• Issue 940

De Vere redundancies

Four senior staff, including De Vere Hotels and Urban Resorts chief executive Robert Cook, have been made redundant from the De Vere group. Management has been streamlined following the sale of De Vere Venues to Starwood Capital.

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Jupiter for Choice

Jupiter Hotels has been appointed to run five Choice hotels, which were until recently owned by Akkeron. Quality Hotels in Bury St Edmunds, Colchester, Peterborough and Kings Lynn and a Clarion in Stevenage join the Jupiter portfolio, taking it to 31 properties.

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Newspapers go virtual

Hotel group Shangri-La is to stop providing complimentary newspapers, and go digital. It claims a deal with PressReader makes it the first global hotel brand to offer online newspapers to guests.

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Portmarnock opportunity

Agents are asking EUR20m for the 136 room Portmarnock Hotel and golf links, outside Dublin. Receivers have appointed JLL to market the hotel, which is free of brand affiliation, and has the potential for further development.

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Scandic scores

Scandic Hotels is the top ranked hotel brand in the Nordics. The ranking comes from the annual Hotel Guest Survey carried out by BCRC Continental, which surveyed the views of 2,450 guests in the region.

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