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8 of the most exciting new hotel brands to watch in 2017

These new launches from some of the industry’s major players promise to transform the urban hotel scene. Confused by some of the new hotel names popping up in the hospitality world? As we have previously reported, some of the biggest accommodation groups in the business have been investing in new sub-brands that actively target the … Read more

MasterChef: The Professionals finalists raise over £9,000 at charity dinner

Ten MasterChef: The Professionals contestants hosted a charity dinner on 27 March at Adam Handling’s Frog E1 restaurant in London’s Shoreditch, raising £9,400 for SSAFA – the Armed Forces charity. Handling, who took part in the 2013 series of the show and 2015 semi-finalist Andi Walker organised the event after hearing about 92-year-old war veteran … Read more

Surfer look for AccorHotels’ first Jo&Joe site

AccorHotels has revealed the look of its new Jo&Joe brand, in partnership with surfer brands Quiksilver and Roxy. The brand’s first 145-bedroom property, which AccorHotels is describing as an ‘open house’, will open on 29 May at Hossegor, near Biarritz in south-west France. The location is a popular spot for surfers and the home of … Read more

AA appoints hotel general manager as head of hotel services.

Hotel general manager Andrew Oxley has been appointed head of AA Hotel Services, replacing Peter Laigaard Jensen, who left the business last year after a short period in the role. It is hoped that Oxley will bring a steady hand to AA Hotel Services after the departure in July 2016 of Laigaard Jensen, who was … Read more

Luxury floating hotel set for Edinburgh

A 23-bedroom luxury, floating hotel planned for the port of Leith in Edinburgh will help secure the long-term future of the former royal yacht Britannia. Plans have been lodged today with the City of Edinburgh Council for the £3.5m conversion of the former Northern Lighthouse Board tender MV Fingal into what is being described as … Read more

AccorHotels and Rixos Hotels to sign joint venture management agreement

AccorHotels is to launch a joint venture management company with luxury resort group Rixos Hotels. The new partnership will enable the French global hotel company to extend its reach within the resort segment. Five of the city centre hotels within the 20-strong Rixos portfolio will be reflagged under AccorHotels brands and will be managed by … Read more

Levy Restaurants UK wins Tottenham Hotspur’s ten year catering contract

Levy Restaurants UK, the leader in sports, arena and events catering, has been awarded a ten-year contract to be the official catering partner for leading Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur FC at its new £750m stadium, which is due to open in 2018. The 61,000 capacity stadium, the largest club stadium in London, will represent … Read more

D&D London enjoys record Christmas trading

Restaurant group D&D London enjoyed record trading in December 2016, with like-for-like UK sales up 7%. The company said that overall revenues for the period were up 20% on the prior year and hailed strong performances from German Gymnasium (pictured), 100 Wardour Street, Bluebird and Sartoria, which saw like-for-like sales rise 30% on the prior … Read more