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Whitbread withdrawal from ethical workplace code ‘slap in the face’, says Unite

UK hospitality group Whitbread’s withdrawal from the Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI) just 18 months after it was granted foundation stage membership, is a “slap in the face” to its 50,000-strong UK workforce, trade union Unite has said. The ETI board of directors were informed of the resignation of the Premier Inn and Costa Coffee owner at a board meeting last week (Thursday 14 September). Unite has been highly critical of Whitbread’s apparent refusal in the last year to accept that the ETI’s nine ‘good labour practice’ codes apply equally to its directly employed UK workforce as to workers in its

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VisitEngland extols youth ‘staycations’

VisitEngland has launched a new campaign encouraging young people from Great Britain and Northern Ireland to take a holiday at home in a bid to boost the UK’s tourism industry. Statistics show that 16-to-34 year olds took almost 1.4 million fewer holidays at home last year compared with a decade ago. VisitEngland’s £2.5m ‘Join the World – Discover the UK’ digital and social media campaign, launching on Monday 11 September, is targeting this ‘lost generation’ using overseas social media influencers and travellers to showcase the experiences that can be had on holiday in the UK. The campaign is run in

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Leaked government plans on migrants condemned by BHA, UKinbound

Hospitality bodies UKinbound and the British Hospitality Association (BHA) have had their say on leaked government documents that appear to suggest immigration targets will be met by reducing the intake of low-skilled EU migrants after Brexit. The 82-page paper – leaked to the Guardian and subsequently widely covered in the media – showed the government was considering reducing the numbers of low-paid EU workers, putting caps on the time they can spend here, and making it harder for them to bring family members over to the UK. It was reported that there would be a minimum income requirement for anyone

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BHA encourages UK to ‘take advantage’ of record tourist figures

The British Hospitality Association (BHA) has responded to figures which showed June saw record numbers of overseas visits to the UK. According to the Office for National Statistics (ONS), there were a record 3.5 million inbound visits to the UK, up 7% compared with the same period last year. Overseas visitors also spent £2.2bn in June, up 2% compared. It is thought that the weaker pound has contributed to the record number of visits. Ufi Ibrahim, chief executive of BHA suggested that the UK should “take advantage” of the increase in visitor numbers while taking the opportunity to “tap into

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Hotel Owner to host Miele Professional Twitter Q and A

On Wednesday 16 August, Hotel Owner is hosting a Twitter Q&A session with laundry experts, Miele Professional. The Q&A is designed for anyone within the hotel industry to ask questions about the logistics and benefits of having an on-premise laundry, how much space is required and what the potential cost savings could be. Les Marshall, sales and marketing director at Miele Professional, said: “We’re delighted to be working with Hotel Owner on this Twitter Q&A. We are always looking for ways to talk directly to hotels about their needs and how we can help, so this approach makes perfect sense

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