Hotel trends

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.

Food For Thought: Holiday Inn benefits from healthier conference menu

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 research revealing a significant increase in mental competence among delegates that ate the healthier food items.

Happy Easter: Hospitality businesses set for bumper weekend

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

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. 

Travelodge opens £11m flagship hotel in Manchester

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

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 the Alveston Manor Hotel in Stratford-upon-Avon.

Starwood Capital buys De Vere Venues

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

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 their support for the initiative.

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

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

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 and Regent’s Park.

Marco Pierre White to open 50 new restaurants

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 Northern Ireland over the next five years.

National Apprenticeship Week: Hospitality industry unites

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

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 next five years.

Customer-focused technology: High-tech hospitality in action

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 benefits of customer-focused technology.

Customer-focused technology: Complete control

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 look at how you can use technology to encourage that customer to visit again.

Quality in Tourism launches new member initiatives

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

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 cent increase in income last year.

Carlson Rezidor launches two new global hotel brands

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

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’

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

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

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

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

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 profession the recognition it deserves. 

Hyatt Place to make UK debut

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

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 growing fast.

OFT clears way for cheaper hotel room discounts

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

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 programme for the remainder of its estate.  

New hotel booking website 'gives OTAs the boot'

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 the intermediates’.

You’re hired: Hospitality’s job creation drive continues into 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 take on new talent this year.

Scottish market town hotel restored to former glory

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

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

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 a point of difference and focus on ‘value’ rather than price.

Back in business: Hospitality property market outlook

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 audio podcast, taken from Christie & Co's annual Business Outlook, should help you to ensure you're on the right track for the year ahead. 

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

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 their positions in the marketplace. 

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

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

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 in the world of restaurants, hotels and pubs over the next 12 months. 

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

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 Provinces seeing a remarkable recovery with continuously strong demand. 

BigHospitality’s 2013 review: What you told us

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 you make of it all? Here’s a look back at some of the biggest issues of 2013.

Business boost for hotels in November, Glasgow steals the show

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

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

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.

Accor increases London presence with new Novotel signing

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 in Wembley for one of its midscale brands, Novotel.

UK hotel rates slip as London capitalises on Olympic boost

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

"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

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

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, with the creation of at least one new brand over the next year.

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

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

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 sector reports.

Hilton snaps up three Jurys Inn hotels

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

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?

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 claiming they will no longer meet their growth targets due to the punitive energy costs.

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

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 £127bn – 9 per cent of the UK’s GDP.

Peter Gowers replaces Grant Hearn as new Travelodge boss

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

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 is becoming a must for the vast majority of guests.

Travelodge starts work on six new hotels

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 and the Isle of Wight.

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

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 modern restaurant that reflects the timelessness of the five-star London hotel. 

Simon Rogan to open restaurant at Claridge’s

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

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 that buyer confidence has returned? 

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

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

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

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 media channels with over 90 per cent completely avoiding offline promoters such as high street travel agents. 

Independent Hotel Show 2013 preview

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 preview of what’s happening.

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

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 across the country over the next seven years.  

Macdonald introduces free Wi-Fi

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 39 of its 45 hotels in the UK.

Hudson’s House joins VQ at St Giles Hotel

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

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

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

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 they did five years ago and three-quarters claiming it is having a negative impact on their brand.

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

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 launch’ with four properties opening in London and 2088 new rooms around the world by 2015.

Dominvs plans new Manchester hotel and Darlington Holiday Inn

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

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

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 and launching new formats to suit this change in demand. What developments can we expect for the year ahead? 

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

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

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 the pre-Olympic year of 2011, profits and revenues were up significantly. 

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

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

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 centre.

Future looks bright for hoteliers after another strong showing in August

‘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

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 optimistic about their business’s profitability in 2014.

Whitbread sales growth slows, Premier Inn boosted by London demand

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

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 beginning.

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

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

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 Provinces rose by 9.4 per cent. 

Grant Hearn to leave Travelodge, new chief executive sought

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

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 of De Vere Hotels and De Vere Village Urban Resorts, will be the first speaker on the second day.

Thistle puts MICE in the spotlight

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 properties and a new conference-focused F&B offering being rolled out across its 31-strong estate. 

Hub by Premier Inn: Whitbread launches cheaper budget hotel brand

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 offering rooms around 25 per cent cheaper than standard Premier Inn pricing.

Hospitality Openings: May/June 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 by hospitality businesses in May and June 2013.

London's hoteliers celebrate a profitable May

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 month, according to two new reports.

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

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 manages to keep its family-run feeling.

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

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 TV series which seeks to find out ‘who's right and who's wrong’.

#SocialHotel: Five top tips for social media success

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, as we discovered in our trip to the recent Boutique Hotel Summit.

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

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 specialised firms involved in the industry continually increasing.

Great Northern Hotel considering franchise agreement with major hotel chain

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 property under a franchise agreement.

Premier Inn snaps up seven in the North West

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 and North Wales.  

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

‘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 grip of the sector with the emergence of so-called lifestyle brands, how can independent boutiques stand out in an increasingly crowded segment?

Ferguson farewell highlights positive impact of sport on hotels

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 Ferguson’s retirement - are having a big effect on hotel prices, bookings and occupancy rates.

DoubleTree by Hilton snaps up two more London hotels

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 refurbishment programme.

TripAdvisor launches free review collection and management services

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

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 later this month.

Snoozebox ‘disappointed’ by £4.4m loss

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

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

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 the hotel and the wider public.

Starwood's second Aloft hotel set for Liverpool

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

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 across the region.

De Vere Venues put up for sale

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 De Vere Group insists it ‘is not under any pressure to undertake a disposal’.

Flying high: Travelodge opens fifth hotel at Heathrow

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

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 20 moving under franchise agreements.

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

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 which the hotel group hopes will appeal to what it calls an ‘increasingly broad variety of guests’.

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

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 more to follow in Birmingham, London, Edinburgh, Manchester and Glasgow.

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

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 of businesses optimistic about the year ahead.

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

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 Inn and Crowne Plaza.

Travelodge targets 145 new London hotels within 15 years

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 over the next 15 years.

Considerate Hoteliers welcomes three new members, relaunches website

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

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 of the year.

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

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 be ‘the year of the portfolio deal’.

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

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 the business benefits for a special video report.

Hopes and fears: 2013 hotel outlook revealed

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 investor interest.

Hoxton Hotel brings disability facilities to life online

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 online, highlighting the disabled facilities available in all of its public areas and rooms.

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

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 not visions of the future, they are happening right now. 

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

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

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 fact cause a decline in Revenue per Available Room (RevPAR) across the capital.

Business confidence hits new low, BHA remains optimistic for hospitality

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 for growth and creating jobs.

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

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 growth but those in other regions slumped to a fifth consecutive year of decline.

Hospitality administrations drop to lowest level in five years

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 woes'.

Is the financial stress beginning to ease for UK hotels?

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 per cent of hotel sales last year were ‘distressed transactions’ emanating from administration or receivership.

Social media remains ‘missed opportunity’ for hospitality businesses

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 it comes to maximising the potential of the likes of Facebook and Twitter.

Supply and demand growth predicted for UK hotels in 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 STR Global estimates there will actually be an increase in supply and demand in 2013, both in London and regional UK.

Hotel prices drop to lowest in two years

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 last month.

Business Outlook 2013: What’s next for hospitality?

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

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 2013’. Meanwhile hotel prices have fallen this month, to nearly the lowest point of 2012.

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

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 ‘up its game’ in the increasingly competitive marketplace.

Premier Inn opens largest UK hotel at London Gatwick Airport

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 Airport.

Grand designs: The evolution of style in luxury hotels

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 'design-led', 'luxury' and 'boutique' hotels populating the sector, how key is the design of a hotel to its overall success?

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

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 meetings markets for hotels and venues. 

Retaining staff is key for 2013 success, claims hotelier

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, claiming ‘the power of people’ is enough to keep a business afloat during the recession.

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

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

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 a multi-million pound investment across its estate.

Meliá’s ME London hotel all set for opening

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 rooftop lounge and bar.  

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

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

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 restaurant at County Hall and introducing a revamped dessert menu.

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

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 the lack of any bounce in spending during the Queen’s Jubilee and the Olympics.

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

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 room (RevPAR) last month.

Rick Stein on the hunt for further accommodation partnerships

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

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 and into 2014.

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

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 the hotel, restaurant and pub sectors. 

Hospitality insolvencies continue to rise

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?

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 think the show will have an eventual wider impact on our hospitality industry - are they right? BigHospitality went behind the scenes at the hotel to find out.

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

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 the number of its bedrooms from 58 to 138, in just two days.

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

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 discover whether the long-term benefits of becoming more eco-friendly and sustainable outweigh the initial costs.

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

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 taking on more apprentices of their own.

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

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 combined sum of £4.5m.

Hotel prices fall across the UK

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

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 hotel performance and hospitality insolvencies paint a very different picture.

Funding hospitality: Private investment

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 equity houses and venture capital.

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

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 accommodation pricing before the Olympics leading to a detrimental decline in business.

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

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 hotel to join venues in London and now Bath.

Premier Inn on course for three million sq.ft of new hotel space for 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 of three million sq.ft by the end of the year, with 14 properties in the pipeline.

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

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 this summer will have no lasting effects on business.

London 2012 Olympics: Hotels slash prices to fill remaining rooms

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 a bid to fill any remaining rooms.

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

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 has revealed.

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

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 a hotel see the presence of a spa as a key decision in their choice.

Hotel hygiene ‘critical’ to avoid negative online reviews

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 found.

TripAdvisor boosts UK tourism and raises industry standards, finds study

User-generated review websites such as TripAdvisor are encouraging higher spending and longer stays in the UK, with users more likely to increase their time and spending in hotels, a new study has found.

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

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 the rest of the year.

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

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 night in the capital costing £210.

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

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 in 2011, according to a recent survey.

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

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 have something to smile about, having actually achieved growth during the final quarter of last year.

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

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 as expansion plans continue in a climate he says is 'right' for independents.

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

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 to move into the next stage of action regarding over-geared groups.

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

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

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 the VAT rise and the economic climate.

Top 10 best business hotels revealed

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

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

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 brasserie 'dead'. 

Independent and chain hotels named on UK best workplace list

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 Work institute.

Hotel chains push up standards in independent venues

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 discussing the industry at the Boutique Hotel Summit.

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

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 highest occupancy base of all time for any host city of the Games. 

Jurys Inn meetings business secures AIM accreditation for all UK venues

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 announce its ambitions in the meetings sector.

Merseyside hotel doubles capacity using renewable energy specialist

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

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

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 Cook has launched a new luxury room type; 'Upper Deck'.

PLANET 21: Accor launches global strategy for sustainability

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

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

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 number of major issues hampering the sector.

Hotels in Glasgow see 200% surge in bookings

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

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 rates for February.

UK hotel transactions on the up

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 of €2.7 billion.

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

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 for an increase in opportunities and transactions in 2012.

Premier Inn launches free Wi-Fi service across all hotels

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

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 locations to its target requirements list for 2012.

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

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 room.

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

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 opening than predicted at the start of the year.

Increased marketing is the key to 2012 success for hotels

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 months should be to step up its marketing activities.

Hospitality entrepreneurs on the rise

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 operating challenges.

London hotel room prices leap by a third year on year

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 price recovery, online booking service Trivago reported today.

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

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

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

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

Pet-friendly hotels have seen a 132 per cent rise in bookings in the past year, according to hotel bookings and review site

UK hotels’ buoyant summer expected to dip in August

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 August.

London hotels have ‘shrugged off recession’

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

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

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 report from TRI Hospitality.

Hoteliers notice signs of consumers saving money

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

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 consultancy STR.

UK leads in holidays for seniors

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

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

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

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 in their business, according to a new survey by Ernst & Young.

London Bulgari hotel expects ‘no competition’ in luxury market

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

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 latest report.

Sofitel launches Legend luxury hotel label

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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 consumer spending.

UK hotel performance: the past, present and future

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

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 the 2012 Olympic Games.

Learning from abroad: Hotels

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 concepts that have been emerging in hotels abroad.

Hotel prices are more important than brands, finds survey

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

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 interactive audio-visual shopping or tourism, according to a futuristic study commissioned by Travelodge.

UK hotels oppose ‘bed tax’ suggestions

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.

Learning from abroad

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

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 experimental data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

Royal Wedding boost for hotels was lower than expected

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.

Wimbledon prompts more hotel bookings than last year

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

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 a ‘field to plate’ time of four hours.

UK hotels to house electric car charging stations

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

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.

London voted 8th top destination by TripAdvisor travellers

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, according to a new survey by TripAdvisor.

UK hoteliers expect hotel demand to increase in Q2

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 quarter of this year.

Recent strong hotel performance unlikely to last

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 result of global issues.

Cost of eating out rising faster than inflation

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

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 phones, a figure it expects will double in the near future.

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

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

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

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

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

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 of a midmarket hotel.

BHA backs hoteliers after criticism of Olympics profiteering

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

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

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

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 to the latest data from MKG Hospitality.

UK hotels reveal trends to beat competition in 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 a new survey by TripAdvisor.

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

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 the industry as a worthwhile career route.

London hotels more popular than New York and Paris

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

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

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

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 is not so rosy for the non-room side of hotel business.

Hotels across UK hit by tough trading in January

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

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 those that benefit from business investment widened during the period.

‘Facebook Factor’ inspires 52% to make travel bookings

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 inspire them to travel.

Quarter of UK hoteliers absorb VAT increase, finds survey

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 hike, according to a new HotStats report.

Quarter of operators fail to upsell wines

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

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

Food Trends 2011: Dining Trends

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 vouchers could permanently damage brands, restaurants will need to pay attention to other dining trends in order to fulfil their customers’ desires.

Food trends 2011: Top ingredients

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

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 prices, according to Christie + Co.

Food trends 2011: Popular flavours and food pairings

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

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

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 to a new report.

Food trends 2011: Popular cuisines

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

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 stay.

Consumers seek attainable luxury in hotels, finds report

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

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

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 has in store for them and the industry, and look forward to the major openings hitting the UK.

Review of the Year 2010: Hotels

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

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

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

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

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

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 study.

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