ITB 2018 Special Reporting
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Airbnb on a path to more than 1 billion annual guests by 2028
Friday, 23rd February 2018
The Roadmap puts Airbnb on a path to more than 1 billion annual guests by 2028; new property types, new tiers, Airbnb Collections and community recognition form key elements of a Roadmap launched today to bring the benefits of local and authentic travel to everyone...
2018 Asia Salary Guide
Friday, 23rd February 2018
The salary and hiring insights in this eleventh edition of our annual Guide are drawn from over 3,000 employers across Asia representing some six million employees...
Why Is the tourism industry ignoring the reality of Myanmar?
Friday, 23rd February 2018
Delicate question this. Should the tourism industry be supporting Myanmar while its regime kills and persecutes the Rohingya people because of their religion?I ask after reading a trade story yesterday headlined 'Myanmar Jubilant as Asia Ar...
Mandarin Oriental to manage luxurious residences in Barcelona
Friday, 23rd February 2018
Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group has announced an agreement to brand and manage 34 luxurious Residences by Mandarin Oriental, Barcelona housed in a 20-storey tower, with a prime location at the intersection of Passeig de Gràcia and Avinguda Diagonal...
How Lufthansa enabled customers to pay in miles, cash, or both
Friday, 23rd February 2018
It may come as a surprise to many, but the more miles airline passengers consume, the better it is for the airline; Whenever miles expire, customers lose their trust in getting the expected value from mileage programs and may question whether the membership is worth it...
Room with a brew: BrewDog announces world’s first 'beer hotel'
Thursday, 22nd February 2018
The DogHouse, as the hotel will be called, is scheduled to welcome guests in the first half of 2019 and the 22-room DogHouse will feature beer taps in the rooms, a built-in shower beer fridge, and rooms will overlook the brewery itself...
What’s driving Airbnb experiences one year later? Foodies, Millennials & Solo Travelers
Thursday, 22nd February 2018
One year ago Airbnb announced Trips, our vision of bringing together where you go, what you do, and who you meet into one people-powered platform and as part of that, we’ve expanded Experiences – local activities crafted and led by lo...
Shining a spotlight on 2017 and key trends for the year ahead
Thursday, 22nd February 2018
2017 was a successful year for our industry: Many airlines have seen more-robust balance sheets, driven by the strong and growing demand for air travel across the globe and as a reference source for key developments in the airline industry...
Priceline announces name change to Booking Holdings Inc
Thursday, 22nd February 2018
The Priceline Group Inc announced that it is changing its name to Booking Holdings Inc, effective February 21st, 2018; booking Holdings stock will begin trading under the new ticker symbol NASDAQ: BKNG on February 27, 2018...
Rotana adds two additional properties to its Dubai portfolio
Thursday, 22nd February 2018
Making a significant addition to the UAE’s tourism and hospitality offering, Rotana has announced the soft opening of two stunning hotels in Dubai, the five-star Al Bandar Rotana, and a fully-furnished serviced apartments, Al Bandar Arjaan by Rotana, at Dubai Creek...
Google updates the travel search experience on mobile
Thursday, 22nd February 2018
Recently, Google launched a new update for its mobile travel platform which combines flight and hotel search into a shared navigation bar and in addition to this most recent update, late last year, Google gave a facelift to the hotel search...
The rise of the first true Ecocity (ad)
Wednesday, 21st February 2018
A green project that is economically viable while creating an eco city with zero carbon environment...
General Data Protection Regulation takes effect soon: Hotels be ready
Wednesday, 21st February 2018
The EU General Data Protection Regulation is coming, it will take effect from 25 May 2018 and hotels need to create a plan to be ready for it; Start your hotel’s GDPR preparation now, and get your data in order...
Singapore tourism sector performance breaks record for the second year running in 2017
Tuesday, 20th February 2018
Tourism receipts rose by 3.9 per cent to S$26.8 billion[1], due primarily to growth in visitor arrivals across all top 10 markets[2] and higher visitor arrivals from high-spending markets such as China, South Korea, United States (US) and U...
Boom or Bust? Where is tourism heading
Tuesday, 20th February 2018
Strong growth for world outbound travel despite natural disasters and terror attacks, an ongoing shift to ‘safe’ destinations, and controversial protests against ‘overtourism’ in various destinations...
2018 European Hotel Lending Survey
Monday, 19th February 2018
The headwinds from geopolitical insecurities have proven surmountable, providing an upswing in confidence among hotel lenders compared to one year ago, suggesting an even more positive momentum in availability of debt across all hotel projects and segment types, including new developments...
Hilton completes dual-brand signing in Heliopolis, Cairo
Monday, 19th February 2018
Hilton continues its growth and development in Egypt, 60 years after first entering the country, with the opening of the Hilton Cairo Heliopolis...
Frasers Hospitality invest S$250 million into Japan portfolio
Sunday, 18th February 2018
Singapore-based Frasers Hospitality has kickstarted the year with a S$250 million investment in Capri by Fraser, Ginza / Japan...
Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi and DiDi to explore car-sharing in China
Saturday, 17th February 2018
Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi announced it has signed a memorandum of understanding with DiDi Chuxing ('DiDi'), the leading Chinese mobile transportation platform, to explore future business cooperation on a new electric vehicle car-sharing program in the People's Republic of China...
Extraordinary results for European Tourism in 2017
Friday, 16th February 2018
Europe welcomed 671 million international tourist arrivals in 2017, an outstanding 8% growth compared to 2016 (+2%)[1], Europe has consolidated, for the eight consecutive year, its position as the leading destination worldwide...
Sign it or you’re out! Aussie hoteliers arc up over OTA contracts
Thursday, 15th February 2018
Online Travel Agents and their rigid, take it or leave contracts are the biggest business concern for Australian hoteliers, a survey of 450 members by the Accommodation Association of Australia has revealed...
Annual gaming top boardrooms report released
Wednesday, 14th February 2018
The gaming industry is one of the most regulated businesses in the world and with a colorful past, the industry has gone to great lengths to earn a reputation as 'squeaky clean', but has that translated to the boardroom and corporate govern...
First urban hotel in Southeast Asia for Rosewood Hotels & Resorts
Tuesday, 13th February 2018
Rosewood Phnom Penh opens today, nestled in the iconic 39-story Vattanac Capital Tower prominently located in the central cultural and business district along Preah Monivong Boulevard...
How malls are becoming part of the neighborhood
Tuesday, 13th February 2018
A new era of shopping centers is upon us, they’re beginning to look and function less like traditional malls and more like lifestyle centers with a strong community vibe...
Mandarin Oriental announces Viña del Mar, Chile
Tuesday, 13th February 2018
Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group has announced that it will manage a new urban resort that is currently under development in Viña del Mar, Chile; The property will be a natural partner to Hotel Santiago, which the Group manages and will rebra...
The beauty of a core data asset – time for travel companies to embrace it
Tuesday, 13th February 2018
How to identify a first time guest staying at a particular property or a passenger preferring a particular seat when flying? A core data asset is a must for travel companies to answer such questions...
Mobile matters in a personalized world
Monday, 12th February 2018
We have seen significant progress in recent years when it comes to data-mining and several brands are emerging that are able to ‘assist’ the traveler with information which could lead to improved conversion or upsold amenities...
Hotels more affordable than Airbnb in certain European cities
Monday, 12th February 2018
Airbnb has been a thorn in the side of the hotel industry for a few years now, steadily eating away at its client base thanks to lower prices and more authentic experiences, but Airbnb is no longer as competitive as it used to be...
Huge Devaluation – Marriott announces 2018 category changes
Monday, 12th February 2018
Following on from SPG’s 2018 category changes, Marriott have announced theirs and it’s a shocker with more than four times as many properties are moving up a category than are moving down...
Happy Lunar New Year! Welcome to the Year of the Dog
Monday, 12th February 2018
2018 is a Year of the Dog and we take this opportunity to wish our readers and their families a happy and prosperious new year!...
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