Today’s news in brief – 12/1/24


Fragrance UK Luxury Hotel Group is set to open a new Ibis Styles property in Paignton, South Devon, representing a £70m investment in the local area. The 121-room hotel, franchised by Accor and operated by RBH Hospitality, draws inspiration from mythical shorelines and features an all-day dining experience at Deller’s Cafe, offering a blend of British seaside and American diner delights. Notably, it became the first Ibis Styles in the UK to include a dry spa with three beauty treatment rooms. The hotel pays homage to the area’s history with the restaurant named after the historic Deller’s Summer Cafe. Fragrance Group aims to enhance Paignton’s reputation as a premier UK holiday destination, providing a unique and affordable experience with a coastal-themed design targeting Gen Z and Millennials.

In Southampton, Harbour Hotel welcomes Paul Bayliss MBE as its new general manager, bringing over 30 years of experience in ultra-luxury hospitality. With a successful track record, including roles at Hotel Brooklyn and Macdonald Hotels, Bayliss is expected to lead Harbour Hotel Southampton to new heights as the flagship property situated on a private marina.

Meanwhile, the Holiday Inn Blackpool, part of the city’s Talbot Gateway regeneration project, is gearing up for its Spring opening with the launch of the ‘BeMoreYou’ campaign. The initiative aims to fill over 70 positions, ranging from managerial roles to front-of-house and housekeeping staff. With a focus on attracting local talent, the hotel has introduced a bespoke recruitment website and is conducting outreach activities to spread awareness in the community. The campaign seeks to create a vibrant and diverse team that can bring their personalities to the forefront while promising an exciting career in the hospitality industry.


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