Essex a key area for Travelodge expansion

Travelodge has opened its second hotel in Romford, as it announces plans to expand its portfolio in Essex by a further 11 hotels. The budget hotel company says Essex is a key growth area and that it is looking for more sites, given its high visitor numbers and shortage of value for money accommodation options. The newest property is 65 rooms and is located above The Quadrant shopping centre. Bryn Taylor, Travelodge regional director for the South East said: "We are delighted to be opening our second hotel in the heart of Romford town centre. Over the last three decades. Travelodge has become famous across the county for offering unbeatable value and making travel affordable for everyone, which has helped attract more business and leisure travellers to the area. As we look to the future, Essex is a key growth area for Travelodge. Following our £1.2 million investment in upgrading the customer experience and raising quality levels across our Essex hotels we have seen a significant rise in sales; interestingly with more business customers staying in our hotels than ever before."

Wheeler's to debut at Pullman Liverpool

Marco Pierre White will be honouring one of Europe’s most famous waterfronts by bringing Wheeler’s of St. James’s - the oldest fish brand in the world - to Liverpool. Due to open in November 2017 at Pullman Liverpool, located on the city’s UNESCO world heritage waterfront, the 120 cover restaurant will be the second of the Wheeler’s brand to open in the UK. The new menu at Wheeler’s will reflect its riverside location, offering the highest quality produce and service.
Pierre White said: "The Wheeler’s brand carries with it certain standards, and certain connotations. It’s about the highest quality of oysters, the freshest seafood and a memorable experience. This is exactly what I want to bring to Liverpool. I can see from the success of my Liverpool Steakhouse Bar & Grill that the people of this city have an appetite and a desire for high quality restaurants, and with the amazing location paired with a menu which I take great pride in, locals and tourists alike will find this to their taste." The Pullman Liverpool debuted in early 2016, and is located next to ACC Liverpool.

Investment breathes new life into Gleddoch

Gleddoch, a hotel, golf and spa resort near Glasgow, has unveiled a major transformation to its events spaces and accommodation following a multi-million pound refurbishment. The 75-key venue, known for luxury corporate getaways, teambuilding days, conferences and gala dinners, has a range of events spaces for up to 150 delegates. Director Richard Johal, said: "We saw a great opportunity to breathe new life into the hotel and golf course. Former guests will recognise the hotel they loved, but it’s been brought up to scratch and now has all of the amenities expected of a top four-star establishment. We are looking forward to hosting many more conferences and events as Gleddoch begins this new phase of life." The Garden Room, Kilpatrick Suite and boardroom offer flexibility for groups of many sizes, and a variety of smaller spaces allow for dynamic breakout activities.

INNSIDE by Meliá expands into China

INNSIDE by Meliá has opened INNSIDE by Melia Zhengzhou, a brand new hotel located in the Zhengdong New District of Zhengzhou, China. The property marks the official launch of the INNSIDE by Meliá brand in China, a milestone for the group, which recently celebrated 60 years in the hotel industry. The four-star hotel is the fourth Meliá Hotels International property to open in China, following Gran Meliá Xian, Meliá Jinan and Meliá Shanghai Hongqiao. The newly built property is a three-minute walk from the Zhengzhou East Railway Station and has 335 rooms, all with floor-to-ceiling windows. Bernardo Cabot Estarellas, senior vice president of Meliá Hotels International Asia Pacific, said: "Our vision is an exciting one: To create a more authentic experience for today’s bleisure travellers, or Work Trippers. For them, they’ve broken away from the strictly utilitarian business travel of old, transitioning between business and leisure seamlessly; we’re confident the INNSIDE by Melia´ brand in China will enrich the experience for next-gen business travellers."

Historic roots for new Orient Jerusalem

Sitting in a historic site that was once inhabited by the German Templar Society in the late-19th and early-20th centuries, the new Orient Jerusalem offers a combination of old and new. The property, from Israel's leading hotel chain Isrotel, is their first property in the country's capital city. The hotel comprises of 243 guestrooms and suites in its newly constructed central building, as well as a selection of opulent accommodations inside two expertly preserved Templar Buildings from 1882 and 1883. It is 20 minutes from Jerusalem’s prized Old City and is just steps away from HaTachana, the city’s first-ever train station (built in 1892) which has since transformed into a lively district of designer boutiques, trendy cafes, chef-driven restaurants, and unique galleries.

Second Sri Lankan hotel for Shangri-La

Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts will open its second property in Sri Lanka - the Shangri-La Hotel, Colombo - in November. Located at along the Galle Face Green promenade, one of the most exclusive addresses in Colombo, the property will offer uninterrupted Indian Ocean views in most of its 500 guestrooms and suites and 41 serviced apartments. The hotel sits on 10 acres of land that will also soon accommodate an office tower, two residential buildings and a high-end shopping mall, bringing a new level of luxury to the thriving, metropolitan city of Colombo. The hotel is also a 40-minute drive from the Colombo Bandaranaike International Airport. Shangri-La Hotel, Colombo joins the group's second Sri Lankan property, Shangri-La’s Hambantota Golf Resort & Spa, which opened in June 2016.

Grass is greener at Barton Grange

Lancashire’s Barton Grange Hotel has spent a further £250k upgrading its facilities, including a newly landscaped garden which is prime for corporate events. The work is on top of a £670k investment over the last three years, which has seen its bedrooms, corridors and main events space - the Barton Suite - all upgraded. It comes as general manager Daniel Rich announces further plans to add a spa treatment service to its current indoor pool and gym. The most recent work has seen the hotel's garden manicured with new shrubs, flowers, paving and lighting to offer an ideal space for events such as al fresco drinks receptions. It can hold up to 200 people for private drinks parties or can act as a venue for a marquee seating 240 people. It follows the refurbishment of the hotel's eight guest rooms in its adjacent Garden House, which is being offered exclusively to groups. The hotel's lounge has also been update, and offers space for up to 30 guests.

Teambuilding goes Under the Bridge

Under The Bridge, the live music and entertainment venue, located at Stamford Bridge, has launched a new interactive teambuilding package for the corporate market. The state-of-the-art underground venue has launched a selection of tailorable experiential golfing packages, alongside Blue Hawk Events, to offer clients a fun new interactive teambuilding experience. There are two golfing options available depending on requirements; an Exo Golf Simulator Booth and a unique contoured and modular Putting Green, which are based inside the venue and can accommodate up to 550 delegates. The golf packages are available as bolt-on experiences to any Day Delegate package or as part of an incentive event at Under The Bridge. Prices are dependent of the package and use of the venue, including any catering additions.

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