As a senior reporter, Katherine focuses on hotel news, analysis and features.
Operators raise concerns over Scotland’s lockdown route map
Operators have raised concerns over Scotland’s route map to exiting lockdown, including businesses’ outdoor spaces being able to reopen earlier than indoor spaces, and the timeline not aligning with changes to the UK-wide Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS)."
Liverpool grants £450,000 outdoor spaces fund to aid recovery of hospitality businesses
The mayor of Liverpool has announced plans to create more European-style covered outdoor seating areas in the city to help businesses make up for the internal space they will lose as a result of social distancing restrictions.
Manchester’s first boutique hotel set for refurbishment
Manchester’s first boutique hotel, the Great John Street hotel, is set for a refurbishment that will see the property reduce its number of bedrooms from 30 to 24 for the creation of a ‘supersuite’
DoubleTree by Hilton Aberdeen to remain closed and staff made redundant
Ability Hotels has decided it is “no longer viable” for the DoubleTree by Hilton Aberdeen City Centre to trade and directors are placing the company into liquidation."
Brits keen to visit their local hospitality businesses ‘as soon as possible’
Almost a third (31%) of Brits are planning to go to the pub within a week of being allowed to do so, increasing to 53% in London, and 30% plan to dine out within a week of restaurants reopening.
Whitbread seeks to raise £1b through rights issue
Premier Inn owner Whitbread has announced its intention to raise £1b through a rights issue to ensure it emerges from the Covid-19 pandemic “with a strong balance sheet and in the best position possible”.