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Melvin Gold Consulting Ltd was delighted to be among the sponsors of Travelodge's BedNevis project - the Travelodge team carried a bedroom to the summit of Ben Nevis, the highest point in the UK, and constructed it at the summit raising over £50,000 for MacMillan Cancer Support. A great Corporate Social Responsibility project from them....and us! Click for more

BedNevisTravelodge team at the summit in the room they carried and constructed, acknowledging their sponsors

Hotelkeeping and the Business of Hotels: No longer the same thing, their objectives nevertheless remain the same:  commercial and financial success. Hotel industry consultant Melvin Gold discusses the inter-relationships. (Published in Profile Leader)

'Hotels call time on the minibar: they're too much hassle to maintain and too expensive to police' from The Independent on Sunday. Melvin Gold quoted.

Branding and Franchising are the major themes in 21st Century hotel development. In the British Hospitality Association's Trends and Developments 2012 Melvin discusses the issues behind this trend, the statistics and main players, and where it might all end up.

Thoughts for 2013? Some of Melvin's are included in Caterer and Hotelkeeper's 10 minute podcast which is accessible by clicking here.

Branded hotels hold the key to the future. The hotel industry will grow but it will look very different in 2031 with more branded hotels, more budget properties and fewer independents. An article by Melvin Gold in the British Hospitality Association's Trends and Developments 2011 publication. Click here for article. and here for BHA website to purchase the publication.

Melvin Gold on Sky NewsMelvin was interviewed for the Jeff Randall Live programme on Sky News on 15 February 2011. The interview concerned InterContinental Hotels Group and was used as part of the prelude to a live interview with Group Chief Executive Andrew Cosslett.

Melvin was interviewed for the Spring 2011 edition of Inntel's customer publication, Inntelligent News. Click here to view the interview......and here for the full publication from Inntel's website.

In an article for Hotel Report magazine in January 2010, Melvin Gold considered how the hotel industry, and its constituent companies, may grow in the future. Click here to view the article.

The question facing hoteliers is whether the price war is stimulating new demand. Melvin Gold, a consultant, doubts it. Melvin Gold, quoted in an article by Matthew Goodman in The Sunday Times (26.7.09). Click here for full article.

The flight to brands. Why brands, especially budget brands, may prevail in any industry downturn. A City View article written for H - The Hotel Magazine. September 2008.

Buoyant hotel sector attracts investors. A viewpoint article written for Travel Trade Gazette (27 October 2006) discussing the current investment trends in the hotel sector. Click to view the article on TTG Digital's website (you may need to register which is free, and easy).

"The budget hotel market has much greater maturity to it now. It has undergone extremely rapid growth and is no longer the new kid on the block. But it is still growing." says Melvin Gold in a feature article on budget hotels on www.CatererSearch.com website. (June 2006).

Melvin is the Chairman of the editorial committee of the Institute of Hospitality's Hospitality magazine. In the first issue he wrote an article for the Devil's Advocate column presenting a contrary view of a popular trend. The article focuses on some of the potential downsides of the current trend in the hotel sector to separate the asset ownership from management. Click here to read the article. (Spring 2006). Click here for the Hospitality magazine website.

"The boutique sector has set the challenge for the mainstream hotel sector. It has become almost unacceptable now to walk into a hotel and find it covered in 1970s chintz." So says Melvin Gold in a boutique hotels snapshot article on www.CatererSearch.com website (May 2005)

Gold Standard (Hospitality magazine, June 2004) (Copyright: Excel Publishing)