10 AUGUST 2015
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Now fully operational is the Sunborn Yacht Hotel, a masterly approach to overcome the chronic shortage of top quality hotels in Gibraltar.
In spite of the problems associated with the Spanish border crossing, airport development and runway tunnel the Crown Colony continues to boom with virtually zero unemployment, a tourist and business haven (See BTN 20 July). Sad to say that is not the position with Algeciras, over across the bay, with jobs very scarce. Six thousand Spaniards come into the British territory daily for work.
The idea of a ship hotel was first conceived during the early days of Excel in London’s docklands by a Finish company to overcome lack of on-site accommodation. Following its success it has been replaced by a new-build ship as a franchise.
The Gibraltar Suborn sits in an exceptional mooring amidst the private yachts and leisure water activity of the Ocean Village Marina and has its own casino, restaurants and the largest conference/banqueting facility in the enclave. Top quality accommodation is provided with 189 guest rooms and suites. In charge is Brit Olivier Rix, formerly General Manager, Connaught Rooms, London. There are further Sunborn Yacht Hotels planned for Barcelona, Istanbul, Miami and Venice. www.sunbornhotels.com/gibraltar
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