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Titanic Hotel and Rum Warehouse is the first hotel and event space in Liverpool to introduce electric car charging points on its premises for hotel guests. 

The hotel’s car park has had 3 charging bays installed, with 2 bays dedicated to Tesla car models and one universal charge now available to charge. 

The news comes not long after American automaker Tesla recently announced the release of the eagerly anticipated Model 3, which has been hailed as a groundbreaking vehicle for the car industry, setting a benchmark for electric cars. 

Brian Connor, General Manager at the Titanic Hotel Liverpool said: “The spotlight is firmly on energy efficiency and the Titanic is proud to support this move towards the future. It really is an exciting time for automobiles and we are glad to be the first hotel in Liverpool to offer this service to our guests.” 

The hotel has plans to install lightning chargers and lockable stations in the future. Brian added, “ After introducing the service just last week, we have already had enquiries from guests changing hotels to stay with us which is a testament to how popular the service will be.”

Taking 8 hours to charge from empty, the service is available free of charge to hotel guests and reservations for the charging bays can be made at time of booking. 

Dalata Hotel Group plc (“Dalata” or “the Company”) is pleased to announce that it has acquired the entire issued share capital of Hotel La Tour (Birmingham) Limited (“HLTB”) for £31.0m (€34.9 million) from Hotel La Tour Limited. HLTB owns the long leasehold (effective freehold) interest of Hotel La Tour (“the Hotel”) which is situated on Park Street in the centre of Birmingham.  The consideration is payable from Dalata’s existing banking facilities.

Hotel La Tour was newly built in 2012 and has 174 bedrooms, a restaurant, bar as well as extensive conference and meeting facilities. The hotel is superbly located within walking distance of Birmingham New Street Station in the centre of the city. The hotel will be rebranded as a Clayton hotel in the final quarter of this year. EBITDAR attributable to the hotel was circa £1.9m (€2.14 million) for the year ended 31st March, 2017.

Dermot Crowley, Deputy CEO Business Development and Finance, said: “Hotel La Tour in Birmingham represents an outstanding opportunity to operate a newly built hotel in the centre of one of the largest cities in the UK. The acquisition is consistent with our stated strategy of rolling out both our Maldron and Clayton hotel brands across the larger UK cities."

 

  

BMA House’s Worcester Room has been shortlisted for Best London Meeting Room for up to 50 in the 2017 London Venue Awards.  The awards identify excellence and exceptional quality at different types of venues across the capital. 

Sarah Franczak, Head of Events at BMA House said: “We are so pleased to be a finalist in this competitive category. Our venue combines classic heritage with up to date meeting facilities and state of the art tech, making for a unique and quality venue offering for London meetings.

“The Worcester Room is one of our newest additions and part of the ongoing improvements to our venue. We have recently begun refreshing the third floor, home to six meeting spaces, as well as three rooms on the ground floor. Being a member organisation means profits are reinvested back into The BMA, allowing us to continually improve the venue and facilities, and to stay at the top of our game.”

BMA House joins six other venues in the running for Best London Meeting Room for up to 50 attendees, recognised for excellence and best practice.

Winners will be announced on 20th October at a glittering ceremony held at The Brewery.

BMA House is a Grade II listed venue located in Bloomsbury offering a range of 29 spaces for up to 320 guests, for everything from evening dinners to summer garden parties. This includes two magnificent outdoor areas - the Courtyard and the Garden, all within easy walking distance of both Euston and Kings Cross stations.

For more information visit www.bmahouse.org.uk

Prestige Apartments, one of the UK’s largest apartment booking agents, and The Apartments one of London’s longest-standing luxury serviced apartment providers, today announce that from 1st September 2017 they are entering a partnership. The partnership will see Prestige run the management and bookings of The Apartments from their west London base and create one of London’s premier independent serviced apartment providers.

The partnership expands the existing portfolio of Prestige’s 20 managed servicedapartments located in the City area, further expanding it’s supplier coverage across London with an additional 36 apartments in the exclusive Chelsea and Marylebone areas. The Apartments will benefit from Prestige’s dedicated sales department to further promote their current portfolio to a wider audience.

Prestige Apartments managing director Alex Wood, said: “At Prestige we’ve always focused on the customer experience as both agent and provider and we’re very excited to join forces with The Apartments which mirrors our ethos so strongly. The merger will provide both companies with the opportunity to further improve the quality of their managed apartments offering and provide their current clients with even higher standards of service with more focused sales and management teams.”

This partnership will bring together two of the industries most established companies committed to providing the highest standards of customer service, customer experience and quality accommodation and will allow both organisations to draw and build on each other’s strengths, to create one of London’s foremost independent serviced apartment companies.

Simon Marks of The Apartments said: “We’re delighted to be bringing into partnership these two companies, who not only started out at same time, but who have grown and matured together. This partnership will facilitate further growth and bring out the best in both organisations.”

Key to the merger is the integration of the two teams and Kasia Tymoczko will be moving across to Prestige Apartments as Operations manager overseeing management of the joint apartment stock. The Apartments brand will still exist and will be amalgamated into the Prestige brand as ‘The Apartments at Prestige’. Current Sales Manager of Prestige Apartments, Aleksandra Guzek, will take over all sales across the partnership and all enquiries for both The Apartments and Prestige should be directed to Prestige from September 1st onwards.

Birmingham Repertory Theatre and the Library of Birmingham have today announced a joint conferencing and events venture, Unique Venues Birmingham (UVB).

Unique Venues Birmingham is a new commercial venture between the two nationally-renowned venues, which will unite the excellent conferencing and hospitality opportunities offered within the shared building on Centenary Square in the heart of Birmingham. 

UVB will be a wholly owned subsidiary of Birmingham Repertory Theatre Ltd, jointly governed by The REP and Birmingham City Council. It will consolidate the existing operations in each venue to provide one unique conferencing and events offering to both corporate and private clients. 

Angela Maxwell, Chair of Birmingham Repertory Theatre said:

“The REP’s conferencing and events business has gone from strength to strength over the last four years and we welcome this new business opportunity. Birmingham was named the country’s favourite business tourism destination outside London last year, and now Unique Venues Birmingham will bring a quirky and fresh alternative to the city’s destination offer.”

Jacqui Kennedy, Corporate Director for Place at Birmingham City Council, said: “This is an exciting venture, which is the next step of our already successful partnership with The REP and will provide a distinctive venue at heart of Birmingham that will be able to offer the flexibility to host tailor-made events of any size and style. 

“This announcement comes hot on the heels of the unveiling of the Library of Birmingham as a ‘first class’ venue, recognised with its very own postage stamp.  This partnership is great news not only for the Library and The REP, but also for Birmingham.”

Heading-up the new venture as Commercial Director is Suzanna Reid who has led the conferencing and events arm at Birmingham Repertory Theatre since 2013 developing the theatre into a recognised destination within the commercial sector. Suzanna has 20 years experience in the events industry having previously worked for Conference Aston, Aston University and Kents Hill Park. In 2016 Suzanna oversaw 359 events at The REP, welcoming some 14,500 delegates to Birmingham. 

Suzanna Reid, Commercial Director for Unique Venues Birmingham said:

“Birmingham is one of the most vibrant cities in the country and a superb destination for conferences and events. There has never been a better time to unite one of the most iconic buildings and libraries in Europe with one of the most creative theatres in the UK. The REP has already delivered some truly unique and spectacular moments for clients and I personally can’t wait to demonstrate what we’re now capable of given this exciting new potential.”

Unique Venues Birmingham will offer a range of flexible conferencing and events spaces for those seeking a dramatically different venue for their conference or event.   The UVB portfolio includes three theatrical auditoria presenting huge dramatic and creative possibilities, a spectacular book rotunda, and a beautiful roof terrace with stunning panoramic views across the city plus the historic Shakespeare Memorial Room.  A range of function suites and meetings rooms, complete with audio-visual technology, are also on offer across the shared building. UVB will create a number of new jobs.

To find out more about Unique Venues Birmingham visit: Uniquevenuesbirmingham.com
Twitter @uvbirmingham | Facebook @uniquevenuesbirmingham | Instagram @uniquevenuesbirmingham

  

Three members of the executive team at Rockliffe Hall are taking part in the Helvellyn Triathlon on September 3rd to raise funds for a Motor Neurone Disease (MND) charity.

Rockliffe Hall’s Chief Executive, Eamonn Elliott, Executive Chef of The Orangery, Richard Allen, and Sales and Marketing Manager, Katie Scott, have signed up to what is said to be one of the toughest triathlons in the world.

The Helvellyn Triathlon features a swim in the crystal clear Ullswater lake, the cycle leg includes the infamous “struggle” to the top of Kirkstone Pass (1489ft) and the run is up and back down Helvellyn (3118ft).

Eamonn, Richard and Katie are taking part in the gruelling triathlon to raise money for deterMND, a charity established on behalf of Anto Finnegan, former Antrim Gaelic football captain, after he was diagnosed with MND in August 2012.

The charity aims to raise awareness of the disease, and to raise funds for both the MND Association and deterMND.

Rockliffe Hall will also be hosting a special golf day on Thursday 19th October to raise additional funds for the charity. Entry is £280 per team which includes a breakfast roll and tea or coffee on arrival, a round of golf with live scores, dinner and a prize giving ceremony. £80 from each team will be donated to DeterMND.

The Rockliffe triathlon team has launched a crowd fundraising page which is now live at https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/rockliffe-hall-deterMND  and is inviting people to sponsor them ahead of the event.

The team is sponsored by GRN Sportswear who is supplying them with their triathlon kit. The ethically and British-made gear is made from recycled plastic bottles and old fishing nets without any compromise on performance.

Eamonn Elliott, Rockliffe Hall’s Chief Executive, says: “In a moment of madness the three of us thought it would be a great idea to tackle this challenging triathlon. We have mixed feelings of excitement and dread ahead of the event and are training hard. The fact that we’re taking part to raise awareness of such a fantastic cause will drive us to succeed and we hope to raise lots of money for deterMND. We also hope to see lots of team entries for the charity golf day in October which should help us boost our fundraising total.”

Contact Rockliffe Hall on 01325 729999 or visit www.rockliffehall.com

The Aberdeen Altens Hotel has been announced as winner of the Life with Style Awards ‘Hotel of the Year’ in an annual celebration of the best lifestyle businesses throughout Aberdeen City and Shire.

The four star hotel, which is managed by Redefine|BDL Hotels (RBH) – the UK’s leading independent hotel management company – came out on top of the best hotel category across the North East.

The glittering awards ceremony showcased the best small to medium businesses across the region, with The Aberdeen Altens Hotel shortlisted alongside Douneside House and The Station Hotel in Moray for Hotel of the Year.

The judges were impressed by the hotel’s commitment to guests, with an emphasis placed on providing a flexible, personal and bespoke experience whether staying as a leisure or business traveller.

Doing things differently lies at the heart of The Aberdeen Altens Hotel ethos and additional touches like the VIP Arrival Service for all guests, which includes guests receiving a call to their room ten minutes after check-in to ensure they are happy and comfortable, also stood out.

Kris Manship, General Manager at The Aberdeen Altens Hotel, said: “To win the North East’s Hotel of the Year award is fantastic. We like to make sure all of our guests are well catered for, and little extra touches like our VIP Arrival Service and kids’ packs have gone down well with both leisure and business travellers alike.

“We were up against some very tough competition, so to win is a fantastic achievement. It’s a wonderful way to reward the team for the great deal of hard work they put into giving guests the best possible experience during their visit to The Aberdeen Altens Hotel.”

www.redefinebdl.com  

 

Redefine|BDL Hotels (RBH) has announced that it will manage the upcoming Courtyard by Marriott London Luton Airport hotel undertaken by Polcom Developments. The hotel is expected to open early in 2018.

The new 250 bedroom modular build hotel will be situated just 10 minutes’ walk from Luton Airport’s departure lounge, and will boast thoughtfully designed guestrooms that promote comfort and productivity, plus a bar, bistro and gym.

Polcom Developments has already begun building the hotel rooms at its factory in Gdansk, Poland and, when ready, they’ll be transported to the hotel site ready for construction.

RBH – the UK’s leading independent hotel management company – which already counts Courtyard by Marriott Edinburgh and the modular-build Courtyard by Marriott Edinburgh West among its portfolio of properties, will manage the hotel once complete.

Ross Morrow, RBH’s Chief Development Officer, said: “Courtyard by Marriott London Luton Airport will be the second hotel in the RBH portfolio to be built using Polcom’s innovative modular construction. With the main components of the hotel being built in a factory setting, it minimises the time spent on-site and really speeds up completion of what is set to be a fantastic hotel.

“We’re delighted to be working again with Polcom Developments on the project, following a successful start to our partnership on Courtyard by Marriott Edinburgh West.”

RBH’s portfolio includes private label and branded properties, including IHG, Hilton, Accor, Marriott, Best Western and Wyndham hotels.

www.redefinebdl.com  

 

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