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GBTA Foundation’s Project ICARUS recognizes Starwood as Sustainability Gold Medal recipient
30-Jun-2016 :: The Gold Medal program recognizes travel and meeting industry companies who are committed to making sustainability a core function within their business and who are leading the way by commitment and actions to provide best in class sustaina...
Hilton recognized as one of the 100 best workplaces for Millennials
30-Jun-2016 :: Global research and consulting firm Great Place to Work® and Fortune magazine announced that Hilton has been recognized as one of the 100 Best Workplaces for Millennials in 2016...
Business platform for unique and independent hotels
30-Jun-2016 :: The Unplugged Collection is the multi-functional hotel business platform and booking engine of choice for unique & independent hotels, Villas and lifestyle venues...
Singapore’s pinnacle tourism awards to recognise more areas
29-Jun-2016 :: Singapore's most prestigious awards for the tourism industry returns with a few major changes in 2016 and in addition to celebrating exceptional experiences, there will be a new category to recognise tourism enterprise excellence...
Travelers prefer their device more than their loved one
29-Jun-2016 :: As mobile devices continue to evolve, the Mobile Travel Tracker* uncovers the true impact that our mobile phone is having on our booking and travel behaviors and as the number one travel accessory, the data reveals that we book our hotel ro...
Melia celebrates 30 years in Indonesia
29-Jun-2016 :: The globalization of Meliá Hotels International is strongly linked to Indonesia, it was in Nusa Dua in Bali, still an emerging destination at the time, where the company opened its first international hotel after becoming the leading...
Want your restaurant go international as a business card of Sichuan?
29-Jun-2016 :: The 'Sichuan Cuisine - More Than Just Taste' campaign, hosted by Sichuan Tourism Development Committee and Sichuan Provincial Department of Commerce, is now searching for indigenous and quality Sichuan dishes&n...
The HVS Greater China Update - 2nd Quarter 2016
29-Jun-2016 :: The setback from the decline in Mainland China visitation levels has extended into the first quarter of 2016, negatively impacting hotel markets across the region, especially in Hong Kong and Macau...
The Ascott continues expansion in Asia with 7 new properties
29-Jun-2016 :: CapitaLand's wholly owned serviced residences business unit, The Ascott, has secured seven new management contracts across seven cities in Asia – Karawang in Indonesia, Putrajaya in Malaysia, Danang in Vietnam...
Marriott receives clearance from the EU to acquire Starwood
28-Jun-2016 :: Marriott International and Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide announced they have received unconditional clearance from the European Union for Marriott to acquire Starwood in a merger transaction...
Rosewood Phuket to open 2017
28-Jun-2016 :: The next step in the Rosewood Hotels & Resorts ambitious Asia expansion plan will be the first quarter 2017 opening of Rosewood Phuket...
Brits on holiday risking their lives on balconies
28-Jun-2016 :: The Travel Association and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) are renewing calls to Brits heading off on holiday to take care and use their balconies safely...
IHG to launch Holiday Inn & Suites in Ho Chi Minh City
28-Jun-2016 :: InterContinental Hotels Group has signed a management agreement with Thuy Duong-Duc Binh Trading JSC, part of the holding affiliated with HD Bank and VietJet Air– one of the fastest-growing low-cost carriers in Asia – to launch ...
Most business travelers satisfied with trip experience
27-Jun-2016 :: Nearly half of companies worldwide have policies to allow employees to use ride-sharing services for Work Travel Composite Index component scores improved for business travelers from Mexico, Germany and US...
NH board did not re-elect CEO, existence of conflict of interest among HNA Group reps
27-Jun-2016 :: At the Annual General Meeting of NH Hotel Group the overwhelming decision of the shareholders declared the existence of a conflict of interest among HNA Group representatives on the board of directors of NH Hotel Group...
Brexit - The impact on the hotel sector
27-Jun-2016 :: GBTA, WTTC, ABTA & CBRE on the Brexit: Now the votes are done we can expect a ‘long goodbye’ stretched out over 2 years or more and lingering uncertainty which would ultimately reduce investment in the longer term...
Wyndham expands in Europe with first hotel in Greece
27-Jun-2016 :: Wyndham Hotel Group announced that accessible luxury is coming to Athens when the Wyndham Grand Athens, the first Wyndham Hotel Group hotel in Greece, opens in the city centre early next year...
Luxury hotel & resort photographer Antonio Cuellar named Hotel Judge of 2016 'Luxury Travel Guide'
26-Jun-2016 :: In recognition of his award-winning work as a hospitality photographer, luxury hotel & resort photographer Anthony Cuellar was recently invited to serve as hotel judge for 'Luxury Travel Guide: An Insight for the Affluent Traveler...
RCI expands China portfolio with 11 new properties
26-Jun-2016 :: RCI recently welcomed 11 new hotels in China to its vacation exchange network through an affiliation agreement with Frontier Vacation Club, part of Days Hotel China; the RCI portfolio of affiliated resorts in China now includes nearly 70 pr...
Aloft Hotels starts offering in-room streaming services
26-Jun-2016 :: If you stream it, they will come, that’s what Aloft Hotels is betting on when it comes to the future of in-room entertainment, introducing RoomCast Powered by Chromecast, a groundbreaking new streaming solution designed by TeleAdapt f...
Terrorism's Impact on travel: travel insurance trends revealed
25-Jun-2016 :: The threat of terrorism is not preventing Americans from traveling, but it is prompting travelers to take more precautions...
Holiday Inn to debut in Thailand's eastern seaboard business district Si Racha
25-Jun-2016 :: InterContinental Hotels Group has signed a management agreement with Origin Property PCL to develop Holiday Inn & Suites Siracha Laemchabang and set to open in 2018, the hotel will mark the brand’s entry into the town of Si Racha ...
Philippine consumers confidence continues to be the highest in Southeast Asia
24-Jun-2016 :: Confidence among Filipino consumers continue to be the highest in Southeast Asia and second in the world, edging up two points to a score of 119 in the first quarter of 2016, according to the latest Nielsen Global Survey of Consumer Confide...
TravelerBuddy, the company behind truly hassle-free travel
24-Jun-2016 :: A survey* conducted on travelers and executive assistants lists lack of offline access to important travel-related information inadequate flight notification alerts or unclear customs entry requirements as some of their pet peeves of travel...
US hotel transactions active in 2016, significant new supply headed to major US hotel markets
24-Jun-2016 :: Many of the top US hotel markets realized record performance figures in 2015, continuing an upward trend that has brought about an unprecedented amount of proposed hotel supply...
UNWTO to support Ukraine’s tourism development 
24-Jun-2016 :: UNWTO will work with the Government of Ukraine to support the development of its tourism sector and the cooperation will focus on the areas of tourism statistics, communications and capacity building within the Organization for tourism offi...
Virgin Australia to be 33% Chinese owned
24-Jun-2016 :: Chinese company Nanshan Group has bought 19.98% of Virgin Australia from shareholder Air New Zealand....
News from around the EMEA region, June 23
24-Jun-2016 :: Hotel industry and travel news from around the Europe, Middle East & African region: Hyatt debuts in Bulgaria, Hilton to have 77 across Turkey, Protea gets the 'By Marriott' Endorsement, Minor International and more...
Marriott’s statement on recruiting scam
23-Jun-2016 :: We have been made aware of a series of fraudulent offers, or scams, for Marriott employment, the scammers falsely claim to be representatives of Marriott recruiting potential employees on behalf of Marriott...
Shangri-La announces its fourth hotel in Hong Kong
23-Jun-2016 :: Offering sweeping views of Victoria Harbour and the Hong Kong Island skyline, the 545-room Kerry Hotel, Hong Kong is scheduled to open in December...
Yotel confident of Fast Expansion in Asia with their first opening in Singapore
23-Jun-2016 :: YOTEL, a pioneer of sleek, digital-driven ‘cabin’ accommodation, is expanding into the Asia region with the opening of the first Yotel in Singapore early next year...
China Investor Intentions Survey 2016
23-Jun-2016 :: Shanghai is the third most attractive city in Asia Pacific, behind Tokyo and Sydney and the lack of tradable assets meant Beijing lagged behind...
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Break old travel habits, banish the bucket list, embrace local - Starwood APac launches 'Momentum'
Thursday, 30th June 2016
Momentum, a new digital magazine by Starwood Hotels & Resorts Asia Pacific, ‘Momentum’ distinguishes ‘travelers’ from ‘tourists’ with locally engaging content from award-winning writers and renow...

Singapore to welcome two luxury brands from the Marriott International portfolio
Thursday, 30th June 2016
Marriott International and South Beach Consortium (a joint venture between City Developments Limited (CDL) and IOI Properties Group Berhad) announced that The South Beach hotel, a 634-room luxury property designed by the reno...

TREE Alliance and Cambodian NGO M’Lop Tapang showcase young Khmer culinary talent
Thursday, 30th June 2016
The Mekong Tourism Coordinating Office (MTCO) has partnered with TREE Alliance training restaurant Sandan, an initiative of Cambodian NGO M’Lop Tapang, to showcase culinary demonstrations during the networking breaks at 2016...
 The Month's Most Read News
ITB Berlin 2017 Marketing Programs
Saturday, 18th June 2016
In March 2017, we will be covering the world’s largest travel show again and the dedicated ITB Berlin news site's popularity and traffic is highly expected to increase once again as it has been increasing YOY...

News from around the Asia Pacific region, June 01
Wednesday, 1st June 2016
Hotel industry and travel news from around the Asia Pacific region: Hong Kong Tycoon purchases Singapore Cuscaden Bungalow, Premier Inn opens in Surabaya, China Hotel Investment Watch 2016 and more...

Old sailor superstitions still bring good luck to today's cruise ships
Wednesday, 1st June 2016
Traditions dating to seafarer days centuries ago to bring good luck remain alive and well with coins for 'divine protection,' godmother blessings for new ships, no whistling in the wheelhouse and spilled rum for Neptune and for good measure...

China's young traveler emerge, demanding personalized luxury and digital innovation
Friday, 3rd June 2016
New report from forefront of the industry says bespoke experiences, digital services key to winning the loyalty of China’s young luxury travelers: ...

Half of today's travelers enjoy their airport experience
Monday, 13th June 2016
Forget about queues, delayed flights and lost luggage, more than half (53%) of the frequent travelers polled in a study, agree that the airport is something to be enjoyed, with 56% admitting that they would be encouraged to arrive at the ai...

Study highlights current status of Hotel Management Contracts
Friday, 3rd June 2016
Despite the addition of many supporting agreements, today's international hotel management contract bears striking resemblance to the first such contract, signed in 1963 for the Hong Kong Hilton...


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