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CH News Bulletin

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Tuesday 4th March 2014

Tuesday 4th March 2014 The Awards Countdown Continues, Are You Flying the CH/CSR Banner, Government Flood Help for Tourist Areas, Hilton WW widens Shark Fin ban, Climate Week and Member News.

103 Days to the CH Awards (13 June), 48 Days to the Entry Deadline (18 April) – Sharpen that pencil, steady that cursor and enter! The Considerate Hotel of the Year 2014 Awards – See below for details of one of the Award categories. This week we trumpet the Considerate Food Award![UNIQID]

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Government pledges a £2 million support package for the tourism industry.. order to support affected destinations and tourism businesses get back on their feet in the aftermath of the recent flooding. VisitEngland has been working closely with destinations and Government on what should be done to support the most affected areas which have suffered as a result of the flooding in UK. Feedback from the destinations and the results from two urgent research studies looking at the impact on businesses and the perceptions of consumers have informed our decision to focus on providing two clear avenues of immediate activity which will provide business support and a targeted marketing campaign aimed at boosting bookings. Whilst the majority of tourism businesses have been unaffected and the resounding message from industry has been ‘business as usual’, VE know from their research that 10% of consumers have been put off taking a trip to affected areas. To combat this negative perception a dedicated tactical marketing campaign will launch in March using a mixture of print, digital, and outdoor platforms featuring both affected destinations and others across England. The advertising creative will include an attractive price-point to stimulate immediate bookings. VE have already communicated with many destinations to source product and pricepoints to be featured in this campaign.A practical online free guide is now also available and covers everything from assessing the situation, communicating with customers, reviewing marketing activity, government support and legal considerations.

Bravo Zulu to Hilton Worldwide.. ..for expanding their ban on use of shark’s fin in their hotels and restaurants. Anyone who has witnessed the senseless removal of a shark’s dorsal fin only for the distressed fish to be thrown back in the sea to die a painful death will have wondered why it has taken so long for this to happen. Having lived in Hong Kong for many years I know the great importance many Chinese people place on incorporating shark’s fin soup as part of a special meal and the quality of the fin used. It will take many years to change this culture and that pertaining to ivory and rhino horn so it is good to see Hilton Worldwide picking up the baton.

It's Climate Week 2014: are you ready to win? It's the second day of Climate Week: all this week across Britain, thousands of people are running events and activities to promote ways to live and work more sustainably! Participation is completely[UNIQID]

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free, you can help accelerate action on climate change by making Climate Week happen where you are. Ask an organisation or group you know to start planning an activity now for Climate Week in March 2014. Considerate Supplier GFL are offering an egg box of their organic products for the CH member who comes up with the best initiative. It could not be simpler! Tell us what you are doing for Climate Week (Twitter, Facebook, Email) and if it is judged to be the best, you win! Surely it's worth a go?

Time for a Brew? The Tea 2030 partnership – an alliance between Unilever, Twinings, Fairtrade International and other groups – launched a new report that urges supply chain players and consumers to make tea more sustainable by improving farmers’ livelihood and addressing climate change. Global non-profit Forum for the Future helped the tea industry alliance Tea 2030 to launch a new report and framework that aims to address the challenges that will affect the tea sector, such as climate change and resource constraints.

Whole Water Day Tuesday 25th March. Note your diaries – more details to follow.

News from our Members Hyatt Regency London - The Churchill won the 'Award for Recycling' from Paper Round. They have recycled 54330kg, saving the equivalent of 1 tree and 44390kg of CO2. Chef Vincenzo Volpe will be sorely missed at West Lodge Park Hotel after his 34 years’ service to Beales Hotels. Enjoy your retirement and happy birthday Vincenzo! Check out the 2014 edition of Local Food and Drink at Beales Hotels, the first update of this brochure in three years, with multiple changes to suppliers. Nearly all of the suppliers in the brochure are multi-generational family businesses just like Beales. Richard, bar manager at the The Acorn Inn in Dorset is educating the team about local beer! Congratulations to Barnett Hill of the Sundial Group for their Bronze award for the 'Best Value for Money Conference Venue' at the Meetings and Incentive Travel Awards. Great event organised by Trenython Manor -Family Fun Weekend[UNIQID]

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Inspired by Nature in partnership with Tywardreath.

Hotelympia Looms.. Will you be there? This year’s Hotelympia at ExCel in London Docklands will be held from 28th April until 1st May and Considerate Hoteliers will be putting on workshops on the following subjects: reduce food waste and save money, in association with WRAP, Sustainable technology use in design and refurbishment, Using technology to improve your sustainability performance, Catering / kitchen equipment and behaviour energy saving advice. There will be more information as we move closer to the event but in order not to miss out register your full details indicating your attendance and send to Hotelympia shortly. For further details about the workshops and to register your attendance at them, please contact Chris Burgess.

The Considerate Hotel of the Year 2014 Awards Each week we will be featuring a category and the criteria for entry. We will also be contacting member hotels individually to encourage participation. This week we are homing in on – Considerate Food Award of the Year
 (Urban & Country) - This award is recognition for the hotel or accommodation provider which, in the opinion of the judges, has gone 'that extra mile' in 2013 to support its local food producers; to produce and/or purchase ethically, seasonally and sustainably; and then to proudly demonstrate to their guests and restaurant users – through marketing and via the menu, great food and hotel staff – why they are doing so. It also recognises that the situation can vary dependent upon the hotel’s location, whether town or country, so there is an award for each – you see, we think of everything! More details can be found in the Awards section of the CH website.

Reminders Fairtrade Fortnight – 24th February to 9th March: Time to go bananas![UNIQID]

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Your News? If you keep us informed of your news, then we can pass it on. Please also keep us informed of management changes so we can keep our data base updated. Thank you! May 2014 bring you business success in every form, perhaps with a generous spoonful of honey!

Finally Keep an eye on the CH website for the latest news. Contribute and trumpet your own news – we would love to hear from you. Our aim is to make the CH website a pleasure to read for all the right reasons. That objective can be best achieved by all members contributing whatever and whenever they can. Many thanks. Aide Memoir – Add CH to press release distribution. Don’t forget to share this with your colleagues – please! John Firrell

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