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Spanish hotel group Room Mate outlines UK plans

28-Sep-2016 - Spanish hotel group Room Mate is planning to launch in the UK with central London its first target. 

Four Holiday Inn hotels to be rebranded to Crowne Plaza brand

28-Sep-2016 - Four Holiday Inn hotels are undergoing refurbishment work to become Crowne Plaza hotels, including upgraded bedrooms, new communal areas, meeting spaces, and a new restaurant.

James Durrant now executive chef of the Stafford London hotel

28-Sep-2016 - James Durrant, former executive chef at Jason Atherton’s Maze and Maze Grill, is now executive chef at the five-star, 105-bedroom Stafford London hotel in St James.

British hospitality workers earn 18% more than EU counterparts

28-Sep-2016 - British restaurant employees are earning on average 18 per cent more than those from other EU countries and 20 per cent more than people from non-­EU countries, according to new research from hospitality recruiter, The Change Group.

Travelodge appoints technology officer to drive digital growth

27-Sep-2016 - Travelodge has appointed its first chief technology officer as part of a plan to innovate its digital operations.

Springboard plans first Front-of-House Festival to raise service profile

27-Sep-2016 - Industry charity Springboard is calling for hospitality businesses to support its first Front-of-House festival.

Simon Rogan named Chef of the Year at AA Hospitality Awards 2016

27-Sep-2016 - Simon Rogan has been named Chef of the Year at the 2016 AA Hospitality Awards. 

Young National Chef of the Year 2017 finalists

27-Sep-2016 - These are the 10 finalists for the Young National Chef of the Year 2017 competition, which will be held at the Restaurant Show on Tuesday 4 October. 

Choice Hotels ramps up UK expansion plans

26-Sep-2016 - Choice Hotels International is preparing to ramp up its UK expansion plans as part of an ‘aggressive’ European growth strategy.

Jupiter Hotels purchases three hotels under Holiday Inn and Mercure

26-Sep-2016 - Jupiter Hotels has announced that it has purchased three hotels under its umbrella – the Holiday Inn Darlington, Holiday Inn Dumfries, and Mercure Sheffield Parkway – off a reported guide price of £12m, as part of a wider expansion push. 

What's on at The Independent Hotel Show 2016

26-Sep-2016 - The Independent Hotel Show returns to London’s Olympia on 18-19 October with a busy two days of inspiration, advice and networking opportunities for the UK’s luxury and boutique hoteliers.

The top 5 stories in hospitality this week 19/09 - 23/09

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

Tilda launches Young Chef of the Year 2017 competition

23-Sep-2016 - Young chefs are being encouraged to show off their skills by entering the 2017 Tilda Young Chef of the Year competition.

Marriott completes $13.6bn Starwood merger

23-Sep-2016 - Marriott International has completed its $13.6bn acquisition of Starwood Hotels & Resorts, and immediately announced plans to link up the group’s guest loyalty programmes.

Goodwood Estate to re-brand The Richmond Arms as The Farmer, Butcher, Chef

23-Sep-2016 - Goodwood Estate is to refurbish and re-name its restaurant The Richmond Arms to better showcase the links it has with the estate's producers. 

VIEWPOINT

Goodwood Estate's Darron Bunn on why hospitality businesses have a duty to invest in future talent

23-Sep-2016 - Darron Bunn has racked up more than 20 years' as a chef, working with Marco Pierre White and Nico Ladenis before running gastropubs, leading brigades at five-star hotels and more. As group executive chef at Goodwood Estate he oversees all food operations, managing a team and the in-house Chef Academy. 

Pentahotels puts focus on UK as it secures first London site

22-Sep-2016 - The managing director of German hotel chain Pentahotels says the UK is an 'important market' for the expansion of the brand with more than 30 new locations currently under scrutiny. 

Regional hotels set for ‘record growth’ in 2017

22-Sep-2016 - UK regional hotels are set to see record growth in 2017, but London properties will continue to struggle.

Starwood Capital Group to launch Principal hotel brand

20-Sep-2016 - Private investment firm Starwood Capital Group is to launch a new urban lifestyle hotel brand called Principal. 

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. 

UK hotels increase refurbishment investment by 57 per cent

19-Sep-2016 - UK hotels have increased their refurbishment spending by 57 per cent in the past year to drive their competitiveness, according to new research from business financiers Funding Options.

ASK THE EXPERTS

How hospitality can prepare for the next business rates assessment

19-Sep-2016 - Ahead of the next revaluation of business rates in April next year Richard Wackett, a partner at Montagu Evans, addresses hospitality operator's potential concerns. 

Interstate Europe Hotels & Resorts MD to retire after 17 years

19-Sep-2016 - Hotel management company Interstate Europe Hotels & Resorts has announced that managing director for the UK, Robert Crook (left), is to retire and be replaced by hospitality executive Nicholas Northam (right).

National Chef of the Year 2017 finalists

19-Sep-2016 - These are the finalists for the National Chef of the Year 2017 competition, which will be held at The Restaurant Show on Tuesday 4 October. 

Hotel guests now want ‘affordable luxury’ above nearly everything else, says BDRC

16-Sep-2016 - Hotels hoping to capture both business and leisure travellers should focus on ‘affordable luxury’ to generate bookings and please guests, especially among Millennials, BDRC Continental has said.