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Asia Pacific to account for 40% of Global Business Travel spend in 2014
31-Oct-2014 :: This is according to the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA), which released latest figures from its Business Travel Index (BTI) outlook report at ITB Asia 2014, ‘the Trade Show for the Asian Travel Market’...
Kempinski Hotels announces retirement of President & CEO, Reto Wittwer
31-Oct-2014 :: As part of Kempinski Hotels’ long-term succession planning, the group today announces that Reto Wittwer, President and CEO since 1995, has retired from this role yesterday, and has handed over to his successor, Alejandro Bernabé...
Park Hotel Group signs two new management contracts in Southeast Asia
31-Oct-2014 :: The Group announced that it has been appointed to manage a beachfront resort in Khao Lak, Thailand and a hilltop resort in Bali, Indonesia...
Marriott reaches 700,000 rooms worldwide
31-Oct-2014 :: Marriott International reported third quarter 2014 results and net income totaled $192 million, a 20 percent increase over third quarter 2013 net income, while the development pipeline grew to nearly 225,000 rooms, approximately 40 per...
TripAdvisor launches more personalized hotel recommendations
31-Oct-2014 :: New 'Just for You' feature makes travel planning more personally customized as the feature that provides more personalized hotel recommendations to TripAdvisor users based on their individual preferences and travel research on the site...
First UNWTO Conference on Accessible Tourism in Europe: accessibility in heritage cities
31-Oct-2014 :: To promote the importance of universal accessibility in tourism, UNWTO and the Government of the Republic of San Marino will jointly organize the First UNWTO Conference on Accessible Tourism in Europe...
Accor offers to transfer management of its Central European operations to Orbis
31-Oct-2014 :: As part of the process to reorganize its Central and Eastern European operations, Accor submitted an offer to Orbis, a public company listed in Warsaw and 52...
Kempinski to take over management of resort hotel in Berchtesgaden
31-Oct-2014 :: Kempinski Hotels expands its presence in Germany while enhancing its alpine resort portfolio;...
Recommended Books and Reading
31-Oct-2014 :: We recommend the following industry related books for self-improvement and your reading pleasure...
SPG Members can live the Formula One experience with unparalleled access
30-Oct-2014 :: Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) announced a two-year extension of its partnership with the MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS Formula One Team...
European chain hotels market review
30-Oct-2014 :: Athens and Hamburg are the winners of the month: Both cities were amongst the best performing markets in Europe in September, achieving impressive year-on-year increases in gross operating profit per available room (GOPPAR) by 71...
UNWTO commends Greece on strong tourism results and high political support to the tourism sector
30-Oct-2014 :: The number of international tourists visiting Greece in the first half of 2014 grew by 17%, driven by the strong demand from key European outbound markets such as Germany and the United Kingdom...
LightBlue tackles the food waste issue in the hotel industry
30-Oct-2014 :: Have you ever realized that many people in modern urban settings perceive food as something that can be easily disposed of, as long as it has been paid for? ...
Tianjin Eco-city: China's blueprint for urban development in Asia
30-Oct-2014 :: Is building a city from scratch a solution to Asia’s expanding population or a costly experiment?...
Alibaba Group makes its move into the hot online travel arena with new 'Alitrip"
29-Oct-2014 :: Alibaba Group announced that its online travel business, Taobao Travel will become an independent business and brand named 'Alitrip' and like Taobao Marketplace, Tmall and Juhuasuan, Alitrip will be another marketplace platform under Alibab...
News from around the Asia Pacific region, Oct 29
29-Oct-2014 :: Hotel industry and travel news from around the Asia Pacific region; this week: Travel trends of Singaporeans, Bespoke and Louvre Group partner, Laos starts cruising and more...
Flight profit metrics - Decision making
29-Oct-2014 :: Generally, the profitability of a particular flight as calculated above is not useful for decision making unless combined with other flights: flights may be unprofitable in one direction and make up for the loss on the return flight...
Grace Hotels announces opening of Grace Panama
29-Oct-2014 :: Occupying the ground floor and six upper floors of the new, yet already iconic, ‘Twist Tower’ in the Obarrio District, Grace Panama is a contemporary urban boutique hotel which promises a stylish new addition to the city&rs...
Sri Lanka's untapped potential
29-Oct-2014 :: Sri Lanka continues to witness tremen​dous growth: Visitor arrivals have almost tripled over the last decade and more international hospitality brands appearing in the capital, Colombo; ...
Best Western announces Vib – A new urban boutique hotel concept, plus one more
29-Oct-2014 :: Best Western International is launching two major new hotel development offerings – a stylish new hotel concept and a soft brand – both designed to meet growing demand for new hotel offerings in urban and primary markets...
ITB Berlin 2015 Marketing Programs
29-Oct-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...
IHG plans rolling out IHG Green Engage programme across global estate
28-Oct-2014 :: IHG has announced that from 1st January 2015, its flagship IHG Green Engagetm programme will be rolled out across the company’s global estate of over 4,700 hotels...
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IHG opens of the world's tallest Holiday Inn
Saturday, 1st November 2014
IHG and Crescent Hotels & Resorts announced the opening of the new 492-room Holiday Inn® Manhattan-Financial District hotel located in the heart of New York City’s downtown business center...

HeBS Digital Sets a New Standard for Destination-Based Multi-Property Sites with the Launch of Red Lion Hotels’ Brand Website
Saturday, 1st November 2014
HeBS Digital announces the launch of the new Red Lion Hotels’ multi-property, destination-based brand website: www...

Hilton Worldwide signs MA for Hilton brand development in Santa Marta, Colombia
Saturday, 1st November 2014
Scheduled to open in 2017, this new Hilton Santa Marta hotel represents the company's 14th hotel project in Colombia including its portfolio of seven existing operating hotels and seven currently under development...
 The Month's Most Read News
How mobile technology can transform a travellers' experience
Friday, 3rd October 2014
HSMAI’s 10th Annual AsiaConnect Conference was held in Singapore on September 3, 2014...

Shangri-La rebrands Traders Hotel Hong Kong as Hotel Jen, 3rd property under the new brand
Friday, 10th October 2014
Rebranded as Hotel Jen Hong Kong, the former Traders Hotel Hong Kong introduces the revolutionary Hotel 'Jen' hospitality concept to the city, catering to a new 'Jeneration' of independently-minded business and leisure travellers...

Hotel manager 'fights' guests over review 'threat'
Monday, 13th October 2014
A hotel manager at a Dublin property has launched a scathing attack on guests who he believes were threatening to post negative reviews in response to minor problems...

How multi-speed economic growth in Asia Pacific is impacting the retail sector
Wednesday, 8th October 2014
The Asia Pacific region currently accounts for about one-third of the world economy and this is set to rise with forecast growth nearly twice as fast as the rest of the world from now till 2018;...

Shangri-La signs MOU for its first hotel in Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Friday, 24th October 2014
Shangri-La International Hotel Management and Oxley Gem Cambodia have signed a Memorandum of Understanding in relation to the management and operation of the first Shangri-La hotel in Phnom Penh, Cambodia...

Singapore Airlines and Air New Zealand alliance to launch on 6 January
Sunday, 5th October 2014
Singapore Airlines and Air New Zealand have confirmed 6 January 2015 as the launch date for their alliance, with codeshare flights going on sale on both airlines’ services between Singapore and New Zealand on 25 September...


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