Analysis of all the latest consumer trends and industry reports to help you operate your business more effectively.
05-Dec-2013 - Key opportunities that could ‘change the face of tourism’ in England over the next decade have been highlighted in a new report released today by national tourist board VisitEngland.
04-Dec-2013 - Wine spend in restaurants – long seen as a barometer for the premium hospitality sector and key indicator of wider consumer confidence – has stepped up a level in recent months across the UK.
03-Dec-2013 - Oakman Inns & Restaurants, the Peter Borg-Neal-led group, has successfully raised £5.5m of funding through the pub-focused Enterprise Investment Scheme.
03-Dec-2013 - Restaurant magazine looks at the hospitality industry's current recruitment challenges and discusses how they can be tackled in its latest issue, out tomorrow.
29-Nov-2013 - Ping Pong, the London-based dim sum chain, has today reported a reduction in losses over the past year, having recently unveiled a brand new restaurant design at its latest site in Wembley.
29-Nov-2013 - Following the food revolution, the next growth area for the pub sector is gearing up to be accommodation, with a number of operators set to invest significant funds into growing their room stock over the coming 18-24 months and as overseas tourists return to the UK.
28-Nov-2013 - UK hotels collectively enjoyed the ‘strongest month of the year’ in October, with properties in London confirming their rebound and those in the Provinces remaining stable, according to two new sector reports.
28-Nov-2013 - Marston’s has sold more than 200 of its sites for £90m as the brewer and pub operator looks to cut the cost of servicing its £1bn debt and improve the quality of its estate.
27-Nov-2013 - Accor’s new chief executive has announced the business will be divided in two in a bid to maximise operational performance, generate sustainable growth and boost shareholder returns.
22-Nov-2013 - The newly-appointed Minister for Sport, Tourism and Equality Helen Grant has heaped praise on the hospitality and tourism sector for its financial contribution to the UK and its ‘sharp focus’ on job creation.
22-Nov-2013 - Less than a month after being named as ‘the worst hotel chain in the UK’ by consumer watchdog Which?, Britannia hotels has reported a 69 per cent fall in pre-tax profits due to ‘additional demands on the business’.
22-Nov-2013 - The recent announcement that London Underground trains are to run for 24 hours at weekends has been hailed as ‘excellent news’ for the capital's hospitality businesses.
21-Nov-2013 - The hospitality industry's food waste bill could reach as much as £3bn by 2016 if businesses fail to take action, a new report by the Waste Resources Action Programme (WRAP) has found.
21-Nov-2013 - Italian restaurant chain Strada is aiming to broaden its appeal through a number of changes to its menu and the design of its restaurants.
21-Nov-2013 - The inflation-busting price rises announced by ‘the big six’ electricity and gas firms are set to hit the hospitality industry hard this winter, with 67 per cent of business owners claiming they will no longer meet their growth targets due to the punitive energy costs.
21-Nov-2013 - Tourism has become a ‘bedrock’ of the UK economy, generating a third of the UK’s new jobs between 2010 and 2012 and escalating in value to now be worth around £127bn – 9 per cent of the UK’s GDP.
20-Nov-2013 - A new study into the UK hotel industry has revealed that many businesses are in danger of failing to attract modern-day travellers, with a separate survey confirming that free internet is becoming a must for the vast majority of guests.
20-Nov-2013 - The importance of holding meetings to clinch business deals has been emphasised by hotel group Crowne Plaza who has found that those who don’t invest enough time in face-to-face contact could be missing out 24 per cent of additional revenue.
19-Nov-2013 - Hotel companies who want their guests to book with them directly should look at adjusting their pricing, suggests new research, which finds that on average people save up to 15 per cent when booking through an online travel agent (OTA) compared to booking directly with the hotel itself.
19-Nov-2013 - The British Institute of Innkeeping (BII) is urging the Government to protect the existing Personal Licence system, with almost all of the organisation’s members claiming the removal of the need for licences would harm the trade’s professional reputation.
19-Nov-2013 - Enterprise Inns founder and chief executive Ted Tuppen has announced that he will retire from the company in February next year.
19-Nov-2013 - Britain has ranked for the first time within the top 10 most welcoming nations while also retaining its third place as Overall Nation Brand for the third year running.
15-Nov-2013 - Brunning and Price, the Chester-based pub company owned by The Restaurant Group, is opening three more sites by the end of the year, with an ‘even busier’ pipeline next year.
15-Nov-2013 - The Mayor of London Boris Johnson has this week launched ‘Foodsave’, a new scheme to help foodservice businesses maximise profits by reducing food waste and diverting surplus food away from landfill and towards useful purposes.
14-Nov-2013 - Hotel experts say the sector is 'out of the worst' with revPAR and profits now both up on average at hotels across the UK.
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