It is rather encouraging to read the industry news at the moment. Whereas many sectors of the economy are somewhat beleaguered by the gloomy financial forecasts, the hospitality industry is still seeing many examples of growth and opportunities for new employment and development.
Such examples can be found in the reported cases of new hotel openings, which are happening all over the country.
One significant development is taking place in Birmingham. At the City Park Gate redevelopment, there is to be a new £24 million hotel. The whole scheme is designed to help with the regeneration of the Eastside district and, hopefully, the new hotel will make a good contribution to this cause. It will have 174 bedrooms, according to reports, plus catering facilities, such as restaurant, bar and street café. It is hoped that the new hotel and its facilities will make some 100 job opportunities available.
Further south, the beautiful Georgian city of Bath also has plans afoot for a new £10 million hotel. Again it is hoped that this could provide jobs for the local catering industry. The hotel is to be a Premier Inn, which is part of the Whitbread group and is said to have capacity for 107 rooms. As well as job-creation, it is hoped that the development will boost visits to this already tourist-friendly city. The Whitbread group has done well across the board recently – if reports are to be believed, it has had over 11% growth in total sales in the 13 weeks to December 2011