• Issue 898

Hamburg double

Hotel operator Foremost Hospitality is to add two adjacent hotels in central Hamburg. A 161 room Hampton by Hilton and 104 room Holiday Inn Express are scheduled to open before the end of this year.

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BBC boost

Hotels in Manchester and Salford have benefitted from reservations worth almost GBP2m a year for the last two years, made by the BBC. The national broadcaster has spent the sums accommodating staff, since moving its operations to the city from London, reports the London Times.

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European markets tough

Vienna and Warsaw were the weakest European city markets in 2013. Room rate in Vienna fell 7.9%, while despite a surge in occupancy, revenues in Warsaw could not match the peak comparables of the 2012 FIFA championships, report Hotstats.

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Accor dials Orange

Former Orange executive Vivek Badrinath has been appointed deputy chief executive officer at Accor. He joins with a brief to manage marketing, digital solutions, distribution and information systems.

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Bangkok blow

Tourist arrivals in Bangkok will fall by half this month, officials predict, due to anti-government protests in the Thai capital. Visitors celebrating the Chinese New Year are cutting trips, afraid of arriving in a city where a state of emergency has been declared, reports Bloomberg.

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