KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, Oct. 31, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Hot on the heels of its recent first hotel opening in London, Dorsett Hospitality International is pleased to announce a new outpost in the UK’s capital city…one only open to children! Opening in early 2015 at Westfield London, just across the way from the newly opened Dorsett Shepherds Bush hotel, KidZania London will be the UK’s first educational entertainment experience, offering children the opportunity to learn over 60 unique and exciting professions in a fun and safe environment. Dorsett Hospitality International is delighted to announce that it will be the exclusive hotel partner at KidZania London, amongst a group of widely respected global brands.
Inside the 75,000sq ft. life-like city, kids will find the streets lined with real-world establishments, each offering real-life role play adventures in a fun and safe environment. As the manager or a vital staff member of Kidzania’s Dorsett Hotel, children will learn front desk operations and housekeeping skills. On Front of House duty, children will take reservations and welcome guests arriving at the hotel, whilst housekeeping members of staff carry out a Turn Down service.
The skills and expertise of the team at Dorsett Shepherds Bush are being drawn upon in the creation of the Dorsett Hotel at Kidzania.
"Dorsett Shepherds Bush is proud to partner with KidZania as THE HOTEL to introduce the exciting hospitality profession to children, through interactive and fun role play, demonstrating Dorsett’s renowned Asian inspired hospitality to guests in our hotels located in United Kingdom, Hong Kong, Mainland China, Malaysia and Singapore." Commented Hilary Cross, General Manager at Dorsett Shepherds Bush.
Speaking at a press preview, held on Wednesday 22nd October, KidZania London Chairman Joel Cadbury announced the first six Industry Partners confirmed as establishment hosts: Dorsett Hotels & Resorts, Renault, British Airways, innocent, Global Radio, and Golden Tours. Each Industry Partner has committed to one or more establishments within KidZania, in which visiting kids will undertake an role play crafted to replicate real-world experiences. Further details on other Industry Partners will be available as KidZania builds to its 2015 launch.
NOTES TO EDITORS
Dorsett Hospitality International owns and manages three brands – Dorsett Hotels & Resorts, d. collection, and Silka Hotels:
Dorsett Hotels & Resorts
Dorsett Grand is a portfolio of 400 to 600 room hotels for the contemporary, urban and aspirational business and leisure travellers looking for a tailored offering in their hotel choice. Dorsett Grand properties enjoy city centre and resort locations and often have two to three restaurants to choose from. The properties also have full-range MICE facilities with state-of-the-art amenities as well as a swimming pool. At Dorsett Grand, Asian warmth will meet British elegance to provide guests with a tasteful and rich hospitality experience that is inviting and refined.
Dorsett is a collection of contemporary urban properties with 150 to 300 hotel rooms that are centrally located equipped with one restaurant. The hotels offer a blend of Asian hospitality with modern British edginess and feature playful decor, eclectic influences, a sense of surprise and flamboyance. Each Dorsett hotel promises guests a hospitality experience to remember and caters to both business and leisure guests.
The d Collection brand focuses on the traveller in search of inspiration, excitement and something a little more extraordinary. Comprising of a selection of wonderfully charismatic boutique hotels timed with the locality and ease of a large city. d Collection are chosen purely for their proximity to the pulse of each city with exciting dining opportunities, shopping and entertainment within easy reach.
Silka hotels are designed with the value-savvy and smart traveller in mind. They feature an excellent service and focus on the customers who are looking for the basics without compromising on value. Silka offer the best in comfort as well as convenience whilst providing a hassle – free hospitality escape.
About KidZania London
Opening in early 2015 at Westfield London, KidZania is the UK’s first educational entertainment experience where kids can learn real-life skills in a fun and safe environment.
Inside the 75,000sq ft. life-like city, kids can learn over 60 unique and exciting professions. Watch the excitement on their faces as they become a Pilot, TV Presenter, Dentist, Policeman, Beauty Therapists and many more.
Having welcomed over 38 million visitors worldwide, KidZania is a global phenomenon and one of the world’s fastest growing educational entertainment brands — and now for the first time KidZania is coming to London.
KidZania London will be the 19th KidZania to open globally and will be located in Westfield London. Longshot Kids Ltd will develop and operate the facilities in an exclusive license agreement with KidZania, which covers Great Britain & Ireland.
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Full Partnership Details
British Airways: All visitors to KidZania London will be greeted by the sight of a British Airways A319 fuselage, measuring over 18 meters long and weighing over 16 tonnes, in which the Aviation Academy & Flight Attendant Training School are hosted.
Dorsett Hotels: As the manager or a vital staff member of the biggest hotel in KidZania, kids will learn front desk operations and housekeeping skills.
Global Radio: Broadcasting live from KidZania, kids take on all the roles of a radio programme to present their own ten-minute show.
Golden Tours: Kids can explore KidZania in style with a trip on the Golden Tours Hop-on, Hop-Off tour bus.
Innocent:Visitors to the innocent Smoothie Factory will undertake a step by step introduction to manufacturing.
Picture Air: Responsible for capturing stills photography of visitors to KidZania London, they will be creating mementos of the day and ensuring the memory lives on, once a visit has ended.
Renault: Renault will partner on three establishments within KidZania London — the Engineering Centre, Pit Lane Challenge and will also supply all the vehicles you will see in KidZania such as the Ambulance, Fire Engine & City Tour Bus.