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The top 5 stories in hospitality this week 18/07 - 22/07

22-Jul-2016 - What were some of the top stories in hospitality this week? Here's our pick.

The Harilela Group to launch new hotel brand The Hari in London

21-Jul-2016 - Hong Kong-based hotel company The Harilela Group is set to unveil its new global travel hotel brand - The Hari - in London's Belgravia next month. 

M Restaurants launches ‘post-Brexit’ M Social and postpones third M

20-Jul-2016 - The M Restaurants group is to launch M Social, a new brand aiming for the districts in and around London, in what it has called a ‘reaction’ to the ‘post-Brexit landscape’.

Independent hoteliers ‘increasingly dependent’ on OTAs to drive bookings

20-Jul-2016 - Independent hoteliers are increasingly dependent on online travel agents (OTAs) to drive bookings with a quarter being made through these channels, a report has found. 

Hospitality paying staff more than NLW survey finds

19-Jul-2016 - The hospitality industry is paying workers over 25 an average of 27p above the National Living Wage (NLW) a wage survey has reveal

YOTEL splits business into two brands ahead of expansion

19-Jul-2016 - Tech-led hotel brand YOTEL is splitting its business into two brands – YOTEL Airport and YOTEL City – as it forges ahead with plans to expand to 50 sites worldwide by 2020. 

Four ways Pokemon Go can boost restaurant sales

19-Jul-2016 - Pokemon Go has taken the UK by storm, and savvy bars and restaurants are already using the game to boost sales.

Martha Ortiz to open restaurant at InterContinental Park Lane

19-Jul-2016 - Mexican chef Martha Ortiz has announced plans to open a restaurant at the InterContinental London Park Lane next year. 

Starwood to take over Edinburgh's controversial 'ribbon' hotel

19-Jul-2016 - Starwood Hotels & Resorts is to launch its second W Hotel in the UK in Edinburgh’s controversial ‘ribbon’ development.

Deliveroo launches scheme to deliver alcohol within 20 minutes

19-Jul-2016 - Online restaurant delivery company Deliveroo has today launched an alcohol delivery service, in partnership with brands such as BrewDog and Majestic Wines.

Hard Rock International signs Glasgow hotel deal amid wider UK plans

18-Jul-2016 - Hard Rock International has signed a deal for a new hotel site in Glasgow, it has confirmed, soon after announcing plans to convert London’s 900-bedroom The Cumberland hotel by 2018.

Wilson Vale wins Conference Aston catering contract

18-Jul-2016 - Independent contract caterer Wilson Vale has won a three-year contract to provide catering services for Conference Aston in Birmingham. 

The top 5 stories in hospitality this week 11/07 - 15/07

15-Jul-2016 - What were some of the top stories in hospitality this week? Here's our pick.

TripAdvisor CEO denies the site is full of 'fakes and idiots'

15-Jul-2016 - TripAdvisor CEO Steven Kaufer has hit back at critics of his site by defending its policies and users. 

BHA welcomes new culture secretary appointment

15-Jul-2016 - The British Hospitality Association (BHA) has welcomed the news that Karen Bradley, the daughter of a pub and hotel owner, is to take over from John Whittingdale as culture secretary.

UK tourism 'anticipates strong summer' as international visits rise

14-Jul-2016 - National tourism agency VisitBritain is 'anticipating a strong summer' after latest figures from the Office of National Statistics (ONS) recorded a record first quarter for inbound tourists. 

£150k fund to boost foodie tourism in Yorkshire

14-Jul-2016 - Pubs, restaurants and National Parks in Yorkshire are being encouraged to apply for a share of a £150,000 fund to boost local foodie tourism.

Four London hotels win at 2016 Afternoon Tea Awards

14-Jul-2016 - London hotels Claridge's, The Mandarin Oriental, Sanderson London and Grosvenor House have been awarded for their afternoon tea offerings in the first Afternoon Tea Awards. 

How the Galvin brothers are taking their restaurant empire international

13-Jul-2016 - Big fat splodges of summer rain bounce off the tarpaulin that protects Galvin HOP’s outdoor area as its owners outline their plans to open in sunnier climes. 

Accor completes £1.9bn purchase of FRHI

12-Jul-2016 - AccorHotels has finalised its purchase of FRHI Hotels & Resorts - owner of the Fairmont, Raffles and Swissôtel brands - for £1.9bn.

Staycity Aparthotels: Brexit won't change our expansion plans

12-Jul-2016 - The boss of Staycity Aparthotels has said his company will continue with its ambitious plans to grow its business across Europe despite Britain's intention to leave the EU. 

Paul Brackley joins Shangri-La at The Shard as general manager

12-Jul-2016 - Former Beaumont hotel managing director Paul Brackley has joined Shangri-La Hotel at The Shard as general manager. 

BHA calls for 'Seaside Tsar' to save 'forgotten' coastal towns

11-Jul-2016 - The British Hospitality Association (BHA) is calling on the Government to appoint a ‘Seaside Tsar’ to help ‘forgotten’ coastal communities fight back from decades of decay.

Brexit sees hospitality spending slump to three-year low

11-Jul-2016 - Consumer spending on hospitality grew at its lowest level for over three years in the run-up to the Brexit vote, according to Visa UK’s latest Consumer Spending Index.

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How to make your hospitality business pet-friendly

11-Jul-2016 - Jennifer Stevens, co-founder of Pet-Fi, a website designed to connect dog-owners with pet-friendly hotels and restaurants, shares her top tips to making your business more appealing to this market.