Hilton has appointed Noha Abdalla as vice president of social media marketing. In this newly created role, Abdalla will lead the global, enterprise-wide strategy for content, campaigns, and community development. She most recently served as vice president, digital brand strategy, and social media at Capital One.
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Analysts at Lodging Econometrics (LE) report that China’s total hotel construction pipeline has 2,481 projects/546,424 rooms, up 2 percent year-over-year (YOY).
The number of projects under construction in China is up less than 1 percent YOY at 1,725 projects/368,927 rooms. However, the number of projects scheduled to start construction in the next 12 months is up 27 percent YOY at 410 projects/86,995 rooms. Despite the growth in projects scheduled to start construction within a year, the number of hotel projects in early planning stages in China is actually down 13 percent to 346 projects/90,502 rooms.
The cities in China with the largest hotel construction pipelines are: Shanghai with 129 projects/25,750 rooms; Guangzhou with 106 projects/25,481 rooms; Chengdu with 89 projects/19,723 rooms, Hangzhou with 77 projects/17,255 rooms, Suzhou with 75 projects/14,713 rooms, and Beijing with 68 projects/11,551 rooms.
Jorge Giannattasio will manage a portfolio of over 130 hotels as senior vice president and head of Caribbean and Latin America operations for Hilton. Giannattasio has more 30 years of hospitality experience, most recently serving as chief operating officer for SBE Entertainment Group.
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PORTSMOUTH, N.H.—According to analysts at Lodging Econometrics, the top countries in the Asia Pacific hotel construction pipeline, excluding China, by project count are: Indonesia with 394 projects/66,154 rooms, Japan with 228 projects/46,356 rooms, India with 206 projects/33,501 rooms, Malaysia with 137 projects/36,244 rooms, and Thailand with 134 projects/31,964 rooms.
The cities with the largest pipelines by project count are: Jakarta, Indonesia with 101 projects/19,010 rooms; Seoul, South Korea with 80 projects/15,738 rooms; Tokyo, Japan with 73 projects/16,885 rooms; Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia with 58 projects/14,834 rooms; and Bangkok, Thailand with 52 projects/11,805 rooms.
InterContinental Hotel Group (IHG) welcomes Betty Wilson as vice president, Americas sales, where she will oversee sales efforts in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Latin America, and the Caribbean. Throughout her more than 30-year career, Wilson has served as a business consultant and coach, as well as worked with multiple hospitality brands.
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PORTSMOUTH, NH—Lodging Econometrics (LE) has released its global construction pipeline trend report, which compiles the construction pipeline for every country and market in the world, where currently the regions by project count are: The Americas with 6,268 projects/800,298 rooms, Asia Pacific with 4,205 projects/907,867 rooms and EMEA with 2,241 projects/430,837 rooms.
The top countries by project count are the United States with 5,255 projects/636,274 rooms and China with 2,481 projects/546,424 rooms. The U.S. accounts for 41 percent of the projects in the global pipeline while China accounts for 20 percent, resulting in 61 percent of the global pipeline being concentrated in just these two countries. A far distance off from these two countries are Indonesia with 394 projects/66,154 rooms, Germany with 246 projects/47,927 rooms, and United Kingdom with 246 projects/36,585 rooms.
The cities with the largest pipeline project counts are: New York with 169 projects/29,641 rooms, Dubai with 161 projects/ 46,420 rooms, Dallas with 159 projects/19,149 rooms, Houston with 148 projects/16,158 rooms, and Shanghai 129 projects/25,750 rooms.