Breakfast Briefing – The latest hospitality news

Quote of the Week

“Follow what you love. And eventually, the thing that you love, and I mean love as a verb, will love you back”

Leslie Odom Jr.


Tweet of the Week

One of the most famous proposal:

@Wimbledon tweeted:

“Steffi, will you marry me!?”
#Valentines❤️ #Wimbledon

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News of the Week

Celebrating the 20th Annual Conference in 2017

David McKown , Director of Skills for Chefs commented “We are excited to open the anniversary of the conference on the evening of Wednesday 5th July with “An Audience with Tom Kerridge”, a chef we have been looking to have with us for a number of years”. This early evening business session will be immediately followed by a special dinner created by Cyrus Todiwala OBE, who will be working with chefs at The University of Sheffield to create an exciting start to the conference.

The conference will continue on Thursday 6th July with culinary presentations from outstanding chefs including Michelin Starred Paul Cunningham who will be travelling over from Denmark for the event.

The conference will close with a spectacular Gala Dinner on Thursday 6 July when the winners of UK Young Restaurant Team of the Year will be announced.

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Story of the Week

Waiters Put Their Love Lives on the Line to Serve up Romance

Modern day cupids, carrying trays instead of bows, help 1 in 4 customers pop the question. But waiters usually miss out on Valentine’s Day dates themselves – and just as many row with partners about work.

Now Ford has turned the tables on those hidden cupids who go further for their customers. We surprised a lucky few with a very special romantic meal.

London waitress Kelsie Jamieson, 24, has already helped arrange two proposals at work, but has never experienced a Valentine’s Day date. She was surprised with a romantic evening with her fiancé Nick Epstein.
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eHotelier Hospitality News

Tenants have it their way in Abu Dhabi’s rental leases: Those looking out for a high-end apartment or villa to rent in Abu Dhabi should be able to get their way, with rates declining by 7 and 10 per cent respectively on these property types during 2016.
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Small Cell Forum launches initiative to boost mobile connectivity: Small Cell Forum (SCF) has announced that it is engaging with the hospitality sector to support the deployment of small cells in order to boost mobile connectivity.
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Busy Rooms acquires Hotelwebservice: Busy Rooms, a Malta-based Central Reservation System, have announced the acquisition of Germany-based Hotelwebservice (HWS). The deal provides the company with significant exposure in the DACH region (Germany, Austria, Switzerland) and allows for expansion of the product suite.
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Global Hospitality  News

European in-flight broadband moves closer: The European Aviation Network has moved a step closer to completion after Inmarsat announced that it undertook rigorous performance and stability tests to verify the Satellite Access Station’s capabilities.
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German Tourism Reaching New Record: The Baltic Sea, Allgäu, Lake Constance – German destinations are more popular than ever. Last year a new peak of 447.3 million overnight stays in terms of domestic and foreign guests was reported. Find out more

Four Seasons Hotel George V, Paris is the first hotel in Europe to house three restaurants recognised by the Coveted Michelin Award: The hotel has collectively been crowned with a total of five Michelin stars, making the acclaimed Hotel the first luxury Hotel in Europe to be home to three Michelin-starred restaurants. Find out more


Corners of the World

Austria’s tourism reaches 140 million mark for the first time: The year 2016 brought many visitors to the Alps and to the Danube. However, for the hoteliers not everything is rosy. The start of the winter season was somewhat weak for Austria’s tourism.
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Sabre first to bring FlightGlobal’s real-time flight schedule data to travel agents worldwide: It will be the first technology provider to introduce live data feeds from FlightGlobal’s schedule data, the industry’s most comprehensive database of airline schedules from more than 900 carriers worldwide, into its leading global distribution system (GDS) and travel booking platforms.
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Waitrose rebrands ‘British’ meals which use New Zealand lamb: The problem emerged last year when it was noticed that the lamb meals in the range did not in fact use British meat.
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