London hotels see strong growth in November

It looks set to be a busy festive period for those working in catering and hospitality jobs in London as new figures show the capital’s hotels experienced a strong November.
 
The month saw an 8.5 per cent year-on-year increase in demand for hotels during the month and a 3.0 per cent rise in supply, causing occupancy rates to increase by 5.4 per cent to reach 86.1 per cent.
 
The preliminary figures, released by STR, also showed that the average daily rate rose by 2.6 per cent to £153.07, while revenue per available room (RevPAR) jumped by 8.2 per cent to £131.78, which is the highest November rate since 1994, while the occupancy growth figure is the strongest since July 2013.
 
However, STR noted that the annual figures are being compared to November 2015, when demand for London’s hotels was impacted by the Paris terror attacks.
 
Elsewhere in the world of hospitality, the two Michelin starred Whatley Manor has announced the appointment of a new Executive Chef.
 
Niall Keating will lead the kitchen at both its Dining Room restaurant and the Le Mazot brasserie, where he will succeed Martin Burge who is due to step aside after 13 years as its Executive Chef.
 
The Caterer reports that the restaurants are set to briefly close on the 8th January before reopening on the 13th with new menus designed by Keating.
 
His career has seen him work his way up through various Chefs jobs including being the Commis Chef and Sous Chef at the Bath Priory Hotel and Chef de Partie at the two Michelin starred Restaurant Sat Bains, while he has also worked at the three Michelin starred Benu in San Francisco and as Chef de Cuisine at the one Michelin starred Restaurant Kong Hans Kaelder in Copenhagen.
 
Speaking about the appointment, Sue Williams, General Manager at Whatley Manor, said: “When I first met [Martin] at the Bath Priory, his talent was immediately evident, and I have really enjoyed watching his career gather momentum.”
 
By Owen Mckeon
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