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IHG Opens New Hotel Indigo in York, England

IHG Opens New Hotel Indigo in York, England

InterContinental Hotels Group announced the opening of a new Hotel Indigo property in the city of York, England.  The Hotel Indigo York is located in the city’s historic Walmgate neighborhood.
The property has 101 guestrooms, with interiors inspired by the neighborhood’s history in chocolate. (Rowntree, the fourth largest confectionary manufacturer in the world when it was acquired by Nestlé in 1988, began in Walmgate.)
A fitness center is located on the premises, …

London Gatwick Airport Increases Capacity of World’s Busiest Runway

London Gatwick Airport Increases Capacity of World’s Busiest Runway

Gatwick, the second busiest airport in the United Kingdom after Heathrow and which has the world’s busiest single-use runway, announced it installed new technology that will allow it to significantly increase its runway capacity.
By implementing Amadeus’ Airport-Collaborative Decision Making Portal, the airport says it will be able to now handle 55 flights per hour on its runway, allowing it to accommodate an additional two million passengers per year, roughly a …

14 Injured After Hyatt Regency London Gas Explosion

14 Injured After Hyatt Regency London Gas Explosion

A gas explosion in the basement of the Hyatt Regency London – The Churchill hotel resulted in the evacuation of over 500 guests overnight on Friday.
The explosion, which took place at 11:40 p.m. local time, caused part of the building to collapse.
Reports in the London press indicated that 80 firefighters were at the scene, including specialists in dealing with collapsed buildings.  All guests were accounted for, according to a statement …

Delta to Launch Philly-London Service in 2015

Delta to Launch Philly-London Service in 2015

Delta Air Lines announced it will begin new daily, non-stop service between Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and London, England next spring.
Flights will depart Philadelphia International Airport at 7:04 p.m. and arrive at London Heathrow at 7:30 a.m. local time. From London, flights will depart at 12:30 p.m., and arrive in Philadelphia at 4:01 p.m.
Delta will operate the flights using a Boeing 757-200.  The service will commence on April 8, 2015.
The aircraft is configured …

Oetker Collection to Make U.K. Debut with Lanesborough Hotel

Oetker Collection to Make U.K. Debut with Lanesborough Hotel

Oetker Collection, a hotel operator, announced it will take over management at the Lanesborough hotel in London.  The property, which has been closed and undergoing extensive renovations since 2013, is expected to re-open in spring 2015.
The Lanesborough will be the company’s first property in the United Kingdom.
The hotel, which overlooks Hyde Park Corner near Buckingham Palace, has 93 guestrooms and suites, as well as a spa.  Breakfast and dinner will …

New Aloft Hotel Opens in Liverpool

New Aloft Hotel Opens in Liverpool

Starwood announced the opening the Aloft Liverpool in England.  The hotel is the second Aloft property to be located in the United Kingdom, and the fourth in Europe.
The property is situated in the 110-year-old Royal Insurance Building on the corner of Dean Street and North John Street in central Liverpool.
The hotel has 116 loft-like rooms, each with walk-in showers and platform beds.  The property also has a 24-hour fitness center, …

U.K. Raises Terrorism Threat Level to ‘Severe’

U.K. Raises Terrorism Threat Level to ‘Severe’

The British government warned citizens that it sees “a greater threat to our security than we have seen before” and raised the terrorism threat level to “severe.”
Previously, the level was set at “substantial.”  The new level means that “a terrorist attack is highly likely, although there is no intelligence to suggest that one is imminent,” said Theresa May, the country’s home secretary.
The United Kingdom has five levels of threat ranging …