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Hospitality industry celebrates National Waiter's Day

22-May-2015 - Hospitality businesses around the UK showed their support for National Waiter's Day yesterday (21 May).

VIEWPOINT

Ben Bengougam on Hilton Worldwide's careers programme and encouraging employee development

22-May-2015 - Ben Bengougam started his career washing pots in a hotel kitchen, now he is vice president of Human Resources at Hilton Worldwide. Following the launch of the company’s Youth in Hospitality month  he spoke to BigHospitality about tackling the industry’s skills gap and how recruitment is changing.

Lodge Hotel to target CSR businesses with new sustainable events space

21-May-2015 - A west London hotel is to target socially-responsible businesses with a new 1,800 sq ft energy-saving events space.

UK bids to host 2018 European Bocuse d'Or

21-May-2015 - The UK is one of six European countries intending to bid to host the 2018 edition of the Bocuse d'Or Europe. 

Hotel group Firmdale installs karaoke at two London venues

21-May-2015 - Firmdale is tapping into the trend of hotel businesses providing unusual extras by adding karaoke to two of its upmarket London venues.

Bake Off producers seek professional pastry chefs for new TV series

21-May-2015 - Love Productions, the TV production company behind popular BBC Two series Bake Off are on the look-out for professional pastry chefs and bakers to take part in a new series. 

Honky Tonk Group launches French-Vietnamese restaurant and boutique hotel

20-May-2015 - The owners of the Honky Tonk Group, the American themed restaurant brand, have launched their first ‘quirky’ boutique hotel in London’s Chinatown.

Ed’s Easy Diner CEO headlining Arena Summer Event

20-May-2015 - Hospitality networking association Arena has announced details of its 2015 Summer Event, taking place on 26 June at the Jumeirah Carlton Tower Hotel in London.

London businesses boosted by record-breaking year of tourism

20-May-2015 - London received a record-breaking number of international tourists in 2014, according to official figures.

Malmaison Hotel du Vin to open Hotel du Vin in Stratford-upon-Avon

20-May-2015 - Boutique hotel operator Malmaison Hotel du Vin has announced plans to open a Hotel du Vin in Stratford-upon-Avon next year. 

New management team for boutique hotel concept Urban Villa

20-May-2015 - Union Hanover’s operations arm NoHo has named a management team for its new west London boutique hotel concept Urban Villa.

National Chef of the Year 2016: Semi-finalists revealed

19-May-2015 - The Craft Guild of Chefs has named the 40 chefs who have made the semi-finals of the National Chef of the Year 2016 competition. 

TripAdvisor reports rise in top rated UK hospitality businesses

19-May-2015 - The number of UK hospitality businesses receiving high ratings from customer reviews has risen in the past year, according to TripAdvisor.

The World’s 50 Best Restaurants gives Daniel Boulud Lifetime Achievement Award

19-May-2015 - Chef and restaurateur Daniel Boulud has been awarded the 2015 Diners Club Lifetime Achievement Award by the World's 50 Best Restaurants Awards. 

ASK THE EXPERTS

How changes to employment law could affect your hospitality business

18-May-2015 - Shivali Chaudhry  a solicitor at Hamlins LLP, explains how recent changes to employment law and holiday pay could affect businesses in the hospitality industry and suggests ways to mitigate risk. 

Marriott Hotel Park Lane launching Roofnic pop-up restaurant

18-May-2015 - London's Marriott Hotel Park Lane is opening its second restaurant, a pop-up rooftop site, from 23 May.

Accor expands UK portfolio to Leeds and Derby

18-May-2015 - International hotel group Accor has announced plans to open two further sites under its Mecure and ibis Style brands in Derby and Leeds.

TRENDS

Dining trends: Restaurants must adapt menus to cater to all age groups

15-May-2015 - Operators must engage with customers and adapt their menus to target the needs of all age groups, according to a new study.

Hilton Worldwide launches Youth in Hospitality month

15-May-2015 - Hilton Worldwide has launched its largest ever global careers initiative showcasing hospitality jobs to young people.

Brakspear boosts managed pub estate with Grade II listed George Hotel

13-May-2015 - Brakspear has added to its fledgling managed pub estate with the purchase of a Grade II listed site in the Cotswolds.

A Hotel in Every Port: Travelodge targets ports for hotel sites

13-May-2015 - Travelodge has said it is scanning key port locations across the UK for potential hotel sites in a bid to capitalise on the growing interest in cruises. 

AA B&B Awards 2015: Redruth B&B The Old Railway Yard named UK's friendliest

13-May-2015 - The Old Railway Yard in Redruth, Cornwall, has been named the Friendliest B&B in the UK by the AA in its annual B&B Awards. 

Serviced apartment sector continues regional growth

12-May-2015 - Lack of supply and a strong corporate market continue to drive growth in the serviced apartment sector outside of London, according to industry data analysts STR Global.

Election 2015: Hospitality industry reacts to result

08-May-2015 - The hospitality industry has welcomed a clear majority result in the general election, after fears that a hung parliament could create uncertainty for businesses .

Jupiter Hotels sees 'significant' results through investment in Mercure estate

07-May-2015 - Hotel management company Jupiter Hotels has seen 'significant' results from a multi-million pound investment into its Mercure hotels estate, according to chief executive Shane Harris.