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Generating growth and ensuring quality

UFI IBRAHIM is chief executive officer of British Hospitality Association

130-room hotel for Bromley

Construction work has begun on a £90m ($135.6m, €105.1m) mixed-use development in Bromley, which will include a new 130-room hotel, cin- ema complex and a range of restaurants and bars. Te Bromley South Central


e are living through one of the most critical and excit- ing times that our industry has ever seen. Despite dif-

ficult economic challenges, hospitality and tourism are bucking the national trend. We’ve delivered over a quarter of all new jobs over the previous two years. The BHA is not, however, content to

stand still. Our core campaigns are all about achieving our twin goals of gener- ating growth in the industry and ensuring that hospitality and tourism businesses offer quality and value for money. One of our main aims is to inspire the next

generation and showcase this industry as an exciting career prospect. We’ve introduced young people to business leaders at a series of Big Hospitality Conversation events, to discuss the challenges that youngsters face in finding work. At the same time, we’ve been urging hospitality businesses across the UK to offer more work experience, apprentice- ships and job opportunities. Bringing in new talent will only be a real-

istic long term goal, however, if we continue to offer value for money and to compete with our European neighbours. Tis is where our Cut Tourism VAT campaign comes in, advo- cating a 5 per cent VAT rate on British hotels and attractions that would make them com- petitive with mainland Europe. Another potential source of growth for

comes from the Chinese market, which cur- rently remains largely untapped. Restrictive visa requirements put the UK at a disad- vantage compared with other EU countries. With the BHA’s Easier Visa campaign, we’ve been urging the government to introduce visa reform. We’ve gained support from the CBI, Institute of Directors and the British Chambers of Commerce and believe the government is moving towards reform. We will be talking about all these issues

at the 2013 British Hospitality and Tourism Summit in London on 13 June. Please join me at the Summit where we’ll hear from both an impressive line-up of industry lead- ers and those just starting out in hospitality and tourism. To register, visit: uk/summit2013 @BHAsummit


project – being developed by Cathedral Group will see the 600-space Westmoreland Road car park demolished to make way for 25,000sq ſt (2,322sq m) of cafes and res- taurants, a 130-bedroom hotel, 200 private apartments and a new 400-space underground car parking facility. Bromley Council has said the proj- ect could create more than 200 jobs and will inject £220m (US$331.5m, €256.9m) into the local economy over the next 10 years. Councillor Stephen Carr, leader of Bromley

Council confirmed that the council is in dis- cussions with London Mayor, Boris Johnson

Te mixed-use development will be delivered by Cathedral Group

and Travel for London (TFL) about bring- ing the Docklands Light Railway (DLR) to Bromley in a bid to further enhance the appeal of the complex. Set to be completed in 2015, the hotel has already been pre-let to hotel chain Premier Inn and the café and restaurant space has also been pre-let to Nando’s, Prezzo and Las Iguanas. Details:

Northamptonshire hotel and spa up for sale

Northamptonshire country house hotel Fawsley Hall, which houses Grayshott Spa, is up for sale for a reported £15m. The 58-bedroom hotel is a destination

for meetings, corporate events, weddings and leisure guests and includes a 70-cover

bistro, the Equilibrium restaurant and a 29-seat cinema. Opened in 2009, the hotel’s Grayshott Spa includes six treatment rooms, an indoor swimming pool, outdoor hydro pool, steamroom, sauna and a Nautilus Gym. Details:

Opening of Shangri-La, The Shard delayed

Te opening of the Shangri-La, Te Shard in London has been delayed with the hotel now set to open in September rather than summer. The five-star 202-room

property will be London’s first elevated luxury hotel, occupying levels 34 to 52 of the landmark skyscraper. Room features will include

custom-made beds, iPod docking stations, compli- mentary high-speed internet access, coffee machines, heated floors, Washlet-branded toi- lets and a butler service in all suites. Facilities at the hotel include three river-fac-

Te 202-room hotel will be London’s first elevated luxury hotel

ing event rooms, an infinity swimming pool and a 24-hour health club. In addition wining and dining options include a gourmet deli and cake shop on the

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ground floor, destination restaurant Shard 35, light dining and tea at Lounge, and destina- tion bar GONG. Te Shard was designed by architect Renzo Piano and at 310m (1,016ſt) is the tallest building in Western Europe. Details:

Twitter: @leisureopps © CYBERTREK 2013

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