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Bass is looking to spend up to £3bn on acquisitions and is particularly interested in expanding the Holiday Inn chain in Europe and the Crowne Plaza and Inter-Continental chains in the US.

Bass is planning to double the size of its hotel operations in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, reaching 1,000 sites by 2006.

Bass Retail Leisure and PMG Developments are planning to build a Holiday Inn Hotel with 80 bedrooms on the site of the former Llandarcy sports club, and an application will be submitted to Neath Port Talbot Council.

Bass has agreed to sell its brewing operations to Interbrew of Belgium for £2.3bn, and the proceeds will be invested in its pubs, hotels and restaurants.

Bass has announced plans to close offices at the Cape Hill brewery site in Smethwick, and staff will be relocated to a new building in Birmingham city centre in 2002.

Bass has announced plans to invest £25m in a new 241-bedroom hotel at Birmingham's National Exhibition Centre, which is scheduled to open in February 2002.

Bass is to acquire Southern Pacific Hotel Corporation of Australia for £126m, as part of a strategy to transform itself from a brewer to an international hotel group.

Bass is seeking a major leisure company to operate a planned £1.2m health and fitness complex at the Centrum 100 business park in Burton, which will create 50 jobs.

Bass Developments has won approval from the East Staffordshire planning committee to build a £7m nine-screen cinema with restaurants and a pub in Burton, creating 140 jobs.

Bass has set up a recruitment hotline on 01332 369300 to recruit 70 staff for a new restaurant being built in Derby's Pride Park.

Bass Leisure Retail is planning to convert the historic Titchfield mill in Hampshire into a restaurant and museum, with the creation of 50 jobs.

Bass is selling its BLMS amusement machine service business to a newly-formed company called Leisure Link, backed by Duke Street Capital, for £70m.

Bass has sold its Barcrest gaming machine manufacturing business to International Game Technology of the US for £42m.

Bass has reached agreement to acquire InterContinental Hotels and Resorts from Saison of Japan for £1.7bn, beating off competition from Marriott International and others.

Bass has announced the acquisition of four Australian hotels and the Browns chain of seven UK restaurants for a total £80m.

Bass is selling 1,190 leased pubs and 238 managed pubs to a management buy-in team for £564m, and now has at least £1.5bn to spend on acquisitions.

Bass has sold its Gala bingo chain to a management buy-in for £279m, and the plan is to float the business within five years.

Bass is acquiring Allied Domecq's 50% stake in Carlsberg-Tetley for £200m, and Carlsberg is putting its 50% stake, as well as £20m, into Bass Brewers in exchange for a 20% stake in the enlarged subsidiary.