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Quote of the Week

The man who views the world at 50 the same as he did at 20 has wasted 30 years of his life.

Muhammad Ali

Tweet of the Week

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People on social media have been criticising the BBC for being too left wing/too right wing for years, yet by doing so they ended up using fake George Orwell quotes to lecture the BBC on journalism.

Below one of the funniest replies to the tweet:
“Irony is, I don’t think there’s any evidence Orwell ever said this. Checking your sources. That’s journalism.”

Story of the Week


According to the most recent consumer spending data from Barclaycard, figures rebounded in May, rising 3.6 per cent, after two weak months.

The revival is likely down to the arrival of the spring weather and the bank holiday, which boosted spending on the home, clothes and entertainment.

Spending on the high-street consequently recorded positive growth for the first time since October 2015 (up 0.7%).

The research shows that the outlook remains uncertain however, as consumer’s confidence in the wider UK economy fell from 35 per cent to just 30 per cent.

Key findings are:

  • The uplift is a marked change on the poor growth recorded in March and April of 1.6 per cent and 1.9 per cent respectively – and is the second highest level seen so far this year.
  • Warmer weather brought a seasonal boost for clothing, DIY stores, garden centres and entertainment after being affected by a colder and wetter start to the year.
  • Confidence in their household finances rose to 60 per cent (up from 57 per cent in April) but still down from an average of 71 per cent in 2015.

Confidence in the wider UK economy has continued to drop, down to 30 per cent (from 35 per cent in April) – with ongoing uncertainty about the outcome of the EU referendum still a big cause for concern.

News of the Week

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How Tasty Catering Is Serving Up
A New Generation Of Entrepreneurs

Forbes reports the story of Jamie Pritscher, who has been supported by the catering company he was working for to start his own business.
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Global Hospitality News

InterContinental has announced a $200 million investment in Crowne Plaza Hotels & Resorts in the Americas region.  The Crowne Plaza Accelerate plan, which will run for a three-year period,  Read more

Radisson Blu Hotel Durban Umhlanga announced Rezidor has announced its first property in Durban: the Radisson Blu Hotel, Durban Umhlanga will feature 207 keys and welcome the first guests in 2019. Find out more

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Ritz Paris, Favorite Hotel of Hemingway and Chanel, Finally Reopens. The iconic hotel has been closed since 2012 and after a revamping project that supposed cost $450 million it is now ready to open its doors. Find out more

CEOs of 5 Leading Hotel Brands express their Hopes and Fears for hospitality in 2016. Airbnb, disease, terrorism, the TSA, Donald Trump, and the best business climate ever mark the biggest trends impacting hospitality and tourism today, according to the CEOs of Marriott International, Hilton Worldwide, InterContinental Hotels Group, Choice Hotels, and Loews.Find out more

Corners of the world

Euro 2016 fan zones in spotlight as France finalises huge security operation – Security services play out possible disaster scenarios in run-up to tournament taking place ‘under a very high level of threat’ Read more

More than half of all Africans are expected to live in cities by 2050: How is Africa’s urbanisation driving growth? According to the African Economic Outlook we need to turn urban areas into engines of development to create inclusive growth, jobs, better housing and social safety nets. Find out more

Tesco donates food to mosques to mark Ramadan – Tesco stores have donated food worth over £20,000 to 20 mosques in London, Birmingham, Manchester, Bradford and Leicester to mark the beginning of Ramadan. Read more

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