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London City airport sold

News »  Published: 26/02/2016 - Filed under: News » London City airport (LCY) has been sold to a Canadian consortium for a reported £2bn. The consortium includes Alberta Investment Management Corporation, and investment funds the Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan and Wren House, part of the Kuwait Investment Authority. Announcing the deal Declan Collier, CEO, London City Airport said: “I’m delighted to welcome the Consortium as the new owners of the only airport actually in London. "London City Airport is a successful business with huge opportunities for growth - opportunities that will create jobs, generate more benefit for the UK economy and build new connections to and from London to commercial centres around the world. "GIP’s ownership has turned the airport into the award-winning and record-breaking business that it is today, and I… Read More


IHG to open first Intercontinental property in Bulgaria

News »  Published: 26/02/2016 - Filed under: News » IHG has announced its first Intercontinental hotel in Bulgaria, scheduled to open in 2017. The existing Radisson Blu Grand Hotel Sofia will be rebranded as the Intercontinental Sofia once refurbishment works have been completed. Under its new branding the hotel will feature 182 rooms, seven meetings rooms, five boardrooms, a lobby bar, spa facilities, a fitness centre and a rooftop restaurant overlooking the city’s main square and Nevski Cathedral. It’s not clear if the property will close while the refurbishment takes place – Business Traveller has checked with IHG and will publish any response here. IHG currently operates one hotel in the Bulgarian capital – the Holiday Inn Sofia. Ryanair is set to launch a daily Stansted-Sofia route in May, its… Read More


Analysis: Bed bugs on board

News »  Published: 26/02/2016 - Filed under: News » British Airways has confirmed that passengers on a recent inbound Boeing 747 flight  from the US found some unwelcome stowaways on board: bed bugs. Cimex lectularius, to give the tiny insects their official name, feed exclusively on blood – usually human – and their bites can lead to large, itchy lumps in some people, although others have almost no reaction at all. Reports had been circulating  on social media in the past few days about passengers spotting the bugs on their flight, although the issue gained traction today when it was reported in the Sun newspaper.  It claimed that a whole row  of seats in economy on the Jumbo had to be vacated and there was no time  to fumigate the… Read More


Restaurant check: Bellanger

Restaurants / bars »  BACKGROUND Corbin and King – the London restaurateurs behind the Wolseley, the Delaunay, Brasserie Zedel and Fischers, as well as luxury Mayfair hotel the Beaumont (reviewed here) – opened Bellanger in Islington in December. Like most of the pair’s other restaurants, it’s an all-day grand café – in this case inspired by the traditional Alsatian brasseries of Paris. THE VENUE The 195-cover venue occupies the former home of Browns restaurant on Islington Green. It also has a 24-seat terrace. Stepping in one biting winter evening, we were immediately hit by the warm, refined atmosphere familiar to any fan of Corbin and King’s establishments. Still, Bellanger has more of a neighbourhood feel than the others in the group, as you might expect from its Islington location. The… Read More


Ten new hotels coming to London

News »  Published: 27/02/2016 - Filed under: News » Like many a host city, London saw a predictable surge in hotel development in the build up to its 2012 Olympic Games. Nearly four years on, there seems to be no sign of slowing down for the UK capital. Between now and the end of the decade, thousands of rooms will be added to the city’s inventory. We select ten interesting hotels which, if all goes well, should open their doors this year or next. From the same owner as the Courthouse Hotel at Carnaby Street comes the Old Street Courthouse Hotel in Shoreditch. Renovating the former magistrates court and adding a new wing, the hotel will have 128 rooms, a bar that incorporates some of the former jail cells, conference… Read More


Last chance to win a penthouse stay with Marlin Apartments

One lucky Business Traveller reader will win a one-night stay in a premium penthouse apartment at one of Marlin Apartment’s four-star properties in London. Brimming with executive style including floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the city, Marlin’s penthouse apartments offer a truly memorable experience. Marlin is the smarter way to stay in London with spacious serviced apartments located across six business hotspots in the capital including Canary Wharf, London Bridge and the Square Mile. With complimentary wifi, a fully-equipped kitchen and almost three times the space of the equivalent standard hotel, Marlin’s serviced apartments are made for business travel. Alongside accommodation, Marlin also provides airport transfers to and from London’s major airports, fresh locally-produced breakfast, Sky TV plus a superfast wifi upgrade option with speeds of up to 1Gb. Corporate accounts are… Read More


Ritz Paris delays opening until early June

News »  Published: 30/01/2016 - Filed under: News » The fire that broke out at Hotel Ritz Paris earlier this month (see news January 19) will delay its much anticipated reopening until June this year. While the change in opening date from mid-March will give the hotel a few extra months to work on the damage caused by the fire, rooms at the back of the hotel facing rue Cambon will remain closed for longer.   Reservations are currently accepted from June 1, with an Executive Room starting at €1,200 (£914) a night, but an exact date will be confirmed in the next few weeks. The fire started on the top floor of the hotel in the early morning of January 19, leading to the closure of Place Vendome and the… Read More


Business Traveller February issue now live

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Hotel check: Alila Diwa Goa

India »  Published: 31/01/2016 - Filed under: News » Tried & Tested » Hotels » Tried & Tested » Tried & Tested » Hotels » India » WHAT'S IT LIKE? Opened in 2009 this is a lovely, design-led property, very different from other five-star resorts along the Goa coast, and with a clear focus on both the corporate meetings market as well as leisure, without losing the sense of being a retreat. It is on the edge of a village with views out across paddy fields, and almost fits into the landscape with its walls of the local red laterite stone, pitched roofs, wide verandahs and corridors of teak. In the evening the brass lanterns and moon lanterns create a magical atmosphere. WHERE IS IT? In Majorda, about 25 minutes… Read More


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