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  • Friday, September 19th, 2014
  • Licensed trade warns against heavy handed measures to tackle binge drinking

    As police chiefs call for tough new measures to tackle excessive drinking, the licensed on-trade has warned that ‘partnership, not punishment’ is the key to addressing alcohol harm.

  • Staycity to open in Covent Garden

    Serviced apartment operator Staycity has signed a deal to open the first of its new luxury aparthotels in London’s Covent Garden.

  • Ruby World Cup 2015 hailed as big opportunity for hospitality

    VistEngland has described the Rugby World Cup 2015 as a ‘tremendous opportunity’ for tourism and hospitality, with hotels, restaurants, pubs and bars in host cities set to benefit from a big increase in international spend.

  • Top questions about Wi-Fi conference facilities for hotels

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    Acentic provides turnkey HSIA solutions for hotels, from initial survey to installation and ongoing 24-hour support for both hoteliers and their guests. Here, sales director Jim Stewart offers advice on getting up to speed with your internet conferencing facilities Today, Wi-Fi is a critical part of every guest’s experience. Guests now view it as one [&hellip

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  • Dorset cliff-top hotel undergoes major revamp

    The Seaside Boarding House Restaurant & Bar in Burton Bradstock will open under new ownership in the coming months after undergoing a total renovation.

  • Hospitality businesses urged to look forward after Scotland rejects independence

    With yesterday’s referendum on Scottish independence returning a ‘no’ vote, industry leaders have urged hospitality businesses in the country to look forward and make the most of the promised devolution of powers to the Scottish Parliament.

  • HOAX crowned ‘hippest’ UK hostel by online travel providers

    Hostelbookers.com and Hostelworld.com have ranked HOAX as the UK’s number one hostel.

  • White Swan voted best wedding venue in North East

    The White Swan in Alnwick has won the best venue in the North East for Customer Service category in the North of England Wedding Awards.

  • Travel Interest to Scotland Down 29%

    Travel interest from the rest of the UK to Scotland has decreased by 29 per cent in comparison to this time last year, according to new research from hotel comparison website trivago.co.uk.

  • Hospitality Recruitment Up 22% in Q2 2014

    Higher salaries gain in share in the hospitality industry

  • Hotel launches pro-am golf day with a twist

    The first Dormy Challenge “will grow and grow” say organisers

  • Hotel wins two national awards in a weekend

    Dormy House near Broadway is named “Ultimate” UK Spa Hotel and Best Birthday Venue

  • Thursday, September 18th, 2014
  • Everything you ever wanted to know about OTA customers, but were afraid to ask

    Isabelle Pinson, columnist and Senior Director of Market Management for Northern Europe at Expedia Lodging Partner Services discusses what we know about customers who book through an OTA, and unearths some interesting facts, trends and surprises..
    Understanding how travellers behave is critical to our business. It’s insight that ensures our …

  • Charles Scudamore on HCP and the UK hotel market

    Charles Scudamore is the principal and founder of Hetherley Capital Partners (HCP), a specialist hotel real estate investment and asset management firm, based in London. He talks BigHospitality about the current state of the UK hotel investment market and his predictions for the future.

  • Southampton City Council to implement late night levy

    Southampton City Council has voted to implement a late night levy to pubs, bars and other venues in the city which serve alcohol past midnight.

  • Raising the Profile of the Hospitality Industry

    Monica Or, columnist and Hospitality Consultant at Star Quality Hospitality Consultancy discusses what can be done to engage the hospitality community in raising the profile of our industry and supporting careers in hospitality..
    According to the British Hospitality Association we are the 4th largest industry. With over 2.7 million people employed …

  • Four Seasons hotel to open in Ten Trinity Square

    Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts has announced plans with investor and developer Reignwood Group to transform London’s grade II listed Ten Trinity Square building into a luxury hotel and residential development. 

  • British Gas survey reveals hospitality SME concerns

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    In a new study by British Gas to mark nationwide Gas Safety Week, 55% of small and medium-sized leisure and hospitality businesses said they felt overwhelmed by compliance and safety requirements, and 53% said they would welcome more guidance on the requirements they have to comply with. The survey also highlighted other common concerns of [&hellip

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  • Wednesday, September 17th, 2014
  • Agrippa smart new door closer is clever innovation

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    Agrippa, a new wire-free, digital fire door closer that uses unique, smart technology to ‘learn’ the sound of a specific fire alarm, has been launched by fire technology specialists Geofire. Easily retrofitted to any door, Geofire’s new Agrippa intelligent wire-free closer learns the sound of your specific fire alarm, releasing the door in the event [&hellip

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  • People on the Move in Hospitality: September 2014

    We’ve rounded up some of the latest movers and shakers in the hospitality industry, with the past month seeing key appointments by Giraffe and Marston’s, as well as venues including The Truscott Arms, Flemings Mayfair, Parlour and Belgraves hotel.

  • Crieff hotel aims to raise £1m through crowdfunding

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    Residents of Crieff and beyond will have an opportunity to invest and become shareholders in The Monzie Hotel. The Monzie, the new name for Old South Church in Crieff, will be transformed into an exclusive use hotel with the help of crowdfunding website www.crowdcube.com. John Burke, managing director and founder of The Monzie, commented: “We [&hellip

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  • Winners revealed: Women 1st Shine Awards 2014

    Merlin Entertainments, Sally’s Cottages and VisitBritain’s former chief executive Sandie Dawe MBE were among the winners at the Women 1st Shine Awards 2014, which recognise female talent in the hospitality, transport, travel and tourism sectors.

  • August boom for London hotels

    London hotels enjoyed the highest occupancy rates for 15 years in August, according to preliminary figures from advisory firm BDO LLP.

  • Premiumisation drives on-trade drinks market

    Sparkling wine sales have continued their impressive growth, with Champagne also showing strong upward movement, according to the latest market report from the Wine and Spirit Trade Association (WSTA).

  • Tuesday, September 16th, 2014
  • Pub and restaurant groups among 100 companies calling for business rate reform

    Pub companies, restaurant groups and industry bodies have joined forces with retailers, manufacturers and wholesalers to publish an open letter calling for ‘fundamental reform’ of business rates.

  • The Hotel Collection appoints chairman

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    The Hotel Collection has announced the appointment of Grant Hearn as chairman. Grant, the former chief executive of hotel group Travelodge, joins the company following a financial restructuring as it positions itself for investment and growth. Commenting on his appointment, Mr Grant said: “The Hotel Collection has a fantastic portfolio of properties across the UK [&hellip

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  • More work needed to improve customer service, says People 1st

    Hospitality employees are still falling short when it comes to customer service, according to new research from People 1st.

  • Innovative ice cream flavours driving demand, finds study

    Diners are increasingly moving away from traditional ice cream flavours in favour of ‘weird and wonderful’ varieties, according to new research from Amore di Gelato.

  • Monday, September 15th, 2014
  • York to London Cycle team triumphs for Hospitality Action

    20 of the industry’s top members participated in Hospitality Action’s York to London Cycle Challenge this weekend, raising £30,000 for the charity with more sponsorship money to come over the next few weeks.

  • Flavour innovation driver for ice cream market

    Exclusive research released today reveals that ‘weird and wonderful’ ice cream flavours are driving uptake in the out of home (OOH) market in the UK.

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