• Issue 933

ME for Milan

Melia has signed to open an ME branded hotel in Piazza della Repubblica, Milan. The building will be created from the historic Hotel Duca, to have 132 rooms, and will open in 2015.

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Profits up at HSH

Hongkong and Shanghai Hotels increased turnover 6% to HKD5,508m in 2013, with underlying profits up 16%. Revenue at the hotels division grew 4%, with the Peninsula Hong Kong returning to full service by the mid year.

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Trivago test arrives in UK

Trivago has launched its hotel test programme in the UK, providing guests to give feedback in return for discounts. The results are fed back anonymously to hoteliers, allowing them to improve customer service.

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Morgans improves

Hotel group Morgans increased revpar 5.7% in the fourth quarter, declaring 2013 ebitda up at USD16.1m for the quarter. Full year 2013 revpar was up 8.9% driven by a 7.8% increase in occupancy.

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Sea view sell-off

The Spanish government is planning to sell or lease many of its 387 lighthouses for use as hotels. The proposal could follow similar initiatives in Italy and Britain, reports the London Times.

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