Breakfast Briefing – The latest hospitality news

Quote of the Week

“Ed Sheeran appearing on game of thrones but not being brutally disembowelled was very disappointing.” Brandy Jensen following the cameo appearance on the hit TV show.

Female Doctor Who reaction  View the video here

Handshake of the Week

Trump Macron 30 second handshake 
“Tremendous… Battle of the Handshake, round 2: a full 29 seconds of pain. Trump looks to have won this one. Series score, 1-1.”

Tom Newton, Political Editor of The Sun View the tweet here

Second 23. The look on Trump’s face. It’s so so good. I can’t get enough of it. I know it’s a darkhorse but it’s my favorite moment of the entire handshake.” 

A second-by-second analysis of the Trump-Macron handshake by CNN.
View the video and analysis here

Tweet of the Week

Tom Baker’s Greatest Dr Who memory

Molly Hodgdon said:

“I think of this Tom Baker story often. TV brings joy & comfort to a lot of people, why do some feel the need to belittle and disparage them?”

The story:

“Tom Baker’s wonderful response when asked his one biggest doctor who me what’s your one biggest doctor who memory?

l remember a man stopping me in Oxford Street once looking at me with absolute incredulity he couldn’t believe it he said tom baker?’ A man in his late thirties I said ‘yes’ he said ‘Tom Baker?’ I said ‘yes!’ and he looked at me and in his brain he catapulted back in time and he said ‘you know when I was a boy I was in a home for children nobody wanted us you know? It was terrible and you made Saturday night good’ and went to say something to him and I could see him so close to tears that he couldn’t speak and he shook his head as if to say don’t go on don’t remind me and he just did a thumbs up, such a common thing isn’t it, but suddenly backed up with an expression on his face through his tears. That was a knighthood. It was a knighthood, just thumbs up meaning it was great and thanks it’s incredible isn’t it? Just a gesture.”

View the tweet here.

Event of the week

The Leadership Lecture

Wednesday 20th September

Leadership is becoming one of the key debating points and is as important as ever. We are delighted to announce an evening lecture from three illustrious characters that have been driving forces in different fields over the past two decades. They have kindly offered to share their thoughts, lessons and experiences on leadership.~


  • David Morgan-Hewitt is Managing Director of The Goring
  • Simon Halliday is Chairman of European Professional Club Rugby.
  • Bob Cotton is the former CEO of the BHA

The Leadership Lecture is sponsored by GIG – the mobile app that matches businesses in the hospitality and retail sectors with an on-demand workforce. View their website here.

Reserve tickets by emailing here.

News of the week

Airbnb – nights booked in London more than doubled

Latest research by global real estate advisor Colliers International and Hotelschool The Hague

  • Nights booked with Airbnb in London reached 4.62 million in 2016
  • Market share of overnight visitors also more than doubled to nearly 9 per cent
  • Number of active properties listed in 2017 increased by 80 per cent y-o-y
  • Lack of regulation a concern for communities

Airbnb average daily rate falls to £100 per night

Awards of the week

The Annual Awards of Excellence (AAE)

In an evening hosted by Brian J. Turner CBE, President, and John Williams MBE, Chairman of the Royal Academy of Culinary Arts, candidate who scored the highest mark in each section of the AAE were announced. The Royal Academy of Culinary Arts winners were:

  • Young Chef of the Year: HENRY WADSWORTH, Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons
  • Young Pastry Chef of the Year: ELENA BOCKSHECKER, Harrods
  • Young Waiter of the Year: LEWIS HUNTER, The Gleneagles Hotel

The Gala Dinner also celebrated a further 20 talented young chefs, pastry chefs and waiters, who successfully achieved the Royal Academy of Culinary Arts’ Annual Award of Excellence 2017 in finals held in May and June.

eHotelier Hospitality News

New Concur Travel innovations reduce time and costs for booking and managing travel.
Concur have announced expanded Concur Travel features to reduce time and costs associated with booking and managing travel, including new TripLink supplier connections, virtual cards and increased branded fare content. Click here to find out more.

Americans to top $100 billion in vacation spending this summer.
Americans are spending more on summer vacations this year, topping $100 billion for the first time, according to Allianz. Read more here.

Hotels elevating guest experiences by creating mini-getaways.
As the ever-competitive hospitality market continues to heat up, hotels are looking for new ways to attract travellers and expanding on the way they do business—even with other hotels. Check out how here.

Hotel Investment

Boom in Germany’s hotel investment market set to continue

  • Investment volumes in Germany in H1 2017 reached €1.83 billion, driven by the strong increase in single asset transactions, reflecting a minor decline of 8% compared to the same period last year.
  • Last year witnessed a number of large portfolio deals. Despite that not being the case this year, the German hotel investment market has shown strong results in the first six months.

“The boom is therefore set to continue and we currently see no signs
of the investment market potentially cooling down in the short term.”- JLL Hotels & Hospitality

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