Camber Sands, low tide – Wikimedia Commons

On the bright side… UK ‘staycation’ market reports record bookings

Bookings for UK staycations have reportedly surged to a record number of daily bookings ahead of the hospitality sector reopening next week. According to Sky News, luxury lodge specialist Hoseasons reported one booking every 11 seconds within hours of the prime minister’s announcement that the hospitality industry could reopen on the 4 July. The group, which is operated by owner Awaze UK, saw its year-on-year sales soar by 270% that same day, while its sister brand, Cottages.com, reported a sales boost of 455%. Speaking to Sky News, Simon Altham, the chief commercial officer of Awaze UK, said: “We were…

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Hope Street Hotel cinema

Liverpool looks forward to its first hotel cinema, after lockdown

The luxury space will be hidden inside Hope Street Hotel A new cinema is opening in Liverpool that you can book for your own private screening. The boutique-look room is hidden away in Liverpool’s beautiful Hope Street Hotel. The venue teased its secret new space on Instagram this week, and it looks like the perfect place for a post-lockdown night out. With plush double seater sofas, exposed brick walls and a giant screen, we can’t wait to step inside and tuck into some popcorn. The private cinema seats 40 and has…

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The Pig - near Bath Restaurant & Hotel, Hunstrete, United Kingdom

UKHospitality: government must act on rent now to save businesses

Government intervention is needed to settle rent disputes during the coronavirus crisis if widescale job losses and business failures are to be avoided in the coming months, UKHospitality has said. In a letter to the business secretary, Alok Sharma, the trade body has said the moratorium on enforcement action introduced by the government earlier this year has failed to prevent hospitality businesses being “aggressively pursued by a minority of landlords”, with winding-up petitions threatened, County Court Judgements and the loss of deposits. UKHospitality has called on the government to broker…

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