HO­TEL NEWS

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AC­CORHO­TELS has an­nounced that it will be open­ing three new prop­er­ties un­der its Mer­cure, Pull­man and MGallery by Sof­i­tel brands in Myan­mar over the next three years. Mer­cure Man­dalay Hill Re­sort is ex­pected to be­gin op­er­a­tions later this year. This will be fol­lowed by the Pull­man Yan­gon Cen­tre­point next year, and another Man­dalay prop­erty, Man­dalay Hill Re­sort MGallery by Sof­i­tel, in 2020. THE AS­COTT has added about 11,000 units to its port­fo­lio, mak­ing the firm one of the largest ser­viced res­i­dence providers in Aus­trala­sia. The boost comes fol­low­ing the com­pany’s re­cent ac­qui­si­tion of a fur­ther 60 per cent stake in Aus­trala­sia-based Quest Apart­ment Hotels for A$180 mil­lion (US$136.6 mil­lion), of which it al­ready had a 20 per cent stake. This brings the com­pany’s ap­prox­i­mately 180 prop­er­ties in Aus­tralia, New Zealand and Fiji un­der the As­cott um­brella. The ac­qui­si­tion has also given As­cott its first ser­viced res­i­dence in Bris­bane, the 100unit Quest Can­non Hill, which is ex­pected to open in 2018. THE LANGHAM LON­DON opened its new “mod­ern Bri­tish tav­ern”, the Wig­more, on July 20. The drinks list has been cre­ated by the lux­ury ho­tel’s award-win­ning Arte­sian bar, and will in­clude craft beers such as the house “Sai­son”, a part­ner­ship with Ber­mond­sey’s Brew by Num­bers, as well as wines, ales, punch, “hop­tails” and clas­sic Lon­don cock­tails. The food menu has been over­seen by Michel Roux Jr. The “hearty Bri­tish fare” on of­fer will in­clude ox cheek and ale suet crust pie, and pa­prika-glazed short rib with bone mar­row and thyme crust.

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