Danish hospitality giant acquires Copenhagen Marriott Hotel

Solstra, the brand behind Copenhagen’s Hotel Bella Sky and Crowne Plaza Copenhagen Towers, has acquired the Copenhagen Marriott Hotel. The sale makes Solstra – a majority owner of Scandinavia’s largest exhibition and conference facility the Bella Center – one of Denmark’s largest operators in the hotel, conference and hospitality industry with a revenue of approximately DKK1bn (£107m) annually. As part of the purchase, Solstra will change its name to to BC Hospitality Group A/S. The Copenhagen Marriott Hotel will continue to operate as normal. Oscar Crohn, managing partner at Solstra…

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Amazon to Get Into Hotel Booking With Launch of Travel Site

Amazon.com is poised to launch its own travel service, featuring booking at independent hotels and resorts near major cities. The initial rollout of Amazon Travel would feature a curated selection of hotels within a few hours’ drive from New York, Los Angeles, and Seattle. The service will likely go live around January 1, 2015. We contacted representatives of three independent hotels, two of which signed up for the new Amazon service and one that was strongly considering the option. Properties would load their room types, availability, pricing information, and photos…

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Deck the Malls: Christmas shopping tips for New York, Boston and Chicago

Thomas Breathnach breaks out his big city Christmas shopping tips for travellers heading to New York, Boston and Chicago this season.   by Thomas Breathnach 1. New York Over 100,000 Irish travellers fly Stateside for the annual transatlantic shopping splurge and, unsurprisingly, most of them fill their Christmas stockings in NYC. The Big Apple might still be struggling to find itself a post-Carrie Bradshaw style icon, but in terms of trends, bling is out – and with the city’s Garment District booming again, local designers are most certainly in. This…

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