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American Express travel expands exclusive hotel programs
25-May-2016 :: American Express Travel has added 281 new global hotel properties to its FINE HOTELS & RESORTS and The Hotel Collection programs this year, introducing a select group of best-in-class properties that deliver valuable benefits and except...
Premier Li of China calls for higher financing for development in tourism
25-May-2016 :: First World Conference on Tourism for Development: The role of tourism in fighting poverty and building peace were the key focus of the First World Conference on Tourism for Development, opening the conference, Premier Li Keqiang under...
Multi-functional business platform for independent hotels launches: Unplugged Collection
25-May-2016 :: The Unplugged Collection is the multi-functional hotel business platform and booking engine of choice for unique & independent hotels, Villas and lifestyle venues...
Strong revenue growth predicted for Asia-Pacific hotel sector in 2016
24-May-2016 :: A summit of over 200 leading Indonesian hospitality industry professionals has predicted a positive outlook for the regional hotel sector, with 65 percent of attendees forecasting six percent or more revenue growth in the year to come...
Luxury Villa Valbonne-Biot joins the Unplugged Collection
24-May-2016 :: The Unplugged Collection, the business platform and booking engine of choice for unique & independent hotels and lifestyle venues, is pleased to announce that the luxurious villa, 'Villa Valbonne-Biot' located in the Provence, France is...
Chinese expenditure on tourism is expected to reach over USD1 Trillion by 2020
24-May-2016 :: Chinese expenditure on tourism is expected to reach RMB8 trillion by 2020, contributing more than 10 percent of the growth in the country's GDP, according to a recent report on the country's tourism development...
News from around the Asia Pacific region, May 24
24-May-2016 :: Hotel industry and travel news from around the Asia Pacific region: Asian low-cost carriers form value alliance, new ibis style on the Island of Samui, Marriott opens the Pune and more...
Top economist says travel industry has 'wonderful opportunity' to be leader in sustainable development
24-May-2016 :: One of the world's top economists has urged the global travel industry to adopt the UN's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and take a leadership position on meeting the social and environmental challenges confronting the world...
Tourism in Mexico is booming
23-May-2016 :: Tourism in Mexico is booming - at least in the popular coastal regions, just on the Yucatan Peninsula on the Caribbean Sea the number of reservations continues to grow - and thus the number of new resorts...
ITP wants Asia Pacific tourism industry to tell it what issues matter most
23-May-2016 :: The International Tourism Partnership (ITP) is calling on hoteliers and those with a stake in the tourism industry in the Asia-Pacific region to participate in a Stakeholder Engagement process that it is running over the coming months...
Success secrets of the No 1 hotel in the world for romance
23-May-2016 :: Bucuti & Tara Beach Resort, a 104-room adults-only property situated on the best beach in Aruba is perhaps the most highly decorated hotel in the Caribbean and most recently TripAdvisor named it the number 1 Hotel in the World for Roman...
Croatia is boosting travelers' creativity
23-May-2016 :: The new campaign by the Croatian National Tourist Board is all about some of the most beautiful words ever written: I am out of office...
Starwood Capital - Brookfield JV agrees to sell Interhotel portfolio in Germany
22-May-2016 :: Starwood Capital Group through separately controlled affiliates announced an agreement to sell the Interhotel portfolio to FDM Management, a vehicle created by Foncière des Regions and institutional investors...
Lodging Investment Outlook: Fundamentals remain strong
22-May-2016 :: While key indicators show that the US hotel industry remains strong, the sector experienced some softening in Q1 2016 relative to its extraordinary performance in 2015, transaction activity and RevPAR growth soften, but underlying fundament...
Hungary tourism still has lots of potential
22-May-2016 :: Hungary still has lots of potential in tourism, in the larger cities as well as in traditional holiday areas such as Lake Balaton, during the past five years the spending of visitors increased by more than five billion euros...
Six Senses Fiji to open in 2017
21-May-2016 :: Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas is delighted to announce the latest project in the group’s expanding portfolio in the island country of Fiji and will feature 24 spacious pool villas and 66 residential villas situated on the w...
Every day a luxury hotel opens somewhere at the globe
21-May-2016 :: Due to the fast growing tourism industry more and more top hotels are needed, on average two new hotels or resorts of the leading categories opened every day during the first quarter of this year worldwide...
Thailand to close Koh Tachai island
20-May-2016 :: Thai authorities are set to close the island of Koh Tachai, stating that heavy tourism is negatively affecting natural resources and the environment...
The gender diversity payoff
20-May-2016 :: Whether or not you’re a fan of John Gray (author of the book Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus), you probably know that having diverse perspectives on a team translates to greater creativity and innovation and better decisi...
Annual responsible tourism report profiles growth of industry
20-May-2016 :: In a ground-breaking 'The growth in responsible tourism continues to outpace the growth of the tourism industry as a whole,' writes the Center for Responsible Travel (CREST) in its annual report on the state of responsible tourism...
IHG signs first Holiday Inn Express brand in Peru
20-May-2016 :: InterContinental Hotels Group announces the latest additions to the growing Holiday Inn Express® portfolio with the signing of two new-build properties in Peru: one in Lima, the country’s capital city, and a second in Piura, a str...
Travel and Tourism in Germany to 2020
20-May-2016 :: International arrivals to Germany rose at a CAGR of close to 5% during 2010 to 2015 and by promoting tourism in other countries, the tourism board has ensured that the country manages to attract a large number of tourists...
Cornell analyzes mobile Apps and hotel conversions
20-May-2016 :: Two Cornell studies—one analyzing hotel brand conversions and the other surveying travelers' mobile preferences—have been named Industry Relevance Award winners for 2016...
18th annual global volunteer effort expected to break records; 35,000 associates to volunteer in 50 countries
19-May-2016 :: Starting today, tens of thousands of Marriott International associates worldwide will begin delivering Marriott’s brand of hospitality beyond hotel doors as part of the company’s 18th annual Spirit To Serve Our Communities Day v...
As scope of 2012 breach expands, LinkedIn to again reset passwords for some users
19-May-2016 :: A 2012 data breach that was thought to have exposed more than six and half million hashed passwords for LinkedIn users instead likely impacted more than 117 million accounts, the company now says and in response, the business networking gia...
Bill Rancic signs exclusive development deal with the Marriott Content Studio
19-May-2016 :: Two projects greenlit in deal with Bill Rancic to exec produce, develop & host orig programming for Marriott's 19 brands & Marriott Rewards...
ICCA captures record number of international association meetings taking place in 2015
19-May-2016 :: ICCA captured a record number of 12,076 rotating international association meetings taking place in 2015; the largest number of association meetings collected in the year after the meetings took place ever, and 571 additional meetings compa...
2016 Manhattan Lodging Review 1Q
19-May-2016 :: The New York City borough of Manhattan is among the strongest, most diverse, and most dynamic hotel markets in the world...
Singapore still most expensive place to live but HK and NYC closing in
19-May-2016 :: The Economist Intelligence Unit released the results of its ‘Worldwide Cost of Living’ report and once again Singapore was named the world’s most expensive city to reside in for a third consecutive time...
Autograph Collection partners with Roomers to welcome properties in Munich and Baden-Baden
19-May-2016 :: Part of Gekko Group, Roomers Baden-Baden and Roomers Munich will be Autograph Collection’s third and fourth hotels in Germany, joining Gewandhaus Dresden and Hotel Am Steinplatz in Berlin...
China outbound wave dominates tourist arrivals across Asia Pacific to 2020
18-May-2016 :: Arrivals from China to Asia Pacific destinations will climb from an estimated 102 million in 2015 to more than 150 million by 2020 and as such this one source market will dominate the region’s international tourism landscape, generati...
Checking in to the future of luxury travel
18-May-2016 :: Celebrating 70 years of existence, world’s biggest luxury hotel brand teams up with renowned futurist to predict the future of luxury travel...
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Sustainability is now a critical business issue for Thailand's hotels
Wednesday, 25th May 2016
Greenview unveils practical sustainability benchmarking tools at exclusive AMCHAM hotel industry event in Bangkok to enable Thai hotels to operate more efficiently and expand internationally...

China Hotel Investment Watch 2016 (Excerpts)
Wednesday, 25th May 2016
The annual China Hotel Investment Watch, now in its seventh edition, serves as an important indicator of the investment climate in the Chinese hotel market for stakeholders in their effort to evolve the Chinese hotel industry to the next le...

The Investment Corporation of Dubai acquires Regent Hotel & Marina in Montenegro
Wednesday, 25th May 2016
Regent Hotels & Resorts is excited to share the news that The Investment Corporation of Dubai (ICD), the principal investment arm of the Government of Dubai, agreed to the purchase of Porto Montenegro Marina and Resort in May 2016...
 The Month's Most Read News
Number of employers using social media to screen candidates has increased 500%
Friday, 29th April 2016
Sixty percent of employers use social networking sites to research job candidates, up from 52 percent last year and 11 percent in 2006 and more than a quarter of employers have found content online that has caused them to reprimand or fire ...

Hotel owners fight against Marriott's Starwood merger
Thursday, 12th May 2016
First it was Chinese Anbang Insurance and now Marriott International's acquisition of Starwood Hotels & Resorts is challenged by some owners of hotels who say the merger would violate exclusivity agreements...

IHG Club Members receive exclusive rates by booking direct
Wednesday, 4th May 2016
InterContinental Hotels Group announces the global roll out of Your Rate by IHG® Rewards Club, an exclusive rate offered to IHG Rewards Club members when they book direct...

Sustainable Travel in 2016: What does sustainable travel mean to consumers today?
Tuesday, 3rd May 2016
Findings from a global Sustainable Travel Report, identifies what the term 'sustainable travel' means to consumers, how sustainable accommodations are viewed, and what the future holds for eco-conscious travelers...

Google will soon launch a new app that aims to serve as your new travel assistant
Friday, 29th April 2016
An email went out to those at Level 2 or above in Google’s Local Guides program with an offer to answer a few survey questions in exchange for a shot at a demo version of the app for Android and iPhone...

HNA Tourism Group acquires Carlson Hotels from Carlson Hospitality Group
Thursday, 28th April 2016
The combination of HNA Tourism Group and Carlson Hotels to have robust presence in international hospitality, with increased ability to accelerate growth, expand key brands, and strengthen its best-in-class hospitality experience for its gu...


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