Hotel management company BDL Management has been appointed to take over the running of the five-star, 123-bedroom Grand Jersey hotel on the island of Jersey.
The hotel, which has recently been sold by investment company Delancey to West Register (Hotels No 2), will retain the Grand Jersey name and most of the 120 staff. However, Jane Goodyer, who was appointed general manger a year ago, has been replaced by Stuart Chappell.
Louis Woodcock, chief executive of Glasgow-based BDL Management, said that the company intended to maximise revenue at the Grand Jersey by increasing the number of island visitors and local business people to the hotel.
"We have a lot of specialised skills in all areas of hotel management - as widespread as IT marketing and facilities management - which we will employ to help make a real difference to the hotel in Jersey," he added.
BDL now operates 45 hotels, with a financial stake in 26 of the properties. Branded hotels, such as Crowne Plaza, Holiday Inn and Ramada, account for 28 of the hotels; three are privately owned within marketing consortia (Best Western and Pride of Britain as in the case of the Grand Jersey); and 14 are totally independent.
BDL will soon rebrand the Five Lakes Hotel, Golf Country Club & Spa in Maldon, Essex, as a Crowne Plaza property, having taken over the management of the hotel from its owner - AB Hotels - at the end of 2010.
Woodcock expects the group to grow to around 60 hotels by 2013, largely through management contracts.
"The difficult financial climate has encouraged more owners and banks to look to us to help assist them in the running of their hotels," he said. "There are certainly more opportunities for us to manage hotels now than there were three years ago."
By Janet Harmer
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