Danish bakery Ole & Steen is opening a new store in Westfield London, based in Shepherds Bush, next week (20 March), taking the total number of sites in the capital to seven.The all-day bakery will be serving the Ole & Steen’s signature Cinnamon Socials and Raspberry Slices, alongside Carrot Rye Bread and sourdough loaves. Sandwiches, stews, hot and cold drinks as well as other sweet and savoury goods will be available. It is also fully licensed to serve beer and wine.The bakery will have seating for 93 customers inside and 15 outside, and is open from 10am daily.It forms part of a £600m retail expansion of Westfield London, ahead of its 10-year anniversary in October, which includes 90 new shops, cafés, restaurants and entertainment destinations.“We’re delighted to welcome Ole & Steen to the Westfield London expansion. We know the bakery will prove very popular with our customers and strengthens our dining offer even further at what will become Europe’s largest shopping centre,” said Keith Mabbett, director of leasing, Westfield UK and Europe.Ole & Steen opened its first site in London in January 2017, subsequently followed by others including Canary Wharf, Richmond and Victoria Nova.
SiteMinder-Top hotel Star Award presentationGermany’s hotel industry recognises SiteMinder with prestigious awardThe global hotel industry’s leading cloud platform, SiteMinder, has again been recognised as a provider of one of the best products in Germany’s ever-growing hotel market. SiteMinder was yesterday announced a recipient of its third consecutive Top hotel Star Award, as voted on by readers of Germany’s most widely-circulated trade publication, Top hotel, for its online distribution platform, The Channel Manager.The Channel Manager placed bronze in the ‘online’ category, as revealed during the third day of INTERNORGA in Hamburg.Speaking on the goal of the awards, Top hotel editor Thomas Karsch said, “When hotel guests review their stay in a hotel, they first think of the friendliness and readiness of the hotel staff when assessing the quality of that hotel’s service. The hardware at the hotel, including its facilities and equipment, are frequently unnoticed or presumed (to be self-evident).”For more than 10 years, The Channel Manager has served hotels globally as the leading cloud-based platform for managing a hotel’s availability, rates and inventory in real-time. The Channel Manager provides two-way connectivity between 350 distribution channels and more than 200 property management systems, central reservation systems and revenue management systems to maximise a hotel’s online reach, minimise overbookings, and lower costs of acquiring guests.The product leads SiteMinder’s solutions in generating more than 43.5 million reservations and over US$16 billion in revenue each year for 24,000 hotels globally.Among these hotels is the DORMERO Hotels group, which implemented The Channel Manager in 2015 to support its plan of doubling in size by the end of the decade.Max Herbst, head of revenue management at DORMERO Hotels, today says, “The power SiteMinder’s Channel Manager gives to us to access both local and global markets is unsurpassed, and it’s the reason it is the leader in the market today. Supported by the company’s local customer service, SiteMinder’s Channel Manager has empowered our hotel business to increase year-on-year room nights by 45 percent and year-on-year revenue by 33 percent, while significantly reducing the cost of acquiring guests. We congratulate SiteMinder for this well-deserved win.”The annual Top hotel Star Award also recognises suppliers from 13 other categories, including food & beverage, design and service. More than 100 suppliers were nominated this year to attract more than 4,000 votes in total.About SiteMinderAs the leading cloud platform for hotels, SiteMinder allows hotels to attract, reach and convert guests across the globe. We serve hotels of all sizes with award-winning solutions for independents and groups alike, wherever they are in the world.SiteMinder’s products include The Channel Manager, the industry’s leading online distribution platform; TheBookingButton, a wholly-branded booking engine for direct bookings via the web, mobile or social; Canvas, the intelligent website creator for independent hoteliers; Prophet, the real-time market intelligence solution that takes the guesswork out of pricing rooms; and GDS by SiteMinder, a single-point of entry to a six-figure network of travel agents and the world’s major GDSs. With more than 24,000 hotel customers and 550 of the industry’s top connectivity providers as our partners, today we have presence in more than 160 countries on six continents.For more information, visit www.siteminder.com.Source = SiteMinder