Hotel Chains

St James’ Court, A Taj Hotel now offers a variety of ‘enhanced and differentiated’ guest experiences

Taj re-brands London hotels

By Luke Nicholls

Taj Hotels has re-branded both of its UK properties after taking full ownership and management of the two sites in London’s Westminster.   

Jurys Inn’s hotels in Chelsea, Islington and Heathrow will become DoubleTree and Garden Inn properties

Hilton snaps up three Jurys Inn hotels

By Luke Nicholls

Jurys Inn Hotel Group has signed a franchise agreement with Hilton Worldwide to convert three of its prime London hotels into DoubleTree and Garden Inn-branded properties. 

Accor is Europe’s largest hotel group with nearly 3,600 hotels and 460,000 rooms worldwide

Accor overhauls business to improve performance

By Luke Nicholls

Accor’s new chief executive has announced the business will be divided in two in a bid to maximise operational performance, generate sustainable growth and boost shareholder returns.

The mid-market operator remains confident that the business is well placed to meet the challenges

Britannia’s profits plunge as recession takes its toll

By Luke Nicholls

Less than a month after being named as ‘the worst hotel chain in the UK’ by consumer watchdog Which?, Britannia hotels has reported a 69 per cent fall in pre-tax profits due to ‘additional demands on the business’.

Peter Gowers will begin his new role as Travelodge chief executive on Monday 25 November

Peter Gowers replaces Grant Hearn as new Travelodge boss

By Luke Nicholls

Travelodge has today announced the appointment of a new chief executive, with former Safestore Holdings boss Peter Gowers replacing Grant Hearn after 10 years of service with the budget hotel operator.

The new Travelodge Southampton is situated in a converted office block previously occupied by Lloyds Bank

Travelodge starts work on six new hotels

By Luke Nicholls

Travelodge is adding 579 rooms to its growing UK portfolio with today’s announcement that the budget hotel chain is beginning work on six new hotels in Glasgow, London, Southampton, Winnersch and the Isle of Wight.

The development includes the former Port of London police office and an old car park to the front of the Grade II-listed Cannons Workshop building

Waterways specialist secures Isle of Dogs deal with Tune Hotels

By Luke Nicholls

A specialist firm that converts canal and river trust assets into hotels has secured planning permission to redevelop a site on the Isle of Dogs as a 130-bedroom property which will become the fifth London hotel for Malaysian low-cost chain Tune Hotels.

Stephen Mannock, general manager, King's Head Hotel

People on the Move in Hospitality: September 2013

By Luke Nicholls

BigHospitality rounds up some of the latest movers and shakers in the industry with this last month seeing a number of new appointments at hotels, restaurants, pubs including