In an industry such as ours, things never stand still - here's a brief look at some of the latest news and stories:

Rocco Forte Hotels is planning a second hotel in Rome.  The hotel will be at the top of the famous Spanish Steps - and will be an addition to Rome along side the Hotel De Russie. The new hotel, the Hotel De La Ville will open at the end of 2018, following extensive renovation of a property which currently has 192 bedrooms. The new hotel will have 105 luxury rooms.

Sir Rocco Forte said it had been a long-standing ambition to open a second property in Rome. “The success of our existing hotel, Hotel De Russie, has shown that Rome continues to be a highly attractive destination for both the business and leisure travellers and we are very confident of the long term growth prospects of the city.” He explained that the two hotels will complement each other, with a combined offer of 226 rooms.

New Hotel Manager at The Dorchester.  Nicolas Messian has been appointed Hotel Manager at The Dorchester Hotel, London. Nicolas joins the hotel from the One&Only Royal Mirage in Dubai. Roland Fasel, Regional Director and General Manager said: "I am delighted to welcome Nicolas to the team. His experience running hotel operations in Dubai as earned him a fantastic reputation among hoteliers and colleagues alike. He will be a great asset to our team.

Second UK Park Regis hotel to open 2017.  The second Park Regis hotel is set to open in Shoreditch, London in June 2017. The 125 bedroom boutique hotel situation near Old Street station follows the opening of the 272 bedroom Park Regis hotel in Birmingham earlier this year - the group's first in Europe. The property design is described as sophisticated and modern.  

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