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The government has pledged to make Britain one of the top five tourist destinations in the world, but is it doing enough to help the hospitality industry achieve that dream? We have rounded up the latest on the big issues affecting tourism - from the campaign to cut tourism VAT to changing visa laws and the rise of the staycation.

Raymond Blanc’s Brasserie Blanc to open its first restaurant in a hotel

16-Jun-2017 - Brasserie Blanc, the French-style restaurant group from two Michelin-starred chef Raymond Blanc, is to open its first site in a hotel, the Marriott Bournemouth Highcliff, on 26 June.

Old War Office to be transformed in to luxury restaurants and hotel

14-Jun-2017 - Raffles Hotels & Resorts is to transform the Old War Office building in Whitehall in to a luxury hotel and restaurants.

Gingerman Restaurants branch out in to hotels

26-May-2017 - Ginger Pig, the Hove restaurant which holds a Michelin Bib Gourmand, has opened as a hotel for the first time over the Bank Holiday.

World's 50 Best Restaurants to celebrate 15th birthday

24-May-2017 - The World’s 50 Best Restaurants is to celebrate its 15th birthday by bringing together five chefs whose restaurants have topped the list for a special event.

Election manifestos fail to mention cut in Tourism VAT

23-May-2017 - The Cut Tourism VAT campaign has criticised the UK’s major political parties for failing to pledge to reduce the tax following the general election.

World's 50 Best Restaurants 2018 heading to Spain

09-May-2017 - The World’s 50 Best Restaurants is returning to Europe to host its 2018 awards ceremony in Bilbao, Spain.

D&D London's South Place Hotel sold

03-Apr-2017 - South Place Hotel, which is operated by D&D London, has been sold to an international investor.

Hutson looking at two new Pigs in 2018

20-Mar-2017 - Hotel du Vin founder Robin Hutson is looking to open two more The Pig sites in Sussex and Kent in 2018, which would bring the restaurant-with-rooms concept to seven, reports our...

Tamburlaine Hotel to open in Cambridge with former Waterside Inn chef

07-Mar-2017 - The Tamburlaine Hotel – from the Dublin-based O’Callaghan Hotel Group ‒ has confirmed it is to open in Cambridge on 20 March, ahead of the previous schedule of 1 April, with a...

Nobu Hospitality confirms more details on London’s first Nobu Hotel

28-Feb-2017 - More details have been released on the first European Nobu Hotel, ahead of its opening in London’s Shoreditch in spring this year.

Brasserie Bar Co plans hotel restaurants

02-Feb-2017 - Brasserie Bar Co, operator of Brasserie Blanc and White Brasserie Company, is looking to open restaurants in hotels as part of its growth strategy.

Yotel to open first central London hotel

31-Jan-2017 - Yotel, the pod hotel chain created by YO! Sushi founder Simon Woodroffe, is to open its first UK city centre site in Clerkenwell, London in late 2018.

New owner to invest in The Isle of Eriska, Hotel, Spa & Island

26-Jan-2017 - Creation Gem, the new owner of The Isle of Eriska Hotel, Spa & Island, is to make a 'significant investment' into the island and its properties to help 'secure its...

Kew Green Hotels plans UK expansion

23-Jan-2017 - Kew Green Hotels has confirmed it is planning further expansion in the UK just over a year after its sale to a Chinese hotel group. 

Accor in talks over HotelInvest sale

18-Jan-2017 - AccorHotels has begun discussions with potential third party investors to take over the majority share in its HotelInvest division, the company said this week.

Industry to Theresa May: make immigration system flexible

18-Jan-2017 - Tourism trade association UKinbound is urging Prime Minister Theresa May to create an immigration system that is ‘flexible’ to the needs of the UK’s hospitality and tourism sectors as well...

Hotel trends: 7 things we'll see in 2017

04-Jan-2017 - From an increased focus on loyalty to the use of storytelling and the rise of themed afternoon tea offerings, the hotel sector makes its predictions for 2017.  

Low Wood Bay Resort & Spa closes for £16m refurbishment

03-Jan-2017 - English Lakes Hotels Resorts & Venues will close the Low Wood Bay Resort & Spa in the Lake District this week to start work on a £16m refurbishment of the...

EasyHotel to open in Leeds

23-Dec-2016 - ‘Super-budget’ hotel brand EasyHotel has revealed plans to open a £5m site in Leeds.

Malmaison founder to open Dakota hotels nationwide

19-Dec-2016 - Dakota - the boutique hotel group created by Malmaison founder Ken McCulloch - has revealed plans to open in all the UK’s major regional cities by 2021.

MPs asked to tackle rural tourism challenges post-Brexit

14-Dec-2016 - MPs are being asked to consider the challenges facing hotels and other tourism businesses situated in the countryside as the organisation representing them contemplates how rural tourism will be supported...

The Coaching Inn Group secures £10m to aid expansion

05-Dec-2016 - The Coaching Inn Group has secured £10m from the Business Growth Fund (BGF) to support its planned £50m expansion across the UK. 

Prime Minister’s local pub sold to Chinese investor

05-Dec-2016 - A pub made famous when it was visited by David Cameron and the president of China has been sold to a Chinese company which aims to turn it into an...

Average room rates fall by up to 20% in UK's major cities

01-Dec-2016 - Average hotel room rates in the UK's cities fell by up to 20 per cent in the third quarter of this year, compared to the same period of 2015, leading...

Ascott launches Lyf brand for millennial travellers

25-Nov-2016 - Serviced apartment group The Ascott Limited is to launch a new brand in the UK targeted at millennial travellers.