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Gatwick first to get new Regus Workpods


Regus has launched its first Workpods at Gatwick Airport’s South Terminal. The Workpod is a private workspace, tailor-made for business, offering business travellers a quiet place to work while waiting for their flight. Inside the pod users have access to business class Wi-Fi, a desk and seat, power and mobile chargers, a computer screen and a telephone. The Workpod is the latest development in the rollout of Regus Express, offering users flexible workspace outside of traditional Regus business centres in high traffic locations such as railway stations, airports, motorway service stations, retail outlets and hotels. Users can book the Workpod on the spot or online in advance of travel, with half an hour costing £10.
 

Hyatt set to launch in Zanzibar in spring


Park Hyatt Zanzibar is set to become the first Hyatt hotel on the East African island in March. The hotel will be housed in two buildings, one of them Mambo Msiige, a UNESCO heritage building dating back to the 17th century. Park Hyatt Zanzibar will feature 67 spacious guest rooms, including 11 suites. Ocean front rooms will feature views of Dhow Harbour and the Indian Ocean. The hotel will also offer more than 160 sqm of flexible meeting and event facilities. GM Marcela Herrendoerfer said: “The Park Hyatt brand is committed to creating rare, intimate and unforgettable experiences and we look forward to opening our doors and welcoming guests to deliver those experiences.”
 

Rooftop winter retreat pops up at ME London


Hospitality firm The ONE Group has collaborated with Grey Goose vodka to transform the iconic RADIO rooftop bar at ME London into a glamorous winter retreat. This experiential activity sees the landmark rooftop bar transformed into an urban mountain lodge until March 2015. Consumers will be transported from London to the mountains, while they enjoy a selection of bespoke winter warming cocktails served from wooden barrels. In addition, there is a luxury Bottle to Table Night Vision experience available, where guests can order the illuminated Grey Goose LED bottle, making celebrations even more special.
 

Van Gogh tours set to mark anniversary


Holland’s largest coach operator, Oad Bus, and the Van Gogh Europe Foundation are marking the 125th anniversary of Vincent van Gogh’s death next July with a programme of specially themed group tours. The tours will combine fast-track admission to the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam with visits to related museums, galleries and cultural events across Holland, Belgium and France. Oad Bus is a full-service destination marketing company for mainland Europe. All of the Van Gogh itineraries are based on a core programme of two, three and four-day tours within Holland.
 

New meetings package at Thai beach hotel


Amari Pattaya in Thailand has launched a hybrid meetings package, integrating technology with traditional meeting spaces. The hotel offers a range of meeting rooms varying from small suites for intimate gatherings, to large ballrooms for conferences. Smaller meetings take place in the hotel’s 50-capacity Bardolino meeting room. For a bigger audience, the pillarless Aranda ballroom is stylishly decorated with high ceilings and a capacity of 300. Amari Pattaya is set on the beach front in the tranquil northern end of Pattaya Beach Road and is a 90-minute drive from Bangkok. The hotel’s dining options include the popular Mantra Restaurant and the Horizon Club, a lounge located on the 19th floor.
 

New GM to oversee £500k Barton Grange refurb


The Barton Grange Hotel in Preston has a new general manager ahead of the second phase of a £500,000 refurbishment. Daniel Rich joins from The Holiday Inn in Preston, where he was also general manager. The four-star Barton Grange Hotel has recently undergone the first part of a £500,000 refurbishment in upgrading its 51 bedrooms. Rich is now overseeing the refurbishment of the hotel’s meeting and training rooms, with its Lemon, Orange, and Olive Grove suites set to join the completed Lime Grove in January. In February the hotel’s main events space, the 300-capacity Barton Suite, will also be upgraded with full air-conditioning and a private entrance, foyer and cloakroom.
 

Accor unveils big plans in Edinburgh


Accor has signed a deal to open a new Mercure hotel at 38 Gardner’s Crescent in central Edinburgh. The 110-room, midscale hotel will be opened with a franchise partner; Edinburgh City Hotels Limited, in spring 2015. All bedrooms boast Apple televisions and there will be high speed internet throughout the hotel. In 2014, Accor has opened three ibis family hotels in the city: the 259-room Ibis South Bridge in the city centre, the 103-room ibis Styles St Andrew Square, and the 161-room ibis Budget Edinburgh Park. Also, a 146-key Adagio Aparthotel is due to open 2017 at the heart of the New Waverley development.
 

New InterContinental set for The O2 in 2015


The new InterContinental London - The O2 is scheduled to open in late 2015. The luxury 453-bedroom 18-storey hotel and conference centre currently in construction as part of a 7.6 acre development scheme on the Greenwich Peninsula. The hotel will feature a dedicated conference centre complete with 20 multi-functional meeting rooms and a 3,000 sqm 3,000 capacity pillarless ballroom – the largest such facility in London. Other features at the hotel include a luxury spa, hotel bar, two restaurants and an 18th floor Sky Bar boasting panoramic views across the water to Canary Wharf and beyond.
 

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