The Lowry Hotel Manchester introduces The Lowry Lounge & Bar and River Restaurant

The Lowry Hotel is undertaking a seven-figure refurbishment.

Set to be completed in late September 2019, the renovation will see an entire redesign of the hotel’s bar and restaurant. The new lounge bar and restaurant will feature soft hues, a new layout and bespoke furnishings.

Adrian Ellis, general manager of The Lowry Hotel, said: “It’s an incredibly exciting year for The Lowry Hotel. We’re investing nearly £5m in developments to cement our status as Manchester’s premier five-star hotel amongst the growing competition in the city.”


Hamilton Park Racecourse introduces new events packages

Hamilton Park Racecourse has introduced a series of new events packages.

The new packages, created by catering and hospitality partner Sodexo, include options for private events in the Grandstand, exclusive hire of the Parade Ring Marquee and Club Lawn Marquee for dinners or award ceremonies, as well as options for conferences and corporate meetings.

There are 17 recently refurbished suites and more than 20 acres of outdoor space available to hire, plus the venue offers complimentary WiFi and parking for up to 1,000 cars.

The latest addition to the racecourse, the 118-room Hampton by Hilton Hamilton Park hotel, now accommodates for guests wishing to stay overnight following a dinner, awards ceremony or celebration.


Radisson Blu Hotel London Stansted completes £6m refurbishment project

The 500-room Radisson Blu Hotel London Stansted has completed an overall £6 million refurbishment project. Blending sleek design with modern facilities and exceptional services, all public spaces in the hotel have received a sophisticated upgrade and expansion, including the Atrium Space, Wine Tower Bar and a new meeting and events reception desk and breakout area. The hotel is home to the largest M&E space in the area with a main ballroom capacity of 350 people for dinner and 600 theatre style. The hotel has also introduced two new restaurant offerings, the Anglo-American-style Station 169 and the British brasserie Collage Restaurant, run by executive head chef, Ben Nottage.


Chichester’s Tinwood Wine Estate opens new event space

Tinwood Estate, the English sparkling wine vineyard, has unveiled its new purpose-built Tasting Room, which has been designed to provide an event space for both corporate and private events. The modern space features a glass-covered veranda and outdoor patio both of which overlook the Tinwood vines.

The event space can cater for presentations, meetings, formal and informal lunches and dinners and private parties, with a capacity fo up to 400.

Events can be fully tailored, with the option to include one of the Estate's vineyard tours and tastings as part of the programme. The Estate offers a range of catering options, using a team of preferred suppliers, or will welcome other caterers to use the professional kitchen facilities.


Hamburg welcomes four new hotels this year

New hotels - both established brands and boutique venues - are scheduled to launch in Hamburg in the second half of this year, providing more accommodation and venue options for planners.

Hotel PIERDREI, Holiday Inn Berliner Tor, Ginn Hotel and Super 8 by Wyndham are all set to open in the latter half of this year.

The Hotel PIERDREI has 212 rooms and is located in the HafenCity harbour area with its own house theatre “HAFENBÜHNE” hosting concerts, comedy and plays.

Ginn Hotel has a firm focus on sustainability with integrated energy-conscious high tech solutions throughout, such as their round-the-clock check-in system.

Located in the east of the city near to the Museum of Arts and Crafts, the Super 8 by Wyndham 276 room hotel offers free bicycle rentals for guests.


Las Vegas’ Convention Centre set for expansion in 2020

The first two phases of the expansion are set to be completed by 2020, while the third phase which will consist of the renovation of the current convention centre is expected to be completed by 2023.

There will be 130,000sqm added to the current 300,000sqm structure, with an estimated cost of £771 million.


Grand Resort Lagonissi launches renovated Grand Hall Conference Centre

Grand Resort Lagonissi, in coastal southeast Athens, has launched its renovated Grand Hall conference centre.

The modern conference centre covers an area of nearly 5,000 sqm, with its main high-ceiling hall, the Cosmos Ballroom, spanning 1,125 sqm and able to host up to 1,350 delegates. An The resort extends into a 72-acre peninsula with 276 rooms, bungalows and suites, all with sea views, 14 conference rooms, seven restaurants for unique gastronomic offerings, four bars and no less than 16 private beaches.

Located just 20 minutes from the airport and 45 minutes from the centre of Athens, Grand Resort Lagonissi is fully equipped with private marina and heliport. Other benefits include an indoor car park, with the capacity for 1,200 cars, and outdoor space for 700 cars.


Wilson Vale expands its portfolio with IM Group

Wilson Vale has gained a catering contract with IM Group, the Midlands-based automotive and property investment specialist. The new contract opened on 22nd July when a team of six Wilson Vale staff started a catering service for 250 staff at IM Group’s new corporate headquarters in Solihull.

The Solihull complex now houses the IM Group of companies including IM Properties, Spitfire Bespoke Homes, International Motors, Isuzu UK and Subaru UK.

Wilson Vale went up against 14 competitors in a challenging tender process to win the contract which is valued at £400K in annual turnover.

The Ashby-based independent caterers will provide a breakfast, lunch, coffee bar and extensive hospitality services at the new site.


IHG brings Middle Ages hotel into 21st century with voco brand revamp

voco Oxford Thames re-branded today under IHG’s newest upscale brand voco, offering a new hotel experience for guests. The 104-room refreshed hotel embodies the characteristics of voco with exclusive features and distinctive hallmarks, setting it apart for a memorable stay.

Located on the banks of the River Thames, voco Oxford Thames is set in 30 acres of grounds and is a short distance from the historic University city of Oxford and popular designer outlet destination, Bicester Village.

With a history dating back to the Middle Ages and the Knights Templar, the hotel blends historic character with 21st-century style to create a unique setting for any memorable occasion from weddings, to family escapes, and corporate events. It is the only hotel in the area with a private jetty and a helipad.


Travelodge announces expansion to the coast

Travelodge, the UK’s first budget hotel brand celebrates 20 years of trading at UK seaside resorts this summer. The hotel chain opened its first seaside hotel in Brighton in 1999 and has opened its 36th seaside resort hotel at Rhyl beach.

To mark this 20 year milestone anniversary, Travelodge, which operates 584 hotels across the UK, Ireland and Spain has announced announces it is looking to grow its coastal hotel network with a further 26 properties in seaside resorts and coastal towns in the British Isles, including Bournemouth, Bude, Hove, Oban and Penarth.