Breda (NL) – The most complete Hotel Management System RoomRaccoon helps hoteliers during the Corona crisis by means of the Contactless Stay quality mark.

RoomRaccoon is going to help hoteliers make their guests’ stay contactless and safe with the launch of Contactless Stay, the quality mark for the international hotel industry. Hotels and accommodations can earn the quality mark when they meet certain safety conditions.

A full online check-in and online payments are technical conditions for the quality mark that are available through RoomRaccoon. It is even possible to choose an integration with a contactless key system for extra safety. In addition, physical measures such as thorough room cleaning, the installation of disinfectant hand dispensers and sufficient distance between guests are crucial to meet the Contactless Stay quality mark.

Cool and Fresh – Six ice types from DC Products

Classic Ice

Solid cubes of crystalline ice that cool quickly and melt slowly. Suitable for: nightclubs, pubs, restaurants, healthcare industries, educational facilities, hotels and supermarkets.

12 Icemaker models available.


Bob Pease, CEO/president of the Brewers Association, the not-for-profit trade association representing small and independent American craft brewers, reports on the latest figures for the American craft brewing industry in 2019

“The Brewers Association recently completed its annual survey of 5,500+ brewery members used to measure the performance of the U.S. craft brewing industry.   In 2019, small and independent American craft brewers collectively produced 26.3 million barrels of beer (30.8 million hectolitres) and realised just under 4% total growth, taking craft’s overall beer market share by volume to 13.6%.

Food and beverage inflation low but pricing uncertainty looms

Foodservice pricing reached its lowest point for 12 months in February with most food and beverage categories showing no or minimal year-on-year inflation.

But with the Covid-19 pandemic causing major disruption to global supply chains and prompting shutdowns of some industries and consumer sectors, it is likely that pricing will be volatile in the coming months.

Wagamama owner raises £57m in share places but warns some sites may not reopen

The Restaurant Group has raised £57m through a share placing aimed to provide the company with “sufficient” liquidity to continue to operate through the coronavirus crisis.

In response to the coronavirus outbreak, the group, which is behind household names including Wagamama and Frankie and Benny’s, issued a “pessimistic scenario for the current financial year”, which assumed all restaurants and pubs will remain closed until the end of June and with the possibility that only 400 of its 600 sites will reopen.

Government grants must be accelerated and extended, trade bodies say

Government grants are not being delivered quickly enough to businesses that have seen their revenue decimated by Covid-19.

Trade bodies representing the hospitality industry have said there is danger more jobs will be lost if grants are not received quickly and extended to those businesses with a rateable value above £51,000, who currently are being asked to use loans to shore up their businesses.

Inside JW Marriott Orlando Bonnet Creek Resort & Spa

Hotel Designs has gained virtual access inside JW Marriott Orlando Bonnet Creek Resort & Spa, which is expected to open in May as the brand’s second hotel to arrive in Orlando… 

Ideally situated on the doorstep Walt Disney World Florida, JW Marriott Orlando Bonnet Creek Resort & Spa has been appropriately designed with warm interiors that are suitable and accessible to all.

Bill Bensley has designed a ‘human zoo hotel’ concept

Architect Bill Bensley responded to a hotel brief by designing a hotel where guests are caged while wild, exotic animals roam free…

Known for his bohemian and brilliant ideas when it comes to sustainability, architect Bill Bensley has perhaps new creative heights by designing a concept to flip the idea of a zoo on its head, allowing animals to run free while humans in put in cage-like rooms.

Independent Hotel Show 2020 forced to cancel

The organisers of Independent Hotel Show Amsterdam have made the difficult yet responsible decision to cancel this year’s physical show in response the global pandemic of COVID–19…

The Independent Hotel Show Amsterdam 2020, which was originally due to take place in March 17 – 18 but was then postpostend until June 24 – 25, has now been cancelled due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Government urged to reconsider as HMRC suggests furlough pay will not include tronc

According to a government spokesperson, the 80% of average wages the government will cover for furloughed workers through the coronavirus job retention scheme (CJRS) will not include tips, tronc or service charge.

UKHospitality chief executive Kate Nicholls said the decision was “disappointing” and urged the government to reconsider.


Bob Pease, CEO/president of the Brewers Association, the not-for-profit trade association representing small and independent American craft brewers, on America’s Top 50 brewing companies in 2019

Every year the Brewers Association releases its annual list of the top 50 producing craft brewing companies and overall brewing companies in the U.S., based on beer sales volume.  Despite the current pandemic, this year is no different.  Of the top 50 overall brewing companies, 40 were small and independent craft brewing companies.

Hubbard’s helpful hibernation tips for Scotsman ice machines

Important information allows you to shut down your equipment safely until you need it again

Hubbard Systems has created documents explaining the process of safely decommissioning the Scotsman range of ice makers to help businesses affected by the shutdown protect their equipment until it is able to be used again.

Any equipment that processes water needs to be maintained at peak standards of hygiene to protect against contamination. Leaving a machine unused for extended periods with water in the system allows bacteria and microbes the opportunity to grow.

Ideas for Keeping Yourself Entertained on the Weekends

The weekends are a time for you to do as you please and try to catch up on sleep. Your weeks are likely busy, and hectic and you need these days off to regroup and have some fun.

There are a few different ways for how you can keep yourself entertained on the weekends, so you don’t sit around wasting this precious time. You can choose to socialize with others or take advantage of the chance to participate in activities by yourself and get some alone time. Keep these ideas handy for when the weekend rolls around, and you’re unsure of how to fill your days.