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Pubs And Restaurants In Need Of Some Christmas Cheer

• WSTA market report demonstrates need for a 2% cut in duty for pubs and restaurants • Sparkling wine and champagne sales both up as confidence returns to the economy The latest WSTA market report has revealed that – while there’s a return to volume growth in the off-trade – pubs, bars and restaurants will be hoping

Devalued Currency – Is It Positive For Tourism?

How does the value of currency affect travel and tourism? When the value of a country’s currency drops to a seven-year low, there are not usually too many positives to be taken from it. However, the devaluation of the Japanese yen has actually had a positive impact on some areas of the nation’s economy, especially

Fourth And Final Round Of Popular VisitBritain Advertising Goes Live At Heathrow

Four new animated VisitBritain GREAT campaign images of Scotland are due to go live across Heathrow to coincide with the festive season and attract more international visitors to Scotland. In a joint initiative combining VisitScotland, VisitBritain and Heathrow, the adverts will be showcased across 326 digital screens in the airport’s five terminals for the next

TripAdvisor Announces Winners Of Its Exceptional Service Awards

TripAdvisor has announced the winners of its inaugural Exceptional Service Awards. The travel review website launched the awards first to UK and US travellers asking them to nominate hospitality professionals who went above and beyond to deliver outstanding service in the past 12 months, asking them to nominate hospitality professionals who went above and beyond

Pubs And Restaurants In Need Of Some Christmas Cheer

• WSTA market report demonstrates need for a 2% cut in duty for pubs and restaurants

• Sparkling wine and champagne sales both up as confidence returns to the economy

The latest WSTA market report has revealed that – while there’s a return to volume growth in the off-trade – pubs, bars and restaurants will be hoping for a merrier festive season, as sales fell 3% in the latest 12 months.

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Devalued Currency – Is It Positive For Tourism?

Value of CurrencyHow does the value of currency affect travel and tourism?

When the value of a country’s currency drops to a seven-year low, there are not usually too many positives to be taken from it. However, the devaluation of the Japanese yen has actually had a positive impact on some areas of the nation’s economy, especially tourism.

According to Reuters, the weaker currency has caused a record influx of foreign travellers to visit the country with prices now being very low. Companies that benefit directly from the tourism trade – retailers and transport firms, for example – have seen their stocks rise as a result of the increase in inbound holidaymakers.

Japan has had its fair share of economic problems this year, with the country dropping into recession in the third quarter of 2014. A stagnating domestic economy and declining population have been given as two factors affecting the nation, but it seems that tourism will continue to flourish with the numbers of foreign travellers set to increase over 2015.

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Fourth And Final Round Of Popular VisitBritain Advertising Goes Live At Heathrow

FoGreat Britain 2ur new animated VisitBritain GREAT campaign images of Scotland are due to go live across Heathrow to coincide with the festive season and attract more international visitors to Scotland. In a joint initiative combining VisitScotland, VisitBritain and Heathrow, the adverts will be showcased across 326 digital screens in the airport’s five terminals for the next three months.

The animated images make up the fourth round of GREAT campaign advertising to feature across the airport this year as part of a 12-month £4 million advertising package granted by Britain’s busiest airport to help VisitBritain promote the country’s nations and regions throughout 2014. The Scotland images are the first of the four rounds of advertising to be animated.

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TripAdvisor Announces Winners Of Its Exceptional Service Awards

TripAdvisor Travellers ChoiceTripAdvisor has announced the winners of its inaugural Exceptional Service Awards.

The travel review website launched the awards first to UK and US travellers asking them to nominate hospitality professionals who went above and beyond to deliver outstanding service in the past 12 months, asking them to nominate hospitality professionals who went above and beyond to deliver outstanding service in the past 12 months. After receiving more than 3,500 nominations in October 2014, TripAdvisor selected 40 winners across 21 countries worldwide.

“Everyone who travels knows that the service you receive can elevate any trip to a memorable one,” said Barbara Messing, chief marketing officer for TripAdvisor. “A recent TripAdvisor survey revealed that 67 percent of respondents didn’t think hospitality professionals receive sufficient recognition for their efforts. Through the Exceptional Service Awards, we’re trying to change that by acknowledging stars of the hospitality industry who made a difference by going the extra mile for their guests and clearly made a lasting impression on the TripAdvisor community.”

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Top Pubcos Join Forces At Pub15 To Attract Prospective Publicans

Pub 15pub15  is the new trade show dedicated to the UK pub industry, taking place at Olympia on 18 and 19 February 2015, and aiming to help hundreds of prospective publicans turn their dreams of running a pub into reality with the launch of its dedicated Careers Lounge.

Featuring representatives from three of the UK’s top pubcos, who between them own in excess of 10,000 freehold, tenanted or leased properties, PUB15’s Careers Lounge will offer insight, information and straight-talking advice on what it takes to be your own boss within the country’s flourishing pub sector.

Teams from Enterprise Inns, Punch Taverns and Greene King will be on hand to guide visitors to the show through the ins and outs of becoming a landlord, the different routes of pub acquisition available to them, back bar and head office support, along with business, marketing and investment advice to help them operate a prosperous and profitable pub business.

With an estimated £400 million set to be invested in the pub industry over the next 12 months, there has never been a more exciting time to join this dynamic sector which offers thousands the potential to be their own boss and take control of their careers.

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Top Jobs Report That Ignores Hospitality “Concerning” Says People 1st

People 1stEarlier this month, the UK Commission for Employment and Skills (UKCES) published a list of 40 top jobs in ten key occupations. ‘Careers of the future’ is a guide intended to assist those helping young people with their career decisions. The guide includes care workers, electricians, tram and train drivers and farmers, but no hospitality and tourism occupations were included in the list

“This is concerning,” says Simon Tarr, Managing Director of People 1st. “It highlights a key challenge we have as an industry. We are a huge employer. By 2020 we project that we will need to recruit an additional 844,000 people, yet despite this the hospitality and tourism industry didn’t get a mention. This highlights that we need to work harder and together to sell the opportunities of working in the sector.”

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2015 Les Routiers Award Winners

Les Routiers AwardsLes Routiers, the internationally recognised guide for traditional hotels, guest houses, bed & breakfasts, restaurants, bars, bistros and cafés, and famous for its renowned Routiers plaque; which signified that the establishment was well-managed, clean and hospitable, and offered good food and excellent service, has announced its annual winners

Awards are based around performance, customer feedback, reviews and recommendations.

Inn of the Year: Shibden Mill Inn – Halifax

Pig And Whistle Raise A Pint To Their New Shop

Pig-And-WhistleThe Pig and Whistle pub at Littlehempston near Totnes officially opened its new village shop this month with the support of rural pub champions Pub is The Hub returning an essential service back to the village. Licensees Phil and Donna raised a pint with their local milk supplier, Tony Gibson of Riverford Farm Dairy who is supplying the other daily pint!

When Donna and Phil McCann moved into the closed pub, the Pig and Whistle on Newton Road, in Littlehempston in Spring 2013 they discovered that the nearest essential services for the village and its surrounding area were via a drive into Totnes – not such a great distance but in peak holiday season, very time-consuming. During that summer they worked on improving the pub for locals and holidaymakers alike whilst germinating the idea for a community shop housed at the pub. Read more

UK Businesses To Thrive Well Into 2015

UK businesses are on track to enjoy continued growth in the first half of 2015 even as the Eurozone’s economic prospects deteriorate, according to the latest Business Trends report by accountants and business advisers BDO LLP.

The BDO Output Index, which tracks UK businesses’ order books, held steady at 103.2 in November. This suggests that GDP growth over the next three months should be comfortably above the UK’s long term trend of 2.25%. .

Confidence is being supported by sustained low inflationary pressure on businesses. BDO’s Inflation Index, which predicts businesses’ cost expectations over the next three months, fell for the seventh consecutive month to 95.8 in November. This was reinforced by weak wage growth keeping cost inflation low for labour-intensive services firms and falling oil prices aiding manufacturers.

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TIP Trade Talks – BBPA Speaks Up For Level Playing Field For Beer In New CBI Report

BBPA Chief Executive Brigid Simmonds features in ‘Five top reasons to support TTIP’, a new publication from the CBI today, promoting the benefits of TTIP (Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership).

Brigid Simmonds calls for tax and trade fairness for beer via the trade deal, currently being negotiated between the EU and the US to boost trade and investment across the Atlantic.

“TTIP provides a once in a generation opportunity to challenge a policy that discriminates against British brewers,” writes Brigid Simmonds.

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