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May 30, 2014 6:20 pm

Short cuts: Portsmouth fort turns into luxury hotel, Four Seasons to open in Disney World

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No Man’s Land Fort

No Man’s Land Fort

Portsmouth It must be one of the most unusual jobs in hospitality: hotel company AmaZing Venues is seeking a manager for its latest property, a 19th-century fort in the middle of the sea. No Man’s Land Fort was built between 1865 and 1880, one of several constructed at vast expense to protect Portsmouth, the base of the British navy. It is due to reopen as a luxury hotel this autumn, with 22 bedrooms and space for up to 200 people for events, as well as a rooftop pool and helipad. It sits in the Solent, a mile and a half off the Isle of Wight, and two miles from the smaller Spitbank Fort, already converted into an eight-room hotel. AmaZing Venues says it is looking for a candidate with experience of managing large venues and who is eager to “rule over a citadel in the sea”. amazingvenues.co.uk

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Florida Four Seasons is to open a major new hotel in a location rather at odds with its sophisticated image – the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando. Bookings are now being taken for the 444-room hotel, which will have around 1,000 staff and will be the first non-Disney branded hotel on site. It will offer “character breakfasts” with Goofy alongside more adult diversions such as golf, tennis, a rooftop restaurant and an over-21s pool with cocktail service and cabanas. The hotel is due to open on August 3. fourseasons.com

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Zurich Hotel general managers are typically known for their suave manner, sharp suits and knowledge of fine wines but the Swissôtel chain is encouraging its GMs to get sporty. A new initiative will see GMs at all 37 properties worldwide offering to don trainers and take guests jogging. Alternatively, guests who prefer to run alone can download new running maps of the local area to their smartphones. swissotel.com

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California Yosemite National Park has moved to stem the growing use of drones within its boundaries, issuing a warning that they are “illegal under all circumstances”. Park authorities say they have witnessed an increase in visitors using small drones to take aerial photographs but argue they are noisy and could interfere with emergency rescue operations. nps.gov

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