Leaf Hospitality wins DoubleTree by Hilton Sheffield City contract

Leaf Hospitality, the hotel management company, has won the management contract for DoubleTree by Hilton Sheffield City at Sheffield United Football Club’s Bramall Lane Stadium. The hotel is expected to welcome guests later this year following a franchise agreement between Hilton and Sheffield United. Built in 2008, the hotel will convert under DoubleTree by Hilton, […]

Courtyard by Marriott Edinburgh West names new general manager

Courtyard by Marriott Edinburgh West has announced the appointment of Stephen Williams as general manager.  Williams joins from Hilton Edinburgh Carlton Hotel. He has over 18 years of hospitality experience and previously he served tenures at hotels in The Cotswolds, Lake District and Edinburgh city centre. In his new role, he will work with a […]

Recreation and tourism sector fuelling UK recovery, says Lloyds Bank

The UK’s tourism and recreation sector accelerated the country’s economic recovery in May coming out of lockdown, according to the latest Lloyds Bank UK Recovery Tracker. Due to the pent-up demand from consumers, the sector recorded the sharpest rise in output growth month-on-month due to renewed interest in the country’s hotels, pubs and restaurants, jumping […]

W Rome to take brand into Italy this year

Marriott International is preparing to make its brand entry in Italy this autumn with the debut of W Rome. Located on Via Liguria, next to the Spanish Steps, this historic palazzo-turned-luxury-lifestyle-hotel will offer an unapologetically Italian experience. “The debut of W Hotels in Italy is almost here, and we could not be more excited to […]

Use technology to love your guest

The brands are confused about what technology the consumer uses, and what technology hotels should be using. They encouraged owners to invest in 20-year leases on televisions and then nobody watched video on demand, leaving everyone feeling burned. Guests don’t need technology, they need to feel loved again. And whether that’s with a brand badge […]

FSB calls for new strategy to help UK hospitality sector

The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has published a new report, which is calling on the government to provide a new strategy to assist the UK’s hospitality and tourism sectors. Titled ‘A Menu for Recovery’, the report outlines a series of recommendations for both sectors, including extending the hospitality VAT rate reduction to 5% until […]

Novella to lead Cipriani, A Belmond Hotel, Venice

Belmond has announced the appointment of Marco Novella as managing director of Cipriani, A Belmond Hotel, Venice. He will take up the position from next week. Hailing from Milan, Novella has travelled and worked extensively throughout his 25-years of experience in luxury hospitality. He previously worked with Belmond at Villa San Michelle in Florence for […]

Hotel industry updates mask guidance fr vaccinated staff

The following is a statement from Chip Rogers, president and CEO of the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA), on easing face covering and physical distancing requirements for hotel employees in response to updated Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) guidance. “In response to increasing vaccination rates across […]

London short-term rentals reach early 2020 levels

London’s short-term rental industry recorded its highest monthly occupancy and revenue per available room (RevPAR) since February 2020, according to May 2021 data from STR. May occupancy for the sector was 64.1%, which represented a 12.5% increase from April (57.0%) and the highest level in the market since February 2020 (65.1%). Short-term rental occupancy was significantly […]