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Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Travel Agents Report Record Use of GDS, According to New TravelClick Study

Advertising on the GDS opens doors for hoteliers Read More »

Wednesday, September 02, 2015

VAT cut 'would create 425,000 new jobs in hospitality industry'

Hundreds of thousands of jobs would be created if the Government cut VAT on food and drink from 20% to 10%, according to a new report.
A campaign group said 425,000 new jobs would be created, with a further 150,000 if VAT was reduced to 5%.
Jacques Borel said research by his VAT Club found that cuts in other EU countries led to price reductions and increased customer demand.
He said: "The high rates of VAT applying to pubs, restaurants, hotels and catering businesses in the UK is restraining the growth of the UK hospitality industry.
"Also the increase in the minimum wage will result in increased costs for businesses in the leisure and hospitality industries and a VAT cut would offer a viable solution to this.
"By lowering the rate of VAT in the sector, the Government will reduce the unfair competition from supermarkets which benefit from the zero VAT rates that apply to the food it sells and which is used to subsidise the sale of alcoholic drinks."
The group, backed by dozens of food and drink companies, will submit a report to the Government, claiming that reducing VAT to 10% will lead to a surplus for the Treasury of £111 million after three years. Read More »

Monday, August 17, 2015

Business profile: The Abbey hotel, Bath

Ian and Christa Taylor have doubled turnover since acquiring the Abbey hotel in Bath three years ago. Janet Harmer finds out how throwing off the shackles of a brand have helped boost business

The branded hotel sector may be expanding, but Ian Taylor believes that independent operators can be just as successful, if not more so, than those with a badge over the door.

Taylor speaks from experience. He and his wife Christa were the owners of the Cotswold House hotel and the Noel Arms in Chipping Campden until they sold the two properties in 2007. During their eight-year tenure, they scooped a rarely-matched three Catey awards – Independent Hotel of the Year in 2005 and Best Independent Marketing Campaign in 2005 and 2007 – after successfully transforming Cotswold House into a high-performing, luxury boutique hotel without the support of a brand. Read More »

Tuesday, August 04, 2015

France bans all hotel rate parity clauses by law

The French decision allows hotels in France to set lower prices both on their online and offline direct distribution channels - including their own hotel website - than the rates available via intermediaries, thus putting an end to mandatory rate parity clauses. - See more at:  Read More »

Friday, July 10, 2015

France bans rate parity

France is to ban rate parity, after legislation outlawing the practice passed its third review by the French National Assembly yesterday.

Following confirmation from the French prime minister Manuel Valls (pictured), the legislation is expected to be adopted no later than today (10 July).

However, this new law contradicts commitments by the French Competition Authority accepted earlier this spring.

The commitments agreed between prominent online travel agents (OTAs) and the French Competition Authority included a provision that would allow for narrow rate parity, a condition that permits the OTA to restrict a hotel from offering lower public room rates on the hotel’s own website than the rates offered through the agent’s site. As a result, customers continue to see virtually the same price across all websites rather than a competitive marketplace with many sites competing with one another to offer the most attractive deal. Read More »