It's not hard in 2017 to find information online about the hospitality industry. In fact, with content blogging sites such as WordPress quoting 84.3 million new content posts each month , we're now entering an age of information overload!
With this being the case, finding reliable resources online that can provide the latest news related to hotels, restaurants, events venues and hospitality in general, can be difficult.
To help, LeadDigital have complied a list of eight news and learning resources that hospitality professionals should be using in 2017. Let us know your thoughts on these and any other resources in the comments section below.
BigHospitality | Bighospitality.co.uk
"BigHospitality is an on-line resource for those working in, and interested in, the hospitality industry."  - A great 'all rounder' website for UK hospitality news, they feature sector specific news, expert advice articles, interviews and much more. Check the website regularly, or sign up to their free newsletter.
Event Magazine | Eventmagazine.co.uk
"Event is the UK's leading brand for the event industry, focusing on brand experiences and the channel of experiential."  - Event is a fantastic website for brand marketers and event professionals. It does provide news articles, but also has a large knowledge data base to help inspire memorable events and experiences for venues.
Event Industry News | Eventindustrynews.com
"Event Industry News (EIN) is an online event magazine that provides the latest news to the events industry."  - with 49,000 unique readers viewing 683,000 pages each month, it's no surprise EIN is considered a leader in news for the event industry. With guest blogs, Podcasts and even TV video pages, this is a website you could easily spend many hours exploring!
Event Manager Blog | Eventmanagerblog.com
"EventMB has become the go-to online resource for Trends, Technology, Innovation and Education for the event industry."  - Compared to the above websites, EventMB is a much simpler, easy to navigate resource specifically for trends and technology. A great site for hospitality professionals interested in the rise of AI, virtual reality, drone videos and similar technological changes in the industry.
Hospitality Net | Hospitalitynet.org
It's massive. As resources go, Hospitality Net is huge and if you can't find the information you need here, good luck finding it anywhere else. However, keep in mind it's a global resource, and although you can do some filtering, finding information purely for the UK market is difficult. Londoners, check out their 'London Hot Spot' page here.
The Hotel Marketing Association | Hotelmarketingassociation.com
"The Hotel Marketing Association is the leading professional body for hotel marketers and advocates for best marketing practices within the hospitality sector."  - If you are a hotel owner or marketer, you've probably come across the HMA in your travels. Whilst their news section is normally only about HMA specific stories, their blog pages are particularly good sources of information for those interested in hotel marketing best practices.
HotelMarketing.Com | Hotelmarketing.com
Where Hospitality Net mentioned above can be somewhat overwhelming, HotelMarketing.com is the polar opposite. Simple, clean, easily digestible news articles designed for hoteliers and marketing professionals. If this sounds like you, join 45,000+ subscribers in receiving their daily news roundup.
The Caterer | Thecaterer.com
"We offer the most valuable content, the best jobs and the most sophisticated digital platform available to hotel, restaurant, foodservice and pub and bar operators across the country."  - As you can probably guess from a name like 'The Caterer', whilst they discuss news from the whole hospitality industry, there is certainly a focus towards food and drink. This is most obvious when viewing the 'Chef' pages, with articles like "Best Chef of March 2017", "Menuwatch" and "Chef Revelations".
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