Last month saw more than 350 industry leaders, as well as a cohort of graduates from some of Europe's top hospitality schools, come together for two days of insightful and engaging discussions, presentations and workshops at The Serviced Apartment Summit 2016.
During the course of the two days, Grange Hotels was identified as a front runner in the industry owing to the group’s exceptional management, flexible and innovative design, and knowledge of the inbound travel market.
The latter was demonstrated just last week, when Grange Hotels welcomed a delegation of Chinalink to the Grange City Hotel, including Minister Counsellor, Jin Xu from the Chinese Embassy, whose primary focus was to strengthen tourism relationships between China and the UK. The event was hosted in conjunction with Visit Britain to promote mutual understanding and friendship between the two countries. Grange Hotels was applauded for their successful implementation of particular services and facilities to cater specifically for Chinese travellers.
With discussions at The Serviced Apartment Summit made up of finance, best practice, regulatory issues and hospitality business success, Grange Hotels’ Managing Director, Tony Matharu, participated in a particularly thought-provoking panel discussion, Meet the Leaders of Today, which debated the challenges that surround the sector. As talks naturally turned to post-Brexit reactions, Tony Matharu offered typically prudent insights, based on his 30 or so years’ experience of the London hotel market, with his overwhelming point being that “we must present a united voice that we are open for business as there are benefits there for all of us.”
As Grange Hotels moves into the serviced apartment sector, the group is set to benefit from its strong relationships with the corporate and leisure markets and the additional offerings that a serviced apartment can offer.
Tony Matharu comments: “Although our geographic locations may not be as broad as my fellow panel members, we are always looking at new opportunities to stay ahead and expand the portfolio. With the growth of the serviced apartment sector, we are looking forward to providing an exciting new stay option for today’s discerning international traveller and the corporate travel experience.”
Diane Scott, Business Development Manager from Lloyds, remarked that “if the management team is good enough to make it a multiple then I’m not fussed”, referring to a strong brand reputation but adding that a track record helps, and it “would be crazy not to look at a Grange” due to the brand’s highly regarded reputation.
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