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ONES TO WATCH: Technology 2017

Following on from our successful series last year, we have hand picked a selection of innovative firms to watch out for in the tech space. In this year’s ‘Hotel Owner Ones to Watch’ we take a look at some of the technology companies working to improve the independent hoteliers bottom …

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FEATURE: Aberdeen’s balancing act

Known as the ‘Oil Capital of Europe’, Aberdeen has long enjoyed strong occupancy and high room rates. After the collapse of the oil industry in 2015 the city is now looking to balance its economy and attract a new type of consumer. TOM DAVIS reports It is not every day …

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FEATURE: Sustainable Practices

Sustainable practices are becoming increasingly popular for the modern consumer, but they can also help hoteliers to cut down costs and improve their bottom line. We speak to some key suppliers in the sector. Increasing revenue is at the top of any business’s agenda, but doing this at the same …

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FEATURE: Turning the tide

People living in coastal towns are more likely to be poorly educated, unemployed, claim benefits and living in multiple occupation housing. Many towns on the coast are clearly struggling, but for those that have managed to turn it around, what is the secret, asks TOM DAVIS

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Q&A with Qi An, owner of Motel Schmotel

Describe a typical day at Motel Schmotel. A typical day starts with the preparation of breakfast. We have high reputation for our breakfast and it takes an hour or so, before a full english breakfast can be served. Because we ask guests to pre-order their breakfasts the day before, we …

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FEATURE: Airbnb vs. the traditional hotelier

Home-letting platform Airbnb has experienced rapid growth since its inception in 2008, but what do its 80 million room nights mean for the traditional hotelier’s market share? By TOM DAVIS In an industry as old as hospitality, it is notoriously difficult to conceive of an environment where a new disrupter …

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THE PROJECT: The Busby Hotel

The Busby hotel had to be completely gutted, re-wired, re-plumbed, and its roof repaired, amongst other work. MICHAEL NORTHCOTT caught up with the managing director of the hotel’s parent company, Manorview Hotels, to learn more about the scope of the project. Give us a brief summary of the project and …

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