InterContinental opens 1000th hotel in EMEAA region

IHG is celebrating the opening of its 1000th hotel in the Europe, Middle East, Asia and Africa (EMEAA) region, with the opening of InterContinental Phu Quoc Long Beach Resort in Vietnam. The resort features 459 rooms, suites and villas, an exclusive beachfront, six restaurants and bars and meeting facilities. Kenneth Macpherson, CEO EMEAA at IHG said: “Reaching 1,000 open hotels in the region is a significant achievement for IHG."

Pale Hall unveils falconry experience

North Wales country house hotel Palé Hall has launched its new Birds of Prey experiences, a chance to experience falconry in heart of Wales. Available on request, Palé Hall, the only five star hotel in North Wales, can host a range of experiences for guests to enjoy with Clive Jones of Wheatley Birds of Prey, including flying demonstrations, expert talks and a half-day hunting experience. Each session will take place within the extended grounds of the hotel and can be tailored to each guest, whether they are already familiar with falconry or will be experiencing birds of prey for the first time.

Hotel chain set to drop anchor at Edinburgh Marina

Edinburgh Marina Holdings has confirmed it is in advanced negotiations with a major international hotel partner for its new Edinburgh Marina hotel, which forms a key component of the wider £500 million waterside development. The new Edinburgh Marina Spa & Conference Hotel will comprise 187 rooms with 21 suites including an exclusive Presidential suite. Hotel guests will have access to facilities including a health spa and fitness centre, a conference and banqueting centre, restaurants and bars. The hotel overlooks the new 340 berth Edinburgh Marina which will be operated by Camper & Nicholsons Marinas. The new Edinburgh Marina will be unique due to its ability to offer 24/7 access.

De Vere Wokefield Estate completes £20m refurb

De Vere Wokefield Estate, near Reading, has unveiled its £20 million refurbishment, which includes a complete restoration of its historic Mansion House and a refresh of all meeting spaces, to bring them in line with the company’s Smart Space meetings concept. The property offers event spaces for everything from intimate meetings to events of up to 500 guests. The Mansion House’s spaces include the Lincoln Suite – an old chapel; The Old Lounge, with an original fireplace; Mortimer, with views of the gardens and the Maple Suite, which features an extensive balcony overlooking the grounds and lake, providing a scenic break-out area. The estate is also home to Wokefield Place, a dedicated on-site conference centre that boasts 51 meetings spaces, including the refurbished 400-capacity Wokefield Suite and the recently launched 150-capacity Canary Suite.

New ibis Styles London Ealing to open soon

AccorHotels has announced that a new economy brand hotel ibis Styles is to open in Ealing, London, this summer. Ibis Styles London Ealing continues AccorHotels’ rapid expansion of affordable, accessible and stylish hotels. Located just five minutes from Ealing Broadway underground station, it will offer 120 cinematic themed rooms and will feature ibis’ unique guest welcome initiative, where guests are greeted on arrival by staff with room keys in hand and linked to the ibis online fast check-in and check-out service via smartphones.

Free use of Moneypenny Suite at The Courthouse, Cheshire, for charities

Following the successful launch of The Courthouse in Knutsford last summer, the historic venue has unveiled the Moneypenny Suite for events of 10-80 people. The venue is offering complimentary use of the Moneypenny Suite for all registered charities with its day delegate packages starting from £30 per person. It is ideal for private dinners, training, conferences and events. With capacity for 300, the Court Room offers larger capacity for events and banqueting.

Preview video for Science Museum’s new events space

The Science Museum in South Kensington has produced a first-look video of its new events space, Illuminate, which is due to open early 2019. The museum will team up with caterer Moving Venue and AV partner White Light to offer event packages to clients. Illuminate will be available for daytime and evening hire for up to 400 for dinners and conferences and 450 for receptions. A panoramic window will offer stunning views of London and natural daylight.

Tivoli Hotels & Resorts to add Tivoli Évora Ecoresort to Portuguese portfolio

Tivoli Hotels and Resorts has announced its first property in the historic city of Évora, in the Alentejo region of Portugal, joining the brand’s other properties in Portugal, Brazil and Qatar. The Tivoli Évora Ecoresort, scheduled to launch later this year, will be a nature retreat, located on the plains of Portugal’s south-central Alentejo region, just a five-minute drive from the historic centre of Évora, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and a one-hour drive from the capital Lisbon. As part of a refurbishment programme, a new villa with nine guest rooms and a private outdoor swimming pool will be added to the resort. The Ecoresort will also include a spa, indoor swimming pool, sauna, Turkish bath and fully equipped fitness room.

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