Issue 2535 - 22 September, 2020

    Courthouse switch

    Hotels in York and Middlesbrough have been turned into temporary courts by the UK’s Ministry of Justice. The Hilton and Jurys Inn will be used to hear a backlog of cases left by the coronavirus lockdown. In addition, the Lowry hotel in Manchester will also be used for hearings. Further temporary courts are planned for Chester, [...]

    Eastin for Laos

    Absolute Hotel Services has signed to launch an Eastin branded hotel in Laos. The 94 room Eastin Hotel Vientiane Laos will open in late 2021. The hotel will sit on the banks of the Mekong river in the capital of Laos, with views across to Thailand. AHS has Eastin sites under development in Thailand, India [...]

    Whitbread fights back

    Whitbread reported occupancy at its Premier Inn hotels improving to an average 51% in August 2020. Total sales for the month were 38.5% down on August 2019. With continuing market weakness, the company is considering redundancies, and has put 6,000 UK staff into consultation. The company has 98% of UK hotels open, while all 19 [...]

    Huazhu eyes acquisitions

    Chinese hotel group Huazhu has declared itself ready to make acquisitions. It has just raised USD783m from a second listing in Hong Kong, with shares rising after listing, reported Reuters. Huazhu management dismissed allegations in a new report by short seller Bonitas Research. By market value, Huazhu is already third in the hotel rankings, behind [...]