Innovative brands extending their reach, fresh-faced start-ups launching their first ventures and established institutions in line for a facelift: we round up what's new and notable in hospitality worldwide for the year ahead.
As countries’ economies continue to grow in 2016 (with some notable exceptions), the number of new ventures in the world of hospitality looks set to climb. Hotel openings and restaurant launches will be two-a-penny (not literally, of course), even in the world of travel and tourism, which will be hit by the slowdown in China. To make sure you remain up to speed, here is our list of the crucial developments for the year ahead, from Rio’s Olympic hotels to a Tokyo ryokan transformed into a smart place to stay.
Shop: The Commons, Bangkok: Capitalising on the Thonglor district’s cool cachet, this concept community mall is due to open in early 2016.
Hotel: The Katamama, Bali: The PTT Family behind popular Potato Head Beach Club will open its first hotel in early 2016.
Restaurant: Union Group, Jakarta: Unveiling new gastro pub The Dutch, slated for February – and a Mexican diner is due later in the year.
Café: Common Man Coffee Roasters, Kuala Lumpur: The Singaporean brand expands north of the causeway in early 2016 with a location in the affluent Bandar Utama neighbourhood.
Shop: Foxglove, Hong Kong: From the Ming Fat House team, Foxglove will be an umbrella shop and speakeasy bar in one.
Hotel: Peninsula Hotel, Beijing: The Peninsula, first opened in 1989, unveils a new look this year.
Shop: Eslite, Shanghai: Taiwanese bookshop Eslite opens in Shanghai in 2016, following its successful 2015 launch in Suzhou.
Hotel: Hoshinoya, Tokyo: Due to open in July in an authentic Japanese ryokan, this hotel is just steps from Tokyo Station.
Restaurant: The Apollo, Tokyo: In March, Australians Sam Christie and Jonathan Barthelmess open an offshoot of their Hellenic hit in Ginza.
Hotel: The Four Seasons Hotel Kyoto: The brand extends its reach beyond Tokyo with this second location, slated for Kyoto in autumn.
Airport: Sapporo Airport: JAL will be launching revamped and new lounges at the Hokkaido hub, also known as New Chitose, in summer.
Airport: Brisbane Airport, Brisbane: Qantas, Air New Zealand and Singapore Airlines will revamp their lounges as the airport expands.
Restaurant: Noma pop-up, Sydney: Noma’s René Redzepi transplants his Copenhagen restaurant to Sydney’s Barangaroo for 10 weeks from January.
Hotel: QT Museum Wellington Hotel, Wellington: The boutique hotel group will rejig Wellington’s Museum Art Hotel in February; there’s a Melbourne version due too.
Bar: Three Pounds, Perth: River views and rooftop tapas give this watering hole pride of place in Perth’s new Elizabeth Quay development.
Bar: Kulhanbeyi, Istanbul: Kevin Patnode will serve his gentle twists on classic cocktails in the former steamroom of Istanbul’s Tunel.
Airport: Etihad lounge, Abu Dhabi: The long-awaited First Class lounge is bound to live up to the high standards of Etihad’s onboard hospitality.
Hotel: Newmark Hotel, Johannesburg: The first hotel in Hallmark House, this is a hub for downtown Jo’burg’s rebirth.
Hotel: The Whitby, New York: The Firmdale group (behind the Crosby Street Hotel) opens this Midtown venture in September.
Airport: Ark terminal, New York: Ponies and puppies alike will have happy landings in the new Ark terminal at JFK, set to open in 2016.
Café: Bow Truss Coffee, LA: Chicago’s high-end coffee shop heads west with its first LA launch.
Shop: Shinola, Toronto: The beloved Detroit-based bicycle, watch and leather-goods brand opens its first store in Canada.
Shop: Aesop, Montréal: This cousin to Aesop’s Vancouver and Toronto outlets opens in summer.
Hotel: Andaz, Ottawa: The Andaz opens in spring, the first Ottawa hotel in the Hyatt portfolio.
Restaurant: Fable Diner, Vancouver: The team behind farm-to-table hit Fable will offer seasonal comfort food in this revived diner.
Hotel: Fasano, Angra dos Reis: Rogério Fasano’s latest project, on Rio State’s Costa Verde, will offer a 60-room hotel and a beach club.
Hotel: Grand Hyatt, Rio de Janeiro: The group’s first Rio venture, located on Barra da Tijuca beach, is due in early 2016.