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Investigation underway following hotel fire

Crews from East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service were called out at 5am this morning to reports of a fire at a hotel in Eastbourne.

Four fire engines attended the scene at Royal Parade on the seafront where firefighters used breathing apparatus to put-out a small fire in the basement.

Police and ambulance also attended.

A fire investigation is underway.

Plans approved for 150-bedroom hotel in Maidstone

Plans for a new 150 bedroom hotel in Maidstone have been given the go ahead. The plans for the hotel on the 16 acre Eclipse Park, also include a restaurant and conference facilities.

The plans include 150 bedrooms, a restaurant and conference facilities Credit: Maxim

Nick Yandle, Chief Executive of Gallagher Group, said: "We can now enter into serious negotiations with a number of operators who have already expressed interest in developing a hotel of this size in Maidstone.

It is clear that the site's proximity to the recently opened Kent Institute of Medicine and Surgery, make it a very attractive proposition for a hotel operator.

"The planning officers were particularly impressed with the quality of the proposed design and we look forward to delivering a hotel that supports Maidstone's business and visitor economy."

QE2 to become luxury hotel

QE2 to become luxury floating hotel Credit: ITV Meridian

It's been announced the QE2 is going to be refurbished into a luxury five star floating hotel.

The cruise ship, which hosted kings, queens, presidents, prime ministers and celebrities throughout its legendary 40-year history, will depart from Dubai and arrive in COSCO Shipyard’s facility in Zhoushan, Zhejiang Province.

Once there, it will receive a thorough revitalisation and a makeover which is scheduled for completion by 2015.


Hotel plan unveiled for the QE2

The QE2 offers more than 500,000 square feet of usable space, in a structure roughly equivalent to any five-star hotel. The ship’s redevelopment is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for any interior design professional to create what will become one of Asia’s major waterfront tourist attractions. The goal for the final design is to preserve the soul of the QE2 — many of the original furnishings and much of the décor will be incorporated — while creating a modern luxury hotel.”

– Daniel Chui, President and Chief Executive of QE2 Holdings and Managing Director of Oceanic Group

Bed, Breakfast and amazing art

Plans for the regeneration of Margate have continued with proposals for a multimillion pound hotel on the town's seafront. Local businesses and some tourists say there's not enough hotel accommodation for the resort - and that today's scheme will help address the problem.

The County Council, which backs the plans, sees today's development as supporting the tourist numbers for the Turner Contemporary Gallery which opened two years ago.

John Ryall has been speaking to architect Guy Hallaway, hotelier Jane Bishop and Paul Carter from Kent County Council.

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