Hospitality Highlights 16th April 2020
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Travel and tourism will be crucial to the UK’s financial recovery according to a report from the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC). Hospitality of course will also play a major role, with that industry being intrinsically linked to travel and tourism. The burst of cash created from the expected boom in this sector, once COVID-19 has been fully contained, is excepted to “power the economy” as it begins to recover. Read more about this report in detail here.
Asian Food brand Urban Wok has reported a sales surge of 200% during the COVID-19 pandemic. They have achieved this by investing heavily in and preparing a food delivery strategy. Be it technology, required processes and infrastructure, the company took steps to create a system where ordering and delivering food was easy for the consumer. This was also all set up in 2019, long before the company had even heard of coronavirus. Read more about what they did here.
KFC have opened 11 restaurants across the UK, for delivery only. So far, the confirmed sites that are back open are Heaton Chapel, Tamworth, New Oscott, Manchester Hulme, Manchester Deansgate, Portsmouth, Aldershot, Ipswich Cardinal Park, Glasgow Pollokshaws Road, Glasgow Great Western Retail Park and Enfield Coliseum Retail Park. It’s expected more will be reopened for delivery following a review of these initial 11. Read more here.
Calls for aid to the hospitality industry “need to speed up” according to several different sources. They also say more needs to be done. Both Sacha Lord, Night Time Economy Adviser for Greater Manchester and Lord Karana Bilimoria, the chairman of Cobra Beer have added their voices to the call. Arguing that while what has been offered is welcome, it still may not be enough for many restaurants to survive the coronavirus pandemic. Read more here.
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