Leaner, fitter, higher

US-oriented hotel group Choice Hotels has reinstated its dividend after declaring a profitable first quarter.  The move is a substantial indicator of the growing confidence in a strong recovery. In both the US and China, hotel markets are bouncing back strongly – while other parts of the world are preparing to restart, at varying rates.   “We […]

Spaniards look to sell up

Spanish hotel groups Melia and NH are anxiously looking forward to reopening hotels for summer 2021, after another becalmed quarter. And both are selling assets, to repair tattered balance sheets.   As of mid-May, Spanish government officials were frantically lobbying UK and German authorities, in a bid to restart arrivals from their main source markets: in […]

Bright future for ground rents

Fresh from a pandemic stress test, ground rent investments in the hotel sector look poised to build in volume once more, as investor demand continues to rise.   The vehicles are also turning, post-covid, into a sensible option for cash-strapped hotel owners to tap a new source of capital to support businesses as they rebuild trade. […]

New beginnings in Germany

Germany’s hotel market is poised to open up for business after lockdown, while investors are already easing back into the market.   With its federal approach to managing the pandemic, some regions in the north of the country are already seeing hotels open for business, as other regions maintain restrictions. But with covid-19 figures falling, there is an […]

Scottish hospitality bodies request ‘urgent call’ with Nicola Sturgeon

Scottish tourism and hospitality bodies are teaming up to request an “urgent call” with the country’s first minister. The Scottish Tourism Alliance and UKHospitality have written to Nicola Sturgeon to discuss with her the impact of Glasgow remaining in Level 3 Covid-19 restrictions. Prior to last week, hospitality establishments in the city were expecting to […]

Travelodge to fill 450 roles with new recruitment drive

Travelodge has announced the launch of its summer recruitment programme, and is looking to fill 450 positions across its 580 UK sites. Around 400 of these positions need to be filled immediately across the chain’s existing UK hotels. Positions include: hotel manager, assistant hotel manager, receptionist, bar café team member, housekeeper, and housekeeping team member, […]

Stratton House Hotel unveils new £1m spa

Stratton House Hotel in Cirencester, Gloucester has opened a new £1m spa, which has created eight new jobs.  Built overlooking the 44-room hotel’s walled garden, the spa features four treatment rooms, a manicure and pedicure suite, steam room, sauna, jacuzzi and relaxation areas. Eight new jobs, including a spa manager, therapists and a reception team, […]

Vine Hotels adds Bredbury Hall Hotel to its portfolio

Vine Hotels has announced it has added the The 149-bedroom Bredbury Hall Hotel in Stockport, south Manchester, to its portfolio. The company plans to re-open Bredbury Hall Hotel in June 2021 with the creation of 100 jobs. Vine Hotels was supported with investment from Connection Capital, the private client investment business. The property features a […]

Kempinski Hotels and Salvatore Ferragamo Announce Partnership

Kempinski Hotels and Salvatore Ferragamo announced today a strategic partnership to push the guest experience to new levels. The two luxury brands, sharing the same spirit born from a stunningly similar history, join forces in a promising collaboration dedicated to delivering a unique customer journey, with top quality products realised with genuine care for the […]