Bidroom, which launched worldwide earlier this month, is currently available for hotels in London and Edinburgh

New hotel booking website 'gives OTAs the boot'

By Luke Nicholls

The co-founder of a new booking website that allows hotels to bid for guests believes the current Online Travel Agency (OTA) model is an ‘unsustainable, tangled web that only serves the intermediates’.

Andy Townsend believes a willingness to 'get your jacket off' and learn from the bottom up is the best route to success in hotel management

Andy Townsend: Career Profile

By Emma Eversham

'Serial hotelier' Andy Townsend is chief executive of Legacy Hotels and Resorts, the hotel management company he set up in 2005 following a stint as a divisional director at Macdonald Hotels. The father of five has worked in the industry for...

Hotel Gotham will open within the former Midland Bank headquarters, designed by Edwin Lutyens, in 2015

Bespoke to open Hotel Gotham in Manchester

By Emma Eversham

The Bespoke Hotel Group has announced plans to develop a historic building in Manchester into the 60-bedroom Gotham Hotel, which chairman Robin Sheppard wants to be 'the sexiest hotel in Europe'. 

QBic Hotel London City's 171 bedrooms are all designed around the 'Cubi', an all-in-one living box

Qbic: ‘Game-changing’ budget hotel concept hits London

By Luke Nicholls

Qbic, an innovative boutique budget hotel concept that focuses on ‘giving back to the community’, has made its UK debut in the City, with plans to open 10 more properties across the country over the next seven years.  

Clermont London will open in 2014 after a comprehensive renovation of the five-star Royal Horseguards hotel

glh launches new luxury hotel brand

By Luke Nicholls

Global hotel operator glh has today announced the launch of Clermont – a new international luxury hotel and private residences brand which will make its debut with the conversation of a five-star property in London’s Embankment. 

Heiko Figge, managing director of Guoman & Thistle Hotels

Heiko Figge: Pearls of Wisdom

By Peter Ruddick

German-born Heiko Figge was appointed managing director of Guoman Hotels and Thistle Hotels at the beginning of 2010 but his association with the hotel industry and the Thistle brand goes much further back as does his commitment to helping employment...

Vivien Sirotkin, operations director, QHotels

Pearls of Wisdom: Vivien Sirotkin

By Luke Nicholls

In a week that marks International Women’s Day, there is no one better placed to give her thoughts on life, her career and hospitality than Vivien Sirotkin. With over 30 years experience in the industry, Sirotkin - currently director of hotel operations...


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