Breakfast Briefing – The latest hospitality news

Quote of the Week

“Follow effective action with quiet reflection. From the quiet reflection will come even more effective action”

Peter Drucker


Tweet of the Week

A gentle suggestion

A man’s refusal to give up his seat on an overbooked United Airlines flight led to a disturbing scene Sunday that has travelers up in arms over airline policies.“I apologize for having to re accommodate these customers” was the official comment from Oscar Munoz, CEO of United Airlines.

Screenwriter Jon Spaihts rewrote the response as follows:

Video of the Week

Would you swim in a glass pool hovering 500 feet over the Texas streets?

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News of the Week

H+J launches fashion themed spring menu at Dartmouth House

Leading London caterer H+J launched its new fashion themed spring menu and showcased its innovative food in an evening of style, creativity and innovation at Dartmouth House in London on Thursday 6th April. Over 80 guests attended the event designed to connect fashion and food and gave invited people a real ‘Taste of Fashion’ at the historic Mayfair venue where H+J provides a complete catering and sales service.
Held at Dartmouth House, home of the English-Speaking Union, ‘A Taste of Fashion’ showcased the newest, on-trend food offering from H+J, in preparation for the busy spring and summer seasons.
The experiential fashion themed meat-free menu included some unusual flavour combinations such as seared tuna and curry sponge with a coriander cress, crab bonbons with a bisque mayonnaise and lavender sorbet with soubise apricots. Other dishes included ceviche scallop and seawater bubbles with a seaweed crisp and cockle popcorn buckets. The highlight of the evening was a mannequin centrepiece unveiled in the Churchill Room which was decorated in multi-coloured, mirror-glazed puddings and based on the fashion theme of ‘punk’.

Story of the Week

Hospitality tech platform Tenzo raises £600,000

Tenzo, a data-driven hospitality tech platform, has raised a £600,000 Seed round led by Acequia Capital, Force Over Mass and angel investors Charlie Songhurst, Michael Orland and Getti Restaurants.

The London-based firm is to use the funds to expand internationally, increase its staff count and improve its proprietary technology platform.

Tenzo is a Techstars alumni, having participated in the London 2016 cohort. It helps restaurants save money by analysing a variety of data points. For example, it can help restaurant managers identify their most productive member of staff and gain a better understanding of the most- and least-popular dishes on the menu.
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eHotelier Hospitality News

Hospitality industry to lose millions if Irish Good Friday alcohol ban is lifted: The Good Friday alcohol sales ban would be lifted if the bill were to be passed, which many people took to Facebook and Twitter to celebrate. However, not everyone has found it to be such great news.
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Hotel industry leverages power of data: Before its acquisition by Marriott was completed last September, hospitality company Starwood Resorts and Hotels Worldwide changed its approach to a problem that many chain hotels face — how to maximize the value of its spending on translation services for its property websites worldwide.
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Graduate Hotels installs Bluetooth shower speakers: Waterproof and featuring Bluetooth capability, the shower speaker allows for guests to listen to their own personal playlists from their mobile device and enjoy superior sound while showering in any Graduate hotel.
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Global Hospitality News

African States renew their commitments to the sustainable development of air transport: African States, industry stakeholders, and international and regional organizations gathered in Accra, Ghana, for the Second ICAO Meeting on the Sustainable Development of Air Transport in Africa. Find out more

Up to 80% of carrier customers underestimate international roaming costs: New study from GfK and T-Mobile shows most have no idea how much it really costs to take their phones out of the country. Read more

Spanish Government threatens to ban holiday rental apartments this summer on the Island of Mallorca: The Tourism Department of the “Govern Balear” is currently in the process of drafting new regulations to tackle the holiday rental industry but these are not due to come into effect before the beginning of 2018, at the earliest. Find out more


Corners of the World

Air travel demand up in February, despite US travel restrictions: Global demand for air travel rose 4.8 percent in February, thanks to lower fares and improving economies, with no major impact from an attempted U.S. travel ban.
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Tourists still love Europe despite terror fears: In a new study of tourist-friendly countries released by the World Economic Forum (WEF), European economies dominated the top-10 rankings, with Spain leading the pack, indicating the region was well placed to attract overseas visitors and create tourism jobs.
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Asian hotel giant Minor International circling UK market for entry: One of Asia’s top hoteliers has accelerated plans to expand in the UK as a result of Brexit, it has said.
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