Edinburgh aware

Edinburgh's leading hoteliers have joined forces with the district council to raise industry awareness of environmental issues in the city.

The 26 hotels involved in the initiative, all members of the Edinburgh Principal Hotels Association, are to meet once a month to discuss issues including energy conservation and waste management.

Members of the association will also try to educate other hoteliers in the city, and encourage them to set up environmental committees in their hotels.

HCTC appointment

The Hotel & Catering Training Company has appointed David Harbourne to the post of chief executive.

Mr Harbourne is presently director of the National Association of Master Bakers which he joined in 1989. He was previously a senior civil servant at the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food.

His appointment follows the sudden departure of Lynda Purser at the end of May after less than four months as chief executive.

Until he takes up his new post in October the HCTC will be guided by long-serving former chief executive Duncan Rutter who temporarily came out of retirement after Mrs Purser's departure.

Virgin in derby

Mickleover Court, an 80-bedroom purpose built hotel nearing completion in Derby, will be managed under contract by Virgin Hotels.

Built and owned by Minitech, Mickleover Court will have a double room tariff of £99.50 when it opens for business in October.

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