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Accor expands Ibis in Northern Ireland
BBPA reveals London
French hotel group launches two new budget hotels as part of development pipeline
pub closure rate
Further concerns about the By Pete Hayman
state of the UK pub industry
have been raised after new Two new Ibis properties have
figures from the British Beer and been unveiled in Belfast, North-
Pub Association (BBPA) revealed ern Ireland, after Accor – the
that 11 pubs close every week in company which owns the brand
London. During the first half of – secured a franchise agreement
2009, a total of 281 properties with hotel group Andras House.
closed their doors across the The Ibis Belfast City Centre
capital, while other regions in and Ibis Queens Quarter hotels
southern England were also hit - the first to launch under the
– nearly 200 pubs closed in the Ibis brand in Northern Ireland
Meridian area, which equates to - are the result of a £12m
8 properties a week. The research investment by Accor and
– conducted by CGA Strategy - increases its UK portfolio of Ibis The hotel will be operated by Andras House on a franchise deal
also reported the closure of 105 properties to 54.
pubs in the Anglia region and 74 Ibis Belfast City Centre, which Jean-Jacques Dessors, chief "These are also the first Ibis
in the Westwood region, which is situated on Castle Street near operating officer for Accor franchised hotels in the UK and
comes as the BBPA launches a the city's main shopping Hospitality UK, said: "Expan- the launch demonstrates our
new campaign to safeguard the district and the Titanic Quarter, sion into Northern Ireland is a commitment to our new
sector. boasts 124 bedrooms, a café significant move towards our development strategy to sign
and a bar, while Ibis Queens goal of becoming a reference and open more franchise
UK bucking the trend
Quarter - near Queen's point for economy hotels properties across Accor brands
in hotel revenue
University - has 50 bedrooms. worldwide with quality services. present in the British Isles."
Both revenue and occupancy
continues to fall at European
African-theme
hotels, but the UK seems to be
Wetherspoon to open 250 pubs
weathering the storm rather well.
club for Camden
A year-to-date report from A £5.5m, 740-capacity
research company Deloitte shows African-themed restau-
that revenue per available room rant/nightclub is to open
(revPAR) in the euro zone was in Camden Stables Market,
down 19.2 per cent – at €58 London, in the spring.
– on last year. The UK too, has Shaka Zulu is a joint
suffered, but the staycation venture between the
effect has offset the fall in market itself and London
inbound tourism. London boasts club owner Roger Payne,
the highest occupancy in Europe who already operates The
at 79.8 per cent, while Glasgow Cuban (also located in the The group has opened 40 new pubs across the UK during 2009
and Edinburgh were the only two market) and Sound in
cities in Europe to show positive Leicester Square. By Pete Hayman increase in sales in the 13
occupancy growth for the period. The club will feature a weeks ending 25 October 2009.
340-capacity mezzanine JD Wetherspoon, the Hertford- New JD Wetherspoon pubs
Mercure unveils
floor and a 400-capacity shire-based pub operator, has will be located in Sheffield,
Letchworth property
ground floor and will unveiled plans to open 250 South Yorkshire; Otley, West
Hotel operator Mercure has serve as both a nightclub new properties across the UK Yorkshire; Haverfordwest,
reopened its Letchworth Hall and restaurant, serving over the next five years as it Pembrokeshire and Livingston,
Hotel property in Hertfordshire, African food. continues to defy the recession. West Lothian, as well as
following the completion of a It will be located The chain, which unveiled its Leominster, Herefordshire;
major £1m refurbishment. All 85 beneath the existing first pub in 1979 and currently Liverpool and Newcastle upon
bedrooms have been revamped Gilgamesh restaurant and operates 743 sites nationwide, Tyne. Earlier this month, the
as part of the scheme to is scheduled to open in is set to invest £250m in chain reported that it is on
transform the property into a May 2010. expanding its portfolio, having course to open around 40 pubs
four-star hotel. reported a 4.5 per cent in the current year.
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