New hotel in the works for Gatwick

Hotel News - 21/10/2010

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Gatwick Airport has announced that a new hotel is in the works. The airport has inked a deal with Shiva Hotels Limited to operate the new 192-room facility, to be branded ‘Hampton by Hilton’. The new hotel will give passengers travelling through Gatwick a greater choice of accommodation.

The new development will be a three-star hotel and will be located at the airport’s North Terminal. The hotel will cater to both leisure and business travellers as well as provide top-notch conferencing and event facilities. The development still requires planning approval but if all goes well, groundbreaking should be held early next year with the hotel opening before the 2012 London Olympics and Paralympic Games.

Gatwick was recently sold for by BAA £1.5 billion. Global Infrastructure Partners, the new owners, acquired a range of airport properties with the sale. Many of the hotels are deemed to be under-utilised. Gatwick is now also planning to transform the airport’s existing Longbridge House to a mid-market option that will offer facilities including a restaurant and bar, meeting rooms and a fitness centre.

The new owners of the airport are investing close to a billion pounds in a strategy they say is more passenger-focused. A range of upgrades to existing facilities including buildings that date from the 1950s is aimed at supporting the expansion of capacity to another 10 million passengers per year over the next 10 years.

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