• Labour Conditions

    Restaurant abolishes “charity style” tipping

    Bjorn van der Horst and Omar Romero plan to pay a flat salary they open Kojawan in London’s Edgware later this year. By banning the addition of tips to bills paid by card Horst & Romero intend to bring back the idea that working front of house is a vocation. With the flat wage plus cash tips staff at the Kojawan Korean-Japanese restaurant will be able to earn a competitive London wage. “You don’t have to feel obliged to give a tip. They are fairly paid. You will not be able to leave tips with a card, because then we’d have to create some system for that pot. Will it…

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  • Uncategorized

    Mumbai imposes “no-selfie” zones

    Since 2014, worldwide, there have been 49 known fatalities of people in pursuit of the perfect self-portrait, 19 of them in India. The police in Mumbai has brought in a ban on selfies in 16 zones across the city after a rise in deaths related to people taking photos of themselves. BBC CNN   Please follow and like us:

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  • Climate change

    New shipping routes through the Arctic?

    New data from NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration suggest that January of 2016 was, for the globe, a truly extraordinary month. Coming off the hottest year ever recorded (2015), January saw the greatest departure from average of any month on record, according to data provided by NASA. The record breaking heat wasn’t uniformly distributed — it was particularly pronounced at the top of the world, showing temperature anomalies above 4 degrees Celsius (7.2 degrees Fahrenheit) higher than the 1951 to 1980 average in this region. Read more in the Washington Post Will The Arctic Be The World’s New Economic Hotspot? Please follow and like us:

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  • Demand

    Discretionary spend squeezed in London

    The Resolution Foundation reports that household incomes are, on average, 2.9% higher than before the financial crash in 2008.  Greater discretionary spend available for expenditure on travel and tourism? No. When the costs of housing are factored in living standards in London have fallen by 3.9% since 2008. The Resolution Foundation calculates that nationally median income is roughly 3 per cent higher than in 2007-08, standing at around £24,300. Report Please follow and like us:

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  • Demand

    Significant changes in current UK Outbound bookings

    I blogged recently about the challenge of resilience for businesses in tourism. “Business as Usual” is going to get a lot more difficult for tourism – our world is hotting up ABTA has reported that bookings to safe destinations are surging with year on year Spain up 27%, Portugal up 32%, Cyprus up 14% and Malta up 15% ABTA told the Times that “increased global insecurity has led people to head for tried-and-trusted places, principally which they have been to before, mainly in the western Mediterranean” Meanwhile in Turkey hundreds of hotels are up for sale.  Please follow and like us:

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