Breakfast Briefing – The latest hospitality news

Quote of the Week

“Once you take fear out of the equation, the what ifs and maybes disappear and you go forth boldly from a place of love and courage”

Wendy Carrillo


Tweet of the Week

@MissLizzyNJ tweeted:

And the winner is…


Those damn Russians must have put that in there. 👌


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News of the Week

Ian Dutton’s ‘Village Inn’ wins two international awards

The Village Inn has won ‘Best Bar and Grill 2017’ and the award for ‘Excellence in European Cuisine 2017’ at the ‘Restaurant and Bar Awards’ hosted by LUX Magazine.  The awards explore and honour establishments of all sizes on an international level, with each winner awarded purely on the basis of nominations and reviews made by clients, peers and industry professionals.  

The Village Inn has been under Ian’s expert guidance since 2011 and is located moments from the shores of Lake Windermere.  Open every day, the Village Inn has become renowned for its superb range of freshly prepared dishes – sourced locally, extensive bar and family feel.  Menus are changed regularly, with homemade pasta dishes and creations from the grill, particular specialities.  

“We are thrilled to have won these two international awards and delighted to shine a light on the Lake District and local area,” said Ian.  “We strive at the Village Inn (and indeed all our venues) to provide the quality of product and level of customer service that we have become renowned for and are extremely pleased that these efforts have been recognised.  Most importantly, the fact that these awards have been voted for, largely by our customers and members of the public, means a great deal.”  

Story of the Week

£16,000 raised for charity at special celebration ACE Wine Dinner

Last Friday, The Association of Catering Excellence held its annual Wine Dinner at The Langham London.

This year the association celebrates its 80th birthday, having been established in 1937 as the Industrial Catering Association. 170 members and guests were in attendance at the glamorous black tie event. 

In a generous gesture, Sodexo pledged £5,000 to the Wiggly Worm fund, and newly appointed ACE Chef Patron, Adam Handling offered to match it. A further £6,000 was raised by guests at the event.
The next ACE event is the Quiz Night on Wednesday 5th April at Lloyds London.


eHotelier Hospitality News

BHA offers to help Brexit Secretary hammer out immigration law: Hospitality and tourism leaders are urgently seeking a meeting with Brexit Secretary David Davis to hammer out an EU migration plan following Mr Davis’ “heartening” comments this week that the UK would keep its door open for service workers in hospitality, agriculture and social care. Find out more

The flagging Manhattan hotel market may have turned a corner: The tide may be finally beginning to turn for Manhattan hotel investors, thanks to a dip in the supply pipeline. Find out more

TravelClick launches new messenger feature with Guest Management Solutions: The company, a global provider of innovative, cloud-based and data-driven solutions for hotels to maximize revenue, has launched a new Guest Messenger feature, which is integrated into TravelClick’s Guest Management Solutions (GMS). Learn more


Global Hospitality News

Hilton Announces $1 Billion Stock Repurchase Program: The Board of Directors of Hilton Worldwide Holdings Inc. has authorized a stock repurchase program of up to $1 billion of the Company’s common stock. Learn more

Positive Performance Metrics for Hotel Industry in European Region for January 2017: Hotels in Europe reported growth across the three key performance metrics in January 2017, according to data from STR. Find our more

Zambia’s tourism attracts international brand hotels as AccorHotels expresses interest: Zambia’s tourism industry continues to attract international brand hotels with French-renowned AccorHotels expressing interest in bringing their brand into the country. Read more

India says UK free trade deal will take years: India’s finance minister has said that a free trade deal with Britain will take a “long time” and that no negotiations will start until the Brexit process has been completed. Find out more


Corners of the World

SpaceX Moon mission extends Elon Musk’s ambitions: The serial entrepreneur’s latest gambit is to fly people around the Moon. Two wealthy individuals have apparently lodged significant deposits with his SpaceX company to make this journey. Read more

Vietnam’s ‘bikini airline’ Vietjet takes off in public listing: Vietnam’s low-cost carrier Vietjet – known for its occasional bikini PR stunts – has soared the maximum 20% in its trading debut in Ho Chi Minh City. Learn more

Tribute Portfolio Debuts In China: Owned by Shimao Property Holdings, the hotel joins Tribute Portfolio’s collection of exceptional hotels around the globe, spanning from Palm Springs to Paris, and from Miami to Mendoza. Find out more