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Cancel culture: Omicron jitters hit Xmas bookings

By Joe Lutrario

Christmas party bookings are taking a hit as fears grow over the latest Covid-19 variant, with operators reporting cancellations of existing bookings as well as a drop off in demand for new bookings.

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The Lowdown: lockdown Christmas parties

By BigHospitality

With the prospect of lockdown 2 putting a dampener on Christmas parties, restaurants are finding different ways of keeping the festive celebrations alive.

Restaurants need to raise their technology game during the festive period


Christmas is coming: give the gift of experience

By Eloise Sheppard

Restaurants need to raise their tech game to ensure the customer experience is slicker than ever during the festive period, says Call Systems Technology managing director Eloise Sheppard.

EPoS Expert: Driving business this Christmas

EPoS Expert: Driving business this Christmas

By Michelle Perrett

Times are tough. Only last month the Coffer Peach Business Tracker revealed that the UK was continuing to spend less on eating out across the branded restaurant, bar and pub sectors.

61% of Brits to dine out on Christmas Day

61% of Brits to dine out on Christmas Day

By Liam Garrahan

Almost two-thirds of the British public have opted to eat out on Christmas day to alleviate the stress of cooking on themselves and their families, according to a report by Bookatable, while the website has seen a 251 per cent increase in Christmas bookings...

How to dress your hospitality venue for Christmas


How to dress your hospitality venue for Christmas

By Debbie Lakin

Debbie Lakin, senior designer at commercial interiors company Hunter Patel Creative Group, offers her top tips to making your hotel, restaurant or pub look suitably festive this Christmas.

Eating out spend rose 4 per cent year-on-year in November, compared to a 8 per cent decline in overall leisure spend

Eating out spend continues to rise

By Carina Perkins

Eating out continued to outperform the overall leisure market last month, with families in particular spending more on meals at pubs and restaurants.

The Jumeirah Carlton Tower at Christmas

Planning for Christmas 2014: Enticing customers in

By Lauren Houghton

It’s the time of year that the hospitality industry starts putting together its festive plans for Christmas, with a number of bigger venues already taking bookings. BigHospitality is starting our special feature on planning for Christmas with a look at...

A Christmas dinner at The Landmark London in the Tower Suite

Planning for Christmas 2014: Your Christmas menu

By Lauren Houghton

In this second part of our special feature on planning for Christmas we look at the latest trends that have cropped up in the festive food and drink world and gather some expert advice on what to consider when putting together the perfect Christmas menu.

with price-sensitive diners booking later than ever, everyone can benefit from a few tips and ideas on how to boost spend through their food and drink offerings

Planning for Christmas 2012: Creating the perfect menu

By Luke Nicholls

It doesn't matter how much you've prepared,what events you’re running,or even if you’re thinking of doing something completely differentthis year, if you want to have yourself a profitable Christmas, the quality and variety of the food and drink...

3663 has released details of its Christmas range of products including new luxury red and gold script crackers

3663 adds new crackers to its Christmas range

By Peter Ruddick

Foodservice wholesale distributor and supplier 3663 has released details of its Christmas range of products including new luxury crackers and the return of Woodland Kraft sustainable crackers.

Kenza Restaurant & Late Night Lounge in London’s Devonshire Square is offering seven Christmas menus and a range of unusual entertainment

Planning for Christmas 2012: Something a bit different...

By Luke Nicholls

What do Elvis Presley, The Mad Hatter and a nautical sailor all have in common? Aside from all being popular choices at a fancy dress party, all three have formed the inspirations for some of the quirkier themes and events that hospitality businesses...

With the Jubilee and the Olympics becoming distant memories, hospitality operator's thoughts are now turning to Christmas and the benefits of planning for a festive, seasonal boost in trade

Planning for Christmas 2012: Why preparation is key to success

By Peter Ruddick

The end of the Jubilee and Olympic summer can mean just one thing – Christmas is coming! As festive thinking caps are donned to work out how to unwrap seasonal profits, what should hospitality operators be doing to plan for the change from gold medals...

Atmosphere Bars & Clubs did better than it forecast last Christmas

Christmas sales up 17% at Atmosphere Bars & Clubs

By Emma Eversham

Chicago's owner Atmosphere Bars & Clubs saw Christmas sales grow by 17 per cent compared to the same period in 2010 as revellers decided to 'let their hair down' during the festive period.

November sales were slow in major pub and restaurant groups

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Pub and restaurant sales slow as Christmas approaches

By Lorraine Heller

Pub and restaurant operators will likely face a tough trading environment as we head towards Christmas, as analysts say the latest sector sales figures reveal a challenging time ahead.

Carluccio's is holding discount Christmas shopping nights

What you’re doing: Christmas special

By Lorraine Heller

Christmas in hospitality this year will be all about adding value to your services so you attract – and keep – new customers, while at the same time keeping your costs down. If you’re stuck for ideas as to how to go about doing this, take a look at what...

A glass of champagne on arrival goes a long way

Profitable Christmas: Adding value to hospitality

By Lorraine Heller

Tightened consumer belts over the Christmas period need not be as damaging to the hospitality industry as you might fear. Despite the expected slowdown, here are some simple measures that can keep people coming through your doors.

Christmas will still be a lucrative time for businesses, despite the recession

How to plan the perfect recessionary Christmas

By Becky Paskin

The recession may be affecting the corporate Christmas party budget, but with our guide on how to offer the perfect festive package, hospitality operators needn’t miss out


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