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IG group benefit from uncertainty

According to research the UK has spent almost £2bn in temporary housing for homeless families over the past four years

‘Travelodge families’: The new face of the housing crisis

Benefit changes, rising private rents, and depleted social housing all force councils to spend billions at Travelodge and Premier Inn in stop-gap measures to help evicted families

The mini bottles are too much hassle to maintain and too expensive to police

Hotels call time on the minibar: they're too much hassle to maintain and too expensive to police

Minibar, maxi-hassle: so goes the new mantra sweeping the global hotel industry, which is calling time on the small drinks with the big prices. Chains from Hilton to Starwood are removing minibars from rooms after deciding that keeping fridges stocked with drinks and snacks is more trouble than it's worth.

Is Pope Francis the most down-to-earth ever?

Just call me Frank: Is Pope Francis the most down-to-earth ever?

First he named himself Francis (of down-with-the-poor Assisi fame) offering an impression of humility only enhanced by his uncanny likeness to Jim Bowen.

Derek Pain: I'm ignoring sales worry at Whitbread

No Pain, No Gain
Wales's first 'five-star' hostel, the Plas Curig

Hostels: All mod cons… plus bespoke bunks

As a Welsh hostel is awarded five stars, Simon Calder reports on a reinvention

A python, a winning lottery ticket, Harry Potter's wand and breast implants have all been left in hotel rooms according to the Travelodge list

A python, a winning EuroMillions lottery ticket, Harry Potter's wand and breast implants: just some of the bizarre items left in UK hotel rooms last year

A python, a winning EuroMillions lottery ticket, Harry Potter's wand, breast implants, a bucket of live crabs and a diamond-encrusted iPhone have topped a list of the most bizarre items people have left behind in hotel rooms.

A party on New Year's Eve? We'd all much rather be in bed by 10.38pm

Fireworks displays will entertain millions of people across the country tomorrow night but fewer than one in five Britons will take part in public New Year's Eve parties because they are exhausted and short of cash.

Travelodge to create 200 new jobs

Budget hotel chain Travelodge is to create almost 200 jobs before Christmas by opening nine new hotels.

A bedroom at the Hilton hotel in Sandton, Johannesburg

Want to unwind at the 'best' hotel chain? Then leave the kids at home

Boasting Grade II-listed buildings, extensive grounds and themed activities, it appears to be a typical luxury hotel chain.

The Fashion Audit: Curiouser and curiouser, Get the look, Brolly good, Retro futures,

What we love, we're not sure about, we're buying and can't wait for...

We love: Flying colours - From Hayworth to Fairclough the name Rita conjures up a lady of distinctive style. Acne's shearling flying jacket - updated in acid brights for the new season - certainly meets the criteria of the moniker. Acne, net-a-porter.com (pictured £1,400)

The Fashion Audit: Flying Colours, Get Knotted and Tees Are Green

What we love, we're not sure about, we're buying and can't wait for...

Travelodge avoids collapse with restructuring

Travelodge, the debt-laden budget hotel group, has staved off collapse with a radical financial restructuring that will see more than £700m of loans written off.

Travelodge agrees rescue package

One of Britain's biggest budget hotel operators is set to walk away from 49 of its hotels and write off £700 million of its debts under a controversial rescue deal.

Dubai to take a £400m hit over bailout of Travelodge

Dubai is bracing itself for a hefty £400m loss as Travelodge, the debt-laden hotel group it bought near the top of the market, finalises a bailout that would obliterate its investment in the company.

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Academic claims King Arthur was real - and reveals where he lived

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Tourism in Iran: The country will soon be opening up again after years of isolation

Iran is opening up again to tourists

After years of isolation, Iran is reopening its embassies abroad. Soon, there'll be the chance for the adventurous to holiday there
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Migrant crisis: UN official Philippe Douste-Blazy reveals the harrowing sights he encountered among refugees arriving on Lampedusa

‘Can we really just turn away?’

Dead bodies, men drowning, women miscarrying – a senior UN figure on the horrors he has witnessed among migrants arriving on Lampedusa, and urges politicians not to underestimate our caring nature
Nine of Syria and Iraq's 10 world heritage sites are in danger as Isis ravages centuries of history

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