United Biscuits (UB) has identified £500m of growth opportunity in the UK biscuit market as part of its first Biscuit Review.The review provides insights into the current sales performance of key brands, along with research into market trends, and has been created with data largely drawn from Kantar Worldpanel.Over 1,000 copies are to be distributed to UB retail clients and the press, and category controller Alastair Davis said the report was not a one-off: “We are going to be producing this annually, refreshing it with fresh insight.”He added: “We don’t have any financial gain in the short term, but it does cement our position as the number one thought-leader in the category.”Category VisionThe report also details the company’s category vision, which identifies £500m of growth opportunity centred on seven key strategy directives, including the healthy-eating trend and increasing consumer enjoyment of the shopping experience through range simplification.Sarah Lonorgan, director of customer marketing at UB, said: “We have a clear ambition at United Biscuits to be the leading authority on category and shopper insight in the UK. Our Biscuits Review and Category Vision are both milestones in our commitment to delivering world-class plans, products and services that inspire our customers and provide sustainable long-term growth.“When we compare the UK biscuit landscape to the other impulse categories, we can see there is so much more that we can do to grow its presence. We’ve got to bring fun, energy and inspiration to the point of purchase and create a more enjoyable shopping experience.”
In 2019, Arena Hospitality Group continues the investment cycle and invests HRK 128 million in the Arena Kažela camp. Also, at Verudela in Pula, plans are being finalized for the comprehensive renovation of the Hotel Brioni, which will have a 5-star categorization after the reconstruction. The project starts at the end of 2020 with the aim of opening a hotel in 2022, and it is planned to invest 190,0 million kuna. The hotel will carry the Park Plaza brand, which will position the hotel among the best hotels in the hotel chain. The first part of the investment cycle started last year in the settlement of Pomer, where one of the smaller camps from the group is located, and it was decided to invest in a completely new camping trend. The former Pomer campsite has been transformed into the first Croatian luxury glamping resort – Arena One 99 Glamping. In Germany, Arena Hospitality Group is finalizing plans to renovate the hotel art’otela berlin kudamm. The hotel is located in Berlin’s famous Charlottenburg district and is dedicated to the works of pop art artist Andy Warhol. The investment will include a complete accommodation part of 152 rooms, and all other hotel facilities. It is planned to invest around HRK 53,0 million. It was opened in June, and at the end of the season it received a number of prestigious awards such as “Tourist Flower 2018” of the Croatian Tourist Board for Camp of the Year with the best glamping offer in Croatia, and the Golden Goat Award for Tourist Product of the Year. The amount of the investment was HRK 70 million. It is important to point out that this is a 100% glamping concept, the first of its kind in Croatia. Hotel Brioni, Pula After the completion of the investment, the camp will offer its guests 1.300 spacious pitches and 164 new Premium Camping Home mobile homes. It is planned to invest around 60 million kuna in the tourist resort Verudela Beach in the second half of 2019. Ten accommodation units will be renovated for this season while the remaining 146 units and 20 villas will be renovated for the 2020 season. Upon completion of the investment, the settlement will carry the brand Arena Hotels & Apartments. Camp Arena Kazela In 2019, an investment cycle of HRK 500 million In mid-2017, Arena Hospitality Group raised around HRK 750 million through a public offering on the Zagreb Stock Exchange in order to continue its investment cycle. Taking into account these investments, Arena Hospitality Group will invest more than half a billion kuna in the period until 2022, which will place it alongside the largest investors in the Croatian tourism sector. “In addition to these investments, further investments in the existing portfolio of the Group can be expected, and in addition, work is being done on the possibility of expansion in the region, and in Central and Eastern Europe.”Conclude from the Group. Strengthening the position in Germany and expanding in Central and Eastern Europe Hotel group Arena Hospitality Group dd, (formerly Arenaturist) currently offers a portfolio of 27 facilities owned, co-owned, leased or managed by more than 10.000 rooms and accommodation units in Croatia, Germany and Hungary. Interestingly, AHG is the first Croatian hotel company to own and manage hotels outside Croatia and the first with the exclusive right to manage and develop hotels under the internationally recognized brands Park Plaza Hotels and art’otel (Park Plaza, art’otel, Arena Hotels & Apartments and Arena Campsites ).
Sliabh LiagMinister of State Joe McHugh Teachta Dála has welcomed the announcement from the Tourism Minister Paschal Donohoe on the 8.8 per cent increase in overseas visits to Ireland for the first ten months of 2014.Commenting on the announcement, Minister McHugh said “I welcome the announcement from the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport on the strong performance for the tourism sector as it signifies that the measures this Government implemented to help the tourism sector are continuing to work while the people of Ireland continue to benefit greatly from the increase in revenue and jobs that this increase provides.“The figures published by the Central Statistics Office (CSO) show a solid increase in all the major markets for tourism as there have been over 6.5 million visits to Ireland over the first 10 months, an 8.8% increase over the same period in 2013. Visits from Mainland Europe grew by 6.9% during this period, while visits from North America grew 14.5%, and visits from Great Britain, Ireland’s largest market, grew by 8% for the first ten months of 2014. These numbers show that tourism in Ireland is almost back to pre-downturn levels and the goal will be to continue to sustain and increase these promising numbers. “Part of this solid increase has to be accredited to the extremely successful Wild Atlantic Way as the new adventurous project continues to draw visitors from across the world. This success can be seen in Donegal as Malin Head, Fanad Head, and Slieve League draw visitors in with their stunning beauty and wonderful people. The local economies in Donegal benefit greatly from an increase in tourism as it provides additional revenue and jobs that otherwise would not be there. It should remain this Government’s prerogative to maintain this increase and push it to even new heights to make the sure the people of Ireland can reap these benefits.“I want to commend the efforts of groups like Failte Ireland and Tourism Ireland for continuing to look for new and exciting ways to foster growth in the tourism sector and continuing to bring the additional revenue and jobs that Ireland needs. The international tourism market continues to be increasingly competitive and it is largely thanks to groups like these that Ireland is able to succeed in bringing visitors from across the world to come and enjoy the many beautiful things this country has to offer.“These figures show that Ireland continues to be a desirable destination for overseas visitors and it is the duty of the Government to ensure that these figures rise to even higher levels. I commend the Minister for helping bring about this increase and his intentions to make sure that they only continue to increase so that the additional revenue and jobs that come with tourism continue to come to Ireland.” DONEGAL BENEFITS FROM MASSIVE INCREASE IN TOURISTS IN 2014 – McHUGH was last modified: December 8th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalJoe McHughTourism Numbers