Overall ranking: 48 (new entry)
Hotelier ranking: 7 (new entry)
Alison Brittain was new to the hospitality industry when she took over as chief executive of Whitbread from Andy Harrison just two years ago, and she secures her place on the Top 100 list thanks to the scale of the business she heads. Whitbread is the UK's largest hospitality business, with two of its most prominent brands: Premier Inn (which has more than 770 hotels with 70,000 bedrooms) and Costa (which has 2,326 UK cafés). Both are set to expand considerably. Premier Inn is forecast to have 85,000 rooms open by 2020, and Costa is expected to reach 2,500 outlets by the same time.
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