TODAY: The last 10 years of Booking.com,Latin America may be poised for the next big airline industry boom, Mandarin Oriental and more.
Booking.com, the site the hospitality industry loves to hate.
Not a week goes by, it seems, that there isn't another flare-up between hotels and the OTA giant and most recently, the UK Bed and Breakfast Association hit out at Booking and Expedia for, among other things, 'the promotion of casual cancellation' and fostering relationships that 'border on the abusive'.
But the online travel behemoth is clearly getting something right. Booking's popularity among consumers certainly shows no sign of waning.
Latin America may be poised for the next big airline industry boom.
Asia Pacific is the hotspot for airline industry growth and has been for a few years, but if we listen to what the experts said at the CAPA Summit in Cartagena de Indias, it might not be long before Latin America goes through its own big boom.
Mandarin Oriental announces luxury hotel in Beijing.
Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group has announced that it will manage a luxury hotel project in the heart of Beijing, that is expected to open in 2018. Located in a traditional hutong quarter, close to Tiananmen Square, the hotel will provide guests with a rare opportunity to experience luxury living in traditional and authentic Beijing surroundings.
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5 Problems with China's 5-star Hotels.
As one who has traveled to 120 cities and towns all across China over the last 12 years, I've stayed at the gauntlet of hotels from a monk's home in Qinghai with no running water or a toilet for five days (and I slept on the floor) to newly opened international brand 5-star hotels -- and everything in-between from guest houses similar to B&Bs to boutique hotels to China's rising 3-star hotel brands (which are actually impressive).
While I don't like to be a complainer or an "angry expat" as a guest in another county, I do think my gripes against 5-star hotels in China are somewhat valid on the bases of their brands failing to deliver on their promises. After all, when we pay for advertised amenities and services, we should get them, right?
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