Breakfast Briefing – The latest hospitality news

“We should have taken better safety precautions.”

Shuji Kov of the Miyazaki Government bashfully declared after a contagious tick went missing during a government press conference about disease safety.

BBC News opening goes very wrong – then goes very viral

Your new £10 may be worth thousands

There’s a new £10 note coming out this week, featuring literary legend Jane Austen.

Serial numbers starting with AA01 are worth keeping hold of, as this is the first line that will be printed. You should also keep an eye out for JA01, as these are Austen’s initials, JA75, because this is Austen’s birth year and JA17, which is the year of Jane Austen’s death.

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Event of the week

The Leadership Lecture – Next Wednesday

Leadership is becoming one of the key debating points and is as important as ever. We are delighted to announce an evening lecture from three illustrious characters that have been driving forces in different fields over the past two decades. They have kindly offered to share their thoughts, lessons and experiences on leadership.

Three speakers will share their leadership stories on 20th September:

  • David Morgan-Hewitt, Managing Director of The Goring.
  • Simon Halliday, Chairman of European Professional Club Rugby. He played for England in the 1980s and early 90s.
  • Bob Cotton, former CEO of the British Hospitality Association (BHA).

The Lecture includes wine, canapes and networking. is sponsored by GIG – the mobile app that matches businesses in the hospitality and retail sectors with an on-demand workforce.
Event Details:
Date: Wednesday 20th September
Time: From 6pm
Location: Park Plaza London Riverbank, 18 Albert Embankment, London, SE1 7TJ

To attend and more information please contact

London hotel launches conversational artificial intelligence

Montcalm Luxury Hotels have recently introduced an innovation solution “Ami” which offers a unique channel of communication to guests before, during and after their stay. It understands users’ intent and offer specific sales support by searching and checking availability, instantly connecting them with teams by telephone and sending personalised emails.

Is this the future of hotel booking through a chat interface?

eHotelier Hospitality News

Study finds 80 per cent of travel managers today make mobility the biggest priority in corporate travel. Sabre Corporation, the leading technology provider to the global travel industry, has unveiled findings from its 2017 Asia Pacific Corporate Traveller study.

Sheraton Bali Kuta Resort uses virtual reality and augmented reality experience. Innovation, a theme that is synonymous with Sheraton Bali Kuta Resort as they recently embarked on an exercise to enhance the pre-arrival experience for visitors

Extended-stay hotels set for substantial growth according to US hotel construction pipeline. Through the first half of the year, there are 1,288 projects/136,649 rooms of extended-stay projects in the US hotel construction pipeline according to Lodging Econometrics (LE). 400 Projects/44,738 rooms are under construction, and account for 26 per cent of all projects under construction in the total pipeline.

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