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19-Jul-2012 - German-born Heiko Figge was appointed managing director of Guoman Hotels and Thistle Hotels at the beginning of 2010 but his association with the hotel industry and the Thistle brand goes much further back as does his commitment to helping employment in the hospitality industry.
19-Jul-2012 - The British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA) has highlighted concerns it has over the conclusions reached by the Health Select Committee in its report on the Government’s Alcohol Strategy.
19-Jul-2012 - The 188-room Holiday Inn and the 162-room Staybridge Suites, both situated in the heart of Westfield Stratford City with access to the Olympic Park, have been put up for sale at a combined guide price of around £60m.
19-Jul-2012 - User-generated review websites such as TripAdvisor are encouraging higher spending and longer stays in the UK, with users more likely to increase their time and spending in hotels, a new study has found.
19-Jul-2012 - D&D London has revealed full details of the two restaurants set to open within the new South Place Hotel later this year.
19-Jul-2012 - As Mat Follas, the 2009 winner of Masterchef, prepares to open his second restaurant in Dorset, he has admitted the financial aspect of being a restaurateur and running a hospitality business is still a 'huge struggle'.
19-Jul-2012 - Baltic, the Eastern European restaurant close to London's Southbank, forced to close after a fire gutted its kitchens, will re-open its doors to customers today, just in time for the start of London 2012 Olympics.
19-Jul-2012 - The Government is urging restaurants to more widely adopt country of origin labelling and has said many caterers are still not providing enough information on the provenance of their food.
18-Jul-2012 - Wagamama and Hakkasan founder Alan Yau is set to launch Naamyaa, a sister restaurant brand to Busaba Eathai with a more approachable, all-day focused Thai dining style, this autumn in London.
18-Jul-2012 - San Carlo is preparing to open its second restaurant in London, the first outside Manchester for the tapas-style concept Cicchetti, and has said it is hoping to open more sites in the capital under the brand.
18-Jul-2012 - Contract caterer Elior UK has secured its second contract with a Premier League football club, netting a two-year deal with West Ham Utd.
18-Jul-2012 - Carluccio’s is on-track to reach its target of 100 UK sites by 2015 and plans to double the number of restaurants it operates overseas in the same period, its chief executive Simon Kossoff has said.
18-Jul-2012 - Global hotel operator Accor has revealed strong performance from its economy hotels has driven growth for the business in the UK while preparations for the London 2012 Olympic Games have damaged revenue from the upscale and midscale properties.
18-Jul-2012 - Vinopolis has temporarily closed its wine tour to make way for a multi-million-pound refurbishment, but the London wine tasting venue insists the closure will not impact its takings over the Olympic period.
18-Jul-2012 - UK-based coffee machine and equipment supplier Teknomat has introduced a compact two group espresso coffee machine to its Synchro range.
18-Jul-2012 - Craft Beer Co. has secured a site in Brixton where it will open what will be its third pub in September.
18-Jul-2012 - PING, a new kitchen, bar and Ping-Pong venue, is set to open in Earls Court Road next month.
18-Jul-2012 - UK restaurants and pubs saw like-for-like sales edge up 1.3 per cent last month, but a combination of the unusually cold and wet weather, Euro 2012 and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee brought contrasting prosperities for the sector.
18-Jul-2012 - With the popularity for local produce and diner demand for provenance information showing no sign of slowing down, Renaissance Pubs has solved the problem of developing closer links and relationships with suppliers by investing in their own farm.
18-Jul-2012 - The bad weather across the UK so far this spring and summer has been blamed for a drop in sales across Fuller’s 360 pubs.
17-Jul-2012 - The UK on-trade drinks market is straining under the weight of the recession, with consumers now tending to react in one of two ways: trade up and buy less, or trade down and buy more, according to the 2012 First Drinks Market Report.
17-Jul-2012 - The 95-bedroom Holiday Inn Express hotel in Dundee is being marketed for sale at a guide price of around £4.4m.
17-Jul-2012 - Hoteliers are being encouraged to join London Hotelwatch, a new website set up by the Metropolitan Police and Facewatch, which the Institute of Hospitality (IoH) says will be open to hotels across the UK.
17-Jul-2012 - EPoS designer and manufacturer Bleep UK has teamed up with hospitality touch screen manufacturer Conceptic Touch UK to launch eMenu, an interactive touch screen menu and ordering app designed to replace traditional paper menus in restaurants.
17-Jul-2012 - Hotels across the capital are lowering the cost of their rooms in the run-up to the Olympics to lure in guests as recent figures show that 23 per cent of them are currently unreserved for the two weeks of the Olympics games.