Nyungwe House Resort to open in Rwanda

The One&Only Nyungwe House resort, on the edge of the Nyungwe rainforest, in the dramatic mountainous landscape of Rwanda’s southwest, will start welcoming guests on 1st October 2018. Set within a working tea plantation, alongside one of the largest and best-preserved montane rainforests in Africa, One&Only Nyungwe House promises a once in a lifetime experience. Surrounded by jungle views, guests will be able to trek with chimpanzees, or discover the endangered Mangabey monkeys. Conservation and support for local communities is of the utmost importance at One&Only Nyungwe House. Experiences include the opportunity for guests to participate in Umuganda - a nationwide initiative in Rwanda in which locals spend the last Saturday morning of every month working in the local community, giving back in some way, from developing infrastructure to environmental protection.

Arora Group aims high with new opening

Arora Group has entered the final stage in the two-year construction of its two linked Heathrow Terminal 4 hotels. The dual-branded property, Crowne Plaza London – Heathrow Terminal 4 and Holiday Inn Express London – Heathrow Terminal 4, boasts a total of 761 bedrooms and forms one of the largest hotel openings in the UK this year. The hotels are a three minute walk to the terminal building and when finished in October, will be the largest hotel complex directly connected to a British airport terminal. Andrew Brown, the opening GM for the two hotels, joined the Arora Group in 2014 and was previously GM at Macdonald Hotels, Q hotels, De Vere Group and Trust House Forte Group.

Twickenham ready to unveil East Stand

Twickenham Stadium is preparing to unveil its transformed East Stand. Among Twickenham’s new venues will be the ‘East Wing’, which offers a contemporary space reminiscent of a private members club, alongside four private terraces with both pitch-side views and outdoor access. It has four individual private dining areas that can accommodate up to 30 guests for a relaxed lounge environment or formal private table setting and 800 covers for the whole restaurant. Another addition to Twickenham’s portfolio is The Gate, which offers a chop-house style restaurant. In total the venue will be unveiling over 6,700sqm of contemporary event space and the team is excited to work with clients on new and exciting concepts. The space will be available for hire from December.

The Bath Arms at Longleat unveils refurbishment

The Bath Arms, near Warminster, has revealed substantial refurbishments which has seen the venue’s country accommodation undergo a total transformation.
Situated within the Longleat Estate, the country pub with accommodation has undergone a two-month revamp with complete refurbishment of its eighteen rooms and modernisation of all its bathrooms.The Shepherd Room can host meetings and events for eight to 50 delegates. Auditorium Style (up to 50), Banquet Style (up to 50), Hollow Square Style (up to 25), Classroom style (up to 30) or U-Shape Style (up to 20).

Lord’s Harris Garden now available

Lord’s Cricket Ground has re-launched its historic Harris Garden, which is situated behind the world-famous Lord’s Pavilion and offers glimpses of the turf. The rose garden is now available for outdoor receptions and incentive pursuits, from croquet to lawn bowls, making it the perfect location for an al fresco party.The Harris Garden reopens following work to protect and enhance the natural beauty of the space. The flint wall along the back of the garden has been exposed, displaying a dedication to Lord Harris, while the flowerbeds have been replanted with an array of tropical flowers and plants native to India, Pakistan and Australia, honouring the teams against which England has been playing cricket this year.

The Brewery appoints AV partner

The Brewery, the Grade II listed events venue on London’s Chiswell Street, has unveiled Blitz, a GES company, as their new in house AV partners. The technical event production specialists have been selected with a brief to enhance the venue’s audio-visual capabilities and manage the technology infrastructure. The new partnership, which will commence from 1 September 2018, will see Blitz utilise The Brewery’s advanced technology and digital infrastructure, to create show stopping AV experiences; from projection mapping installations, to top of the range widescreen blending displays and audio performances. As well as audio-visual services, Blitz will assist clients with digital branding and digital signage opportunities helping event organisers increase exposure while maximising sponsorship revenues and increasing ROI.

Iberostar Hotels & Resorts opens in Cuba

The hotel chain Iberostar Hotels & Resorts has announced the opening of the Iberostar Grand Packard, the first luxury hotel in the heart of Old Havana. Combining the original architecture of the property with modern innovation and luxury, the hotel chain has refurbished this historic building, restoring it to original splendour. The hotel is due to open towards the end of the year, coinciding with the celebration of the 500th anniversary of the founding of Havana and marking 25 years of its presence on the island.

Seymour Hotels concludes £5m investment

Jersey hotel group Seymour Hotels has concluded a substantial £5 million investment programme in preparation for the main summer season, which it describes as sending "a clear signal of increasing confidence in Jersey’s tourism industry." The investment programme covers all the hotels in the group including The Merton Hotel; Merton Suites; Pomme d’Or Hotel and The Greenhills Country House Hotel. Highlights include a a move from steam to low temperature hot water systems across the Merton Hotel, providing significant environmental and economic savings; a complete IT infrastructure review and implementation across the group; and the construction of an all-weather floodlit multi-sport ball court providing facilities for visitors and locals to enjoy.

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