Ebola response: In response to the Ebola outbreak, Marriott International has made a statement reinforcing its existing global protocols for addressing infectious diseases. “Our business continuity plans encompass preparedness for public health emergencies, and our operational protocols include raising awareness and responsibly responding to threats of Ebola. These protocols have been shared with our hotels globally.”
London development: has provided a £20 million (US$32 million) finance facility to Marick Capital, for a hotel in London’s Docklands. Topland has committed to deploy £200 million (US$322 million) to the hotel development sector. Marick will use the funds to develop a 190-bedroom hotel understood to be a Hampton by Hilton, between Excel and City Airport.
Disney bailout: Saudi Prince Alwaleed has said he support the €420 million (US$530 million) rights issue for financially troubled Disneyland Paris, which will improve the cash position of the Paris business by €250 million (US$316 million). Prince Alwaleed owns a 10% stake in the business, which is majority owned by Walt Disney Co. (39.8%). Disneyland Paris last week revealed that it needed €1 billion (US$1.3 billion) bail out to help tackle its crippling debt pile.
Nadler chair: Nadler Hotels, London, has appointed Charles Prew as chairman of the group. Prew has been operating at director level in the hotel business for 30 years, 14 at senior board level, including stints at Grand Metropolitan Hotels, Ladbroke Hotels, Hilton International and Jarvis Hotels before becoming CEO of Dawnay Shore Hotels and Barceló Hotels UK.