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Hoteliers are fearful the next spate of strikes by rail employees in the United Kingdom could derail Christmas, according to The Guardian. Members of the National Union of Rail, Maritime & Transport Workers, usually referred to as the RMT, will hold 48-hour strikes Dec. 13 to 14 and 16 to 17 as well as Jan. 3 to 4 and 6 to 7. Strikes have been held frequently throughout 2022, and the newspaper said “previous strikes have left about 20% of scheduled trains running between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. on strike days, with significant disruption continuing into the following mornings.”
Kate Nicholls, CEO of UKHospitality, said in a news release that “continued rail strikes have had a huge impact on our hospitality sector; preventing staff from making it into work and disrupting consumers’ plans meaning a huge drop in sales for venues across the sector. Further strikes during the busiest time of the year for hospitality will be devastating, just as everyone was anticipating an uninterrupted Christmas period for the first time in three years.”
Hong Kong-based hotel-casino and theme-park developer Landing International Development has suspended its chairman and executive director, Yang Zhihui, according to a filing at the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. The Hong Kong Securities & Futures Commission has filed a case accusing Zhihui of undertaking “certain conduct dishonestly for his private purpose and personal benefits” and a breach of his fiduciary duties to the company, the filing states.
The firm's portfolio includes the Jeju Shinhwa World Hotels & Resorts, an entertainment complex with approximately 2,000 rooms on the South Korean island of Jeju that contains four hotels, two independents and two properties under both Marriott International and Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts brands.
As the U.S. prepares for its annual Thanksgiving celebrations, hoteliers are getting in the mood by serving guests an innovative range of food and beverages, which this season includes such ingredients as yellow and orange carrots, maple syrup and pumpkin spice, lentils, mushrooms, goat cheese and green herbs, Hotel News Now’s Dana Miller reports.
Vegan options are also front and center on some hotel menus. Chef Meredith Haaz, of The Ranch Malibu, created for the holidays a vegan lentil loaf. “You don’t need meat to make a dish that’s hearty, filling, healthy and perfect for Thanksgiving. This vegan dish pairs well with traditional sides like mashed potatoes, gravy and cranberry sauce. Leftover cans be used to make meatloaf sandwiches. It can do it all!” she said.
The Supreme Court of the U.K. has unanimously ruled that the devolved Scottish government cannot hold a second independence referendum without the consent of the U.K. government, which is unlikely to grant it. Scotland had a referendum vote on independence in 2014, but voters defeated the motion.
According to the court, Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon is not able to hold another vote on Oct. 19, 2023. The court also rejected the Scottish government's argument that a referendum would be "advisory" and have no legal weight.
The 273-room Hotel Métropole in Brussels, shuttered since April 2020, has been acquired by Texas private-equity firm Lone Star Funds for an undisclosed sum, according to newspaper The Brussels Times. The new owners plan on reopening the hotel in 2025, to be managed by French firm Centaurus Hospitality Management.
The acquisition also includes the hotel’s equally famed Café Métropole, saved from the same fate as the hotel by former employees who reopened it in June 2021. The hotel was opened in 1895 by two brothers, Edouard Wielemans and Prosper Wielemans, in a former bank that was adjacent to their original café, and sold beer from their brewery.
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