Trends & Reports

Analysis of all the latest consumer trends and industry reports to help you operate your business more effectively.

People 1st calls for more higher education training in wake of manager skills shortfall

27-Jan-2015 - People 1st has called for higher education to play a greater role in addressing the future management needs of the hospitality sector, after it claimed the industry will need 66,000...

Feeling valued is top priority for third of hospitality workers

22-Jan-2015 - Two thirds of hospitality workers believe it is important to feel passionate about a job while a third think feeling valued is a top priority, a survey looking into employee...

UK regions feel benefit of overseas visitor growth

22-Jan-2015 - UK regions saw faster growth in overseas visits than London last year, although the capital enjoyed the biggest uplift in tourism spend, according to new analysis from VisitBritain.

Consumer trust is key to building brands, says IHG

20-Jan-2015 - InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) has highlighted building consumer trust as a key challenge for hospitality brands in the year ahead.

European hotel prices show downward trend

19-Jan-2015 - Hotel prices in key European cities have hit their lowest level in four years, according to the latest trivago Hotel Price Index (tHPI).

Blackpool hotel offers midnight marriages after obtaining 24-hour wedding licence

19-Jan-2015 - The Hotel Collection’s Imperial Hotel in Blackpool has launched a ‘midnight marriage’ package to its guests after gaining a 24-hour wedding licence from the council.

Diner mindset survey offers restaurant planning help

16-Jan-2015 - Diners in the North and South East are most likely to splash out on meals spending an average of £113 per month, a new survey looking into differing diner mindsets...

Hunger for hotels leads to 17% property price rise

16-Jan-2015 - Interest from US investors and a return of confidence in the market helped drive up the average property price in the hotel sector by 17 per cent last year, according...

VisitEngland predicts creation of 500,000 tourism jobs in next decade

13-Jan-2015 - VisitEngland has added further weight to the view that UK tourism will continue to boom by claiming that more than half a million new tourism jobs will be created over...

London restaurant and bar groups report record Christmas sales

13-Jan-2015 - London-based restaurant and pub operators, including D&D London and Capital Pub Company have reported record trading figures over the Christmas period.

Eating out sector returns to growth but uncertainties remain, says Horizons

12-Jan-2015 - Trading in the eating out sector is back in growth but remains a long way off peak 2008 levels, foodservice consultancy Horizons has found.

Recruitment agencies report growing demand for hospitality staff

09-Jan-2015 - Demand for both permanent and temporary staff within the hospitality sector rose at the end of last year according to a survey of 400 recruitment consultants.

The year of the 'poshtel': Trend continues with opening of Cardiff hostels

09-Jan-2015 - Two new luxury hostels are to open their doors for business in Cardiff in March as so-called ‘poshtels’ become widely tipped to be one of the most dynamic sectors of...

Profitable 2014 at The Restaurant Group reverses five-year decline

09-Jan-2015 - The Restaurant Group has forecast continued growth in 2015 following a successful Christmas trading period and a profitable 12 months which has reversed five years of decline.

Macdonald Hotels vows to continue investment following 2013/14 profit increase

08-Jan-2015 - Macdonald Hotels is continuing to invest heavily in its estate after reporting a healthy increase in turnover and profit in 2013/4.

Festive cheer: Christmas 2014 a profitable one for restaurant and bar groups

08-Jan-2015 - Restaurants and bars performed well over Christmas and New Year, according to analysts, with some of the country’s major groups reporting bumper sales.

Lobster to feature on more menus in 2015

07-Jan-2015 - Lobster will become much more commonplace, and be available at a lower price in 2015 as the premium seafood becomes increasingly popular across London and the UK.

Restaurant trends for 2015

07-Jan-2015 - Fast fine food, shawarma with drama, rotisseried vegetables and the return of the plate: Restaurant magazine predicts what’s on the menu for 2015.

Gourmet burger market steps up a gear

06-Jan-2015 - Reports of the death of the burger trend have been greatly exaggerated it would appear, with the market set to boom in the coming years as its main protagonists continue...

Serviced apartment sector predictions for 2015

06-Jan-2015 - Two key members of the serviced apartment sector outline their views on what travellers will be demanding of the serviced accommodation market over the next 12 months and why it...

Hotel industry predictions for 2015

05-Jan-2015 - After a year of rising foreign investment, increased hotel transactions and continued threat from OTAs and the sharing economy, what lies ahead for the hotel industry in 2015? We asked...

Top cocktail trends for 2015

05-Jan-2015 - The UK has seen an unprecedented cocktail boom over recent years, and the category is set to outpace the drinks market in 2015. With this in mind, BigHospitality has compiled...

Hospitality design trends for 2015

05-Jan-2015 - Are you seeking out a new look for the New Year? Or opening a new venue? BigHospitality spoke to some of the UK’s hottest interior designers to get their top...

2015 to be record year for UK tourism and hospitality

05-Jan-2015 - The forthcoming year is expected to be a record one for the UK’s tourism and hospitality industries with spend from overseas visitors forecast to reach £22 billion for the first...

BigHospitality's 2014 review: our top 10 stories

23-Dec-2014 - As the year pulls to a close, BigHospitality looks back at some of the biggest stories of the year – from Noma stealing back the title of World’s Best Restaurant...