LONDON | CEO and Vice Chairman of Meliá Hotels International, Gabriel Escarrer signed an agreement for what will become the third hotel for the Majorca-based company in the UK: the Innside Manchester Hotel.
Meliá Hotels International is the world’s largest resort hotel company and the largest hotel chain in Spain, and is third in the European ranking. The deal confirms its interest in the UK,
“one of the most important markets for the company,”
In fact, in summer, the Spanish hotel chain will open in the heart of London one of its biggest projects for 2012: the ME London Hotel, which hopes to benefit from the appeal of the Olympics to position itself among the finest luxury hotels in the British Capital.
For the Manchester project, construction is set to begin the second half of 2012 in the new First Street North development, a major tourism space for Manchester that will create a multi-purpose cultural platform, which is expected to attract over one million visitors a year. The leader of the local government, Sir Richard Leese, thanked
“the participation of a company of the size of Meliá Hotels International in this project, adding a vote of confidence to the potential of our new vision for Manchester.”
The Innside Manchester Hotel will be a 4 star hotel with 208 rooms overlooking a cultural centre with two theatres, five movie theatres, art galleries, restaurants and a new venue for outdoor performances. Meliá CEO Mr Escarrer said
“the new cultural outlook for Manchester is an ideal framework for the growth of Innside by Meliá, a brand which originated in Germany and which enjoys a fantastic reputation amongst our customers and which we aim to bring to new cities in Europe”.
Other new products in the company’s pipeline include the recently opened Paradisus Playa del Carmen, a luxury resort in Riviera Maya in Mexico, as well as the future Gran Meliá Rome, Meliá Dubai and ME London, and the launch of Calvià Beach Resort by Sol Hotels, to regenerate tourism in Calvià in Majorca.