Quote of the Week
“Teach self-denial and make its practice pleasure, and you can create for the world a destiny more sublime that ever issued from the brain of the wildest dreamer”
Sir Walter Scott
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Story of the Week
If you had 1, 3 or 5 hours to explore London, what would you do?
London Hotel Conrad St. James have launched a ‘Stay Inspired’ initiative which trains and empowers team members to be avid storytellers for their destinations.
Hotel guests are giving insider known-how and under-the-radar experiences not found in the guidebooks. Conrad Hotels & Resorts newly appointed Director of Inspiration Peter Jon Lindberg is tasked with driving the vision behind the initiative.
Lindberg joins Conrad following his tenure as Executive Editor at Condé Nast Traveller, and before this Editor at Large for both Travel + Leisure and Saveur.
He will work with onsite concierge teams to curate Conrad’s collection of bespoke 1, 3, and 5 hour itineraries that inspire guests to seek out local culture, art, food, and adventure at each of the brand’s 24 properties around the globe.
News of the Week
Brexit curbs on migrant workers ‘threaten London’s cafe culture’
Ufi Ibrahim, chief executive of the British Hospitality Association, said up to 35 per cent of the staff in the capital’s restaurants, bars, cafes and hotels were from the European Union. If many quit Britain or new controls severely limit how many can enter, some firms would struggle to survive, she claimed.
“Over half a million people work in hospitality in London
and over 150,000 of those are from the EU”
Londoners come across hospitality every day, whether at the coffee shop, the waitress in a restaurant, the person pulling their pint.
eHotelier Hospitality News
Les Roches launches IB career-related programme with Collège du Léman, Geneva
Les Roches Global Hospitality Education announced that it is running a Career-related Programme in hospitality for well-known Swiss International Baccalaureate (IB) school Collège du Léman based in Versoix. This new academic offering exposes IB students to the world of hospitality and offers them opportunities to work as an individual and as a team in this dynamic industry. Learn more
Novotel Suites Hanoi first Asia Pacific site for Novotel Suites concept
The debut property, Novotel Suites Hanoi, presents a new option to travellers in Vietnam’s capital who desire the services of a hotel with the amenities and privacy of an apartment, offering a choice of 87 spacious studios and 64 one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments. Read more here
Accessible tourism has huge potential for more growth
Around one in five people have a disability. Around 88% of people with a disability take a holiday each year. There are millions of people worldwide looking for accessible travel options. The demand will continue to grow due to demographic aging. Find out more
Meliá creates ad hoc Global F&B department
The company has created an ad hoc department to meet all the challenges and provide a more strategic long-term vision. Creativity and innovation are fundamental foundations of the entire Meliá F&B strategy. Read more.
Global Hospitality News
Marriott International To Acquire Starwood: The transaction combines Starwood’s leading lifestyle brands and international footprint with Marriott’s strong presence in the luxury and select-service tiers, as well as the convention and resort segment, creating a more comprehensive portfolio. Read about it here
The ‘Airbnb effect’: Fairbnb creator Veracruz recently held his first “meet-up”, with about 20 like-minded people who were keen to collaborate on his new rental platform. “With Fairbnb,” he says, “we hope we can reduce some of the pressure on Amsterdam’s popular neighbourhoods.” Read more
Front of house professionals will be racing through London’s Hyde Park: On Thursday 20th October, many will race through London and other cities on National Waiters Day. Led by The Springboard Charity and sponsored by Bunzl, the event aims to celebrate and showcase the dedication and hard work of front of house roles.
Read more here
Pentahotels celebrates its Paris grand opening: Known for its unique interior design and “neighbourhood” look and feel, the lifestyle brand stands for true innovation in the upper mid-market segment. Learn more
Corners of the World
State of emergency announced in Ethiopia: The Ethiopian government on Sunday declared a six-month nationwide state of emergency following months of anti-government protests. Find out more
Economists win Nobel for contract theory: UK-born Oliver Hart and Bengt Holmstrom of Finland have won the Nobel Economics Prize for work on contract theory. Read more
France tells UK to speed up asylum applications of lone migrant children: The French would like action on the fate of the minors linked to the UK before the destruction of the camp starts and people in the camp are dispersed to reception centres scattered across France. Read about it here