Five-star Glenapp Castle Hotel boosts capacity by 35%

A five-star boutique hotel in Ayrshire, Glenapp Castle, has completed the development of its new Endeavour penthouse apartment following a £1.25 million finance package from Royal Bank of Scotland. Owners Truestone purchased the property in 2015, and invested a further £3 million to deliver an extensive refurbishment to the castle. This resulted in a 150% […]

Mercure Oxford Eastgate opens amid £2.5m investment

Amaris Hospitality has announced the opening of its new hotel in Oxford following a £2.5m investment. The hotel, called The Mercure Oxford Eastgate, is owned and managed by investment and management company Amaris Hospitality and has seen a “substantial transformation” expanding its capacity by an additional 17 rooms. Following the refurbishment, the hotel now offers […]

UKH states ‘disappointment’ over Welsh Covid passports

UKHospitality has stated its disappointment at the Welsh Government’s decision to introduce Covid-19 passports for nightclubs and events. Due to become effective from 11 October, the new regulations will see over-18s need an NHS Covid Pass to enter nightclubs, indoor events of over 500 people, outdoor non-seated events of more than 4,000 people, and any […]

Business travel: To zoom or resume?

With summer ending and the much-needed leisure travel surge waning, much of the industry’s attention and focus shifts to business travel. For true recovery to occur, the travel and hospitality industry needs to see business travel return to pre-pandemic levels. Unfortunately, the prospects for such a return do not appear good at the moment. The […]

WTTC welcomes easing of inbound travel restrictions in UK

Julia Simpson, President & CEO of the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC), said: “The Travel & Tourism sector has been rocked by the pandemic losing 62m jobs globally. We are pleased to see the back of an illogical traffic light system that caused confusion and distress for travellers. This move to ease restrictions and […]

Short stay players bullish

Key players in the short stay sector are collaborating to professionalise the niche, in order to retain market share gained during the pandemic.   The move has brought three key industry associations together to work on a number of initiatives. A one-day conference, organised as soon as UK government Covid restrictions were eased, saw operators, brands and […]

Luxury brands keep their value

Four Seasons shareholders Cascade Investments and Kingdom Holding have agreed a stake sale that sees Cascade, backed by Bill Gates, take a majority holding in the luxury brand.   The move, which puts a USD10bn enterprise value on Four Seasons, underlines the resilience of luxury through the pandemic, and its continuing attractiveness to investors. And it […]

All in on wellness

Hotels will need to adapt their wellness offerings, as guests look to a broader offering than just pampering. And if hotel owners make a commitment to major wellness facilities, they will need a significant investment, and patience to wait for the returns.   The latest report from consultants RLA Global points out that wellness hotels performed […]

Long Waits, High Shipping Costs: The Impact of the Global Supply Chain on Hotels

Like many industries, hotels are at the mercy of the delays in the global supply chain. Advertisements Sarah Churchill is a senior manager of business development for Benjamin West, a procurement company that spends $1.5 million daily on furniture fixtures and equipment and operating supplies and equipment. She said global supply chain issues have produced […]

Pulse Report: Recovery Continues For The Hotel Industry Globally

The latest edition of the Pulse Report, which tracks data for August 2021, shows that confidence in travel is starting to return across most regions, with pick-up, web traffic, and pace showing significant increases over the last few months. Pick Up It seems that recovery is underway for hotels in APAC at last with an […]