Yotel Prepares for Heathrow Launch

By Alan Lodge

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Yotel Prepares for Heathrow Launch
Innovative airport hotel concept set to open at Heathrow in December, building on the success of its Gatwick branch.

YOTEL is looking to build on the success of its Gatwick Airport hotel by launching at Heathrow Terminal 4 in December.

The revolutionary new hotel concept is opening 32 stylish cabins at Britain`s busiest airport on December 6, following the success of the Gatwick branch which opened earlier this year.

Inspired by first-class airline cabins and located inside the airport terminal, YOTEL is targeted at business travellers, such as those waiting in transit, passengers wishing to stay over the day before an early morning flight or long scheduled transfers, as well as unexpected flight delays and cancellations.

While businesses are watching their budgets and increasingly encouraging economy or no frills hotels and travel, YO! founder Simon Woodroffe conceived the innovative YOTEL cabins to provide a flexible and convenient `first class` hotel experience at affordable prices.

The next-generation cabins come fully equipped for all the needs of the business traveller - with desks, free WiFi and wired internet access, workstations and `techno wall` entertainment systems.

CEO Gerard Greene said: "Following the exceptional success of our Gatwick opening with phenomenal occupancy levels, YOTEL Heathrow will offer more passengers the chance to experience a little bit of luxury and relaxation right inside the worlds busiest airport.

"We continue to expand globally with Schiphol opening in early 08 and other exciting destinations around the globe to be announced. At last some respite for weary passengers.

"Ten years after the launch of YO! Sushi the YOTEL brand is also flying with the launch of the second site at Heathrow - and there are more to come.

"We have two more sites signed and with further deals worldwide on the runway - I expect YOTEL to be in the worlds top ten hotel brands in the next ten years.

"YOTEL totally fulfils the holy grail of retailing - we deliver a top end product at below expectation cost."

In 2006, Heathrow Airport welcomed over 67.7 million passengers, flying to around 180 destinations on a choice of over 90 airlines.

Duncan Garrood, Commercial Director BAA, said: "YOTEL is a fresh hotel concept launched at Gatwick Airport earlier this year and we are delighted to now offer this innovative experience to our passengers at Heathrow.

"As the busiest UK airport, Heathrow is an ideal location for YOTEL`s second site and we are very excited to be introducing this new service which provides our travellers with more choice."

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