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Golden new planner packages from Maritim

Germany’s largest owner-managed hotel group Maritim Hotels is marking 50 years of delivering hospitality to meeting planners and business travellers with a new range of discount packages to be unveiled at IMEX Frankfurt, where Maritim has a property next to the Messe. The new conference rates will apply across the company’s 34 German hotels throughout this year. Mark Spivey (pictured), Director of...

Hard Rock Hotels appoint ‘VIBE Managers’ to curate events

Hard Rock Hotels feature a dedicated “VIBE Manager” for events and meetings at each of its international venues – a Visionary Individual Behind Energy. A VIBE manager’s role is to curate the hotel atmosphere with lighting, music, decor, entertainment and surrounding memorabilia. They are at the helm of delivering unique events at the venues. Adam Zengel, VIBE Manager for Ha...

Brunei-owned Dorchester Hotel faces LGBT backlash

The London Evening Standard newspaper is facing pressure to cancel an event planned at the Brunei-owned Dorchester Hotel, following backlash against the country’s anti-LGBT laws. Brunei installed a new penal code on 3 April, which allows for the punishment of gay sex with stoning to death. The newspaper had planned its annual New Homes awards at the Dorchester hotel for 17 May, but the venue has s...

SANA Hotels appoints new International Sales Director

Isabella Magro has joined SANA Hotels as the company’s new International Sales Director – UK & Ireland. Isabella joined SANA hotels in February 2019 from The Langham, London where she was Senior Sales Manager for over two years. She started her hospitality career in Brazil, where she´s originally from, moved to London in 2007 and has worked for some key hotel chains in London such as Sta...

Hamburg set for six new hotels in first half

Germany’s second largest city, Hamburg, is to offer event planners more venue and accommodation options, with 10 hotels set to open this year. Six of these projects are scheduled for the first half of 2019. Some of the highlights include Sylc, which is less of a hotel, more of a movement. Sylc opens later this month, offering 347 apartments alongside a series of ‘social spaces’. The apartments are...

Vancouver Convention Centre granted prestigious Les Clefs d’Or membership

The Vancouver Convention Centre has become the first convention centre in North America to be granted Corporate Affiliate membership to Les Clefs d’Or Canada. Les Clefs is an elite group of hotel concierges dedicated to the achievement of exceptional service and represents over 4,000 top concierges in over 45 countries, including 150 Canadian members. “Congratulations to the Vancouver Convention C...

RBH celebrates graduates from Pyramid talent programme

Pyramid, a talent development programme run by RBH, has celebrated the graduation of nine promising future hotel managers. The year-long programme had its graduation ceremony at Crowne Plaza London Dockland, in front of senior members of RBH management, and colleagues who mentored them throughout the year. Over the course of the programme, the candidates took part in a range of masterclasses, lear...

Regal Airport Hotel Hong Kong introduces Mood Room

Regal Airport Hotel Hong Kong has introduced 3D projection mapping technology which can turn its Grand Ballroom into a ‘Mood Room’. The new project is intended to wow event audiences by using 10 extra bright Epson projectors and the latest technology and special effects to create a new level of imaginative ambience for international events and entertainment. The Grand Ballroom features a built-in ...

Breaking: Marriott hit by hack that could affect 500 million users

The Marriott chain of hotels has been hit by a hack that could affect half a billion users, it has been revealed. The company says its database of customer information, used to book rooms at its Starwood properties, has been accessed by unauthorised users for the last four years. The information on the database included people’s credit card information. Marriott says the hackers may have stolen th...

Avani Hotels & Resorts has banned all single-use plastic straws

Avani Hotels & Resorts has announced the banning of plastic straws at all of its hotels and resorts worldwide. The total ban re-affirms Avani’s commitment to environmental conservation and sustainability at each destination. The company says that today’s traveller demands exciting and authentic experiences while visiting a destination, which includes supporting sustainable practices in local c...

Manchester’s Midland joins Leonardo Hotel group in £115m deal

Manchester’s most famous hotel has been sold in a deal worth £115m. The new owners are Swedish investment company Pandox and Fattal Hotels Group which bought the Jury’s Inn chain for £800m last year. The group has promised to invest £11m in the 312-room hotel. Manchester’s flagship hotel will also join the Leonardo Hotels group, owned by Fattal, although it will keep its famous name. The Midland i...

London hotel growth predicted to outpace rest of Europe

London’s MICE offering has received a further boost with the news that a significant number of new hotels and venues are set to open in the capital over the next few years, says London & Partners. According to findings from a new report monitoring hotel capacity across European cities, London is set to add 11,600 rooms to its hotel market by 2020, providing meeting and event planners with an e...