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  • Top 5 stories of the week: New swanky brand, a futuristic opening in China and a floating hotel

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    It’s been a busy week for the industry, with plenty of news in the air to digest. This week Hotel Designs has seen the launch of a new upscale hotel brand, new openings from around the world and we are one step closer to the first hotel brand launching on water.

    Here are the top five hotel stories of the week, as selected by editor Hamish Kilburn:

    1. IHG launches voco, a new upscale hotel brand

    coffee and voco menu

    At an exclusive press event in London’s Saatchi Gallery, our editor learnt all about the new hotel brand, voco. We broke this story to the world on Tuesday morning, and have since watched it soar the charts to become this week’s most read article. Read all about how the brand is planning on launching to be ‘reliably different’…

    2. New London hotel restaurant: Hans’ Bar & Grill unveiled at 11 Cadogan Gardens 

    Hans’ Bar & Grill, a new west London neighbourhood restaurant in Chelsea’s Pavilion Road, has opened. The new striking and contemporary interiors scheme, created by leading hospitality and F&B designers Goddard Littlefair, includes an exciting new extended café-bar space and a new restaurant, which plays on the concept of indoor-outdoor dining…

    3. Seven minutes with Fiona Thompson, Principal of Richmond International

    We last spoke to Fiona Thompson in 2014, when she and her team had just completed the quintessentially British Sterling Suite and Club Lounge at The Langham London. Having just agreed to be our headline speaker at Meet Up North on July 18, we wanted to know how the industry is shaping up from a leader’s point of view…

    4. Zaha Hadid Architects unveils new flagship hotel for the City of Dreams resort in Macau

    Image credit: Virgile Simon Bertrand

    From one design visionary design house to another, award-winning architecture firm Zaha Hadid Architects designed the futuristic Morpheus as a simple extrusion of the existing abandoned foundations…

    5. The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection opens reservations to the public 

    Rendering of the yacht

    Claiming to be the first luxury hotel group to take its service and ambiance of its resorts to the sea, The Ritz-Carlton, L.L.C. has announced the opening of reservations for The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection. The yacht will also feature two 158 square-meter lavish Owner’s suites, each with its own private whirlpool, modern craftsmanship and interior finishes jointly designed by The Ritz-Carlton and leading design firm Tillberg Design of Sweden.

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    Hamish Kilburn / 15.06.2018

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