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Serviced apartment operators optimistic for 2017

Nearly one third of serviced apartment operators are to accelerate their expansion plans as confidence in the sector grows, according to a new survey from the Association of Serviced Apartment Providers (ASAP) and Savills. The Operator Sentiment Tracker Survey highlights that operators are now more confident about the next 12 months than they were in … Read more

London’s first underground hotel given the go-ahead

Planning officers have overturned Camden Council’s decision to reject plans for London’s first underground hotel in Bloomsbury. The 166-bedroom hotel is has been granted planning permission to be built 50ft underground within levels four and five of a former NCP car park on the corner of Great Russell Street and Adeline Place. Camden Council rejected … Read more

Roland Fasel to step down as GM of London’s Dorchester hotel

Roland Fasel, the Dorchester Collection’s General Manager and Regional Director UK, is to leave the luxury hotel group early next year “to pursue his career”. The move was confirmed in a statement from Dorchester Collection chief executive Christopher Cowdray. He said: “Roland Fasel will be leaving Dorchester Collection early next year to pursue his career. … Read more

Hospitality’s gender pay gap narrows but women still earn less

Women continue to earn less than men in equivalent jobs in the hospitality and tourism business, but this is due to the types of jobs and the setting in which they take place rather than sexual discrimination, according to a new study by People 1st. The gap between the sexes has been narrowing since 2011 … Read more

Second Hyatt Place hotel in UK to open at Heathrow Airport

The 350-bedroom Heathrow Hotel Bath Road is to be rebranded as a Hyatt Place hotel, becoming the second property at the airport operating under the upscale select brand from the Hyatt Hotels Corporation. Due to open in early 2017, the Hyatt Place London Heathrow Airport on Bath Road will join the Hyatt Place London Heathrow … Read more

US hotel brands eye up London for expansion

London’s standing as the world’s leading tourism centre makes it a target market for the expansion of American hotel brands, the 28th European Hotel Investment Conference was told. Representatives of four US-based groups – Montage Hotels and Resorts, Auberge Resorts Collection, SH Group and Hard Rock International – all announced their intention to enter the … Read more

Cost of Marriott’s acquisition of Starwood results in 67% fall in profit

The cost of Marriott International’s acquisition of Starwood Hotels & Resorts to create the world’s largest hotel group amounted to $228m (£183.8), according to the  company’s third quarter figures for 2016. As a result, Marriott’s profit plunged 67% to $70m (£56.4m) from $210m (£169.3m) during the third quarter of 2016. Meanwhile, the company‘s total revenue … Read more

London second place to Amsterdam for hotel investors

London has been replaced by Amsterdam as Europe’s most attractive hotel investment destination, according to research by business advisory firm Deloitte. A survey of more than 100 senior hospitality industry leaders, published ahead of the 28th Deloitte European Hotel Investment Conference this week, signifies that Chinese and North American investors are expected to dominate the … Read more

Jamie Oliver to buy back Australia restaurant business

British celebrity chef Jamie Oliver is set to buy back his Jamie’s Italian restaurants business in Australia. He has swooped after Keystone Group, which ran the operation, went into receivership and put the franchise up for sale. Mr Oliver said he was “excited” about bringing the six restaurants back in-house. The TV-chef has 42 restaurants … Read more

Virgin Atlantic recruits take to the skies

The first batch of recruits to take part in Virgin Atlantic’s Future Flyers Programme will take to the skies this January. The news comes as the airline re-launches the training programme for 2017 that leads directly to a job as a pilot with the airline. This coming year Virgin Atlantic is offering 12 spaces on … Read more