Bowling shoes, NYC. Photo by Alev Takil on Unsplash

What OOH activities are consumers still prepared to do?

by Randy White, CEO of White Hutchinson Leisure and Learning Group Our company has been accessing and analyzing data from surveys and polls that are being conducted on an ongoing basis, sometimes daily, by over a dozen different companies on Americans’ reaction, beliefs and changing behaviors due to the Covid-19 pandemic. We are constantly looking for poll data that gives insight on when and to what extend consumers will be returning to location-based entertainment (LBE) and leisure venues of all types, including restaurants, family entertainment centers (FEC), the movies, bowling…

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Server with surgical mask. Photo by David Emrich on Unsplash

UKHospitality launches industry roadmap for safe reopening

UKHospitality has called on government to support a safe and sustainable reopening for restaurants, pubs and hotels this summer through its #Fair4Hospitality campaign. Launched today, the campaign covers four key areas: Wellbeing: Endorse the sector’s best-practice protocols and risk assessments for a Covid-secure restart; Workers: Ensure the furlough scheme is retained at full rate for hospitality until businesses successfully restart; Communities: Regulate to provide a ‘National Time Out’ on rent payments for the remainder of the year and a solution to address debt and costs for business; Consumers: Cut the…

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40 Elephants bar at Scotland Yard

Poetic justice: Scotland Yard becomes London’s newest luxury hotel

Dublin-born chef Robin Gill is bringing old-school culinary charm to the former Met Police HQ Seven o’clock at London’s Great Scotland Yard Hotel. A gathering at The 40 Elephants cocktail bar is in full swing. Plates of canapés rush past, stacked high with slices of truffle cheese toast. A chandelier made from broken glass – a nod to the all-female gang of shoplifters the bar is named after – clinks over the rabble.  There’s a rich history here, one that dates back to 997, when part of the site was gifted to Kenneth III, king of…

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