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All of the latest news from the hotel and hospitality industry can be found by following the link above. Here we refer to news previously reported on our News Page. Click on the publication title to be taken to the article. More hotels are being booked online than ever before, but consumers are not booking direct with hotel websites because they are finding lower rates elsewhere on the web. Robert Barnard of Pannell Kerr Forster predicts a positive 2005 for the UK hotel industry.

Shine Awards Women in tourism. Annual awards dedicated to saluting the success and achievements of women in the travel, tourism and hospitality industries. The major tourist boards in the UK have finally reached agreement over how to grade hotel accommodation after years of wrangling. Got a new year resolution? Try this sales and marketing suggestions for your hotel in 2005 European visitors to Scotland have increased by 25% in the first six months of 2004 creating a boom for Scottish hotels Bookings from electronic distribution has increased over 12% during the last 12 months. These include both online bookings and those taken via the GDS.

Hotel Benchmark Got an hotel near an airport? Numbers leaving the UK from the 3 main London airports have risen by 7.7% over the last 12 months. Hilton Hotels have revealed that online bookings on their new web site exceeded calls on their free phone service for the first time during October 2004.

The Guardian Search Engines AOL and Yahoo have announced plans to provide travel specific searches and setup online travel agencies Online hotel bookings in the UK soar by a staggering 226%!

4hoteliers A warning to hoteliers about over-attentive staff and the damage they may cause hospitality businesses.

BandBowner The art of 'Writing for Profit'. Chris Hayton guides you through the process in a series of 3 articles.

The Scotsman promises changes to benefit small hotels and accommodation providers.

Caterer & Hotelkeeper A warning has been issued by an IT adviser over potential security risks associated with wireless broadband networks being offered by some hotels.

4hoteliers Two-part report advising hospitality businesses of the benefits and pitfalls of procuring IT solutions. Further evidence of the dramatic shift towards Internet bookings with a new twist. Suggestions that as many people who actually book online book offline after visiting your hotel's web site. A new type of Internet travel web site is changing the way consumers book their travel arrangements. Aggregators are bringing together air flights and hotel accommodation under one roof. The article highlights the importance of your own web site presence.

Caterer & Hotelkeeper Skills gap affecting a third of hospitality and leisure businesses in the UK

Caterer & Hotelkeeper Small businesses have requested a regional minimum wage for areas such as Scotland, Wales and Northern England.

Scotland on Sunday Banning smoking in pubs, far from spelling the death knell for the drinks trade, will actually boost profits, according to a new survey. 88 technology suppliers already lined up for the Travel Technology show at Olympia, London on 1st & 2nd February 2005 Are high-spending guests seeking out luxury and personal service?

Times Online Record year for tourists. VisitBritain claim that 26m overseas tourists will visit the UK during 2004.

Deloitte. Hotels in London at their highest occupancy since September 2003. Occupancy rates are at 83% with revPAR at £73 for the first nine months of 2004. Inbound tourists to the UK have increased by 13% - the largest jump of all European nations according to WTO.

Sunday Telegraph Just how clean are your hotel beds? An undercover investigation into the cleanliness of mattresses, duvets & hotel bedrooms.

Daily Telegraph York has been voted Britain's favourite city by readers of the Daily Telegraph in their annual tourism awards.

Daily Telegraph Britons Stay at Home - According to a survey by the Daily Telegraph, more Britons than ever choose to stay at home citing improvements in both accommodation and eateing establishments alongside heritage.