Meininger Hotels has announced it is expanding its presence in the United Kingdom with the signing of a new hotel project in Manchester.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nThe German hotel brand said the property is being built in the \u201cthird largest\u201d metropolitan region in the UK, and the hotel will feature 212 rooms and 785 beds on a total of 12 floors. It is expected to open by the end of 2021 and is one of currently 17 hotel projects the company has in Europe and the US.\r\n\r\nThe group\u2019s other UK property in London Hyde Park has been in operation since October 2006, and achieved a room occupancy rate of 94% in the past financial year. Over the next three years, the hotel group plans to expand into the US, Switzerland, Iceland and France.\r\n\r\nHannes Spanring, CEO of Meininger Hotels, said: "Manchester complements the rapidly growing portfolio of Meininger Hotels. The demand for hotels in the city is growing continuously due to major infrastructure projects.\r\n\r\n\u201cIn addition, Manchester has the largest office market outside London and benefits from a powerful event program throughout the year, attracting both leisure and MICE guests. Meininger's distinctive hybrid concept can serve these segments exceptionally well.\u201d\r\n\r\nDoros Theodorou, CCO of Meininger Hotels, added: "The city's potential for Meininger Hotels is immense, with three terminals carrying over 22 million passengers annually, Manchester Airport is the global gateway to Northern England and the third largest airport in the UK.\r\n\r\n\u201cOver 60 airlines ensure that Manchester is directly connected to over 200 destinations worldwide. We're expecting high occupancy rates from the very beginning of Meininger's operation in Manchester."