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Coworth Park Hotel to open in September Dorchester Collection, the luxury hotel operator, has unveiled plans to open a new country house hotel and eco-luxury spa – Coworth Park near Ascot, Berkshire – in September. The 70-bedroom Coworth Park hotel is a restored Georgian Manor House and will be marketed as one of the UK's most environmentally-friendly hotels. Facilities at the hotel are set to include two restaurants; a fine-dining restaurant housed in the main house and a more informal eatery in the converted barn, with its own outdoor terrace for al fresco dining.

Leisure and hotel insolvencies stay high The number of hospitality

businesses going into insolvency has increased slightly, despite a national drop in insolvencies. According to the latest Insolvency Index from Experian, May saw total insolvencies fall to the lowest level since January 2010 and an 18 per cent fall in the total number of business insolvencies during May. However, in the 'leisure and hotels' sector there were 123 insolvencies this May, compared to 121 in May 2009.

YO! Sushi opens Milton Keynes site Japanese style sushi chain YO!

Sushi has opened a 115-cover restaurant at the centre:mk retail centre in Milton Keynes. The restaurant will also include a private dining room for eight, designed to cater for meetings and private parties. Robin Rowland, CEO at YO! Sushi, said:

"YO! Sushi is loved by millions all over the world and we're confident that our freshly prepared Japanese inspired dishes are going to excite customers in Milton Keynes."


news & jobs at BHA chief calls for government action

Ministers urged to "take tourism seriously" in order to fulfil the sector's potential By Tom Walker

Sir David Michels, president of the British Hospitality Associa- tion (BHA) has called on the new coalition government to

"take tourism seriously". Speaking at the BHA's annual

luncheon at Grosvenor House, London on 29 June, Michels said that the industry needs more support from the government and that everyone would gain if the industry is able to fulfill its potential. "First and foremost, I would

like to see the government leave us alone; with fewer regu- lations. This will cost nothing, but it will relieve the hospitality industry of mostly meaningless cost. That will leave us all to deal with what matters most: our customers," he said.

Four new pubs for Greene King

Pub operator Greene King has bought four pubs from Punch Taverns for a combined total of £5.3m. All four are food-led

destination pubs, located in Northampton, Notting- ham and Aberdeen. According to Greene

King chief executive Rooney Anand, the pubs generated pre-tax profits of £342,000 during the year to August 2009. Anand said: "They are

freehold retail sites in great locations currently trading below their potential. We expect to convert the sites into our market-leading pub restaurant brands, Hungry Horse and Eating Inn, further strengthening our position in the UK market."

The Dubai property is the operator's first venture outside Europe By Martin Nash

easyHotel Dubai, Jebel Ali, the UK-based budget hotel chain's first venture outside Europe, is scheduled to open on 1 August. The new six-storey, 216-room

property – inside the Jebel Ali Free Zone on Sheikh Zayed Road – will be run by Istithmar Budget Hotels FZE, a division of the Istithmar World group. In line with the 'easy' brand ethos, rooms will be priced on

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the basis of 'the earlier you book, the less you pay', while the property's launch will be celebrated with a special rate of double rooms on sale from AED99 (£17.90) per night. The new hotel also remains

true to the brand's 'no frills' approach, where services such as luggage storage, early check in, late check out, vended snacks and drinks and wi-fi internet access will be charged at a supplementary rate.

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Sir David called for the government to "leave the industry alone" Sir David questioned whether

Visit England's funds would not be better spent generating domestic demand, while also criticising tourism ministers who had made little impact. "So many departments

introduce policies that directly affect our industry: Treasury,

Environment, Home Office, Department of Business, Revenue and Customs, Depart- ment of Health to name but six. "Do they consult the DCMS on

their proposals? Sadly, even such a major item as the hotel building allowance took the DCMS by surprise."

easyHotel unveils Dubai property

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