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World's first all-suite business class introduced in Delta One
26-Aug-2016 :: Lay back, relax and enjoy the flight in the comfort, privacy and exclusivity of your own suite; Delta Air Lines is redefining international business class travel with the introduction of the Delta One suite, the first business class cabin t...
Tourism in Thailand likely to take a hit in the short term
26-Aug-2016 :: The bomb attacks in seven southern provinces last week are likely to have serious repercussions on the tourism industry in Thailand, at least in the short term...
Oakwood Asia Pacific establishes presence in Vietnam
26-Aug-2016 :: Oakwood Asia Pacific announced its entry into Vietnam with the opening of Oakwood Apartments Ho Chi Minh City slated for the last quarter of the year...
IHG announces global partnership with Alipay
25-Aug-2016 :: The partnership makes IHG the first global hotel company to give Chinese guests the ability to pay via Alipay through all of IHG’s online and mobile channels, as well as across its full estate of hotels globally...
Chinese carriers gear up for diversified needs of global digital platforms
25-Aug-2016 :: Be it for an e-commerce platform or supporting different phases of a journey via their digital assets, Chinese airlines are looking at refining their respective sites and apps, they are focusing on expanding their presence globally, an...
Shangri-La International Festival of Gastronomy returns bigger and brighter
25-Aug-2016 :: The acclaimed Shangri-La International Festival of Gastronomy will return for a second year with an illustrious line-up of celebrated chefs at 11 Shangri-La hotels from 25 October to 1 November 2016, the 12 chefs – three of ...
Curio teams up with Gavin DeGraw to create 'Insider' city guides
25-Aug-2016 :: Curio - A Collection by Hilton and multi-platinum selling, Grammy-nominated recording artist Gavin DeGraw announce a new partnership that will help travelers get the inside scoop to experience select cities like a local as part of...
Greater Miami and the beaches Zika advisory updates
24-Aug-2016 :: The safety and well-being of the 2.7 million residents and 15.5 million visitors to Greater Miami and the Beaches is a top priority for the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau (GMCVB) and all our community and travel and tourism ...
Report: Is Marriott losing interest and hoping to back out of Starwood merger
24-Aug-2016 :: Mergers frequently don’t work, failing to generate anticipated synergies, the winner in any merger is usually the one willing to pay the most, and that frequently means overpaying and this is known as the winner’s curse...
Conrad unveils luxury in China's Fujian province with opening in Xiamen
24-Aug-2016 :: Conrad Hotels & Resorts announced the opening of Conrad Xiamen, on the southwestern coast of Xiamen Island, owned by Shimao Group and managed by Hilton, Conrad Xiamen is the first Conrad hotel in Fujian province, the sixth in China...
Meliá announces the opening of Meliá Makassar and Meliá Yangon
24-Aug-2016 :: In line with Meliá Hotels International’s expansion strategy in the Asia Pacific region, the company has recently announced the opening of the Meliá Yangon in Myanmar and the Meliá Makassar in Indonesia...
Business platform for unique and independent hotels, including cloud-based PMS
24-Aug-2016 :: The Unplugged Collection is the multi-functional hotel business platform (Including PMS) and booking engine of choice for unique & independent hotels, Villas and lifestyle venues...
Visa alert and update on the Oracle breach
23-Aug-2016 :: Credit card industry giant Visa on Friday issued a security alert warning companies using point-of-sale devices made by Oracle‘s MICROS retail unit to double-check the machines for malicious software or u...
Wynn Palace now open in Cotai, Macau
23-Aug-2016 :: The USD4.2 billion resort will help launch a new era of prosperity for Macau and attracting more international tourists to the city....
Rolls-Royce Dawn recognised by Robb Report as 'Best Of The Best'
23-Aug-2016 :: Rolls-Royce Motor Cars accepted the Best of Best Award for the new Dawn from Robb Report, one of the premier luxury media titles in the world...
Europe's first ferris wheel over sea opened in Scheveningen
23-Aug-2016 :: The Ferris wheel on The Pier has started turning and with this, The Hague gains a tourist attraction: Europe's first Ferris wheel constructed over sea...
News from around the EMEA region, August 23
23-Aug-2016 :: Hotel industry and travel news from around the Europe, Middle East & African region: IHG signs Holiday Inn Gdansk City Centre, number three in Amsterdam for easyHotel, Kempinski Residence opens in Dubai’s Busin...
The world's next major gaming resort is in the middle of the Pacific Ocean
23-Aug-2016 :: Saipan is the western most territory of the United States, capital of the Northern Mariana Commonwealth, and the closest US outpost to Japan, China, Korea, and Southeast Asia, the island is a unique tropical isle, with s...
ITB Berlin 2017 Marketing Programs
23-Aug-2016 :: 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...
Eating like a local just got easier with the launch of new app
22-Aug-2016 :: Touching down in the UK last year, Europe’s largest social dining platform VizEat can be accessed through desktop or on-the-go, with a free iOS app, travellers and residents alike can use the application to discover and share authenti...
Starwood enters Armenia
22-Aug-2016 :: Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide announced that it will enter Armenia with the opening of The Alexander, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Yerevan, the unique hotel is scheduled to open in summer 2017, underscoring Starw...
Vietnam is well-placed to become the southeast Asian leader in 'Affordable Hospitality'
22-Aug-2016 :: They spent 10 years fighting the Americans, 100 years in a fracas with the French, and 1,000 years defending themselves from the various invasions, incursions and cultural assimilations at the hands of giant neighbour China...
Rapid rebounds thing of the past, warns IATA
22-Aug-2016 :: Evidence is amassing that repeated terrorism attacks may have have long lasting impact on global travel as airline demand begins to ease after months of global turmoil, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) has warned...
Possible Bali alcohol ban would play havoc with surging Aussie visit numbers – Up 500% in ten years
21-Aug-2016 :: What's Bali without a Bintang, the holiday island's favourite beer? ...
'Airbnb of China' - Tujia sets a new record and sees an increasing number of Chinese users
21-Aug-2016 :: Tujia announced that its orders set a new record, with single-day orders exceeding 56,000 room nights, it was the first time for Tujia to disclose its single-day order data, and such data constitutes the highest single-day transactions reco...
MGM Resorts International to increase its stake in MGM China
20-Aug-2016 :: MGM Resorts International announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire 188,100,000 ordinary shares of its subsidiary MGM China Holdings Limited, from Grand Paradise Macau, a an entity controlled by Pansy Ho, Ms ...
Global business jet market: 2016 - 2025
20-Aug-2016 :: The Global Business Jet market continues to face & brave a challenging, complex & uncertain global macroeconomic environment marked by ongoing political instability, conflict & war operations across some parts of the world, a gr...
TripAdvisor struggles to convert visits into bookings – Consumers spending less on site
19-Aug-2016 :: TripAdvisor may be the world's most popular travel website at 350m unique visitors a month – but the actual business is going through a rough patch with net income for the first six months of 2016 almost half what it was in 2015: US$6...
Infectious disease expert urges travelers to put risk of Zika in perspective
19-Aug-2016 :: Virus is a concern for pregnant women and those planning to conceive, but rest of the population has little to fear when travelling...
Oakwood Asia Pacific strategic expansion and bullish growth plans
19-Aug-2016 :: Oakwood Asia Pacific shared their plans for aggressive growth and strategic expansion, with aggressive plans to grow Asia’s portfolio by over 40% by 2017...
USALI changes offer new benchmarks
19-Aug-2016 :: Revisions to the USALI are necessary in order to keep up with changes in industry practice, as well as changes in accounting rules and regulations, every ten years or so, the Financial Management Committee (FMC) of the American Hotel & ...
Four key China-related trends shaping Asia Pacific hotel industry
19-Aug-2016 :: Mainland Chinese investors exported over $5 billion into the hotel real estate sector across the globe in 2015, and the country accounted for nearly half of all cross-border investment out of the Asia region and as Chinese investo...
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GCC Hospitality Industry Report
Friday, 26th August 2016
Backed by an active tourism market, the GCC hospitality industry remains firm on its growth trajectory, though drop in oil prices and currency depreciation is currently affecting demand, the sector’s long-term outlook remains strong...

Accor Hotels COO talks M&A
Friday, 26th August 2016
Days before the start of GBTA Convention 2016 AccorHotels completed their acquisition of FRHI Hotels & Resorts, making newly appointed AccorHotels COO Kevin Frid a great person to talk to about one of the industry&rs...

Report: Average booking value of direct nearly double that through third-parties
Friday, 26th August 2016
The average booking value hotels are realising on their direct website is nearly double the value they are receiving from third-party booking channels...
 The Month's Most Read News
2016 Top Luxury Hotel & Brand report released
Monday, 1st August 2016
The findings of the study demonstrate how the hospitality landscape has evolved over the past year, highlighting important trends as well as leading brands and individual hotels that are achieving exceptional levels of guest satisfaction...

The Marriott-Starwood merger is in jeopardy Here's why
Wednesday, 17th August 2016
A decision rendered late last month by China's antitrust regulator seems likely to substantially alter the landscape of China's antitrust laws, now, it appears that China will consider not only market competition nationally, but will look a...

Chinese investment trends in US hotel real estate
Tuesday, 16th August 2016
Investment out of mainland China in US hotel real estate has been on the rise for years, but what’s driving the trend, and how has it affected hotel markets in the US?  The rising trend of Chinese investment in the U...

2015/16 United States Hotel Franchise Fee Guide
Wednesday, 27th July 2016
The selection of an appropriate franchise affiliation affects a property’s ability to compete in its local market, generate profits, and achieve a desirable image and market orientation...

Wellness Tourism Market - 10 69% CAGR to 2020
Monday, 15th August 2016
According to the global wellness tourism market 2016-2020 research report, one of the key drivers for market growth will be the rise in stress on a global level, influenced by many macro and individual factors...

Update: Two bombs explode in Thailand tourism town of Hua Hin
Monday, 15th August 2016
Summary - there’s an increased security presence in cities, tourist areas and transport hubs following explosions and incidents on 11 and 12 August 2016...


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