The Rise in Green Hospitality

As environmental concerns grow across the world, the hospitality industry is having to constantly adapt to this ever-evolving changes. In a recent interview, Professor Anthony Turton of the South African University of the Free State, claimed that the industry must do everything it can to develop sustainable practices. He said ‘We must create and sustain a world in which we are working with the environment, rather than against it.’ The professor was speaking mainly in response to the current water crisis in South Africa but he also highlighted that these notions of sustainability should be adopted more widely by the industry at large – current crisis or no current crisis. One of the professor’s main arguments is not only by making hospitality venues, such as restaurants and hotels greener and better for the environment but that the industry can set a trend that people will then follow in their daily lives.

He notes that it is not enough to build a green venue but that those practices must be maintained throughout the running of their establishment and adopted by every department to make the transformation successful. It is more than being just environmentally friendly, Turton notes that running a green hotel or restaurant can lower the running costs and can have an incredibly big cash benefit to businesses. In addition to the money saved from unnecessary extras, it is also a fantastic marketing campaign with the demand for environmentally conscious products continuing to grow.

There has recently been a wider move in many areas to make business more environmentally friendly. Weatherspoons recently announced that they would be banning the use of plastic straws in their pubs across the UK and plastic bag now have a levy on them in a bid to reduce their usage and stop them being thrown away.

Building new casinos in Ireland

There is a selection of casinos throughout Ireland, some are big brands while others are private establishments looking to build up a name for themselves. Many people who are on holiday in Ireland choose to gamble at some of the casinos which are dotted around different areas. This is so popular because it is a great form of entertainment and it helps that there is the opportunity to win big bonuses at casinos. If you do not quite know the rules for different games throughout the casino, why not watch the rounds unfold before you start personally playing?

There is always room for new casinos in Ireland because the latest statistics from the country show that tourism is at an all-time high, especially with younger people looking to have fun. More casinos means more profit for the entertainment industry. Many hotels are even adding casino rooms to them in an attempt to get even more guests to stay, although this is still in its early stages. Although more casinos are cropping up in Ireland, there is not as many new ones as there perhaps could be and this is largely due to online gambling. More and more people choose the internet as their go-to method for casino play. It’s easy and generally a lot more convenient than physically going to a casino. There are many online casinos out there, it’s just a question of doing your research before joining one or several.

All your favourite games are included in online casinos and they are played in the exact same way than at an on-land casino. When you are in Ireland, you have two options for gambling. You can either visit a casino in the country (there should be at least one in your area), or you can join a casino site online and play that way.

Installing Slot Machines near Restaurants

From the Perspective of the Restaurant Owner:

For a restaurant owner, installing slot machines can be a valuable source of additional revenue. Once installed, a slot machine very quickly pays for itself. It is a steady income which requires very little upkeep and maintenance. Restaurants will typically have their quiet times, whether this be during certain times of the day, days of the week or even on a seasonal basis. Therefore, having the extra money coming in from a slot machine can help with cash flow issues.

From the Perspective of the Customer:

No matter how quick a restaurant can serve your food, we are all aware that it takes a bit of time to cook a meal to a good standard, and there are always going to be some occasions when a restaurant is busy. Rather than just sitting around waiting for your food, if a restaurant has a slot machine installed, it gives you something to do with the bonus of being able to win a bit of extra cash. If you win before the meal you can order yourself something a bit special, like that lobster or lamb rack, even a fine bottle of wine which you might not normally go for. You could even treat your friends and pay for the whole meal. And, when you win after the meal you can always celebrate with some extra drinks. Whichever way you look at it, having additional forms of entertainment at a restaurant will help to improve your overall experience as a customer.

If you enjoy gambling, you may even wish to have a little gamble online at 7 Sultans, and if you are lucky you may win enough money for a night out at a nice restaurant. Who knows, you might even double up on your winnings on the slot machine when you get there.

Slots with a Food Design

There are a whole variety of different slot games out there, with varying themes. As of recent years, slot games have very much advanced with bonus rounds, and hidden games within the game. This has seen the number of people playing them shoot through the roof. Of the number of themes out there, food slot games remain very popular. If you are playing on River Belle casino app or another gambling site, you might be interested in exploring slot games that are centred around food. Some of them include the following:

  • Fruit Slot Games

Fruit slots are probably the oldest type of slot machine, and they exist in pubs all around the world to this day. To win at fruit slots, you basically have to match 3 fruits or line them up in a particular order to gain various sums of money. Fruit slots have been upgraded in many casino sites online, although nothing significant has been done to the general design.

  • Food Fight

This slot game has a fun name, and it’s just as enjoyable to play. The slots have images of different foods including pies, chocolate pudding and other items that you would find in a school cafeteria. The jackpot is nothing to laugh about, however, so you can really play to win on this one.

  • Wasabi San

From the big casino programming brand Microgaming, any lover of sushi is going to have heaps of fun playing this slot. Match up the different Japanese food items to reach a jackpot; the winning combination is sure to make you shriek with joy.

  • So Much Candy

Inspired by none other than Candy Crush, this slot game is fun and ideal for getting that sweet fix that you’ve been looking for. With Kings, Queens, Jacks and a whole lot of candy, this game is addictive, and also can be very profitable.

Ivy Group Names New Boss

David Campbell has been named as the new CEO of the Ivy Collection Group. Campbell who was previously in charge of the Asian-inspired Wagamama chain is credited with turning around the company from a loss-making to a profit making business. Over the four years he was at Wagamama he doubled the profits of the company. A spokesperson for the company confirmed the news and added that ‘we’re happy he’s joining the team.’

The Ivy Collection, which owns the famed London restaurant, known for its crowds of celebrity diners and high-profile individuals, has recently opened up branches across the country. The first of the so-called Ivy Cafe opened in London’s Covent Garden just a few short years ago and now the company has 24 cafes across the country. Diners can enjoy a selection of food and drinks offered by the famed theatre-land restaurant in cities all across the country from Birmingham to Brighton. So far, the opening of the Ivy Cafes has been a resounding success as they trade on the name of the original restaurant with many of the venues operating on a reservation only basis due to the high demand.

This is not Campbell’s only role. He has also been appointed as one of the chairmen of Bill’s restaurants which has seen rapid growth over the past few years. Bills have been one of hospitality’s biggest success stories over recent years. After initially setting out as a greengrocer in Lewes, a restaurant opened in nearby Brighton which instantly became a hit with the locals looking for the fresh ingredients and hearty portions of food. Bills now have 79 restaurants across the country, with over 20 of those located in London. They focus on locally sourced produce with an artisan flair and are open for breakfast, lunch and dinner – especially popular for brunch.

London’s Waka Set to Close

The Peruvian-Japanese restaurant Waka is set to close its flagship London eatery having only opened a few short months ago. The casual dining option is currently located in the city but has decided to relocate to a new location following a string of issues they have encountered since opening. One of the major factors that have to lead to the restaurant’s closing to a massive flood which caused a significant amount of damage to the premises. Waka’s second location White City Place is said to be going well and there are plans to have a second location in the city opening as soon as possible. A spokesperson for the company said ‘We’re already looking at sites in the city and hope to open the second one very soon.’

Several restaurants are set to close across the country – mainly in the budget dining centre. The Italian chain Prezzo announced that it will close 94 restaurants across the country is a bid to save its business which currently employs 4,500 people. Other restaurants which are facing difficulties in the current climate including Jamie’s Italian and Byron Burger. Both are still currently open but that has had to cut jobs and close sites in a bid to stay afloat and stop the companies folding.

Overall the hospitality sector is staying strong in the turbulent economic climate with many new bars and restaurants opening. Most companies who are struggling are from the budget dining sector which has seen an explosion in outlets opening over the past decade. As well as stiff competition, other issues which are affecting the hospitality industry include a rise in business rates and a rise in the national minimum which is putting pressure on businesses to stay afloat. Other companies who have collapsed in recent months are Toys R Us and the electronic retailer Maplins.

Economic Resilience for Restaurants

Despite the economy making a slugging recovery since the financial crash of 2008, it appears that the hospitality industry is weathering the storm much greater than other industries. According to new research, it is one of the areas of the economy which remains strong despite the somewhat depressing overall picture. With many high street stores closed down in recent years since the economic crash, the overall picture for restaurants looks healthy. In recent months, several large companies have gone into administration including Maplins and Poundworld but restaurants and bars continue to thrive overall.

Retail experts cite the reason for this being that the restaurant experience cannot be replicated online. Whereas regular shops are struggling to compete with the likes of Amazon and other discount online retailers, hospitality remains somewhat outside the damage that the internet is causing. Many restaurants have also embraced the delivery sector and now work in conjunction with food delivery serves to supplement the income in addition to the regular sales from people eating and drinking in the establishments. However, it is not all good news for the hospitality industry.

Many budget chain restaurants are struggling and the market comes flooded and people and more discerning with where they spend their money. Over their past decade there has been an explosion in the casual dining market, but after flourishing for many years, stiff competition and people looking to for a more sophisticated experienced, many of these brands are now struggling to stay afloat. The future economic picture remains largely in certain, with Brexit and low interest rates marking the markets nervous, however, it seems that hospitality is able to weather most of these issues provided that it continues to reinvent itself in new and interesting ways which appeal to customers who are want greater experiences when going out.

Hackney Council Floats Restrictive Hospitality Laws

Hackney Council has just approved some of the United Kingdom’s most restrictive laws on licensing. The local authority who is in charge of issuing the permits for the local hospitality venues has issued the policy, though at the moment it is just a proposal and it remains to be seen if it will be brought into effect. The new regulations would request that many of the borough’s late-night establishments would have to close by 12 am at the weekend and 11 pm during the week. The new policy would also affect things such as outdoor markets as well as pubs and nightclubs. The local administration voted to widen the Shoreditch Special Policy Area which would make it much more difficult for new venues in Hackney to obtain a license for their operations. Despite much criticism from many of the locals and those who have businesses in the area, the council has come out to strongly defend its new proposals. They said that if the new policy comes into effect it will not be a blanket ban but rather businesses will have to show that they are responsible operators before a license will be issued to them.

The new proposals by Hackney Council will not affect any businesses who are currently open in the area but many feel it will prohibit the expansion of new and independent industries from opening in what is one of London’s most eclectic and exciting places to eat, drink and party. A local organisation called We Love Hackney has said it has the potential to stop young, fresh ideas from coming to the streets and will meal that only established chains will be able to operate in the area. It is not popular with locals either, after a consultation in January it was found that 75% of people opposed the plans.