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New travel restrictions as Trumps 90-day travel ban comes to an end

eHotelier.com - ·9h
Citizens of eight countries, including North Korea and Venezuela, will face new restrictions on entry to the U.S. under a proclamation signed by President Donald Trump on Sunday that will replace his expiring travel ban.
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OVOLO Hotels leading the 'Lifestyle' accommodation boom

eHotelier.com - ·10h
Frequent travellers have boldly proclaimed their preference for lifestyle-based accommodation – a trend made evident by the rapid rise of platforms like Airbnb, as well as greater demand for hotels focused not only on unique design but an experience similar to the everyday lives of guests. OVOLO Hotels – the award-winning, privately-operated boutique group – was early to identify this growing sector, and has delivered a collection of intuitively designed hotels reminiscent of the international lifestyle to which many travellers aspire.
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Recommendations released for future of hotel distribution connectivity standards

eHotelier.com - 22 September 2017
HTNG’s Next Generation Distribution Messaging Workgroup has published a document of recommendations for the future direction of messaging standards development for travel distribution.

Year-to-date international vistor spending totals more than $146.3B, on pace for record-setting 2017

eHotelier.com - 21 September 2017
US Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross has announced that international visitors spent an estimated $21.2 billion on travel to, and tourism-related activities within, the United States during the month of July, an increase of more than 4 per cent when compared to July 2016. Travel and tourism-related exports have exhibited growth each month of 2017.

Spotlight on hotel design and architecture trends

eHotelier.com - 21 September 2017
With the ever-increasing popularity of boutique hotels and expanding luxury chains, competition in the hotel industry is rife. Beyond loyalty programmes, excellent rates and ideal locations, hoteliers are looking at all areas where they can improve the customer experience.

Sonesta Resorts St Maarten and Sunwing Travel Group jointly announce employee assistance program in wake of Hurricane Irma

eHotelier.com - 20 September 2017
Sunwing Travel Group, the largest vertically integrated travel group in North America, recently purchased the 257-room Great Bay Beach Resort Casino & Spa from The Maho Group with intent to assume operations as of November 1, 2017.
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Is your hotel reservation system tuned to the modern day traveler?

eHotelier.com - 19 September 2017
Hotel reservation systems make it easy for hoteliers to manage daily operations for a hotel with great ease. In the recent times, small, midsize and large hotel owners are slowly embracing the change towards online reservation software.
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Don't look for the magic financial solution

eHotelier.com - 19 September 2017
We are all familiar with the American Sunday ritual of turning left several hundred times, cold beer, BBQ and T-shirts. I have long been a big fan and there is a great story and parallel to financial leadership I want to tell you about. It relates to one of my favorite drivers, Mark Martin.
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Miami Beach invites vacationers back to the beach

eHotelier.com - 18 September 2017
Miami Beach is ready and open for business as hotels, restaurants and attractions open their doors following Hurricane Irma. Miami Beach is truly like no other place in the world and is open for business, with the beach’s iconic hotels, restaurants and attractions operating once again. Tourists are welcome back with open arms and can expect the same signature vacation experience that Miami Beach offers any time of the year. From hotels like The Betsy and Delano, to fine-dining at Nobu and Hakkasan, the city is back in action.
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Dorsett Shanghai welcomes first robotic guest service team member

eHotelier.com - 18 September 2017
They are fun, informative and interactive. They are helpful and engaging. Meet Dorsett’s very first robots – V Jr. at Dorsett Shanghai. The first hotel within Dorsett Hospitality International to welcome two high-tech additions into the hotel guest service team, V Jr. offer guests the options to integrate business with pleasure.
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Dubai International Hospitality Week opens today

eHotelier.com - 18 September 2017
Hospitality and F&B decision makers from across the Middle East, North Africa and the Indian sub-continent are in Dubai this week, to attend Dubai International Hospitality Week (DIHW), which opens its doors tomorrow (September 18).
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Golden years for hospitality industry in the CEE region

eHotelier.com - 15 September 2017
The fourth edition of the international conference “Spotlight Hotel Investment Poland & CEE” was held at the Radisson Blue hotel in Warsaw from September 12-13.
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Five things hotel general managers need to know about revenue management

eHotelier.com - 15 September 2017
It would seem that change is the only constant variable in today’s global hospitality market. Between shifts in how guests research and book their accommodations, the increasing industry-wide fragmentation, and new competitors entering the private rental space – nothing is as it once was. As a result, revenue management has similarly evolved into more than just a tool to assist hotel room pricing.

Report: More hoteliers embrace next-generation technologies

eHotelier.com - 14 September 2017
From the rapid ascent of Airbnb to the onerous pricing structures inflicted by the OTAs, hoteliers today face a number of formidable challenges. Increasingly, these challenges are impinging on revenues and profitability. In addition, hoteliers must contend with the shifting behaviors and always-on technology expectations of millennials. In fact, guests as a whole are becoming more and more demanding of technology-enabled services, particularly mobile self-service. They want to update their guest profile and account info. They want to order hotel services, message the front desk, and set and monitor housekeeping status. In short, they want to be in control. Guests also want more from hotels than just a comfortable place to stay; they want memorable experiences tailored to their specific wants and needs.

Bidroom.com secures substantial investment from billionaire, Samih Sawiris

eHotelier.com - 13 September 2017
The award-winning Dutch start-up, Bidroom.com, has announced that it has secured substantial investment from Samih Sawiris, founder of the Orascom Development Group. This deal comes right after an investment round, which was closed in July, and included funds from a few medium-sized hotel chains from the Netherlands and Switzerland, who strongly believe in the growth opportunities of Bidroom.

Business traveller trends: Accommodation and more

eHotelier.com - 13 September 2017
In a world where everything is connected and growing simultaneously, we see corporate travel becoming a bigger part of not only businesses, but also contributing a great deal to the hospitality industry. The growing demographic of the business traveller has attracted a great deal of attention, including the trends they’re creating, from tech in travel to the sharing economy.
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Study finds 80 per cent of travel managers today make mobility the biggest priority in corporate travel

eHotelier.com - 12 September 2017
Sabre Corporation, the leading technology provider to the global travel industry, has unveiled findings from its 2017 Asia Pacific Corporate Traveller study. One key finding shows that 80 per cent of travel managers now believe mobility to be the biggest priority in managing corporate travel; another underscore the rise of premium economy as a new corporate favourite class; a third finds companies trying to stay on top of corporate travellers who are increasingly deviating from their travel policy.
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Skal International signs agreement with Halterios

eHotelier.com - 12 September 2017
Skål International, the world’s leading tourism network, has signed an important agreement with Halterios, a consultancy based in Cadiz, Spain, as the official sponsor for the Sustainable Tourism Awards that will be presented during the forthcoming Skål International World Congress, to be held in Hyderabad, India, from October 5-9.
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Sheraton Bali Kuta Resort uses virtual reality and augmented reality experience

eHotelier.com - 12 September 2017
Innovation, a theme that is synonymous with Sheraton Bali Kuta Resort as they recently embarked on an exercise to enhance the pre-arrival experience for visitors planning a stay at the resort. The property is the first Sheraton hotel to embark on both virtual and augmented reality experience for its users.
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Advice for a dog-friendly road trip

eHotelier.com - 12 September 2017
he dog days of summer may be over but end-of-summer road trips and fall leaf-peeping adventures are next on the list. Whether or not you’re loading the car with friends or family, don’t rule out bringing your dog along for the ride.

Extended-stay hotels set for substantial growth according to US hotel construction pipeline

eHotelier.com - 11 September 2017
Through the first half of the year, there are 1,288 projects/136,649 rooms of extended-stay projects in the US hotel construction pipeline according to Lodging Econometrics (LE). 400 projects/44,738 rooms are under construction, and account for 26 per cent of all projects under construction in the total pipeline. 643 projects/68,242 rooms will start construction in the next 12 months while an additional 245 projects/23,669 rooms are in early planning.
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Four Seasons launches first Pop Down in Toronto

eHotelier.com - 11 September 2017
With all eyes on Toronto during the city’s annual film festival, Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts staged a surprise four-day experience highlighted by a one-night only celebration of artistry and imagination in the heart of the city.
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Le Bristol Hotel Beirut announces partnership with Preferred Hotels & Resorts

eHotelier.com - 11 September 2017
With more than 65 years of luxurious experience on the Lebanese market, Le Bristol Hotel stood out to be the icon in the heart of Beirut. All over years of operations, this contemporary hotel welcomed guests from the four corners of the world.

Aqua-Aston Hospitality adds eco-friendly Central American Properties to its management portfolio

eHotelier.com - 8 September 2017
Aqua-Aston Hospitality, a leading hotel and resort management group and an operating business of ILG, announced the signing of Crocodile Bay Resort and the future Botánika Osa Peninsula, Curio Collection by Hilton. Hilton’s Curio brand is a rapidly expanding global collection of distinctive, upper-upscale hotels and resorts that cater to passionate travelers seeking local discovery and authentic experiences.

Hospitality group says 'catastrophic' plan to end free movement will cost jobs

eHotelier.com - 8 September 2017
The British Hospitality Association (BHA) have labelled as “catastrophic” plans by the government to end the freedom of movement of people immediately after Brexit. The representative body has issued an urgent response to the proposal, which was leaked this week, saying skilled migrants were needed to support the hospitality industry. Under the government’s proposal, low-skilled EU migrants would be offered two-year work permits, while high-skilled workers would receive three to five-year visas.
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It takes an entire team to sell the whole property

eHotelier.com - 8 September 2017
In the past, revenue management was considered a niche function. It was a practice largely applied to guestroom strategies without influence or contributions from other hotel revenue streams. However, based on its proven success over the years, hotel revenue management has become widely adopted throughout Asia and is now commonly applied outside of its core room-pricing purpose. Hoteliers today are increasingly applying revenue management principles to ancillary services such as food and beverage, spa facilities, conference facilities and leisure options such as golf courses.

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