Dolce International to make speedy UK return

Dolce International is eyeing properties in and around London as it seeks to expand into the UK and target the meetings market. The group, which has a portfolio of 24 properties, sold its only UK property – Dolce Norton Manor in Hampshire – two years ago and wants to return with a property in or close to London or Heathrow Airport. Dolce International senior vice president operations Philippe Attia said that the company “wants to do it as soon as possible”, adding that the chain would consider a new build, acquiring an existing property or taking on a management contract. Attia also confirmed Dolce was already looking at sites and properties. “Our existing clients are asking us to be in the UK because they have experienced the brand and they like the concept,” said Attia. “The meeting market in the UK is so important to us.” Dolce will begin targeting the C&I market by contacting its database of UK planners using its London-based global sales manager to bring in business, Attia added. The group has immediate plans to expand in the US, Canada and Europe and last week announced the addition to its portfolio of Dolce Basking Ridge in New Jersey. Attia said Dolce International intended acquiring properties in Australia and Japan in the next two to three years.

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