A rush on London hotel rooms, with demand far exceeding supply, followed the rail go-slow this week. Businessmen and workers faced with chaotic commuter train services tried in vain to find rooms in hotels already virtually full with tourists, visitors to Wimbledon, and executives in London for the Machine Tool Exhibition at Olympia.
Central reservation offices of the major hotel groups were unable to find beds for all but the first few inquirers, and many had trouble finding accommodation outside their company's hotels. "Even the smallest hotels cannot help us," said one harassed hotel salesman.
Caterer, 27 June 1968
Victory at last for Dover hoteliers in their battle to have the town centre more prominently signposted.
The hoteliers have feared, since the opening about a year ago of the Dover bypass, that tourists arriving in Britain through the Port of Dover have been channelled straight past them by the bypass, partly because of inadequate signposting. They say this has cost them valuable business.
Earlier efforts by the hoteliers to have extra signs to the town centre erected were rejected by the council. But now the council has relented and agreed to put up signs for a two-year trial period.
One of the objections to the signs in the past has been that they could defeat the object of the bypass and result in additional heavy traffic being directed back into the town centre.
Caterer, 22 June 1978
Officials at Blackpool's town hall have warned that hoteliers in the Lancashire town who allow their pets into kitchens and food rooms will face fines of up to £2,000 or three months' imprisonment.
The problem has brought complaints to both the environmental health department and the council's tourism office - and environmental officers have seen dogs, cats and birds in hotel kitchens during inspections.
Caterer, 30 June 1988