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NEWS UPDATE Hospitality Sahara buys Mayfair hotel


India-based conglomerate Sahara India Pariwar has bought the iconic Grosvenor House Hotel in Mayfair, London from The Royal Bank of Scotland Group for a reported £470m. Grosvenor House Hotel is currently run


by Marriott International under the JW Marriott brand, but is now to be jointly run alongside Sahara India Pariwar. In addition to the 420 bedrooms and


74 suites, the property features 4,000sq m (43,056sq ft) of meeting space and the Great Room banqueting space. Sahara India Pariwar chair Subrata


Roy Sahara said: “This acquisition is a part of the major expansion plans of the group. In addition to the acquisition of Grosvenor House, London will be the gateway for Sahara to introduce some of its new business ventures.”


Green light for £55m Angus golf resort


Outline planning permission has been granted for the development of a new £55m golf, hotel and residential develop- ment near Broughty Ferry, Dundee. Local entrepreneur Mike Forbes’ pro-


posals for The Angus have been given the green light by planners at Angus Council. An international competition-stand-


ard, 18-hole championship golf course designed by Darren Clarke is at the heart of the scheme, along with a hotel and spa. Forbes said: “We have worked tire-


lessly with oficials to ensure that we met all of the vital considerations which were raised following the initial launch of our


An artist’s impression of the 11th Hole


proposals. Now, we will work just as hard to attract a leading international opera- tor to take The Angus forward, with our focus on specialists in the United States, China and South Africa.”


Study: ‘53,700 new hotel rooms’ for the UK In 2001, there were 50,000 budget


The UK’s hotel industry is continuing to expand despite the recession, with more than 10,400 rooms opening in 2010 and a further 43,000 planned for 2011-15. According to the British Hospitality:


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rends and Developments report from the British Hospitality Association (BHA), the budget sector is poised to continue its expansion with more than 5,300 new rooms added in 2010 – with new brands such as Citizen M, H10 and Tunes opening their first properties in the UK.


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rooms, a figure which has risen to 112,600 in 2010. Meanwhile, the luxury segment is proving to be the most robust. Kathryn Pretzel-Shiels, head of the UK’s


hotel, restaurant and travel industries for American Express said: “Spending by card in the UK increased steadily in 2010, far exceeding growth rates in other European cities. This was largely driven by luxury hotels, with spending in mid- scale hotels growing at a slower rate.”


Read Leisure Management online leisuremanagement.co.uk/digital 18 per cent of women are in senior roles


Female turnover costs industry £2.8bn


Around 310,000 female workers are leaving the hospitality, leisure, travel and tourism industry each year, cost- ing businesses £2.8bn in replacement recruitment and initial training. The claim is made in a report


unveiled by sector skills council People 1st. Figures from the Women 1st - the case for change: Women working in hospitality


, leisure, travel


and tourism report show that the per- centage of women working in the sector has continually declined over the past six years – from 61 per cent in 2004-5 to 56 per cent in 2010. Furthermore, on average, a quar-


ter of the male workforce is employed in management or senior positions, compared with 18 percent of females.


ISSUE 1 2011 © cybertrek 2011 London’s iconic Grosvenor House Hotel It has also been reported that Sahara


India Pariwar is planning to add a restau- rant, a nightclub, a spa and a swimming pool to the hotel’s facilities.


Marcus Wareing to open St Pancras restaurant


Marcus Wareing is to open a new res- taurant at the St Pancras Renaissance Hotel London in Kings Cross. The 120-cover, 6,700sq ft (622sq m)


Gilbert Scott brasserie – named after the architect behind the 1873 design of the St Pancras building – will be the chef’s second London eatery and is due to open its doors on 5 May. David Coffer Lyons acted on behalf of Manhattan Loft Corporation, which is leading the St Pancras project. Wareing said: “The minute I set foot


in St Pancras, I just knew it was for me; the building is breathtaking and has an amazing sense of time and place that I had to be a part of. This is not another Marcus Wareing at the Berkeley, there can only be one, it is a very different venture.”


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