Full Speed Ahead

Brexit. Currency fluctuations. Terrorist attacks. These are just a few of the challenges to selling Europe in the 21st century. Yet tourism there is steadily increasing, albeit incrementally.

Preliminary findings show that international visitor numbers to Europe last year grew by 2 percent over 2015, despite “a number of destinations affected by safety and security challenges,” according to a statement by the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO). In raw numbers, about 12 million more people took overnight trips to Europe in 2016 than in 2015, bringing the total to 620 million. Looking ahead, the majority of the UNWTO’s Panel of Experts project that tourism to Europe will grow by another 2 to 3 percent in 2017.

The challenges aren’t stopping major hotel companies from opening new properties there, either. Many, including InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG), Hilton Hotels & Resorts, Marriott International and Hyatt Hotels & Resorts, are moving ahead with developments. Among Marriott’s upcoming hotels are more than 20 Moxy properties, including about a dozen that are slated to open this year. IHG is developing hotels across several of its brands, including InterContinental, Hotel Indigo and Holiday Inn.

Following are a sampling of hotels scheduled to debut in 2017.

The 100-room Four Seasons Hotel London at Ten Trinity Square opened in January in the restored former headquarters of the Port of London Authority. The property, which is within walking distance from the Tower of London and Tower Bridge, also has 41 private residences and a private members club. Three-star French chef Anne-Sophie Pic has opened La Dame de Pic, her first U.K. restaurant, in the hotel; an Asian restaurant is set to open this spring. The centerpiece of the lobby – a large, colorful rotunda – hovers over a bar and lounge. A spa is set to open this spring, as well as an indoor pool and vitality pool. 800-819-5053, www.fourseasons.com/tentrinity

At press time, Le Méridien Visconti Rome was slated to open in February. Located between the Spanish Steps and the Vatican, the hotel offers 240 accommodations with floor-to-ceiling windows and contemporary décor and furniture. Some suites feature private balconies, and Corner Suites have views of the Palace of Justice. Among the public areas are a rooftop terrace and Le Méridien Hub, a living room-like, multi-purpose space that offers the brand’s Sparkling Social Hour. Culinary options include an Italian restaurant and a French patisserie. 800-543-4300, www.lemeridienviscontirome.com

One of several Moxy properties under development in Europe, the Moxy Vienna Airport is set to debut in March. This millennial-targeted hotel offers 405 accommodations with USB ports and high-quality sound systems, among other perks. The bright, open lobby has contemporary furniture and “plug-and-meet” gathering areas with ergonomic seating, large writing walls, 56-inch TVs for presentations, a video wall, and snacks and beverages available 24/7. A healthy continental breakfast is served each morning, and local brews and wines by the glass are on tap each evening