The Ascott has stepped up its global expansion as it breaks into South America with franchise agreements for two serviced residences in São Paulo, Brazil. Vitacon, a leading real estate company in São Paulo, will franchise and operate the 92-unit Citadines VN Jardins São Paulo and 122-unit Citadines VN Faria Lima São Paulo.
Blackstone has announced funds managed by its real estate business have agreed to acquire the Windsor Atlantica Hotel on Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. As part of the transaction, Blackstone has signed a management agreement with Hilton for this asset and following a period of transition plans to convert the hotel to the Hilton Rio de Janeiro Copacabana.
Peruvian eco-tourism pioneer Inkaterra will open an Amazonian Inkaterra Guides Field Station to guests in June. Located in the Tambopata National Reserve, the property will offer travellers the opportunity to explore the rainforest and participate in various conservation projects, overseen by Inkaterra’s NGO, the Inkaterra Asociación.
Palácio Tangará will open in São Paulo in June 2017, marking a new era for European-owned Oetker Collection as it expands into the Americas for the first time.
Meliá Hotels International has launched its first luxury hotel from the Gran Meliá brand in Brazil with the official opening of Gran Meliá Nacional Rio in March 2017. Originally built in 1972 by the world renowned architect, Oscar Niemeyer, the famous ‘Hotel Nacional’ has reopened after more than a decade of being left abandoned, as the Gran Meliá brand’s flagship property.
Hard Rock International has signed three new projects in key markets throughout Brazil, representing a milestone for the brand as the first projects in both the country and South America. The upcoming Hard Rock Hotels include Hard Rock Hotel Brasilia, Hard Rock Hotel Caldas Novas, and Hard Rock Hotel Itapema.
Four Seasons had confirmed plans to open Four Seasons Hotel São Paulo at Nações Unidas in 2017, with Private Residences to follow. Through the partnership between Iron House Real Estate and Tamweelview European Holdings, the 254-room Hotel and 84 Private Residences will be the group’s first foray into Brazil.
Hilton Worldwide has announced the signing of a management agreement with Fideicomiso Santa Marta Hotel to operate a new build Hilton Hotels & Resorts property in the Caribbean port city of Santa Marta, Colombia. Scheduled to open in 2017, this new Hilton Santa Marta hotel represents the company’s 14th hotel project in Colombia including its portfolio of seven existing operating hotels and seven currently under development.
Swissôtel Hotels & Resorts, a leading brand in the FRHI Hotels & Resorts portfolio, today announced that the brand has entered into a franchise agreement for branding the operation of Swissôtel Guayaquil. The new 300-room hotel is currently under development in the largest and most populous city in Ecuador, Guayaquil.