me&u May Wrap Up: 5 headlines from the hospitality industry last month

May was a big month for hospitality around the globe! Check out me&u's roundup of the key headlines and news from the industry below.

UK hospitality industry is set to receive a £1billion boost from the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations

UK pubs are expecting to serve 90 million pints and receive a £1billion boost during the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee long weekend. As millions will head to the pub, many business owners are expecting this weekend to give the industry the boost it needs heading into summer.

US Hospitality Training expands curriculum to include new technology like mobile ordering

The University of South Florida Muma College of Business is in the process of adapting its hospitality and tourism management courses to keep up with technology trends that have changed the industry and aren’t going anywhere. From QR code menus, mobile ordering, and apps that manage your hotel room needs, students will receive unique training and development to further their careers in the industry.

Venue operators look to revive after-works drinks culture in light of the new normal

With the ride of hybrid working, and many choosing to work from home on Fridays, hospitality businesses are seeing less people going out for post-work drinks at the end of the week. As a result, hospitality operators are altering their business models and launching new initiatives to incentivise customers to come back. For example, offering happy hour in the afternoons or early evenings to target the 9-5 crowd has shown a 10% rise in sales week-on-week since it was introduced in Birmingham in January.

The UK hospitality sector is set to deliver economic growth & jobs through leadership, skills, and community rejuvenation

UK trade body, UKHospitality has released its report ‘Level up hospitality - level up society’ which indicates that the hospitality industry is set to deliver economic growth and jobs across the country through a plan set across two tiers. UKH will work with local governments to ensure hospitality businesses are able to thrive, and develop local frameworks to upskill workers and position hospitality as a career of choice.

Regional hospitality owners are about to receive a helping hand as the Victorian government announces support package

The Victorian government announced a support package to attract more workers in regional locations, where the tourism and hospitality industry has been struggling to bounce back post-pandemic. To address workforce shortages, the government has pledged for 240 jobseekers to receive 12 months of secure employment while completing a Certificate III in hospitality or tourism, and trainees will also be paid a wage supplement up to $10,000 above the award rate.

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