Travel & Tourism

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.

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.

Why 'sleeping giant' Hull is a city to watch

21-Nov-2016 - It may not be known as a typical tourist magnet, but Hull is attracting a growing number of hotels and restaurants ahead its stint as UK City of Culture in 2017.

Eden Project revises plans for £8.5m hotel

15-Nov-2016 - The Eden Project has unveiled revised plans to build an £8.5m, 109-room hotel at its Cornish site.

Accor buys stake in boutique hotel brand 25hours

08-Nov-2016 - AccorHotels is ramping up its bid to woo the millennial market by buying a 30 per cent stake in German boutique brand 25hours Hotels.

London appoints first Night Czar to help boost night time economy

07-Nov-2016 - London's night time economy is to get a boost following the appointment of Amy Lamé as the capital's first Night Czar. 

Confidence at 12 month high for UK's hospitality and tourism businesses

01-Nov-2016 - Confidence levels among the UK's hospitality and tourism businesses are at a 12 month high according to figures gathered by tourism trade association UKinbound. 

Hospitality welcomes Government decision on Heathrow

25-Oct-2016 - The hospitality and tourism industry, including the BHA, UKinbound and VisitBritain, has welcomed today’s decision to expand London Heathrow Airport.

DoubleTree by Hilton to make Hull debut in 2017

24-Oct-2016 - Hilton Worldwide has revealed plans to bring its high-end DoubleTree brand to Hull as the area gears up for its stint as UK City of Culture in 2017.

Final recipients of first round Discover England funding revealed

20-Oct-2016 - Projects designed to boost tourism on the East Coast and help international visitors explore the English countryside by electric car are among the final recipients of the government's £40m Discover...

Heathrow hotels see profits drop as passenger numbers slow

11-Oct-2016 - Profits fell more than 11 per cent at hotels at Heathrow in August as passenger numbers through the airport slowed. 

Michelin Guide editor: Manchester still falling short of a star

04-Oct-2016 - Michelin Guide Great Britain and Ireland editor Rebecca Burr has admitted that Manchester’s restaurants are continuing to fall short of the standards needed for a star.

Independent hotels best placed to face up to industry challenges

03-Oct-2016 - The independent hotel sector may have diminished in size, but is best placed to face the challenge of industry disruptors and meet the future needs of the modern traveller, according...

AccorHotels launches Jo&Joe brand to appeal to Millennials

27-Sep-2016 - Hotels giant AccorHotels is to launch new brand, Jo&Joe, in a bid to combine the traditional hotel format with the newer, more disruptive hostel and private-rental concepts.

Star grading system extends to glamping sector

20-Sep-2016 - The star grading system used to measure quality and facilities at hotels, B&Bs and self-catering accommodation is being extended to glamping venues as they grow in quantity and popularity. ...

Hospitality businesses to provide evidence for seaside towns inquiry

08-Sep-2016 - Owners of hospitality and tourism businesses in seaside towns are being asked to help MPs with an inquiry into the problems facing these areas.