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ProVeg to challenge EU's 'veggie burger' ban

ProVeg to challenge EU's 'veggie burger' ban

By James McAllister

Campaign group ProVeg International is to challenge the EU’s proposed ban on using names such as ‘burger’ and ‘sausage’ to describe plant-based foods.

Restaurant industry issues warning over immigration caps

Restaurants warn immigration cap could stall growth

By Sophie Witts

Conservative party plans to reduce immigration to the ‘tens of thousands’ could put the brakes on the growth of the UK's restaurant sector, the Association of Licensed Multiple Retailers (ALMR) has warned.

Barista visas 'won't solve hospitality staffing crisis'

Barista visas 'won't solve hospitality staffing crisis'

By Sophie Witts

Introducing short-term ‘barista visas’ for EU migrants would only worsen the long-term staffing crisis in the UK’s restaurants, pubs and cafes, hospitality recruiter The Change Group has warned.

David Davis: EU workers safe in UK after Brexit

UK won't 'shut the door' on EU workers

By Sophie Witts

Brexit secretary David Davis has offered further hope to the hospitality industry by claiming the UK is not about to ‘shut the door’ on EU workers.

Hospitality: Proposed £1,000 fee for EU workers 'very worrying'

Hospitality: Proposed £1,000 fee for EU workers 'very worrying'

By Emma Eversham

The industry has called proposals to charge British employers £1,000 for every worker they employ from the European Union following Brexit, 'very worrying' with concerns the move will add huge costs to restaurants, hotels and pubs. 

Research on salaries by The Change Group has found that British hospitality workers are paid, on average 18 per cent more than their European counterparts

British hospitality workers earn 18% more than EU counterparts

By Mark Wingett

British restaurant employees are earning on average 18 per cent more than those from other EU countries and 20 per cent more than people from non-­EU countries, according to new research from hospitality recruiter, The Change Group.

Curry chefs divided over Brexit vote

Curry chefs divided over Brexit vote

By Sophie Witts

The Brexit debate is hotting up among Britain’s curry houses, with a major industry group calling on chefs to vote ‘Remain’.

Hoteliers will be expected to provide a decent return on investment

Hotel investors expecting 'decent return' on capital

By Emma Eversham

Investment in the UK's hotel sector is predicted to remain high in 2016, but hotel operators will be expected to work hard and secure a 'decent return' on capital, a law firm has warned. 

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Chinese visa overhaul could boost visitor numbers by 265k

By Liam Garrahan

An overhaul of the Chinese visa system could boost the boost the number of Chinese tourists to the UK by 265k each year and earn the British economy £337m, according to The UK China Visa Alliance (UKCVA).

Expedia recently amended their terms in line with Booking.com's commitments

UK Government pressured to ban rate parity agreements

By Sophie Witts

The Competition and Markets Authority is facing pressure to ban rate parity agreements set by online booking sites following the French Government’s decision to outlaw the terms last week (10 July).

UK hotels say the power of OTA's needs to be challenged

UK hotels slam Booking.com over price fixing

By Sophie Witts

The UK B&B Association has branded Booking.com a ‘bully’ following a settlement with the Italian, French and Swedish authorities this week (21 April) which prevents hotels from offering a cheaper rate than the online travel agent through their own...

Overnight hotel costs have decreased in London and Glasgow this September

Hotel prices drop in London and Glasgow

By Lauren Houghton

Despite the trend for rising prices year-on-year in hotels throughout the UK, overnight costs decreased in London and Glasgow this September, according to hotel.info. 

Under the new initiative, the government will refund the cost of visas for UK tours booked through approved Chinese tour operators

UK to refund the cost of 25,000 Chinese visas

By Carina Perkins

Chancellor George Osborne has revealed plans to refund the cost of thousands of Chinese visas to boost inbound tourism and strengthen relations between the UK and China.

Top 10 spenders when visiting the UK

Top 10 spenders when visiting the UK

By Melodie Michel

The government's decision to relax visa requirements for Chinese visitors has put the spotlight on China's spot as the 19th biggest spender when visiting the UK. BigHospitality looks at the top ten spending nationalities for 2013.

US beef makes its way to UK tables

US beef makes its way to UK tables

By Melodie Michel

The UK is has proved one of the toughest markets to crack for US beef, but restaurateurs are now showing more and more interest, according to the US Meat Export Federation (USMEF).

UK team wins European Pastry Cup 2014

UK team wins European Pastry Cup 2014

By Emma Eversham

The UK team has won the European Pastry Cup, earning itself a cash prize and securing a place in next year's Coupe du Monde de la Pâtisserie. 

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