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The Savoy was a favourite rendezvous for brokers, bankers, bounders and Hollywood's best. And, for a time, it was a home away from home for the artist Claude Monet, stars Marilyn Monroe and Frank Sinatra, and Sir Winston Churchill.

China partner seizes joint venture with hotel group Millennium

Millennium & Copthorne Hotels' operations in China have turned sour, after a joint venture partner seized control of the business, sold off assets and sacked employees.

No upturn for UK hotels this year and room rates set to stagnate until 2013

UK hoteliers will not see trading conditions improve this year and forecast it will be 2013 before room rates in Europe return to levels seen before the financial crisis.

Make yourself plain, business chiefs urged

A leading hotel chain today launched a campaign to persuade businessmen and women to cut back on corporate jargon after a study found many people were turned off by phrases such as "thinking out of the box".

Six of the best: Conference Hotels

Our guide to the best conference hotels around.

Andrew Bunmcombe: A mislaid sex toy, Partition and a splendid hotel

The Imperial Hotel in Delhi has seen many things over the years. Perhaps most famously, its cool, white-washed colonnades witnessed much of the drama surrounding the negotiations that led to the Partition of India.

How to find a good value hotel in Sharm el Sheikh

Egypt’s playground, Sharm el Sheikh, is now emerging from the fierce heat of its summer months and getting ready for peak season.

Gas leak closes busy motorway

Part of Britain's busiest motorway was closed today because of a hotel gas leak.

Millennium & Copthorne halves dividend after hotel revenues dive

The troubles facing the international hotelier Millennium & Copthorne Hotels (M&C) were laid bare yesterday when it revealed dreadful revenues in the US and Asia this year, tumbling profits and a halving of its full-year dividend.

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Hotel chain checks in 300 new jobs

A hotel chain lifted a little of the gloom on the employment front today by announcing that it was going ahead with four new establishments with the creation of around 300 jobs.

Year's grace on Holiday Inn revamp

InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) has given its 2,500 American Holiday Inn and Holiday Inn Express owners another year to complete its $1bn rebranding exercise, the biggest in the history of the industry, as the effects of the credit crunch hits home.

M&C's £232m deal to sell Seoul hotel falls through





The worsening economic crisis hit the hotel group Millennium & Copthorne yesterday when it announced that a deal to sell its hotel in the South Korean capital Seoul has collapsed.

Terrorists shot man standing next to me

A British witness to the terrorist attack in Mumbai today described how he "frantically" tried to escape gunmen after they stormed his hotel.



<a href="http://blogs.independent.co.uk/openhouse/jane_merrick/index.html" target="_blank">Jane Merrick: Unite divided</a>

There is not much sign of unity inside Unite's TUC bunker at the Grand Hotel, Brighton.

Empty rooms in US put brake on growth of InterContinental

The breakneck pace of growth at the global hotel chain InterContinental is beginning to slow as more rooms stay empty in its key US market.

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