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Deutsche Hospitality inks partnership with GBI AG

Deutsche Hospitality and GBI AG are launching a comprehensive programme of cooperation for the development of new hotel locations. The main emphasis is on IntercityHotel and Jaz in the City brands.

The starting point will be four IntercityHotels in Heidelberg, Wiesbaden, Bielefeld and Graz. A total of around 800 rooms within direct proximity of respective main railway stations in these cities. Lease agreements have already been signed, and GBI has acquired sites to be used in Germany from Deutsche Bahn as part of a package deal.

These projects will strengthen the presence of Deutsche Hospitality in the German-speaking market and will continue to expand the IntercityHotel brand as it celebrates its 30th anniversary.

The series of IntercityHotel projects will get underway in Wiesbaden, where construction will commence in spring of 2018 with an expected completion date at turn of the year 2019-20. The Graz construction project is scheduled to finish in 2020. The two other locations will follow in 2023.

These four IntercityHotel project developments represent the first collaboration between GBI AG and Deutsche Hospitality, both of which are major hotel market players within their respective sectors.

Thomas Willms joins Deutsche Hospitality

Thoms Willms

The Supervisory Board of Steigenberger Hotels AG has announced that Thomas Willms will join the Management Board with effect from 1 June 2017.

This additional appointment underlines course of future expansion being pursued by Deutsche Hospitality. In his new role as Chief Operating Officer (COO), Willms will be responsible for operations, sales and marketing of all brands, Steigenberger Hotels and Resorts, Jaz in the City and IntercityHotel.

Willms was previously in charge of all hotels and activities in Central and Eastern Europe in his capacity as senior vice president of Starwood Hotels & Resorts. As Chief Executive Officer (CEO),

will continue to hold responsibility for strategy, business development, communication, corporate marketing and social responsibility.