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Travelodge announces Norfolk expansion plans
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Travelodge has opened is first hotel in Thetford and confirmed plans to launch a further four sites in East Anglia.

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Historic Ury House to re-open as boutique hotel in 2020
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The team behind Andy Murray’s Cromlix Hotel are to transform the historic Ury House in Aberdeenshire in to a 50-room boutique hotel and restaurant.

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Dalata Hotels buys Clayton Hotel Cardiff for £24m
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Irish hotel operator Dalata Hotels has bought the freehold interest of the Clayton Hotel in Cardiff for £24m. 

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Hotel restaurants: Five need-to-know trends
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Customers’ increased knowledge about food, increased informality, and the need to run restaurants as standalone businesses are some of the trends making the biggest impact on hotel food & beverage operations today, according to an expert panel.

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China's HNA Group buys 25% stake in Hilton
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Chinese tourism and aviation conglomerate HNA has bought a 25 per cent stake in the Hilton hotel group, the companies said yesterday.

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Former Joël Robuchon chef to open Bōkan at Novotel Canary Wharf
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Bōkan, a new restaurant and roof terrace from Aurelie Altemaire, former head chef at L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon, is to open at the 313-bedroom Novotel Canary Wharf hotel in January.

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French chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten to open at The Connaught hotel
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French chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten is to open a new, as-yet-unnamed restaurant at The Connaught hotel in London’s Mayfair in spring 2017.

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Marriott to launch dual-branded Moxy hotel in Slough
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Marriott International is to launch its millennial-targeted Moxy brand in Slough as part of a ‘two-in-one’ hotel development.

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Casual Dining Group signs first UK franchise deal for Belgo
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Casual Dining Group (CDG) has secured its first UK franchise deal which will see its Belgo brand open at a central London hotel.

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Locals are key to your hotel’s success, say expert hoteliers
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Local business is key to the success of your hotel, whether it’s an urban hub or country house, according to hotel experts this week.

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People on the Move in Hospitality: October 2016
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October has seen a number of high profile appointments across the hospitality sector, including new food and beverage directors at Macdonald Hotels and Fairmont St Andrews and general managers at The Aviator Hotel and The Dorchester.

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Chefs' Secrets of Success: Theo Randall
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In the first of a series of videos on tips for success, we caught up with Theo Randall, former River Cafe star, champion of Italian produce, and chef at London’s InterContinental Park Lane and new Theo’s Simple Italian restaurant at the Hotel Indigo London Kensington.

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Another Place hotel collection plans six hotels in 10 years
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Another Place, the hotel collection set up by Watergate Bay Hotel managing director Will Ashworth last year, has outlined its growth strategy, aiming for six hotels in 10 years. 

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UK's regional hotel market to experience further growth
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The UK’s regional hotel market is predicted to grow considerably over the next two years, according to research by JLL, as new developments in cities outside London attract a growing number of corporate and leisure guests.

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How to create a boutique hotel room on a budget
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Sam Stokoe, hotel interior design specialist and director at Newman Gauge, gives her top tips to creating a boutique hotel on a tight budget. 

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Hyatt builds European team to grow regional presence
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American hotel company Hyatt has expanded its European team to enable it to grow the presence of its Hyatt Regency, Hyatt Centric and Hyatt Place brands in Europe.

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Oliver Heywood on the future of Flat Cap Hotels
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The North West-based hotel group – inspired by openings such as design-led The Pig, Firmdale Hotels, and The Hoxton ‒ first opened as the restaurant The Vicarage Freehouse in 2014, before progressing to add a 20-bedroom hotel to the site in 2015.

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Simon Rogan parts ways with The French three years into five-year contract
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Two-Michelin-starred chef Simon Rogan is to part ways with 312-bedroom The Midland Hotel three years into his five-year contract, effective at the end of October.

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Futureproof your hotel: Industry experts share their top tips
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The ‘pace of change’ is moving at its fastest ever rate, according to Danny Pecorelli, managing director of Exclusive Hotels and Venues and, like it or not, the hotel sector is having to move with it.

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Alexander Hotels and Utopia Spas acquires Barnett Hill conference venue
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South East-based hotel company Alexander Hotels and Utopia Spas has acquired conference venue Barnett Hill in Guildford. 

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The battle of the bookings: How hotels can work with, not against OTAs
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Online travel agents (OTAs) may not be the ‘necessary evil’ they are made out to be, industry experts have agreed ahead of two major hotel events, with many boasting a number of features designed to help, rather than hinder hoteliers.

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Marriott seeks tech start-ups for hotel deal
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Marriott is looking to boost its digital operations by offering two tech start-ups the chance to test their ideas in its European hotels.

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Independent hotels best placed to face up to industry challenges
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The independent hotel sector may have diminished in size, but is best placed to face the challenge of industry disruptors and meet the future needs of the modern traveller, according to hotel industry consultant Melvin Gold. 

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Grosvenor exits Peninsula Hotel Hyde Park joint venture
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Property firm Grosvenor has exited the joint venture it set up with Hongkong and Shanghai Hotels (HSH) to develop the £500m Peninsula London Hotel on Hyde Park Corner.

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James Durrant now executive chef of the Stafford London hotel
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James Durrant, former executive chef at Jason Atherton’s Maze and Maze Grill, is now executive chef at the five-star, 105-bedroom Stafford London hotel in St James.

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Spanish hotel group Room Mate outlines UK plans
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Spanish hotel group Room Mate is planning to launch in the UK with central London its first target. 

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What's on at The Independent Hotel Show 2016
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The Independent Hotel Show returns to London’s Olympia on 18-19 October with a busy two days of inspiration, advice and networking opportunities for the UK’s luxury and boutique hoteliers.

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Pentahotels puts focus on UK as it secures first London site
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The managing director of German hotel chain Pentahotels says the UK is an ‘important market’ for the expansion of the brand with more than 30 new locations currently under scrutiny. 

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Starwood Capital Group to launch Principal hotel brand
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Private investment firm Starwood Capital Group is to launch a new urban lifestyle hotel brand called Principal. 

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Interstate Europe Hotels & Resorts MD to retire after 17 years
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Hotel management company Interstate Europe Hotels & Resorts has announced that managing director for the UK, Robert Crook (left), is to retire and be replaced by hospitality executive Nicholas Northam (right).

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Hotel guests now want ‘affordable luxury’ above nearly everything else, says BDRC
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Hotels hoping to capture both business and leisure travellers should focus on ‘affordable luxury’ to generate bookings and please guests, especially among Millennials, BDRC Continental has said.

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Alexander Boyd replaces Adam Handling at the Caxton Grill Westminster
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Alexander Boyd is now executive head chef at the Caxton Grill St Ermin’s Hotel Westminster, the venue formerly overseen by Adam Handling before he left to set up his own venture, The Frog.

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