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Fix up and look sharp…. There is a song in there somewhere!

Friday, October 11th, 2013

New UniformsNew uniforms 2Finally, the day has arrived where we can abandon our old uniforms (thankfully) and start afresh!  There was a buzz in the hotel yesterday as all of us were patiently waiting for the personalised delivery of our new uniforms by Cath our GM who had the pleasure of humping boxes, sorting through skirts, waistcoats, tunics, shorts, aprons… – you get the drift!

Sticking with the red and black Dragon colours the new uniform appears a reverse of its predecessor – no more redcoats for us! And barring a few sighs of ‘it’s too tight!’ and ‘it fitted me when I tried it on before’ we’re all ready to look dapper and better than ever.  Impromptu fashion shows were taking place all over Swansea last night and the local upturn in shoe sales is singularly down to Dragon staff!

 

Tara on TV!

Friday, October 4th, 2013

We’re all excited at the prospect of watching our very own Tara Hammett featuring on BBC 1 Wales at 9pm on Wednesday, 9th October 2013.

Live Longer Wales is a season of programmes from BBC Cymru Wales inspiring us to change our lives.  Tara features in ‘Is My Job Killing Me?’ where she visits the DVLA in Swansea to initiate a change in lifestile for those in sedentary jobs.

Take a sneak preview here!
 

Rubbish Keith, Rubbish!

Friday, October 4th, 2013

The long serving Keith Codd wins the team member of the month accolade for September, not only for his excellent services to The Dragon’s cellar and beverage management over a complete change in stock but also for overseeing (and literally getting his hands dirty) with the hotel’s new effort at recycling. 

Over the summer period we’ve introduced a new system of handling our waste, so that we are now better than ever at recycling glass, cardboard, plastic, paper, tins and food waste.

As always, the transition hasn’t all been plain sailing and Keith has played a major part in making a success of the new initiatives. 

Having worked at the hotel for over 22 years, Keith has seen many a change.  ‘The progression over the years has been very interesting, with the hotel’s fabric, offering and staff having changed a lot over time.  I would like to think that every change is for the better and as a member of the hotel’s Green Team I think it’s important that we’re recycling more’

Here’s to Keith’s rubbish ways of doing things!

 

Macdonald Hotels & Resorts named 2013 – 2014 AA Hotel Group of the Year

Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013

In what can only be described as an outstanding achievement Macdonald Hotels & Resorts has, for the second time in 5 years scooped the prestigious AA Hotel Group of the Year 2013/14 award in London.

Achieving AA Hotel Group of the Year 2013/14 underlines the group’s commitment to deliver outstanding standards of product and service across its 40-strong hotel group.  Demonstrating ongoing investment, an unwavering focus on the quality of food and customer care further enhanced by the launch of The Macdonald Hotels’ Signature Collection earlier this year and a progressive approach to its corporate and social responsibility were all factors which impressed the judges. 

This latest accolade comes just 12 months after the leading hotel group was crowned AA Eco-Hotel Group of the Year in recognition of its commitments to fulfil self-imposed ‘Room 15’ energy saving targets. 

David Guile, Chief Executive of Macdonald Hotels & Resorts, commented: “We are both delighted and proud, on behalf of all our employees to have won AA Hotel Group of the Year, especially as it is the second time in five years that we have received this prestigious accolade.

“This award is a testament to the quality and dedication of our Executives, Hotel Managers and all our team members, each of whom have played an important role in our commitment to service excellence and the continued financial success of the group.”

Andrew Strong, CEO of the AA said of Macdonald Hotels & Resorts’ award: “I am delighted that Macdonald Hotels and Resorts are the AA Hotel Group of the Year for 2013 and have gained this national recognition.”

It’s been an incredibly exciting 12 months for Macdonald Hotels & Resorts.  Earlier this year, The Macdonald Hotels’ Signature Collection was launched.  Offering captivating and historic locations, award-winning restaurants, a personalised service and fine attention to detail, the group’s leading five-star, 4-red star and upper 4-star hotels now proudly bear The Macdonald Hotels’                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Signature Collection status; including the five-star Macdonald Bath Spa Hotel in Bath and the recently awarded 4-red star Macdonald Windsor Hotel. 

Completing £10million in investments over the last 12 months, significant projects have included; a £1million investment at Macdonald Forest Hills Hotel & Spa, Aberfoyle, a £1million new golf clubhouse at the Spey Valley Championship Golf Course at Macdonald Aviemore Resort and £700,000 invested into new bedrooms at Macdonald Rusacks Hotel. 

With over £6million of capital expenditure already committed this year, and significant investments earmarked for the next 12 months, the group continues to lead the way.  These projects include a further £1million IT investment, completing next month which will enable the group to provide a free WiFi service to all guests, several projects underway to build on the already successful Vital spa brand and investment planned to enhance the facilities at Macdonald Berystede Hotel & Spa near Windsor.

Moreover, the group is still firmly committed to its quality food offering and continues to develop and invest in new ideas to remain consistently ahead of the competition.  Restaurants across the group now collectively hold over 40 AA Rosettes, the highest number of any hotel group, which includes most recently, a second AA rosette at the Jeremy Wares restaurant at Macdonald Houstoun House and a third AA rosette at Rocca Bar & Grill Restaurant located in the iconic Macdonald Rusacks Hotel.

Blodwen to Check-in at The Dragon Hotel!

Tuesday, October 1st, 2013

The Dragon Hotel is excited to report that an award winning celebrity will be checking in to the four star Swansea city centre property very soon.

Cath Garcia, General Manager says ‘We hope that our VIP guest will be very happy at the hotel and will enjoy a rewarding, extended stay with us!’Blodwen

The eagerly anticipated celebritty is Tomos Watkin’s very own Blodwen, Hurns Brewing Company’s newest offering in their worldwide mission of promoting ‘Brand Wales’.

Blodwen’s Beer is a blonde ale made from  the finest pale malted barley delicately flavoured with citrus hops.  Hand brewed at the company’s 22,000sq ft purpose built brewery in Swansea, in 2012 it won a True Taste of Wales Gold Award and sits comfortably amongst Tomos Watkin’s other bottled beer.

‘Our Welsh heritage is very important to us here at The Dragon Hotel’ says Cath ‘Our guests travel from all over the world and the ability to serve an award winning ale that’s brewed practically on our doorstep is fantastic.  Furthermore, there will be an opportunity for each guest to return home with a souvenir of their time in Swansea with a Three Bottle Gift Pack containing firm favourites Taffy Apples Premium Cider and Cwrw Braf ( which translates as Fine Beer) as well as Blodwen’s Beer’.

Dawn George, the Sales Manager from Hurns Brewing Company says ‘Whilst we’re busy selling our produce in China and Australia, we can’t forget the importance of the local market here in Swansea.  Working together with companies who share the same ethos towards Welsh success can only help enhance Wales’ presence in the marketplace! We hope Blodwen will have a long and healthy residence at The Dragon Hotel!’

Sexy Sprouts v Traditional Welshcakes!

Wednesday, September 25th, 2013

Sprouts v welshcakesYou may have heard a lot about The Dragon Hotel over the last few days as we’re putting on a sales blitz in line with Macdonald Hotels’ SAS sales initiative, with adverts for our Health Club open weekend (THIS WEEKEND!), our Murder Mystery event at the end of October, and of course for Christmas - which will all be over in 90 days(!) all over the local and social media. 

Not only that, the team was out in force on Tuesday, 24th September asking rather an unusual question of passers by in Swansea City Centre…

With the support of Swansea City Management and welshcakes supplied by Swansea Market the team took over a marquee in the middle of Oxford Street to ask: What do you prefer, Chocolate Sprouts or Welshcakes?  The obvious question to ask of course!

 Yes, we did have some doubting Thomases who at first would not believe that the beautiful truffles were indeed chocolate covered raw sprouts, but a great many were brave enough to try them and were, for the most part, pleasantly surprised! Tara Hammett’s healthy alternative to Christmas have less than 20 calories each and are a great way to get children to eat their greens!

 To find out which was the post popular follow us on Facebook or Twitter!

Macmillan Coffee Morning @ The Dragon Hotel

Friday, September 20th, 2013

Coffee MorningJoin us at The Dragon Hotel as we once again take part in the world’s biggest coffee morning to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support.  There’ll be an opportunity to win some great raffle prizes as well as catch up with friends in relaxed surroundings and a convivial atmosphere complete with a cake stall and book stall.

The event will again be held in our Lounge, on the first floor and takes place on Friday, 27th September from 10am -12pm.

 

Tom’s Boxing Victory!

Wednesday, September 18th, 2013

tom 2On the 14th September 2013, I made my professional boxing debut at Oceana, Swansea. I had previously campaigned 47 times as an amateur, but with the Commonwealth Games still 12 months away and selection not guaranteed, I decided to make the jump into the paid ranks.tom 1
I undertook an 8 week training camp for this fight in order to get myself into top condition. With the brilliant support I received, I was very excited for fight night.
I boxed against a very tough, durable journeyman from Reading named Ibrar Riyaz. We boxed over 6 rounds and I came away with a comfortable points victory. It was an excellent learning fight and helped me to gain invaluable experience. The support I tom 3had was amazing, for which I am very grateful.
I will now take a week off and overindulge myself before easing myself back into training before my next fight in Mid/Late November.

Why We’re Cwtching The Bid

Wednesday, September 18th, 2013

CwtchtheBidAWThe Dragon Hotel is getting right behind Swansea Bay’s bid to become the UK City of Culture in 2017.

We believe the region – Swansea, Carmarthenshire and Neath Port Talbot – has got everything it takes to win the title.

Swansea Bay has already been shortlisted and now faces competition from Hull, Leicester and Dundee to reach the final hurdle. Final bids go in at the end of September and the winner will be announced in November 2013.

Swansea Bay is putting together an exciting programme of events as part of its bid for the year that will reach every age group and every part of the region, as well as attracting spectators from all across the UK.

Programme proposals include something for everyone, including an episode of Dr Who set in Swansea, an unsigned songwriters’ festival, and a crowd funding appeal to bring back the Mumbles Railway.

“The programme isn’t just based on what people traditionally think of as ‘culture’ – like art, theatre or opera. The vision is to take Swansea’s vibrant day-to-day culture and reflect it back at the people in a series of fun and inclusive events,” said a spokesperson for the bid team.

When Liverpool was European Capital of Culture in 2008 it attracted a huge level of investment and creativity and Swansea Bay can do the same, leaving a lasting legacy of sustainable annual cultural events for the region.

Follow the bid on Twitter @SwanseaBay_2017, on Facebook and the Swansea Bay City of Culture 2017 website: www.swanseabay2017.co.uk

Tanisha wins Team Member of the Month for August

Monday, September 16th, 2013

Forget about the Oscars, Ballon D’Or or the BAFTAs, the winner of this month’s most sought after prize, The Dragon Hotel’s Team member of the Month, goes to Tanisha Williams of the Conference and Banqueting Team. The award goes to Tanisha in recognition of the work she put in recently, not only in our department, but also the shifts she has happily covered in the Housekeeping Department.

We have had a busy month in the Conference Department, where we had the pleasure of hosting the English and Finnish National Under 19’s Ladies Football Teams. Both team were in Wales competing in the UEFA organised tournament, and the conference team were tasked with ensuring all of their dietary requirements were met. So as you can imagine, with 35 hungry members in each squad, with breakfast, lunch and dinner to serve, we were kept on our feet, but with Tanisha’s help, all went well.

As the tournament progressed, both teams did well in their individual groups, gaining the results needed to progress though to the semi final, where by a quirk of the gods, the two teams were drawn to play one another. Having got to know both of the squads quite well during their time in the hotel, the C&B team decided it would be a good idea to go to the semi final and cheer both teams on. We must have looked quiet strange in the crowd cheering for both teams! England won the game, but Finland gained many admirers for their unending determination.

So once again, a massive thank you to Tanisha, from both the C&B, and Housekeeping departments, for ensuring that all went well during the tournament. The only down side to the story is that England were beaten in the final by France!