The top 5 stories in hospitality this week 04/07 - 08/07

By Sophie Witts contact

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The top 5 stories in hospitality this week 04/07 - 08/07

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What were some of the top stories in hospitality this week? Here's our pick.
  • Hospitality employers could be faced with 'staggering' costs to recruit and retain staff from outside the UK​ once it leaves the EU, an immigration lawyer has warned. If freedom of movement rules are scrapped firms could be forced to 'navigate' a points-based immigration system, leading to a bill of at least £2,675 per employee.
  • In other Brexit news hoteliers have reported that the falling value of the pound has sparked a surge in interest from international visitors.​ In the week following the vote Best Western Great Britain said bookings from US visitors had risen 236 per cent, while a hotel in Edinburgh reported a 50 per cent increase in bookings from China compared to the same period last year.
  • Gordon Ramsay could be set to open a new restaurant in Scotland 12 years after his Michelin-starred venue Amaryllis closed its doors in Glasgow. The chef told fans he would 'definitely' return to the city and was also looking at a site in Edinburgh.
  • Selected restaurants working with Just Eat are to start sending out self-driving delivery robots to handle orders​ in the next few months. The robots will use cameras and sensors to navigate pavements and customers will be sent a secure code to access their meals once their courier arrives.
  • A 'worrying' number of front-of-house staff still don't know enough about wine, a survey has found.​ More than half of diners questioned said waiting staff lacked knowledge of their wine list, despite more than two in five reporting that they would be more likely to buy a bottle of wine if it was recommended by a waiter.

For a full rundown of this week's news click here.

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