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The Richard Haworth Blog

  • Latest Predictions for UK Hotel Occupancy Rates in 2016

    Alarming news items, such as the recent floods in Cumbria, may have raised concerns about UK hotel occupancy, but it seems the outlook is generally positive for the UK's hospitality industry in 2016. Respected sources such as PWC have predicted growth, albeit not huge growth, for the year ahead. The year-on-year forecast for room occupancy growth was forecast to be 1.6% in 2015 but only 0.6% in 2016. This means 2015 occupancy was 76% and rose to 77% in 2016, if growth continues as predicted. However, the hospitality industry is vulnerable to external pressure such as geopolitical events. It's unclear what events may arise that could impact on the travel, tourism and hospitality sectors over the next 12 months. Continue reading

  • Effective ways to keep warm at night

    During the cold winter days, or even in early spring when warm days contrast sharply with cooler nights, maintaining a comfortable temperature while sleeping can be difficult. At home, if you prefer to keep central heating costs to a minimum, the air temperature in your bedroom can drop suddenly, while in hotels achieving a consistent climate can be downright difficult. Both hot and cold temperatures have the effect of stimulating your body’s natural alarm clock, meaning that without the optimum temperature, you’re more likely to suffer a restless night.

    Fortunately some simple remedies can help to give you a warmer, more comfortable night’s sleep Continue reading

  • Excuse me?! The weird and wonderful requests from all kinds of whacky hotel guests

    Some people just aren't themselves when they're not at home, and when they're on the road and travelling, they can be downright bizarre and have all sorts of crazy expectations. Possibly nowhere else is strange human behaviour consistently exhibited than in hotels, places of rest for the weary where people demand the oddest of things.

    One of Britain's largest hotel chains, the budget-conscious and big-roomed Travelodge is certainly no stranger to receiving decidedly offbeat requests from guests, odd questions that often leave front-desk staff entirely perplexed. Continue reading

  • Record visitors are coming: is your hotel ready to compete?

    A recent forecast from the UK’s national tourism organisation, VisitBritain, makes welcome reading for anyone involved in the tourism industry, including the hotel and hospitality sector. VisitBritain predicts that visitors to the UK are once again set to spend record amounts this year, which follows on from last year’s stellar performance. Overall, tourists are expected to splash out around £23bn in 2016, representing a 4.2% increase on last year. The figures for 2015 are yet to be released but are thought to be around £22bn – that in turn was a 7% increase on 2014. Continue reading

  • What is Airbnb and What Can it Do for You?

    In a nutshell, Airbnb is a new kind of accommodation available to travellers, and a great way to make money if you have spare space in your home. The website itself is home to an online community that connects hosts with users seeking short-term accommodation; whether it’s an apartment, room, or even just a spare bed. Airbnb manages the transactions and takes a small cut on both sides. Continue reading

  • The World’s Most Expensive Beds

    You can’t underestimate the value of your bed, especially in helping you replenish your energy after a long day. However, whilst any bed can really serve this purpose, there are some truly exceptional beds out there, optimally designed to take your sleep experience to the next level. Combining a dazzling array of technology, fashion, art, design and luxury, here is our list of the top ten most expensive beds in the world. Continue reading

  • How to Make the Most of a Small Bathroom Space

    Whether you have a small space available for your main bathroom or you are squeezing in an en suite, configuring the toilet, sink and shower can be tricky, not to mention a towel rail or toilet roll holder. However, despite the challenges, you can create a lovely bathroom in a small space by following a few little design tips.

    1. Get clever with the vanity unit

    Choose a smart sink unit, possibly even a pedestal style with a shelf to hold towels or a basket for toilet paper, making the most of any extra storage space you can create. Continue reading

  • Eat Well, Sleep Well

    There are so many health benefits to getting a good night’s sleep, but a lot of people don’t get enough shut-eye each night. There are lots of tips and tricks out there to help you get to sleep, but did you know you can eat your way to a better night’s sleep with a few tweaks and changes to your diet? Food relates directly to serotonin, a key hormone that — along with Vitamin B6, B12, and folic acid — helps promote healthy sleep. Here are a few sleep superfoods to help you get that much needed shut-eye: Continue reading

  • The Rise of the Food Truck Trend and How it can Help your Restaurant

    Food trucks have been taking the catering industry by storm and often they can be a stepping stone to opening a restaurant. However, increasingly the opposite is happening and many restaurants are opening successful food truck businesses alongside their restaurant business. But what benefits could this have for an already established restaurant? Continue reading

  • National Make your Bed Day; Our Top 5 Techniques

    According to online sources, 11th September 2015 is “Make your Bed Day”! However, whilst this might sound like a simple task, a surprising number of people (young and old) actually find this one of the most difficult household chores and have come up with some pretty creative techniques for putting a duvet cover on: Continue reading

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