Barceló Hotel Group enters into Maldives and Sri Lanka

Barceló Hotel Group has undergone a joint venture with Browns Investments to develop and manage a complex of three hotels in the North Male Atoll, Maldives, equating to a total investment of £116.4 million.

The agreement, which marks the entry of the Spanish company into Asia, also involves the management of four other establishments of the subsidiary Browns Hotels & Resorts in Sri Lanka and the Maldives.

Due to open in 2022, the resort will include three five-star hotels with a total of 470 rooms.

Raúl González, CEO of Barceló Hotel Group for EMEA, said: "Entering the destinations of Sri Lanka and Maldives has always been in our long-term expansion plan. However, venturing into new countries often involves risks that we do not know about, so we needed to find a suitable local partner.”


Alderney welcomes The Blonde Hedgehog hotel to its portfolio

The Blonde Hedgehog is a brand-new boutique hotel located in the quiet cobblestone streets of St Anne, Alderney.

Opening this November, the hotel is made up of nine rooms and suites set across two buildings, as well as one detached luxury three-bedroom cottage.

Built in 1750 as the Rose & Crown pub, the hotel’s main building is home to four rooms, named Lapins, Spikes, The Burrow and The Den – a nod to the island’s varied wildlife.

Inspired by the rustic charm of Alderney and designed to encourage guests to enjoy life’s simple pleasures, the hotel’s interiors are by Charlie Horner Design.


Bournemouth West Cliff Hotel’s £1.4m refurbishment revealed

Bournemouth’s West Cliff spa hotel has revealed the results of a major £1.4m refurbishment which transformed its reception, bar, lounge, restaurant and indoor swimming pool.

Following a buy-out by membership club Boundless, new General Manager Tony Giauna says the refurbishments are just the start.

“We’re delighted to reveal the fruits of our labour over the last year as we continue to transform The West Cliff into an affordable oasis of calm in central sunny Bournemouth.”


Cabrits Resort and Spa Kempinski Dominica opens with MICE appeal

Cabrits Resort & Spa Kempinski Dominica features 151 guestrooms, suites and villas, three restaurants for local and international cuisine, including farm-to-table and sea-to-table dining, a full-service spa, four cold- and warm-water pools, beach cabanas and on-site water sports.

Additionally, the property offers event spaces for meetings and special occasions. The resort features more than 8,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor event space, including beach, pool and lawn venues, for weddings and celebrations as well as three meeting rooms, a boardroom and an outdoor amphitheatre.

“We greatly value our MICE partners and recognise their importance in the success of this new and exciting meetings destination,” said general manager Michael Schoonewagen. “We cannot wait to have our dedicated network of meeting and incentive planners be among the first to experience it.”


Hotel Brooklyn, Manchester’s new design-led hotel to launch in February 2020

In February 2020 the doors will open to Manchester’s newest design-led hotel, Hotel Brooklyn, right in the heart of Portland Street.

The 189-room hotel will pay homage to Brooklyn’s history from the early 20th century to the present day, with the inclusive design of the hotel being overseen by Motionspot, the UK’s leading accessible design company. In addition, the hotel features 18 beautifully designed accessible bedrooms, each of which has been stylishly designed to complement the aesthetics of the hotel.

“Accessible accommodation at Hotel Brooklyn features subtle details like basins with integrated hand grips, removable matt black grab rails, accessible bedroom storage and a hidden ceiling track hoist”, says Ed Warner, founder and CEO of Motionspot.


A new era at Lincoln’s Inn as brand-new venue opens for events

One of London’s oldest venues has become one of London’s newest, with the opening of Lincoln’s Inn’s Ashworth Centre, open for events as of 1 November 2019.

The centre sits below the venue’s 19th-century Great Hall, boasting natural light and original brickwork. The space comprises of a lecture theatre with retractable tiered seating for up to 158 delegates and a suite of ten contemporary meeting rooms.

Across two floors, the individual rooms provide space for small boardroom meetings of up to 16 guests, with partition walls offering flexibility to open the rooms up for larger board meetings of 40 guests, or theatre-style seminars for up to 80 guests.

The glass ceiling in the adjoining communal foyer provides views of the Great Hall turrets above.


Travelodge opens its first hotel in Rochester

Travelodge, Kent’s first branded budget hotel chain has opened the second of three hotels it’s opening in Kent this year.

Rochester Travelodge is the company’s first hotel in the town and 14th in Kent.

Located in the town centre at Rochester Riverside, Countryside and Hyde’s £419m regeneration scheme, the new purpose-built 81-room hotel is close to the railway station, castle and cathedral.


Relais & Châteaux welcomes nine new properties

Nine properties have joined the Relais & Châteaux portfolio - the association of individually owned luxury hotels.

From Europe, these include Grand House, Vila Real de Santo António, Algarve, Portugal dating back to 1926; Monaci delle Terre Nere, Zafferana Etnea, Sicily, Italy, notable for its historic architecture; Castello Banfi – Il Borgo, Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy, overlooked by a 12th-century fortress.

From the rest of the world: Château Roslane, Meknes, Morocco, surrounded by 2,000 hectares of vineyards; Chatham Inn, Chatham, Cape Cod, United States, a restored inn; Secret Bay, Dominica, Caribbean Islands; Cirqa, Arequipa, Peru and Bora Bora Pearl Beach Resort & Spa, Bora Bora, French Polynesia, opening in 2020.


Club Med to open first resort in Seychelles in 2020

Club Med will be opening its first resort in Seychelles in 2020.

The new 5 Trident Exclusive Collection Resort on Sainte-Anne Island in the Seychelles archipelago will be open all year round to offer guests a destination at the heart of the Sainte-Anne Marine National Park.

The resort is 30 minutes from Mahé International Airport and will boast 295 rooms – from Club to Suite.

Henri Giscard d'Estaing, president of Club Med said: “I’m particularly happy to see Club Med secure a base in Seychelles, one of the three most luxurious destinations, alongside the Maldives and Mauritius.”


Edmonton Convention Centre releases Greenhouse Gas Reduction plan

The Edmonton Convention Centre has released its Greenhouse Gas Reduction plan, committing to implementing operational and behavioural changes that will reduce its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions 15 per cent by 2025 and 30 per cent by 2035, from 2018 levels.

The Edmonton Convention Centre’s plan aims to support the City of Edmonton’s GHG reduction plan of reducing emissions by 35 per cent by 2035.

“The message from the City of Edmonton is clear—we need to act faster and on a larger scale to mitigate climate change. As stewards of a public facility, we have a responsibility to contribute to the City of Edmonton’s GHG reduction targets and have substantial potential to help the city reach these goals,” said Arlindo Gomes, vice president, venue management, Edmonton Economic Development.