Hotel Operator Announced
New Airport Hotel to be a Holiday Inn
The brand new 4-star hotel located at London Southend Airport is to be a Holiday Inn.
Building work recently got underway (w/c 25 July) on the £10 million project sited on land adjacent to the Harp House Roundabout
The striking 129-bedroom hotel is the latest addition to the world-famous chain’s portfolio and will be completed in time for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
The new Holiday Inn Southend Airport will feature a variety of spacious twin, double and executive rooms, plus luxurious suites.
In a first for Holiday Inn in the UK, the five-storey hotel will also have a magnificent, fully sound-proofed rooftop bar and restaurant. It will be able to seat over one hundred customers, as they gaze out at the spectacular, panoramic views of the airport and surrounding area.
Holiday Inn Southend Airport will also offer a variety of conference and banqueting facilities, plus a choice of meeting rooms.
Holiday Inn is the world’s best known hotel brand. There are 240 hotels from the Holiday Inn brand family open in the UK with a further 19 due to open in the next few years. Holiday Inn is part of InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) family of brands. Angela Brav, IHG’s Chief Executive, Europe says, "The new Holiday Inn Southend Airport will provide a great welcome for guests using the airport. Bringing Holiday Inn to this key location is a testament to the strength of our brands and we look forward to opening our doors to visitors to the Games ahead of London 2012."
Chardon Management, the UK’s leading independent hotel management firm, has been appointed to run the venue for Stobart. The company’s Managing Director Robert Crook says ‘’We are delighted to have been entrusted with the day to day operations of the new hotel, and we look forward to working alongside the Stobart Group on this exciting new project. It’s a great opportunity and the hotel and Holiday Inn brand will complement beautifully the growth plans of the airport.’’
The Managing Director of London Southend Airport, Alastair Welch, says "I am delighted to be working with Holiday Inn, which is also the Official Hotel Provider to the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, and Chardon Management. This hotel is a key part of Stobart’s plans to modernise London Southend airport, with superior quality and convenience both being vital ingredients to its success. I am confident that Holiday Inn and Chardon will deliver both. This hotel will hugely improve facilities for passengers and flight crew using the airport, whilst also becoming an exciting new resource for local businesses. I believe the new restaurant will become a destination venue for the community and people travelling from outside the town."
NOTES TO EDITORS
London Southend Airport
Projects to make London Southend Airport a fully functioning international gateway by 2012 are well underway. A new Control Tower is now operational, as is a new airport railway station providing fast and frequent train services direct to Stratford and to central London’s Liverpool Street Station. London Southend Airport’s new passenger terminal will be completed in the coming months, as will its runway extension. In March 2011, Aer Arann started operating two daily return flights from Southend to Galway and Waterford, and easyJet will commence 70 departures each week to Amsterdam, Alicante, Barcelona, Belfast, Faro, Ibiza, Malaga and Mallorca from April 2012. The airport is predicting passenger growth to 2 million passengers per year by 2020. Find out more at www.southendairport.com
Stobart Group is listed on the London Stock Exchange in the FTSE250 (LSE:STOB). Operating from over 40 sites across the UK and Europe, Stobart Group is a UK front-runner in the multimodal logistics, warehousing, civil engineering, rail infrastructure and biomass fuel sectors. At the core of the Group is the Stobart Transport and Distribution division, incorporating Eddie Stobart – the iconic name behind a huge road haulage fleet totalling some 2,250 tractor units and over six million square feet of warehousing. Stobart Estates, Stobart Infrastructure and Civils, Stobart Air and Stobart Biomass divisions complete the Group’s corporate structure.www.stobartgroup.co.uk
IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group) [LON:IHG, NYSE:IHG (ADRs)] is a global company operating seven well-known hotel brands including InterContinental® Hotels & Resorts, Hotel Indigo®, Crowne Plaza® Hotels &Resorts, Holiday Inn® Hotels and Resorts, Holiday Inn Express®, Staybridge Suites® and Candlewood Suites® . IHG also manages Priority Club® Rewards, the world’s first and largest hotel loyalty programme with almost 60 million members worldwide.
IHG is the world’s largest hotel group by number of rooms and IHG franchises, leases, manages or owns, through various subsidiaries, a portfolio of over 4,400 hotels and more than 656,000 guest rooms in 100 countries and territories around the world. IHG has more than 1,100 hotels in its development pipeline and expects to recruit around 160,000 people worldwide over the next few years. InterContinental Hotels Group PLC is the Group’s holding company and is incorporated in Great Britain and registered in England and Wales.
IHG offers information and online reservations for all its hotel brands at http://www.ihg.com and information for the Priority Club Rewards programme at www.priorityclub.com. For our latest news visit www.ihg.com/media, Twitter www.twitter.com/ihgplc or YouTube http://www.youtube.com/ihgplc.
Founded in 1998, Chardon, which has offices in London and Glasgow, has firmly established itself as expert s within the growing market of outsourced hotel management.
The company currently oversees almost 35 hotels across the UK and Ireland, which employ close to 2000 staff.
The company has a wealth of experience in dealing with the interests of larger investors including Starwood Capital, for whom Chardon manage a portfolio of UK hotel properties, as well as operating for various other development funds. In addition, they work with a range of clients who own individual hotels including the City Hotel Derry, Marks Hotel-Glasgow, Doubletree by Hilton Milton Keynes, Hotel Indigo Glasgow and the new Drayton Manor Theme Park Hotel (open from 15 August 2011).
FOR MORE INFORMATION, INTERVIEWS & IMAGES
For London Southend Airport - Tracy Jones at Brera PR, 01702 390348 / 07887 514984 / firstname.lastname@example.org
For Chardon Management -Mary-Jo Devlin at Emjay PR, 07795 346970 / email@example.com
For Holiday Inn – Eleanor Conroy at IHG PR 07736 746466/Eleanor.firstname.lastname@example.org
10 August 2011
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