As part of a multi-million-pound investment, Glasgow’s five-star Blythswood Square Hotel has unveiled its refreshed and reimagined guest rooms and suites as it reaches a major milestone in its refurbishment. Work at the world-renowned hotel continues with guest rooms being the first area to be completed with brand new furniture and interior design from independent design studio Graven Images.
Twenty14 Holdings, the hospitality investment arm of Lulu Group International, has completed a £85 million acquisition of the Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh - The Caledonian. The Caledonian joins a portfolio of $650 million worth of luxury property across the UK, the Middle East and India that Twenty14 has assembled since 2014.
As the Royal Yacht Britannia, in Edinburgh, prepares to mark 20 years since opening its doors to the public in 1998, the team is also celebrating a remarkable achievement, ending 2017 with a phenomenal 390,482 visitors.
The final line up has been announced for Edinburgh’s first ever wellbeing festival. The event will bring together some of the biggest names in health and fitness in the capital, from Michelin starred chef Tom Kerridge and Shona Vertue to global influencers Chloe Madeley and Jasmine Hemsley of Hemsley + Hemsley fame.
Leonardo Hotels has acquired the strategically placed portfolio of Portland Hotels in Scotland. The deal will increase the company’s presence in Edinburgh, while adding new locations in Glasgow, Perth and Aberdeen.
The Edinburgh Collection, a member of Palm Holdings, has announced the expansion of its UK portfolio with the acquisition of The Tune Hotel in Edinburgh.
Delta has launched its new non-stop service from Glasgow to New York-JFK, offering greater travel choice between Scotland and the US. Operated daily throughout the summer, the airline’s first-ever Glasgow route will provide convenient connections to more than 60 destinations throughout the US and beyond via Delta’s New York hub.
Ryanair has launched its biggest-ever Scottish winter schedule, with 13 new Edinburgh routes to Baden, Budapest, Carcassonne, Eindhoven, Hamburg, Katowice, Nantes, Prague, Szczecin, Toulouse, Venice, Valencia and Wroclaw.
Marriott International is adding the Courtyard Edinburgh to its portfolio in Scotland. The city centre hotel is set within a historic Georgian terrace located in the heart of Edinburgh’s new shopping and entertainment hub at the east end of Princes Street.
The Scottish government has confirmed plans to halve Air Passenger Duty by the end of the current Scottish Parliament in 2021. Willie Walsh, IAG chief executive, welcomed the move. He said: “This is a major step towards the complete abolition of this stealth tax that hinders economic growth, tourism and jobs.”
The Caledonian Sleeper, operating between London and Scotland six nights each week, sees guests arrive at the heart of their destination refreshed and ready to go. Here Breaking Travel News editor takes the trip from London Euston to Inverness ahead of a weekend at Loch Ness.
Minister in the Scottish government have offered their support to the plan to add a third runway at Heathrow Airport, pointing to significant strategic and economic benefits for Scotland. The UK government at Westminster has repeatedly delayed a decision on the expansion, with a second runway at Gatwick Airport also under consideration.