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  • David J Marks


Welcome to the first Monday in December, I hope all is well with you, how was your weekend? chilly or what? The thermals came out of storage over the weekend, as you may know I do not do cold very well. Looks like this week will be the first real Winter experience, the temperature will be hovering around 5 degrees C all week with snow forecast in the North of England and Scotland.

As this is the first Monday in December, I can use the word Christmas and PANIC in the same sentence. OMG only 20 more days to the big day and we all know how quickly December days disappear.

Regular readers of my Monday morning e mail will know I never have to panic in the run up to Christmas if you want to know why panic is never on the Marks menu, e mail me for the reason😊

I did it, on Sunday morning it was dry, overcast and cold but did not deter me I walked from NW6 to W1 my destination was M&S Marble Arch, I located the isle in the food department displaying mince pies I bought a box of six puff pastry mince pies and a box of four frangipane topped mince pies, well it is December after all

IBTM Barcelona 29th Nov-1st Dec 2022 how was it? did you go? I heard that it was not very busy ,can you confirm that? I am guessing regardless of what actually happened the press release will say a record number of delegates attend the show.

The World Cup continues. As I write this e mail to you on Sunday afternoon France is leading Poland 3-0 and England is still in the World Cup. I took a break from writing this e mail to watch the footie England did well although it took them a while to settle into the match but when they did, they did it decisively and won 3-0 ta ta Senegal, safe flight home. England v France will be a very challenging game.

Maybe the Citizens of Russia can take a leaf out of the Iranian people’s protest manual and rise up against Prick Putin

That’s it, you are up to date from a David point of view

MM and Company news update


Clem, Luc, Nora and the C Florida Hospitality DMC team have told us that the historic Art Deco Pelican Hotel originally built in 1948 will reopen on November 24 following a two-year renovation project. Located at 826 Ocean Drive, the Pelican Hotel is situated in the heart of Miami’s Art Deco playground. Guests are only steps away from South Beach’s nightlife, and dining and shopping outlets. Situated on Miami’s Ocean Drive, overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, the restored property will have several new facilities, including its redesigned in-house restaurant, the Pelican Café. The boutique hotel has 32 guestrooms, including seven suites, six ocean-view rooms and one penthouse. Inspired by a range of movie sets, each room is named after its own theme and has one-of-a-kind, original vintage artifacts and furniture that have been restored over the past two years.

Dubai and Abu Dhabi Jyoti, Christina, Jean Yan and the TRAVCO DMC team have told us that Nobu Hospitality plans to introduce the Nobu Hotel, Restaurant and Residences in Abu Dhabi in 2026. Located on Saadiyat Island, Nobu Hotel will have 165 guestrooms and suites, including a Nobu Villa. The hotel will offer destination dining including a Nobu restaurant with waterfront and Guggenheim Abu Dhabi views mirroring the Nobu Malibu. Besides access to more than five miles of beachfront. Situated alongside the hotel and just a seven-minute drive from downtown Abu Dhabi, the development includes Nobu-branded residences. Offering a mix of multi-bedroom waterfront residences and penthouses with unobstructed views of the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi, the Nobu Residences will offer bespoke amenities and services.



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