Hilton to boost Harrogate’s events space

A £15 million refurbishment programme has been announced for Harrogate’s The Majestic Hotel, which will upgrade the hotel’s entire meetings and events facilities to include space for up to 500 delegates. The Cairn Group, which owns The Majestic Hotel, has signed a deal with Hilton to transform the hotel to a DoubleTree by Hilton. Work has already begun on upgrading the Victorian property, with the meetings spaces scheduled for completion at the end of 2018. When the hotel is complete at the end of 2019, it will feature six boardrooms and nine conference and events suites. There will also be 170 refurbished guestrooms, fitness facilities, and a luxury spa and pool.

Warwickshire stately home to undergo refurb

Yorkshire-based Northern Powerhouse Developments has purchased Bourton Hall – a Grade II listed residence in the heart of Warwickshire. This latest acquisition takes the number of UK hotels owned by NPD to 16. Situated just 35 minutes from Stratford-upon-Avon, Bourton Hall dates back to 1791 and is described as a 16-acre haven of elegant calm. It will shortly undergo extensive renovation to transform it into a luxury hotel and spa retreat. NPD chairman Gavin Woodhouse said: “Over the coming months we will sympathetically transform the main hall of the building to provide 56 luxurious ensuite bedrooms while outside we will introduce further bedrooms to the existing stable blocks, build a state-of-the-art spa and add luxurious villas in the grounds.”

Mercure London Watford spices up events space

The Mercure London Watford Hotel has unveiled its newly refurbished Halliwell Suite, a locally-inspired new look events space. The Halliwell Suite, which holds up to 200 guests for an evening event, features its own private entrance with a grand sweeping staircase, a fully-serviced bar and a large dance floor. Interior designer Helen Hooper said: “We wanted to give the Halliwell Suite a totally glamorous and unique feel to help both leisure and business guests make their event an occasion to remember. Our goal, which I believe we have achieved, was to make the Halliwell Suite one of the most desirable and special larger event spaces in Watford.” The stylish and charismatic Halliwell Suite is named in honour of local girl ‘Ginger Spice’ Geri Halliwell who was born and raised in the area.

ICC Sydney wins digital infrastructure award

International Convention Centre Sydney (ICC Sydney) has been awarded the Global Digital Infrastructure Award at IMEX Frankfurt. The venue picked up the gong for its robust Information and Communication Technology (ICT) systems, data and cyber security management. Chief judge Bob Heile said ICC Sydney won the award because it addressed the three biggest challenges faced by venues today - good infrastructure, good network documentation and good risk management. “ICC Sydney’s submission demonstrated the team is in an excellent position to configure and maintain its network but more importantly, the team’s approach to risk management demonstrates they have robust plans in place to deal with the unexpected.”

OMO hotels offer new affordable service concept in Japan

Hospitality brand Hoshino Resorts has launched a fourth hotel brand, OMO, with the opening of two city-centre properties in Japan: OMO7 Asahikawa and OMO5 Tokyo Otsuka. The family-owned company also operates the HOSHINOYA, RISONARE and KAI hotel brands. The OMO concept has developed out of a need for affordable city-centre hotels, which it meets by offering a range of services on a scale from 0 to 9. OMO0 provides a no-frills, room-only experience, while OMO9 includes amenities such as bars, cafés and restaurants. Both OMO7 Asahikawa and OMO5 Tokyo Otsuka have cafés and lounges.

Museum of London unveils Frost Fair packages

This Christmas, the Museum of London and the Museum of London Docklands will transport guests back in time to the great frost fairs of the 18th and 19th centuries, for a celebration of the festive period. Inspired by the periods in which Londoners came out to play on the frozen River Thames, both venues will be elaborately dressed with elegant bunting, a Punch and Judy stand and traditional market stalls, designed to immerse guests in the spirit of the Christmas season. As well as the two venues’ event spaces, drinks receptions can be served in one of the many galleries at either site. Organisers looking to add an extra wow-factor can do so with the additional hire of themed actors who will set the scene and mingle with guests.

New Algarve hotel to open in 2020

The Ombria Resort is due to open in early 2020 in the Algarve, Portugal. With an initial investment of £74 million, phase one includes the completion of an 18-hole golf course and five-star Viceroy at Ombria Resort, which will feature 76 luxury guest rooms and suites, a spa, healthcare and fitness facilities, several restaurants and bars, a conference centre and swimming pools. There will also be three real estate development areas.

£460 million refurb at Palms Casino Resort, Las Vegas

Palms Casino Resort, Las Vegas has announced the opening of a collection of new restaurants and entertainment venues plus the renovation of the resort’s iconic casino. This is part of an ongoing £460 million refurbishment. The casino has been remodelled to include more than 40 new table games, which feature charging outlets at many seats, centered around a dramatic new bar area. Many of the rooms and suites are also undergoing updates. The work will be fully completed by the autumn.

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