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London no longer most expensive place to stay in Europe

03-May-2016 - A 2 per cent drop in the average room rate across London’s hotels in the last year means the capital has lost its status as the ‘most expensive place to stay in Europe’.

Leicester City win scores a boost for football tourism

03-May-2016 - Leicester City’s historic Premier League win could provide a boost for hospitality businesses in the area with a surge in international ‘football tourists’.

Hospitality industry urged to be 'decent' over tipping report

03-May-2016 - Trade Union Unite has urged the hospitality industry to ‘do the decent thing’ and accept that staff should take home 100 per cent of their tips.

Cheltenham's Montpellier Chapter hotel to become a Malmaison

03-May-2016 - Malmaison Hotel du Vin Group is to rebrand the Montpellier Chapter hotel in Cheltenham as a Malmaison. 

Michelin restaurants face exposure over poor food hygiene

03-May-2016 - Michelin-starred restaurants in England should be forced to display food hygiene ratings or face a fine, councils have warned.

Government tipping report cautiously welcomed by hospitality groups

03-May-2016 - Hospitality groups have welcomed the Government recommendations that restaurants and bars should not take deductions from staff tips, and that all tips left by customers should be collected directly by staff.

Accor extends National Living Wage to all employees

29-Apr-2016 - Accor is the latest hospitality firm to extend the National Living Wage (NLW) to all staff regardless of age.

The top 5 stories in hospitality this week 25/04 - 29/04

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

Lone Star sells Atlas Hotels for £575m

29-Apr-2016 - Lone Star is to sell Atlas Hotels to London & Regional for £575m.

Hilton named world's most valuable hotel brand

28-Apr-2016 - Hilton has topped a list of the 50 most powerful and valuable hotel brands in the world. 

Report: Restaurant staff not taking allergy requests seriously enough

28-Apr-2016 - Restaurant owners are being urged to do more to educate their staff on the subject of food allergens after a survey of diners with allergies found that a quarter had suffered a reaction when eating out since allergen legislation was introduced in 2014. 

Hospitality & Tourism Summit 2016: Low Pay Commission chair to discuss National Living Wage impact

27-Apr-2016 - Sir David Norgrove, chair of the Low Pay Commission, will talk about the impact the National Living Wage is having on the hospitality industry at this year's Hospitality & Tourism Summit. 

Royal Academy of Culinary Arts reveals Annual Awards of Excellence 2016 finalists

27-Apr-2016 - The Royal Academy of Culinary Arts has announced 59 finalists for its 2016 Annual Awards of Excellence (AAE).

Ashley Palmer-Watts, Tom Kerridge and John Freeman dinner raises £135k for Farm Africa

27-Apr-2016 - A gala event which saw chefs Ashley Palmer-Watts, Tom Kerridge and John Freeman cook dinner for 200 guests has raised £135k for international development charity Farm Africa. 

South Africa's Leeu Collection acquires Linthwaite House Hotel

26-Apr-2016 - South African-based hotel owner and operator Leeu Collection has kick-started its international expansion plans with the acquisition of Linthwaite House Hotel in the Lake District. 

Cyrus Todiwala shares competition success tips as Zest Quest Asia 2017 opens

26-Apr-2016 - Chef Cyrus Todiwala's annual industry competition Zest Quest Asia has opened for entries giving students the chance to win a once-in-a-lifetime culinary trip to Asia and hone their cooking skills.

Whitbread plans Costa and Premier Inn expansion as sales hit £2.9bn

26-Apr-2016 - Whitbread has outlined further expansion of its Costa and Premier Inn chains after recording a boost in profits in 2015. 

Traditional British seaside holiday back in fashion finds Travelodge survey

25-Apr-2016 - Hotels, restaurants and pubs in the UK's coastal locations are set to cash-in this summer as more Brits than ever are planning to spend their summer holiday or take a mini-break at a seaside resort.

BrewDog to open beer-themed hotel after crowdfunding £19m

25-Apr-2016 - BrewDog is set to move forward with its plans to open a craft beer-themed hotel despite falling £6m short of its crowdfunding target.

ASK THE EXPERTS

How hotels can tap into the bleisure market

25-Apr-2016 - As more corporate guests decide to extend their stay in many hotels for a leisure break, Mark Anderson, deputy manager of the Royal Garden Hotel in Kensington, London, gives his top tips to tapping into the 'bleisure' market. 

The top 5 stories in hospitality this week 18/04 - 22/04

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

Tourist visits to the UK reach all-time high

22-Apr-2016 - Britain could be set for another bumper year of tourism after visitor numbers in February broke all previous records.

Earth Day: Hotel group to plant 10m trees by 2021

22-Apr-2016 - International hotel group Accor is planning to plant 10m trees by 2021 using money saved by guests reusing towels instead of sending them to be washed.

VIEWPOINT

Harry Cragoe of The Gallivant on why banning tips is good for business

22-Apr-2016 - Harry Cragoe, owner of The Gallivant restaurant with rooms in Camber, pays all his staff a minimum of £9 per hour and has launched the #toohiptotip campaign to ban service charges in restaurants. He believes more hospitality businesses need to use a similar approach.

Geoff Booth to leave Westminster Kingsway College

21-Apr-2016 - Geoff Booth, centre director for the School of Hospitality at Westminster Kingsway College in London, is to leave his role at the end of the academic year to focus on his chairmanship with the Professional Association for Catering Education (PACE).