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#IHS2014: Hotels that ‘tell a story’ get good reviews, say experts

22-Oct-2014 - Telling your hotel’s story and offering something quirky is vital in getting good reviews, said a panel of experts at the Independent Hotel Show 2014.

#IHS2014: Hotels need to prepare for next downturn

22-Oct-2014 - The UK’s recovery hasn’t yet reached its peak, but another dip is to be expected, and hotels should think of ways to avoid being too affected, according to speakers at the Independent Hotel Show.

Independent Hotel Show Awards 2014: winners revealed

22-Oct-2014 - The award for Independent Hotelier of the Year went to Kit and Tim Kemp of Firmdale Hotels, while The Pig on the Beach scooped the award for Outstanding New Hotel of the Year.

Emails and mobile key to smart direct marketing

21-Oct-2014 - Hotels can reducing the cost of acquiring new customers by implementing smart direct marketing techniques, according to speakers at the Independent Hotel Show.

London tops half-term staycation chart

21-Oct-2014 - London is set to be the most popular destination for domestic trips over the October half-term, with Blackpool and Edinburgh in at second and third place respectively.

‘Bleisure’ travel sees spike in popularity

21-Oct-2014 - More and more business travellers are adding leisure activities and holiday days to their work trips, according to a survey by BridgeStreet Global Hospitality.

Concession on alcohol may be necessary in VAT fight, warns Borel

21-Oct-2014 - Jacques Borel has warned that it might be necessary to make some concessions on alcohol if the cut VAT campaign is to be successful.

Government urged to protect short-term accommodation customers

20-Oct-2014 - The Association of Serviced Apartment Providers (ASAP) has urged the government to include quality safeguard measures to its reform of the law governing planning permissions for short-term lets.

Allied London announces plans for Manchester events hotel

20-Oct-2014 - Property investment company Allied London has announced plans to develop the Manchester Grande events hotel in the city’s St John’s Quarter.

Crescent Group opens second hotel

20-Oct-2014 - The Crescent Group’s second boutique hotel the Crescent Turner Whitstable opened in Kent last week.

Indian summer boosts September hotel performance

20-Oct-2014 - UK hotels enjoyed increased occupancy and rates in September, thanks to favourable weather conditions, as well as political and sporting events, according to BDO.

News in brief

Underfield Hotels goes into administration

20-Oct-2014 - Underfield Hotels, which operates a hotel and leisure facility in Aberporth, Wales, has been placed into administration following a ‘prolonged period of difficult trading conditions’.

#AHC2014: Readying a hotel asset before sale

17-Oct-2014 - There are a few things hoteliers can do to ensure a smooth valuation and sale process, as explained by speakers at the Annual Hotel Conference 2014.

Tune Hotels to open 25 new UK hotels by 2020

17-Oct-2014 - Budget hotel chain Tune Hotels has announced plans to invest £200m to open 25 new hotels in the UK over the next five years.

#AHC2014: The pros and cons of being an owner-operator

17-Oct-2014 - Being an owner-operator allows for complete control of a hotel, but can pose other challenges in terms of expansion and recruitment, according to speakers at the Annual Hotel Conference 2014.

Technology could help attract youth into industry, says Hotel Inspector Alex Polizzi

16-Oct-2014 - Giving the opening keynote speech at the Annual Hotel Conference 2014, Alex Polizzi, who presents the TV show Hotel Inspector, explained that though technology has a role to play in today’s hotel sector, nothing can replace human interaction in customer service.

#AHC2014: Political uncertainty could dampen hotel growth

16-Oct-2014 - Global political uncertainty and the result of the May 2015 UK elections could pose new challenges now that growth has resumed in the sector, speakers at the Annual Hotel Conference 2014 have warned.

Wi-Fi influences hotel bookings as mobile dependency rises

16-Oct-2014 - Over half of global travellers take availability and price of Wi-Fi into account when booking a hotel room, according to the latest Expedia/Egencia Mobile Index.

Hilton launches new ‘Canopy’ hotel brand

16-Oct-2014 - Hilton Worldwide has announced the launch of its new ‘lifestyle’ hotel brand Canopy by Hilton. 

Village Urban resorts to open first Scottish hotel

16-Oct-2014 - Village Urban Resorts will open its first Scottish hotel in Aberdeen this December following a £21m investment.

Gary Neville to support local jobseekers with Hotel Football

16-Oct-2014 - Ex-Manchester United footballer Gary Neville will sign a pledge next week committing Hotel Football to hiring local jobseekers. 

Atul Kochhar will open Sindhu at Compleat Angler

15-Oct-2014 - Details have been released for Michelin-starred chef Atul Kochhar’s new Indian restaurant Sindhu, which will open at the Macdonald Compleat Angler Hotel in Marlow. 

Morris Golden Keys Concierge Awards 2014: winners announced

15-Oct-2014 - The winners of the annual Morris Golden Keys Concierge Awards have been announced, with Ron Crowdy from London’s Royal National Hotel scooping the Lifetime Achievement Award.

Recruitment strategy change needed to tackle £2.7m turnover cost

14-Oct-2014 - The hospitality industry needs to change its recruitment and staff retention strategy in order to reduce turnover, which currently costs the sector £2.7m a year.

MSC updates sustainable fishing standards

14-Oct-2014 - The Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) has overhauled its fishery certification standards to offer better protection to marine life and workers, with benefits for restaurants looking to source sustainable fish.