Sarah Duignan, director of account management at STR Global

UK hotel performance: the past, present and future

By Becky Paskin

Delegates at the inaugural Boutique Hotel Summit this week were told to watch their pricing structure for the 2012 London Olympic Games to avoid pricing themselves out of the market.

John Brennan, chief executive of Jurys Inn intends to continue revamping the mid-market hotel brand

John Brennan: Jurys Inn has been reinvented

By Becky Paskin

Mid-market hotel brand Jurys Inn has spent the last couple of years reinventing its misconceived budget sector image and doubling its UK and Ireland estate.

Jacques Borel is leading the fight for a lower VAT rate for British hotels, restaurants and pubs

Will the hospitality industry back Jacques?

By Becky Paskin

Britain has one of the highest VAT rates for the hospitality industry in the European Union, eclipsing 21 countries that have a lower rate for hotels, and 13 with a lower rate for restaurants and caterers.

The St. Pancras Renaissance has opened exactly 138 years since its first launch

The St. Pancras Renaissance grand opening

By Becky Paskin

Following a two week soft launch period the five-star St. Pancras Renaissance Hotel has now opened – exactly 138 years since the original hotel at St. Pancras International launched.

Anne-Sophie Pic is the first French woman to gain three Michelin stars

Anne-Sophie Pic on life as a female chef

By Becky Paskin

Anne-Sophie Pic was this week awarded the first ever S.Pellegrino World’s 50 Best Restaurants award for being the World’s Best Female Chef.

Charlie McVeigh feels the budget has let him and other pub businesses down

Budget 2011: How will it affect hospitality businesses?

By Becky Paskin

Pub operators were disappointed to hear that Chancellor George Osborne planned to continue with the beer tax escalator in his budget, increasing duty by 7.5 per cent, but his measures are to affect more hospitality businesses than just pubs.

Minister for Tourism John Penrose is behind the paper

Tourism Strategy: the low-down from John Penrose

By Becky Paskin

The government is on the verge of announcing a new tourism strategy that aims to increase the number of international and domestic tourists for the benefit of the hospitality and leisure industries.

The Bocuse d'Or Arena at Eurexpo in Lyon

Does a big budget equal success at the Bocuse d’Or?

By Becky Paskin

The Bocuse d’Or, the “Oscars” of the culinary world, sees chef teams from across the world invest thousands of pounds into competing for a coveted trophy of the competition’s founder, Paul Bocuse.