• Issue 1138

Malmaison in play

KSL Capital Partners has started the sales process for the Malmaison and Hotel du Vin hotel chains. The investor is requesting best bids in the first week of February, reports Sky News.

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Amrath Hague buy

Amrath Hotels has bought the 253 room Kurhaus hotel in The Hague, Holland for EUR32.6m. The company is rebranding the former Steigenberger hotel as Grand Hotel Amrath Kurhaus and will be investing in upgrading the property.

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Expedia adds tools

Expedia has launched new products Real Time Feedback and Sell Tonight. The additions have been created following feedback from hoteliers, and will be rolled out globally during 2015.

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Virgin’s female pitch

Virgin boss Richard Branson says his new hotel brand will be the only one catering specifically for female business travellers. After many delays, the group opens its first Virgin branded hotel in Chicago this month, reports the Wall Street Journal.

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Russian downturn hits Swiss

Hotels in Swiss ski resorts are seeing a downturn in business as Russian guests holiday domestically or stay at home. Bookings from Russians are down 8-10% this winter, reports Bloomberg.

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