Industry Roundup

A Benchmarking Survey from the Association of Licensed Multiple Retailers (ALMR) has discovered that like-for-like sales have climbed 5.8% across the UK’s pub sector. This positive news is sure to be welcomed by an industry that has suffered many setbacks over recent years.

The hospitality industry got a little more digital with the opening of the World’s first “Twitter experience” hotel, the 84-bedroom@SolWaveHouse. Opened by Melia Hotels International in Palma Nova, Majorca, with the prime aim of connecting its guests via Twitter. Guests can contact other visitors and concierges via the social networking site, in a first for the hospitality world.

Laura Ashley, the textile design firm and international retailer has opened its first luxury boutique hotel in the Hertfordshire countryside near Elstree. The interior is furnished exclusively with Laura Ashley collections and ecompasses all of the vintage charm and English heritage associated with the Laura Ashley brand. The hotel is surrounded by idyllic grounds containing a host of quirky features.

The DrinkAware have released its four main priorities for the next year. Targeting the growing number of units adults are consuming is its first target, targeting the culture of drinking in young adults and their attitudes towards binge drinking, while and combating the age in which young people and children have their first drink. Lastly DrinkAware is seeking to make new partnerships and form fresh relationships with city councils and local governments.

The Welsh government are to ‘seriously consider’ a introducing a minimum price for alcohol in Wales. The plans come following the coalitions ‘disappointing’ lack of development on the idea, the proposed plans would attribute a 45p minimum price per unit.