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Twenty carbon neutral airports and even more engaged in addressing their carbon footprints
30-Mar-2015 :: With the groundswell of political visibility and a number of key events about Climate Change building up to the COP21 climate negotiations later this year, the independent programme Airport Carbon Accreditation provided an update on it...
IHG opens second Crowne Plaza Hotel in Panama
29-Mar-2015 :: Strategically located near Tocumen International Airport and with a US $20 million investment by owner and operator Bern Hotels & Resorts, the new-build 144-room hotel is the first brand property in Latin America to be built less than a...
European chain hotels market review: Budapest and Warsaw hotels soar
28-Mar-2015 :: February was another strong month in Budapest with demand shooting up by 5...
Starwood strengthen its footprint across Latin America and Caribbean
28-Mar-2015 :: Starwood announced an agreement with GH Pegasus to open Aloft Tijuana, Aloft Coatzacoalcos and Aloft Poza Rica by the end of 2017, and an agreement with Hoteles Real Chihuahua to unveil the Sheraton Chihuahua Soberano Hotel, a strategic con...
W to arrive in Greater Seattle
27-Mar-2015 :: Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide announced an agreement with Kemper Development Company and Associates (KDC) to debut the iconic W brand in Bellevue, Washington, as part of the $1...
How many hotels are still being build in Germany?
27-Mar-2015 :: Investors are lining up: Germany is still considered one of the most lucrative hotel markets in Europe, within the next few years 351 new hotels in all categories will open with a total number of 53,042 rooms...
Hilton celebrates living sustainably with Earth Hour projects around the world
27-Mar-2015 :: Hilton Worldwide and its portfolio of 12 brands announced that for the fifth consecutive year, its Team Members and franchisee employees around the world will unite to protect the planet by participating in the celebration of Earth Hour 201...
Hotel Destinations Asia Pacific
27-Mar-2015 :: Hotel Destinations Asia Pacific provides a snapshot of notable hotel trends, recent transactions, upcoming new projects and key market statistics for 26 hotel investment destinations in Asia Pacific...
Starbucks signs agreement with Chinese Tingyi to expand in China's $6B RTD coffee category
27-Mar-2015 :: Starbucks and Chinese leading food and beverage producer Tingyi Holding Corp announced they have entered into an agreement to manufacture and expand the distribution of Starbucks ready-to-drink (RTD) products throughout mainland China...
Luxury market faces a drought as affluents choose conscious consumption, rather than conspicuous brands
26-Mar-2015 :: A new style of luxury has taken hold reflected in consumers' preference for high-quality brands, but without paying the premium for marketing-generated prestige...
Organizations are unable to maximize the value if internal data
26-Mar-2015 :: New Experian Data Quality study finds 78 percent of companies could improve their data management sophistication through improvements in people, processes and technology...
News from around the EMEA region, March 26
26-Mar-2015 :: Hotel industry and travel news from around the Asia Pacific region; Movenpick opens on the Bosphorus, Hyatt Regency opens in Georgia, Hilton signs first Garden Inn for Nairobi and more...
Viceroy to open Chigago in 2017
26-Mar-2015 :: Viceroy Hotel Group confirmed plans for the brand’s hotly anticipated expansion to Chicago’s renowned Gold Coast neighborhood with a scheduled opening set for 2017...
Outsourcing in Asia - where next?
26-Mar-2015 :: Business Process Outsourcing is a business phenomenon that has transformed two economies in Asia: India and the Philippines, but these destinations must continue to adapt as corporate productivity initiatives become ever more competiti...
Industry Mystery: Why arenít hoteliers responding to online reviews?
25-Mar-2015 :: Hotels that respond to reviews see an increase in overall review ratings and booking inquiries, the benefits are well documented, and yet hoteliers still are not responding...
Hua Hin hotel market update
25-Mar-2015 :: Destination continues to chase tail of sustainable growth, weekend peak period continues to define tourism footprint...
Moevenpick Hotels opens new contemporary hotel in historic Istanbul
25-Mar-2015 :: Moevenpick Hotel Istanbul Golden Horn will open on March 31 offering a stylish comfort zone that celebrates the magic of Istanbul’s rich history...
A great glass of wine also trumps sex and social media among global travelers
25-Mar-2015 :: Starwood's Sheraton Hotels & Resorts revealed the results of a newly commissioned survey on global wine and travel trends: the survey found that after a long day, one out of every two people would reach for a glass of wine (48%), r...
News from around the Asia Pacific region, Mar 25
25-Mar-2015 :: Hotel industry and travel news from around the Asia Pacific region; this week: Is the China-led gaming boom at an end?, Visa-free entry to Indonesia, Pullman Gurgaon rebranded and more...
Retailers and the age†of disruption
25-Mar-2015 :: In last year’s Total Retail report, I referred to the high bar that participants in PwC’s global online shopper survey had set for retailers worldwide, in the 12 months since, that bar has been raised higher ...
Hilton Honors security flaw exposed all accounts
24-Mar-2015 :: Hospitality giant Hilton Hotels & Resorts recently started offering Hilton HHonors Awards members 1,000 free awards points to those who agreed to change their passwords for the online service prior to April 1, 2015, when the c...
Hotel investment highlights Asia Pacific
24-Mar-2015 :: Asia Pacific’s hotel investment market recorded an impressive more than USD 9 billion worth of transactions back in 2013, led by the resurgence of Japan and big-ticket trophy deals in Singapore and Shanghai...
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Understanding Russian Outbound Tourism Ė What the Russian Blogosphere is saying about Europe
Monday, 30th March 2015
This joint ETC/UNWTO report provides useful insight into trends, themes and behaviour of Russian tourists to Europe based on ‘netnographic’ research – or ethnography adapted to the online social world...

Wi-Fi networks at some of the world's top hotel chains are extremely vulnerable
Monday, 30th March 2015
ANTLabs InnGate devices are a popular Internet gateway for visitor-based networks and they’re commonly installed in hotels, convention centers and other places that provide temporary guests access to a WiFi connection...

Modern hotel mavens - a focus on women in hospitality
Monday, 30th March 2015
Once considered an ol’ boys club rife with suits and cigars, the modern hospitality landscape has opened wide to reveal a cast of strong women with big ideas, of course they were there all along, but no doubt there’s a movement ...
 The Month's Most Read News
ITB Berlin 2016 Marketing Programs
Monday, 16th March 2015
In March 2016, 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...

In Focus: Ubud, Bali, Indonesia
Thursday, 5th March 2015
Over the past decade, Ubud has developed into a niche deluxe hotel market, and an array of boutique hotels and exclusive villas have sprung up among the scenic rice fields and along the valleys surrounding Ubud...

The fight against the OTAs starts at check in
Wednesday, 11th March 2015
In any industry, a lack of competition can come with a decline in innovation and an increase in price, without a larger field of competitor there is nothing to incentivize OTAs to keep commission rates low or introduce new products and serv...

UNWTO report identifies common criteria for 4 and 5 star hotel classification
Monday, 2nd March 2015
The new UNWTO report Hotel Classification Systems: Recurrence of Criteria in 4 and 5 Star Hotels, identifies the common criteria among 4 and 5 star hotels, providing valuable insights for destinations wishing to revise existing or esta...

Hilton welcomes Chinese travelers worldwide via global service program
Friday, 13th March 2015
Hilton Worldwide unveiled 'Hilton Huanying' to an exclusive audience at Hilton Beijing Wangfujing; ...

Hotels and airlines embrace the smartwatch and digital payment
Wednesday, 11th March 2015
Apple Pay checks in to Marriott and IHG Translator app to feature on Apple Watch, while KLM Royal Dutch Airlines is set to run a trial with Android smartwatch technology that will provide passengers with specific trip information ...


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