By Lucy Sturrock, Head of Hotels & Leisure at Addleshaw Goddard LLP

We have now published our second edition of CHECK-in with AG. It’s been a roller-coaster six months since our inaugural edition. Despite continued uncertainty over Brexit and sadly, continued terrorist attacks across Europe, reports suggest that the British hotel industry is set for a record 2017 owing to a substantial increase in both domestic and international visitors planning holidays in the UK. Holiday makers primarily cite the weaker pound as a reason, as well as TV programs such as the The Crown (a Netflix drama) influencing international visitors, especially those from China.

As with the industry, our hotels team has had a busy 6 months working on a number of new hotel developments, financing, investment sales and disposals, commercial matters and developing a product to deal with the increase in the number of data subject access requests received, making it easier, quicker and cheaper for our hotel operator clients to deal with them.

Our second edition of CHECK-in with AG brings you the following articles, being issues which are on the fore-front of our client’s and network’s minds:

  1. For our investor clients considering investment in hotels, a table listing the pros and cons of traditional forms of hotel operation, from a hotel investor’s perspective
  2. The evolution of hotel management – the surge of third party hotel management
  3. Modern hotels wake up to modular construction – the increasing popularity of modular construction
  4. Data subject access requests – how AG’s new product can help the sector deal with them (in the context of our wider Data offering)
  5. Management agreement disputes – case studies from our Dubai based dispute litigation team
  6. Key employment law issues for the sector
  7. Islamic financing and its applicability in the sector
  8. Details of some key industry networking events and seminars over the next 6 months

The AG team hopes that you enjoy reading our sector bulletin. If you have any comments or queries on any of the articles, please get in touch with anyone from our team, whose details are on the last page.

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