Rudding Park marks 30th with spa meeting deal

Rudding Park is celebrating its 30th birthday with a new ‘Meet with a Spa Retreat’ offering, bringing together the world of work and wellness. The Harrogate property, which has just been named Britain’s best spa hotel by the Sunday Times, launched as a non-residential conference venue in 1987. To mark the occasion delegates can now enjoy a day of meetings with a difference at Rudding Park from just £60 per person. The 90-room hotel boast two restaurants, a private cinema and two golf courses; all set within 300 acres of landscaped gardens and woodland.

Loughborough unveils £7m sports hotel

Loughborough University is investing £7 million in a 44-room four-star Elite Athlete Centre and Hotel (EAC), set to open in autumn 2018. The sports hotel is set to promote rest, relaxation and the pursuit of excellence and will be run by Imago Venues, the university’s dedicated hotel, conference and events provider. It will feature 20 specially designed altitude rooms, eight dedicated accessible bedrooms, a nutrition lounge, café and athletes’ relaxation area and seminar space for 30. Packages will include access to the university’s sports training facilities. Bookings and enquiries can be made from November.

Hampton by Hilton Edinburgh opens

Hilton has announced the opening of the 228-room Hampton by Hilton Edinburgh West End, the first Hampton by Hilton property in the Scottish capital. The hotel is located in the heart of Edinburgh, close to all attractions, shopping and business facilities and within walking distance of Edinburgh International Conference Centre. Paul Wood, general manager, Hampton by Hilton Edinburgh West End, said: “It is an honour to open the first Hampton by Hilton in Edinburgh. Edinburgh is one of the busiest conference destinations in the UK and is second only to London for attracting international tourist visitors, so we look forward to providing a warm welcome and stay for guests as they explore the charms of Scotland’s capital city”.

Sofitel London Gatwick unveils £1m refurb

Luxury airport hotel Sofitel London Gatwick has undergone a £1 million refurbishment of all its restaurants and bars. The work marks the completion of the first phase of a larger refurbishment project at the hotel. The refurbishment includes the hotel’s two AA-rosette La Brasserie restaurant, the more informal Le Café, the hotel’s two bars – La Terrasse and Kua bar - plus the executive lounge. Surinder Arora, founder and chairman of Arora Group, said: “The refurbishment at Sofitel London Gatwick has been completed to an exceptionally high standard, and we are thrilled with the result.”

Winter events space for Geneva hotel

The new winter veranda of the Hotel Parc des Eaux-Vives, Geneva will open on November 15 until late April 2018. The semi permanent structure, with views over the lake will double the hotel's capacity for events with space for 300 seated guests, and a space of 400 sqm. The hotel also offers the possibility to privatise the entire property with the veranda, which can accommodate 500 for a sit down meal and 900 for a cocktail reception. The private salons of the Parc and the panoramic terrace can accommodate up to 250 guests for a cocktail dinner. In addition to the four salons, a banquet room can accommodate 60 guests for private dinner on the first floor.

Travelodge opens at Lakeside

Travelodge has officially opened the first hotel at Lakeside shopping centre. Thurrock Lakeside Travelodge is a purpose built, 74-room hotel and represents an investment of £7 million for the landlord, plus the creation of 21 new jobs.The hotel chain has also announced its commitment to actively looking for 11 new hotel sites across Essex. This represents an investment of £88 million for third party investors and a job creation of 220 new jobs across the county.

New DDR packages for Tobacco Dock

Conference and event venue, Tobacco Dock, has introduced two new DDR packages to meet increasing demand for easy to book event spaces that cater for a smaller number of delegates. Already hosting some of the capital’s most renowned international large scale conferences of up to 2,500 delegates, including the Festival of Marketing, Tableau On Tour and Women of Silicon Roundabout, Tobacco Dock will now meet the demand for premium, unique conference spaces for groups of 50-250 attendees.The packages have been created for the venue’s Dock Gallery, a stand-alone space for up to 250 delegates, and The Dock’s Meeting Room Suite – four individual spaces immediately beneath the Dock Gallery which hold up to 80 guests.

Avani Gaborone Resort, Botswana reopens

Avani Gaborone Resort & Casino, Botswana has completed an extensive £5.5 million renovation. All 156 guest rooms and public spaces including the main entrance and porte cochere have been renovated. The conference centre can accommodate up to 500 guests and has five private seminar rooms for meetings. The new Peo Business Lounge inside the hotel offers three small private meeting rooms and the common area is able to accommodate six to eight people around the main table plus an additional three desks for individual use.

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