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Explainer: Why Chinese people give red envelopes
23-Jan-2017 :: Happy Chinese New Year, folks! It's that time of year again, when red envelopes — also known as 红包 (hongbao), 'red packets' or even 'lucky money' — holding a monetary value are given to and received from friends an...
Shiji announces the acquisition of ReviewPro
23-Jan-2017 :: Shiji announced the acquisition of a majority stake in ReviewPro, the leading cloud-based data and analytics provider of Guest Intelligence solutions for hotels, the investment was made by Shiji (Hong Kong) Limited, a wholly-owned subsidiar...
How politics impact the DC Hotel market
22-Jan-2017 :: Elections, inaugurations and changing political party administrations - The Impact on the Washington, DC lodging market: RevPAR outperforms when one party controls all three branches of government...
Renaissance Hotels arrives in Lagos
22-Jan-2017 :: Renaissance Hotels has announced the opening of its first hotel in Sub-Saharan Africa — the Renaissance Lagos Ikeja Hotel...
One in three rentals now in urban destinations
21-Jan-2017 :: Over the past decade, private accommodation has undergone a period of unprecedented innovation and change, not long ago, rentals were synonymous with week-long vacations to beach or mountain destinations and traditional vacation rental was ...
Hyatt's acquisition of Miraval is more than incremental
20-Jan-2017 :: The acquisition of Miraval by Hyatt Hotels has the potential to mark a 'tipping point' for both the destination spa sector and the ever-expanding definition of hospitality brands, and the press release announcing the acquisition quotes seve...
Unveiled: The latest hotel under Dorsett Hospitality International in Hong Kong
20-Jan-2017 :: Dorsett Hospitality International is delighted to announce the soft opening of Silka Tsuen Wan – a value-led hotel brand under the group’s property portfolio on 16 January 2017...
W Hotels to 'Make an Entrance' into Hungary with W Budapest
20-Jan-2017 :: W Hotels Worldwide announced an agreement with QPR Properties Kft, part of Constellation Hotels Holding Ltd, to debut the iconic W Hotels brand in Hungary with the opening of W Budapest, ideally located on Andrassy Avenue (a UNESCO World He...
2016 – A year of mega deals
20-Jan-2017 :: Asia Pacific’s regional commercial real estate transactions held up remarkably well during the final quarter of 2016, despite market volatility following Brexit and US election results...
4 Chinese airlines listed among the worst in the world
20-Jan-2017 :: Aviation insights company FlightStats recently released its annual list of the best and worst performing international airlines, and it's not looking good for China...
Hoshino Resorts opens its first hotel abroad
20-Jan-2017 :: Japanese hotel management company, Hoshino Resorts is opening its first HOSHINOYA brand hotel abroad in Bali, the Republic of Indonesia on January 20th, 2017...
Battling over the Millennials are the international lodging groups neglecting their most loyal customers – the Baby Boomers
19-Jan-2017 :: Exclusive Views: Over the last few years, we face a major shift by global lodging brands towards what we commonly refer to as the 'Millennial Generations' and faced with growing alternative lodging offerings from the 'Sharing Economy', Host...
TripAdvisor announces additions to its subscription products for businesses
19-Jan-2017 :: Developed to reflect the specific needs of accommodation and restaurant businesses, these new products allow subscribers to access industry-leading tools to help them capitalize on all the ways TripAdvisor drives value for their busine...
Mövenpick announces fifth hotel in Vietnam
19-Jan-2017 :: Swiss Hotel Management Company adds new property in Quảng Bình as it continues to grow clusters of hotels across Southeast Asia...
Guest profile matters to maximze hotel bookings
19-Jan-2017 :: In a recently published paper, the researchers show that with knowledge of which customers prefer what channels, hotels can do more to maximise bookings through each channel...
In-Flight Turbulence: Study shows seat-kicking edges bad parenting as most aggravating behavior
18-Jan-2017 :: In particular, Airplane Etiquette identifies passenger behaviors that most infuriate fellow travelers: Out of all behaviors, including boozing, excessive chatting, undressing and inattentive parenting, one earns the most fury: rear-seat kic...
Tourism erupts in Iceland prompting growth in hotel supply and expansion of sharing economy
18-Jan-2017 :: Tourism in Iceland has experienced unprecedented growth since 2010 resulting in a healthy rise in occupancy levels amongst the country’s hotel supply and prompting alternative accommodation to flourish, according to a new report from ...
Sustained growth in international tourism despite challenges
18-Jan-2017 :: Demand for international tourism remained robust in 2016 despite challenges...
UK Chain Hotels Market Review: Profit continues to slide at North East hotels
18-Jan-2017 :: Hotels in the North East recorded a 5.3% decline in profit per room this month, which was the eighth month of profit decline in the region in 2016, according to the latest data from HotStats....
After the rain – Samui gets back to business
18-Jan-2017 :: The resort island of Samui and much of Southern Thailand has received a torrential amount of rain over the past week and photos of flooding have gone viral on a global basis...
News from around the EMEA region, January 17
17-Jan-2017 :: Hotel industry and travel news from around the Europe, Middle East & African region: KHC sells Mövenpick Hotel Ambassador Accra, Curio makes its Middle Eastern debut, Radisson Blu expands in Saudi Arabia & Sofite...
World travel trends report 2016 /17
17-Jan-2017 :: Worldwide trends in outbound and inbound travel as well as important current topics affecting the travel and tourism sector were once again in focus at this year’s World Travel Monitor® Forum...
Mövenpick has opened in the Sri Lankan capital
17-Jan-2017 :: The 24-floor Mövenpick Hotel Colombo is the first international five-star property to open in the city in 25 years, a milestone that reflects the country’s new-found energy and optimism...
Schroeder steps down as Pan Pacific CEO
16-Jan-2017 :: Bernold Schroeder has resigned as CEO of Pan Pacific Hotels Group, the move is effective from the beginning of January and the company has said a new Chief Executive will be named soon...
Just 8 men own same wealth as half the world
16-Jan-2017 :: Eight men own the same wealth as the 3.6 billion people who make up the poorest half of humanity, according to a new report published by Oxfam to mark the annual meeting of political and business leaders in Davos....
Rosewood reveals new global wellness concept
16-Jan-2017 :: Rosewood Hotels & Resorts revealed Asaya, an innovative, integrative wellness concept firmly rooted in the belief in both self-acceptance and self-discovery; The Asaya experience fuses alternative therapies, lifestyle and nutrition coac...
Mobile fuels online dominance in Europe
16-Jan-2017 :: Brexit, Trump, Terror: Amidst all the remarkable headlines, here's one nugget you might have missed last year: 2016 was the last year in which offline transactions accounted for a majority of European travel bookings...
ITB Berlin 2017 Marketing Programs
16-Jan-2017 :: 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...
Panasonic demonstrates the Autonomous Delivery Robot at Narita Airport and Hotel
15-Jan-2017 :: Panasonic Corporation will begin its demonstration experiments with the Autonomous Delivery Robot, 'HOSPI(R),' from mid-January 2017 in cooperation with the Narita International Airport Corporation and the ANA Crowne Plaza Narita...
PATA inks MoU with South Pacific Tourism Organisation
15-Jan-2017 :: The PATA has signed a landmark agreement with the South Pacific Tourism Organisation (SPTO) that is designed to enhance the promotion and development of sustainable tourism across a broad range of Pacific island destinations...
Featured Product: DigiJames, The Ultimate In-Room Tablet
15-Jan-2017 :: 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...
Louvre Hotels becomes one of the largest hotel groups in India
14-Jan-2017 :: Louvre Hotels Group, 2nd largest hotel group in Europe, announces its acquisition of a majority stake in Sarovar Hotels, the largest independent Indian hotel chain in terms of hotels and presence...
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Turkish Competition Authority fines Booking com TL2 5million
Monday, 23rd January 2017
A spate of rulings in Germany, Italy and France early last year and a great deal of conversation in other countries like England and Switzerland bubbled in our newsfeeds for much of last year, but it’s been a while since we’ve s...

Hurun Chinese Luxury Consumer Survey 2017
Monday, 23rd January 2017
90% of Chinese millionaires are confident in China’s economic development, emigration numbers down to lowest in 5 years, appetite for luxury up 20%...

Ascott signs anopther 6 in China
Monday, 23rd January 2017
The Ascott Limited, races ahead by securing contracts to manage six properties with more than 1,200 apartment units in China, on the back of record growth last year...
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PMS and Reservation engines for boutique and independent
Sunday, 25th December 2016
The Unplugged Collection is the Property Management System (PMS) and Reservation engine of choice for independent hotels, Villas and boutique chains...

MUJI’s first hotel to open in Shenzhen, China
Wednesday, 4th January 2017
Japanese retail company, MUJI, recently announced its first global ‘three in one project’, integrating retail store, restaurant and hotel, to be established within Upperhills – an urban complex includin...

Another strong year for airline profits in 2017
Saturday, 7th January 2017
The IATA announced that it expects the global airline industry to make a net profit in 2017 of $29...

The customer experience revisited
Monday, 9th January 2017
As we have talked about on numerous occasions, positive Experiences are the key to organizational success; Now, from McKinsey & Co comes a CEO Guide to help executives know how they may gain their competitive advantages by creating exce...

Andaz brand continues expansion with three new locations
Sunday, 1st January 2017
Hyatt Hotels Corporation announced the official opening of Andaz Mayakoba Resort Riviera Maya, marking the first Mexican location for the Andaz brand, and the anticipated openings of Andaz Scottsdale Resort & Spa and ...

Ten years on, the numbers add up for SiteMinder
Friday, 30th December 2016
Ten years ago SiteMinder co-founders Mike Ford and Mike Rogers saw a problem – and an opportunity: product distribution was a nightmare at a Sydney hostel Mike Ford part-owned, managing online travel agent bookings was slow, clumsy, l...


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