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ETOA & BHA Partnership Will Showcase UK’s Premier Dining, Accommodation And Attractions

ETOA, the European tourism association, has formed a new partnership with the British Hospitality Association (BHA) to cooperate on the promotion of the UK’s visitor offer to international markets. BHA represents 40,000 members from accommodation providers, restaurants and attractions across the UK.  The partnership with ETOA opens new business development opportunities to these businesses, exposing

Diageo Promotion Unit Breaches Code of Practice

A promotional counter top unit produced by Diageo has been found to breach marketing rules by the Independent Complaints Panel. The complaint was made by Northampton Borough Licensing Team, which believed that the counter-top location and colourful design of the unit could encourage irresponsible, impulse purchases, and appeal to under-18s. The Panel was concerned by

Dining Out Alone On The Increase Says Research

Diners are more frequently requesting a table for one when eating out, according to research undertaken by guest experience management experts HospitalityGEM. With demanding work schedules eating increasingly into our down-time, the need to combine eating and working is growing. As a reflection of this, change can be seen in our eating out habits; with

The NACC Gives Care Caterers Support And Confidence To Meet The Growing Demand For Fortified Menus

The National Association of Care Catering (NACC) has produced a new Fortified Meals Recipe Book to provide additional support to care caterers in this specific area. Demand for fortified diets to support the health needs of the elderly is increasing and with it the requirement for caterers to offer a variety of fortification options in

ETOA & BHA Partnership Will Showcase UK’s Premier Dining, Accommodation And Attractions

etoa_logo_large_11203ETOA, the European tourism association, has formed a new partnership with the British Hospitality Association (BHA) to cooperate on the promotion of the UK’s visitor offer to international markets.

BHA represents 40,000 members from accommodation providers, restaurants and attractions across the UK.  The partnership with ETOA opens new business development opportunities to these businesses, exposing them to ETOA’s network of international tourism buyers.

ETOA’s March Marketplace (MAMA) business networking workshop will be the main focus of cooperation, being the obvious forum to demonstrate the best that the UK has to offer to tourism buyers.  MAMA is open to BHA members who can attend either the UK & Ireland or London workshop days to engage in B2B meetings with buyers representing target growth markets.

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Diageo Promotion Unit Breaches Code of Practice

A promotional counter top unit produced by Diageo has been found to breach marketing rules by the Independent Complaints Panel.

The complaint was made by Northampton Borough Licensing Team, which believed that the counter-top location and colourful design of the unit could encourage irresponsible, impulse purchases, and appeal to under-18s.

The Panel was concerned by the ambiguity of the dominant ‘mix it up tonight’ message on the unit. Although the producer explained that this was a reference to the mixed drinks which could be made with the individual products, the Panel concluded that the message could encourage consumers to drink several bottles in one sitting. As a result, the Panel found that the promotion contravened Paragraph 3.2(f) of the Code of Practice on the Naming, Packaging and Promotion of Alcoholic Drinks, which prohibits any encouragement of illegal, irresponsible or immoderate consumption.

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Dining Out Alone On The Increase Says Research

Diners are more frequently requesting a table for one when eating out, according to research undertaken by guest experience management experts HospitalityGEM.

With demanding work schedules eating increasingly into our down-time, the need to combine eating and working is growing. As a reflection of this, change can be seen in our eating out habits; with almost 3 out of 4 people surveyed eating out alone up to three times a week.

With a social shift towards accepting lone diners, hospitality establishments could be cashing in. Simple changes such as providing more bar stools and tables suitable for single diners could welcome in a whole new crowd; coupling this with the availability of WiFi and power sockets for the workers amongst them would also encourage return visits.

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The NACC Gives Care Caterers Support And Confidence To Meet The Growing Demand For Fortified Menus

nacc_logoThe National Association of Care Catering (NACC) has produced a new Fortified Meals Recipe Book to provide additional support to care caterers in this specific area.

Demand for fortified diets to support the health needs of the elderly is increasing and with it the requirement for caterers to offer a variety of fortification options in care settings. The NACC’s valuable recipe book gives care caterers the knowledge and confidence to meet this demand and effectively create fortified menus that enhance an existing diet with calorie-dense foods, and also taste great and are visually appetising.

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British Businesses Urged To Tackle Skills Shortage

Princes-Trust-LogoAction is required to stem a UK-wide skills crisis, warns new research.

Three quarters of British businesses believe a significant skills crisis will hit the UK within the next three years (73 per cent), while two fifths predict this will happen within the next 12 months (43 per cent).  Two thirds fear skills shortages will slam the brakes on the UK’s economic recovery (68 per cent); while one in three fear it would cause their business to fold (35 per cent).

According to The Prince’s Trust and HSBC report, based on interviews with 616 UK business leaders[1], 72 per cent believe that the recruitment of young people into the workforce is vital to avert a skills crisis.

The research reveals that more than two-fifths are already experiencing skills gaps within their organisations (43 per cent) and over half are currently facing difficulties filling vacancies (53 per cent).

With a third of organisations reporting skills shortages at entry level (32 per cent), youth charity The Prince’s Trust is calling on employers to invest in vocational training for unemployed young people to avoid future skills shortages.

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Trend To Holiday At Home Continues As 5.1 Million Brits Plan A UK Trip This August Bank Holiday

VisitBritainVisitEngland’s Bank Holiday Trip Tracker Survey reveals today that 5.1million Brits (10% of the adult population) are planning an overnight holiday trip in the UK this August Bank Holiday weekend, with 4 million people (8%) planning on taking an overnight trip in England. This is likely to generate some £1.2billion in tourism spend for the UK economy, £940 million of which will be spent in England.

A further 7.6 million Brits (15%) are currently undecided about whether to take an overnight trip over the Bank Holiday Weekend, with a third of those (34%) waiting to see what the weather is like. For some (29%), financial reasons are behind the reason for delaying a decision; 24% of people are just unsure about where they would like to go; 20% are waiting to see if there are any special deals or offers to take advantage of and 21 % prefer to book last minute.

In addition, 6 million people (12%) plan to take a day trip in the UK over the Bank Holiday Weekend, with another 15.7million (31%) still undecided. The seaside is the most popular destination for those planning to take a day trip (44%), followed by planning a trip to a countryside / village destination (34%), a trip to a large town or city (21%), and 18% of people planning a visit to a standalone attraction such as a theme park or stately home.

James Berresford, VisitEngland Chief Executive said: “There are 4 million Brits planning a holiday trip in England this weekend which is testament to the fantastic product on offer in England. The resulting £940million of spend likely to be generated demonstrates the importance of tourism to the UK economy. With an enormous amount going on this weekend at our world class indoor and outdoor attractions and a host of events and festivals happening across the country, there is still time to plan a last minute short break or day trip in England to enjoy, whatever the weather.”

Minister for Tourism Helen Grant said: “The bank holiday weekend is set to be a bumper one for domestic tourism, generating over £1 billion in spend for the UK economy. From city breaks to days out on the coast, world class music events to cultural trips, the UK has something for everyone to enjoy.”

This weekend you can enjoy the festivities of Notting Hill Carnival or sample delights at the BBC Good Food Festival in London. In Oxfordshire over 300 classic cars and vintage motorbikes will be on show at The Blenheim Palace Festival of Transport. More than 200 acts will bring the musical talents of 20 countries to Liverpool this bank holiday, at Liverpool’s annual International Music Festival. In Lancashire you can celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Great British Rhythm and Blues Festival with more than 600 artists performing at eight official venues over four days; or witness a spectacular array of beautiful kites in Portsmouth skies for the International Kite Festival.

For more ideas and inspiration on how to get the best out of a holiday or day trip in England, whatever the weather, visit: www.visitengland.com.

Sheffield Best Value In UK For City Break

Photography by Elaine z.

Photography by Elaine z.

Sheffield offers the best value city break in the UK, according to an annual cost comparison study released today by TripAdvisor ahead of the August bank holiday.

An evening out and overnight stay in a four star hotel in Sheffield will set you back £153.94, less than half the price of a break in the UK’s most expensive city, Edinburgh, which costs £331.28.

The results were taken from this year’s TripIndex UK Cities, which compares the cost of an evening out in each of the UK’s twenty most popular cities, taking into account typical costs for two people to enjoy a pre-meal cocktail at a four star hotel, a meal out, taxis, and an overnight stay for two in a four star hotel during the month of August.

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12% Growth in Leisure Spend for GB Summer Holidays

greene-king-logoThe start of the school summer holidays and warmer weather has driven a double-digit increase in total household leisure spend. According to figures in the latest Greene King Leisure Spend Tracker report, July saw a 12% increase in total household spending from June, driven by the onset of the school holidays and the continuing popularity of ‘staycations’ in Britain.

All areas of leisure spending have increased this month compared to June, led by Other Leisure which was up 18% to £81, as families looked to keep kids occupied. Drinking Out also showed strong growth with an increase of 14%, as the warmer weather encouraged people out of the home and into ‘beer gardens’.

Steve Jebson, Greene King’s commercial director, said: “The summer holidays are now upon us and July’s leisure spending showed that Other Leisure, which includes activities such as bowling, cinema and live events, blazed a trail as households entertained their kids. Family households led the growth in total leisure spending in July, with these households increasing their leisure spend by 19%, or £40, compared to June.”

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World’s First Public WiFi Accreditation Scheme Launches in the UK

Friendly-WiFi-logo-LargeHotels, restaurants, cafes and bars Now signup to the world’s first public Wi-Fi accreditation scheme which uses filters to help prevent children and young people who use public WiFi from accessing pornographic and inappropriate material, and will inform parents which shops, cafes, restaurants, hotels, public transport and tourist attractions are providing filtered WiFi.  All participating businesses will display the associated ‘Friendly WiFi’ logo so parents and young people are able to make informed decisions about where they log onto public WiFi.

The launch of the ‘Friendly WiFi’ scheme comes after Childnet, UKCCIS and the Internet Watch Foundation raised concerns about children and young people being able to view and access inappropriate material when using public WiFi.

In response to this, a commitment was made by the UK’s six main WiFi providers (02, Sky, Virgin, EE, Arqiva, Nomad) to Prime Minister; David Cameron that a minimum level of filtering would be placed across all public WiFi services.  The Registered Digital Institute (RDI) have developed the scheme in partnership with the Government, The UK Council for Child Internet Safety (UKCCIS) and the UK’s main WiFi providers.

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Savills Predicts Regional Hotel Investment to Reach £2 billion in 2014 as London Stock Remains Constrained

Martin Rogers

Martin Rogers

Savills predicts that regional transaction volumes in the UK hotel market will reach £2 billion by year end, a 17% increase on the total for 2013, as stock issues in London drive investors to seek opportunities further afield.  The regional share of all UK hotel transactions so far this year has risen to 59% from 44% during the same period in 2013, according to the international real estate advisor.

Savills also highlights that, for the year to date, regional transaction volumes are up 135% on the same period in 2013, accounting for a figure of £1.1 billion.  In particular, the firm has advised on a number of significant regional transactions so far in 2014 including: the sale of Radisson Blu, Durham, for £17 million; Novotel, Liverpool, for circa £13.2 million and Holiday Inn Express Edinburgh & Dunfermline for £11.9 million.

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