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If you’re not failing every now and again, it’s a sign you’re not doing
anything very innovative. 
Woody Allen



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The Association of Catering Excellence is now accepting applications to the ACE Robyns Award.

 The ACE Robyns were created in 2016 in memory of Robyn Jones, joint founder of CH& Co who sadly died in 2015. She was a strong advocate of mentoring, training and developing young talent. The AWard is aimed at showcasing young talent in the contract catering world.
This year’s ACE Robyns Award will take place at the ACE Summer Party at ZSL London Zoo on Wednesday 19th July 2017. Once again, the judging panel will be looking for the industry’s rising stars under the age of 35.
The deadline for entries is Friday 26th May.
Applications can be submitted on the ACE website here

Story of the Week

Eurovision Love explained.

The Guardian reports on world’s biggest musical entertainment show.

There something special about a man in a gorilla suit.  This is why Italy’s had references to Desmond Morris’s naked ape, though slightly subverted its own lyrical subtleties by having a huge bloody gorilla, dancing.

eHotelier Hospitality News

Hotel room erotica becoming new intimate showroom for virtual reality.
The new advances in VR technology are becoming an obvious way to make paid in the room adult entertainment a viable income stream once again. Read more

Choice Hotels CEO calls on Trump “to be a champion for travel”.
During the 63rd Annual Choice Hotels Convention at Mandalay Bay Resort, he launched into a discussion on the Trump administration in Washington and what new policies could mean for hotel franchisees. Read more

Rapid growth of budget hotels in the UK leaves other brands stagnating. Budget hotels now account for nearly two-thirds of the UK’s top ten brands as global hotel companies continue to diversify from their traditionally more upmarket offerings to the ever-popular budget sector. Find out more

Global Hospitality News

Compass Group unveils £1bn special dividend.
Compass Group, the world’s biggest contract catering company, is to pay a £1bn special dividend after being unable to identify suitable large-scale deals in a first half in which profits and free cash flow jumped. Learn more

Niko Romito and Giorgio Locatelli amongst the Michelin-Starred Chefs collaborating with Bellavita Expo 2017.
Bellavita Expo, the largest Italian Food and Beverage promoter in the UK, have announced today that world-famous chefs Giorgio Locatelli, Niko Romito and Terry Giacomello will be taking to the Bellavita Chef’s Academy stage at this year’s show. Read more

A Swansea hotel is charging £4,650 per night per room on Champions League final night.
Hoteliers in the city are hoping to tap into soaring demand on June 3 when Real Madrid play Juventus in Cardiff. Read more

Corners of the world

Tesco food waste and surplus donations increase.
Food waste at Tesco stores in the UK rose by 4,000 tonnes last year but the supermarket giant has continued to boost the amount of surplus food donated to charity.Read more

Indian teen builds world’s ‘lightest satellite’.
An Indian teenager has built what is thought could be the world’s lightest satellite, which will be put into orbit at a Nasa facility in the US in June. Read more

Trump: I shared information with Russia and I had ‘absolute right’ to do so. The US President has admitted that he shared information on terrorism with Russia, asserting he has an “absolute right” to do so. Learn more
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