Breakfast Briefing – The latest hospitality news

Quote of the Week

” A year after the Brexit vote it is clearer than ever that what I always thought is absolutely right.” John Rentoul, The Independent
“Delete as appropriate” It’s a year since I voted <REMAIN/LEAVE> and I’m <DISMAYED/DELIGHTED> about the <CALAMITY/PROGRESS> we’ve seen since” George Anastasi‏

Event of the Week

Lions let 14-point lead slip in Hurricanes draw.

Coach Warren Gatland has faced some harsh criticism following yesterdays British and Irish Lions draw with Hurricanes in the final midweek game.
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Image of the Week

Maître Choux’s show-stopping eclairs.
World’s first choux pastry specialist patisserie have amassed a cult following and in a move set to delight the fans, Joakim Prat, the three Michelin star-experienced chef behind Maître Choux, is opening a second location on Soho’s Dean Street this October.

Tweet of the Week

After George Osborne tweeted the below front cover, David Cameron’s former director of communications Craig Oliver, joked:

“Not sure George Osborne got our former bosses ‘be supportive’ memo.”

Story of the Week

Reinvention Story. Rugby player who ‘died twice’ opens health food restaurant. 

Bradley Hill, who was a winger with Newcastle Falcons, ‘died twice’ on the operating table following a misdiagnosis for a ‘pulled muscle’ in his leg.

His new restaurant Simple Health Kitchen in Baker Street includes a menu of “proper food, not just lettuce”, green juices, “hangover-free” cocktails, gluten-free beers and sulphide-free wine. Read more

News of the Week

AlixPartners advises Harbour & Jones on its merger with CH&Co Group

The corporate finance team at AlixPartners, the global business advisory firm, has advised the shareholders of one of the UK’s leading premium caterers, Harbour & Jones  on their merger with CH&Co Group.

Patrick Harbour and Nathan Jones, founders of Harbour & Jones, commented:

“We chose to work with AlixPartners based on their deep sector expertise and track record of achieving market-leading values. They delivered for us in every way and we were delighted with the result, helping us to combine with a great platform and continue into the next phase of our respective journeys”. 

eHotelier Hospitality News

Mantra Group launches new masterbrand: Leading hotel and resort operator, Mantra Group, has united the Group’s 128 properties across Australia, New Zealand, Bali and Hawaii, consolidating its multi-branded portfolio into a new single consumer brand, known simply as Mantra Hotels. Read more

IHG and Bukhamseen Group sign an exclusive agreement in Kuwait. InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) have announced an agreement with Bukhamseen Group Holding Company, a Kuwaiti business conglomerate, to build and operate IHG hotels exclusively in the State of Kuwait. Read more

TripAdvisor launches new enhancements for accommodations.TripAdvisor, the world’s largest travel site, have announced the launch of Storyboard, a new photo tool that makes it easy for managers to blend together their best photos and top reviews into a promotional preview of their accommodation that engages potential guests. Read more

Global Hospitality News

From in-house neuroscientists to specially curated TED Talks. Hotels are putting on inspiring events and networking opportunities for travellers to leave feeling smarter, more productive and more energised. Read more

A Hilton exec explains how technology keeps the hotel chain relevant after nearly 100 years. The hotel chain have just added its 5,000th property but faces competition from the lodging industry. Hilton has responded by raising its tech game to another level. Read more

Grenfell Tower survivors evicted from hotel accommodation. Kensington and Chelsea council writes to people affected by fire saying they must leave as hotel does not have availability. Read more

Corners of the world

Google will stop scanning content of personal emails. Company did read emails in personal Gmail accounts to target users with tailored adverts but said it would stop. Read more

The Queen is to receive an 8% increase in income from public funds, after the Crown Estate’s profits rose by £24m. The Sovereign Grant, which pays for the salaries of her household, official travel and upkeep of palaces, is to increase by more than £6m in 2018/19. Read more

Ice cream rush helps supermarket sales soar in June. June’s soaring temperatures boosted supermarket sales by record levels and sent overheated Britons in search of ice cream. Read more

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