News in Brief

Just a warning, the Cricket World Cup is hitting the UK next year and we are already seeing an impact in the cost of accommodation in London during its duration. The opening match is 30th May at the Oval, with the final happening on 14th July at Lords.  Grounds all over the UK are being used so please check the fixtures before planning a conference needing accommodation.

Movenpickhas joined the Accor brand of hotels.

For something a bit different why not try National Gallery’s new Transformative Art wellbeing course.  Start your meeting with an early morning yoga class in one of the galleries, followed by a mindfulness tour of the peaceful galleries; helping delegates use the environment of the gallery to bring balance to their life.

Principal Devere Venues has sold all their hotel portfolio including the newly reopened Principal London hotel.  The group will continue to operate the DeVere Venues.  The Principal hotels that have been sold are, London, Manchester, York, Edinburgh George Street, Met Leeds, Edinburgh Charlotte Square, St Davids Cardiff, Blythswood Square Glasgow and one Devere venue Wotton House; these will all be operated as IHG branded hotels.  It is also anticipated that a further three hotels: Grand Central Glasgow, DeVere Oxford Thames and Oxford Spires will also operate as IHG branded hotels.

Cambridge Belfry has changed its name to Doubletree by Hilton Cambridge Belfry.  Q Hotels who used to operate the Belfry were bought last year and are now all managed by RBH Hotels.  RBH already operated a number of hotels under different Hilton and InterContinental brands.  In the rebranding 5 of the old Q Hotels will become Doubletree later this year: Stratford-upon-Avon, Oxford, Glasgow, Cambourne, and Forest Pines (Yorkshire).

University Arms, Cambridge is now fully operational, with the Ballroom ready to hire!

Barnett Hill, Guildford now part of Alexander Hotels, has just added a further 22 bedrooms.

Hilton Cambridge City Centre is offering 1 in 10 go free for any booking that takes place in September 2018.

AC Marriott Belfast is now open for business. It has 3 small meeting rooms each holding 12 boardroom; 2 of which combine to make a slightly larger room holding 35 theatre style.

Hotel Berlin, Berlin is welcoming every tenth delegate for free throughout 2018. (Up to a maximum of 15 free delegates)

Hotel Felix, Cambridge has just been granted planning permission to add 16 additional bedrooms and glass reception area.

CCT Venues are opening a new venue in London’s Docklands and are offering special introductory rates until August. There is a large exhibition space for 250 guests and private lounge, with a further 8 meeting rooms and 6 smaller breakout rooms. They have a waterfront terrace and restaurant.

Crowne Plaza Albert Embankment, London has opened, close to the new American Embassy and Battersea Power Station.

Quy Mill, Cambridge, marque is now ready to book and will be available until December. This year’s marque has rigid walls and a terrace. It is suitable for meetings as well as parties and has direct access to the Quy Mill’s large field perfect for team building and games. The space can hold 650 for dinner and 950 theatre style.

Sandals Royal Barbados is now open with 222 concierge and butler level suites and 550 sqm of conference space.

Moller Centre, Cambridge, has won Best UK Management Training Centre; Best Academic Venue and Best Conferencing Staff at the M & IT Awards.