Dolce group edges closer to UK hotel launch

Dolce Hotels and Resorts is edging closer to opening a property in the UK.

The conference and business hospitality group, which has six sites in mainland Europe and 17 in North America, declined to pinpoint where or when the new venue could be launched, but confirmed that proposals for a new site in the UK were on the table.

Dolce marketing and PR director (Europe) Xavier Louyot said: "We have a project in the pipeline but nothing is signed yet."

The group sold its only UK hotel, Dolce Norton Manor in Hampshire, in 2005 but has since hinted that it is seeking to re-establish a presence in southern England.

Senior figures from the group, previously known as Dolce International, were in London to showcase their recent rebrand and to highlight the launch in April 2010 of the new Dolce Munich Unterschleissheim hotel. Designed to complement the existing Dolce Ballhausforum conference centre, the property will have a strong business focus, being close to main offices of Microsoft and BMW.

However, Dolce vice-president of sales (Europe) Thibault Ruffat remains cautious in his expectations for 2010.

"We expect 2010 will be the same as 2009," he said. "The first quarter will be difficult but starting from May there will be an improvement. We already have some nice pieces of business on the books for May."

Ruffat said corporate enquiries had been stable in 2009 but conversion rates had fallen from approximately 35% to around 25%. "Banking was a big sector for us and it has dropped a lot, but pharmaceutical is booming," he added.

 

 

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