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AMEX Business Travel Forecast 2015: Economic climates to drive price changes in 2015
24-Nov-2014 :: The American Express Global Business Travel Forecast 2015, predicts air, hotel and ground transportation prices to be neutral to slightly higher across all regions in 2015;...
Ascott opens first property in Busan and its largest property globally
24-Nov-2014 :: Ascott has secured a contract to manage its first Citadines Apart’hotel in South Korea;...
Hyatt plans a Park Hyatt Hotel in Auckland, expected to open in 2017
23-Nov-2014 :: Hyatt Hotels & Resorts announced that a Hyatt affiliate has entered into a management agreement with Fu Wah New Zealand for a Park Hyatt hotel in Auckland, New Zealand; Expected to open in 2017, Park Hyatt Auckland will m...
Data Quality research shows loyalty programs are plagued by bad data
23-Nov-2014 :: Improving data collection is the top strategic priority for loyalty programs as they look to increase engagement and customer revenue...
Hostel sector set to thrive as demand grows for low cost beds
22-Nov-2014 :: The hostel and limited service hotel sector is becoming one of the most dynamic hospitality investment sectors, with its adaptability and cost effectiveness along with intense competition from both group and independent operators contributi...
IHG grows the Holiday Inn Brand in New York City
22-Nov-2014 :: InterContinental Hotels Group has opened the Holiday Inn® Staten Island hotel and with over 50 IHG-branded hotels open in the New York metropolitan area and nearly 15 additional hotels in the pipeline, this five-story, 105-roo...
Apparently Amazon is planning to launch a travel service in January
21-Nov-2014 :: According to a report released Thursday, Amazon will attempt to break into the travel category in January, starting with offering booking for independent hotels and resorts...
Agoda announces winners of the 2014 Gold Circle Awards
21-Nov-2014 :: Agoda.com has announced the winners of its prestigious 2014 Gold Circle Awards, given to accommodations around the world that embody the best qualities of the online hospitality industry....
Budget hotel boom, sustainable structural change in Germans's hotel market
21-Nov-2014 :: Germany has to catch up with Budget Hotels: successful concepts such as Motel One and Holiday Inn Express reinforce the profound structural change of the hotel market...
Expedia to begin selling airline branded fares in 2015
21-Nov-2014 :: Expedia® has partnered with Amadeus and will begin offering customers the ability to search for and purchase branded fares from select airlines in 2015...
AC Hotels by Marriott opens in Spain and Turkey, under construction in Israel
21-Nov-2014 :: Marriott continues to expand its AC Hotels by Marriott brand, with three new properties in Valencia, Spain; Istanbul, Turkey; and Tel Aviv, Israel, bringing the total to 80 opened or signed hotels in Europe...
Passenger processing and security top IT investment priorities at world’s airports
21-Nov-2014 :: Improving passenger processes at the airport is the number one information technology investment priority of airports around the world and nearly half (47%) rank passenger and airport security as their top priority...
Four Seasons plans to open five properties in 2015
20-Nov-2014 :: Five new Four Seasons hotels and resorts are getting ready to transition from breaking ground to cutting ribbon - and welcoming guests in 2015, with far-flung locations, historic connections and awe-inspiring architecture, these new ba...
Accor is developing six newly-built hotels in Myanmar
20-Nov-2014 :: Accor recently announced the partnership with Myat Min Company to develop three newly-built hotels in Myanmar...
The Artisan DC Hotel, Bogota: Colombia's first hotel to join the Autograph Collection
20-Nov-2014 :: The Artisan DC Hotel is the first to become a part of Marriott International’s Autograph Collection in Colombia, and the second in Latin America after the Hotel & Spa do Vinho located in the southern wine country of Brazil...
News from around the EMEA region, Nov 20
20-Nov-2014 :: Hotel, industry and travel news from around Europe, Middle East & Africa; this week: Rocco Forte secures a million investment lifeline, Viceroy enters Europe, Hilton opens third in Belgium and more...
Hilton and Marriott first to implement cancellations penalties
19-Nov-2014 :: A practice which has been in place for years in the airlines industry, the two chains are taking a lesson and are going to implement a fee for last-minute reservation cancellations...
Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts turns 30 in China
19-Nov-2014 :: In celebration of 30 years of Shangri-La hospitality in China, Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts is launching a once-in-30-years flash sale offering 30 per cent off  Best Available Rate at all 41 of its mainland China hotels...
Turbulent times for the Russian travel market
19-Nov-2014 :: ITB World Travel Trends Report: Russian travel market remains stable despite crises – positive forecasts for the coming year - ...
Simple guide to airlines' ski baggage charges
19-Nov-2014 :: With the ski season almost upon us we've created a straightforward guide to the cost of bringing ski equipment on flights to the slopes -  Our guide to airline ski fees aims to provide clarity for your ski trip this winter, highli...
Travel agents complain about Marriott's free wifi as 'discriminating'
19-Nov-2014 :: In a statement to its members on Wednesday, the American Society of Travel Agents (ASTA) announced that it had expressed concerns to Marriott International HQ about the new policy...
Shangri-La opens its 88th hotel
19-Nov-2014 :: Shangri-La Hotel, Nanjing, the 88th addition to Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts, has opened in the centre of vibrant Gulou District of Nanjing city;...
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How Hong Kong is attracting millennial travellers - Interview with Lothar Nessmann, COO of Hotel Jen
Monday, 24th November 2014
Has Hong Kong lost its appeal as a mainstay among Chinese travellers? It's a question the hospitality industry is confronting head-on as China's tourism trends change; ...

Kempinski enters Malaysian hotel market
Monday, 24th November 2014
Kempinski Hotels announces the signing of multi-use property development '8 Conlay' with KSK Land in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia...

Brand USA - Return on investment: 47:1
Monday, 24th November 2014
The work of Brand USA has already resulted in the creation of thousands of new jobs in the USA - with a massive return on investment...
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ITB Berlin 2015 Marketing Programs
Wednesday, 29th October 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...

Recommended Book: Project Management of Hotel Opening Processes
Thursday, 6th November 2014
Project Management of Hotel Opening Processes: Exploring better ways to manage new hotel openings Paperback -  The Chinese hotel industry has started the steepest new hotel development curve the world has ever experienced...

Industry Books and Readings
Tuesday, 18th November 2014
We recommend the following industry related books for self-improvement and your reading pleasure...

Global study reveals key marketing trends and predictions for 2014 holiday season
Sunday, 16th November 2014
Paid Facebook ads will rival organic Twitter and YouTube campaigns; email will be the hub of 2014 holiday marketing campaigns...

Majority take hotel toiletries during stay
Monday, 17th November 2014
Hotel guests can officially stop feeling guilty for taking the last of the mini toiletries from their guest rooms - actually, everyone's doing it;...

Sabre developing travel services for emerging wearable technology,
Monday, 17th November 2014
Hot on the heels of showcasing its Google Glass prototype flight finder app at World Travel Market in London, global travel technology company Sabre has announced the next step in developing travel services that work across a numb...


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