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ACCORHOTELS REPORTS STRONG FIRST QUARTER PERFORMANCE IN THE UK AccorHotels’ UK portfolio has outperformed the company’s global business with a like-for-like revenue growth of 9.2% during the first quarter of 2017. Global turnover of the French


hotel group was 7.4%. Consolidated revenue for January to March 2017 was up 35.4% to €425m (£356m). AccorHotels said the UK has benefited from the fall in the value of the pound. “In London, there was a marked recovery in the leisure segment, both local and international, with a very pronounced increase in travellers coming from Asia and North America. At the same time, the business travel segment remained very solid.”


GUTHRIE CASTLE WEDDING PLANNER UNDER INVESTIGATION Police are investigating allegations of embezzlement against a former member of staff at Guthrie Castle wedding venue in Angus, Scotland. A man had allegedly


double-booked weddings at the 22-bedroom venue and fled abroad with the deposits, which he paid into a private account after wiping the hotel’s computer systems. Reports say the hotel has no record of some bookings and the theft is believed to amount to hundreds of thousands of pounds. A staff member at the 15th


fire at a Torquay hotel in the early hours of 23 April. Up to 80 guests were evacuated


from the Bancourt hotel after a blaze broke out in the basement just after midnight. Three people, including a staff member, sustained minor injuries and were taken to Torbay District Hospital. More than 100 guests – all


young farmers in Torquay for a conference – were provided with overnight accommodation at the Riviera International Conference Centre. Detective sergeant Andy


Penhaligon from Torquay CID said: “We are treating this incident as arson. Fortunately, there were only three minor injuries, but this reckless and purposeful action could have had far more serious, even fatal, consequences.


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IHG HOTELS HIT BY PAYMENT CARD DATA HACK Payment card data-targeting malware has hit hundreds of InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) properties. The UK-based company


confirmed that franchisee-operated hotels in the US and Puerto Rico were made aware of patterns of unauthorised charges on payment cards after they were used at their locations. No UK hotels are known to have been affected. The cyber-attack affected


IHG-branded franchise hotels, including Holiday Inn and Crowne Plaza properties, between 29 September and 29 December 2016.


century Guthrie Castle confirmed that investigations are taking place, but declined to comment. Police Scotland said it was aware of the matter and that it was carrying out enquiries.


IBIS BUDGET UNVEILS ‘NEST ROOM’ BEDROOM CONCEPT AccorHotels’ Ibis Budget brand has unveiled its nest room bedrooms at its London Whitechapel – Brick Lane hotel. The new room concept is 129 sq


ft and is said to provide a “cocooning environment”. It will be priced from £55 per night. The nest room will initially roll


out in 110 rooms out of 269 at the Whitechapel hotel, and across all 134 rooms at the Ibis Budget Luton Airport, which will open in August. The concept will be gradually integrated across the brand as renovations and new buildings come on stream.


BUMPER START TO 2017 FOR OVERSEAS VISITOR NUMBERS TO BRITAIN A record number of overseas tourists travelled to Britain during the first two months of 2017, up 6% on the same period last year, according to new figures published by VisitBritain. The 5.2 million visits also


resulted in a record spend of £2.7b in January and February, a year-on-year increase of 11%. VisitBritain has predicted that


by the end of the year, a record number of 38.8 million visits will have taken place, with spending reaching £23.9b. This is up from 2016, when 37.3 overseas visits to the UK took place, with visitors spending £22.2b.


ARORA COMPLETES PREMIER INN TERMINAL 4 LONDON HEATHROW The Arora Group has completed the construction of the Premier Inn Terminal 4 London Heathrow, its sixth Premier Inn in six years. Premier Inn took legal possession of the 613-bedroom hotel this month ahead of the opening in May. Grove Developments, the construction division of Arora, was commissioned by Whitbread to develop the new hotel for Premier Inn. The hotel is linked to Terminal 4


via a covered walkway and includes a 322-cover Thyme restaurant.


Ibis Budget’s nest room


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