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.

Congress Centre unveils new suite

London’s Congress Centre has opened a new space at the venue – The Congress Suite – following extensive renovations over the summer. The completion of the new room has been carried out ahead of Elizabeth Line services, which start late 2018 from nearby Tottenham Court Road tube station and will allow direct access to Heathrow in around 30 minutes. The Congress Suite has been created from four smaller interconnecting meeting rooms to form one large contemporary space and features original 1950s’ parquet flooring. The room can be used as an exhibition area or a breakout area accommodating up to 200.

Parq Vancouver introduced to the world

Parq Vancouver has been introduced to the world, with executives and dignitaries gathering to celebrate the international hospitality and entertainment destination. The largest private development in British Columbia, Parq Vancouver features two hotels – JW Marriott Parq Vancouver and the DOUGLAS, an Autograph Collection Hotel – with a total of 517 rooms and luxury suites, Canada’s first Spa by JW, gaming, eight restaurant and lounge concepts, more than 5,500 sqm of meeting and event space, including Vancouver’s largest hotel ballroom, the sixth-floor outdoor Parq for all seasons, a curated local art collection, and Slow, a stainless steel freestanding outdoor public art sculpture created by Chinese artist Zhang Huan.

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