Present day hotels to suit everyone’s taste in vogue
Major hotel projects announced on eve of World Championship of 2014
By Timofey Komarov
Naturally enough, hotels are being built in preparation for Minsk’s hosting of the Ice Hockey World Cup in 2014. According to Colliers International, Minsk can already sleep 4,400 people, with the suburban Robinson Club Hotel and Comfort Apart-Hotel having recently opened. Four new hostels launched last year, joining the existing two, and several international hotel chains have announced a desire to open in the Belarusian capital.
There are always some businessmen who won’t come to a country unless their favourite network of hotel is present — such as Hilton. The Director and Partner of Colliers International in Belarus, Andrey Aleshkin, tells us, “At least a dozen chain hotels should appear. The market needs to continue developing after the World Cup, with room prices settling, as rates are currently rivalling Moscow.” The reason is obvious: lack of supply. The building of more 4 and 5 star hotels, including for the World Cup, should bring prices to a more reasonable level, although it’s hard to say how hotels with fewer stars will compete.
There are 34 projects in various stages of implementation and construction across Minsk, with about 12-15 due to be completed in time for the 2014 World Cup and most managed by international chains. A number of projects were announced last year but are still at the level of declarations of intention.
According to Colliers International, last year, hotels in Belarus and Minsk raised occupancy by about 3.5 percent (on 2011), bringing this to 68 percent in Minsk and 43 percent countrywide. It is expected that Belarusian hotels will continue integrating into international reservation systems, allowing booking online from anywhere in the world. Needless to say, major international operators have certain criteria which must be met in order to inspire their building of hotels in the capital and across regional cities.