The Queens Hotel opens new restaurant amid £4.4m refurb

The Queens Hotel in Southsea, Portsmouth, has announced the opening of a new restaurant as part of its £4.4m refurbishment.  ‘Restaurant 1985’ was designed with help from London design studio, Studio Kinford. As part of the refurb, the team focused on creating a “home away from home” experience for guests using a balance of traditional […]

The Scores Hotel in St Andrews sold after 34 years

The Scores Hotel in St Andrews, Scotland has come under new ownership for the first time in 34 years, after it was acquired by Savills, on behalf of Wirefox, for an undisclosed sum.   The Scores Hotel is a historic 36-room establishment spanning around 3,000 sq ft. It features a bar, restaurant and events venue overlooking […]

73% of hospitality workers suffer from poor mental health during Covid

Almost three-quarters (73%) of hospitality workers have suffered from poor mental health during the Covid-19 pandemic, according to a recent study by online training provider High Speed Training. Over a third (35%) of respondents primarily blamed their profession for their mental health issues. On top of these alarming figures, a recent survey conducted by Hospitality […]

Private equity spots hotel opportunities

Three major private equity investors have revealed plans to invest significantly in the hotel space, through a variety of structures.   US-based Acore Capital has taken a first step in a USD1bn lending spree targeting cash-restricted hotel companies, with a USD200m investment as Graduate Hotels spends heavily on its first pipeline properties in Europe. Also in […]

Fresh round in OTA battle

A German high court ruling has shone a fresh light on the ongoing battle between hotel brands and online travel agents, as bookings take off once more.   The latest skirmish has seen Booking.com sanctioned for pushing rate parity restrictions on hotel partners, in a case backed by German hotel associations and the country’s cartel office. […]

Tapestry Collection by Hilton makes European debut

Hilton has welcomed the first Tapestry Collection by Hilton hotel in Europe with the opening of Atocha Hotel Madrid. Embracing the distinct culture of their local neighbourhoods, the hotel joins a global portfolio of almost 60 Tapestry Collection by Hilton properties, providing the perfect base for travellers looking for the authentic experience of an independent […]

2021 results tracking projections, bright spots to emerge in 2022

The new mid-year revision of the ‘Asia Pacific Visitor Forecasts 2021-2023’  from the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) indicates a hard year ahead in 2021 but with recovery occurring thereafter, albeit in a very uneven fashion. With the extreme volatility in the travel and tourism sector brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic and the resultant […]