Neil Gerrard looks at the findings of a new report into eCommerce in independent hotels by technology provider Micros. The majority of independent hotels have embraced eCommerce, with most having some form of online booking system.
Following last week’s publication of the LACA/ParentPay report on school meals and daily lifestyles for 2012, we look at more of the findings. Parents want all schools – including state-maintained, academies and free schools – to be compliant with Nutritional Standards. Neil Gerrard reports
Last week, the Good Food Guide 2013 named the top 50 restaurants in the country, according to its cooking score, which is marked out of 10. This week we publish the full list of all 50, which are spread widely throughout the UK
Caterers will continue to see higher costs for menu staples such as burgers and sausages, despite falling inflation, buying specialist Lynx Purchasing has warned. But the company has also urged hospitality businesses to lock in price deals with utility suppliers while inflation remains low.
Britain has benefited from a healthy increase in inbound tourism over the first four months of the year, at a traditionally quiet time for visits from overseas. That's the news from the latest figures from the International Passenger Survey, covering April 2012.
Almost all operators now feel sufficiently prepared for the Olympic Games, but over half still think the event will have little effect on their business. According to Caterer and Hotelkeeper's Olympic barometer, in association with ACT Clean and People 1st...
The London Olympics still looks set to be a lucrative period for London hoteliers, with both committed occupancy and average daily rates well up on the same period a year before. Research by TravelClick showed that committed occupancy for the Olympic period of 27 July to 12 August is 183.2% up year-on-year.
UK hotel rates are outperforming the rest of Europe as demand for the UK as a travel destination grows. Newly-released data from Pegasus showed that net average daily rates (ADR) increased by 2% in January 2012 on the previous year. European ADR climbed just 0.9% over the same period.
Whitbread's Premier Inn hotel chain has been voted the top hospitality brand in a ranking of the top 10 hotels, travel agents and guides in terms of overall "brand health" by YouGov. Marek Vaygelt said Premier Inn's position as the UK's healthiest hospitality brand was due to the combination of its strong advertising campaigns and its focus on good customer service..
The branded coffee chain market has continued to grow in the UK and is expected to continue until at least 2015. The likes of Costa, Starbucks, Caffè Nero, Pret A Manger and Eat have shown "incredible resilience" by growing sales by 10% in 2011.
Growth in demand for Mexican and Japanese food demonstrate the way consumers are changing their eating habits, says analyst Horizons. Consumers looking for healthy and different food offerings are driving growth.
Improving numbers of holiday visits to the UK bolstered international visitor numbers for September, with the International Passenger Survey (IPS) showing 2.53 million arrivals. Holiday visits hit 970,000 for the month, helping 2011 to remain on track to exceed 2012 figures.
Demand for hotel rooms in London during the holiday period of 20 December 2011 to 7 January 2012 is up almost 10% on the same period last year. According to data pulled together by hotel market intelligence provider Travelclick, committed occupancy is up 9.8% year-on-year while average daily rate (ADR) is up 10.3% for the holiday period as a whole, year-on-year.
Hotel bookings remained strong in July, compared with the same period last year, though the pace has eased after a strong May and June. According to data from Pegasus Solutions, July bookings rose 4.3%. This was below Europe and worldwide, which grew 5.8% and 5% respectively.
The leisure venue catering market is beginning to feel the effects of waning consumer confidence and financial belt tightening, according to new data. Research from Mintel has found the number of consumers who consider their financial situation "tight" has risen from 21% in mid 2009 to 31% in March 2011.
Exclusive new research conducted in association with Oreo suggests demand for on-the-go snacks is increasing at pace and there's now a real appetite for healthy options, reports Chris Druce
Profitability grew by 9.5% in London hotels but fell by 1.2% in the provinces during August 2010, according to the latest HotStats report from Tri Hospitality Consulting.
A drop in corporate and conference demand during August 2010 saw hotel profitability fall across half of the 10 European countries surveyed by Tri Hospitality Consulting.
The amount spent by overseas visitors to the UK rose by 15.9% during July 2010 to £1.96, compared with £1.69b during the same month of 2009, according to the Government’s latest Overseas Travel and Tourism figures.
London hotels achieved high occupancy levels in July, while provincial properties enjoyed their first year-on-year growth in room rate for 2010, according to preliminary figures from business advisors PKF.
Annual turnover in the UK contract catering market grew fractionally by 0.8% to £4.165m in 2009, compared with £4.133b in 2008, according to the latest survey by the British Hospitality Association.
The number of meals served by UK contract caterers fell marginally by 0.7% to 1.607 billion in 2009, compared with 1.619 billion in 2008, according to the latest survey by the British Hospitality Association.
Food and labour costs as a percentage of turnover fell marginally in the contract catering industry during 2009, according to the latest survey by the British Hospitality Association.
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