IHG Hotels & Resorts announces first Vignette Collection in UK

IHG Hotels & Resorts has announced the launch of Vignette Collection in the UK with the signing of The Halyard at Ropewalks Liverpool, Vignette Collection in partnership with Molo Hotels.

Vignette Collection is IHG Hotels & Resorts’ first collection brand and is a family of exclusive properties in urban and resort locations for luxury travellers. The signing of the first luxury branded hotel in the city marks IHG’s plan to invest in the city.

The Halyard at Ropewalks Liverpool, Vignette Collection will open later this year under a franchise agreement with Molo Hotels, and will be operated by Lighthouse Hotel Management. The 133-key luxury hotel is set in the Ropewalks district in the heart of Liverpool, with a restaurant, an on-site gym, conferencing facilities and such.

Mrs Willemijn Geels, VP Development, Europe, IHG Hotels & Resorts, commented: ‘We’re thrilled to be bringing Vignette Collection to the UK – a new luxury brand in an established market for IHG. Vignette Collection gives strategic partners and owners, like Molo Hotels, the opportunity to retain their distinctive hotel identity, while benefitting from IHG’s global scale, Luxury & Lifestyle expertise, and powerful IHG One Rewards loyalty programme. The brand has shown incredible success across the globe in its first year, with 14 hotels signed or opened, which speaks volumes to its emphasis on delivering one-of-a-kind stays and memorable moments alongside a commitment to more responsible travel. Liverpool’s popularity continues to grow as a hub of culture and I’m confident the luxury offering of Vignette Collection will bring a new offering to the city.’

Mr Ross Morrow, managing director, Molo Hotels, said: ‘I’m so excited to be opening the first Vignette Collection hotel in the UK. We see a gap in the market to deliver luxury stays in Liverpool and we’re excited to partner with IHG Hotels & Resorts to deliver a one of a kind hotel that celebrates the history of such an important city. Liverpool is a thriving market with growing demand and IHG’s enterprise system will allow us to better serve guests at The Halyard at Ropewalks Liverpool, Vignette Collection from later this year.’

The signing of The Halyard at Ropewalks Liverpool, Vignette Collection follows several signings for the brand across Europe, including in Reit im Winkl, Germany and Budapest, Hungary, and the opening of the first European Vignette Collection hotel in Porto, Portugal. More than 100 properties globally are expected to join Vignette Collection over the next 10 years.

IHG Hotels & Resorts presently has 356 hotels, operating under eight brands in the UK&I including InterContinental Hotels & Resorts, Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants, Hotel Indigo, voco hotels, Crowne Plaza Hotels & Resorts, Holiday Inn Hotels & Resorts, Holiday Inn Express and Staybridge Suites, and a further 21 hotels in the pipeline.

Luxury Travel Is On the Rise, Says New Survey

A recent survey by a travel company has revealed that travellers are willing to purchase premium travel options, for the right price, which indicates an upturn on previous survey findings.

ALTOUR, a US-based international travel company with offices in the UK, France and other countries, has announced in its ALTOUR Index for April 2012 that promotions offered by luxury cruise lines, airlines, and premium resort vacations have become popular with travellers. Where luxury operators are prepared to offer acceptable pricing, value for money, and discounts, bookings are showing an unprecedented growth in demand.

Travel for leisure has risen by around 55 percent compared to the same period in 2011, says the bi-monthly survey of leisure agents, with a 25 percent increase in demand for luxury vacations.

The company agent and branch manager in Las Vegas, US, Lynn Minard, says, ‘People have taken that big step back into travelling, (with) confidence to spend that money on vacations They (the customers) looked at certain products or brands as out of their reach pricewise. Now these cruise lines have made so many great offers, in terms of value, that people are willing to bump up to the luxury or premium level. They are getting a lot more for their money. You see that a lot in the cruise market.’

Travellers also cited their main concern when booking travel as confusion regarding airline fees and policies, and are reportedly opting to book with travel companies offering them definite guarantees to shield them from any associated overpayments.

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