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UK chain hotels market review
25-Oct-2014 :: Whilst London’s hotel profitability showed positive year-on-year movements in the month of September, the UK provinces put the capital’s performance in shade with gross operating profit per available room (GOPPAR) showing a doub...
Korea Tourism launches 'Imagine Your Korea'
25-Oct-2014 :: The Korea Tourism Organisation is launching the country’s new tourism brand in partnership with the WTM Buyers’ Club at World Travel Market – the leading global event for the travel industry...
Rapid intensification of Brazilian beef production to continue
25-Oct-2014 :: In response to rising global beef demand, Brazil is set to step up the rapid intensification of its beef production sector over the next ten years, enabling the industry to expand into higher-value export markets...
Shangri-La signs MOU for its first hotel in Phnom Penh, Cambodia
24-Oct-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...
Marriott’s #PictureYourselfHere campaign takes job seekers behind-the-scenes
24-Oct-2014 :: Marriott International announced innovations to its careers sites and job search process as it aims to engage jobseekers worldwide through its new #PictureYourselfHere campaign;...
Global trends report predicts future travel trends
24-Oct-2014 :: Euromonitor International has accurately predicted global travel trends in partnership with World Travel Market (WTM) for nine years...
Zagat: The NYC dining scene thrives, reaching pre-recession levels
24-Oct-2014 :: The votes are in! Zagat reveals the results of its 2015 New York City Restaurants survey covering more than 2,139 restaurants as voted on by 30,592 avid diners; Ratings and reviews are available on Zagat...
76% of travelers were willing to pay more for a hotel with higher review scores
24-Oct-2014 :: A study to understand the link between reviews and hotel conversion rates and pricing and conducted and is the first of its kind using simulated booking engines and heat mapping technology to determine consumers’ hotel choic...
Meliá continues to grow in the Middle East and Asia-Pacific
24-Oct-2014 :: In a productive trip, during which he met with partners and with new investors, the Vice Chairman & CEO of Meliá announced the signature of two luxury hotels in the Qatari capital and the top new destination in south east Asia...
News from around the EMEA region, Oct 24
24-Oct-2014 :: Hotel, industry and travel news from around Europe, Middle East & Africa; this week: NH Hoteles sells stake in Sotogrande, Q3 good for Accor's revenue, Dalata expands in Ireland and more...
Rosewood Beijing opens today
23-Oct-2014 :: Rosewood Beijing opens today, the first Rosewood Hotels & Resorts China property, signaling the presence of the Rosewood Hotels & Resorts® ultra-luxury brand in Asia; ...
Onyx Payments acquires Worldwide Payment Systems
23-Oct-2014 :: Onyx Payments, the largest payment processor for hotels and travel distributors, announced that it has acquired the Spain-based Worldwide Payment Services (WPS), a leading provider of international payment processing; Companies join fo...
Restaurant customers are ready to use payment technology
23-Oct-2014 :: As the US restaurant industry gradually rolls out guest-operated payment technology, a Cornell study finds that restaurant guests are enthusiastically ready to use smartphones and table-top tablets to pay their bill...
ORM Meets CRM: Hotels use reviews to personalize the guest experience
23-Oct-2014 :: They seem so long ago, those days when hotels were wary of online travel reviews, largely feeling they would be open to unjust public criticism...
Hilton Nay Pyi Taw opens as the first of six properties in the Myanmar pipeline
23-Oct-2014 :: Hilton Worldwide made its debut in Myanmar with the opening of Hilton Nay Pyi Taw, in the country's capital city;...
Pan Pacific extends China footprint with the opening of Tianjin
23-Oct-2014 :: The group has announced the opening of the 319-unit Pan Pacific Tianjin in China and with five 'Pan Pacific' properties in Xiamen, Suzhou, Ningbo and Tianjin, China is now the largest operating market for the Group outside of its Singapore ...
US encouraged to invest heavily in Travel & Tourism infrastructure or lose out
23-Oct-2014 :: Weaknesses in the current state of Travel & Tourism infrastructure in the US pose a threat to Travel & Tourism growth in the country and could cost the US in terms of jobs and a reduced contribution to the economy...
Recommended Books and Reading
23-Oct-2014 :: We recommend the following books for self-improvement and your reading pleasure...
HotelTonight customers are offered Apple Pay, who's next?
22-Oct-2014 :: Mobile-only hotel booking app offers a new simple, secure and private way to pay for stays; book and pay for a hotel room with just 3 taps and the touch of a finger...
HelloTel App introduces a new way for hotel guests to connect and engage
22-Oct-2014 :: HelloTel App allows hotel guests to 'check-in' and connect directly with fellow travelers who are staying at the same or nearby resort or hotel; ...
News from around the Asia Pacific region, Oct 22
22-Oct-2014 :: Hotel industry and travel news from around the Asia Pacific region; this week: Thai tourism sees upswing, IHG signs first Indigo for Singapore, Wyndham signs 10 in India and more...
New IATA passenger forecast reveals fast-growing markets of the future
22-Oct-2014 :: The IATA released its first 20-year passenger growth forecast, projecting that passenger numbers are expected to reach 7...
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Hilton celebrates the 50th property opening in Greater China
Sunday, 26th October 2014
Hilton Worldwide announced the opening of Hilton Changzhou, its 50th property opening in Greater China;...

Shangri-La’s first resort in China on Hainan Island
Sunday, 26th October 2014
Guests of all ages checking into the newest resort in Haitang Bay – Shangri-La's Sanya Resort and Spa, Hainan – will discover a paradise dedicated to play;...

Courtyard by Marriott opens 10th hotel in Mexico
Sunday, 26th October 2014
The new hotel features the brand’s signature Refreshing Business lobby environment, where guests can enjoy an open and flexible space with media pods, Wi-Fi and a variety of seating zones;...
 The Month's Most Read News
ITB Berlin 2015 Marketing Programs
Monday, 29th September 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
Tuesday, 21st October 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...

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...

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...

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;...


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