Thursday, 11th April 2013

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Floating hotel sailing to Gibraltar

The floating hotel is on its way to Gibraltar the sole stakeholders and builders Sunborn Group have confirmed. However, they also revealed that it is still “subject to the Gibraltar planning process”.

The vessel to be called Sunborn Gibraltar is expected to dock next month despite not having all the planning process completed. Sunborn’s media spokesperson last night said the company was not in a position to answer questions on this yet.

Hans Niemi, Director of Sunborn Group operations in Europe said yesterday in a statement: “We are delighted to be working with the stakeholders in Gibraltar to bring Sunborn to Ocean Village, which we believe is the perfect home for The Sunborn Yacht Hotel, with the infrastructure and client base already in place. And I hope that the exciting food and beverage

offering, luxury day spa and convention centre on board will create a new buzz within Ocean Village.”

Its arrival “will be a significant addition to Gibraltar’s hospitality offering, targeting specifically the growing demand of luxury hotel and convention facilities,” said Minister for Tourism Neil Costa.

“We are delighted that Sunborn has chosen Gibraltar for their 5-star plus project. Sunborn has a proven track record in creating successful hotel operations. The yacht hotel will create many jobs locally, and we believe it will become an icon and attraction for Gibraltar,” he adds.

Sunborn, a privately-owned company based in Finland, according to their website is the only one in the world to build fully operational superyacht hotels and in addition they have operated two other yacht hotels, in London and Finland.

Speaking about its location and accessibility a spokesperson for Sunborn said: “The floating structure – subject to the Gibraltar planning process – will be attached to the dockside by mooring arms that are specially designed to hold the yacht in a fixed and solid position.”

“Guest access to the vessel will be via a faced entrance and an enclosed glass bridge,” they add.

The vessel will be docked in Ocean Village’s Marina, their sales and marketing director Brian Stevendale said: “We are very excited about this opportunity for Gibraltar. We recognise this is a massive investment. Clearly a 5-star plus hotel and conference centre is a welcomed development recognising the success of Gibraltar”.

The hotel will feature a panoramic restaurant with sun terraces, outdoor bar and lounge and entertainment spaces, in addition to banqueting, meeting and conference venues which Sunborn say the size of which is presently unavailable in Gibraltar.

According to Sunborn their yachts are designed to meet very high environmental EU standards as a European Green Building, and on board they feature a great deal of innovative eco-friendly technology. “The hotel yachts are designed with zero discharge and emission policy and will not be using engines or generators while in mooring. As movable properties, yacht hotels can be located in protected locations, both natural and historic, such as Gibraltar, where they have the advantage of leaving no environmental footprint after removal,” said a company spokesperson.




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