Construction work is due to start summer 2019 on a new hotel alongside Welford Road Stadium in Leicester – the home of Leicester Tigers Rugby Club.

The new hotel will include around 165 bedrooms with syndicate rooms, a business centre, dining and retail spaces and a ‘sky bar’.

The new hotel will complement the extensive conference and events facilities at the Welford Road stadium which currently includes 34 suites accommodating up to 1000 delegates with an additional 900 sq-mt of exhibition space – all conveniently located in the centre of Leicester with easy access to the motorway and rail networks.The stadium boasts space for up to 1,000 conference and event guests plus an additional 900 square metres of exhibition space

The hotel development will also include a multi-story car park bringing an additional 400 on-site spaces adding to the current 250 spaces.

Leicester Tigers anticipate taking bookings for the new hotel from summer 2020.

To watch a fly through:

The Midlands Consortium of Conference Organisers, or MCOCO for short, has just held its latest Showcase event at the Voco St John’s Hotel in Solihull.

The Showcase did more than simply produce a snappy headline. It was a relaxed and hugely informative evening for both the exhibitors and the attendees. It was also very profitable for individual agents who won some superb prizes in the closing draw.

There were 50 exhibitors in total – a good mix of hotels, hotel groups, conference venues, conference centres, universities, interesting venues with conference facilities as well as a range of sports clubs plus good events venues which don’t come into any category.

The setup for the evening was simple, as usual. Exhibitors had a desk for their literature and any ‘goodies’ they had to tempt the delegates. They could bring their own pop-up stand if they had one but it wasn’t essential. Attendees could easily have suffered a chocolate and cake overdose at the hands of the exhibitors if they weren’t very careful.

MCOCO is a grouping of twenty midlands-based booking agents and conference professionals. Around 100 individual agents attended the Showcase. It was a busy evening.

The Showcase was held on the evening of Monday 18th March. It started at 5.30pm and an excellent bowl food buffet was served in the exhibition hall at around 7.30.

I think myself and my Choice Locations team managed to speak to every exhibitor on the night. It was a very good ‘learning exercise’.

I hate to admit it but I think this kind of ‘cheap and cheerful’ exhibition – for want of a better description – is far better and more informative than the major national and international shows which cost a fortune to stage. However, I fear I had better whisper that.

The MCOCO Showcase raised £1,000 for two charities: Dogs Trust and the Worcestershire Breast Unit – both of which manned their own exhibition stands.

My thanks to Voco St John’s Hotel Solihull for being such splendid and helpful hosts. My thanks also to the exhibitors for taking the time out of their busy schedules to attend. Finally, my thanks to the conference agents who attended.

Roll on the next MCOCO Showcase. We will advise details in due course.

Go Ape will be opening its latest outlet at Coombe Abbey Hotel in Coventry on 6th April 2019.

Go Ape at Coombe Abbey Hotel will feature: ‘The Plummet’ - a 12-metre free-fall vertical drop; a dual Tarzan Swing described as a ‘leap into the unknown’ plus a 200m double zip course finale amongst other ‘blood pumping’ activities.

GoApe will be available as part of a conference package at Coombe Abbey. The experience can be added onto team building activities or onto a meeting.

Originally a 12th-century Cistercian abbey, Coombe Abbey is now a 119-bedroom four-star hotel set in 500 acres of grounds.

Coombe Abbey Hotel boasts 11 rooms for conferences, meetings and corporate entertainment as well as a range of private dining rooms accommodating between 10 and 140 guests. The meeting rooms are equipped with the latest technology including free wi-fi throughout.

Coombe Abbey is located midway between Coventry and the Warwickshire village of Brinklow; a 15-minute drive from Coventry and within easy reach of the M1 and M6 motorways.

The end of construction work on the new £12million Mercure Chartist Tower Hotel in Newport is rapidly approaching.

A former derelict building and the tallest building in the city, is being transformed into a 15-storey luxury hotel.

The new Mercure Chartist Tower Hotel will have 142 bedrooms, a restaurant plus conference and events facilities. 

Mercure Chartist Tower Hotel is expected to welcome its first guests autumn 2019.

Mercure Chartist Tower Hotel is located in Commercial Street in the centre of Newport. It joins two other Mercure hotels in south Wales: Mercure Cardiff Holland House Hotel and Spa and Mercure Swansea Hotel.

The new Dakota Deluxe Manchester is set to open in central Manchester on 18 May 2019.

Dakota Deluxe Manchester will boast some of the largest hotel bedrooms and suites in the city. It is located in Ducie Street, a short walk from Manchester Piccadilly Station.

Dakota Deluxe Manchester has 137 bedrooms, including 27 suites. The hotel features The Grill brasserie, a bar and champagne room and a cigar garden.

Dakota Deluxe Manchester will join two existing Dakota Deluxe hotels in Glasgow and Leeds plus two Dakota Hotels - without the Deluxe title but just as good. The Dakota Hotels are in South Queensferry in Edinburgh and Dakota Eurocentral in Motherwell within easy reach of central Glasgow and Glasgow Airport.

Travelodge Group has published plans to open 100 new hotels across the UK over the next five years.

Travelodge currently operates 575 properties with 43,840 bedrooms. Three more hotel openings are imminent. Travelodge expects to open 20 new hotels in 2019, with the majority due to launch in the final quarter of the year.

Travelodge launched a new strategy five years ago which has resulted in a £100 million modernisation programme. Features include their new Travelodge Dreamer beds and the addition of “premium economy” SuperRooms.

Travelodge has also been named Best Budget Hotel Brand at the 2019 Business Travel Awards.

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