Breakfast Briefing – The latest hospitality news

Quote of the Week

“If you would not be forgotten as soon as you are dead and rotten, either write something worth reading or do things worth the writing”

Benjamin Franklin



Video of the Week



The Mannequin Challenge hits Hospitality

 Greene King pub, The Red Lion in Martlesham, Suffolk is possibly one of the first pub companies to do the mannequin challenge. The craze has swept across social media, with everyone from police forces, students and celebrities taking part. It involved people imitating mannequins and freezing for the camera.

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News of the Week

The latest Perspective Magazine is out now



Perspective puts a spotlight on hotels and the fascinating stories behind the businesses.
The latest issue includes – the strange but powerful marriage between Baby Boomers and Generation Y, Robert McCann explores big data and how its the future for all businesses, how hotels are becoming modern interactive theatre and the cover story: Hospitality’s David vs. Goliath – how a result would change the wine world.


Story of the Week

Hotel Housekeepers Mad For Charity


Charitable house-keeping ladies from London’s Strand Palace Hotel have raised over £6,000 for charities this year, including donations to Guide Dogs for the Blind, City Farm and Great Ormond Street Hospital, by collecting throwaway items.
Carment Browne and Angela Chaabane have no intention of stopping now. “We really enjoy it, especially the feeling that we are making a difference to people with less than we have,” said Carment. 

Hotel General Manager David MacRae is proud of his house-keepers’ determination. “I was very impressed when they came up with these initiatives and the ideas just keep coming.  


eHotelier Hospitality News

Airbnb expands beyond the home with the launch of Trips: Bringing together where you stay, what you do and the people you meet all in one place, Trip is a people-powered platform designed to make travel both easy and magical.
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5-year survey reveals F&B decline in hotels, but potential remains: The study, Benchmarking Beyond RevPAR, which polled a consistent sample of nearly 45,000 hotel bedrooms across the UK over a 15-year period, revealed that the Food and Beverage Department now accounts for just 34.3% of total revenue in the Regions and 22% in London.
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What luxury travelers want in 2017: Immidia, a new luxury platform offering one-click booking and immediate delivery of curated luxury lifestyle experiences including private jets, luxury yachts, exclusive residences and prestigious autos, has released a list of five key trends trends hoteliers will need to jump on to attract high-end travellers.
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Global Hospitality News

India adds mobile charging points on trains: The Press Trust of India reports that the number of charging points per carriage will be more-than-doubled, to cater for rising demand from passengers. 
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Latin American Room Nights Increase by 45 Percent in 2016: Tourico Holidays today shared data revealing a 45 percent year-over-year increase in hotel room nights in Latin America. The company is also reporting a 70 percent year-over-year revenue increase generated from the Latin American market in 2016, as inbound bookings surge. 
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Emirates invests heavily in “world-class wine”: Since 2006, Emirates has invested $690 million on wines, some of which will only be ready for drinking in 2025. 
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Singapore hotels to adopt “manpower-lean” model: Singapore is aiming to alleviate the staffing crunch in its hotel industry by developing a new “manpower-lean” business model.
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Corners of the World

Japan and Australia Lead Asia Pacific in Sustainability: Japan has become a leader in sustainable real estate transparency joining France, Australia and the UK in the ‘highly transparent’ group for the first time, according to JLL’s Real Estate Environmental Sustainability Transparency Index.
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Immigration: good for your health and wealth says Institute of Economic Affairs: The free market think tank has put forward some good ideas for making the system work better. Unfortunately they may struggle to get a hearing
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Emirates crash investigation could last three years: Dubai Director General Saif Mohammed al-Suwaidi, told Arabian Business the investigation would be completed by 2019 and the GCAA was likely to introduce “some precautionary measures” before then.
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