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Cheltenham Hotel receives six-figure bedroom makeover

Holiday Inn Express Cheltenham, operated by RBH, has seen around £250,000 invested in improvement to a number of guest rooms.

Fifty-two rooms have been refurbished to ensure today’s smart travellers enjoy all of the amenities they are accustomed too, including upgraded wifi.

Icynth Ferrão, general manager of Holiday Inn Express Cheltenham, said: “We’re thrilled to see the remaining 52 rooms in the hotel transformed and hope our guests enjoy their new surroundings.”

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Sandals see sharp increase in incentive bookings

Sandals Luxury Meetings and Incentives Collection has revealed that business generated by incentive bookings has grown by 65 per cent year on year in the UK.

The luxury hotel and resort brand has 18 properties across seven islands in the Caribbean that offer an array of facilities for conferences and incentive groups.

Simon Foster, deputy managing director of Unique Caribbean Holidays Ltd, the UK representation for Sandals and Beaches, said: “It is a phenomenal achievement to have increased our incentive travel business by 65 per cent in such a short time. We are proud of the hard work and dedication that has gone into this from our UK groups and MICE team. We look forward to watching this side of the business continue to grow.”

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Ibiza welcomes new hotel to kick off the summer season

The summer season begins in Ibiza with the opening of BLESS Hotel Ibiza.

The new hotel from the brand BLESS Collection Hotels of Palladium Hotel Group, opened its doors on June 13th and celebrated with an opening party on Sunday 16th with more than 700 attendees and many experiences.

The Spanish model Eugenia Silva, BLESS Collection Hotels ambassador, and the Spanish chef Martín Berasategui hosted the opening of the hotel, the second from the brand following BLESS Hotel Madrid.

BLESS Hotel Ibiza is inspired by the uniqueness of Coco Chanel. The formal, casual and simple style of this international fashion figure blends with the local character of Ibiza, with inspirations from the French blue coast and the Italian Riviera.

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The Dedica Anthology Hotel Brand expands into the UK

The Dedica Anthology, one of Europe’s most well-recognised luxury hotel brands, will expand into the UK this year.

Headquartered in Milan, The Dedica Anthology is a portfolio of seven distinctive hotels in select European cities: Rome, Venice, Milan, Prague, Budapest, Florence and Nice, with associated properties in Venice and Budapest and further projects under consideration.

Hotelier Stephen Alden said: “We have launched The Dedica Anthology at a time when the global hotel industry and the luxury sector, in particular, are evolving, and an opportunity exists to challenge and reinvent the category, creating inspiring spaces and relaxing rituals that are consciously in rhythm with our guests' contemporary lives.”

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The Taj Hotel & Convention Centre, Agra is now open

Nestled in the heart of Agra, within walking distance of the Taj Mahal, the Taj Hotel and Convention Centre offers event professionals a one-stop-shop for their meeting needs.

This modern hotel also has more than 3,700 sqm of versatile event spaces, including one of the biggest banquet halls in Northern India, the Grand Ballroom, and the Courtyard Lawn and dedicated meeting rooms.

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Birmingham’s Millennium Point receives Excellence accreditation

Millennium Point, located in the Eastside area of Birmingham city centre, joins a list of major names with Venues of Excellence accreditation.

Mandy Jennings, executive director at Venues of Excellence, said: “We are extremely pleased to welcome Millennium Point to Venues of Excellence. This is the second accredited venue to join our portfolio in less than a month, following the University of Birmingham in April.

“Millennium Point is an iconic landmark in Birmingham city centre and has a great location, within easy reach of the city’s train stations and the future HS2 station, too. This, along with the series of interconnected spaces that make up Millennium Point, offer something very different to our membership.”

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Depho Estates acquires four-star Aldwark Manor Golf and Spa Hotel in York

Depho Estates purchased the hotel from London-based real estate investment company Aprirose and will invest a multi-million-pound sum post-acquisition to further enhance and upgrade Aldwark Manor’s rooms and facilities.

Aldwark Manor is set in 120 acres of countryside and can accommodate more than 100 residential guests. As well as offering conference and banqueting facilities for up to 240 people, the hotel has an 18-hole golf course and spa. Aldwark Manor is located eight miles from the A1 (M), close to the village of Aldwark.

Depho Estates' director, Deborah Hoban, said: “Aldwark Manor has been well run by Aprirose, so we have acquired a thriving business with a great reputation that will fit well within our current property portfolio.”

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Hand Picked Hotels reveals £4.2m refurbishment at Stanbrook Abbey

Hand Picked Hotels has completed a £4.2m renovation of Grade II-listed Stanbrook Abbey Hotel in Worcester following its acquisition in 2017. The refurbishment has resulted in a refreshed events space, a brand new restaurant and 15 additional bedrooms taking the total to 70.

St Anne’s Hall - the venue’s premium function suite - has undergone a transformation to reveal a welcoming colour palette to complement its high ceiling and natural light. It can accommodate up to 120 delegates and offers direct access to the venue’s original library to one side, as well as a covered private patio and expansive lawn with fire pit to the other.

Julia Hands, Hand Picked Hotels’ chairman and CEO, said: “We spent considerable time planning this redevelopment to ensure the venue’s rich heritage and character features were protected whilst making sure it became a more useable and relevant space for today’s business traveller and conference delegate.”

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The Ruma Hotel and Residences has opened beside the Petronas Towers

The Ruma Hotel and Residences has open in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, beside the Petronas Towers and KLCC Park.

The new hotel boasts 253 guest rooms and suites, the ATAS Malaysian Restaurant, two bars, the UR Spa, a pool and pool bar, a barber's shop and meeting space for up to 180 guests.

The 177 sqm mezzanine event space is the biggest at the property and can fit 180 guests for drinks and canapes. The smaller, dedicated meeting rooms are suitable for intimate meetings and can accommodate up to 14 delegates.

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Qatar set to welcome another IHG hotel in 2023

IHG (InterContinental Hotel Group) has signed a management agreement with Qatari holding company Al Sraiya Hotels & Hospitality group under Al Sraiya Holding Group.

The hotel, which is set to open in 2023 will have 200 rooms, a spa, a gymnasium and a swimming pool all in the urban centre of Lusail Marina, the main shopping and commercial district in Doha.

Pascal Gauvin, managing director India Middle East and Africa, IHG, said: “After the success of the recently opened Staybridge Suites Hotel in Lusail, we are delighted to once again partner with Al Sraiya Hotels & Hospitality Group to open another hotel in Qatar, especially in a visionary development such as Lusail Marina.”

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