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Hotel Trends

Keep up to date with all trends impacting the UK hotel market, including the latest data and statistics on hotel occupancy rates, RevPAR and performance forecasts. You’ll also find key insight on hotel trends to attract guests and grow business.

Saxon Hotels acquires Cutlers Hotel in Sheffield

23-Dec-2014 - Saxon Hotels has bought the three-star, 45-bedroom Cutlers Hotel in Sheffield out of administration.

Travelodge secures three new sites in partnerships with local authorities

22-Dec-2014 - Travelodge has announced plans to open three new hotels costing £11.5m in partnerships with local authorities to ‘regenerate communities’ across the UK.

Marlin Apartments to open £28m Waterloo aparthotel

19-Dec-2014 - Serviced apartment provider Marlin Apartments has signed a £28m contract with construction firm McAleer & Rushe to build an aparthotel in London’s Waterloo.

Interstate to open six new UK hotels

19-Dec-2014 - US-based hotel management company Interstate Hotels & Resorts has announced the signing of six new hotels in the UK.

Edinburgh hotels hike prices for Hogmanay

18-Dec-2014 - Hotel prices in Edinburgh have increased by 146 per cent on average on 31st December, according to data released by Trivago. 

Plans to turn historic Edinburgh school into top hotel

18-Dec-2014 - Proposals to transform the old Royal High School building on Edinburgh’s Calton Hill into a ‘world-class’ hotel have been announced by project developers Duddingston House Properties (DHP).

Radisson Blu triumphs at Hotel Marketing Awards

17-Dec-2014 - Hotel group Radisson Blu took top honours in four of the six categories at this year’s Hotel Marketing Association Annual Marketing Awards.

Chef Richard Allen joins Rockliffe Hall

16-Dec-2014 - Michelin-starred chef Richard Allen will take over the running of The Orangery restaurant at Rockliffe Hall hotel in Country Durham in January.  

Twr y Felin luxury hotel to open in Wales

16-Dec-2014 - The Retreats Group will open boutique hotel Twr y Felin in the UK’s smallest city, St David’s in Wales, in the summer of 2015.

Travelodge completes £57m modernisation programme

15-Dec-2014 - Travelodge has completed its £57m nationwide hotel modernisation programme started in March 2013. 

Marriott to open second Residence Inn in Scotland

15-Dec-2014 - Marriott International has signed a deal to open its second Residence Inn hotel in Scotland at the Marischal Square development in Aberdeen.

New website aims to solve hotel overbooking issue

12-Dec-2014 - Hotel-overbooking.com acts as a bidding platform between hotels with too many guests and hotels with empty rooms, aiming to save operators time when relocating customers.

Viewpoint

Even Frydenberg on Aloft and mid-scale hotels’ need for change

12-Dec-2014 - Even Frydenberg is senior vice president of operations for Western Europe and global initiatives at Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide. He talks to BigHospitality about the Aloft brand and how mid-scale...

More growth expected for hotels

11-Dec-2014 - Hotel performance both in London and in the regions is expected to remain strong until the end of the year, according to HotStats’ first Hotel Market Profitability Forecast.

Capital expenses: London tops accommodation price index

10-Dec-2014 - London is the 14th most expensive city in the world for accommodation, according to GoEuro’s 2014 Accommodation Price Index.

Only 1% of Google organic hotel search results formed by independents

10-Dec-2014 - Online travel agents (OTAs) form two thirds (73 per cent) of search results – both organic and paid for – for hotel-related keywords on Google UK, according to digital agency Crafted.

Confidence in the 2015 hotel sector rises

27-Nov-2014 - UK hoteliers showed the most confidence in the hotel sector for 2015 with 86 per cent of them taking a positive view of it, according to Choice Hotels' European Hotelier Pulse-Check survey.

Manchester and Edinburgh hotels among best performers in Europe

25-Nov-2014 - Hotels in Manchester and Edinburgh were among the best performing in Europe in October, with RevPAR increases of 15.3 per cent and 10.2 per cent respectively in Euro terms, according...

News in brief

Corporate travel drives hotel growth in October

20-Nov-2014 - Corporate travel helped boost hotel performance in London and the regions this October, according to the latest figures from BDO.

Hostels and limited-service sector shows dynamic growth

20-Nov-2014 - Another report has highlighted the rapid growth of the hostel and limited-service sector, which is thriving as demand for low-cost beds continues to rise.

Government urged to regulate sharing economy

17-Nov-2014 - Pop-up marketplace Grub Club is urging the government to better regulate ‘sharing economy’ businesses like itself in order to ensure their protection.

Thistle launches free ‘Choose Your Own Room’ service

14-Nov-2014 - Thistle Hotels is trialling a service allowing all guests to take a virtual tour of their room at the time of booking after finding out that almost half of Brits...

Hotel RevPAR boosted by sports in Q3

14-Nov-2014 - Hotel RevPAR increased by 20 per cent across the UK in the third quarter of the year, according to the Zolfo Cooper, AM:PM and HVS Q3 2014 Hotel Bulletin.

'Poshtels' set to drive hostel growth in 2015

10-Nov-2014 - A new generation of boutique hostels will challenge the traditional hotel market in 2015, according to the latest report from Euromonitor.

Business travellers seek richer corporate booking experiences

03-Nov-2014 - OTAs and leisure travel tools are starting to influence expectations around business travel booking, according to a new report. 

Hotel prices drop in London and Glasgow

30-Oct-2014 - Despite the trend for rising prices year-on-year in hotels throughout the UK, overnight costs decreased in London and Glasgow this September, according to hotel.info. 

#AHC2014: Top 5 hotel sector trends

24-Oct-2014 - Hotel experts met last week at the Annual Hotel Conference in Manchester to discuss the future of the sector. Here is BigHospitality's round-up of the top five trends that will...

Double-digit profit growth for regional hotels

24-Oct-2014 - Hotels in the provinces and Scotland outperformed London’s profit growth in September, according to HotStats’ latest report.

#IHS2014: Stop forcing people into promotions, say hotel managers

23-Oct-2014 - Improving staff retention involves providing opportunities for growth, but also letting employees decide what they want, according to speakers at the Independent Hotel Show.

#IHS2014: Hotels need to prepare for next downturn

22-Oct-2014 - The UK’s recovery hasn’t yet reached its peak, but another dip is to be expected, and hotels should think of ways to avoid being too affected, according to speakers at...

#IHS2014: Hotels that ‘tell a story’ get good reviews, say experts

22-Oct-2014 - Telling your hotel’s story and offering something quirky is vital in getting good reviews, said a panel of experts at the Independent Hotel Show 2014.

London tops half-term staycation chart

21-Oct-2014 - London is set to be the most popular destination for domestic trips over the October half-term, with Blackpool and Edinburgh in at second and third place respectively.

‘Bleisure’ travel sees spike in popularity

21-Oct-2014 - More and more business travellers are adding leisure activities and holiday days to their work trips, according to a survey by BridgeStreet Global Hospitality.

Investors ‘deploying equity’ on healthier hotel market

14-Oct-2014 - The hotel property market is benefiting from domestic and North American investors’ need to spend the equity they raised before the crisis, according to Christie + Co.

Tourism spend rise on track despite fewer August visits

09-Oct-2014 - VisitBritain is on track to deliver its 2015 target of £2bn extra visitor spend, despite a slight 1 per cent increase year to date.

Sun shines on UK hotels in August

03-Oct-2014 - Hotels across the UK performed strongly in August, with Scottish properties achieving record room rates and London bouncing back to positive growth.

Kochhar to take over at Compleat Angler

02-Oct-2014 - Atul Kochhar, the Michelin-starred chef/patron of the Benares restaurant in Mayfair, is to operate the fine-dining restaurant at the Macdonald Compleat Angler Hotel in Marlow, Buckinghamshire, according to BigHospitality's sister...

The Annual Hotel Conference 2014: a look at tomorrow's world

30-Sep-2014 - The Annual Hotel Conference will return to Manchester next month, bringing independent, boutique and consortium hotel owners and operators together to discuss the future of the industry. BigHospitality caught up...

ASAP looks to develop serviced apartment 'kitemark'

30-Sep-2014 - The Association of Serviced Apartment Providers (ASAP) has revealed plans to extend its quality assurance programme into a ‘kitemark’ scheme to boost consumer confidence in the sector.

Record summer for Glasgow hotels

30-Sep-2014 - Glasgow hotels enjoyed a strong performance in August, closing a record summer boosted by sporting events.

Property: Buying a hotel

24-Sep-2014 - In the third part of our special feature on property, we ask experts for their tips on hunting for a hotel and calculating the future profitability of any potential property.

August boom for London hotels

17-Sep-2014 - London hotels enjoyed the highest occupancy rates for 15 years in August, according to preliminary figures from advisory firm BDO LLP.

International buyers boost hotel investment market

12-Sep-2014 - Foreign investors are boosting the hotel property market, particularly in the West, according to real estate agency Colliers International.

'Megacities' enjoy strong ARR growth

10-Sep-2014 - Global hotel room rates continued to climb in the first half 2014, with the UK enjoying a ‘very positive’ six months, according to the latest Hotel Survey from Hogg Robinson...

Spending grows at restaurants, bars and hotels

09-Sep-2014 - Two new surveys have pointed to strong growth in the industry in August.

Hotel revPAR reaches pre-recession levels

04-Sep-2014 - Hotels in eight out of 12 UK cities included in the Hotel Bulletin for Q2 2014 achieved revenues per available room (revPAR) above pre-recession levels.

Food For Thought: Holiday Inn benefits from healthier conference menu

24-Apr-2014 - The new conference menus implemented across the Holiday Inn estate have been ‘the icing on the cake’ when it comes to the brand’s increased focus on the MICE market, with...

Happy Easter: Hospitality businesses set for bumper weekend

16-Apr-2014 - Hospitality businesses across the UK are gearing up for a bumper Easter weekend, with 3.4 million Brits planning to take a domestic holiday, generating some £800m in tourism spend.

Jupiter takes five hotels out of administration

25-Mar-2014 - Hotel management firm Jupiter Hotels has today (25 March) won the management contracts for five hotels that were operated by Barinbrook Limited – formerly part of Akkeron Hotels – out of administration. 

News in brief

Travelodge opens £11m flagship hotel in Manchester

21-Mar-2014 - Travelodge chief executive Peter Gowers has today opened a new flagship property for the brand in Manchester’s Piccadilly Gardens. 

Macdonald Hotels focuses on health & wellbeing

17-Mar-2014 - Macdonald Hotels & Resorts has been investing heavily in its estate, with a £1.4m upgrade of the spa facilities at Craxon Wood hotel in Chester and a significant refurbishment of...

Starwood Capital buys De Vere Venues

11-Mar-2014 - International private investment firm Starwood Capital Group has acquired hotel operator and meeting and events space provider De Vere Venues for £232m.

National Apprenticeship Week 2014: Hospitality leads the way

07-Mar-2014 - As the seventh annual National Apprenticeship Week draws to a close, BigHospitality has heard from an array of hotels, restaurants and pubs - and even Boris Johnson – all pledging...

Lighting up: K West becomes first UK hotel to welcome e-cigarettes

05-Mar-2014 - K West Hotel & Spa in London is expecting to save £28,000 in cleaning costs this year thanks to a new partnership with a leading e-cigarette brand. 

IHG puts MICE in the spotlight

05-Mar-2014 - InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) is stepping up its presence in the MICE market with the announcement of a multi-million-pound redesign of ‘The Academy’ at Holiday Inn properties in Kensigton, Bloomsbury...

Marco Pierre White to open 50 new restaurants

03-Mar-2014 - Marco Pierre White has signed a major deal with a hotel development company which will see the ‘godfather of modern cooking’ roll out 50 branded restaurants across the UK and...

National Apprenticeship Week: Hospitality industry unites

28-Feb-2014 - It's National Apprenticeship Week and hospitality businesses large and small have been pledging their support for the initiative which celebrates apprenticeships and the positive impact they have on the UK economy....

Union Hanover eyes £1bn hotel portfolio

28-Feb-2014 - Real estate investment and hotel development firm Union Hanover Securities has secured a major equity injection which will allow it to grow its £350m portfolio to over £1bn over the...

Customer-focused technology: High-tech hospitality in action

25-Feb-2014 - For the final part of our technology special feature, BigHospitality checked in at one of the country’s most high-tech hotels to bring you an exclusive video report on the business...

Customer-focused technology: Complete control

24-Feb-2014 - So you’ve enticed your customer with an efficient mobile booking service and wowed them with portable EPoS devices and super-fast Wi-Fi. In the third part of this special feature, we...

News in brief

Quality in Tourism launches new member initiatives

21-Feb-2014 - Quality in Tourism, the assessment service provided for VisitEngland, has launched two new initiatives for new and existing members.

‘Year of firsts’ for Marriott International

21-Feb-2014 - The strong set of results recorded by Accor and InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) earlier this week have been matched by fellow global hotel firm Marriott International, with a 9.6 per...

Carlson Rezidor launches two new global hotel brands

20-Feb-2014 - Carlson Rezidor is launching two new international hotel brands which it hopes will ‘elevate the guest experience with innovations in technology, guest service and beyond.’

Hospitality industry welcomes Government support for storm-struck businesses

18-Feb-2014 - Hotels, restaurants pubs and tourist attractions situated in areas affected by the extreme weather have welcomed the Government’s new £10m support scheme to help put businesses ‘back on their feet’....

UK floods: Hospitality & tourism businesses ‘struggling to cope’

17-Feb-2014 - Hotels, restaurants, pubs and tourist attractions have been battered by heavy rain and gale-force winds and the Government must 'act now' to set a path to recovery. 

Scotland steals the show with 2013 RevPAR growth

12-Feb-2014 - Hotels in Aberdeen and Edinburgh outstripped the rest of the UK in 2013 with ‘extraordinary’ RevPAR rates in 2013, while those in London, Newcastle and Birmingham lost out.

Shangri-La Hotel at The Shard: Final details revealed

07-Feb-2014 - Shangri-La Hotels & Resorts will open its 202-bedroom hotel complete with restaurants, bars and event spaces over 18 levels of the 72-storey Shard Building in the spring.

Sleeperz joins Dundee's £1bn Waterfront development

06-Feb-2014 - Budget hotel group Sleeperz is the latest hospitality operator to sign up for the £1bn regeneration project of Dundee’s Waterfront and railway station.

Housekeeping Olympics: Celebrating the heart of hotels

05-Feb-2014 - Hotel housekeepers are the unsung heroes of the industry, but where would we be without them all? The Housekeeping Olympics, held last month in London, gave this labour-intensive and multi-skilled...

Hyatt Place to make UK debut

04-Feb-2014 - Hyatt Place, the upscale select-service brand from the Hyatt Hotels Corporation, is entering the UK with the opening of a new hotel close to London Heathrow Airport next year.

New boutique hotel & restaurant set to capitalise on Nottingham’s business boost

31-Jan-2014 - A historic building in Nottingham has undergone a £1.5 million transformation into a new boutique hotel, bar and restaurant, at a time when business in the East Midlands city is...

OFT clears way for cheaper hotel room discounts

31-Jan-2014 - Online travel agents (OTAs) and hotels will now be able to offer greater discounts on online bookings after an investigation from the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) into competition practices.

Travelodge ramps up room refurb programme as customer satisfaction scores double

30-Jan-2014 - Travelodge’s £57m bedroom refurbishment project is already paying dividends: customer satisfaction scores at revamped properties have doubled over the past year, and the budget hotel chain is now accelerating the...

New hotel booking website 'gives OTAs the boot'

27-Jan-2014 - The co-founder of a new booking website that allows hotels to bid for guests believes the current Online Travel Agency (OTA) model is an ‘unsustainable, tangled web that only serves...

You’re hired: Hospitality’s job creation drive continues into 2014

27-Jan-2014 - Last week’s revelations of unemployment dropping to a five-year low has been met by positive recruitment ambitions for the hospitality and leisure industries, with almost half of businesses pledging to...

Scottish market town hotel restored to former glory

23-Jan-2014 - A hotel in South West Scotland that ‘had fallen into disrepair’ has re-opened under new ownership as The Buccleuch & Queensbury Arms Hotel and Restaurant. 

Continued growth for UK hotels as Glasgow's record-breaking run continues

22-Jan-2014 - UK hotels ‘continued their upward trajectory’ last month, ending 2013 on a high. But those in Glasgow once again stole the show, recording their strongest December of all time. 

Are hotels commodities? The changing dynamics of distribution

22-Jan-2014 - The continued use of Online Travel Agencies (OTAs) is contributing to the increased commoditisation of certain areas of the hotel industry, with hoteliers now having to work harder to add...

Back in business: Hospitality property market outlook

22-Jan-2014 - As the new year gets rolling, now is the perfect time for hotels, restaurants and pubs to determine the key developments that will impact their business in 2014. This short...

Business Outlook 2014: What’s in store for hospitality?

15-Jan-2014 - An increasing number of pubs will be sold for ongoing use; private equity will continue to pour into restaurants; and hotels in London and the provinces will look to consolidate...

Hotels can expect increased demand in 2014, but must adapt to modern travellers

10-Jan-2014 - UK hotels can look forward to positive trading in 2014 with an increased demand from leisure and corporate guests, transactional activity set to improve and finance becoming more easily available.

Happy New Year: What's hot in hospitality for 2014

03-Jan-2014 - What does 2014 hold for the hospitality industry? We’ve looked into our crystal ball (and spoken to a few industry experts) to predict some of the big trends and developments...

Economy puts fizz back into the UK hotel sector, says PwC

20-Dec-2013 - The hotel sector has been boosted by an 'improving economic backdrop' in 2013, with properties in London recovering well after a sluggish start to the year, and those in the...

BigHospitality’s 2013 review: What you told us

20-Dec-2013 - It was the year that the horsemeat scandal rocked the food chain, Noma was knocked off of top spot and the beer duty escalator was finally scrapped. But what did...

Business boost for hotels in November, Glasgow steals the show

18-Dec-2013 - UK hotel operators reported another period of impressive growth in November, with properties in Glasgow recording their strongest month for seven years.

De Vere introduces ‘The Country Club’ brand

16-Dec-2013 - Hotel and resort operator De Vere has unveiled ‘The Country Club’ - a new leisure membership-based brand that will be introduced at six of its marquee properties across the UK.

Great Scotland Yard to become £100m ‘super-luxury’ hotel

16-Dec-2013 - The former Scotland Yard Police headquarters and Ministry of Defence building in Whitehall is to be transformed into a £100m ‘super-luxury’ five-star hotel.

News in brief

Accor increases London presence with new Novotel signing

13-Dec-2013 - Shortly after announcing that its business will be divided in two in a bid to maximise operational performance, global hotel operator Accor has announced the signing of a new hotel...

UK hotel rates slip as London capitalises on Olympic boost

11-Dec-2013 - Average room prices for hotels in most major cities have dropped in the third quarter of 2013, reflecting the year-on-year changes in demand following last year’s Olympic boost.

Autumn Statement 2013: What it means for hospitality

05-Dec-2013 - "Britain's economic plan is working," proclaimed George Osborne in his Autumn Statement earlier today as the Chancellor pledged to support 'the hard-working values' of the nation's high street restaurants, cafés and pubs. ...

VisitEngland reveals tourism trends for the next decade

05-Dec-2013 - Key opportunities that could ‘change the face of tourism’ in England over the next decade have been highlighted in a new report released today by national tourist board VisitEngland.

Topland plans ‘£1bn hotel business’ after Menzies purchase

03-Dec-2013 - The Topland Group’s acquisition of the parent company of Menzies Hotels from administration for close to £85m is part of the investment firm’s strategy to build a £1bn hotel business,...

'Hotel hotspot' to get further boost with £7m Aberdeenshire development

28-Nov-2013 - An area of Scotland dubbed a ‘hotel hotspot’ is to receive a further boost with the £7m development of a 40-bedroom hotel, spa and conference centre.

'Strongest month of the year' for hotels

28-Nov-2013 - UK hotels collectively enjoyed the ‘strongest month of the year’ in October, with properties in London confirming their rebound and those in the Provinces remaining stable, according to two new...

Hilton snaps up three Jurys Inn hotels

28-Nov-2013 - Jurys Inn Hotel Group has signed a franchise agreement with Hilton Worldwide to convert three of its prime London hotels into DoubleTree and Garden Inn-branded properties. 

Accor overhauls business to improve performance

27-Nov-2013 - Accor’s new chief executive has announced the business will be divided in two in a bid to maximise operational performance, generate sustainable growth and boost shareholder returns.

Energy price hikes: What can hospitality businesses do now?

21-Nov-2013 - The inflation-busting price rises announced by ‘the big six’ electricity and gas firms are set to hit the hospitality industry hard this winter, with 67 per cent of business owners...

Jobs and growth: New report reveals true value of British tourism

21-Nov-2013 - Tourism has become a ‘bedrock’ of the UK economy, generating a third of the UK’s new jobs between 2010 and 2012 and escalating in value to now be worth around...

Peter Gowers replaces Grant Hearn as new Travelodge boss

20-Nov-2013 - Travelodge has today announced the appointment of a new chief executive, with former Safestore Holdings boss Peter Gowers replacing Grant Hearn after 10 years of service with the budget hotel operator.

Hotels must adapt to a ‘new breed of traveller’, free Wi-Fi remains key

20-Nov-2013 - A new study into the UK hotel industry has revealed that many businesses are in danger of failing to attract modern-day travellers, with a separate survey confirming that free internet...

Travelodge starts work on six new hotels

05-Nov-2013 - Travelodge is adding 579 rooms to its growing UK portfolio with today’s announcement that the budget hotel chain is beginning work on six new hotels in Glasgow, London, Southampton, Winnersch...

Simon Rogan: ‘Replacing Ramsay will be a massive challenge’

04-Nov-2013 - Simon Rogan has admitted that there is a lot of pressure to emulate what Gordon Ramsay created at Claridge’s, but the chef is confident that he can deliver a long-lasting...

Simon Rogan to open restaurant at Claridge’s

04-Nov-2013 - Visionary chef and restaurateur Simon Rogan is opening a new restaurant at Claridge’s following Gordon Ramsay’s departure from the five-star hotel earlier this year.

Hotel transaction volumes reaching pre-recession levels

01-Nov-2013 - With three-quarters of the year now complete, the European hotel industry is still on track to record the highest level of transactional activity since 2007 – is this a sign...

Britain's best and worst hotel chains revealed by Which?

01-Nov-2013 - QHotels has been named ‘the best hotel chain in the UK’ while Britannia Hotels has come bottom of the same survey by consumer watchdog Which?

Hospitality Openings: September/October 2013

30-Oct-2013 - New London restaurants including Merchants Tavern, Boulestin and Gymkhana domintate our Hospitality Openings gallery for September and October – although some innovative hotels and pubs also feature…

Going mobile: Hoteliers warm to digital marketing

29-Oct-2013 - As the competition for space in the digital sphere continues to intensify among UK hospitality businesses, half of hotel operators are now devoting their marketing spend to mobile and social...

Independent Hotel Show 2013 preview

29-Oct-2013 - The who’s who of the independent, luxury and boutique hotel industry are descending on London’s Olympia Conference Centre this week for the second annual Independent Hotel Show. Here’s a full...

Qbic: ‘Game-changing’ budget hotel concept hits London

25-Oct-2013 - Qbic, an innovative boutique budget hotel concept that focuses on ‘giving back to the community’, has made its UK debut in the City, with plans to open 10 more properties...

News in brief

Macdonald introduces free Wi-Fi

25-Oct-2013 - Macdonald Hotels & Resorts has become the latest brand to jump on the ‘free Wi-Fi’ bandwagon, having struck a £1m deal with The Cloud to implement the technology across its...

Hudson’s House joins VQ at St Giles Hotel

25-Oct-2013 - Hudson’s House, an ‘unselfconsciously hip’ bar and restaurant, has officially opened within the St Giles Hotel in central London after a soft launch period.

London hotels back on track, Provinces continue to shine

25-Oct-2013 - Hotels in London ‘bounced back’ in September after two consecutive months of decline, while those in the Provinces continued to shine with positive movements across all key performance indicators.

Sandman snaps up second Signature hotel

24-Oct-2013 - Canadian hotel operator Sandman has acquired the Ramada Plaza Gatwick hotel, which will become its second UK property under the Sandman Signature brand after a refurbishment.

Survey reveals long-term impact of discounting on hotel brands

23-Oct-2013 - The ‘discounting treadmill’ that has been inescapable for many restaurants appears to have had a similar impact on the hotel industry, with 81 per cent of hoteliers discounting more than...

Amba by glh: ‘Europe’s largest four-star hotel brand launch’

23-Oct-2013 - Global hotel operator glh has today announced the launch of a second international hotel brand within the space of a month – Amba will be ‘Europe’s largest four-star hotel brand...

Dominvs plans new Manchester hotel and Darlington Holiday Inn

22-Oct-2013 - Dominvs Hospitality, the hospitality division of Dominvs Group, has this week revealed details of a new hotel development in Manchester and the conversation of an existing property in Darlington.

Accor makes ‘significant progress' in 2013 as UK hotels outperform rest of world

18-Oct-2013 - Hotel giant Accor says its portfolio of brands ‘has continued to gain traction’ across the UK, with six hotels opened so far this year and a ‘healthy’ development pipeline. 

Poshtels and gastrotels: VisitEngland reveals 2014 travel trends

15-Oct-2013 - As travellers and holidaymakers look to make the most from their stay in the UK on a tighter budget, hoteliers have had to move with the times, tweaking existing brands...

'The future of hotel food': Marriott partners with River Cottage for new menu

30-Sep-2013 - Marriott Hotels has today partnered with Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s River Cottage to revolutionise its food offering in a bid to become ‘sustainability leaders’ within the hotel industry. 

Hotel chains have reasons for optimism after strong showing in August

27-Sep-2013 - As expected, year-on-year figures for London’s hotel market were down last month, due to the uplift during the 2012 Olympics. But when comparing August 2013 with the same month in...

Jurys Inn ‘breaking ground’ with £12.1m flagship hotel development

25-Sep-2013 - Jurys Inn’s first London hotel in Islington is set to become the flagship property for the mid-scale hotel chain, with a year-long, £12.1m extension project beginning this month.

Liverpool’s aparthotel growth reaches EPIC proportions

20-Sep-2013 - EPIC, a collection of serviced apartments in Liverpool, is the latest brand to tap in on the ever-growing aparthotel market with the launch of Epic Apart Hotel in the city...

Future looks bright for hoteliers after another strong showing in August

19-Sep-2013 - ‘Momentum is building in the UK hotel sector’, according to business advisory and accountancy firm BDO which today released its latest sales figures for mainly three and four-star independents. 

TripBarometer: Five key developments for UK hoteliers

10-Sep-2013 - With PwC’s latest hotel forecast predicting ‘a return to some kind of normal’ in 2014, a survey carried out by TripAdvisor has discovered that the majority of UK hoteliers are duly...

Whitbread sales growth slows, Premier Inn boosted by London demand

10-Sep-2013 - The UK’s largest hotel and restaurant group, Whitbread, has today reported ‘another good performance’ in its half-year results, with total and like-for-like sales increasing by 12.4 and 2.6 per cent respectively.

IT ‘stitch-up’: Hospitality managers misled with long agreements and hidden costs

05-Sep-2013 - The majority of hospitality business managers believe they have been ‘misled’ by IT suppliers and are now saddled with upfront and on-going spiralling costs which were not transparent from the...

Hotel Bulletin: Improved performance across the UK as regions return to growth

19-Aug-2013 - Slow and steady improvements in RevPAR and profitability should give UK hoteliers a foundation to plan and invest for the future, rather than continuing to weather the downtown. 

Capital comeback: London hotels outperform Provinces in June

23-Jul-2013 - Last month was a resounding success for hotels across the UK: In London, hoteliers saw total revenue per available room (TrevPar) grow by 10.9 per cent, while profits in the...

Grant Hearn to leave Travelodge, new chief executive sought

23-Jul-2013 - Travelodge chief executive Grant Hearn has today announced he will be moving on from the role after 10 years of service with the budget hotel operator.

Saatchi & Saatchi chief executive to open Annual Hotel Conference

12-Jul-2013 - The lineup for the Annual Hotel Conference (AHC) 2013 has been revealed and Kevin Roberts, chief executive of Saatchi & Saatchi, will open the event, while Robert Cook, chief executive...

Thistle puts MICE in the spotlight

11-Jul-2013 - Thistle Hotels is on a mission to become the UK’s leading meetings, incentives, conferences, and exhibitions (MICE) brand with the announcement of a multi-million-pound investment into two of its largest...

Hub by Premier Inn: Whitbread launches cheaper budget hotel brand

02-Jul-2013 - The battle for control over the budget hotel market has today taken another turn as Whitbread has announced the launch of ‘Hub by Premier Inn’, a new city centre brand...

Hospitality Openings: May/June 2013

27-Jun-2013 - Long-awaited restaurants, including Bruno Loubet's The Grain Store and Hutong at The Shard, dominate this month's hospitality openings photo gallery which also documents concept launches, refurbs and re-brands carried out...

London's hoteliers celebrate a profitable May

26-Jun-2013 - London hotels enjoyed a second consecutive month of profit growth in May, driven by an increase in revenue per available room (RevPAR), but their regional counterparts also had a successful...

Julia Hands: Hand Picked Hotels unlikely to grow much larger than 20 venues

25-Jun-2013 - Julia Hands, the founder of Hand Picked Hotels, has told BigHospitality she does not expect the four-star country house hotel collection to be much larger than 20 venues so the business...

Victim of bad reviews? Ruth Watson's new Channel 4 TV show has the answer

11-Jun-2013 - Hotel Inspector and Country House Rescue star Ruth Watson is still on the lookout for pubs, restaurants and tourist attractions that have suffered from bad online reviews  for a new...

#SocialHotel: Five top tips for social media success

04-Jun-2013 - As last month’s #SocialRestaurant podcast underlined, social media is tearing up the traditional notions of marketing and sales throughout the restaurant industry. And things are certainly no different for hotels,...

The virtual hotel: Have major chains ‘lost their DNA’?

29-May-2013 - The move by major hotel chains to adopt an asset-light or ‘virtual hotel’ business model by franchising and managing properties has created a ‘vertically disintegrated’ marketplace, with the number of...

Great Northern Hotel considering franchise agreement with major hotel chain

28-May-2013 - The owner of the 91-bedroom Great Northern Hotel, which re-opened in King's Cross last month, has revealed details of a 'compelling' offer by a major hotel brand to operate the...

Premier Inn snaps up seven in the North West

28-May-2013 - The UK’s largest hotel chain Premier Inn has added more than 520 bedrooms to its expanding estate across the North West with new locations in Greater Manchester, Lancashire, Cumbria, Staffordshire...

Boutique Hotel Summit 2013: Five tips to beat the big brands

24-May-2013 - ‘Non-standard’, ‘trendy’ and ‘unique’. Just three of the words used to describe a boutique hotel at yesterday’s Boutique Hotel Summit in London. But with larger chains beginning to take a...

Ferguson farewell highlights positive impact of sport on hotels

14-May-2013 - The London 2012 Olympics may not have brought the rewards many hoteliers had expected, but almost a year on a number of sporting events and occasions - including Sir Alex...

DoubleTree by Hilton snaps up two more London hotels

09-May-2013 - Hilton Worldwide is set to open two new hotels in London this summer under its upscale DoubleTree brand – both of which are in the final stages of a £20m...

TripAdvisor launches free review collection and management services

09-May-2013 - Review website TripAdvisor has unveiled two new developments which essentially make it easier and quicker for UK hoteliers to collect customer feedback and manage their online reputation.

Sleeperz launches Cityroomz budget hotel brand with Edinburgh opening

08-May-2013 - City-centre budget hotel operator Sleeperz Hotels is launching Cityroomz - a new sister brand which will offer rooms at even lower prices - with the first property opening in Edinburgh...

Snoozebox ‘disappointed’ by £4.4m loss

29-Apr-2013 - Snoozebox, the transportable modular accommodation concept, has reported a loss of £4.4m for 2012, with revenues also lower than expected at £3.8m.

BHA hits back at ‘British workers in British hotels’ comment

25-Apr-2013 - The British Hospitality Association (BHA) has condemned comments made earlier this week by senior Labour MP Chris Bryant that ‘it would be nice if British hotels had British receptionists’.

Aviator hotel launches One Eleven casual dining restaurant

19-Apr-2013 - Aviator, the design-led hotel from TAG Group situated on the Surrey/Hampshire border, has this week launched One Eleven – an informal, British restaurant and bar open to both guests of...

Starwood's second Aloft hotel set for Liverpool

18-Apr-2013 - Starwood Hotels & Resorts has today announced the signing of the second UK hotel for its modern mid-market brand Aloft, with a 116-room property opening in Liverpool in 2014.

Premier Inn ramps up expansion plans with five hotels in South East

18-Apr-2013 - Hot off the heels of Travelodge opening its fifth hotel at Heathrow Airport, rival budget hotel operator Premier Inn has secured five new properties across the South East, creating over 225 jobs...

De Vere Venues put up for sale

16-Apr-2013 - Hotel operator and meeting and events space provider De Vere Venues has today been put up for sale with an estimated price tag of up to £300m, but parent company...

Flying high: Travelodge opens fifth hotel at Heathrow

12-Apr-2013 - Budget hotel chain Travelodge has today unveiled its fifth hotel within the Heathrow area, with a £9.4m, 128-bedroom new-build property opening less than five miles from the Airport.

Travelodge offloads 38 hotels under CVA programme

08-Apr-2013 - Budget hotel chain Travelodge has today moved a step closer to completing the offload of 49 hotels under its financial restructuring programme, with 18 properties transferring to new owners and...

De Vere Village embraces ‘healthy casual dining’ with Vinny & Vito restaurant launch

27-Mar-2013 - De Vere Village Urban Resorts is placing an extra focus on attracting the family market with the launch of Vinny & Vito, a new healthy casual dining Italian restaurant brand...

Accor brings Adagio aparthotel brand to the UK with ‘aggressive’ expansion plans

26-Mar-2013 - Hotel giant Accor has today announced the launch of Adagio – its European aparthotel brand – into the UK, with the first property opening in Liverpool tomorrow (27 March) and...

How confident are you? Economic uncertainty provides 'new opportunities' for hospitality businesses

22-Mar-2013 - While there will inevitably be winners and losers from this year’s Budget announcement, the hospitality industry remains confident and defiant against a tough economic backdrop, with almost 50 per cent...

IHG commits to growth of 'preferred brands' in key cities

21-Mar-2013 - InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) has said its growth strategy in Europe will focus on key cities as the company as a whole concentrates on its 'preferred brands' such as Holiday...

Travelodge targets 145 new London hotels within 15 years

15-Mar-2013 - Grant Hearn, Travelodge chief executive, has revealed the budget hotel company will open three more London hotels this year and is hoping to operate a further 145 in the capital...

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Considerate Hoteliers welcomes three new members, relaunches website

07-Mar-2013 - Sustainable and responsible hotel association the Considerate Hoteliers has relaunched its website with a new logo in the same week it has welcomed three new London hotels as members.

DoubleTree by Hilton to expand to 25 UK hotels in 2013

07-Mar-2013 - DoubleTree by Hilton has announced it has signed franchise agreements for three more UK hotels as the brand looks set to operate 25 properties in the country by the end...

Hotel transactions fall, will 2013 be the year of the portfolio deal?

06-Mar-2013 - The number of UK hotel transactions dropped by 12 per cent in 2012, but there is good news on the horizon according to one industry expert who claims 2013 could...

Hospitality technology: Behind the scenes of the hotels, restaurants and pubs of the future

01-Mar-2013 - In the final part of our series of special articles on technology in hospitality, BigHospitality paid a visit to three of the most high-tech restaurants, hotels and pubs to investigate...

Hopes and fears: 2013 hotel outlook revealed

01-Mar-2013 - Three reports have further outlined the difficulties faced by UK hoteliers in 2013 as widespread agreement now predicts a fall in occupancy and hard work for regional hoteliers despite continued...

Hoxton Hotel brings disability facilities to life online

28-Feb-2013 - The Hoxton Hotel in Shoreditch has signed up to a new service that ‘gives peace of mind to people with mobility issues’ by offering a pictorial journey through the venue...

Hospitality technology: Enhancing the customer’s experience during their visit

27-Feb-2013 - The world of technology is, by its very nature, driven by innovation and change. Ordering room service through smartphones, dining with on-table touchscreens and browsing drinks lists on iPads are...

Accor to earn 50% of its profits from emerging markets by 2016

20-Feb-2013 - Global hotel operator Accor has revealed it has set itself a target of earning 50 per cent of its profits from venues in emerging markets by 2016.

Hotel supply growth suggests investor confidence but could impact market conditions

12-Feb-2013 - Hotel planning application data from 2012 indicates that there is a significant net investment growth in the sector, but the opening of 31 properties in London this year could in...

Business confidence hits new low, BHA remains optimistic for hospitality

11-Feb-2013 - Confidence among UK businesses has hit its lowest level in at least 21 years but the hospitality industry has 'reason to be confident’ as one of the few sectors planning...

Olympics hailed as ‘saviour of 2012’ for London hotels as Provinces see further profit decline

01-Feb-2013 - The disparity between London and the Provinces when it comes to the profitability of hotels is continuing to increase as properties in the capital recorded a third successive year of...

Hospitality administrations drop to lowest level in five years

01-Feb-2013 - The number of UK hotels, restaurants and bars falling into administration has dropped to the lowest amount in five years, indicating 'recovery in the hospitality sector and resilience to the wider economic...

Is the financial stress beginning to ease for UK hotels?

29-Jan-2013 - Despite hoteliers battling the perfect storm of the on-going recession, high rates of VAT and costly planning delays – the industry will be buoyed by the fact that only 26...

Social media remains ‘missed opportunity’ for hospitality businesses

29-Jan-2013 - More than one in 10 hotels, restaurants and pubs now generate up to half of all sales through social media, leaving the rest of the industry ‘missing a trick’ when...

Supply and demand growth predicted for UK hotels in 2013

18-Jan-2013 - A number of hotel industry experts have already outlined their pessimism for the year ahead, with some predicting a distinct lack of consumers and investment. But a new forecast from...

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Hotel prices drop to lowest in two years

18-Jan-2013 - UK hotel prices have plummeted to their lowest level in two years with one night in a standard double room now averaging just £77 - nine per cent lower than...

Business Outlook 2013: What’s next for hospitality?

16-Jan-2013 - Smaller, up-and-coming pub operators will have more opportunities to expand, restaurateurs will begin to divert away from the high street and more hoteliers will begin actively preparing for recovery.

Questions over 2013 hotel demand grow as December prices drop

14-Dec-2012 - With 2012 marking the UK’s largest room supply increase from new developments in the past decade, PwC believes more new rooms to fill may be difficult in a comparatively ‘empty...

Jurys Inn Glasgow checks into corporate business trend with £3m investment

07-Dec-2012 - Jurys Inn Glasgow – Scotland’s largest hotel – is undergoing a £3m refurbishment programme to strengthen its offering to corporate clients as the budget hotel chain admits it needs to...

Premier Inn opens largest UK hotel at London Gatwick Airport

29-Nov-2012 - Premier Inn is today celebrating a double milestone with the unveiling of the Whitbread-owned hotel chain’s 50,000th room at the official opening of the largest ever Premier Inn at Gatwick...

Grand designs: The evolution of style in luxury hotels

28-Nov-2012 - From Travelodge to the Savoy, hotel design has always played a crucial role in reinforcing brand identities and differentiating a business from its competitors. But with an increasing number of...

De Vere Venues: Hotel operators to see upturn in corporate events market in 2013

23-Nov-2012 - Tony Dangerfield, the chief executive of De Vere Venues, has said he expects a positive change next year in the economy to lead to growth of the corporate events and...

Retaining staff is key for 2013 success, claims hotelier

23-Nov-2012 - Andrew Stembridge, managing director of Chewton Glen and Cliveden House hotels and chairman of the Master Innholders, is urging fellow hoteliers to continue to retain and invest in their staff,...

Optimistic October for UK hotels but prices down 15% year-on-year

22-Nov-2012 - Hotels across the country posted a solid set of results last month, with room yield in London growing by 3.8 per cent to £128.24, and by 2.4 per cent to £45.66 in the regions.

Park Inn Heathrow taps in to corporate business with major refurb

15-Nov-2012 - The Park Inn Heathrow hotel has become the Park Inn Hotel & Conference Centre in recognition of its new conference and meeting facilities which have been included as part of...

Meliá’s ME London hotel all set for opening

09-Nov-2012 - Spanish-based hotel chain Meliá Hotels International is set to launch the flagship property under its ME by Meliá brand in London next month, featuring 157 rooms, two restaurants and a...

After the party: 'Hotel hangover' for London as demand plummets

05-Nov-2012 - The capital’s hotel occupancy is expected to fall to 77 per cent in 2013 - the lowest rate since 2005 - as customer demand drops following this year’s bumper summer.

Rib eyes and L’Italiano: Hotel chains up food offerings based on customer feedback

01-Nov-2012 - Hotel chains are enhancing their food operations based on customer feedback as Jurys Inn launches a new restaurant menu across its entire estate and Park Plaza is opening a new...

Are we moving forward? Hospitality business confidence falls but it's not all doom and gloom

29-Oct-2012 - Almost half of hospitality and leisure companies in the UK will not reach profit targets this quarter with an increasing number of business owners feeling pessimistic in outlook due to...

UK hotels report no evidence of post-Olympics hangover in September

24-Oct-2012 - Despite fears of a post-Games slump, latest performance figures indicate UK hotels are adjusting to life after the Olympics and did not experience any significant downturn in revenue per available...

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Rick Stein on the hunt for further accommodation partnerships

17-Oct-2012 - Leading chef and restaurateur Rick Stein has revealed he is looking to build more accommodation partnerships and manage new hotels and rooms businesses.

Three quarters of hotel general managers expect RevPAR to stabilise or increase after 2012

16-Oct-2012 - While the global economy and the Olympic Games legacy remain concerns, a majority of UK hotel general managers expect revenue per available room (RevPAR) to stabilise or increase next year...

Green Paper 2012: How sustainable is the UK hospitality industry?

15-Oct-2012 - The 2012 Gram Green Paper – a study into the hospitality industry’s attitudes towards sustainability – has been released, providing a comprehensive review of the sustainable attitudes and behaviours within...

Hospitality insolvencies continue to rise

09-Oct-2012 - Hospitality and leisure (H&L) was one of the worst-hit sectors in the UK in terms of insolvencies over the past year, a new report has found.

Behind the scenes at Hotel GB: Will the TV show benefit hospitality?

02-Oct-2012 - Gordon Ramsay is dishing out the orders in the restaurant, Mary Portas is in charge of the rooms and Gok Wan is running the bar. The stars of Hotel GB...

Stoneleigh Park uses portable hotel concept to more than double its size

02-Oct-2012 - Stoneleigh Park is the first exhibition and events venue in the UK to have installed Snoozebox – a new transportable modular accommodation concept which has allowed the hotel to increase...

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Energy reduction programmes and electric vehicle charging points: Using eco-friendly initiatives to boost business

02-Oct-2012 - With an ever-growing number of customers booking accommodation based on the environmental credentials of the business, BigHospitality has spoken to hotel giant Rezidor and Snowdonia-based Brynn Bella guest house to...

Stars of Hotel GB hope hospitality businesses follow suit by taking on more apprentices

01-Oct-2012 - The celebrity staff of Hotel GB, which airs on Channel 4 this evening, hope that the show will set a precedent for hospitality businesses to help tackle youth unemployment by...

TV Dragon James Caan wraps up sale of Von Essen’s hotel empire

13-Sep-2012 - The final two hotels in the Von Essen portfolio, Ston Easton Park in Somerset and Sharrow Bay in Cumbria, have been acquired by former BBC ‘Dragon’ James Caan for a...

Hotel prices fall across the UK

07-Sep-2012 - Despite price hikes in nearly two thirds of hotels in international destinations, nearly three quarters of hotels in the UK have seen prices drop in the first six months of 2012.

Olympics boost for hotels? 2012 performance and insolvency figures show otherwise

07-Aug-2012 - Despite many hotels in London boasting increased occupancy rates during the London 2012 Olympics and some already claiming to see a positive legacy after the event, new figures on half-year...

Funding hospitality: Private investment

03-Aug-2012 - In the final part of our special feature on securing investment for your hospitality business our focus turns to private investment: from love money courtesy of friends and family to...

London hoteliers undone by Jubilee celebrations and Olympic anxiety, Provincial performance also a washout

01-Aug-2012 - Hotels in London recorded the worst financial performance of 2012 in June, with the extended holiday for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee combined with Government warnings of transport disruption and fears over...

Jonathan Sheard: Accor has identified 10 possible UK locations for MGallery brand

01-Aug-2012 - Jonathan Sheard, UK & Ireland managing director of the Accor brands MGallery and Mercure, has told BigHospitality there are 10 possible locations around the country suitable for an upscale MGallery...

Premier Inn on course for three million sq.ft of new hotel space for 2012

31-Jul-2012 - Budget hotel chain Premier Inn has exceeded one million sq.ft of new hotel space constructed or contracted since March and the business in on track to deliver its development target...

Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and London 2012 Olympics ‘non-events’ for occupancy, claim hoteliers

30-Jul-2012 - Despite showing signs of overall economic optimism and strong profitability during the first half of 2012, Britain’s hoteliers and B&B owners believe that the nation's time on the world stage...

London 2012 Olympics: Hotels slash prices to fill remaining rooms

26-Jul-2012 - With just one day to go before the London 2012 Olympics opening ceremony, hotels in London have slashed their prices by 17 per cent in the past three weeks in...

'Star Chamber' set to convene to tackle hospitality red tape and regulation

24-Jul-2012 - A cross-Whitehall committee or 'Star Chamber' is set to meet in the next few weeks to consider hospitality industry proposals to cut red tape and regulation, Tourism Minister John Penrose...

Hotels turning to spas to make a splash with business and corporate guests

24-Jul-2012 - A number of hoteliers are introducing or improving spas at their hotels to entice corporate and international guests as a new report suggests more than a third of people booking...

Hotel hygiene ‘critical’ to avoid negative online reviews

20-Jul-2012 - Almost seventy per cent of hotel guests believe cleanliness and hygiene to be the most important factor when making recommendations about a hotel to friends and colleagues, a survey has...

TripAdvisor boosts UK tourism and raises industry standards, finds study

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...

Edinburgh suffers but Scotland outperforms rest of UK as weather plays havoc for hotel industry

13-Jul-2012 - Hotels in Edinburgh have seen occupancy rates and revenues plummet for the third month in a row, with the downward trend looking set to continue in the Scottish capital for...

London 2012 Olympics: Hotel prices average £210-a-night

12-Jul-2012 - The average price of a hotel room in London during the London 2012 Olympics is an increase of 26 per cent compared to the same period in 2011, with one...

Brazilian and Chinese tourists to increase hotel spending budgets, finds survey

04-Jul-2012 - The UK hotel industry should be prepared to welcome a greater number of Chinese and Brazilian tourists later this year, as increasing numbers plan to spend more on holidays than...

Hospitality industry surviving recession with ‘quick action and determination’, says BHA

28-Jun-2012 - With today’s release of revised gross domestic product (GDP) figures showing that the double-dip recession is deeper than originally feared, the British Hospitality Association (BHA) believes the hospitality industry can...

Robin Hutson reveals The Pig plans, declares the time is right for independents

27-Jun-2012 - Hotel du Vin co-founder Robin Hutson has revealed he is close to exchanging contracts on a hotel in the South which will become the third venue under The Pig brand...

UK mid-market hotel sector faces further consolidation, says HVS London

27-Jun-2012 - With a number of UK mid-market hotel groups now sporting a for-sale notice, the sector is set to experience further consolidation in the three and four-star properties as lenders seek...

Marriot tops list of World’s 10 Best Hotel Chains in terms of online performance

15-Jun-2012 - Marriott has been named the World’s Best Hotel Chain in terms of online brand performance, followed by Best Western and Hyatt, according to a new research report.

Peel Hotels blames 'toughest' financial year on VAT

08-Jun-2012 - Peel Hotels has reported a drop in revenues from its nine hotels resulting in a significant fall in profits of 54 per cent which the London-based company has attributed to...

Top 10 best business hotels revealed

06-Jun-2012 - Birmingham's Bloc Hotel has declared free hotel Wi-Fi internet remains the most crucial feature for corporate guests as it is named the best for business travel by hotel discount specialist LateRooms.com....

Robert Cook claims hotel brasserie is 'dead' as he relaunches De Vere Village Hotels

05-Jun-2012 - Village Hotels has been relaunched as De Vere Village Urban Resorts by newly-appointed chief executive Robert Cook, who has revealed target locations for the expanding brand and created a new restaurant concept, declaring the hotel...

Independent and chain hotels named on UK best workplace list

29-May-2012 - Global hotel chain Accor and the independent Summer Isles Hotel in Achiltibuie, North West Scotland, have both been named in a list of the best workplaces by the Great Place to...

Hotel chains push up standards in independent venues

23-May-2012 - Independent hotels should not be concerned by the growth of larger chains offering so-called lifestyle brands or imitating the success of the boutique sector, according to a group of hoteliers...

What recession? London hotels boast highest occupancy rate of any Olympic host city

23-May-2012 - With London bracing itself for a bumper summer, packed full of once-in-a-lifetime events including the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and the 2012 Olympics, the city’s hotel market is booming, with the...

Jurys Inn meetings business secures AIM accreditation for all UK venues

10-May-2012 - Jurys Inn has become the first international hotel group to secure AIM accreditation from the Meetings Industry Association (MIA) for all its UK venues and is the latest hotel operator to...

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Merseyside hotel doubles capacity using renewable energy specialist

10-May-2012 - Merseyside's Mere Brook House Hotel, near Thornton Hough in the Wirral, has opened a new cottage conversion with a design aided by a renewable energy specialist; doubling the capacity of the venue....

Dedicated hotel insurance solution launched by Cooke & Mason

08-May-2012 - The commercial insurance specialists Cooke & Mason has launched Hotelcover, a new insurance and risk management solution designed specifically for hotels and the leisure industry.

Village Hotels expands with luxury room launch as De Vere Group disposes hotels

23-Apr-2012 - De Vere Group has announced it has disposed of two hotels with plans to sell two more to fund development of its brands including De Vere Village Hotels where Robert...

PLANET 21: Accor launches global strategy for sustainability

13-Apr-2012 - The world’s largest hotel operator, Accor, has today launched a comprehensive sustainability programme as part of its bid to reduce CO2 emissions by 10 per cent by 2015.

Good news for hotels as domestic trips on the up

05-Apr-2012 - Hoteliers across the country will welcome the news that domestic trips and holidays have increased for the third consecutive year to record levels, with total spend also on the up.

Budget 2012: The hotel industry's reaction

21-Mar-2012 - While one or two measures announced in today’s budget have been welcomed by the UK hotel industry, Chancellor George Osborne has left many businesses in the dark and avoided a...

Hotels in Glasgow see 200% surge in bookings

13-Mar-2012 - Hotel bookings in Glasgow have increased by 200 per cent in the past four years, second only to London in the most popular list of shopping destination cities.

February hotel prices plummet, London continues to buck the trend

20-Feb-2012 - Hotel prices have dropped across every city in the UK apart from London, which is one of only seven major cities in Europe to have seen an increase in room...

UK hotel transactions on the up

01-Feb-2012 - The number of European hotel transactions has risen by nine per cent since 2010 and the UK remains the most active investment market of them all, with total transaction volume...

Business Outlook 2012: What’s in store for hospitality?

18-Jan-2012 - Restaurants, hotels and pubs had mixed fortunes in 2011, with all three hospitality sectors suffering a decline in property prices. But there is hope on the horizon, with the potential...

Premier Inn launches free Wi-Fi service across all hotels

11-Jan-2012 - Premier Inn, the UK’s largest budget hotel chain, has today launched a free Wi-fi service across all of its properties, offering customers up to half an hour of unlimited connectivity....

Travelodge: 2011 review and 2012 outlook

20-Dec-2011 - Following a year which saw Travelodge develop its Metrolodge strategy as well as securing deals with pubs and supermarkets, the budget hotel chain has added a further 146 new UK...

UK hotel prices surge by up to 200% for New Year’s weekend

09-Dec-2011 - Hotels across the UK are ramping up their tariffs over the New Year’s weekend, with Edinburgh hotels charging almost three times more for a one-night stay in a standard double...

BHA annual report reveals challenging year for hotels - could 2012 be the turning point?

08-Dec-2011 - The perfect storm of the financial crisis, high rates of VAT and planning delays took its toll on the hotel sector in 2011, with 36 per cent fewer hotel rooms...

Increased marketing is the key to 2012 success for hotels

05-Dec-2011 - The majority of hoteliers believe that the sector will realise a sustained upturn in 2012, while 82 per cent believe a hotels most important business priority over the next six...

Hospitality entrepreneurs on the rise

28-Nov-2011 - The numbers of young entrepreneurs starting up businesses in the hospitality industry is on the increase, according to a recent report, which defined the sector as ‘vulnerable’ due to short-term...

London hotel room prices leap by a third year on year

22-Nov-2011 - London hotel prices in November 2011 have risen 33 per cent in the past year to £177 per night, making the UK capital one of the main drivers for European...

‘Hotel sales to rise in 2012’, says Colliers Hotels head as Yorkshire Dales hotel put on the market

21-Nov-2011 - Julian Troup, newly-appointed director of Colliers International’s Hotel Agency team, has predicted a dramatic rise in the number of hotel buyers in the market over the next 12 months.

London hotels bounce back after riots

26-Oct-2011 - Following the negative financial effects of the riots in August, London hotels have bounced back in September and are on track for a record-breaking year.

London’s W hotel sold for £200m to overseas investor

22-Sep-2011 - The 192-bedroom W London-Leicester Square hotel has been sold for almost £200m in what is one of the most high-profile hotel transactions of the year.

Pet-friendly hotel bookings rise by 132% in past year

16-Sep-2011 - Pet-friendly hotels have seen a 132 per cent rise in bookings in the past year, according to hotel bookings and review site LateRooms.com.

UK hotels’ buoyant summer expected to dip in August

30-Aug-2011 - UK hoteliers have enjoyed a buoyant summer season so far, underpinned by a continued trend for the staycation, although operators are being warned not to expect the same result for...

London hotels have ‘shrugged off recession’

05-Aug-2011 - London hotels have ‘convincingly shrugged off the recession’, having recorded the 19th consecutive month of year-on-year profitability growth, while provincial hotels also return to growth.

More business failures expected for hospitality SMEs

01-Aug-2011 - Small businesses in the hospitality sector should be particularly vigilant of their business strategies over the years ahead, as corporate financial analysts warn that the worst is still to come.

June provincial hotel profitability might not last, warns TRI

29-Jul-2011 - June was the 19th profitable month in a row for hoteliers in London, while it was the first profitable month since January for provincial hotels, according to the latest HotStats...

Hoteliers notice signs of consumers saving money

28-Jul-2011 - Hotel and B&B owners around the UK have said that summer business this year has been broadly positive, although they have noted definite signs of consumers saving money.

European hotels trade well as traveller demand grows

26-Jul-2011 - Hotels across Europe have seen occupancy and rates increase over the past six months, as business and leisure demand continues to improve, according to recent data from the hotel market...

UK leads in holidays for seniors

20-Jul-2011 - The UK is the largest single source of over 55 year-old holidaymakers, a population group that makes up more than a quarter of all holiday travel in Europe.

Hotels: meeting the needs of female travellers

15-Jul-2011 - Hotels must develop and focus their services to meet the needs of female business travellers, a growing demographic with very specific travelling needs, reveals a study from the United States.

Important UK cities see hotel rates dip to lowest point this year

15-Jul-2011 - In UK cities such as Manchester and Birmingham, hotel prices have fallen to their lowest point since the beginning of the year as visitors prefer beach destinations.

Hospitality execs plan investment as optimism increases

08-Jul-2011 - Senior executives in the hospitality sector worldwide are more optimistic than their peers in other industries about the prospects of the economy, with many of them gearing up for growth...

London Bulgari hotel expects ‘no competition’ in luxury market

01-Jul-2011 - Marriott and Bulgari have said their designer-brand luxury hotel is on track to open in London’s Knightsbridge early next year, and will not face competition in the contemporary luxury market....

Hoteliers have their work cut out over next year, says PwC

30-Jun-2011 - Hotels in the UK have been through a volatile six months, and although revenue is likely to continue growing the landscape ahead will be challenging, said PricewaterhouseCooper (PxC) in its...

Sofitel launches Legend luxury hotel label

30-Jun-2011 - The French hotel chain Sofitel this month officially launched its new luxury Legend brand, which forms part of plans to expand its reach in the UK and internationally.

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Diners willing to pay more for steak in restaurants and hotels than pubs

29-Jun-2011 - Consumers are happy to pay more for a steak in a restaurant or hotel than in a pub, with almost half prepared to fork out up to £17.

Hilton invests in Wi-Fi upgrade across UK hotels

28-Jun-2011 - Hilton Worldwide will be upgrading its customer internet access across hotels in the UK, as part of plans to improve its guest services.

London hotels recover from Royal Wedding let-down

27-Jun-2011 - Following disappointing trading during the Royal Wedding, profitability in London hotels picked up in May, boosted by a series of sporting, cultural and political events, finds the new HotStats survey.

Waldorf and Hyatt Regency hotels fall into administration

27-Jun-2011 - The Waldorf hotel in London's West End and the Hyatt Regency in Birmingham have been put up for sale after their holding companies fell into administration.

Profit decline forecast for provincial hotels in 2011

23-Jun-2011 - Hotels across the country have posted a healthy performance in May, but full-year profits are forecast to decline in the provinces as inflation and the VAT rise continue to impact...

UK hotel performance: the past, present and future

16-Jun-2011 - Delegates at the inaugural Boutique Hotel Summit this week were told to watch their pricing structure for the 2012 London Olympic Games to avoid pricing themselves out of the market.

Learn from Royal Wedding and avoid Olympics price hiking, hoteliers warned

16-Jun-2011 - London hoteliers, particularly those in the luxury sector, are being warned to learn from the disappointment of the Royal Wedding trade and avoid ‘pricing themselves out of the market’ for...

Learning from abroad: Hotels

16-Jun-2011 - Many major hotel trends reach our shores after first taking a hold in international markets. In the second part of this month’s feature, BigHospitality takes a look at the latest...

Hotel prices are more important than brands, finds survey

13-Jun-2011 - Nine out of ten UK travellers say they value the price of a hotel more than its brand, finds a new survey.

Travelodge releases study on futuristic hotel rooms

13-Jun-2011 - Hotel rooms of the future will offer guests the ability to customise the walls and surroundings of their rooms to transform them into the venue of their choice, allowing for...

UK hotels oppose ‘bed tax’ suggestions

10-Jun-2011 - The UK hotel industry has again strongly opposed suggestions that it should carry any additional taxes on rooms, amidst moves by some European cities to introduce the levy.

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Learning from abroad

07-Jun-2011 - With the hospitality industry becoming increasingly competitive, operators should be drawing inspiration from those that are performing ahead of the market in order to run their business more effectively.

Tourists spent £114bn in UK in 2008, says ONS

26-May-2011 - Domestic and foreign tourists spent a total of £114bn in the UK in 2008, with more money forked out on food than on hotels, according to a new set of...

Royal Wedding boost for hotels was lower than expected

26-May-2011 - Hotels in London posted strong results for April, but the contribution from the Royal Wedding was far lower than expected, according to new data from TRI Hospitality.

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Wimbledon prompts more hotel bookings than last year

25-May-2011 - Hotels in London have reported a 14 per cent rise in bookings for next months’ Wimbledon Championships compared to last year.

Battlesteads named Considerate Hotel of the Year

24-May-2011 - Battlesteads hotel and restaurant in Northumberland has been named the Considerate Hotel of the Year 2010/11 for its sustainability initiatives, which include a wood-chip boiler and a vegetable garden with...

UK hotels to house electric car charging stations

23-May-2011 - Hotels across the UK will be installing electric car charging stations on their premises, with the aim of attracting motorists to use their facilities while cars are charging.

Alcohol prices see record hikes in April as inflation rises

18-May-2011 - The UK’s latest inflation hike is likely to cause further damage to the hospitality sector, both in terms of sales and staffing, say sector trade groups.

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London voted 8th top destination by TripAdvisor travellers

09-May-2011 - Although London remains a top destination for travellers from around the world, the popular tourist destination has this year been overtaken by cities in South Africa, Australia and South America,...

UK hoteliers expect hotel demand to increase in Q2

09-May-2011 - Hoteliers across the UK say business is looking up, with the majority of general managers expecting an increase in sales of both corporate and leisure hotel stays in the second...

Recent strong hotel performance unlikely to last

03-May-2011 - The UK hotel industry is continuing to turn around a steady performance despite continuing market pressures, although experts predict the rest of the year will be “less settled” as a...

Cost of eating out rising faster than inflation

27-Apr-2011 - The cost of eating out in the UK is rising faster than inflation, with an average three-course meal eaten out of home now costing almost £19.

Premier Inn gets £1m bookings from mobile app in three months

21-Apr-2011 - Hotel chain Premier Inn says that after just three months of launching a smartphone application it is now seeing over 5 per cent of all hotel bookings made on mobile...

Top four global hotel groups break the 600,000 room barrier

19-Apr-2011 - IHG, Hilton, Wyndham and Marriott are the top four global hotel groups based on number of rooms, with all of them operating over 600,000 rooms throughout the world.

UK hotel performance improved, but future uncertain

31-Mar-2011 - UK hotels saw a significant recovery in 2010 following a challenging environment the year before, but the road ahead remains uncertain, according to an annual hotelier survey from PKF.

German Steigenberger hotel group eyes UK expansion

30-Mar-2011 - The German hotel group Steigenberger is looking to expand its luxury and mid-market hotel brands into the UK as part of its wider international growth strategy.

World’s most ethical hotel companies named

29-Mar-2011 - Hotel giants Marriott, Rezidor and Wyndham have been named the World’s Most Ethical Hotel companies by a leading international think-tank.

Food most disappointing budget hotel experience, finds survey

28-Mar-2011 - The food and drink operation at budget hotels has been named the biggest disappointment when it comes to meeting customer expectations, with many consumers believing it should meet the quality...

BHA backs hoteliers after criticism of Olympics profiteering

25-Mar-2011 - The British Hospitality Association (BHA) yesterday refuted claims that the country’s hotels are profiteering by charging higher room rates during the Olympic Games.

London hotels rank 8th most expensive in the world

24-Mar-2011 - London hotel prices have increased by 7 per cent over the last year, making the capital the eighth most expensive city to stay in, finds a new study.

UK hotels struggle through fourth annual decline in February

24-Mar-2011 - February has been the hardest month for business in hotels outside of London since the bout of bad weather in January last year, according to the latest data from HotStats.

Chain hotel market stabilises, boosted by budget demand

14-Mar-2011 - The Accor hotel group is by far the market leader in the European chain hotel sector, although Carlson was the chain to see most growth over the past year, according...

UK hotels reveal trends to beat competition in 2011

11-Mar-2011 - Most UK hoteliers don’t plan to increase room rates in 2011, but a more competitive landscape is prompting them to invest in renovation, mobile marketing and social media, according to...

Graduate interest in hospitality jobs soars following Michel Roux’s Service

10-Mar-2011 - TV show Michel Roux’s Service may have inspired a growth in student and graduate interest in hospitality jobs of almost 200 per cent, signalling a shift in the perception of...

London hotels more popular than New York and Paris

09-Mar-2011 - Hotels in London boasted the third highest occupancy levels in the world last year, finishing ahead of those in Hong Kong, New York and Paris.

Budget hotel market most dynamic in industry

03-Mar-2011 - The branded budget hotel sector grew at a rate of one hotel a week during 2010, making it the most dynamic segment of the UK hotel industry.

Hotel room rates push up yield, PKF data confirms

02-Mar-2011 - An increase in hotel room rate has held up performance in the sector, according to the latest market data from PKF.

‘Non-essential’ hotel spend due to decline, warn asset managers

01-Mar-2011 - Hotels throughout the country are expecting to see more growth in their food and beverage offering than in their overall business, but asset managers Vision warn that the landscape ahead...

Hotels across UK hit by tough trading in January

28-Feb-2011 - Hotels in London were faced with lower demand for their rooms in January, indicating that even the resilience of the capital is impacted by the traditionally tough trading month.

CBI: Consumer service firms continue to struggle

24-Feb-2011 - Consumer service firms, such as restaurants and hotels, continued to struggle in the three months to February, as the gap in sentiment between firms that rely on consumer spending and...

‘Facebook Factor’ inspires 52% to make travel bookings

24-Feb-2011 - A new survey has found that the social networking site Facebook has a powerful influence over people’s holiday plans, with over half of users saying that photos on the site...

Quarter of UK hoteliers absorb VAT increase, finds survey

21-Feb-2011 - A quarter of UK hoteliers have decided not to pass on the VAT increase to their customers, while another 27 per cent are only passing on portion of the rate...

Quarter of operators fail to upsell wines

14-Feb-2011 - A quarter of hospitality operators are missing out on potential revenue by failing to encourage their staff to upsell wines, research has found.

London experiencing luxury hotel boom

11-Feb-2011 - London is experiencing a luxury hotel boom ahead of the Olympics, new research suggests.

Food Trends 2011: Dining Trends

31-Jan-2011 - Vouchers and discounts have meant big business for restaurants over the last year, but with consumers increasingly looking for value in more than just their wallets, and with warnings that...

Food trends 2011: Top ingredients

24-Jan-2011 - BigHospitality brings you an exclusive insight into which ingredients will be top of the agenda for some of the UK’s top chefs this year.

Hospitality property prices stabilise as buyer confidence returns

19-Jan-2011 - Restaurant, hotel and pub property prices have stabilised over the past year, although the restaurants sector was the only one of the three to show any significant increase in average...

Food trends 2011: Popular flavours and food pairings

17-Jan-2011 - In the second week of BigHospitality’s food trend feature, some of the country’s top chefs tell us which popular flavours and food pairings they think will be big in 2011....

November trade boost for London and regional hotels

13-Jan-2011 - Hotels delivered a steady performance in November 2010, with like-for-like increases in room rate, occupancy and yield across the board.

Personalisation and technology key to future of hotels, finds report

12-Jan-2011 - The hotel environment is likely to change drastically over the next ten years and innovation based around each individual customer needs to be at the top of the agenda, according...

Food trends 2011: Popular cuisines

10-Jan-2011 - British diners have become more aware than ever of their expanding waistline and shrinking pockets, shifting their taste for out-of-home dining towards lighter, healthier meals that give value for money.

London hotels add £12 to average room rates

07-Jan-2011 - As much of the hospitality industry struggles to keep up revenue streams, hotels in the capital managed to make 2010 a year of growth by charging more for a night’s...

Consumers seek attainable luxury in hotels, finds report

06-Jan-2011 - A new group of consumers is emerging in the UK which is looking for hotel luxury in small doses as a pick-me-up in the midst of economic gloom.

Special feature: 2011 food trends

05-Jan-2011 - Will this be the year Chinese food regains its place in the nation’s hearts? Or will Indian and Mexican cuisine continue to dominate the market?

Review of the Year 2010: The future

23-Dec-2010 - With 2010 almost over its time to look ahead to what the future brings. We’ve spoken to some of the industry’s key players to find out what they believe 2011...

Review of the Year 2010: Hotels

22-Dec-2010 - As 2010 draws to a close, we take a look back at how the hotel sector has evolved in the past 12 months.

British tourism set to rise in 2011

22-Dec-2010 - Britain is on target to attract 300,000 more visitors next year as confidence amongst overseas travellers returns.

News in brief

Eating out is top activity of tourists to Britain, finds report

16-Dec-2010 - Eating out in restaurants when visiting Britain has been flagged up as the top priority of most holiday-makers to the country, according to a new study published by VisitBritain.

White Christmas could be “disastrous” for hospitality

15-Dec-2010 - Hospitality businesses are expected to suffer over the next few weeks, as a second wave of freezing weather hits the UK in the run-up to Christmas.

Hospitality SMEs living ‘on the breadline’, finds study

14-Dec-2010 - Small and medium-sized businesses in the hospitality sector are struggling to make ends meet, with many having no cash flow flexibility to cope in case of emergency, finds a new...