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News: Shama Zijingang Hangzhou, China, to open in 2019

Onyx Hospitality Group has continued the expansion of its Shama brand with the signing of another new project, Shama Zijingang Hangzhou. The deal marks the fourth Shama signing this January. Occupying a 21-storey building within Yaojiang Wending International, the large-scale commercial complex development by Yaojiang Group, Shama Zijingang Hangzhou is perfectly positioned within the Xihu (West Lake) District of Hangzhou. The hotel is close to the Zijingang Campus of Zhejiang University, one of the most prestigious tertiary education institutions in China. The Hangzhou International Convention and Exhibition Centre and the…

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England coach Bayliss to leave after 2019 Ashes

Trevor Bayliss will step down as England coach when his contract expires at the end of the 2019 Ashes. The 55-year-old, who was appointed in 2015, has just seen his side beaten 4-0 in Australia, but told England director of cricket Andrew Strauss of his plans a year ago. “I’m contracted to September 2019 and that will see me out,” the Australian told BBC Sport. “I’ve always felt that it’s time for a change around that four-year mark.” He added: “A new voice and a different approach reinvigorates things.” Bayliss…

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Ashes: Darren Lehmann to step down as Australia coach after 2019 Ashes in England

Australia v England, fourth Ashes Test Venue: Melbourne Cricket Ground Dates: 26-30 December (23:30 GMT, 25-29 Dec) Coverage: Ball-by-ball Test Match Special commentary on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra, Radio 4 LW, online, tablets, mobiles and BBC Sport app. Live text commentary on the BBC Sport website and app Australia coach Darren Lehmann will step down from his post after the 2019 Ashes series in England. The 47-year-old had said in August 2016, when extending his contract until 2019, that he would be unlikely to continue beyond that point….

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Harlequins 20-19 Saracens: Late Tim Visser try condemns Sarries to third straight Premiership defeat

Tim Visser’s try 90 seconds from time condemned Saracens to a third straight Premiership defeat as Harlequins hit back in a nail-biting thriller at the Stoop. The hosts were inspired by the superb Danny Care, whose individual brilliance created all three of his side’s tries. Visser pounced on Care’s brave cross-field kick for the winner after the England man had set up two earlier tries for Charlie Walker. James Lang kicked a penalty and conversion. Brad Barritt scored Saracens’ try, which Owen Farrell converted before adding four penalties. Fly-half Marcus…

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Sam Allardyce confirmed as Everton manager on contract until 2019

Sam Allardyce has been confirmed as Everton’s new manager after signing an 18-month deal at Goodison Park. Everton’s majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri told talkSPORT’s Jim White on Wednesday that the 63-year-old had agreed a contract to take over.  The former England, Newcastle and Sunderland boss will take charge of the Toffees for the first time time in Saturday’s Premier League clash at home to Huddersfield. Allardyce said: “I’ve always thought Everton was a great club. It is a great club. Obviously, the club has gone through a difficult spell and…

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News: The Radisson Blu Hotel, Venice San Marco, set for 2019 opening

Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group has signed a long-term management agreement of a canal-side hotel in the inner part of Venice’s San Marco district, just steps from renowned Saint Mark’s Square. The Radisson Blu Hotel, Venice San Marco is expected to open by the end of 2019. “This signing marks our entry to one of Europe’s most renowned destinations,” said Elie Younes, chief development officer, Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group. “One of our priorities is to rejuvenate growth in our mature markets, especially in Western Europe, and Venice is an ideal beginning…

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News: Saint Petersburg to host 23rd UNWTO General Assembly in 2019

Russian cultural capital Saint Petersburg will host the 23rd General Assembly of the United Nations World Tourism Organisation. The event will take place in 2019 and follows the successful hosting the 22nd event in Chengdu, China, this month. The holding of the General Assembly in Saint Petersburg will be a celebration for the country, not just the city, the organisers said. Andrey Muskarev, the chairman of Committee for Tourism Development, commented: “This victory means recognition of the Saint Petersburg tourism industry by world leaders as a city that is able…

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