Hotel News Digest: Sunday Times Top 100

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Hospitality Thrives in Sunday Times Top 100

The Sunday Times have published their ‘2012 Top 100 Companies to Work For’ list and it included eight businesses from the hotel and hospitality sector, which included The Savoy and Red Carnation Hotels. This was Red Carnation Hotels debut on the highly anticipated list, to the delight of managing director Jonathan Raggett. He said, “Being a family-run hotel collection, our employees are at the heart of our whole operation”. More than 1,000 companies entered the competition, which measures employee engagement by analysing questions across things such as Leadership, Wellbeing and Personal Growth.

Ex-Scottish Provident Building to Become a Hotel

The former headquarters of Scottish Provident in Edinburgh is set to become a luxury hotel after plans have been drawn up to carry out a £120 million refurbishment of the current building. The property on St Andrew Square in the city has been bought by Peveril Securities, the development arm of the construction company Bowmer & Kirkland. This will be the second high-status hotel to be planned for this area after planning application was made to convert the former head office of Scottish Life into a 103-bedroom hotel.

16th UK Hotel for Double Tree by Hilton

Double Tree by Hilton has announced the opening of its sixteenth hotel in the UK and fifth in London following the completion of the re-branding of the 225-bedroom Hesperia London Victoria. The hotel, which is located opposite Victoria Station, was bought by Crimson Hotel Group, an independent operator, for around £55 million. It will be managed under a franchise agreement with Hilton Worldwide in a similar agreement to that of Double Tree by Hilton London – West End in Russell Square.

HF Holidays Purchases Peveril of the Peak Hotel

HF Holidays has taken its portfolio of UK properties to 21 with the purchase of the 45-bedroom Peveril of the Peak Hotel in the Peak District. The company, which was founded in 1913, specialises in walking and activity holidays and now boasts two hotels in Scotland, three in Wales and sixteen throughout England. Fraser Lloyd, head of hotel operations for HF Hotels said, “The Peak District has consistently been a popular destination for guests and members, and as a result it has been a long-time aim to increase the size of our accommodation in the immediate location.”

New Ibis Hotel in Shepherd’s Bush

Shepherd’s Bush will be the location for the launch of the first hotel under the new Ibis branding when it opens within the revamped West 12 shopping centre. The 128-bedroom hotel has been developed by Land Securities and it will sit alongside 38 retail units, seven leisure units and a 12-screen Vue Cinema and Fitness First Gym. The operator of the hotel, Accor, recently revealed a realignment of its economy brands. Ibis will remain as Ibis, All Seasons will become Ibis Styles and Etap Hotels will be re-branded as Ibis Budget.

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