Morgans Hotel Group has announced plans to open and operate a 234-bedroom luxury hotel in London, UK, during 2015.
Located in Great Scotland Yard in the centre of the city, the Hudson London hotel will be located in a 102-year-old Edwardian building ? formerly used by the Ministry of Defence.
Westminster City Council has granted planning consent for the hotel, which is being purchased from the Crown Estate by Sansar Investments. Morgans has been appointed to operate the site as part of a partnership agreement.
Hudson London at Great Scotland Yard will be Morgans' fourth property in London, joining the Sanderson and St Martins Lane properties. The other ? Mondrian London at Sea Containers House ? is set to open its doors in early 2014.
Centara announces plans to expand portfolio to 100 properties
Image: Centara Grand Island Resort and Spa Maldives
Centara Hotels and Resorts is planning to expand its Asian portfolio to 100 properties over the next five years as part of efforts to become one of the region's leading operators.
The group is a division of Central Group - one of Thailand's leading retail conglomerates - and opened its first hotel nearly 30 years ago in Bangkok's Ladprao district.
It currently has a portfolio of 55 hotels and resorts - both managed and owned - across the Asia Pacific region, although some of these are in the pre-opening phase.
Centara has set a target of acquiring more than 45 hotels and resorts over the next five years, having reached its initial aim of 50 properties - announced in 2008 - a year early.
The plans - based on being "asset light" and securing more management deals - focus on leading destinations and includes members of ASEAN Economic Community from 2015.
In addition to major cities in the Indian Ocean region, Centara is considering moves into the Middle East, Oceania and gateway cities in Europe.
A spokesperson said: "Centara's focus has been on expanding its five-star and four-star brands, but the recent advent of the Centra value brand, and the launch later this year of a new economy hotel brand, is greatly broadening the range of options.
"The launch last year of the Centara Boutique Collection brand and the Centara Residence brand has also spread the potential."
Four Seasons signs deal to operate Serengeti National Park lodge
Image: An infinity-edge pool overlooks the Serengeti
Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts is to take over the operation of Bilila Lodge in Tanzania's Serengeti National Park after signing an agreement with the property's owner.
The deal will come into effect during the third quarter, with the property to be renamed Four Seasons Safari Lodge Serengeti. James Kostecky has been named as general manager.
Facilities include a 4,000sq ft (372sq m) spa with six standalone treatment rooms. All of the treatment rooms contain a full shower/steam shower, while one offers dual soaking tubs.
Four Seasons has confirmed there will be some design alterations made to the spa, which it will operate. The group is also in the process of finalising the product suppliers.
Elsewhere, the lodge - offering accommodation in 60 bedrooms, 12 suites and five villas - has an infinity-edge swimming pool overlooking an active Serengeti watering hole.
Four Seasons vice president of worldwide development Scott Woroch said the lodge is the first of three "diverse experiences" being planned for Tanzania.
Woroch said: "This is an extremely rare opportunity for Four Seasons in that no other property of this size or scale exists, or is likely to ever be developed again in the Park.
"With the future development of a luxury tented safari camp in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area and an exclusive beach resort on the island of Zanzibar, Four Seasons will offer some of the finest holiday experiences in Tanzania."
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Search Banquet Manager Jobs in Singapore>Regal Hotels International is pleased to announce the signing of a new 5-star hotel project with Furao Group in Yantai of Shandong province, China. The new Regal Furao Hotel, Yantai is scheduled to open in the third quarter of 2015.
Occupying a gross floor area of 36,000 sq.m, Regal Furao Hotel, Yantai will feature 300 well-appointed guestrooms. The hotel will be an integral part of the Furao Times Square, a multi-complex comprising the hotel, a commercial and financial centre, a shopping arcade and residential apartments.
Lies in the east of the Shandong Peninsula,
Denver-based Sage Hospitality, an established leader in hotel management, development and ownership, is pleased to announce that the 150-suite SpringHill Suites Denver Downtown at Metro State is now open.
Conveniently located in the heart of downtown Denver, the $45 million new hotel is situated just a quick walk from the Pepsi Center,
LONDON & REGIONAL CROWNS ITS PORTFOLIO WITH A HOTEL IN CAMBRIDGE
Private real estate company London & Regional has emerged as the winning bidder for the Crowne Plaza Cambridge in the university town of Cambridge, southern England. The group has reportedly purchased the 198-room hotel for more than the £35 million asking price.
Indian Hotels Company (IHCL) is hopeful creating a partnership with Orient Express Hotels (OEH), despite no positive overtures from the Bermuda-based company. IHCL owns 6.9 per cent in OEH, which has a chain of luxury hotels and trains across many countries.
At the 111th annual general meeting of the company, Ratan Tata, Chairman, IHCL,
The drive against adulterated and stale food served in eateries in Kochi may soon bring in changes in the design of stand-alone restaurants and hotels. The district administration in association with the health department is mooting a proposal to shift the kitchen to the front side of hotels to make their functioning transparent.
The Nashik Municipal Corporation (NMC) will be coming up with a website to provide detailed information to tourists coming to the city for the forthcoming Simhastha Kumbh Mela. At present, NMC is collecting data. The website will provide information about the city,
The Ascott Limited (Ascott) has signed an agreement to acquire The Cavendish Hotel in London for GBP 158.8 million. The company will manage the 230-room hotel from the fourth quarter of 2012 and will subsequently transform the property into a luxurious serviced residence under the Ascott The Residence brand, renaming it as Ascott St James London.
Hilton Aberdeen Treetops Hotel in Scotland recently announced it will undergo a GBP 4,25,000 refurbishment programme, expected to be completed by autumn 2012. The 120-room hotel will remain in operation throughout the refurbishment.
Wyndham Hotel Group, part of Wyndham Worldwide Corporation last week announced that it converted 20 hotels in one day, adding the properties to its portfolio of managed properties under the Wyndham Hotels and Resorts and Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham brands.
"I am pleased to officially welcome these 20 hotels to our growing Wyndham Hotel Group portfolio,"
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