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Eden Hotel Collection to sell Buckland Tout-Saints
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The Eden Hotel Collection has put Devon country house hotel Buckland Tout-Saints up for sale ahead of plans to add larger properties to its portfolio.

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Average room rates fall by up to 20% in UK's major cities
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Average hotel room rates in the UK’s cities fell by up to 20 per cent in the third quarter of this year, compared to the same period of 2015, leading to concerns that the industry is starting to suffer from the impact of the Brexit vote. 

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Irish O'Callaghan group to open first UK hotel
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The Irish O’Callaghan hotel group is to launch its first UK hotel in Cambridge early next year.

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Boringdon Hall named Plymouth's first five-star hotel
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The historic Boringdon Hall has become the first hotel in Plymouth to be awarded five-star status by the AA.

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James Durrant to open The Game Bird at The Stafford London  Hotel
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Great British Menu winner James Durrant is to launch a new restaurant at The Stafford London Hotel next year.

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Adagio launches fresh ‘lighter’ communal design in new Edinburgh site
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Adagio, the aparthotels group, is to open the first of its newly-designed hotel spaces in Edinburgh, with a new ‘lighter’ communal space design.

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Challenging, yet profitable year for Crieff Hydro hotel company
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The boss of Scottish hotel company Crieff Hydro has reported a profitable year for the business despite challenging trading conditions and a large investment in its properties. 

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The Lowry Hotel up for sale
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The five-star Lowry Hotel in Manchester has been put on the market just two years after it was sold to Westmont Hospitality Group. 

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How to cater for large groups during the festive season
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Darron Bunn, executive chef at the Goodwood Estate in West Sussex – home to events like The Festival of Speed, as well as restaurants, a hotel and private members’ club – gives his top tips for catering for large parties over the festive season.

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Previously-rejected underground ‘pod’ hotel given planning permission
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Permission for a 166-bedroom, underground ‘pod’ hotel in central London has been granted by Camden Council, months after the plans were initially rejected in January.

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Niall Keating joins Whatley Manor as executive chef
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Niall Keating has been appointed executive chef at the two Michelin-starred Whatley Manor hotel in the Cotswolds following the departure of Martin Burge earlier this month.

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How two DJs came to run Principal Manchester's bar and restaurant
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DJ partners The Unabombers drew on their globe-­trotting careers to open the critically acclaimed Volta restaurant in Greater Manchester, but even they were surprised to be asked to run the restaurant and bar at Principal, the £25m newly refurbished former Palace Hotel in Manchester. 

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London hotel squares up to Airbnb with rental partnership
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London hotel Bermondsey Square has started a partnership with short-term rental providers in its area in a bid to challenge the rise of Airbnb. 

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Gisborough Hall to become independent from Macdonald Hotels Group
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Four-star, 71-bedroom, two-AA Rosette Gisborough Hall Hotel in North Yorkshire is to become a fully-independent family-run hotel from April 2017, following its announcement of a multi-million pound investment.

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Bath Priory to open UK's first L'Occitane spa
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French skincare brand L’Occitane is to open its first UK spa at the five-star Bath Priory hotel later this month.

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Marriott to trial voice-activated room assistant
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Marriott has announced the two tech start-ups it will be trialling in its hotels as part of an ongoing push to innovate its hotel operations.

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Martin Burge leaves Whatley Manor after 13 years
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Chef Martin Burge has left two Michelin-starred Whatley Manor in the Cotswolds after 13 years at the hotel restaurant.

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Irish hotel brand to launch in Newcastle
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Ireland’s largest hotel group Dalata is to launch its Maldron brand in the UK with a new site in Newcastle.

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Tech initiatives at K West Hotel & Spa improve staff productivity
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The K West Hotel & Spa says staff have become more productive and have more time to spend making guests feel welcome since investing in guest-facing technology. 

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Stay Original adds Shaftesbury pub The Grosvenor Arms to portfolio
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Boutique hotel and pub operator Stay Original has acquired its fifth site – The Grosvenor Arms in Shaftesbury, Dorset. 

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Unicorn for room 202: Travelodge reveals bizarre guest requests
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Hotel staff often go above and beyond their role to create the perfect stay for their guests, but sourcing a unicorn for a wedding proposal and guaranteeing blue skies are beyond the realms of anyone.

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Cairn Group buys five Hotel Collection properties
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North East hotel and bar operator Cairn Group has acquired five former Hotel Collection properties for £75m.

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Eden Project revises plans for £8.5m hotel
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The Eden Project has unveiled revised plans to build an £8.5m, 109-room hotel at its Cornish site.

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Ollie Dabbous to open third London restaurant
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Ollie Dabbous is to open his third London restaurant at Experimental Group’s debut UK hotel in Covent Garden next year.

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Hyatt to open second Hyatt Place hotel in London
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Hyatt has signed a franchise agreement with M&L Hospitality to re-open the Heathrow Hotel Bath Road under the Hyatt Place brand next year. 

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Hotel F&B to grow as hoteliers 'wake up' to opportunities
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Food and beverage (F&B) offerings in the UK’s hotels are set to improve and grow over the next few years as hoteliers ‘finally wake up to the opportunities available to them’ according to a new report by MCA Insight. 

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UK's 'worst hotel chain' doubles profits
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Britannia Hotels has more than doubled its profits despite being named the UK’s ‘worst hotel chain’ four years in a row.

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The Master Innholders names 2017 Scholars
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The Master Innholders has announced the 20 hoteliers who have won places on its 2017 hotel management scholarship programme.

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Accor buys stake in boutique hotel brand 25hours
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AccorHotels is ramping up its bid to woo the millennial market by buying a 30 per cent stake in German boutique brand 25hours Hotels.

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Asian investment to ‘dominate’ UK hotel market in 2017
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The value of transactions in the UK hotel market has fallen sharply in 2016, but Asian investment is expected to see the sector reach a new peak in 2017, studies show.

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easyHotel to open in Reading with Splendid Hospitality Group
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‘Super budget’ brand easyHotel is to open a new 54-bedroom franchise hotel in Reading, Berkshire, in a franchise partnership with the Splendid Hospitality Group.

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GG Hospitality plans international expansion
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Gary Neville and Ryan Giggs’ hospitality company GG Hospitality has announced plans to expand its hotel and restaurant brands into Europe and Asia following their successful debut in the UK. 

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