Hospitality Highlights 1st June 2020
News curated by Virtual Solutions
Brew Dog’s libel case has been dismissed by the High Court. The spat began when an employee from Frank revealed a press release saying Brew Dog will be distributing US brewery Scofflaw’s products in the UK. Brew Dog felt the press release compromised them as critics of Donald Trump and sued for libel. However, a judge ruled that even if this was the case, it wouldn’t damage their image as a company in the eyes of UK customers. Read more here.
Coronavirus risks causing further damage to ‘superhosts’ like Airbnb. Airbnb and other superhost sites have had a particularly difficult time throughout the pandemic. As hospitality and tourism have come to a standstill, such companies have been forced to issue refunds to customers who could no longer travel. The controversy over who provides the refund, be it the superhost or the actual business that uses their service, has led to an ethical and PR dilemma. Read more here.
Camden Market’s reopening plans revealed by LabTech. As the Government’s plans to ease lockdown restrictions begin to take shape, Camden Market’s owner LabTech has laid out plans to open the popular destination again on the 1st June. This will only apply to F&B traders. Those who count as retail traders will need to wait until the 15th June. Social distancing measures will also still be in effect to ensure public safety. Read more here.
Industry experts UKHospitality have launched their new Supplier Alliance. The scheme has been set up to encourage the UK Government to do more to help businesses that directly supply to the hospitality industry. It’s hoped the measure will significantly boost the sector and ensure they maintain a healthy supply of goods even if the UK sees a second COVID-19 spike in the future. Read more here.
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