Prix that took place last weekend (November 11th to 13th) on Yas Island was up compared to 2010, but remained lower than the first race weekend in 2009.

(LOS MICOS, HONDURAS) -- Hall of fame golfer Gary Player recently visited his first golf course design project in Honduras, Los Micos Beach & Golf Resort, to review the construction progress and to work with the Los Micos' environmental consultant to closely review areas along the coast that have environmentally sensitive dunes and vegetation.

According to STR Analytics' Hotel Investors Gauge, debt and equity trends remained steady during the third quarter despite hiccups in the global marketplace. "Although the national and global economies seem to be on a rollercoaster ride of late, hotel investment continues to have a strong outlook," said Steve Hennis, director at STR Analytics.

(ISTANBUL, TURKEY) -- Wyndham Hotel Group recently announced the signing of an agreement to open a second franchised Wyndham Hotels and Resorts property in Turkey, the Wyndham Istanbul Kalamis Marina. The luxury hotel, owned by Reisler Deri Sanayi Ve Ticaret Limited Siketi, is due to open in autumn 2012.

According to data from STR Global, the situation continues to deteriorate for hoteliers in Bangkok as floodwaters begin to infiltrate the city and surrounding areas.

Starwood Hotels & Resorts announced this week the grand opening of The Naka Island, A Luxury Collection Resort & Spa, Phuket. An exclusive, all-villa island hideaway just minutes from the coast of Phuket, The Naka Island is hidden treasure of luxury in an exceptional setting that offers guests a totally unique opportunity to immerse themselves into the rich Thai experience.

(TIANJIN, CHINA) -- Today St. Regis Hotels & Resorts announced the opening of The St. Regis Tianjin, a new landmark on a rapidly evolving city skyline that is destined to become Northern China's most prestigious gateway for business leaders, society tastemakers and discerning travelers.

According to STR Global, the Nordic countries of Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden all showed increases in demand in year-to-September results. Likewise, the year-on-year change in demand (rooms sold year-to-September) in each of the country's capital cities also was positive, ...

According to STR Global, the Americas region recorded positive results in the three key performance metrics when reported in U.S. dollars for September 2011. The Americas region ended September with a 5.4-percent increase in occupancy to 63.4 percent, a 3.8-percent gain in average daily rate to US$105.08, ...

(ST. KITTS, BRITISH WEST INDIES) -- Kittitian Hill, a new luxury mixed-use resort community in St. Kitts and Nevis, announced it was joining Interval Leisure Group's Preferred Residences network. The marketing partnership was announced this week at Interval's 12th annual Vacation Ownership Investment Conference in Orlando.

According to STR Global, demand growth in Dubai's hotel industry was up 16.5 percent year-to-date August compared to the previous year. However, demand growth in terms of total rooms occupied and new hotel supply were unequally spread between all six segments tracked.

Based on STR Global's Market Forecast, most year-on-year improvements projected in revenue per available room for the remainder of 2011 with some slowdown expected in 2012 for the 45 markets available. The gains will be led mainly through increases in rate rather than through occupancy increases.

According to STR Global, Tokyo's daily hotel performance came back to normality after the September 21 typhoon "N°15" paralyzed the city and its rail network. The typhoon's impact can be seen in the daily occupancy performance reported by a sample of mainly upper-upscale and luxury hotels in Tokyo.

(TIANJIN, CHINA) -- Schmidt-Curley Design -- one of the world's most active and innovative golf course design firms -- announces the Pete Dye Course at Tianjin Binhai Lake Golf Club is open for its first full season. Tianjin Binhai, a collaboration between golf course designers Lee Schmidt and Brian Curley and their mentor Pete Dye, features 10 windswept, lakefront holes.

Starwood Hotels & Resorts just announced that Le Méridien Koh Samui Resort & Spa has officially opened to guests and visitors. Located on Lamai Beach, Le Méridien Koh Samui Resort & Spa is a chic and intimate resort with a unique blend of stylish amenities, luxury services, an inspiring atmosphere and rich, cultural experiences that offers guests a new perspective.


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