World’s leading bloggers and influencers descend on Belfast 

Social Travel Summit

Over 40 of the world’s leading travel bloggers and influencers from 14 countries including Europe, the USA, China, India and Australia were recently hosted in Belfast as part of the 2018 Social Travel Summit.

The two-day summit which took place at The Merchant Hotel from 25 – 26 September was brought to Northern Ireland by the world’s leading travel influencer network; iambassador, as a result of collaboration between VisitBritain and Tourism NI.

Focused on the future of digital travel content, the Social Travel Summit saw up to 140 delegates from across the world exchange ideas on the latest innovations in digital travel marketing.

Social media is a powerful influencer on people’s decision to travel. For Northern Ireland, the Social Travel Summit coming to Belfast was a fantastic opportunity to promote the destination to an important group of world-class travel influencers.

Over the course of their visit delegates had the opportunity to visit some of Belfast’s most popular attractions including Titanic Belfast, enjoy walking tours of the Cathedral and Linen Quarters and venture further afield to live it up Downton-style at Larchfield Estate Co. Antrim, forage for food on the shores of Lough Neagh, travel along the picturesque Causeway Coastal Route and explore the many Game of Thrones locations currently dotted across Northern Ireland.

The highlight of the summit was a Gala Dinner hosted by Tourism NI and VisitBritain at Belfast Cathedral, at which delegates were treated to an extravaganza of Northern Ireland culture including a selection of locally sourced food and drink, music and dance. There was also the unique opportunity to dress like characters from Game of Thrones and sit on the real “Iron Throne “ from the series.

Commenting on the success of the event, Naomi Waite, Director of Marketing at Tourism NI said:

“We were delighted to play host to this year’s Social Travel Summit. Business tourism, specifically conferences and incentives, is emerging as a key priority for the future growth of tourism in Northern Ireland.

Northern Ireland is an up-and-coming destination and one that is very much confidently moving on. The Social Travel Summit was a fantastic opportunity to showcase what there is to see and do in Northern Ireland to a captive audience who will hopefully be inspired to tell their own stories about what they experienced whilst here.

I would like to thank all of those from the tourism and hospitality industry who were involved in hosting our international guests. They acted as great ambassadors for Northern Ireland and what makes the region such a unique place to visit.”

Speaking about bringing the Social Travel Summit to Belfast, Keith Jenkins, iambassador Chief Executive and founder of the Social Travel Summit said:

“Tourism NI and VisitBritain did an outstanding job in showcasing Belfast and Northern Ireland to delegates attending this year’s Social Travel Summit. I have received excellent feedback from delegates saying that they had a terrific time in Belfast.

There were so many highlights of the summit but some of the most notable to me were the opening reception in the Great Room of the Merchant Hotel, walking tours of Belfast city and the unforgettable Gala Dinner at Belfast Cathedral.  The Social Travel Summit in Belfast is surely one that people will be talking about for years to come.”

Social Travel Summit

Referring to positive feedback received from delegates at the Social Travel Summit. Emma Mead Head of Global PR at VisitBritain said:

“Through our strong partnerships with iambassador and Tourism NI, we are thrilled to have had such a positive response from all the delegates about this year’s summit.

The Social Travel Summit was a fantastic opportunity to show to the world’s leading travel bloggers and influencers what an amazing destination Britain and Northern Ireland is to enjoy all kinds of travel experiences, from adventures along the coast to local stories in cool cities, from foraging in the countryside to luxury dining experiences.”

Appointment Notice : Chris Greaves General Manager (Newcastle)

Chris Greaves Dream Apartments

Name:  Chris Greaves

Position: General Manager (Newcastle)

Company: Dream Apartments

Dream Apartments has appointed Chris Greaves to the position of General Manager of Newcastle.

The move will see Chris, who has over 25 years’ experience in both the hospitality and catering industry and international recruitment work closely with the Managing Director, Tom Smyth in leading the rapidly expanding business across the North of England.

“Chris Greaves is an award winning Hotel Manager and with his vast experience I am excited for our future North of England projects” said Tom Smyth.

Dream Apartments was established in 2017, now has over 200 serviced apartments in Belfast, Liverpool, Newcastle Upon Tyne, Barcelona, Amsterdam and Dubai.

Dream Apartments offers guests a home away from home. Enjoy all the amenities of a hotel with the additional space of an apartment.

www.dreamapartments.co.uk

Work starts on Dream Apartment’s Newcastle’s Gallowgate!

Gallowgate NewcastleLugano Property Group has started renovation work on an aparthotel in Newcastle’s Gallowgate.

The property, at 1-3 Gallowgate is a large red brick and stone property on the corner of Gallowgate which was first built in the late 1800s.

In the shadow of St James’ Park, the Grade I listed building was initially renovated by Lugano in 2012 when it was turned into student accommodation. Now the building is set to be transformed into an aparthotel with eight apartments, each with two or three bedrooms, following a six-figure investment.

Lugano chairman Richard Robson said: “This beautiful building is very close to our heart. Lugano first renovated it a number of years ago and when we went in, it had been empty for decades. A former travel bureau, it was full of magazines and brochures from the 1960s and 1970s, painting a very different picture of our city than the vibrant destination it is today.

“The project itself is right up our street – the sympathetic preservation, restoration and repurposing of a property that is much loved by the city it calls home. It is a building that most city visitors will have seen, but few will have actually thought much about, beyond it being such a striking structure. We are passionate about not only protecting important listed buildings like this, but also ensuring they continue to get used and don’t fall into a state of disrepair. This project is a prime example of that and will ensure that it is not only preserved as a city centre icon, but also enjoyed by many from outside out region who come to stay,” he added.

“Lugano has built its reputation on repurposing properties that may no longer be deemed fit for purpose. We’re hoping to have the aparthotel completed later this year and hopefully welcome shoppers and visitors into the development and make sure they have a city break to remember,” said Robson.

Lugano has appointed Dream Apartments to manage the property, having worked with them on similar schemes at 66 Bigg Market and Aerial House, the former Tyne Tees building on Newcastle Quayside.

“This third project with Dream apartments ensures that they have a presence in each vibrant corner of the city, the tranquil Quayside, buzzing Bigg Market and now the vibrant Gallowgate, offering something for everyone throughout the city. I’m genuinely excited about overseeing this project and delivering another fine destination for people staying in Newcastle,” said Robson.

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Job Vacancy : General Manager Newcastle Upon Tyne

Dream Apartments Newcastle

Dream Apartments is a leading Serviced Apartments provider located in Liverpool, Newcastle, Belfast, Dublin and Paris we offer fully furnished apartments available for both long and short-term stays. We offer the services of a hotel but the privacy and convenience of staying in your own home. We are looking for a General Manager for our Newcastle properties, Aerial House and Bigg Market.

Job Summary

To implement high standards for all aspects of running the apartments. You will be fully responsible for the profit and loss of both the properties you will need to provide timely reporting of financial performance and projections to the Directors.

You will need to develop and implement property-wide strategies that deliver products and services to meet or exceed the needs and expectations of the brand’s target customer and maximize revenue potential. You will be required to manage all aspects of revenue management for your properties. You will need to identify booking trends and maximize all opportunities.

You will need to manage a team to deliver an outstanding customer experience. The team includes Housekeeping, front office staff and maintenance.

You will be responsible for identifying buyers, understanding their needs, finding appropriate products, creating bespoke solutions and managing the relationship to ensure client aspirations are met at every stage.

You will also identify opportunities to create new products or provide new services and you’ll play an important part in developing the creative and commercial aspects of those opportunities.

CANDIDATE PROFILE

Experience

We are looking for someone with at least 5 years’ experience in the guest services, front desk, housekeeping, sales and marketing, management operations, or related professional area. Ideally with knowledge of the local market

CORE WORK ACTIVITIES

Managing Property Operations

Works with directors to develop an operational strategy that is aligned with the brand’s business strategy and leads its execution.

Reviews customer engagement survey and prepares action plans based on guest satisfaction results and other data to identify areas of improvement.

Generate new business by identifying senior corporate buyers and promoting the range of products, solutions and packages to them

Engage with corporate buyers in a meaningful way to understand how our solutions can address their business needs.

Work with OTA’s to maximize leisure booking sales.

Accountable for meeting all sales performance targets

Working with the directors to develop and manage the creation of an effective evidence-based sales strategy (covering direct sales and re-sale) that achieves financial growth

Lead generation and prospect management & Planning, developing and presenting pitches

Work with new and existing corporate clients and affiliates to understand their clients and business needs so that we can maximise the sales through this channels

Adheres to Dream Apartments operational excellence: Owner and employee engagement, financial excellence and Property Management

Evaluates if reception team is meeting service needs and provides feedback on the reception team.

Coordinate walk-throughs with maintenance and Housekeeping to ensure apartments, public space and back of the house areas are well maintained and preventative maintenance processes are in place.

Reviews reports and financial statements to determine the residential property is performing against the budget.

Communicates a clear and consistent message regarding departmental goals to produce desired results.

Implements high standards for all aspects of health and safety, loss prevention, and privacy protection.

Works with direct reports to determine areas of concern and establish ways to improve the departments’ financial performance.

Identifies key drivers of business success and keeping leadership focused on the critical few to achieve results.

Develops and implements property-wide strategies that deliver products and services to meet or exceed the needs and expectations of the brand’s target

Provides timely reporting of financial performance and projections.

Managing and Conducting Human Resources Activities

Interested? – email your cv & cover letter: andrew@dreamapartments.co.uk

Dream Apartments Belfast

 

Featured Property: Dubai Maple Hills Estate

Maple Estate DubaiMaple at Dubai Hills Estate offers the perfect balance between the home and the outdoors

TUCKED AWAY TO THE WEST OF DUBAI HILLS ESTATE, MAPLE IS A UNIQUE COMMUNITY OF TOWNHOUSES, DESIGNED ALONG AN INTEGRATED NETWORK OF LUSH GREEN CORRIDORS.

Maple at Dubai Hills Estate offers 118 3, 4 and 5-bedroom townhouses in a location which offers a balanced lifestyle between the home and outdoors. Ranging between 2,200 and 2,700 sq. ft., the four types of homes all include a maid’s room, covered parking for one car and a generous garden.

Once inside, the beauty and detail continues with elegant floors laid out throughout the home. Large windows create bright and uplifting spaces and elegant granite countertops enhance the skilfully designed kitchen.

The spacious bedrooms all enjoy built-in wardrobes, while marble finishes extend to the en-suite bathroom. Every element serves a deliberate purpose, complementing the architecture of the home and adding a magical touch to each room.

With its’ tree-lined, leafy avenues, this tranquil enclave is set away from the bustling hive of Dubai’s city centre; yet due to its excellent location between Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Road and Al Khail Road, residents are just minutes away from Downtown Dubai and other business, retail and tourism landmarks. With major roads connecting the development to the airport and the other emirates, residents will also have access to the Etihad Rail and metro lines which will border the estate, allowing fast and easy access to the development.

Maple at Dubai Hills Estate offers the perfect surroundings for family life, bringing residents a wide array of lifestyle, sporting and leisure amenities. The homes have been planned along the network of green corridors, connecting the districts and providing shaded pathways, cycling and jogging tracks, exercise courses and community playgrounds. The lush landscaping promotes healthier communities and social interaction, while offering easy access to all of the developments’ amenities.

Dubai Maple Estate

 

For more information: dubai@dreamapartments.co.uk

 

Job Vacancy: Commercial Manager

Dream Apartments Jobs

Due to an internal promotion, Dream Apartments have an amazing opportunity for an energetic and performance driven Commercial Manager.  This is a prime delivery and strategic role reporting to the Managing Director.

The job holder will be an accomplished, inspirational leader within the hospitality sector with  experience and will manage Client Relations (Sales), Client Reservations, Supply Chain (Partnerships), Revenue and Marketing departments.
 
Your role will be to attract, build and sustain relationships and revenue streams with new and existing B2B clients through a cohesive business strategy which embraces our brand and accommodation offering and work across multiple functions such as marketing, sales, property acquisition and relationships with investors.
 
You will manage the commercial contracts and legal aspects of the day to day for the organisation and be comfortable in advising the organisation and its shareholders around commercial activity or financial models.
 
You will identify and implement development measures to instil and sustain a high performance culture across the business with a focus on revenues, achieving targets and upselling for guest benefit. You will also ensure balance alongside high standards of courtesy, quality and positive relationships with clients, guests and industry partners.
 
You will actively develop networks with new potential clients and be a key cog in our executive management team. You will be based in Belfast.
 
Finally, you will lead the operation team in Belfast, managing a dynamic team with the support of the Director of Housekeeping and front office Manager.
 

You will have 

Proven ability to lead a team and inspire and win the confidence of colleagues and partners
 
Self- driven individual with high standards of performance, attention to detail, and strong work ethic
 
An ability to manage, interrogate and interpret business data to provide accurate information and commentary
 
Proven experience of developing and implementing commercial strategies to accelerate growth
 
Exceptional negotiation skills with a track record of developing mutually beneficial relationships and commercially sound arrangements for the business
 
You will receive
 
A competitive base salary, company car, a contributory pension scheme and 28 days annual leave.
 
If you are interested in this fantastic career opportunity and would like to work within a fast paced high energy business, where you will play a major role in the growth of Dream Apartments, we would be delighted to hear from you.
 EMAIL:  andrew@dreamapartments.co.uk with cover letter and CV
Closing date 21/09/2018  : 5pm

Dream Apartments Newcastle is now connected to the world class hotel distribution: GDS SiteMinder

Dream Apartments GDS by Siteminder

Dream Apartments is always riding the wave of innovation. Today we are delighted to announce an integration partnership with the global industry’s leading cloud platform, Siteminder.

Mark Docherty – Director of Operations said “Dream Apartments Newcastle is pleased to announce its new cooperation with SiteMinder. For our clients it means the possibility to access a wider choice of online distributors and for us the possibility to expand in new countries. SiteMinder is a true leader in our industry and we look forward to working together to provide serviced apartments”

Dream Apartments is a leading serviced apartment provider. Founded in 2017, now operates over 300 serviced apartments in three major cities across the UK as well as internationally in Dubai, Paris, Barcelona and Amsterdam. Enjoy all the amenities of a hotel with the additional space of a serviced apartment.

Who is SiteMinder? www.siteminder.com.
SiteMinder is a world wide hotel distribution system, with +20,000 clients in 160 countries. It was born in Australia just in 2006.

DREAM APARTMENTS ANNOUNCES NEW SUITES AND RESIDENCES TO BE DEVELOPED IN DUBAI

Dream Apartments DubaiDream Apartments is thrilled to announce an exciting new addition to its growing property portfolio with EMARR, one of the UAE’s largest real estate development companies. Dream Apartments will be exclusively selling premium lifestyle properties as well as providing serviced apartments for short city breaks to long term relocation solutions to the Dream Apartment clientele.

Established in 1997, Emaar Properties is one of the world’s most valuable and admired real estate development companies. With proven competencies in properties, shopping malls & retail and hospitality & leisure, Emaar shapes new lifestyles with a focus on design excellence, build quality and timely delivery.

Introducing Emar Beachfront: The first residential development in the upcoming Dubai Harbour.

Emaar Beachfront is the exclusive residential community within the new maritime epicentre of the UAE, Dubai Harbour. The meticulously master-planned beachfront development represents a unique blend of cosmopolitan living in a prime location and a serene seaside lifestyle.

Comprising 27 exceptional towers, Emaar Beachfront offers a broad range of 1, 2, 3 and 4-bedroom luxury apartments. Some of the apartments will overlook the crystal-blue waters of the Arabian Gulf, while others will sport views of Dubai Marina.

Residents of Emaar Beachfront will have exclusive access to a 750-metre long strip of beach on either side of their home, as well as seamless access to Sheikh Zayed Road and Dubai Marina.

A major Boulevard stretching across the community will offer a broad range of retail outlets, stylish restaurants and trendy cafes, while the beach itself will be dotted with beach sport and resort-style facilities for a wholesome lifestyle.

Dream Apartments is a leading serviced apartment provider. Founded in 2017, now operates over 300 serviced apartments in three major cities across the UK as well as internationally in Paris, Barcelona and Amsterdam. Enjoy all the amenities of a hotel with the additional space of a serviced apartment.

To find out more visit us on www.dreamapartments.co.uk