Eastern Europe is getting an influx of new hotels from major brands.
Louvre Hotels Group is getting ready to open a new hotel complex in Wroclaw, Poland, with a 152-room Campanile and 136-room Premiere Classe. Hotels Magazine reports that the company is also increasing development of its budget brands across the country and further into Eastern Europe. Matthieu Evrard, chief development officer for the Group, told the magazine that the brand is looking to have 40 hotels by 2015.
In Ukraine, construction of Campanile Donetsk has already started in the city center. In Lithuania, the construction of Campanile Vilnius will start in the third quarter of 2012. Louvre is reportedly also looking to accelerate the development of the Golden Tulip brands in Poland. The Golden Tulip Miedzyzdroje Residence, developed by the group’s strategic partner Qualia Development, will open in July. In Southern Poland, Louvre has also started development of the Tulip Inn Krakow Center with a local investor.
Marriott International has announced plans to open a second hotel in Bucharest. According to IncentiveTravel.co.uk, the 147-room Courtyard by Marriott Bucharest will operate under a management agreement with Gica Popescu Hotels SRL and is expected to open in early 2014. The Courtyard by Marriott Bucharest will be Marriott's second hotel in the city, joining the JW Marriott Bucharest Grand Hotel. The new Courtyard Bucharest will be located in the city center, close to the business district and transport links.
Another article from the same site notes that PPHE Hotel Group Limited, owner and operator of Park Plaza Hotels & Resorts in Europe, recently opened the Park Plaza Medulin, Park Plaza Histria Pula and Park Plaza Verudela Pula in conjunction with Croatian hospitality partner Arenaturist.
Working with Croatian construction workers and developers, Park Plaza Medulin was the first to open its doors following an extensive renovation and rebranding to its 118 rooms and reception area. The hotel is located within the historical fishing town of Medulin alongside the Medulin Riviera.
On the south coast of the Istrian peninsula, Park Plaza Histria Pula and Park Plaza Verudela Pula both received a combined 25 million euro investment. Park Plaza Histria Pula has a new reception area, lobby, restaurant and conference center. The nearby Park Plaza Verudela Pula also underwent a complete re-development of its 385 apartments.