Quote of the Week
“Despite her delicate features and voice, Disney expects us to believe that Mulan’s ingenuity and courage were enough to carry her to military success on an equal basis with her cloddish cohorts”.
Mike Pence, Trump’s VP using Disney’s ‘Mulan’ to Argue that Women Shouldn’t Serve in the Military
Tweet of the Week
A couple who met over Twitter have found their marriage is now trending on the social media site.
Victoria and Jonathan O’Brien got together after Victoria took a shine to the person behind the tweets for a Waterstones bookshop account and got in touch.Online interest built when, on Sunday evening, Victoria tweeted a photograph of her original 2012 message declaring her love for the @WstonesOxfordSt account manager, alongside a “just married” photo, and the famous line from Jane Eyre: “Dear reader, I married him”.
Story of the Week
WINNERS OF THE ANNUAL AWARDS OF EXCELLENCE 2016 PRESENTED AT CLARIDGE’S
The leading lights of the hospitality industry came together on Tuesday 12th July at Claridge’s to celebrate the winners of the Annual Awards of Excellence (AAE). The evening was hosted by John Williams MBE, Chairman of the Royal Academy of Culinary Arts, and Sergio Rebecchi, Chairman of the AAE Service committee, who announced three overall winners:
- RACA Young Chef of the Year: JOEL GUELLER, Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons
- RACA Young Pastry Chef of the Year: POLLY CHAN, Yauatcha
RACA Young Waiter of the Year: ALEXANDER MACLEOD, The Balmoral Hotel
News of the Week
The Brookwood Partnership and ABsolutely Catering merge with CH&Co Group
Independent education caterer, The Brookwood Partnership, and its sister company, ABsolutely Catering, have merged with CH&Co Group to become specialist education brands within the Group
Global Hospitality News
Conrad Hotels & Resorts has announced the signing of a franchise agreement with SA BORA BORA NUI for the Conrad Bora Bora Nui, French Polinesia. The 115-key resort will undergo a multimillion-dollar refurbishment and open in March 2017. Read more.
Israel’s hotel pipeline strong, despite fall in international visitor Israel’s hotel pipeline remains strong and, buoyed by new laws facilitating hotel developments, investor interest is expected to grow further in the country. Find out more
Corners of the world
Turkey facing international isolation as US warns coup crackdown could threaten Nato membership. Turkey has been warned it could face international isolation, including suspension from Nato, as world leaders told the country’s authoritarian president not to overplay his hand after the failed coup. Read more
The World’s Empiest International Airport is on sale. The Sri Lankan government announced at the end of June that it is looking for Expressions of Interest (EOI) from investors who would like to take over commercial operations at Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport (MRIA), the country’s number two international airport. Find out more
Air Transat Pilots Pulled From Jet and Arrested on Suspicion of Being Drunk. Police officers hauled two pilots from the cockpit of their plane, an Airbus A330, on suspicion of being under the influence of alcohol. Find out more