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.

People eating out as much as last year despite fall in consumer confidence

18-Aug-2017 - People are continuing to eat and drink out much as they did last year despite a fall in consumer confidence, new figures from the Coffer Peach Business Tracker have shown.

Zetter Group to open first Manchester hotel

28-Jul-2017 - London’s The Zetter Group is finally heading north after plans to open its first Manchester hotel were approved by the city council yesterday (27 July).

The AA names Berkshire and Surrey as hospitality top spots

25-Jul-2017 - Berkshire has been named the ‘hospitality capital of England’ based on an average of ratings awarded by the AA and VisitEngland.

Michelin buys 40% stake in Robert Parker wine guide

06-Jul-2017 - Michelin has acquired a 40% stake in Robert Parker Wine Advocate and 

Government to consider cutting Tourism VAT in Northern Ireland

27-Jun-2017 - The Government is to reconsider the rate of Tourism VAT in Northern Ireland as part of the Conservative deal with the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP).

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.