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Hyatt announces sale of 38 select service hotels
23-Sep-2014 :: Hyatt Hotels Corporation announced that Hyatt affiliates have agreed to sell 38 hotels to a company organized by Lone Star Funds for approximately $590 million...
France welcomes its first Hotel Indigo® to Paris' operatic heart
23-Sep-2014 :: IHG® announces the debut of its boutique brand, Hotel Indigo®, in France, with the opening of Hotel Indigo® Paris – Opera at the heart of the capital’s entertainment district...
Onyx Payments acquires net trans services
22-Sep-2014 :: Onyx Payments, the largest payment processor for hotels and travel distributors, announced today the acquisition of Norway-based Net Trans Services, the leader in commission reconciliation services; strategic combination removes barrie...
Asia's best-performing cities: the Chinese dragon still roars
22-Sep-2014 :: The Milken Institute released its first-ever ranking of the economic performance of Asia’s major cities, revealing that in creating jobs and vibrant urban growth and of Asia’s top ten cities, six are in the People’s Republ...
Big Decisions: Executives rely more on experience and advice than data
22-Sep-2014 :: But highly data-driven companies are three times more likely to report significant improvement in making big decisions, but only 1 in 3 executives say their organisation is highly data-driven...
A guide to WiFi at Europe's busiest airports
22-Sep-2014 :: If you’ve ever been stuck at an airport, you’ll know it can be a dull place, 71% of international travellers* consider free WiFi at airports either important or extremely important...
#GetTeleported - The most immersive 4-D virtual travel experience arrives
22-Sep-2014 :: In its journey to explore the future of travel, Marriott Hotels is taking an unprecedented leap into virtual reality by teleporting travelers to the beaches of Hawaii and downtown London...
Second Golden Tulip Hotel opens in Indonesia
22-Sep-2014 :: Hotels Group, the 10th largest hotel group in the world, announced the opening of Golden Tulip Essential Denpasar in Bali - the second Golden Tulip Hotel in Indonesia - as it ramps up its growth trajectory in the archipelago...
Hakkasan Group acquires majority share in The h wood Group
21-Sep-2014 :: Hakkasan Group partners with Los Angeles heavyweights John Terzian and Brian Toll to expand nightlife and events portfolio in the US...
Rosewood introduces 'A Sense of Place Journeys'
21-Sep-2014 :: 'A Sense of Place Journeys are designed to immerse guests in the essence of some of the most desirable destinations in the world;...
Luxury hotel entrepreneur purchases the largest Rolls-Royce Phantom fleet in the world
20-Sep-2014 :: Luxury entrepreneur Stephen Hung has purchased the largest Rolls-Royce Phantom fleet in the world, placing an order for 30 Bespoke Extended Wheel Base Phantoms for his Louis XIII hotel in Macau...
Exploring the link between tourism and spiritual routes
20-Sep-2014 :: In light of the growing importance of pilgrimages and spiritual routes to tourism development around the world, UNWTO, the Ministry of Industry, Energy and Tourism of Spain and the Regional Government of Galicia are organizing the...
Shangri-La opens first Hotel Jen in Singapore
19-Sep-2014 :: Hotel Jen Orchardgateway Singapore, the first of a new 'Jenre' of fresh, friendly and fuss-free mid-range hotels by Shangri-La International Hotel Management Ltd, opened its doors to the public in Singapore...
Hilton Hotels & Resorts expands deep Texas roots
19-Sep-2014 :: Hilton Worldwide announced the opening of Hilton Dallas/Plano Granite Park, a 299-room newly-built Hilton Hotels & Resorts property in the prestigious master planned community of Granite Park in Plano, Texas located just ...
Mobile travel bookings taking flight
19-Sep-2014 :: Travel bookings via mobile devices increase by more than 20 percent in the first six months of 2014Mobile travel apps become more popular as in-app bookings account for 12 percent of mobile bookings...
The distracted worker and meetings
19-Sep-2014 :: Cell phones, emails, music, videos, and even pets create distractions for today's workers;...
International tourism up by 5% in the first half of the year
19-Sep-2014 :: International tourist arrivals grew by close to 5% in the first half of 2014 according to the latest UNWTO World Tourism Barometer;...
Business travels in China are growing strongly, more hotels needed and coming
19-Sep-2014 :: The Middle Kingdom is also the top at hotel construction and with currently 527 construction projects China is the second largest market for hotel developments - after the USA (there are currently 621 new hotels in the pipeline)...
Best Job in the World campaign inducted into PR News Platinum Awards Hall of Fame
19-Sep-2014 :: Tourism and Events Queensland’s (TEQ) Best Job in the World campaign has been inducted into the PR News’ Platinum PR Awards Hall of Fame at an awards ceremony held in New York City at Grand Hyatt New York...
Innovation & Inspiration @ TRAVELtech 2014
18-Sep-2014 :: Flight Centre co-founder and CEO Graham Turner headlines a fantastic program at TRAVELtech 2014 in Sydney on October 24...
Starwood signs Le Méridien Ahmedabad
18-Sep-2014 :: Slated to open in 2018, Le Méridien Ahmedabad will mark the re-entry of Le Méridien into this vibrant and historic Indian city; ...
Ritz-Carlton crafts picture perfect memories as largest luxury wedding atelier in Asia Pacific
18-Sep-2014 :: Wedding planners at The Ritz-Carlton are redefining the art of the wedding atelier by curating artisanal luxury wedding shows fuelling the dreams of couples looking for an intimate affair or a lavish dream wedding that would rival royalty...
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Strong hotel performance enables hoteliers to reduce discounting
Tuesday, 23rd September 2014
Hotels in major North American markets are continuing to experience solid growth in both rate and occupancy across all travel segments, and this sustained growth is enabling hoteliers to reduce transient discounting, paving the way for even...

News from around the EMEA region, Sept 23
Tuesday, 23rd September 2014
Hotel, industry and travel news from around Europe, Middle East & Africa; this week: Istanbul has ten Hilton hotels, Accor expands in London, Beijing Reignwood & Four Seasons partner in London and more...

Wyndham achieves substantial reduction in water and carbon footprint
Tuesday, 23rd September 2014
Wyndham Worldwide continued to demonstrate its leadership in sustainability best practices in 2013, reducing its operationally controlled asset water usage globally by 16 percent per square foot and its carbon emissions by 13 percent per sq...
 The Month's Most Read News
ITB Berlin 2015 Marketing Programs
Thursday, 4th September 2014
We will be covering the world’s largest travel show again in 2015 and the dedicated ITB Berlin news site's popularity and traffic is highly expected to increase once again as it has been increasing YOY...

Lausanne named the world's top hospitality management school
Thursday, 28th August 2014
The world’s largest provider of custom research and analysis, TNS Sofres, has published the 2013 rankings for the world’s best hospitality management schools...

The 15 most annoying things about hotels
Thursday, 4th September 2014
Noisy neighbours, broken lifts and painfully slow Wi-Fi: here are 15 of the most annoying things that happen at hotels;  Ah, those crisp white sheets, the tempting minibar and the 24-hour room service: you've checked in and it's officially ...

Singapore-based Pan Pacific set to open Tianjin Hotel & Residences
Friday, 12th September 2014
Managed by Singapore-based hotel company Pan Pacific Hotels Group, this will be the fifth 'Pan Pacific' hotel in China, following properties in Suzhou, Ningbo and Xiamen...

SaaS and the wheels of the sharing economy
Monday, 8th September 2014
You can buy a bike made out of solid gold with an alligator-hide seat and a stingray-skin water bottle; Yup - It’s a real thing, sold by the House of Solid Gold, a company in California which sells everyday items made out of gold...

News from around the Asia Pacific region, Sept 3
Wednesday, 3rd September 2014
Hotel industry and travel news from around the Asia Pacific region; this week: Future of boutique hotels in Singapore vs rising costs, BKK expands airport, Korea's MICE Master Plan and more...


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