• Issue 1052

Kew Green Holiday Inn deal


Kew Green has bought 19 Holiday Inn hotels situated around the regional UK from seller LRG Holdings. It is now IHG’s largest franchise partner in Europe.


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PPHE talent plan


Hotel group PPHE has launched a new talent management programme. The plan will aim to identify and develop the best team staff for senior and management positions, to support PPHE’s growth.


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Rome tax increase


Italian authorities have doubled hotel taxes in Rome, giving just five weeks notice. Guests in five star hotels in the city will now be charged EUR7 per night while economy guests pay EUR3, reports the Daily Telegraph.


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Brisbane sees Action


Developer Action Hotels has won permission to build a 368 room Ibis hotel in Brisbane. Authorities have backed the AUD90m project, which should open in early 2016, reports the Sydney Morning Herald. 


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Hotel prices strongly up


Global hotel prices increased 4% in the first half of the year, and started to pick up in Europe. The global Hotel Price Index from hotels.com stands at 115, only 4 points off its 2007 high of 119.


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