Breakfast Briefing – The latest hospitality news

Quote of the Week

“Success is being in charge of your lifestyle and creating something you’re proud of, surrounded by people you love”

Troye Sivan


Tweet of the Week

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@arainert tweeted:

“I cannot tell a lie…but…perhaps I can interest you in an alternative fact?”

An intriguing tweet following recent events.

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Story of the Week

‘Pastry Team UK’ wins Best Sugar at World Patisserie Cup 2017


Pastry Team UK has come in eighth place at the 2017 Coupe du Monde de la Patisserie at the Sirha exhibition in Lyon, France, and Sugar candidate Florian Poirot has won ‘Best Sugar Piece’.

The team had the Marvel comic characters as their theme, and melded inspiration from the Fantastic Four with influences from the classic colours and motifs of London and the Underground network.

Each of the 22 international teams were tasked with creating three sculptures – one each in chocolate, sugar, and ice – as well as 15 identical desserts, three frozen Ravifruit fruit desserts, and three Valrhona chocolate desserts.

This means Pastry Team UK will have to enter the European Pastry Cup in 2018, which is set for June 10, 2018 in Turin, Italy.


News of the Week

Industry leaders look to the future of hospitality at
Master Innholders Conference 2017


The Master Innholders welcomed 450 of the industry’s finest to Hilton London Bankside on 16 and 17 January for its Annual General Managers’ Conference. The conference titled ‘The Next Generation. An Industry Revolution.’ is the highest attended event of its 24 year history.

This year’s conference was designed to inspire and educate the delegates on the future of the industry and the cyclical evolvement of the hospitality industry and the generations of strategies, design, leadership, staff and customers.

The 25th Annual General Managers’ Conference will be held at Principal’s De Vere Grand Connaught Rooms on 15 – 16 January 2018.

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eHotelier Hospitality News

Marriott International caps 2016 with historic global expansion: Marriott opened a record 55,000 rooms in 2016, excluding the 381,000 rooms gained with the Starwood acquisition. 
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Tapestry Collection becomes 14th brand under Hilton: Hilton today announced the launch of a vibrant new brand that offers guests a refreshing choice for an independent hotel stay: Tapestry Collection by Hilton. 
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New course partnership to nurture the next generation of Hotel Managers: The Celtic Manor Resort, the Welsh Rarebits Collection and University of South Wales (USW) have joined forces to develop the next generation of hotel and hospitality managers, and fill a growing shortage of senior staff in the sector. 
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Global Hospitality News

InterContinental Hotels & Resorts unveils first European campaign in new global marketing approach: In a new integrated campaign, providing tailored content to consumers, InterContinental Hotels & Resorts has launched a new digital hub bringing to life real stories from remarkable characters around the world. Find out more

Records set for inbound tourism across UK’s nations and region: Official statistics released today show that in the first nine months of 2016 there were a record-breaking 12.2 million visits to English regions outside London, up 4% compared to the same period in 2015. Learn more

Security searches at three Scottish airports to end – but union warns plan places a nuclear power station at risk: The Prospect union has warned that plans to end personal searches at three Scottish airports make it “far more likely” that a nuclear power plant will be a terrorist target. Read more

Forget the badge! Babee on Board app will alert travellers that a pregnant woman needs a seat: A new app has been developed which will alert travellers that a pregnant woman is in need of a seat on public transport. Find out more


Corners of the world

This stunning ‘hotel room’ in the Swiss Alps has no walls: One open-air hotel, called Null Stern, eliminates walls and a roof altogether. Located in the middle of the Swiss Alps, it only features a bed with linen.
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From suicide bombers to grenade attacks: What it’s like to be a tour guide in Afghanistan: Matthew Leeming might have spent five years taking intrepid tourists to Afghanistan, but above all, he believes in safety. 
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#Cronuts, #carnival and #Chanel: The most popular hashtags for undergrounds stations in Berlin, London, New York and Paris mapped: New interactive maps of some of the world’s biggest cities give a fascinating insight into the social media habits of both tourists and locals. 
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