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Westminster to welcome first new London InterContinental Hotel in 36 years

Westminster to welcome first new London InterContinental Hotel in 36 years

24 September 2012 Hotel News

Arriving on London’s exciting hotel scene in November 2012, the much-anticipated InterContinental London Westminster will open its doors in the political heartland of Britain. The first InterContinental hotel to open in London for over 36 years, the property is located at an outstanding address; a short walk from Parliament, in earshot of Big Ben and within sight of Westminster Abbey.

Hotel Indigo set for new European openings

Hotel Indigo set for new European openings

21 September 2012 Hotel News

The roll out of InterContinental Hotel Group’s boutique brand Hotel Indigo is gathering pace in Europe, with the company announcing the signing of the first Hotel Indigo for Barcelona and the second in Birmingham, UK. IHG’s chief development officer in Europe, Robert Shepherd, said 2012 has been a strong year for Hotel Indigo signings in the region.

New Swissôtel set for Dubai opening

New Swissôtel set for Dubai opening

15 September 2012 Hotel News

After opening its first hotel in the Middle East in the Holy city of Makkah, Swissôtel Hotels & Resorts is adding another deluxe hotel in the region: Swissôtel Jadaf Dubai in the United Arab Emirates. The hotel is expected to open by early 2016.

Mövenpick Hotels opens new Ankara property

Mövenpick Hotels opens new Ankara property

11 September 2012 Hotel News

Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts has announced the opening of the 176-room Mövenpick Hotel Ankara, a new contemporary hotel based in the heart of the Turkish capital’s fast-developing Söğütözü business district, ideally located for meetings, seminars or conferences. With nine meeting spaces including the stylish 390sqm Bern Ballroom, Mövenpick Hotel Ankara offers flexible function spaces that can be customised to host between eight and 450 guests.

Mission Hills Group brings Hard Rock Hotels to China

Mission Hills Group brings Hard Rock Hotels to China

10 September 2012 Hotel News

Mission Hills Group has announced the China’s first two Hard Rock Hotels, which will be built at Shenzhen and Haikou locations. The Hard Rock brand is recognised around the globe with a worldwide network of 179 venues across 54 countries, including 140 Hard Rock Cafes and 18 Hotels/Casinos.

Guerlain Spa set for Waldorf Astoria in Edinburgh

Guerlain Spa set for Waldorf Astoria in Edinburgh

10 September 2012 Hotel News Spa News

Following a significant programme of investment the soon to be re-launched The Caledonian, A Waldorf Astoria Hotel in Edinburgh is pleased to announce the introduction of the UK’s first Guerlain Spa, which will open to guests in winter 2012, following the grand unveiling of the hotel in mid-September.

Courtyard by Marriott to open first hotel in Chile

Courtyard by Marriott to open first hotel in Chile

10 September 2012 Hotel News

Marriott has announced today to open a new 200-room Courtyard by Marriott Hotel in Santiago in the fourth quarter of 2014, under an agreement with Falabella Group, the largest retailer in South America, with operations in Chile, Argentina, Peru and Colombia. Situated immediately adjacent to the existing 280-room Santiago Marriott in the Las Condes business district filled with restaurants, bars and shops, the Courtyard will offers easy access to all of Santiago and some of the best views of the Andes Mountains.

Ibis Christchurch first back into quake-hit city

Ibis Christchurch first back into quake-hit city

4 September 2012 Hotel News

Ibis Christchurch has opened its doors today, becoming the first city centre hotel to re-open since the February 2011 earthquake. The Ibis - located in Hereford Street, just off Cathedral Square - has undergone major remedial work, including the renovation of all 155 rooms and public areas, as well as structural strengthening to meet the city’s new building code.

ONXY breaks ground on second OZO project in Sri Lanka

ONXY breaks ground on second OZO project in Sri Lanka

4 September 2012 Hotel News

Thailand-based ONYX Hospitality Group marked a key development in its expansion of the OZO brand in Sri Lanka with a ‘ground breaking’ ceremony to mark the start of construction at the project site of OZO Kandy, the second OZO project underway in Sri Lanka. The project is a joint venture between Sino Lanka Hotels Holdings, headed by Bob Kundanmal and The Kandy Hotels Co - owning company of the Queen’s Hotel and Hotel Suisse, headed by Sanjeev Gardiner.

China takes lead in Pullman development

China takes lead in Pullman development

4 September 2012 Hotel News

Upscale hotel brand Pullman has announced the opening of Pullman Anshan Time Square, in downtown Anshan. Located in the city dubbed the ‘Capital of Iron and Steel’, the opening means China is now the largest country market in the Pullman network.

Accor boosts London presence with new properties

Accor boosts London presence with new properties

3 September 2012 Hotel News

Accor is set to open four new hotels in London in October; a Novotel and ibis hotel in Blackfriars, a second ibis hotel in Shepherd’s Bush and a new addition to the growing Mercure hotel portfolio, opening in Greenwich. During this important year for London, Accor aims to further expand its presence in the city by developing new hotels, creating jobs and investing in the training and development of young people in the hospitality industry.