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RevPAR growth fails to deliver profit at UK hotels
29-Jul-2016 :: A new HotStats study, which polled a consistent sample of nearly 45,000 hotel bedrooms across the UK over a 15-year period, identified a decline in rooms profit conversion, despite growth in RevPAR...
Cvent's Top 25 Meeting Destinations in APAC - Singapore tops
29-Jul-2016 :: Cvent is proud to present the first annual list of the year's Top Asia Pacific Destinations for meeting planners...
Kingdom owns close to 6% of AccorHotels following combination of FRHI platform
29-Jul-2016 :: Kingdom Holding Company announces that it has successfully completed the combination of its Fairmont Raffles luxury hotel platform with France-based hospitality group AccorHotels, a $3...
Starwood reports loss from continuing operations in the second quarter of 2016
28-Jul-2016 :: Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide reported a loss per share from continuing operations for the second quarter of 2016 of $0...
Emirates introduces the world’s first interactive amenity kit in Economy Class
28-Jul-2016 :: Emirates has launched the world’s first interactive amenity kit in Economy Class providing a more comfortable travel experience, the stylish new amenity kits utilise augmented reality (AR) technology to unlock immersive content on mob...
Evaluating hospitality-focused mixed-use assets
28-Jul-2016 :: HVS's Mixed-use appraisal expert Tim Sauer, MAI lays out some of the considerations for the evaluation of hospitality-focused mixed-use assets...
The Ascott and Quest strike Docklands deal in Melbourne
27-Jul-2016 :: As part of the strategic partnership with Australia’s Quest Apartment Hotels, The Ascott Limited has struck a deal to develop its first serviced residence in Docklands, Melbourne...
Asia Pacific first-half hotel transaction volume rises, Japan seen dominating investment volume
27-Jul-2016 :: Asia Pacific hotel investment volumes in the first half of this year climbed more than 13 percent to US$3...
2015/16 United States Hotel Franchise Fee Guide
27-Jul-2016 :: The selection of an appropriate franchise affiliation affects a property’s ability to compete in its local market, generate profits, and achieve a desirable image and market orientation...
The pros and woes of small business travel
27-Jul-2016 :: For small business travelers, affordability is key, and most feel that when compared to larger companies, they pay more for travel and that it is more difficult and time-consuming to book affordable business travel...
Business platform for unique and independent hotels
27-Jul-2016 :: The Unplugged Collection is the multi-functional hotel business platform (Including PMS) and booking engine of choice for unique & independent hotels, Villas and lifestyle venues...
Triometric signs up Latin America’s Best Day Travel Group for XML API Performance Monitoring and Inventory Availability Management
26-Jul-2016 :: Triometric’s monitoring and analytics platform delivers comprehensive visibility into operational performance for Best Day Travel’s accommodation wholesaler HotelDo to support quality of service and business growth...
Michelin releases officially the full selection of its 2016 Michelin Guide Singapore
26-Jul-2016 :: Hawker stars, Australian and Peranakan fare celebrated in inaugural 2016 Michelin Guide Singapore, Singapore is now home to the world’s cheapest Michelin-starred eateries...
Marriott launches M Live Europe, its 4th global marketing real-time command centre
26-Jul-2016 :: Marriott International continues to lead the way in digital and social marketing innovation with the launch of the company’s fourth M Live Studio, located at Marriott’s European Headquarters in London, the newest studio wil...
Grand Hyatt Chengdu celebrated its grand opening
26-Jul-2016 :: The first Hyatt-branded hotel in Sichuan, Grand Hyatt Chengdu introduces the Grand Hyatt brand of bold, worldly and extraordinary hospitality offering multicultural experiences that broaden guests’ horizons and celebrate the magnifice...
Chinese luxury consumer price index 2016
26-Jul-2016 :: Luxury property, health and education drive Luxury CPI, up more than 5%, fastest Rise in 5 years, luxury wines & spirits and luxury cars see prices drop and luxury CPI is much higher than CPI at 1...
Construction in Spain - Key Trends and Opportunities to 2020
26-Jul-2016 :: Construction activity in Spain shrank during the review period (2011–2015), reflecting weak business confidence, consumer demand and depressed economic conditions, combined with poor investor confidence reduced infrastructur...
Accor plans to turn HotelInvest into a subsidiary to accelerate its transformation and growth
26-Jul-2016 :: After three years of transformation that have resulted in the development of two well-structured, strategically related business lines with record performances, AccorHotels is pursuing its strategy of continuous improvement and significant ...
News from around the EMEA region, July 25
25-Jul-2016 :: Hotel industry and travel news from around the Europe, Middle East & African region: NH sells 5 hotels/900 rooms, W opens in Edinburgh, Banyan Tree comes to Morocco and more...
Cristiano Ronaldo opens his ‘CR7’ hotel
25-Jul-2016 :: Ronaldo is one of the richest athletes in the world who now wants to try his luck in the Hotel Business...
Global Innovation Survey: Innovation, growth and business strategy
25-Jul-2016 :: The results of our survey of 1,757 executives couldn’t be clearer: innovation today is a key driver of organic growth for all companies—regardless of sector or geography...
TrustYou acquires Checkmate and integrates live messaging into its platform
24-Jul-2016 :: TrustYou acquired real-time messaging specialist Checkmate, enhancing its platform to incorporate real-time guest feedback, the acquisition of Checkmate enhances the TrustYou platform, allowing hotels to actively engage guests before t...
Online platforms gaining market share, no signs of increased competition between OTAs
24-Jul-2016 :: A second hotel distribution study, based on responses from over 2000 hoteliers shows an increasing dependency of hotels on Online Travel Agents (OTAs), as nearly one out of four overnights was generated through this channel in 2015...
Survey breaks down travel FOMO: Whos got it, Whats on the 'line and where would they go?
23-Jul-2016 :: Across the generations, Americans have an appetite to take the trips that matter to them, but it's Millennials who say they need to take the most trips – at least seven or more this year – to make themselves happy...
C9 Hotelworks releases mid-year Phuket report
23-Jul-2016 :: Airlift is the main engine of Phuket tourism growth which is highlighted by 31 inbound flight routes now operating from Greater China...
Remote Lands and Tourism Authority of Thailand partner
22-Jul-2016 :: Remote Lands, the world’s leading ultra-luxe Asia travel designer, is proud to announce their newest partnership with the Tourism Authority of Thailand geared towar...
Fri 22nd Jul, 2016 is: Hammock Day
22-Jul-2016 :: Nothing sounds quite as relaxing as kicking back and relaxing in a hammock – and there’s no better way to celebrate Hammock Day! ...
Le Meridien marks the second property in Qingdao
22-Jul-2016 :: Le Méridien Hotels & Resorts announced the opening of Le Méridien Qingdao West Coast Resort in Qingdao, Shandong province and located on the longest stretch of beach at Lingshan Bay of west Qingdao, the new hotel marks the...
Supporting Asia-Pacific jobs, growth and sustainable development through aviation
22-Jul-2016 :: Aviation is vital to the modern, globalised world, supporting millions of jobs and driving economic growth, but the benefits of connectivity must be protected with appropriate support from governments if the air transport sector is to help ...
International tourism continues to grow above average in the first four months of 2016
22-Jul-2016 :: 2016 started on a strong note for international tourism: International tourist arrivals grew by 5% between January and April 2016 according to the latest UNWTO World Tourism Barometer...
Germany is Melia's third largest market, with three brands
22-Jul-2016 :: With 26 hotels in 15 cities, after Spain and Cuba, Germany is the third largest country in which Meliá Hotels International has hotels...
Featured Product: DigiJames, The Ultimate In-Room Tablet
22-Jul-2016 :: DigiJames brings your hotel into the high tech era, both your guests and your staff will feel the difference as technology enhances their daily routines in your hotel...
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Kimpton Hotels probes card breach claims
Saturday, 30th July 2016
Kimpton Hotels, a boutique hotel brand that includes 62 properties across the United States, said today it is investigating reports of a credit card breach at multiple locations...

Starwood debuts W Hotels brand in Scotland with W Edinburgh
Saturday, 30th July 2016
Opening in 2021 and set to reinvigorate the city’s traditional hospitality scene, the hotel will be part of TH Real Estate’s Edinburgh St James scheme, which is set to complete in 2020...

Hospitality Training Techniques In The Era Of Social Networking (A Podcast)
Friday, 29th July 2016
With the proliferation of online guest reviews and social media postings, the service provided by your front of the house team has a direct impact on the buying decisions of future guests...
 The Month's Most Read News
ITB Berlin 2017 Marketing Programs
Wednesday, 6th July 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...

Hotel loyalty programmes: What may and may not work
Friday, 15th July 2016
Hotels should consider developing customer loyalty programmes that balance economic and social rewards to establish 'sustainable relationships' with their customers...

US Hotel Development Cost Survey 2015/16
Wednesday, 13th July 2016
This 2015/16 survey reports per-room hotel development costs based on data compiled by HVS from hotel projects proposed or under construction during the 2015 calendar year...

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...

2016 Flip Flop Report: Austria wrests away global beach nudity title from Germany
Monday, 4th July 2016
Expedia released the results of the 2016 Expedia® Flip Flop Report, an annual study of beachgoer behavior across North America, South America, Europe, Asia and Australia/New Zealand and Austrians are w...

Latin America unveils pivotal potential for investment opportunities post Brexit
Saturday, 9th July 2016
After Brexit was approved by 52 percent of British voters, foreign investors can't help to speculate about the future of the UK, and of Europe as a whole and as investment volatility seems to be one of the consequences of this decision, att...


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