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Edinburgh stars in new Will Ferrell film

Eurovision Song Contest: The Story Of Fire Saga is the new Will Ferrell comedy on Netflix . The film was made on location in Edinburgh last year . Edinburgh locations featured in the film include Victoria Street , the Royal Mile, Princes Street Gardens, the Ross Fountain, Calton Hill and Arthur’s Seat. The SSE Hydro in Glasgow has been transported to Edinburgh’s Old Town in Eurovision Song Contest: The Story Of Fire Saga.

The comedy stars Ferrell and Rachel McAdams as two Icelandic singers given the chance to appear in the famous song contest.

It was filmed in Edinburgh and Glasgow last year and in the plot the event takes place in Scotland’s capital.

However, the decision to move the iconic 14,300-capacity concert venue caused controversy among viewers after the film was released on the streaming service on Friday.

Twitter user Greagsy posted online: “Watching Eurovision on @NetflixUK. Edinburgh bloody stole the Glasgow Hydro, give us back our Hydro.”

William Derek wrote: “The Eurovision movie is decent, but the only thing that really triggers me is that the host city is Edinburgh, and the host venue is the Hydro… which is in Glasgow.”

Will Ferrell filmed scenes at Glasgow Airport back in October last year 

Angela MacDonald said: “I watched this this morning. Wasn’t too sure of it to begin with but I loved it. It’s a fun love letter to Eurovision and the cameos are great!! Loved seeing the Hydro all lit up… but ruuuuude having it billed as ‘Edinburgh’ – eugh!”

Kenny from the Block posted: “Watching this terrible Eurovision film on Netflix. Irrationally angry that they’ve put the Hydro in Edinburgh.”

The film also riled viewers with a scene where Glasgow Airport doubles as Edinburgh Airport.

Gary Fleming posted: “Currently watching Eurovision Song Contest: Story of Fire Saga.

“I could suspend disbelief that the Hydro was doubling for some place in Edinburgh but putting a sign saying ‘Edinburgh Airport’ on Glasgow Airport? Naw, that won’t do at all.”

Hollywood A-lister Ferrell co-wrote the movie which also stars former James Bond actor Pierce Brosnan.

A spokeswoman for Film Edinburgh, which is charged with attracting major productions to the city, said: “You can imagine the excitement when the production team approached us with a parody of the world’s ultimate song contest, the Eurovision Song Contest.

“‘Why Edinburgh?’ we asked, to which director David Dobkin replied that he loved the city and it would be the perfect location for a parody about the Eurovision Song Contest.

“The city hosted the real Eurovision Song Contest back in 1972 and this was our chance to host it again.”

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Edinburgh Airport stays open

A consolidation plan to ensure that Edinburgh Airport remains open and operational during the coronavirus outbreak has been put into action.

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Enforced travel bans across the world have resulted in airlines dramatically reducing their schedules to and from Scotland, directly impacting on passenger numbers at the airport.

There was a small drop in passengers in February with 935,455 passengers passing through the airport, which was 0.4% behind February 2019. However, the airport is predicting a period of zero or close to zero passenger demand.

To protect as many jobs possible and ensure the airport is open throughout, the airport will implement a consolidation plan which will also form part of our recovery plan to ensure the airport is ready to return to full operations at the end of the outbreak. This plan includes:

  • Terminal consolidation with certain areas closed and the centralisation of operations
  • Deferring expenditure on some capital projects
  • Powering down high consuming energy items like elements of the baggage system and heating and cooling systems on parts of the airport that are closed
  • A number of retailers and food and beverage outlets suspending operations

Gordon Dewar, Chief Executive of Edinburgh Airport said: “This is an unprecedented time not only for the aviation industry but for everyone as we all do what we can to ensure the health of ourselves and of those around us. For us, that includes the health of our airport. Our plan is based on keeping the airport open throughout and being there for those people who are still travelling and those staff members who are making that travel possible.

“We’re in a situation which is ever changing and as more countries enforce travel bans or special measures then it stands to reason that airlines will feel that impact and airports then feel that pain too. Unfortunately, that is happening now and we are trying to mitigate as best as we can and steer the airport through this situation in preparation for what comes next – and that is the biggest unknown in all of this.

“The airport is a facilitator of many things, that is our main role. Yes, we transport people around the world but it’s what those people bring that is the true value – they are our inward and outward tourists, they are our business leaders, they are our students and lecturers, they are our scientists and researchers. All of these things are important in the wider Scottish economy and we are doing what we can to ensure we are ready to return towards normal when the time comes.”

The airport has welcomed announcements by the UK and Scottish Governments on financial support for the sector through this situation. Gordon added: “We welcome the collaboration there has been with both governments at this critical time but we will need continued support to ensure that the aviation industry is able to play its part in the country’s economic recovery.  Along with other UK airports, we ask both governments to come together and show unity and support with the industry to help us weather this storm and come out of it still standing and ready to move forward again.”

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Edinburgh Airport has the busiest ever month for a Scottish airport

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recorded the busiest ever month for a Scottish airport for the second time as a total of 1,508,586 passengers passed through it in July 2019.

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The figures are up 0.4% on the same month last year, but growth is down from 6.3% in July 2018.

Jul% vs Last Year
Domestic475,757-4.7%
International1,032,829+3.0%
Total1,508,586+0.4%
MAT Total14,763,216+6.5%

Gordon Dewar, Chief Executive of Edinburgh Airport said:“It’s a bittersweet month for us – we’ve just recorded the busiest ever month for a Scottish airport for the second time, but it comes as we see a marked slowdown in growth.

“The fall in domestic travel has clearly had an impact and although there is growth internationally we cannot ignore the loss of routes over the past year, such as Norwegian pulling their transatlantic services.

“We previously warned that failure to cut the highest aviation tax in the world have an adverse effect on growth and this appears to be coming to fruition. Our industry hears the government’s concerns around the climate but the positive steps taken towards making aviation more sustainable have not been considered.

“Like all businesses, we are looking at how we make our operations more sustainable and how we can influence the wider industry to continue on that positive path. The airport campus employs around 7,000 people and as a business overall we support 23,000 jobs across Scotland – we have to find a way that delivers sustainable growth to ensure continued success for our economy.”

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Edinburgh Airport to showcase Fringe acts

Acts from the world-famous Edinburgh Fringe will perform at Edinburgh Airport for the first time as the terminal becomes a new showcase venue.

From August 2-24, a selection of performers will give visitors a taste of the Fringe with 20-minute-long performances on the airport’s Plaza area, with a stage being set up next to the famous ‘EDINBURGH’ sign. Working with MLA Talent, acts will be sourced throughout the festival to keep the daily schedule fresh and exciting for passengers.

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Edinburgh Trams will provide free travel for the performers who will also showcase their acts on the journey to and from the airport.

Gordon Dewar, chief executive of Edinburgh Airport, said, “Edinburgh’s festivals are renowned across the globe and every year we have visitors flying in from all over the world to experience it for themselves, which brings a great atmosphere to the city.

“There’s no better way to welcome visitors to our fantastic capital city than giving them a taste of the festivals from the moment they land, creating that positive start to what we hope is a memorable trip to Scotland and Edinburgh.”

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Edinburgh Airport sets a new record

Edinburgh Airport celebrated its busiest June on record this week following the news that passenger numbers exceeded 1.4 million last month.

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This comes as the Scottish capital welcomed two new transatlantic services this summer, including American Airlines’ service to Philadelphia (pictured), and a Delta Airlines route to Boston. Speaking of the news was Gordon Dewar, CEO Edinburgh Airport: “The summer months are always our busiest as families head off on holiday and people have that long waited break in the sun, and yet again we’ve experienced a record month which signals a strong start to the summer season. Our continued efforts to deliver greater route choice and capacity are delivering positive results and increasing Scotland’s connectivity to the world is something we’re always working on”. In total, 13 new routes have been launched in 2019 so far from Edinburgh, including new carriers such as start-up Great Dane Airlines’ flight to Aalborg 

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Tours of St Andrews and historic Fife

This private tour visits the home of golf ,  St Andrews and historic Fife .   Tours start at 10 am .

Tour itinerary

  • Queensferry Crossing
  • Anstruther
  • St Andrews
  • Falkland Palace
queensferry crossing to fife

Your journey to Fife takes you over the new Queensferry Crossing with views of the Forth Road Bridge , built in 1964 and the Forth Bridge, a cantilever railway bridge built in the 19th century  and UNESCO World Heritage site.

Forth Bridge to Fife

World heritage status is given to sites of “outstanding universal value” with the aim of protecting them for future generations. The distinctive red bridge has carried trains over the Forth since 1890. The award puts it alongside the Pyramids of Egypt, the great Wall of China and the Sydney Opera House in terms of cultural significance.

The bridge, which spans the Firth of Forth between South Queensferry on the outskirts of Edinburgh and North Queensferry in Fife, was opened in 1890 after eight years of construction. Scots call the bridge the eighth wonder of the world .

Anstruther

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Anstruther , tour of historic Fife

This village on the Fife coast has a beautiful harbour for leisure and fishing boats .

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St Andrews is the home of golf on the coast of Fife . You will be able to see the world famous Old Course and club house . St Andrews is a medieval  coastal town with one of the oldest universities in the world with an ancient castle and round abbey .

Falkland is transformed into Inverness for Outlander
The Bruce Fountain , Falkland is Inverness for Outlander, Jamie looks up at Claire in the tavern

The final stop is at Falkland, a location used in the TV series Outlander . The Bruce Fountain in the town square is where Jamie looks up at Claire in her hotel , watched by Frank . Falkland was transformed into Inverness for Outlander .

Exclusions

  • entrance tickets
  • lunch
  • refreshments
  • escort

Tour prices

– private tour for up to four passengers £240

Phone +447305-294773 for bookings and enquiries or contact us online .

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New hotel development in Edinburgh’s Old Town

A new hotel development in Edinburgh’s Old Town has been placed on the market with an £8m price tag.

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The Canongate will sit in a redeveloped Grade C-listed Victorian schoolhouse, comprising 21 apart-hotel style bedrooms as well as commercial units that could be used for bars, restaurants or outdoor terrace areas.

The hotel will form part of the New Waverley development project, which will include new leisure and retail spaces as well as 148 residential apartments across a 7.5 acre space.

Knight Frank is marketing the building on behalf of developer Edinburgh Castle for offers in excess of £8m. The developer has predicted that operating rooms revenue will be £1.4m a year, representing a potential yield of 12.2% after operation costs.

Canongate atrium

Jim Cummings, director of Edinburgh Castle said: “Final renovation work at the schoolhouse site should coincide with completion of the office development phase at New Waverley. We’ve seen an increase in footfall as the regeneration takes shape, and with the new government office bringing 2,900 civil service jobs to the area, we can expect this to continue. The area is fast becoming an established district in the capital, creating an exciting community for visitors as well as those who live and work in Edinburgh’s historic city centre.”

Neil Scott, partner of Knight Frank Edinburgh, added: “New Waverley has provided a significant boost to the city centre in Edinburgh – it has revitalised a once largely empty part of the city. The Canongate is an attractive opportunity for a hotel operator or investor to be part of what is fast-becoming one of the most successful regeneration schemes in the city, and even perhaps Scotland.”

The hotel is expected to be completed for hand over in June 2019.

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Marriott takes aim at Airbnb

Marriott takes aim at Airbnb, expands into home rentals



While homesharing giant Airbnb extends its reach into the traditional hotel market, Marriott International is headed in the opposite direction.


Marriott plans to push further into homesharing after testing home rentals in Europe last year.
It will soon begin taking bookings vis its website for 2,000 home rentals in 100 cities across the U.S, Europe and Latin America.
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It is focusing on higher end properties starting at about $200 per night for a one-bedroom apartment.
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The service will expand its footprint in many new markets with rentals in 40 cities that do not currently compete with an existing Marriott brand hotel.





Marriott is partnering with rental management companies to manage housekeeping and maintenance.


Marriott is hoping the scale of its Bonvoy guest loyalty program and luxury portfolio will lure customers.


“One of the challenges you see with home-sharing is there’s too much inventory without quality filters or brand assurances. There’s inconsistency across the brand experience,” said Stephanie Linnartz, Marriott’s global chief commercial officer.


Still, it has a long way to go to match the scale of Airbnb, even just within the luxury segment.


Airbnb has six million listings worldwide.


Airbnb has just announced a collaboration with a real estate developer to introduce a 200-suite hotel in Rockefeller Plaza, Manhattan.


It also acquired last-minute booking service Hotel Tonight last month.

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Edinburgh Airport could be sold off by GIP

Scotland’s busiest airport could be set to change hands in a multibillion pound deal, according to reports. The private equity firm which owns Edinburgh Airport is said to considering a sale of the hub in a deal which could it see it make a profit in excess of £1bn. Edinburgh Airport news from Airport Taxis Edinburgh International

Global Infrastructure Partners (GIP), a New York based investor group, purchased the airport from the now defunct BAA for £807m seven years ago.

But amid speculation the company is now looking to cash on soaring valuations of aviation infrastructure, it could sell on Edinburgh for as much as £2bn.

It is understood any potential sale could accelerate the airport’s growth strategy. Flights are being launched to 12 new European routes later this year as well as a new link to the US city of Boston.

GIP has also welcomed new hotel development at the Turnhouse site along with a major expansion of its retail space. Plans are also in place to transform nearby land into an international business park.ADVERTISING

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Last year GIP sold off its majority stake in Gatwick, with a hotly contested auction ultimately won by a £2.9bn bid from Vinci, the French airport operator.

In 2016, GIP sold London City Airport to a Canadian consortium for around £2bn, nearly three times what it paid for the hub a decade previously.

With Edinburgh GIP’s sole remaining part of its British airport portfolio, city sources told the Sunday Telegraph the company is considering dispensing with it altogether.

It comes at a time when Scotland’s busiest terminal is enjoying unprecedented growth.

It handled nearly 15 per cent more passengers last month than it did over the same period in 2018, with the airport’s passenger total soaring to 1,106,998, the first time it has topped the one million figure in March.

It means the traditionally quieter months of January and February are the only ones not to achieve passenger totals in excess of seven figures in the space of a calendar year.

One major airport investor told the Sunday Telegraph that GIP is expected to wait for more clarity over Brexit before launching a formal sale process

One city source said major infrastructure funds including Brookfield, Macquarie, APG and CKI could be among those to register an interest in taking over Edinburgh.

A spokesman for Edinburgh Airport declined to comment on the reports, but it is not the first time GIP have been linked with a sale.

The group was said to have explored hiving off the hub in 2017, but decided against the move because uncertainty surrounding Brexit – in particular access to European aviation markets – would impact on the price.

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Fairmont Hotel St Andrews transfers

John Keating is the general manager at Fairmont St Andrews for AccorHotels. He has a career spanning some of the top hotels and resorts in the world, including The Ritz in London, and has hospitality experience accumulated in China, Russia, Australia and Indonesia.

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Keating is currently spearheading a transition at the St Andrews Hotel and Resort into a “relentlessly customer-focused operation based on excellence and emotional experience’” as well as a celebration of the region’s culinary delights.

Having recently won AA Best Eco Hotel for Fairmont St Andrews, we asked him about his career and his vision for the property:

Tell me a little bit about yourself, in your own words – what was your background before you came to this company?

I was introduced to the industry by my uncle who was the sommelier and maître d’ at the Shelbourne Hotel in Dublin.  I started as an apprentice when I was 16 and covered all the food and beverage side of the business.

Later, I lived in Geneva for a year to improve my French and went on to complete a Management Traineeship at the Ritz Hotel in London. I also attended West London University and graduated with a degree in Hospitality and Tourism.

John Keating

My early career was mainly focused on food and beverage, becoming the Ritz Hotels maître d’ at the age of 25.

After several senior restaurant, food and beverage positions in five-star hotels around the world, I became a general manager some 20 years ago.

How does that help you in your role?

All of my previous work experience has helped me in my current role.  Leading different teams around the world has been a great way to improve communication and strengthen my leadership skills.

Since starting at Fairmont St Andrews, I have mentored many of my senior management team, and continue to mentor them even when they have moved on.

I enjoy being able to develop my team using my previous knowledge and experience in other roles.

What challenges have you overcome in your career and how?

One of the biggest challenges we are facing now in the industry is maintaining the talent pool for hospitality and keeping the drive for young leaders. Over the last couple of years, I have worked alongside the Scottish government to develop a three-year hospitality modern apprenticeship scheme which went live at Fairmont St Andrews in 2017.

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