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Step back in time with Goodwood Revival


Goodwood has launched a new corporate event offer, the Goodwood Revival Racing Experience. The experience is an authentic, exhilarating and memorable experience where the craft of driving a classic car can be mastered. The driving experience includes a fleet of eight classic cars, a grid walk and car talk and the exclusive use of the Jackie Stewart Pavilion or Race Control Building. Drivers are welcomed and briefed with a Goodwood Motor Circuit chief instructor and a light breakfast, bowl food lunch and afternoon tea are provided. The fleet of cars includes: Mk II Mini Cooper; BMW 1800 Ti; Ford Cortina; Alfa Romeo GTV; Lancia Fulvia; MGB Hardtop; Ford Falcon and a Porsche 912.
 

Hallmark invests £1.5m in Birmingham hotel


Hallmark Hotel Birmingham Strathallan has invested more than £1.5 million into refreshing the design of its bedrooms, suites and conference rooms. The refurbishment project, which began in 2016, has seen a £700k investment into modernising the lift structures within the Edgbaston hotel and a further £450k spent on turning 53 of its 135 bedrooms into doubles. Continuing into 2017, the hotel has most recently seen £200k spent on converting 18 of its bedrooms into twins. The work will continue throughout the year, and will incorporate the refurbishment of its Wallace Suite, and six other meeting rooms which together hold up to 170 delegates.
 

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.
 

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