You would think that building hotels in Brazil should be a straightforward affair.

With the country set to host the World Cup in 2014 and the summer Olympics in 2016, Embratur, the government’s tourism arm, reckoned it would need to expand hotel capacity by at least 20 per cent to accommodate the expected influx of visitors.

So boom time for hoteliers right? Not exactly, according to Kirk Kinsell, who heads up the Americas division for InterContinental Hotels Group. Read more

Accor on Monday gave its clearest signal yet that it sees its future in emerging markets by snapping up the South American hotel portfolio of Mexico’s Grupo Posadas for $275m.

The move comes less than two months after the French hotel group sold its underperforming Motel 6 chain of US budget hotels to Blackstone in a $1.9bn deal and will  see Accor join rivals such as Hilton, Starwood, InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) and Marriott in the race for EM hotel assets. Read more