Breakfast Briefing – The latest hospitality news

Quote of the Week

“It is a Friday afternoon on the Daily Telegraph comment desk, early June, 2012. The phone rings. I pick up. The ensuing conversation goes something like this. “Hello?” “Ah, yes. Yes. Um … hello … it’s …um … “ “Hi Boris, what’s up?” “It’s just … um … ah … about this Sunday … “ “What about it, Boris?” “Well, the thing is I … ah … might have to file my column a bit later than usual. You see, I’ll be … um … on a boat with the … um … well … the Queen.
This was not welcome news. Boris Johnson warning he would be filing late was like Quentin Tarantino warning his next film would be violent. Boris always filed late.”

Herald columnist Chris Deerin remembers Boris’s late filing of articles

Video of the Week

Crystal Maze Contestant Gets Stuck on Planet

The contestant gets himself into a little bit of a situation in a futuristic game.

Tweet of the week

Twitter war between Natural History and Science museums

During The Natural History Museum’s Ask a Curator event on Twitter, a man asked who would win in a staff battle using their exhibits/items.

The Natural History Museum started with:

“We have dinosaurs. No contest.”

But then the Science Museum jumped in with:

“[ The Natural History Museum ] is full of old fossils, but we have robots, a Spitfire and ancient poisons.”

The ‘battle’ then carried on for quite some time.

View the twitter battle here.

News of the week

Strong And Stable – the reason for May’s Presidential Election Campaign

Boris was hidden away during the election campaign because internal Tory research found he is no longer popular with voters, according to Theresa May’s ex-Chief of Staff Nick Timothy. His explosive claim is made in the forthcoming book on the June election from POLITICO’s own Tom McTague and Bloomberg’s Tim Ross, Betting the House. In the book, Timothy says the Tories focused relentlessly on Theresa May’s “strong and stable” leadership because their private polling showed no other senior Tory was popular with the public, other than Ruth Davidson in Scotland. Timothy says the advice was: “Nobody in the Cabinet is popular — keep them away, even Boris.” The findings were presented in a memo from campaign strategist Lynton Crosby’s firm CTF to May’s team in April 2017.

More on this here.

Event of the week

The Essential Future Trends

There is a great need to share knowledge in these times of change. It can benefit all in terms of new business, raising the bar for positive change and building meaningful relationships.
On Tuesday 14th November, EP is bringing together consultants, caterers and clients for a full-day of powerful insights and to engage in a meaningful debate.

Just some of the speakers:
Doug Tetley, Dan Gill, Peter Pitham, Kate Taylor, Simon Carey, Martin Boden, Kevin Watson, David Russell, Wendy Sutherland, Stephen Waterman and many more.

Date: Tuesday 14th November
Time: 8am for 8:30am start
Location: Nomura Bank, 1 Angel Lane, London EC4R 3AB
Price: £75.00 (plus VAT) per ticket

View the full programme.
For tickets and more information please contact

News of the week

RFU launches England Rugby Hospitality

The RFU have announced that England Rugby Hospitality will become the exclusive provider of official match day hospitality at Twickenham Stadium from autumn 2018.

Does this new venture with Keith Prowse change the scene for future catering in stadia?

Fans will be provided with a range of new hospitality options from informal dining experiences such as a chop house themed restaurant serving quality meats, paired with premium wines and real ale, to a more upmarket restaurant serving classic English food with a contemporary twist.

eHotelier Hospitality News

Hotel construction pipeline in the Middle East is growing with projects up 13 per cent YOY. Analysts at Lodging Econometrics report that the Construction Pipeline Trend Report for the Middle East states that the total pipeline has 561 projects/154,627 rooms, up 13 per cent by projects year-over-year (YOY).

Dorsett Shanghai welcomes first robotic guest service team member. They are fun, informative and interactive. They are helpful and engaging. Meet Dorsett’s very first robots – V Jr. at Dorsett Shanghai.  
Steigenberger’s IntercityHotel brand and Brazil-based Intercity Hotels partner

Steigenberger’s IntercityHotel brand and Brazil-based Intercity Hotels partner. To mark its 30th anniversary, IntercityHotel GmbH has instigated a special new link by entering into a partnership agreement with the Brazilian brand Intercity Hotels, which operates 34 properties in Brazil and Uruguay.

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