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...

All Seasons aims to deliver quality service at budget prices

Accor launches All Seasons budget hotel brand

By Lorraine Heller

The Accor Group last week formally launched its budget hotel brand All Seasons in the UK market, ahead of plans to rapidly expand the chain internationally.

Versace is amongst the designer brands linking their names to hotels

Learning from abroad: Hotels

By Lorraine Heller

Many major hotel trends reach our shores after first taking a hold in international markets. In the second part of this month’s feature, BigHospitality takes a look at the latest concepts that have been emerging in hotels abroad.

Von Essen, which runs Cliveden House in Berkshire, has fallen into administration

Von Essen hotel group in administration

By Becky Paskin

Von Essen Hotels Ltd, the holding company of the 28-strong luxury hotel group, has gone into administration after failing to meet its debt repayment schedule.

The new hotel will offer another luxury alternative for the Olympics

Zara co-founder to open London Bulgari hotel

By Chris Druce

The co-founder of the Spanish fashion empire that owns Zara is in final-stage talks to invest £350m in a “super-luxury” London hotel bearing the Bulgari name.

The Shawlands Park Hotel in Lanarkshire is being marketed as an ideal spot for weddings

Luxury Lanarkshire ""wedding hotel"" up for sale

By Rachel Johnson

A 48 bedroom luxury hotel in south Scotland, touted as an ideal location for weddings, has just gone on the market following a “multi-million pound” redevelopment

David Myers, chief executive, Sleeperz Hotels

Pearls of Wisdom: David Myers

By Chris Druce

David Myers is chief executive of Sleeperz Hotels, which last month secured £7m in funding to build a second hotel in Newcastle as it looks to become a nationwide chain