The top 5 stories in hospitality this week 11/01 - 15/01

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The top 5 stories in hospitality this week 11/01 - 15/01

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What were some of the top stories in hospitality this week? Here's our pick.
  • Michelin has expanded its business model beyond tyres and restaurant guides by buying online restaurant reservation service Bookatable.​ The company said it was hoping to capitalise on its 'traditional experience in the restaurant industry' by becoming the 'European leader in the online restaurant reservation market'. 
  • UK restaurant group Hawksmoor is set to open its first site outside the UK in New York's World Trade Centre.​ The plans - which co-owner Huw Gott admitted were a 'big deal' - will see the restaurant launch in 2017. 
  • The AA has revealed the latest restaurants to receive three and four rosettes.​ A total of fourteen restaurants - including The Black Swan at Oldstead and Aiden Byrne's Manchester House - received the high-level awards, which are given to around 10 per cent of all restaurants in the AA guide.  
  • The hospitality industry's ongoing battle with Airbnb came to a head this week as British Hospitality Association (BHA) chief exec Ufi Ibrahim told a government Select Committee hearing​ that the site was endangering travellers by allowing users to run 'psuedo hotels' exempt from fire, food and safety regulations.
  • Cote has expanded its restaurant empire by buying the Jackson & Rye and Limeyard brands​ for an undisclosed sum. The restaurant group said it would continue to develop the 'fledgling' concepts alongside its 71-strong core chain.

For a full run-down of this week's news see here.

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