WHILE MUCH of the world has been sticking close to—if not literally confined to—home this past year, some of Europe’s most inspired hoteliers have spent the pandemic following Voltaire’s sage advice for troubling times: tending their gardens (while patiently awaiting travel’s return). In the pre-Covid travel boom, many new projects got under way and several have already opened, like the NoMad London, the design firm Roman and Williams’s version of plush neo-Edwardian digs in the former Bow Street Magistrates’ Court. Across the continent, other hotels have also come on line or will soon. For those eager beavers ready to flit
ITS tourism potential has been lauded by no less a real estate expert than Donald Trump, who praised its “great beaches”. But six years after it was first proposed as North Korea’s answer to Ibiza, work on the country’s first international tourist resort appears to have ground to a halt.
Backed personally by North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un, the Wonsan beach project was supposed to show a lighter side to the hermit state, with luxury hotels, a marina, and a sports complex.
The catastrophic impact of coronavirus on travel demand isn’t keeping Wyndham Hotels & Resorts from expanding and even introducing a new brand to the Indian subcontinent.
Wyndham announced plans this week to open its first hotels in Nepal and Bhutan over the next year while also moving forward with plans to grow its Hawthorn Suites brand in India. The company sees strong market fundamentals in the region for more of its economy and extended stay brands like Hawthorn, Howard Johnson, and Days Inn as well as the midscale Ramada brand, currently its biggest brand in India.
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