EP Breakfast Briefing

Quote of the Week

With Edinburgh Fringe in full flow, one of the best one-liners so far:

“Henry VIII’s second wife would never rush into a room; she’d just amble in.”

David Ephgrave

@GermanAtPompey tweeted this week:

“Hard to believe that the Berlin Wall has now been down for almost as long as it was up. This was Alexandrinenstraße where I used to live”.

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On its 56th anniversary Berlin Wall now been down almost as long as it was up. Wall started 13th August 1961, fell  28 years later in November 1989 and almost another 28 years have passed since then.

Report of the week

Q2 2017 hotel bulletin: cheap pound enables double-digit growth for UK capital cities

The Q2 2017 Hotel Bulletin from AlixPartners, HVS, AM:PM, and STR reveals that hoteliers are continuing to benefit from overseas travellers taking advantage of the depreciated pound—particularly in the UK’s capital cities. The report also takes a closer look at how London and Manchester’s hotel markets performed in the wake of recent terrorist attacks.

View the full report here

Video of the week

When Donald Trump met Saint and Greavsie

Remember the time Donald Trump made the quarter-final draw for the 1992 Rumbelows League Cup? View the video here

Some comments from Twitter:

“Remember it well, took Stockport County years to recover from that tactical nuclear strike”

“Never forgiven him for drawing Posh with Middlesboro when there were big teams left. All this stuff now is just rubbing salt in”

“I bet that mug is in prime position on the Oval Office desk”

“I think the mug’s currently on holiday, playing golf in NJ. But he’ll be back in the oval office soon”

Hotel news of the week

Hilton plans to open 30 more hotels in the UK

American hotel giant Hilton is planning on increasing the size of its UK ­estate by almost 25%.

Hilton, which is majority owned by US private equity giant Blackstone, is due to open the hotels over the next two years as it moves to cement the nation’s place as its second largest market outside the US.

Question of the week

Will you ever be able to retire?

The presenter of BBC Radio 4’s Money Box, Paul Lewis, explores what retirement might look like in the future. With people living longer and not saving enough, are we living through the death of retirement? Read more

News of the week

Uber adds tipping and reduces cancellation time to two minutes.

The company announced a number of changes aimed at appeasing its drivers, including paid waiting time and in-app tipping. Read more

 eHotelier Hospitality News

New analytics product helps Airbnb hosts compete with hotels. Leading provider of vacation rental data AirDNA has released a cutting-edge market intelligence product to help professionalise the Airbnb host community. Read more

Wealthy Walker joins IBC Marketplace to help independent hotels in India manage rates & inventory. IBC (InnDependent Boutique Collection), a leading provider of hospitality technologies for independent hotels and alternative lodging, is working with Wealthy Walker Technologies to provide channel management services to IBC member hotels in India. Read more

US Department of Commerce reports international visitors to the US spent $245 billion in 2016. The US Department of Commerce has revealed that 75.6 million international visitors came to the United States in 2016 for business, medical, education and leisure purposes. Read more

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