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Courtyard Marriott opens in heart of Brussels


The 180-room Courtyard Brussels EU hotel has opened in the vibrant Belgian capital. The hotel is the second Courtyard by Marriott property in Brussels, and offers convenient access to the Grand Place, Magritte Museum, European Commission and Brussels International Airport. The hotel has a business centre with three meeting rooms under 72 sqm of space, as well as complimentary high-speed Wi-Fi, a 24-hour market and Bistro GåRD - Nordic Kitchen, where guests can sample Scandinavian cuisine. The hotel opening increases Marriott International's presence in Belgium to six properties.
 

Mövenpick to open on Al Marjan Island


Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts will debut in Ras Al Khaimah in 2019 with the opening of Mövenpick Resort Al Marjan Island. The 550-room property will be situated on the emirate's first man-made project, built to the tune of US$1.8 billion, and features a cluster of coral-shaped islands. The resort will have beachfront location and unrivalled views of the Arabian Gulf. It comes as the Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority predicts visitor numbers to grow 11 per cent to more than 820,000 this year, with a target of reaching 1 million arrivals by the end of 2018. Andreas Mattmüller, chief operating officer, Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts, Middle East and South Asia, said: "Mövenpick Resort Al Marjan Island, Ras Al Khaimah is a valuable addition to our portfolio and will provide leisure travellers with another compelling reason to visit one of the UAE’s most stunning holiday destinations."
 

Glasgow Caledonian uni to unveil new space


State-of-the-art conferencing facilities are set to be launched next month at Glasgow Caledonian University, following a huge £30 million investment. The facilities at the Hamish Wood building have been totally refitted and now include a 488-seat auditorium, which boasts an atrium that allows for plenty of natural daylight. The tiered seating in the theatre can be pushed back to make way for banqueting or cabaret style formats. The venue also has 10 new breakout rooms including its unique Lantern room, a circular glass meeting room that holds up to 70 people. Julie Duncan, head of conferences and events at Glasgow Caledonian University, said: “We’re really excited about the opportunities our new conference centre will bring to our campus. The new conference hall is a stunning flexible space with retractable theatre-style seating, which can accommodate 500 people. It offers clients the option of a tiered lecture theatre or a large open space for a more informal or social gathering, such as a private dinner, while the glass ceiling floods the room with natural daylight.”
 

Anantara to debut in Saudi Arabia in 2019


Minor Hotels (MH) has announced it will debut its luxury Anantara brand in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, in 2019. The Anantara Jeddah Resort will be located on the waterfront in Obhur, in the city’s upmarket northern district, offering 226 guest rooms and 102 two to five bedroom villas. Conferences can take place in a 500 sqm meeting room that can be divided in half, along with two other meeting rooms, while the resort has two receptions and lobbies, one dedicated to VIP arrivals. It comes as the Obhur area undergoes a significant transformation, including the development of the one-kilometre high Kingdom Tower which will open in 2020. William Heinecke, chairman and CEO of Minor International, commented: "We are delighted to announce Anantara Jeddah which represents Minor Hotels’ debut in Saudi Arabia and grows our presence in the GCC to four countries. Minor Hotels has been looking for the right opportunity to expand into Saudi Arabia and we are pleased to be partnering with SAB Group to launch our luxury Anantara brand in this key strategic market."
 

Waldhaus Flims finishes £33m refurb


A historic mountain retreat in the heart of the Swiss Alps is due to reopen next year following a £33 million refurbishment. Waldhaus Flims Alpine Grand Hotel & Spa will reopen in February 2017 after redesigning all 142 bedrooms and public spaces in its hotel and its Villa Silvana. Work will begin on its second luxury guest house, Chalet Belmont, in Spring 2017. Renovation work has also included the hotel's ts 500-person ballroom, the Art Nouveau Pavillion, along with its 2,500 sqm spa and health centre. The hotel, located in Flims, about 140km outside of Zurich, has also upgraded its four restaurants and added a new après ski bar called The Summit, which has deep set sofas and a floating fireplace. The renovation work throughout has used inviting charm and historic character throughout.
 

Rockstar opening for Hard Rock hotel


Hard Rock Hotel Tenerife had guests partying like it was the 1980s as it held its anticipated launch party in the Canary Islands. The new hotel welcomed Village People, DJ trio Dream Team Reload and other artists to its open-air stage while using glitter, fluorescent colour, and disco classics to celebrate the opening. Guests, including Spanish actress and fashion icon Paula Echevarria, got into the spirit with mullets, shoulder pads and big hair styles for the Children of the 80s party, while others dressed up as their favourite 80s icons, such as Madonna, Boy George and Freddie Mercury. Hard Rock Hotel Tenerife comprises 624 rooms split across two towers, with a VIP check-in and free daily spa services. Guests have a choice of six restaurants from Spanish flavours at Ali-Olé, to modern Asian dining at Narumi.
 

'New chapter' as Crieff Hydro grows by three


Crieff Hydro, a Scotland-based independent hospitality business, has announced an additional three signings to its family of hotels. The company will take on management contracts to operate the Green Hotel in Kinross (pictured) and Kings House Hotel in Glencoe, as well as the lease to operate the Peel Café at Glentress in Peebles. It follows Crieff Hydro's announcement in summer that it would purchase two iconic West Coast hotels, The Isles of Glencoe and The Ballachulish. The company also recently added the Kings House Hotel in Glencoe to its now 10-strong group of hotels. Owner Jamie Montgomery said: "Having Crieff Hydro manage our hotels is the start of a new chapter. As well as benefiting from the experience of the management team at Crieff Hydro, I am also pleased to announce that we will be investing a six-figure sum in upgrading and refurbishing both hotels."
 

Claridge's mega basement gets green light


London's five-star Claridge's hotel has been given the green light to build a mega basement, to add a swimming pool, spa, wine cellar and in-house chocolatier. The plans for the five-storey addition will ensure the Mayfair hotel remains a "sophisticated, modern five-star hotel" said Robert Davis, cabinet member for the built environment. The basement will also add an extra 40 rooms on two new floors, taking room count to 243. A Claridge's spokesman said: "Claridge’s is excited about our future development plans to put in to place state of the art, sustainable technology and systems which will further enhance services for our guests, staff and neighbours, taking this iconic Mayfair hotel’s vision into the next century."
 

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