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Carluccio's optimistic over prospects
All Seasons brand
Italian restaurant chain eyes up further growth after surpassing board expectations
arrives in London
Accor has introduced its By Pete Hayman
budget hotel brand All Seasons
to the UK with the opening of Carluccio's, the UK-based chain
the All Seasons Southwark Rose of Italian restaurants, plans to
in London. The move follows continue its 2010 opening
Accor's acquisition of the programme, despite admitting
Southwark Rose hotel in 2003. that consumer spending is set
As part of the rebrand, Accor has to remain affected by the
added 21 bedrooms to what had economic downturn.
been an 84-bedroom hotel. It comes as the company
Christian Rousseau, managing revealed that it is set to report
director for economy hotels at pre-tax profits above expecta-
Accor, said that this was stage tions for the year ending 27
one of a broader expansion of September 2009, which
the All Seasons brand. included the opening of five UK The chain is set to press ahead with its 2010 opening programme
outlets and its first Dubai site.
Costa continues to
A further two stores are set its positive view of the "Stores will be financed out of
boost Whitbread
to be opened in Dubai during long-term prospects for the internally generated cash flow
Pub and hotel operator 2010, although plans to grow business. Notwithstanding this, and the board believes that the
Whitbread has posted a 3.1 per its Irish portfolio have been the board recognises that company's strong positive cash
cent increase in revenue for the affected by economic difficul- pressure on consumer spending position has the potential to
six months ending 27 August ties and poor lease terms. will remain for some time with allow an accelerated roll out
2009 after Costa Coffee A spokesperson for Carluc- trading conditions for the when opportunities arise in a
continued its recent strong cio's said: "The board maintains sector remaining challenging. weaker property environment."
performance. The coffee shop
chain saw a 20.6 per cent
TYF offloads
increase in revenue for the first
Capital's eateries report growth
half of 2009, compared with the
Welsh 'eco hotel'
same period last year, while TYF Activity and Educa-
growth at the Premier Inn hotel tion Group has sold the
business remains stagnant due Twr-y-Felin Hotel in
to a 9.2 per cent fall in RevPAR. Pembrokeshire to hotel
operator Retreats Group
Beach Huts Resorts
for an undisclosed sum.
concept set for roll-out
The Grade II-listed hotel
A scheme by Beach Huts is located in a former corn
Resorts to create luxury beach mill within the Pembroke-
hut developments across the UK shire Coast National Park
is to begin in Whitley Bay. Each and boasts 12 bedrooms, Nearly half of London restaurants reported an increase in profits
of the 21 huts will sleep four to a separate four bedroom
six people. Although similar in cottage and a 26-cover By Pete Hayman However, many London
appearance to a conventional dining room. restaurants are still reporting a
beach hut, the properties boast TYF Activity opened the A new survey of more than 200 decrease in consumer spend
a separate bedroom, a fully hotel in November 2007 London eateries has revealed and profits, when compared
fitted kitchen, a bathroom and a and marketed the site as the sector is showing signs of with the same period in 2008.
24-hour concierge service. Wales' first 'organic hotel'. growth after nearly half saw an Ashley de Safrin, business
Financial director Darren Baker TYF had secured organic increase in profits in September. adviser for the hospitality
said: "Over the past 20 years certification from the According to Business Link's sector at Business Link, said:
cheaper package holidays have Welsh Organic Scheme for monthly Restaurant Barometer, "These results show that the
caused a huge decline in demand the site and at the time of 25 per cent of eateries in the restaurant sector continues to
for the domestic holiday and the official opening capital had seen an increase in remain resilient in the face of
short breaks, with the financial vowed to pursue ethical consumer spend and a 46 per the economic climate, with 75
effect on costal towns being buying practices. cent rise in customer numbers, per cent of respondents remain-
simply devastating." when compared with August. ing profitable in this time."
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