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From car bay to hotel room: 2021 SiteMinder Partner of the Year Awards spotlight industry transformation

SiteMinder, the world’s leading open hotel commerce platform, has deemed a car-park-turned-hotel-inventory the year’s most ingenious change in conducting hotel business. The title of ‘Innovation Partner of the Year’ was today given to RevenYou, a consultancy for independent hotels, at the 2021 SiteMinder Partner of the Year Awards – the only awards program to recognise the B2B players within the hotel technology industry that support hoteliers behind the scenes.

ITS LOLLY GETS SET FOR 2022 WITH THREE NEW APPOINTMENTS

– Further expansion for the hospitality technology specialist –

It’s Lolly, the hospitality technology specialist, is expanding yet again with the appointment of three new staff members. The appointees are joining across various departments, in roles involved with technical support, customer service, and finance.

2022 Consumers Demand a Fresh Approach, says Bidfresh

Hospitality businesses will need to adapt to significant changes in consumer behaviour when planning 2022 menus, says fresh produce specialist Bidfresh. New research shows that  expectations of dishes which deliver on concerns such as provenance, innovation, sustainability and health have been strengthened by the pandemic.

The Millennials Championing Change in the Food and Drink Industry

Millennials have a great potential to change our culture. For the food and drink industry, change is nothing new. New tastes and influences constantly turn over menus and products that reflect consumer demand. However, young people today are forcing the hand of manufacturers and restaurateurs. Demand for unique, varied, and stimulating food and drink is higher than ever.

Whitbread brings plant-based protein GARDEN GOURMET® to menus across its estate to increase customer choice

Whitbread has partnered with Nestlé Professional’s plant-based brand GARDEN GOURMET® to launch new meat-free dishes on menus at 1,200 of its pub, restaurant and hotel sites.

Christmas Together: publicans invited to join in new Christmas Plus One campaign created to help connect people and communities this December by using their pub as the festive hub #ChristmasTogether

  • Christmas Plus One aims to help people feeling lonely and benefit pubs
  • Pub customers encouraged to give someone a ‘Plus One’ invite to pub in December
  • A national ‘Christmas Plus One Day’ is taking place on 14 December, which publicans are encouraged to put on events for
  • Initiative highlights the social value of pubs and publicans

WINTER WARMERS, BUT ADD A LITTLE ‘SPICE’

Too good to drink on your tod-dy

Hawksbill Hot Chocolate – a classic winter warmer

  • 50ml Hawksbill Caribbean Spiced Rum
  • 25ml Cream Liqueur
  • Top with Hot Chocolate

Hospitality Employers Must Listen To Staff To Tackle Recruitment Crisis

As the latest vacancy figures from Office for National Statistics (ONS) show the hospitality sector facing its worst-ever recruitment crisis, employers will need to pay closer attention to the expectations and aspirations of employees, warns workforce management specialist Bizimply.

CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEARS AT SIX SENSES, IBIZA

Six Senses Ibiza, the luxury escape and wellness destination in Xarraca Bay,  invites guests to tap into the magic of the island this Christmas and New Year. The hotel will now be open through to 11th January 2022 for the cool season.

CHRISTMAS 2021: The Landmark London, Hilton London Bankside & The Varsity Hotel & Spa

The Landmark London

Five-star Grande Dame hotel, The Landmark London, is celebrating the Christmas period with a special collective of festive experiences available throughout the holiday season.

London Hilton Bankside Review

As we arrived on Great Suffolk Street it was a cold dark afternoon in London. My attention was immediately drawn to the florescent beam coming from the Hilton Bankside hotel. Outside the hotel was a floral draped sign reading “Bankside” this was accompanied by cool neon lights in the quirky entrance.

GREY GOOSE® LAUNCHES ‘DUET’ WITH RINA SAWAYAMA AND LUKE SELBY: A MODERN MARTINI COCKTAIL BAR THAT CELEBRATES THE MAGIC OF COMBINING TWO INGREDIENTS TO CREATE SOMETHING EXTRAORDINARY

GREY GOOSE Vodka creates a stir with an effortlessly stylish pop-up cocktail experience and martini cocktail kits from BRIT award nominated musician, Rina Sawayama, and star British-Filipino chef, Luke Selby

Waitrose Christmas Campaign: Ashley Jensen and Heston Blumenthal see the funny side of festive food

Waitrose today launches its Christmas campaign, ‘You Can Taste When It’s a Waitrose Christmas’, which puts delicious, quality Christmas food at the very centre of celebrations for this year’s festive season. Our 60 second advert, featuring Extras star Ashley Jensen, showcases why “the best bit of Christmas is the food”, no matter the time, place or occasion.

PIZZA HUT Delivery EXPANDS INTO ‘oN-The-go’ MARKET WITH eg GROUP PARTNERSHIP

  • EG Group and Pizza Hut announce new partnership to expand Pizza Hut footprint into the petrol forecourt space
  • The partnership will see EG Group franchise eight new trial stores in petrol filling stations across the UK, creating about 90 new jobs
  • Pizza will be served by the slice as well as in whole pizzas, catering for customers on-the-go

Claim your FREE Thorntons Winter Rescue Kit and Pass the Love On!

Ferrero Foodservice is passing the love on this Autumn and helping caterers and operators tap into the growing hot chocolate market* by giving away 250 Winter Rescue Kits^.

WORLD’S FAVOURITE GIN* GETS STYLISH NEW MAKEOVER

Gordon’s Gin has revealed a new, sophisticated bottle.

London, UK, NOVEMBER 2021: Gordon’s Gin has revealed a new look – an evolution of Gordon’s classic artwork with premiumisation at the heart. Made from up to 85% recycled glass, the new bottle design is being rolled out globally. With 4 in 10 gins purchased in GB being Gordon’s Gin1, this new bottle has been designed not only to retain the loved familiarity for their loyal customers but also to appeal to even more consumers. This stylish bottle emphasises the flavour experience of each variant with subtle taste cues highlighted on the design.  

Licensing SAVI launches to 300 pubs, bars and clubs across West Yorkshire to improve safety for staff and customers

West Yorkshire’s high profile Violence Reduction Unit, which is part of the Mayoral Combined Authority and leads a number of partner organisations across the county to tackle violent crime, today announces the launch of a pioneering licensing initiative to improve the safety and security of bars, pubs, clubs, restaurants and hotels.

SMARTair® from Mul-T-Lock opens the door to convenient and cost effective check-ins

In today’s landscape where reduced touch-points and low operating costs are nothing short of paramount, security expert Mul-T-Lock is offering a tailored access control solution to all hotel, holiday park and short-break property owners.

Celebrating Cask – five ways to make your cask ale shine this winter

Sales of premium and craft beers went stellar in the lockdown periods, but only the on-trade can offer hand-pulled pints of well-cellared cask-conditioned ales to UK punters. 

BACARDÍ RUM LAUNCHES ‘BACARDÍ SPICED x DEFECTED PRESENTS: D-RUM SESSIONS ON TWITCH WITH MAYA JAMA

The world’s most awarded rum brand has brought together iconic dance label Defected Records and DJ and presenter Maya Jama, to host a series of music events via interactive livestreaming service Twitch  

BACARDI CUTS PLASTIC IN ITS GIFT PACKS BY 50%

  • Innovative new designs are good for the planet and great for the holiday season 
  • New 100% plastic-free gift packs from BACARDÍ®, GREY GOOSE®, BOMBAY SAPPHIRE®, MARTINI® & DEWAR’S®
  • Family-owned company’s gift packs are on track to being 100% plastic free by 2023

Amazon Collaborates with Young Asian Entrepreneurs Shaking Up the Hotel Technology Industry

The hotel industry has often been seen as a follower rather than a leader when it comes to technological advances, most notably following in the footsteps of the airline industry which was the first to revolutionise online booking and utilise dynamic pricing of rates. But the pandemic has acted as a catalyst for change, as hotel leaders strive to find novel and modern solutions to gain more than their market share in a now incredibly competitive market.

Stephen Hargreaves’ Cranleigh Boutique becomes first North-West venue to accept cryptocurrency

One of the UK’s most celebrated hospitality entrepreneurs, Stephen Hargreaves, is blazing a trail for the modern age, by accepting cryptocurrency as payment at his luxury flagship hotel, The Cranleigh Boutique.  In so doing, the hotel becomes the first venue in the North- West to include Bitcoin, Ethereum, Utrust Token and Tether, as accepted forms of payment.  It’s another ‘first’ for the Lancashire-born entrepreneur, who has built an extensive portfolio of exclusive businesses in Bowness-on-Windermere, including The Cranleigh Boutique, The Boutique Hideout House, Baha Pacific Street Food restaurant, The Fizzy Tarté cocktail & champagne bar, and Lake View Garden Bar, all of which are unique and award-winning.