International hotel brands invest in Turkey


Turkey's hotel scene keeps growing, with international developers looking to build and develop in cities throughout the country.

UAE-based hotel group Rotana has partnered with Mar Yapi, a Turkish real estate company, to launch Tri G in the province of Günesli.

Mar Yapi will own a 60 percent stake in the new project, while the remaining 40 percent will be owned by Rotana and partners, according to Arabian Business. The project will include Centro Hotels by Rotana brand with 152 rooms on eight floors, a total of 153 residences on 17 floors and 2,500 square meters of commercial space. 

The Tri G project is scheduled to open in the last quarter of 2016.

Meanwhile, Choice Hotels International is set to open its second hotel in Turkey, according to the Washington Business Journal. The 237-room Clarion hotel Istanbul Airport North will open next year following the brand's debut property, the Clarion Hotel & Suites Istanbul Sisli, opened in June. Both hotels are owned and operated by Aktas Turizm Insaat A.S.

Starwood announced last month that it would open its first hotel on the Asian side of Istanbul later this year. According to Business Traveler, The new-build Four Points by Sheraton Istanbul Dudullu will be the brand's first property in Turkey. It is scheduled to open "at the end of 2014" as a franchise agreement with Ever Group.

Starwood currently has ten hotels across five brands in Turkey, of which four are in Istanbul — Sheraton Istanbul Maslak Hotel, Sheraton Istanbul Atakoy Hotel, W Istanbul, and Le Meridien Istanbul Etiler.

In exactly one month, Morgans Hotel Group will open 10 Karaköy as part of the Originals collection. According to Luxury Travel Advisor, architect Sinan Kafadar was enlisted to work on the project.

And most recently, the 244-room Radisson Blu Hotel, Kayseri opened its doors, marking the group’s tenth property in the Turkey. Kayseri is one of Turkey’s industrial centers. “Kayseri has always been an important business destination in Turkey and is attracting more and more visitors,” Mehmet Mulayim, general manager of the Radisson Blu Hotel Kayseri, told Breaking Travel News.