Starting a Hotel

  • Price: £5.99
  • Published: April 2017
  • Type: Business Opportunity Profile
  • Format: PDF
  • Qualifications and skills
  • Key market issues and trends
  • Trading, commercial and legal issues
  • Legislation
  • Further information

The hotel industry is highly competitive and comprises a range of sub-sectors differentiated by price and varying levels of provision, from 'no-frills' budget hotels to luxury 'boutique' hotels and high-end accommodation offering spas and health clubs.

Hotel classifications vary across the UK, but they are typically described as having more than five bedrooms, although in Northern Ireland, hotels are defined as properties that have more than 15 bedrooms.

Unlike guest houses, hotel premises are usually open to members of the public who are not staying at the hotel but are welcome to use facilities such as the bar or restaurant. Many hotels also provide wedding, private function and conferencing services.

Hotels are subject to a considerable amount of legislation relating to food safety, alcohol licensing, data protection, accessibility and equality, fire safety, planning consent, health and safety, and waste disposal.

This profile provides information about starting up and running a hotel. It describes the skills required, the training available, the current market trends and the key trading issues. It also explains the legislation that must be complied with and provides sources of further information and support.

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