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The BHA joins with PACE for 2015 forum

19-Dec-2014 - The British Hospitality Association (BHA) has joined forces with the Professional Association for Catering Education (PACE) for this year’s PACE Learning & Development Forum. 

Marlin Apartments to open £28m Waterloo aparthotel

19-Dec-2014 - Serviced apartment provider Marlin Apartments has signed a £28m contract with construction firm McAleer & Rushe to build an aparthotel in London’s Waterloo.

Interstate to open six new UK hotels

19-Dec-2014 - US-based hotel management company Interstate Hotels & Resorts has announced the signing of six new hotels in the UK.

On-trade alcohol sales in need of festive cheer

19-Dec-2014 - Pubs and restaurants have been hit by falling alcohol sales over the past twelve weeks, but could receive a boost as people gear up for the festive period.

Edinburgh hotels hike prices for Hogmanay

18-Dec-2014 - Hotel prices in Edinburgh have increased by 146 per cent on average on 31st December, according to data released by Trivago. 

TripAdvisor Exceptional Service Awards: winners announced

18-Dec-2014 - Six UK hospitality employees have been chosen as winners in TripAdvisor’s inaugural Exceptional Service Awards. 

Plans to turn historic Edinburgh school into top hotel

18-Dec-2014 - Proposals to transform the old Royal High School building on Edinburgh’s Calton Hill into a ‘world-class’ hotel have been announced by project developers Duddingston House Properties (DHP).

Radisson Blu triumphs at Hotel Marketing Awards

17-Dec-2014 - Hotel group Radisson Blu took top honours in four of the six categories at this year’s Hotel Marketing Association Annual Marketing Awards.

People 1st calls for hospitality jobs campaign

17-Dec-2014 - People 1st has called for a ‘hard hitting’ cross-industry campaign to promote the breadth of career opportunities the hospitality and tourism industry can offer.

Marco Pierre White to launch new franchise brand in new year

17-Dec-2014 - The chairman of the franchising group behind Marco Pierre White’s New York Italian and Steakhouse Bar & Grill concepts has told M&C Report another brand is likely to be launched in the new year.

Hospitality Openings: Nov/Dec 2014

16-Dec-2014 - Our latest roundup of the hottest openings in hospitality include Martin William’s first solo venture M, new Danish concept Snaps & Rye and Tom Kerridge’s new gastropub The Coach, as well as the Tulse Hill hotel.

Chef Richard Allen joins Rockliffe Hall

16-Dec-2014 - Michelin-starred chef Richard Allen will take over the running of The Orangery restaurant at Rockliffe Hall hotel in Country Durham in January.  

Twr y Felin luxury hotel to open in Wales

16-Dec-2014 - The Retreats Group will open boutique hotel Twr y Felin in the UK’s smallest city, St David’s in Wales, in the summer of 2015.

Travelodge completes £57m modernisation programme

15-Dec-2014 - Travelodge has completed its £57m nationwide hotel modernisation programme started in March 2013. 

Marriott to open second Residence Inn in Scotland

15-Dec-2014 - Marriott International has signed a deal to open its second Residence Inn hotel in Scotland at the Marischal Square development in Aberdeen.

2% alcohol duty cut could give budget £1.5bn boost

15-Dec-2014 - A 2 per cent alcohol duty cut could boost public finances by £1.5bn in 2015, according to an Ernst & Young report launched alongside the Wine and Spirit Trade Association’s (WSTA) ‘Drop the Duty’ campaign.

New website aims to solve hotel overbooking issue

12-Dec-2014 - Hotel-overbooking.com acts as a bidding platform between hotels with too many guests and hotels with empty rooms, aiming to save operators time when relocating customers.

Viewpoint

Even Frydenberg on Aloft and mid-scale hotels’ need for change

12-Dec-2014 - Even Frydenberg is senior vice president of operations for Western Europe and global initiatives at Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide. He talks to BigHospitality about the Aloft brand and how mid-scale hotels need to change to remain competitive.

News in brief

International visitor spend drops 3%

11-Dec-2014 - Overseas residents spent £6.3bn during their visits to the UK from August to October – a 3 per cent year-on-year drop despite growth in the number of visits.

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Hilton Garden Inn opens at Heathrow

11-Dec-2014 - Hilton has opened new mid-market hotel the Hilton Garden Inn London Heathrow Airport this month.

Whitbread MD Patrick Dempsey steps down

11-Dec-2014 - Managing director of Whitbread Hotels & Restaurants (WHR) Patrick Dempsey  will leave the company on 28 February 2015, ten years after joining.

More growth expected for hotels

11-Dec-2014 - Hotel performance both in London and in the regions is expected to remain strong until the end of the year, according to HotStats’ first Hotel Market Profitability Forecast.

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Prescott & Conran broadens London portfolio

10-Dec-2014 - Prescott & Conran has acquired two new businesses in Shoreditch and is close to signing a further site in Clerkenwell, BigHospitality has learnt.

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ASAP Conference Awards 2014: results announced

10-Dec-2014 - Director of City Apartments David Smith and Staying Cool serviced apartments were among the winners at the Association of Serviced Apartment Providers (ASAP) Conference Awards 2014.

Capital expenses: London tops accommodation price index

10-Dec-2014 - London is the 14th most expensive city in the world for accommodation, according to GoEuro’s 2014 Accommodation Price Index.