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PhiLiPPe ROssiTeR is chief executive of the institute of hospitality


‘Solid’ June for London’s hoteliers


Preliminary figures from PKF Hotel Consultancy Services has shown a “solid” month of growth for London’s hotel sector in June, compared with the same period last year. A 14.2 per cent increase in


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he recent publication of the CBI’s annual survey on education and skills identified some encour- aging trends, but also provided


illustrations of where there is still room for improvement. It was good to see that 40 per cent of firms responding to the survey plan to increase investment in training. Another positive message to emerge


was that more than half of employers are involved in apprenticeships, with another 17 per cent planning to become involved in the next few years. Nevertheless, a third stressed that reducing bureaucracy involved in delivering apprenticeships would encour- age them to become more involved. Worryingly, however, the survey high-


lighted the fact that only a third of the training provided by employers leads to a government-recognised qualification. Of even greater concern was that 89 per cent of organisations use external training providers, but are critical about this oſten not being responsive to business needs. If one puts these two findings together, there is the quite alarming scenario that those who receive the training will neither receive proper recognition for their learning, nor be best prepared to undertake the duties required of them by their employer. Such a situation is of concern, especially


the case in the hospitality industry, where the predicted growth in jobs over the next decade is staggering. One of the key find- ings of the CBI survey was that more than 70 per cent of businesses expect to increase the number of jobs requiring leadership and management skills. Although the survey was conducted across all sectors of the UK economy, the same situation exists world- wide in the hospitality industry, where all employers are concerned about their future ability to fill the key roles at supervisory and junior management level. Te Institute of Hospitality provides a


ready-made response to these industry concerns through flexible and accessible hospitality management qualifications, which are delivered to fit business needs, and, most importantly, provide successful learners with a valuable and well-recogn- ised passport to career progression.


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room rate and a 16.2 per cent growth in rooms yield saw London hotels report figures close to pre-recession levels. Meanwhile, regional trad-


ing was also positive after occupancy grew by 5.4 per cent. Rooms yield increased by nearly 6 per cent, although room rate was broadly flat. Robert Barnard, partner at PKF Hotel


London hoteliers reported figures close to pre-recession levels in June


Consultancy Services, said: “London has had another fantastic month with performance returning to the sorts of levels that we used to see prior to 2007. “Te economic backdrop is still challeng- ing so hoteliers should not get too comfortable


yet. However, with the Olympics only a year away now, there is scope for some level of on going optimism. “With many households still under pressure,


hoteliers in the regions will be crossing their fingers for staycations to once again boost their summer figures.”


New gym proposed for St Helens hotel


A new gym is to be created at the Park Inn by Radisson St Helens Hotel – recently acquired by the Radisson Group – as part of a wider revamp of the Merseyside property. Te new 144sq m (1,550sq ſt) gym will dou- ble the size of the existing fitness suite and is to


become one of the first in northern England to feature Precor’s Experience Series 880 line. A former function room will be combined


with the existing fitness facility to create the gym, which has followed six months of plan- ning and design. Work will take four weeks.


New hotel set to open at Drayton Manor


Drayton Manor Hotel – a new 150-room hotel being devel- oped at Staffordshire’s Drayton Manor Teme Park – is set to open its doors to guests on Monday 15 August. Te hotel boasts 11 Tomas


and Friends-themed family rooms, which include décor inspired by the character and specially-designed Thomas the Tank Engine bunk beds. Two restaurants will also be


on offer at the Drayton Manor Hotel, including the Parklands Restaurant and the Parklands Brassiere, along with two bars and a themed playroom. A senior management team has now been


General manager Martin Wright (top centre) heads up the hotel team


appointed, including Martin Wright (general manager). He said: “Te Drayton Manor Hotel is a major multi-million pound investment for


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Drayton Manor Teme Park. Te hotel will also be a venue for corporate hospitality events and private functions, which will complement Drayton Manor’s existing facilities.”


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