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Trends & Reports

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

Gauthier Soho goes vegan after demands from celebrity diners

24-May-2016 - A top Soho restaurant has become the first fine-dining venue in London to permanently offer a fully vegan tasting menu in response to growing customer demand.

Online reviews 'could provide £3.2bn boost to hospitality' by 2026

24-May-2016 - Better handling of online reviews left on sites such as TripAdvisor could provide a £2bn boost to the hospitality industry over the next decade, a new study claims.

TRAVEL AND TOURISM

China moves into UK's 10 most valuable inbound markets

23-May-2016 - China has moved into the UK's top 10 most valuable inbound markets as new figures for 2015 show visits from the market rose 46 per cent to 270,000 and spend...

Beer lists and tasting notes attract female beer drinkers

23-May-2016 - Pubs, restaurants and hotels offering beer lists with tasting notes would be more likely to sell beer to women than those trying different techniques, the results of a survey into...

Raw fish restaurant Ahi Poké to open in Fitzrovia

23-May-2016 - The trio behind Mayfair’s North Audley Cantine and Chez Chow are set to debut a new Hawaiian-themed restaurant in London this summer. 

Restaurants 'missing out' on half a million vegan diners

20-May-2016 - Restaurants are missing out on thousands of vegan customers by failing to offer a variety of dishes without animal products.

The top 5 stories in hospitality this week 16/05 - 20/05

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

Tourist visits to the UK hit an all-time high

20-May-2016 - The number of people visiting Britain in the first three months of the year has hit a record high, latest figures from the Office of National Statistics have revealed. 

JD Wetherspoon launches price war with 99p takeaway coffee

19-May-2016 - JD Wetherspoon is taking on the high street coffee giants with the launch of takeaway tea and coffee for just 99p.

BHA Hospitality & Tourism Summit 2016: Being connected essential to success

19-May-2016 - Hospitality and tourism businesses must be connected to help build ‘successful and responsible growth’ according to the organisers of this year’s British Hospitality Association’s (BHA) Hospitality and Tourism Summit....

Coffee chains launch Google's Android Pay in the UK

18-May-2016 - Customers at the UK’s major high street chains will be able to buy their coffee using Google’s Android Pay from today.

What vegetarians want when they eat out

17-May-2016 - Veggie burgers, meat-free sausages and vegetable lasagnas no longer cut the mustard with vegetarian diners, a survey has found with many requesting chefs create innovative dishes using plant-based products instead...

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How chefs can better serve vegetarians and vegans

16-May-2016 - For National Vegetarian Week (16-22 May) , Restaurant magazine columnist Tony Naylor suggests 10 ways chefs can improve their offering for vegetarians and vegans. 

The top 5 stories in hospitality this week 09/05 - 13/05

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

Brits spending more on restaurants by cutting back on essential items

13-May-2016 - Consumers are continuing to spend more on eating out by cutting back on essential items, according to the latest figures from Barclaycard.

EAT expands vegan menu and launches open kitchen concept

11-May-2016 - Fresh food-to-go chain EAT has unveiled a new store design and expanded its range of vegan options ahead of the launch of its largest ever cafe later this year.

UK hotel sector could have reached ‘peak demand’

11-May-2016 - The UK’s hotel market could have reached ‘peak demand’ according to industry analysts as average RevPAR drops for the first time in four years.

Cutting tourism VAT could end UK's £13bn trade deficit

11-May-2016 - The British Hospitality Associtaion (BHA) has ramped up calls for the Government to cut the rate of tourism VAT to fix the UK’s increasingly dire trade deficit.

Edwardian Hotels London launches robot concierge

10-May-2016 - Edwardian Hotels London has unveiled its first artificially intelligent employee – a chatbot called Edward.

Costa to reduce sugar in beverages by 25% by 2020

10-May-2016 - Costa Coffee, the 2,800-site brand from Whitbread, has pledged to reduce the added sugar content in its beverage range by 25 per cent by 2020.

IHG: Travellers hold misconceptions about hotel bookings sites

09-May-2016 - Hoteliers could be facing a tough battle to encourage guests to book rooms with them direct after a survey revealed that 76 per cent use online travel agents (OTAs) because...

Government spends £700k to bring back British seaside holiday

09-May-2016 - Hotels, pubs and restaurants in coastal towns are set to benefit from a £700,000 Government fund to boost seaside tourism.

The top 5 stories in hospitality this week 02/05 - 06/05

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

Brexit 'good for business' says third of independent foodservice operators

06-May-2016 - More than two thirds of independent foodservice operators believe that Britain leaving the EU would have a positive impact on their business with 56 per cent predicting that it would help cut...

Raw and plant-based café Rawligion to open in London

05-May-2016 - Rawligion, a fast-casual café focusing on vegan, dairy-free, gluten-free, raw, plant-based food is to open in London’s Tottenham Court Road in early June.