Top 20 most-read stories of 2021: Hotel development shows signs of recovery

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Our most-read stories from the 2021 roundup cover the demise of Wilson Associates, Marriott International’s exceptional pipeline projects and the creation of a luxury resort in the Balkans.

It’s hard to summarize how the global hotel development community fared this year, because the truth is that different regions, countries, and even individual cities have had such different experiences of the pandemic. Some have battled seemingly endless cycles of surges and lockdowns, while others have emerged relatively quickly and largely unscathed, often aided by the rapid rollout of vaccinations for the most vulnerable.

A mixed record for hotel development

This divergence was also apparent in the hospitality industry, one of the most affected sectors across the board. While a significant number of hotel projects were put on hold when the pandemic began last year, many have since been revived, and countless more have been added – as owners of existing properties react to falling occupancy rates as they pursue long-awaited renovations or conversions to major brands, and owners of new programs are banking on predictions that the crisis will end well before they launch.

The statistics certainly show encouraging signs of recovery – just last month we revealed that the combined pipeline of the six major hotel groups has remained remarkably resilient in the face of coronavirus, although it is true that Marriott International and Hilton Worldwide were much more cautious than their rivals. .

Look beyond Covid

Our top 20 most read articles in the 2020 roundup was dominated by Covid, whereas this year the picture looks very different, with increasing demand for general hotel information as well as our data-driven articles on individual projects, cities, countries, brands and groups. By far the most trafficked story on TOPHOTELNEWS in 2021 (and all time, in fact) was our exclusive on the fate of interior design firm Wilson Associates, while our hotlists featuring developments The World’s Most Exciting Hoteliers and our “Project of the Week” and Featured Project stories sharing what the TOPHOTELPROJECTS research team has discovered about specific programs have also proven popular.

Next year, we’ll continue to cover the very latest planning apps, construction updates and openings, while delivering exclusive data-driven features examining the state of the industry, development listings of best hotel groups in the world and the most promising projects. about.

Top 20 most read stories of 2021

In descending order, here are the 20 articles that generated the most page views on our site in 2021:

  1. Breaking News: Wilson Associates Files for Bankruptcy and Liquidation
  2. Hotlist 2021: Marriott International’s Top Five Hotel Openings
  3. Flagship project: Aman Cavtat, Croatia
  4. Hotlist 2021: the top five hotel openings in the Middle East
  5. Brand Overview: Over 150 Hilton-branded hotels in the pipeline
  6. Stunning property reopens as Singapore’s first ‘garden-in-a-hotel’
  7. Project of the Week: Mandarin Oriental Boca Raton, Florida
  8. Group overview: Hyatt to add 345 hotels to its global portfolio
  9. Project of the week: The St Regis Hotel Longboat Key, Florida
  10. Country overview: 42 new hotels will open in Portugal
  11. Flagship project: Club Med Tinley Manor Resort, South Africa
  12. Hotlist 2021: IHG’s top five hotel openings
  13. Presentation of the group: Accor will open more than 500 hotels
  14. Project in focus: Four Seasons Hotel and Private Residences Cartagena
  15. Hotlist 2021: Hilton Worldwide’s Top Five Hotel Openings
  16. Country Snapshot: Over 150 hotels in the pipeline across India
  17. Hotlist 2021: the top five hotel openings in Europe
  18. Project of the Week: The St Regis Los Cabos, Mexico
  19. City preview: Over 150 new hotels on the way to Dubai
  20. Hotlist 2022: Marriott International’s top three openings
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