News in brief: Yotel, Marriott, St. Andrews

Yotel to debut in the Middle East: Yotel has signed a long-term agreement with Dubai Investment Properties to operate a new hotel. This will be the brand’s first property in Dubai and the Middle East.

Read more at PR Newswire


Protea joins Marriott Rewards: Marriott Rewards members can now earn and redeem points at 26 Protea Hotels’ properties in South Africa. As part of the launch and in addition to earning points, members who book their travel to any of the participating Protea Hotels will receive a 10% discount on the best available rate. 

Read more at Marriott’s website


St. Andrews named most expensive: St. Andrews, Scotland, has overtaken London as the most expensive location in the UK for hotel rooms. reports a standard room in St. Andrews costs an average of £158 (US$234) per night.

Read more at the Daily Mail


TravelClick expands Google partnership: TravelClick has expanded its partnership with Google to enable one-click mobile web bookings using Google Wallet for Google Hotel Ads customers. This expands the existing Google and TravelClick partnership, which includes placement for TravelClick Demand Services customers on Google Hotel Ads via Google Hotel Finder, Local Universal Search, Google Maps, and Google+ Places Pages.

Read more at PR Newswire




Kerzner appoints two executives: Kerzner International Holdings Limited named Ian Connolly chief development officer and Paul Macpherson executive vice president of global business and real estate development.

Read more at Travel Daily News


Hotel occupancy hits high: PKF Hospitality Research forecasts the U.S. lodging industry will continue to achieve strong growth in RevPAR during 2015 and 2016. The report also predicts that the composition of factors driving RevPAR is starting to shift with record-setting occupancy yielding ground to growing ADR.


CNL considers sale: CNL Lifestyle Properties to could 16 ski resorts in the U.S. worth millions of dollars. If CNL sells them to one buy, it would be the largest single ski resort transaction in the history of the sport.

Read more at ABC News