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    Opinion: UK hotels forecast 2018 – as good as it gets?

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    Hotels good fortune continues but as uncertainty weighs in, is this as good as it gets? UK hotels have enjoyed record trading, underpinned by the boom in overseas leisure travel. PwC forecast a slower pace of growth in 2018 as the stimulus of the weak pound starts to weaken, and new supply kicks in. Add […]

    Guest Blog: ‘Hotels are missing vital marketing messages’

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    A guest blog from Professor Stuart Barnes on the importance of marketing for hoteliers… Hotels are losing customers because they aren’t using the most effective marketing messages for their ratings, reveals new research from King’s Business School. The researchers have created a model that exposes the truth about hotel performance using text from online customer […]

    Opinion: Mitre Linen – Keeping hotel guests cool

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    A hot and stuffy hotel room is not conducive to a good night’s sleep. Research suggests that if the temperature of a room is too high, then it will take longer for an individual to fall asleep and, when they finally do, this sleep can be disturbed leading to guests feeling irritable in the morning. […]

    In Conversation: Denise Ellis discusses ever-changing hotel design

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    Head of interior design and conservation at Nottingham-based Franklin Ellis Architects, Denise Ellis, who has worked with the firm for over 24 years, is a heavyweight in the hotel interior design industry. Having worked with international brands though to independents including Hilton, DoubleTree by Hilton, Best Western, Holiday Inn, Holiday Inn Express and Staybridge Suites, […]

    Opinion: NYC’s mistake in attacking Airbnb

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    According to reports in the United States, New York’s hotel industry is about to start playing dirty – very dirty – in their battle against the highly successful lodging company Airbnb. In an advertisement scheduled to run starting on Monday (7th August), funded by the Hotel Association of New York City and a hotel workers […]

    Guest Blog: Lotss – ‘Prioritising technology for your hotel staff’

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    Prachi Chhabria, co-founder of Lotss, shares her views on the best way to integrate technology into your processes to keep your hotel staff connected… In the last few years, there has been a steady uptick in integrating the use of technology within the hospitality industry. Hotels are now heavily investing in guest-facing technologies such as […]

    In Conversation: Lucy Mortimer, Galapagos Designs

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    Lucy Mortimer, director at Galapagos Designs – a design partner with this year’s Independent Hotel Show – talks about how an individualistic approach and the use of heritage-inspired furniture continues to be a big trend in the world of hotel design… Hotels are eschewing a uniform look and are taking a more individualistic approach to […]

    Guest Blog: Larry Mogelonsky – Dirty Dozen Of Hotel Renovation

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    Larry Mogelonsky, Principal at Hotel Mogel Consulting and Chairman at LMA Communications shares his thoughts on a general guideline of twelve tips for a smooth renovation… With the kids gone, it was time to follow the footsteps of many other boomers and downsize to a condominium. What started as a mere paint job, however, morphed […]

    Soft Furnishings Focus: Kobe – Upholstery colours, designs for 2017

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    As 2017 sees bold colours and motifs continue in soft furnishings, David Harris, managing director of luxury fabric specialist, Kobe UK, takes a look at some of the vibrant new colours and designs in upholstery fabrics. The latest trends include collections where each fabric has an individual identity. Rich, dark greens are back in fashion, […]

    Guest Blog: Duravit – trends for the ‘holistic bathroom of the future’

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    With the new products presented at ISH 2017, Duravit has re-interpreted the basic idea of the holistic interior. New designs provide the scope for individual bathroom furnishings offering a high standard of living. All products have a consistent design language and can be combined with products from all series to optimum effect. Precise geometric forms, […]