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  • Hoseasons unveils new logo and rebrand

    Mon, 22 Sep 2014

    Domestic holiday firm Hoseasons has unveiled a new look logo and brand message at the Abta convention in Slovenia as it eyes a move into the luxury end of the travel market

  • Airbnb sees 'huge opportunities' in expanding travel offering

    Mon, 22 Sep 2014

    Airbnb, the online firm that lets people rent out their spare rooms, is set to branch out into offering tours and other travel experiences

  • Sandals Carlyle set for rebrand

    Mon, 22 Sep 2014

    Sandals Resorts International (SRI) is set to expand its Grand Pineapple Beach Resorts’ portfolio with the rebrand of Sandals Carlyle to Grand Pineapple Montego Bay

  • Four Seasons to open third London hotel

    Fri, 19 Sep 2014

    Partnership with Reignwood will see it develop a hotel near the City by 2016

  • New firm to highlight Sri Lanka's boutique hotels

    Thu, 18 Sep 2014

    Sri Lanka Collection aims to put more boutique hotels on the map for UK travellers

  • Sneak preview: The Beaumont

    Thu, 18 Sep 2014

    How a car park has become London’s latest boutique luxury hotel and the home of a sculpture you can sleep in

  • Atlantis plans $1.4 billion expansion

    Wed, 17 Sep 2014

    Dubai landmark plans audacious new resort and residences on the Palm, next to the original hotel and entertainment complex.

  • Center Parcs on course to float after strong summer

    Fri, 12 Sep 2014

    Center Parcs is set for a flotation next year after the success of its new resort

  • Ritz-Carlton's push for Reserve

    Fri, 12 Sep 2014

    New film aims to highlight the group’s growing Reserve brand

  • Mandarin Oriental to open in Dubai

    Wed, 10 Sep 2014

    Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group is to open a 200-room hotel in Dubai.

  • Universal Orlando Resort plans new Caribbean-themed hotel

    Wed, 10 Sep 2014

    Reservations for Loews Sapphire Falls open in spring 2015

  • Jumeirah launches new brand

    Tue, 9 Sep 2014

    Hotelier has announced the name of its new brand will be Venu and first property will be in Dubai

  • Travelodge stays in the red despite restructure

    Mon, 8 Sep 2014

    Budget hotel chain made a pre-tax loss of £56.8 million

  • Starwood launches loyalty scheme for agents

    Fri, 5 Sep 2014

    Major hotel company will extend loyalty programme to the travel trade

  • Kempinski and Stafford part ways

    Thu, 21 Aug 2014

    London hotel will now run as an independent hotel

  • Minor Hotel Group joins forces with Sun International

    Wed, 20 Aug 2014

    Minor Hotel Group (MHG) has formed a new strategic partnership with Sun International to own and operate eight new properties across Africa

  • Brunei denies plans to buy Grosvenor House

    Tue, 19 Aug 2014

    US reports suggest ruler was finalising a $2 billion bid for the property

  • Hotel M&A activity is up 65% in the UK, says Deloitte

    Tue, 12 Aug 2014

    Transactions up significantly on 2013, totalling around £1.5 billion

  • IHG set to sell Paris hotel for €330m

    Thu, 7 Aug 2014

    InterContinental Hotels Group is in negotiations with Constellation Hotels over the sale of its Paris Le Grand hotel

  • The Beaumont ready for reservations

    Wed, 6 Aug 2014

    Corbin & King’s first hotel is taking bookings ready for an October opening in Mayfair

  • Disney gets dose of luxury with new Four Seasons

    Wed, 6 Aug 2014

    New hotel is group’s third in Florida and has its own Explorer Island attraction and “largest guestrooms in Orlando”

  • Indie agents lament loss of Aphrodite to Thomson

    Wed, 6 Aug 2014

    Some in trade plan to switch-sell as ‘great property’ transfers to Sensatori brand

  • IHG optimistic after positive performance

    Tue, 5 Aug 2014

    Group posts 6% rise in profits on back of “strong first-half performance”

  • London luxury: 5 new hotels your clients will love

    Wed, 23 Jul 2014

    A suite with its own postcode, restaurants from Michelin-starred chefs and a hotel complex that features a bowling alley; the capital’s hotel scene is going up a gear. Chloe Cann reports

  • Sri Lanka expansion for Tea Trails founder

    Wed, 16 Jul 2014

    Four new projects are planned for the island by Resplendent Ceylon

  • Palace rating for Mandarin Oriental Paris

    Mon, 14 Jul 2014

    Hotel is one of only a handful to get the ultimate rating from the French government

  • Mondrian ready for September opening on South Bank

    Thu, 10 Jul 2014

    The hotel will be the first under the Mondrian brand in London for Morgans Hotel Group

  • New Shangri-La rooms set for roll-out at The Shard

    Wed, 9 Jul 2014

    The Shangri-La in the Shard is gearing up for the opening of its remaining rooms this month

  • Belmond to open a London hotel

    Tue, 8 Jul 2014

    Group will take over The Cadogan in Chelsea

  • Advantage sees hotel boom for business travel network

    Mon, 7 Jul 2014

    Worldwide group of business travel agencies has seen hotel bookings rise by more than 30%

  • Cutting hotel VAT will boost domestic industry

    Mon, 7 Jul 2014

    The government has been urged to slash the rate of VAT on UK hotels and tourist attractions to 5%

  • Hotel site taken offline after data leak

    Thu, 3 Jul 2014

    A hotel booking website is being investigated by the UK’s data protection watchdog after a customer information leak

  • Royal Demeure makes the switch to Niquesa

    Fri, 27 Jun 2014

    Italian hotel group will rebrand, launch a new website and look to grow internationally

  • Peninsula aims to be the best in Paris

    Thu, 26 Jun 2014

    The group has launched its 10th hotel and is ready to open it fully for guests on August 1

  • Shangri-La to run Le Touessrok

    Fri, 20 Jun 2014

    Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts is taking over the management of Le Touessrok in Mauritius

  • Hotels get in tune with guests

    Thu, 12 Jun 2014

    Getting involved with bands and live music events is becoming a key part of a hotel’s lifestyle proposition

  • Design Hotels ramps up commission

    Thu, 12 Jun 2014

    Many stylish hotels will be availble to book at 15% rate for agents

  • Marriott reveals plans for 200 new hotels

    Fri, 6 Jun 2014

    Marriott International has announced plans to grow its brands, with plans to add more than 200 “luxury and lifestyle hotel projects over the next several years”

  • Commune Hotels owner takes share in Alila

    Fri, 30 May 2014

    Growing US hotel group says it will be a streategic alliance with the Asian brand

  • Park Hyatt latest to revitalise Vienna's hotel scene

    Thu, 29 May 2014

    Set to be the new jewel in the crown in Vienna, the Park Hyatt is a masterpiece transformation of the 100-year-old bank headquarters of Austrian-Hungarian Landerbank.

  • One&Only set for Australia debut in July

    Wed, 28 May 2014

    Island resort has been completely remodelled and will be the group’s first hotel in the Asia-Pacific region

  • Kit's back: Firmdale opens latest London hotel

    Wed, 28 May 2014

    Interior designer and hotelier Kit Kemp has breathed new life into a forgotten corner of Soho

  • IHG reportedly turns down £6bn offer

    Tue, 27 May 2014

    Shares in International Hotels Group have risen following rumours of a bid by an American suitor

  • Stelios to raise £60 million in easyHotel flotation

    Fri, 23 May 2014

    EasyJet founder Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou is to float his easyHotel brand of budget hotels

  • Dubai hotel openings to accelerate

    Tue, 6 May 2014

    Hotel openings in Dubai are expected to accelerate in the next few years due to new incentives from the emirate’s government

  • Tui Travel backs Jamaican tourism with Sensatori

    Tue, 29 Apr 2014

    Long vows to support island as the travel company opens new resort in Negril

  • Dorchester launches kitchen parties

    Thu, 24 Apr 2014

    Guests can now gather for parties in the kitchen of one of the UK’s most famous hotels

  • Thomson delays Aphrodite introduction to Sensatori programme

    Wed, 23 Apr 2014

    Thomson has backed down on plans to start selling the Aphrodite Hills resort as part of its Sensatori brand tomorrow on April 24

  • Tui will put Aphrodite on sale despite ongoing talks with IHG

    Wed, 23 Apr 2014

    Resort is to appear on Sensatori programme from April 24, but negotiations with its current operator continue

  • Langham to open resort in Dubai

    Tue, 22 Apr 2014

    The hotel group is to expand in the Middle East and open its first ever resort property

  • Independents voice concern over Aphrodite Hills switch

    Wed, 16 Apr 2014

    Some would stop selling resort if move to Tui’s Sensatori brand went ahead

  • Tui 'premature' in announcing Aphrodite Hills deal

    Tue, 15 Apr 2014

    “Discussions are still in progress,” says statement from InterContinental Hotels Group

  • Eden Rock joins Oetker Collection

    Mon, 14 Apr 2014

    Group gets foothold in Caribbean again with small stake in British-owned hotel

  • Branson grows in South Africa with new hotel

    Mon, 14 Apr 2014

    Mont Rochelle will close for refurb once the deal has been finalised

  • World's 'most luxurious eco-resort' to open in July

    Thu, 10 Apr 2014

    The Brando is the former remote island home of actor Marlon Brando in French Polynesia

  • Arrests made following hotel hammer attack

    Wed, 9 Apr 2014

    Four people have been arrested following the hammer attack on three women tourists at a London hotel

  • Anantara to expand in Mozambique

    Wed, 9 Apr 2014

    Minor Hotel Group is to add three properties in Mozambique to its portfolio, writes Jack Dutton.

  • GTA inks deal with Hilton Worldwide

    Tue, 8 Apr 2014

    GTA has signed a deal with Hilton Worldwide to add more than 4,000 hotels to its online booking platform

  • Langham to add second 'supersuite' to attract A-listers

    Mon, 7 Apr 2014

    The Langham hotel in central London is to create a second “supersuite” to attract major celebrities

  • Firmdale set to open next London hotel

    Fri, 4 Apr 2014

    The group will open a new hotel and transform a corner of the capital’s Soho neighbourhood

  • Resort aims to shake-up Maldives market

    Wed, 19 Mar 2014

    New arrival will aim to add ‘grown-up lifestyle experience’ to traditional honeymooner destination

  • Behind the scenes at Shangri-la The Shard

    Tue, 18 Mar 2014

    With reservations now open for the new skyscraping hotel in western Europe’s tallest building, ttgluxury gets an early look

  • Cheval adds to apartment count in London

    Wed, 12 Mar 2014

    Serviced apartments next to Tower Bridge offer a five-star hotel alternative

  • Marriott's 'affordable lifestyle brand' Moxy could be coming to the UK

    Thu, 6 Mar 2014

    Marriott International expects the UK to be one of the “key markets” for its new Moxy brand of hotels

  • Orient-Express Hotels to rebrand as Belmond

    Mon, 24 Feb 2014

    The hotels, cruises and trains company will roll out new name and identity from March

  • Grace rolls out further expansion

    Thu, 20 Feb 2014

    Hotel group announces it will open in Peloponnese in addition to further international plans

  • £450-a-night Shard hotel to open in May

    Thu, 6 Feb 2014

    Shangri-La’s hotel set withn western Europe’s tallest building will be ready for guests in the spring

  • Andermatt ready for new wave of ski tourism

    Thu, 6 Feb 2014

    British operators welcome the newest Swiss ski resort and opening of The Chedi

  • W Hotels & Resorts to open in Amsterdam

    Wed, 5 Feb 2014

    Starwood plans a new hotel on Dam Square in the Dutch city

  • Horsing around for Chinese New Year

    Fri, 31 Jan 2014

    Hotels offer special deals as Chinese plan 3.6bn trips entering into year of the horse

  • Universal Orlando Resort expands Harry Potter attraction

    Fri, 24 Jan 2014

    Universal Orlando Resort has unveiled its latest attraction, Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts.

  • Exclusive London club plans new guestrooms

    Thu, 23 Jan 2014

    The Arts Club is planning a Mayfair expansion that will see it add 16 rooms

  • Chinese expansion continues for Mandarin

    Thu, 23 Jan 2014

    Group plans luxury opening for Taipei this year with more to come in China

  • Lagerfeld signed for Hotel de Crillon

    Tue, 14 Jan 2014

    Designer will create new suites at the Rosewood-managed Paris hotel

  • Member boost for Design Hotels

    Tue, 14 Jan 2014

    Nine new additions take the global portfolio to 260 hotels for group

  • Taj strengthens UK presence

    Tue, 14 Jan 2014

    Indian group rebrands its two London hotels to cement UK position

  • Istanbul's largest ever hotel and conference centre opens today

    Tue, 7 Jan 2014

    The largest ever hotel in Istanbul, the Hilton Istanbul Bumonti, opens to guests today

  • Butlins to invest £20m in new hotel

    Tue, 7 Jan 2014

    Butlins is planning to spend £20 million building a new resort hotel at its Minehead site

  • Travelodge prepares £10 million brand relaunch

    Mon, 6 Jan 2014

    The relaunch in the spring is designed to give the budget hotel chain a new image and will be accompanied by a £10 million TV advertising campaign

  • Lowcostbeds sees citybreak sales surge

    Wed, 18 Dec 2013

    Lowcostbeds is reporting a 45% year-on-year increase in sales on city destinations

  • Thomas Cook has big plans for new-look Hotels4U

    Thu, 12 Dec 2013

    Thomas Cook is hoping that its newly rebranded Hotels4U offering will help it stand out in an increasingly competitive marketplace.

  • ILTM: Peninsula's plan for trio of openings

    Wed, 11 Dec 2013

    The Asian hotelier has set a new date for its first European opening with London and Yangon also in the pipeline

  • Sandals signs Antigua deal for new Beaches Resort

    Wed, 4 Dec 2013

    Sandals Resorts International has signed a memorandum of understanding with the government of Antigua to build a new Beaches Resort

  • ILTM: Rosewood takes over Hotel de Crillon

    Tue, 3 Dec 2013

    Group will manage the hotel and its two-year restoration ready for 2015 opening

  • IHG sets China target

    Tue, 3 Dec 2013

    InterContinental Hotels Group is set to double its number of hotels in China over the next few years as it looks to strengthen its position in the region

  • Mouth-watering result for Tenerife

    Thu, 28 Nov 2013

    Spain’s only resort to boast three Michelin stars is Ritz-Carlton’s Abama in the Canary Islands

  • Exclusive art show for 45 Park Lane

    Thu, 28 Nov 2013

    Work by the “godfather of British Pop Art” will be on display at the London hotel

  • Per Aquum founder in new Maldives move

    Wed, 27 Nov 2013

    McLoughlin tells trade of plans for Small Maldives Island Co and two new resorts

  • Rosewood plans Cambodia debut

    Wed, 20 Nov 2013

    A new hotel will open in the capital in 2015

  • WTM 2013: Sleepy Ozo brand wakes up growth for Onyx

    Thu, 7 Nov 2013

    Onyx Hospitality is aiming for 81 hotels by 2018, including many under new sleep-focused Ozo brand

  • WTM 2013: Hyatt goes all in with new brands

    Thu, 7 Nov 2013

    Hyatt is moving in to the all-inclusive market with the launch of two new brands: Ziva and Zilara

  • Mantis goes to new extremes

    Thu, 31 Oct 2013

    Hotelier creates new brand for bucket list trips round the world

  • New hotel in remote Bhutan valley

    Mon, 28 Oct 2013

    Eastern Safaris set to open new lodge in November

  • Early holidays hit IHG

    Mon, 28 Oct 2013

    Global hotel operator InterContinental Hotels Group has reported a slowdown across its US business over the past month

  • D&G to create Claridge's Christmas tree

    Mon, 21 Oct 2013

    Duo are latest design ‘guests’ of the hotel to create its festive tree for London lobby

  • Sandals to take over Couples Barbados resort

    Mon, 21 Oct 2013

    Sandals Resorts International is set to open a new property in Barbados after acquiring a Couples resort on the island

  • New Atmosphere created in Maldives

    Thu, 17 Oct 2013

    All-inclusive five-star resort will rebel against high costs of extras in the islands and will even include sun cream - but political issues delay its opening

  • Ritz-Carlton plans six-strong Reserve portfolio

    Wed, 16 Oct 2013

    Hotelier planning to have six Reserve resorts including Panama, Morocco, Mexico and Turks & Caicos

  • New luxury hotel brand launches

    Thu, 3 Oct 2013

    Clermont will be the luxury big sister to Guoman and Thistle and will be rolled out internationally

  • Triple opening planned for Como

    Thu, 26 Sep 2013

    Como Hotels and Resorts will open three new hotels by the end of the year

  • Dorchester buys Hotel Eden

    Thu, 19 Sep 2013

    It will be the second hotel in Italy for the luxury group as it takes over former Starwood-managed property

  • Schrager returns to London with Edition

    Wed, 18 Sep 2013

    The designer has turned a ‘dump’ into Marriott’s first Edition hotel in the capital

  • Sandals in talks to build Beaches resort in Barbados

    Mon, 16 Sep 2013

    Sandals Resorts International has confirmed that it is in discussions with the government of Barbados to build a new Beaches complex  on the site of the former Almond Beach Resort in St Peter

  • Chedi heads to Maldives

    Wed, 11 Sep 2013

    GHM plans to open a Chedi resort in the northern atolls

  • New marketing chief for Ritz-Carlton

    Thu, 5 Sep 2013

    Luxury hotelier has a new CMO with plans for a stronger focus on digital strategy

  • UK market key for Viceroy New York debut

    Wed, 4 Sep 2013

    Viceroy Hotel Group plans to open its “game changing” New York hotel in October and has eye on international expansion

  • One&Only expands to Australia

    Wed, 4 Sep 2013

    Group will take over management of Hayman Island

  • Accor names new chief executive as it swings into profit

    Wed, 28 Aug 2013

    Hotel group Accor has appointed Sebastien Bazin as its new chief executive

  • Orient-Express refinances hotels

    Tue, 27 Aug 2013

    Luxury travel firm Orient-Express Hotels has agreed a deal to refinance two of its European properties

  • Rosewood heads for October opening

    Thu, 22 Aug 2013

    Former Caprice Holdings CEO will head up restaurant for Rosewood’s big London opening

  • YTL to open first UK hotel

    Thu, 22 Aug 2013

    The founders of Pangkor Laut, one of Asia’s best-known luxury resorts, are to open a hotel in Bath next year.

  • Dorchester ties up with James Bond

    Thu, 22 Aug 2013

    William Boyd will read from new Solo 007 novel for guests at the hotel

  • The hotel where delegates 'pedal power' their own conferences

    Fri, 16 Aug 2013

    A hotel has come up with an innovative way of powering its conference events – while giving attendees a workout

  • Four Seasons brings in new boss

    Wed, 7 Aug 2013

    The global hotelier has had seven months without a chief executive

  • Grace Hotels in new US move

    Wed, 7 Aug 2013

    Group has taken over two further New England properties

  • IHG to return $350m as Americas region boosts profit

    Tue, 6 Aug 2013

    InterContinental Hotels Group is to give back $350 million to shareholders in the form of a special dividend after delivering a strong performance during the first half of 2013

  • LVMH gets Caribbean flag

    Fri, 2 Aug 2013

    LVMH has purchased Hotel Saint-Barth Isle de France for an undisclosed sum

  • Raymond Blanc gets on board with Orient-Express

    Tue, 30 Jul 2013

    Raymond Blanc, the Michelin-starred chef and restaurateur, has been signed up to host a dinner on board Orient-Express’ British Pullman train on November 16.

  • Oetker Collection takes on Fregate

    Wed, 24 Jul 2013

    Seychelles conservation resort will be the first in Indian Ocean for Oetker portfolio

  • Royal Demeure in growth mode

    Wed, 24 Jul 2013

    Italian hotelier looks for new acquisitions and celebrates 60th anniversary re-release of Roman Holiday

  • Autograph hunting for growth

    Wed, 24 Jul 2013

    Marriott’s lifestyle brand looking for rapid growth as it seeks to capture guests hunting for experiences

  • Mandarin Oriental pulls out of Thailand hotel

    Wed, 17 Jul 2013

    Luxury group will no longer manage the Dhara Dhevi in Chiang Mai

  • World's 'most iconic' spa to open in India

    Thu, 11 Jul 2013

    A new challenger to Chiva Som and other destination spa retreats is being planned in the north of the country

  • AHMS in new expansion drive

    Wed, 3 Jul 2013

    Two new hotels planned for the Thai group run by new Small Luxury Hotels chairperson

  • Anantara parent takes 50% stake in Per Aquum

    Tue, 2 Jul 2013

    Minor Hotel Group has signed a $4m deal with Maldivian group Universal

  • Why celebs love One&Only Palmilla

    Wed, 26 Jun 2013

    Boss tells why his Los Cabos resort is such a hotspot

  • Newcomer aiming to be in Maldives top three

    Wed, 26 Jun 2013

    Resort with million-dollar wine collection, helicopters and submarine will open in November

  • Plaza Athenee to close for refurb

    Wed, 26 Jun 2013

    Seven-month refurbishment will be overseen by designer Marie-Jose Pommereau

  • Paris anoints a new palace hotel

    Tue, 25 Jun 2013

    Le Royal Monceau Raffles Paris is one of only six so far to be awarded the distinction in the city

  • Ritz-Carlton to open Bali resort

    Thu, 20 Jun 2013

    Company is latest luxury hotelier to highlight plans to open a resort on Bali

  • Bali expansion for GHM

    Thu, 20 Jun 2013

    Group now set on five resorts on the island and potentially more in the future

  • Oberoi opens its first hotel in Dubai

    Thu, 13 Jun 2013

    Indian hotelier is latest to open a luxury hotel in the emirate

  • Global interest in luxury on the up

    Thu, 13 Jun 2013

    Debut report ranking the world’s deluxe hotels finds growing demand for luxury and highlights Four Seasons as most searched-for brand

  • Peninsula to open hotel in Burma

    Thu, 30 May 2013

    Parent Hong Kong and Shanghai Hotels says hotel will be restored building in Rangoon

  • Investors target €541m Club Med takeover

    Tue, 28 May 2013

    Two of Club Med’s largest shareholders have launched a €541 million bid to take control of the company with the aim of growing its presence in Asia

  • Sandals weighs up Dragon Bay Jamaica

    Fri, 17 May 2013

    Sandals’ future expansion in Jamaica is likely to be a Beaches resort in Dragon Bay near Port Antonio - but only if the government restricts the area to “super-premium” hotels only

  • Shangri-La opens hotel in Istanbul

    Thu, 16 May 2013

    Hotel on banks of the Bosphorus is the latest five-star opening in the Turkish city

  • New island resort planned for Cambodia

    Thu, 16 May 2013

    Boutique Thai hotelier will open a hotel on a private island

  • Ritz-Carlton expands in Morocco

    Thu, 16 May 2013

    Group will have three hotels under development in north Africa, inlcuding two in Morocco

  • Banyan Tree launches China tour programme

    Thu, 16 May 2013

    Hotelier will reward guests the more hotels they stay in and has received a boost from UK guests in early months of 2013

  • IHG reports 'encouraging start' to 2013

    Wed, 8 May 2013

    Intercontinental Hotels Group has posted a 3.1% increase in revenue per available room during the first quarter, helped by increased room rates across its network of hotels

  • Comment: Striking the right balance with hotel loyalty programmes

    Mon, 6 May 2013

    Michelle Grant, Traven and Tourism Manager at Euromonitor International examines the loyalty programmes availiable for customers

  • Mandarin Oriental targets Istanbul

    Fri, 3 May 2013

    Group plans to expand with a new hotel in the Turkish city

  • SLH achieves growth despite recession

    Fri, 3 May 2013

    Small Luxury Hotels figures shine a light in the economic gloom

  • One Leicester Street opens in Chinatown

    Thu, 2 May 2013

    Peng Loh’s latest project brings his hotel count to six in London and Asia

  • Starwood opens Prince De Galles in Paris

    Thu, 2 May 2013

    Hotel is the latest European refurbishment for the group under its Luxury Collection brand

  • Millennium & Copthorne sees profit slide

    Thu, 2 May 2013

    Millennium & Copthorne Hotels has seen its first-quarter operating profit almost halve as it continues to battle tough market conditions

  • Warner opens its door to agents

    Mon, 15 Apr 2013

    Warner Leisure Hotels is hosting an agent open day next week at its new luxury lodges at Corton Coastal Village and Gunton Hall Coastal Village in Suffolk

  • Viceroy to open UK office

    Fri, 12 Apr 2013

    The US-based hotelier has appointed Jane O’Shea to open its first ever UK sales office

  • LHW launches new-look website

    Thu, 4 Apr 2013

    Now in its 85th year, Leading has revealed the site as part of a new digital strategy

  • Four Seasons launches £58k private jet tours

    Thu, 4 Apr 2013

    Hotelier is planning its third year of tours with around-the-world and Americas

  • Rocco Forte pulls out of Abu Dhabi

    Thu, 4 Apr 2013

    Management contract ends on Sr Rocco Forte’s only Middle East hotel

  • IHG agrees to sell InterContinental London Park Lane

    Thu, 28 Mar 2013

    InterContinental Hotels Group has agreed to sell InterContinental London Park Lane to a Middle Eastern private investment group for £301.5 million

  • IHG to introduce free internet for loyalty members

    Tue, 26 Mar 2013

    InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) has moved to introduce free internet in all its properties for its loyalty programme members

  • Hotels to help raise $1bn in new water project

    Thu, 21 Mar 2013

    New global initiative to involve leading hospitality businesses in tackling issue of clean-water access

  • Kings Cross gets another luxury hotel

    Thu, 21 Mar 2013

    Restoration of the Great Northern Hotel will sit next to Renaissance in regenerated King’s Cross area

  • Alila tips Indonesia as next big thing

    Thu, 21 Mar 2013

    Hotelier hails renewed focus from tourist office as positive driver for tourism to south-east Asia’s largest economy

  • Hotel chief calls on MPs to get behind travel ahead of English Tourism Week

    Fri, 15 Mar 2013

    The boss of one of the UK’s biggest hotel chains has called on MPs to promote tourism from “second class status” ahead of the launch of English Tourism Week

  • One&Only plans first European resort

    Tue, 12 Mar 2013

    Group is planning to develop a new hotel in Montenegro on Tivat Bay as its European debut

  • WTM Latin America names hotel partner

    Thu, 7 Mar 2013

    WTM Latin America has confirmed Accor as the official hotel partner for the inaugural show in Sao Paulo

  • Tune Hotels plot India expansion

    Thu, 7 Mar 2013

    Malaysian hotel group Tune Hotels plans to roll-out 100 new hotels across India over the next few years, with the first 100-room property opening in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, on April 1

  • Ikea heads into hotel market with Marriott partnership

    Tue, 5 Mar 2013

    Marriott International is teaming up with a subsidiary of furniture giant Ikea Group to launch a new budget hotel brand

  • €300 million development plan unveiled for Ibiza

    Tue, 26 Feb 2013

    Grupo Empresas Matutes (GEM), owners of Palladium Hotel Group, have announced plans for a €300 million six-year project to transform Playa d’en Bossa in Ibiza

  • Six Senses maps out expansion

    Thu, 21 Feb 2013

    Five new hotels on the books as Six Senses plans its first western hemisphere hotels and talks future strategy

  • Sofitel expands in Colombia

    Wed, 20 Feb 2013

    Fourth Legend-brand hotel opening for the group is in a converted monastery in historic Cartagena

  • US growth boosts IHG

    Tue, 19 Feb 2013

    InterContinental Hotels Group posted a 10% rise in full-year profit, driven by strong growth across its US portfolio

  • Iberostar to expand into Colombia

    Tue, 12 Feb 2013

    Iberostar Hotels & Resorts will start building its first property in Colombia later this year, with the Cartagena de Indias

  • UK told to jack up tourism services and product

    Fri, 8 Feb 2013

    Service, product and promoting the UK’s regions needs to be prioritised if the country is to compete on the world tourism stage

  • Scandalous hotel prepares for bumper year

    Thu, 7 Feb 2013

    Cliveden, scene of parties during the Profumo affair, anticipates interest in anniversary year of the scandal

  • Sofitel to work with Lagerfeld

    Tue, 29 Jan 2013

    French hotelier teams up with fashion designer at new Singapore hotel

  • London hotels ranked worst in world

    Fri, 25 Jan 2013

    London hotels have been described as the worst in the world, according to a study of reviews

  • Anantara expands in Middle East

    Wed, 23 Jan 2013

    Group will take on Palm project with Maldives-style over-water villas, set to open this autumn

  • QE2 to be moved from Dubai to Asia

    Thu, 17 Jan 2013

    The Queen Elizabeth 2 is set to be moved from its current home in Dubai to Asia, where it will become a luxury hotel

  • Barbados' Almond Casuarina Beach Resort to become a Couples Resort

    Wed, 16 Jan 2013

    Couples Resorts has agreed a lease on the Almond Casuarina Beach Resort, in Barbados, marking the company’s first foray outside Jamaica

  • DoubleTree by Hilton to make Ireland debut

    Fri, 4 Jan 2013

    The DoubleTree by Hilton brand is set to make its first appearance in Ireland with the Morrison Hotel being rebranded in February

  • Hoseasons' parent snaps up Cumbrian Cottages

    Thu, 3 Jan 2013

    Wyndham Vacation Rentals, part of the Wyndham Worldwide family of brands which includes Hoseasons, has bought Cumbrian Cottages

  • Six Senses on track for first China opening

    Fri, 21 Dec 2012

    Hotelier has said its plans are on track to open its first property in China as part of its wider strategy to expand into the country

  • Goldsmith's resorts eye UK market

    Thu, 20 Dec 2012

    Two private Mexican residences, former homes of billionaire James Goldsmith, are to get a push in the UK

  • Grace Hotels eyes Latin America expansion

    Mon, 17 Dec 2012

    Two new openings will see the group enter into Argentina and Panama in 2013 with a resort and a city hotel

  • Domestic trips down but spending is up

    Tue, 4 Dec 2012

    The number of holiday trips taken in England this year is down 2.5% compared with the first eight months of the year but spending over the same period has risen by four percent new figures from VisitEngland show

  • Sandals snaps up Veranda Resorts & Residences in Turks & Caicos

    Mon, 3 Dec 2012

    Sandals is to expand its Beaches Turks & Caicos Resort Villages & Spa following the purchase of The Veranda Resorts & Residences

  • HMRC wins Medhotels appeal

    Mon, 3 Dec 2012

    HMRC has had its appeal in the Medhotels case upheld, leaving the bed bank to decide whether it will appeal to the Supreme Court over its £7 million in unpaid VAT

  • Deloitte called in to help struggling hotel chain

    Wed, 14 Nov 2012

    The bankers of the company behind the Hotel du Vin and Malmaison chains have appointed Deloitte to aid it in refinancing the group or step in, if talks fail

  • Holiday park operator up for sale

    Mon, 12 Nov 2012

    Holiday park operator South Lakeland Holidays is reported to be up for sale for £70 million

  • WTM 2012: Egypt vows to protect historic hotels

    Wed, 7 Nov 2012

    The Egyptian government is to refurbish and rebrand nine of its iconic hotels under the banner ‘Historic Hotels of Egypt’ and has vowed that they will never be sold off.

  • Orient-Express bidder wins support of founder

    Mon, 22 Oct 2012

    Indian Hotels Company has bolstered its attempted takeover of Orient-Express Hotels by striking a deal with the luxury firm’s founder, James Sherwood

  • W opens newest hotel in Singapore

    Sat, 20 Oct 2012

    Designer brand arrives in Sentosa taking W tally of hotels worldwide to 43

  • Grenada's LaSource to close

    Fri, 12 Oct 2012

    LaSource resort in Grenada is to close on Monday with the company blaming “unforseen circumstances” for the decision

  • Hospitality and lesiure one of worst affected sectors for insolvency

    Mon, 8 Oct 2012

    Hospitality and leisure was one of the worst affected sectors in the 12 months to the end of September, compared with the same period the year before, statistics from PricewaterhouseCoopers have showed.

  • Bourne Leisure pays £44 million dividend

    Mon, 8 Oct 2012

    Bourne Leisure’s owners enjoyed a £44 million dividend , according to accounts recently filed

  • TTG Travel Award winners revealed

    Thu, 4 Oct 2012

    The winners of the TTG Travel Awards 2012 have been announced at a glittering red-carpet event in London’s Leicester Square

  • Agent incentive to launch Cafe Royal

    Mon, 17 Sep 2012

    Prize stays at top suites will be offered to agents making bookings

  • Matt Stuart: Throw out the rule book and focus on the now

    Wed, 12 Sep 2012

    Managing director of Getabed.co.uk Matt Stuart on throwing out the idea that there are any ‘norms’ left in the travel industry

  • Accor boosts London investment with four new openings

    Tue, 4 Sep 2012

    The Accor group will open four new hotels in London during October, including new properties in Blackfriars, which is within easy reach of the Shard

  • City hotel reopens 18 months after Christchurch quake

    Tue, 4 Sep 2012

    The first city centre hotel in Christchurch has re-opened following the February 2011 earthquake

  • Lowcostbeds in long-haul expansion

    Thu, 30 Aug 2012

    Lowcostbeds will launch a new version of its XML gateway in the coming weeks, as its expands its hotel offering in long-haul destinations to over 20,000 properties

  • Global hotel group to drop WiFi charges

    Wed, 29 Aug 2012

    The Accor hotel group plans to drop WiFi charges at all its hotel brands

  • Agents to win a date with reality TV star

    Mon, 20 Aug 2012

    Sandals Resorts is giving five travel agents the chance to have have tea with the new star of Channel 5’s The Bachelor, Spencer Matthews

  • Youtravel back on the road to profits, insists director

    Fri, 17 Aug 2012

    Youtravel.com’s new majority shareholder has predicted that the bedbank will turn a profit this financial year

  • Como in brand facelift and expansion mode

    Thu, 16 Aug 2012

    Hotelier revamps site amid plans to open four new hotels over the coming year

  • London hotel rates down 35% post-Olympics

    Wed, 15 Aug 2012

    The average price of London hotels is set to drop by 35% now that the Olympics is over, according to new research

  • Ikea to develop budget hotels

    Wed, 15 Aug 2012

    The furniture retailer Ikea is looking to expand its growing property portfolio, with plans to develop around 100 budget hotels across Europe

  • Langham expands with Sydney addition

    Wed, 8 Aug 2012

    The Asian hotelier has put its flag over the former Observatory hotel in the Australian city

  • Hospitality and leisure sector worst for insolvency numbers

    Tue, 7 Aug 2012

    Hospitality and leisure continues to be one of the worst affected sectors with regards to corporate insolvency numbers, the latest analysis by PricewaterhouseCoopers has revealed

  • The Westcliff is sold by Orient-Express

    Tue, 7 Aug 2012

    Orient-Express Hotels has agreed to sell the landmark luxury Johannesburg hotel The Westcliff to an undisclosed buyer

  • InterContinental profit boost on Asia performance

    Tue, 7 Aug 2012

    InterContinental Hotels Group has posted an operating profit of $286 million in its interim results, up 6% from $269 million in 2011

  • Travelport triples hotel content

    Mon, 6 Aug 2012

    Travelport has revealed that the number of hotel properties available in its Travelport Rooms and More hotel booking engine has more than tripled since it launched the tool last summer

  • Olympics see London restaurants slump by 40%

    Fri, 3 Aug 2012

    Research by the British Hospitality Association shows that many London restaurants have experienced a 40% decline in sales in the first week of the Games

  • OFT hotel probe could widen to other parts of travel

    Wed, 1 Aug 2012

    The Office of Fair Trading’s investigation into the hotel online booking sector could broaden out into other areas of the industry, lawyers have warned

  • OFT names Expedia and IHG group in investigation

    Tue, 31 Jul 2012

    The Office of Fair Trading has issued a “Statement of Objections” alleging that hotel groups such as Booking.com, Expedia and InterContinental Hotels have infringed competition law in its online supply of room-only hotel accommodation by online travel agents

  • Four Seasons expands safari options

    Wed, 18 Jul 2012

    Four Seasons has embarked on African expansion with a new management agreement in the Serengeti National Park

  • London hotels clock in at £189 per night over Games

    Tue, 17 Jul 2012

    Hotel prices in London have risen to an average of £189 per night over the Olympics, according to hotel market intelligence provider TravelClick

  • Youtravel boss says sorry for 'problems' as future plans revealed

    Fri, 6 Jul 2012

    Youtravel’s chief executive John Kent has apologised to agents and suppliers for “problems caused” as the company yesterday revealed further plans to introduce new products and destinations

  • Dubai floats plans to convert QE2 into hotel

    Tue, 3 Jul 2012

    There are new plans to refit the QE2 as a 300-room hotel which will be the centrepiece of a entertainment village in Dubai

  • Butlins opens new £25m hotel

    Mon, 2 Jul 2012

    Butlins has officially opened its new £25 million Wave Hotel & Apartments in Bognor Regis – the company’s largest investment in its 75 year history

  • Domestic operator reports post-Euro booking jump

    Fri, 29 Jun 2012

    The UK’s leading supplier of self-catering holiday accommodation has reported an increase in bookings in the three days following England’s exit from Euro 2012

  • Travel is misleading consumers with 'hurry up' ads

    Thu, 28 Jun 2012

    Which? has said the travel industry is misleading consumers with ‘hurry, book now’ style deals after its research showed that time-limited holiday deals often do not offer consumers the best price

  • New Youtravel shareholder reveals plans for bed bank

    Wed, 27 Jun 2012

    YouTravel’s new majority shareholder FTI Group has announced plans to dissolve the company’s consumer-facing brand and to focus on the B2B market, while a technology expert has been appointed to the board.

  • Hotels hit out at Youtravel over payments

    Wed, 20 Jun 2012

    Algarve hotels have been urged not to work with Youtravel.com by the region’s hotel association, after it emerged Youtravel.com would only be paying 70% of its bills to some hoteliers

  • London hotel bookings down by 30%

    Thu, 7 Jun 2012

    JacTravel, the UK-based online hotel wholesaler is forecasting that hotel occupancy during the Olympics will be down by a third this year

  • InterContinental boosts profits on US and China

    Wed, 9 May 2012

    InterContinental Hotels Group has reported a 5% rise in operating profit for the first quarter of the year

  • ATM: Emaar Properties declares 44% profit rise

    Tue, 8 May 2012

    One of Dubai’s major property developers is finally holding its head high again with the announcement of healthy profit at the Arabian Travel Market (ATM)

  • New hotel group takes over Barcelo's UK properties

    Fri, 27 Apr 2012

    Puma Hotels’ Collection has announced that it has taken over Barcelo UK branded hotels

  • Hotels4U.com loses £120,000 in promotional campaign

    Wed, 25 Apr 2012

    Thomas Cook owned Hotels4U has been rapped by the Advertising Standards Authority after it was forced to suspend a voucher promotion it had used to entice bookings on Christmas Day, which lead to unprecedented demand

  • DoubleTree's Thomas Wingham passes away

    Tue, 24 Apr 2012

    Thomas Wingham, director of global public relations for DoubleTree by Hilton, passed away last Thursday, following a heart attack

  • Ryanair enters hotel search market

    Thu, 19 Apr 2012

    Ryanair has launched a new hotel price comparison website, which will search 300,000 hotels across Europe.

  • 100 days to London 2012: Record year forecast for hotels

    Wed, 18 Apr 2012

    PwC has forecast that this year will be a record one for London hotels

  • Caribbean reefs could be gone by 2020

    Wed, 18 Apr 2012

    Guyana’s former president, Bharrat Jagdeo, warned the Caribbean tourism industry that climate change will irrevocably alter the region’s landscape if the earth continues to heat up at the current rate

  • Is Madrid or Barcelona the next Vegas?

    Thu, 12 Apr 2012

    A billionaire casino developer wants to create a new ‘mini Las Vegas strip’ in Spain

  • Dubai hotel celebrates agent Facebook success

    Tue, 10 Apr 2012

    Jebel Ali seeks to entice more agents to join Facebook group with chance of prize holiday

  • Six Senses sold to private equity group

    Tue, 10 Apr 2012

    Six Senses Resorts & Spas has been sold to Pegasus Capital Advisors L.P., a US-based private equity fund manager for an undisclosed sum

  • New Yorkshire hotel looks to locals for recruits

    Tue, 10 Apr 2012

    The new opening in Malton has employed virtually all its staff locally and has partnered with celebrity chef James Martin

  • Hyatt to open its first hotel in Cambodia

    Thu, 5 Apr 2012

    The group’s luxury brand Park Hyatt will badge the former Hotel De La Paix neat Angkor Wat

  • Barcelo Hotels exits the UK market

    Wed, 4 Apr 2012

    Barcelo Hotels is exiting the UK market with Puma Hotels taking over the management of the hotels and reviving the  Paramount Hotels brand

  • Hotels flick the switch for Earth Hour

    Fri, 30 Mar 2012

    Hotels around the world will switching off their lights for one hour tomorrow to support the WWF’s Earth Hour

  • Mandarin Oriental heads 'back' to Morocco

    Wed, 28 Mar 2012

    Hotelier to open new 61-key hotel in Palmeraie area

  • Apex opens latest city hotel

    Fri, 23 Mar 2012

    The group’s eighth UK hotel has launched in the heart of London’s legal quarter but chairman warns of fears over hotel investment climate

  • Clarenco dreams of expansion and new additions

    Fri, 23 Mar 2012

    New brand name and new hotel for founder of Dreams signal big intent on UK hospitality growth

  • 1,000 Greek hotels put up for sale

    Mon, 19 Mar 2012

    Up to 1,000 hotels in Greece are facing closure in the next few weeks by owners struggling to survive following reduced bookings

  • Hotel harnesses augmented reality with sports stars

    Mon, 12 Mar 2012

    The world’s first agmented reality hotel has been unveiled by Holiday Inn, which will feature British sporting stars

  • Leading Hotels reports positive growth

    Fri, 24 Feb 2012

    Global membership group generates 13% revenue boom in 2011

  • InterContinental sees operating profit rise by 26%

    Tue, 14 Feb 2012

    InterContinental Hotels Group has reported operating profit to $559 million and says it remains well positioned to leverage growth in emerging markets

  • South-west retains top spot, says Haven

    Tue, 14 Feb 2012

    Haven bookings for 2012 are up 10% compared with this time last year, with Devon and Cornwall remaining the favourite domestic destinations

  • Travelodge battles debt pile

    Mon, 13 Feb 2012

    Travelodge has reportedly sought an emergency bank loan, according to weekend newspaper reports

  • Greece expansion for Youhotels.com

    Mon, 30 Jan 2012

    Youhotels.com has expanded its portfolio in Greece, increasing the number of properties on 10 islands and introducing 21 new hotels in the Attica region

  • Cut our red tape now, says industry

    Wed, 25 Jan 2012

    The travel industry has urged the government to act on reducing red tape in the sector following the release of a  report today by tourism minister John Penrose.

  • TripAdvisor launches 'measurement' tools for businesses

    Wed, 25 Jan 2012

    TripAdvisor has launched a new analytics service for businesses, which summarises their ‘performance’ on the travel review site

  • Ramsay to open Vegas restaurant

    Tue, 24 Jan 2012

    The chef is to open a steakhouse inside the Paris hotel

  • Bali hailed as next Jumeirah opening

    Mon, 23 Jan 2012

    Dubai-based hotelier planning to open resort on Indonesian island

  • Movenpick leads way with new eco plans

    Thu, 19 Jan 2012

    The Swiss-based hotel group is to roll out a number of iniatives including wooden key cards

  • Amadeus and HRS ink landmark GDS agreement

    Wed, 18 Jan 2012

    Amadeus has announced that it has agreed a strategic alliance with HRS that will allow it to distribute HRS’s hotel content.

  • MP accuses London hotels of 'ripping off customers'

    Mon, 16 Jan 2012

    The shadow Olympics secretary has accused London hoteliers of ripping off customers as they seek to cash in on the Olympics.

  • Island Outpost founder lined up for luxury summit

    Fri, 13 Jan 2012

    Chris Blackwell to be one of key speakers at FT summit at Four Seasons Marrakech

  • St Vincent launches digital detox campaign

    Thu, 12 Jan 2012

    Lifecoach will help travellers “switch off” following research shows growing strain on relationships from digital overload

  • Four Seasons sets out digital trends

    Thu, 12 Jan 2012

    Hotelier highlights “luxury rebound” and showcases $18m web development

  • Insolvencies up as economy falters

    Wed, 11 Jan 2012

    Hotels and travel and tourism businesses have been hit hard by the weak economy with a 18% year-on-year increase in insolvencies for the last quarter of 2011.

  • Intercontinental plans new hotel brand for China

    Fri, 6 Jan 2012

    Intercontinental Hotels Group (IHG) is reportedly planning to launch a new brand specifically for the Chinese market in the next six months.

  • Kuoni's new Europe brochure out today

    Tue, 3 Jan 2012

    Kuoni’s new European brochure will hit agents’ desks today, featuring 10 countries with a focus on Mediterranean beach properties.

  • New London hotel to open in April

    Wed, 21 Dec 2011

    Apex Hotels has announced that it will open its third London hotel - Apex Temple Court – on 1 April 2012.

  • Missoni to open hotel in Mauritius

    Tue, 20 Dec 2011

    Italian fashion hosue and Rezidor agree latest opening for brand

  • Youhotels.com switches to agency status

    Tue, 20 Dec 2011

    Youhotels.com will move from having principal status to agency status in early 2012.

  • W reveals first glimpse of Paris hotel

    Thu, 15 Dec 2011

    Global expansion continues into 2012 with the opening W Paris Opera on Valentines Day

  • Grenada resort offers new incentive

    Tue, 13 Dec 2011

    Agents booking Mount Cinnamon can benefit from new promotion scheme

  • Morgans to manage third London property

    Tue, 13 Dec 2011

    The Mondrian London is to open on the South Bank by 2014 in former Sea Containers House

  • Jumeirah expands deeper into Europe

    Mon, 12 Dec 2011

    Dubai-based group announces plans for Rome property and Europe portfolio growth to six in 2012

  • ILTM 2011: agents told "tap into multi-gen travel"

    Fri, 9 Dec 2011

    Companies need to explore huge growth potential of extended family travel

  • Regional hotels braced for tough 2012

    Wed, 7 Dec 2011

    The fragile state of the UK economy may mean that next year will be a particularly tough one for hoteliers outside London, a forecast from PwC warns.

  • Rise in business travel boosts Best Western sales

    Thu, 1 Dec 2011

    Hotel group Best Western claims it is on course for its “best year ever” after a boost in its agency and direct customer bookings.

  • Asian hoteliers in growth mode

    Wed, 30 Nov 2011

    Como Hotels and Resorts and GHM have eyes on expansion

  • Hotel room of the future, according to Microsoft

    Tue, 22 Nov 2011

    Microsoft and Novotel have teamed up to create what they believe is the hotel room of the future, featuring high-tech gadgets in a Paris hotel.

  • Youhotels reduces portfolio by third; introduces UAE

    Mon, 21 Nov 2011

    Youhotels.com is reducing its hotel portfolio by 30% following a three-month review, while also expanding into the UAE and Florida.

  • WTM 2011: Urban hotels to drive Iberostar expansion

    Thu, 10 Nov 2011

    City hotels are to be the focus of growth for Iberostar Hotels & Resorts.

  • Tui hotels move is 'absurd' - Greek minister

    Tue, 8 Nov 2011

    The Greek tourism minister has condemned as “absurd” Tui’s decision to ask hoteliers to sign new contracts in drachmas should the country leave the eurozone.

  • WTM 2011: Rotana expands into new ME markets

    Mon, 7 Nov 2011

    Rotana will open its first properties in Bahrain, Jordan and Oman next year, as well as opening a further five new hotels across the Middle East.

  • Constance Hotels launches agent incentive

    Fri, 4 Nov 2011

    Agents can win holidays to Mauritius or the Maldives in new sales drive from hotelier

  • Kuoni 'discovers' new programme

    Fri, 4 Nov 2011

    The operator collects experiences from Bolivia to Bhutan in new brochure

  • Park Hyatt Sydney raises the bar

    Fri, 4 Nov 2011

    Hotel finishes £40m refurb with new floor of suites

  • Youhotels looks to grow agent sales with new team

    Tue, 1 Nov 2011

    Youhotels.com is looking to grow its agency sales having set up a new look sales team with three new members of staff.

  • Agents to get access to Wyndham apartments

    Tue, 1 Nov 2011

    UK agents are being given access to more than 200,000 apartments through Hoseasons owner Wyndham Exchange and Rentals.

  • InterContinental Hotels enjoys US sales surge

    Mon, 24 Oct 2011

    InterContinental Hotels Group has been boosted by strong demand in the US – particularly for its relaunched Holiday Inn brand.

  • Carrier expands in Africa and adds cruising

    Fri, 21 Oct 2011

    Operator’s programme will feature several new destinations for 2012

  • London hotels set for revenue rise

    Tue, 18 Oct 2011

    London hotel revenue is expected to increase by 8.3% next year as the city benefits from hosting the Olympics.

  • Brits bargain hunting in destinations hit by financial crisis

    Wed, 5 Oct 2011

    Britons are going bargain-hunting for cheap hotel deals in destinations hit by the European debt crisis

  • Two agents land dream £5,000 holiday

    Wed, 28 Sep 2011

    Two Thomas Cook agents will be enjoying a £5,000 holiday of a lifetime after winning a dream prize with Iberostar Hotels & Resorts.

  • Travelife commended by European Parliament

    Tue, 27 Sep 2011

    Abta’s Travelife Sustainability System has been commended by the European Parliament.

  • Butlins unveils new hotel for Bognor Regis

    Thu, 22 Sep 2011

    Butlins is to open a third hotel at its Bognor Regis resort which will be designed to cater for families.

  • Blackstone snaps up Mint hotel group

    Mon, 19 Sep 2011

    Private equity giant Blackstone has purchased private British hotel group Mint.

  • London hotels have 'worst reputation in Europe'

    Thu, 8 Sep 2011

    London hotels have been blasted for having the worst reputation in Europe, after new research compared them with hotels in other European cities.

  • Midtown move for Hyatt

    Thu, 1 Sep 2011

    Hotel group opens new-style residential hotel on Lexington and expands in Vietnam

  • Park Hyatt launches global culinary festival

    Thu, 1 Sep 2011

    Hotel group plans to expand Masters of Food and Wine concept to all properties

  • Necker looks to industry to help

    Thu, 1 Sep 2011

    The island resort and home of Richard Branson is hoping the travel industry can help collect memorabilia after losses in blaze

  • YTL looks to expand in Borneo

    Wed, 31 Aug 2011

    Pangkor Laut owner says two new hotels will be remote luxury locations

  • Virgin Holidays' new Orlando lounge

    Wed, 31 Aug 2011

    Virgin Holidays has officially opened the doors of its first Florida concierge lounge at Hilton Bonnets Creek in Orlando.

  • Andaz expands in Shanghai

    Tue, 30 Aug 2011

    Hyatt’s design brand has first opening in Asia

  • Back to business in Bahamas

    Tue, 30 Aug 2011

    Most of the large resorts in the Bahamas are open and operating normally after Hurricane Irene swept across the islands last week.

  • New London hotel at Arsenal development

    Tue, 30 Aug 2011

    A new 130-room, mid-market hotel should open on the Berkley Homes Royal Arsenal Riverside development in London in spring 2013.

  • Premier Holidays aims to boost Malaysia sales

    Wed, 24 Aug 2011

    Operator runs agent incentive in hope of spreading destination’s appeal

  • Mountain hut charges £1,200 a night

    Tue, 23 Aug 2011

    ‘Farmers’ hut in Swiss Alps offers guests Sound of Music lifestyle on mountainside

  • London hotels boost Park Plaza sales

    Fri, 19 Aug 2011

    Hotel chain Park Plaza has seen revenue jump by 75% due to the benefit of new properties and strong corporate demand in the UK.

  • Air Asia boss takes over QPR football club

    Fri, 19 Aug 2011

    Air Asia boss Tony Fernandes has become the new owner of Premier League football team Queens Park Rangers.

  • Maritim's £22 million Mauritius makeover

    Thu, 18 Aug 2011

    Resort investment hopes to make hotel five-star

  • Romance low priority at Hilton resorts

    Thu, 18 Aug 2011

    Hotelier reveals keys to resort success and growth in all-inclusives

  • Abta expands Travelife team

    Tue, 16 Aug 2011

    Abta has expanded its Travelife team with the appointment of Soren Stober in the new role of business manager for the environmental project.

  • Viceroy sets sights on Turkey

    Mon, 15 Aug 2011

    North American resort management company to open Bodrum hotel

  • Travelodge looks to open new hotels near national parks

    Mon, 15 Aug 2011

    Hotel chain Travelodge is planning to open a series of properties located close to the UK’s national parks.

  • Opinion: VAT implications of Medhotels case

    Wed, 10 Aug 2011

    Andrew Burnham advises agents on what to consider when it comes to their exposure to TOMS following the recent Medhotels ruling.

  • Mobile sites boost Intercontinental revenue

    Wed, 10 Aug 2011

    Technology will remain a major area of investment for the Intercontinental Group with mobile booking sites and apps now generating over $10 million in revenue a month.

  • Prodigy fuels surge in golf interest

    Tue, 9 Aug 2011

    McIlroy’s sponsor promotes lessons at hotel to young players

  • Kuoni launches direct-sell hotels website

    Fri, 5 Aug 2011

    Kuoni has launched a new hotels website for consumers offering more than 50,000 properties in the UK, Europe and Worldwide.

  • ‘Meliá Génova’ to open in Genoa

    Fri, 5 Aug 2011

    Meliá Hotels International is set to open a new five-star hotel in Genoa, Italy this September.

  • Mandarin Orchard wins green award

    Thu, 4 Aug 2011

    Meritus’ hotel leads by example in Singapore

  • "Business as usual" at The Palmyra

    Thu, 4 Aug 2011

    Managers say Jamaican property will remain operational

  • Sovereign unveils new 2012 brochure

    Thu, 4 Aug 2011

    Adults-only and all-inclusive hotels get more of an emphasis in programme as operator celebrates 40th year

  • Ayada confirms October opening

    Tue, 2 Aug 2011

    Latest resort to open in southern Maldives will now have an ESPA spa

  • London hotels boost profits for Millennium & Copthorne

    Tue, 2 Aug 2011

    Millennium & Copthorne Hotels has increased profits by 60% during the first half of 2011 as room rates have continued to rise.

  • New Bulgarian property for Meliá Hotels

    Mon, 1 Aug 2011

    Meliá Hotels International is set to open its sixth property in Bulgaria next summer with the four-star Sol Marina Palace in Nessebar .

  • Aussie resort reopens after cyclone damage

    Mon, 1 Aug 2011

    An Australian resort has reopened today – five months after it was damaged by the cyclones which hit the Queensland coast.

  • Vietnam - the next big thing?

    Wed, 20 Jul 2011

    The UK trade has reacted with delight to the news that Vietnam Airlines will introduce two weekly flights from Gatwick to both Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City from December.

  • Ferragamos' hotels join GHA

    Tue, 19 Jul 2011

    Italian expansion sees Lungarno Collection become 14th member of Global Hotel Alliance

  • Business travellers told to plan early for Olympics summer

    Tue, 19 Jul 2011

    Business travel agency Hogg Robinson has launched a strategy to cope with the lack of hotel beds in London next summer during the Olympics.

  • InterContinental appoints new Europe boss in shake-up

    Mon, 18 Jul 2011

    InterContinental Hotels Group has announced a management shake-up which sees the appointment of a new chief executive for its European business.

  • Hand Picked sees record bookings from flash sales

    Wed, 13 Jul 2011

    Luxury hotel collection celebrates 10th anniversary with party at London’s Wallace Collection

  • Travelife boosted as hotel numbers rise by 60%

    Tue, 12 Jul 2011

    The number of hotels to sign up for the Travelife Sustainability System has shot up by 60% in the last year.

  • Mustique eyes bigger slice of UK market

    Fri, 8 Jul 2011

    New UK office for the island will aim to dispel misconceptions about the Caribbean island

  • Branson puts Australian home up for hire

    Fri, 8 Jul 2011

    Travellers can stay at entrepreneur’s Balinese private island in Noosa

  • New sector skills council formed for travel industry

    Tue, 5 Jul 2011

    A new sector skills council has been formed covering the needs of the hospitality, passenger transport and travel industries.

  • Reading project allows Sandals' guests to 'give back'

    Tue, 5 Jul 2011

    Caribbean hotel chain Sandals has launched a reading project for local schools as the company’s first official “voluntourism” programme.

  • Park Lane Hilton back in business after fire

    Mon, 4 Jul 2011

    The iconic London Hilton on Park Lane in is back to business after a fire broke out in the basement on Friday.

  • Celebrities evacuated after blaze in Hilton Hotel

    Mon, 4 Jul 2011

    Guests were forced to flee the Hilton Hotel in London’s Park Lane following a fire on Friday.

  • London hotels enjoy 'spectacular' spring

    Fri, 1 Jul 2011

    London’s hotel market has taken off over the last few months with rates rising by 11.4% since the start of the year.

  • Fairmont ups agent bonus for summer

    Wed, 29 Jun 2011

    The 60-strong hotel group will double points from July-September

  • MedHotels launches second appeal against £7.1m VAT bill

    Wed, 29 Jun 2011

    Accommodation-only specialist MedHotels has today launched its second appeal over a £7.1 million VAT bill

  • HotelConnect ceasing trading with 6,000 trade bookings

    Tue, 28 Jun 2011

    Bed bank HotelConnect has ceased trading with around 6,000 trade bookings.

  • TTG Virtual: Luxury: 'Agents need to become their own brand'

    Tue, 28 Jun 2011

    Successful travel agents are those who create their own brand, the chief marketing officer of Ritz-Carlton Hotels told delegates at today’s TTG Luxury: Virtual event.

  • von Essen founder 'over-estimated' assets

    Mon, 27 Jun 2011

    Administrators have accused von Essen hotel chain founder Andrew Davis of overestimating the assets of the company.

  • Hotels boosted by recovery in leisure travel

    Wed, 22 Jun 2011

    Hotel rates for leisure customers around the world rose by 5% last month as the sector continues its recovery from recession.

  • New hotel audits "could give trade due diligence defence"

    Fri, 17 Jun 2011

    Hotel auditing body Check Safety First is creating online health and safety reports for agents and operators to download free of charge.

  • First Choice teams up with TripAdvisor

    Wed, 15 Jun 2011

    First Choice has teamed up with TripAdvisor to enable its customers to check out user reviews and ratings from the comparison site on the First Choice website.

  • Best Western campaigns for free internet in UK hotels

    Tue, 14 Jun 2011

    Best Western has launched a national campaign to ensure free internet for every hotel guest in a bid to save British business up to £1.4 billion.

  • Laterooms to promote bed and breakfasts in UK

    Fri, 10 Jun 2011

    Online accommodation site Laterooms.com is to encourage customers to book bed and breakfasts in the UK as part of a new campaign.

  • ITT 2011: Expect consolidation in hotel sector

    Wed, 8 Jun 2011

    The president of Hilton Worldwide Europe said he expects huge consolidation in the hotel sector in the coming years.

  • JacTravel opens property portfolio to trade

    Thu, 2 Jun 2011

    Inbound travel and online hotel specialist JacTravel has signed a number of distribution deals that will make its property portfolio available to the UK travel trade for the first time.

  • Top London hotels offer free bikes

    Mon, 30 May 2011

    Stylish London hotels to offer free bike hire for guests

  • Hotel to host Mad Men parties

    Mon, 30 May 2011

    London hotel will put on parties based on hit TV series for MICE market

  • Is this Britain's biggest bed?

    Mon, 30 May 2011

    A hotel in Devon has rolled out the UK’s “largest bed”

  • Redesign for Stockholm hotel

    Mon, 30 May 2011

    Grace Kelly-inspired rooms and suites revealed at Sweden’s top hotel

  • Behind the scenes tours at The Dorchester

    Mon, 30 May 2011

    Curious design-savvy Londoners to get behind-the-scenes tours of one of the capital’s most famous hotels

  • New Holiday Villages planned after Tui deal

    Fri, 27 May 2011

    First Choice is to open new Holiday Villages in Turkey after parent company Tui Travel purchased the Magic Life brand of resorts.

  • Trenz 2011: World Cup to arrest slide

    Thu, 26 May 2011

    New Zealand is looking to the Rugby World Cup this autumn to help reverse a continuing slide in UK visitor figures

  • Inbound operator challenges hotels over 'punitive' Olympics rates

    Tue, 29 Mar 2011

    UK inbound operator JacTravel has challenged London’s hotels to prove they are not “profiteering” from the Olympic Games by hiking room rates during the event next year.The British Hospitality Association said last week that hotels taking part in Olympic organiser Locog’s “fair price” agreement were offering room allocations at below market rates. 

  • LHW honours independent hoteliers

    Fri, 25 Mar 2011

    Some of Europe’s leading independent hoteliers gathered at Somerset House in London for a press reception hosted by Leading Hotels of the World. LHW chairman Ted Teng welcomed members of family dynasties that have run some of the world’s most iconic properties for several generations.

  • Cook to meet Olympic organiser over package prices

    Fri, 25 Mar 2011

    Thomas Cook is today meeting with the organisers of the London Olympics to discuss the pricing of its packages to the games.Cook has received criticism for the high price of some of its short-break packages to next summer’s games.The tour operator, which has the exclusive contract to sell the Olympic breaks in the UK, is due to meet with organising committee Locog and the ...

  • Paris's Hotel George V to get €20m refurb

    Fri, 25 Mar 2011

    The Four Seasons Hotel George V in Paris is to invest €20 million over the next three years on refurbishing its guestrooms.  The property, which will unveil the first of its new-look rooms and suites in the middle of April, is facing the arrival of several large hotel openings from Asian groups eager to ...

  • TV chef Brian Turner to open Butlins restaurant

    Fri, 25 Mar 2011

    Butlins has teamed up with TV chef Brian Turner to open a new restaurant at its Bognor Regis resort.Turner, who has made regular appearances on TV shows Ready Steady Cook and This Morning, will open his family restaurant next month. It will offer “classic British cooking with a generous sprinkling of Butlins-style fun twists”.Turner said: “Butlins ...

  • Hotel group launches campaign to highlight rewards

    Thu, 24 Mar 2011

    Leading Hotels of the World has launched a campaign to highlight its new benefits scheme with Worldtravelguide.netThe hotel group has introduced its Leaders Club rewards programme, which is designed to make guests’ stays at its 430 properties more “fulfilling and personalised”.Benefits include the ability to ...

  • St Lucia to host luxury tourism conference

    Wed, 23 Mar 2011

    St Lucia is to play host to a conference focused on luxury tourism in the Caribbean.The Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association's (CHTA) Caribbean Boutique and Intimate Hotel Conference will take place on the island from October 13-15.Senator Allen Chastanet, the island’s minister of tourism and civil aviation, said the country was “delighted” ...

  • Travel companies should appeal to set-jetters

    Wed, 23 Mar 2011

    Travel businesses are missing out on the potential economic benefits of film tourism and the possible “Downton Abbey effect” of visitor booms as people go "set-jetting" once locations have played starring roles on TV.Speaking at the London International Film Tourism Conference, VisitBritain chief executive Sandie Dawe said 40% of all inbound visitors ...

  • London sees hotel prices rise

    Wed, 23 Mar 2011

    London hotel prices have increased by 7% in the last year but the UK capital is only the eighth most expensive city to stay in, according to a new study of the world’s leading cities.Online reservations service hotel.info found that Moscow remains the city with the world’s most expensive rooms according to its hotel price barometer for February 2011.Rooms in Russia’s capital cost an average ...

  • Essaouira opening marks latest Sofitel expansion

    Mon, 21 Mar 2011

    Sofitel has opened its latest Moroccan hotel, near the resort town of Essaouira on the Atlantic coast.The new Sofitel Mogador Essaouira Golf & Spa hotel also marks the group’s first collaboration with Lacoste, with two villas designed by the French fashion brand.The hotel is designed by Moroccan architect Rachid El Andaloussi with interiors ...

  • Cook hits back at Olympic criticism

    Mon, 21 Mar 2011

    Thomas Cook has hit back at newspaper reports accusing the operator of cashing in on next year’s Olympics.Do you work for Cook? Have you seen much interest in Olympic breaks, and what have customers' reactions been to the prices? Let us know by emailing ttgletters@ttglive.com or commenting at the end ...

  • Global hotel room prices rose by average 2% in 2010

    Mon, 21 Mar 2011

    The average cost of a hotel room rose 2% around the world in 2010, but was still at the level it was in 2004, data from a new survey has revealed.The Hotel Price Index (HPI), by Hotels.com showed that prices rose by 1% in Latin America and the Caribbean and fell by 2% in Asia. The average was boosted by a 2% rise in North America.

  • MGallery gets UK foothold with St Ermin's

    Fri, 18 Mar 2011

    MGallery, the expanding boutique brand of hotel giant Accor, is to make its debut in London and continue the current boom in the capital’s hotel scene.Plans are well advanced for the opening of the St Ermin’s Hotel in London's Victoria and next to St James Park Underground station.The hotel is being developed by US-based Amerimar Enterprises, ...

  • Travel joins Red Nose fundraising efforts

    Fri, 18 Mar 2011

    Travel companies are at the forefront of raising money for today’s Red Nose Day 2011.Among those doing their bit for the Comic Relief event on BBC One tonight are staff at Thomas Cook’s head office in Peterborough who are volunteering to receive donation calls.Last year, Cook workers helped to take donations over the phone during the Sports Relief charity event and ...

  • Holiday club looks for trade support

    Fri, 18 Mar 2011

    Holiday club operator Club La Costa is looking for trade partners as it launches a new business targeting mainstream holidaymakers.The company, which runs 28 resorts in the UK, Austria, Spain, Turkey, Australia and the US, currently manages 250,000 holidays a year for its members and guests.Now it is planning to open up its resorts to the mainstream holiday market and is looking to work with the UK travel trade to sell stays ...

  • Tsunami warning downgraded for US mainland and Hawaii

    Sat, 12 Mar 2011

    At least five people have been swept out to sea in California and Oregon after the first waves from the tsunami triggered by the Japan earthquake hit the US mainland.Waves reaching more than six feet hit Crescent City in California, damaging vessels and harbour docks, and causing around £1.25 million in damage in Santa Cruz, according to reports.

  • New hotel brands to launch in Thailand

    Fri, 11 Mar 2011

    The founder of Aleenta, a boutique two-hotel brand in Thailand, is to expand in the luxury sector with the operation of two new brands, with flagships for each planned for opening in Koh Samui this year. Akyra has been created by Anchalika Kijkanakorn (pictured), who launched her Aleenta brand in 2003. Akyra Chura Samui ...

  • SLH sees rebound in luxury stays

    Thu, 10 Mar 2011

    Small Luxury Hotels of the World celebrates its 20th anniversary this year, so April Hutchinson catches up with chief executive Paul Kerr who started the business with just 70 hotels in 1991. PAUL KERR SEEMS IN rightly bullish mode when we meet at The Capital in London, one of the 527 member hotels of Small Luxury Hotels of the World.Kerr ...

  • Keeping Kimpton ahead of the game

    Thu, 10 Mar 2011

    Celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants was the forerunner of boutique hotels in the US and now has more than 50 hotels. April Hutchinson catches up with dynamic COO and president Niki Leondakis IF YOU DO A search for Kimpton on Twitter, one of the many things that pops up is “socially-conscious sipping”. Whatever, that is right?

  • Lanesborough to launch £14,000-suite

    Thu, 10 Mar 2011

    The Lanesborough is planning to reveal a new four-bedroom suite in one of the latest moves among London's five-star hotels. 

Due for completion in May and priced at £14,000, the hotel is claiming its new Lanesborough Suite will be one of the largest and most luxurious suites in the capital. 

The 380 sq m suite has been designed by respected interior designer

  • London's latest luxury hotel to open in April

    Thu, 10 Mar 2011

    Developed at a cost of £300 million, the Corinthia Hotel London is to open next month having already hosted a series of high-profile events and 'pop-up' bar and restaurant nights in its Victorian ballroom. April Hutchinson dons a hard hat and dodges the “wet paint” signs for a look around.AS I WALK IN, the hotel is unsurprisingly a hive of activity with ...

  • Metropolitan puts Ecuador on the map

    Thu, 10 Mar 2011

    Metropolitan Touring is to open a duo of new hotels this year in Ecuador making it possible to combine a stay in a boutique hotel in Quito with a trip to the cloudforest and a stay in a new eco-lodge.Mashpi Lodge is being built on the western slopes of the Andes, 2.5hrs drive from Quito and is aiming to open in November. It is in Tumbez-Choco-Magdalena, an enormous biodiversity hotspot covering 1,500km of the Pacific coast and the lodge itself ...

  • Interview: IHG's Jennifer Fox on why the hotel sector is bouncing back

    Thu, 10 Mar 2011

    With 171 hotels and 60 more on the way, InterContinental Hotels & Resorts is in expansion mode. Jennifer Fox, IHG chief operating officer for Europe, tells April Hutchinson why she thinks the sector is recoveringA passionate traveller since she was young, Australian Jennifer Fox doesn’t let the grass grow under her feet, having studied and worked all over the world. Catching up with her proves ...

  • New bidder enters race to buy Claridge's

    Mon, 7 Mar 2011

    Three of London's top luxury hotels could come under the control of a key figure in Iceland's financial collapse, according to a report yesterday.Claridge's, The Berkeley and The Connaught, which make up the Maybourne Hotel Group, are being targeted by Robert Tchenguiz, according to the Mail on Sunday.The paper said Tchenguiz ...

  • Tunisian hotels urged not to slash prices

    Fri, 4 Mar 2011

    The head of the Tunisian National Tourist Office has urged hotels not to slash prices in an effort to get tourists to come back to the country.The first charter flights from the UK returned to Tunisia on Wednesday as Thomas Cook resumed holidays in the destination for the first time since the political uprising in mid-January.Mohamed Naceur Laribi, commissioner-general for tourism, ...

  • Mercure adds two UK hotels

    Tue, 1 Mar 2011

    Mercure has added two hotels in London and another in Nottingham following a franchise deal between its parent company Accor and London Town Hotel Group.The properties in Kensington and Nottingham will open in June, with the Mercure London Paddington scheduled to open later this month. Both hotels will be rated four star, ...

  • Jumeirah to open in Maldives next month

    Fri, 25 Feb 2011

    Jumeirah has released an opening package for its new resort set to open in the Maldives next month.Jumeirah Dhevanafushi is the group’s first hotel in the Maldives and has been developed as an all-suite resort in the Gaafu Alifu Atoll. It will have 22 island villas and a “water village” called The Ocean Pearls with 16 ocean villas, all with pools. The island ...

  • VisitBritain teams up with Emirates for new luxury campaign

    Fri, 25 Feb 2011

    VisitBritain has joined forces with the airline Emirates to launch a new jointly funded tourism marketing campaign.The up-market project will be called “Britain: A Tradition of Luxury”, and will be aimed at Britain’s growth markets.It comes after the number of wealthy people with over $1 million in disposable funds, grew by 17.1% in 2009 to 10 ...

  • Anantara adds to Thailand portfolio

    Thu, 24 Feb 2011

    Anantara has taken on the management of an additional property in Thailand.The move sees its total of hotels in the country rise to nine with the addition of Rasananda, on Koh Phangan.Rasananda’s Thai owners said the resort had managed to achieve high occupancy since opening two years ago, but that "demand has grown beyond our anticipation”, prompting ...

  • Sani Beach Hotel to turn five-star

    Thu, 24 Feb 2011

    Sani Beach Hotel is to be relaunched as a five-star hotel when it reopens for the summer season this April.The resort’s owners say significant refurbishments and room reconfiguration at a cost of €15 million have transformed the hotel - part of a large resort in Halkidiki with its own marina and village in a nature reserve - into a five-star hotel.The new-look Sani Beach Hotel will have ...

  • easyJet Holidays goes on sale through Teletext

    Wed, 23 Feb 2011

    EasyJet Holidays programme goes on sale for the first time today with Teletext Holidays as the launch partner.The venture, which combines easyJet flights and lowcostbeds range of accommodation is launching with five million deals.It is on sale through Teletext Holidays and a dedicated easyJet Holidays call centre. EasyJet Holidays own website will launch next month.The tie up between the two companies comes after Teletext Holidays ...

  • Death toll from New Zealand earthquake rises

    Wed, 23 Feb 2011

    The death toll from yesterday’s earthquake in New Zealand has continued to rise, with around 75 people now feared to have been killed.Police have described “incredible carnage” throughout Christchurch, with “bodies littering the streets”, according to reports.Over 300 people remain missing, with 48 pulled out from collapsed buildings ...

  • Insurance company warns travellers to keep close eye on Morocco unrest

    Wed, 23 Feb 2011

    Holiday insurance company Essential Travel has warned travellers that they must “keep abreast” of the situation in Morocco or face losing their travel insurance.Commenting on the increasing unrest across the Middle East and North Africa, Stuart Bensusan of EssentialTravel.co.uk urged holiday makers to be be vigilant."Further to the widespread civil unrest ...

  • Mixed fortunes for Rezidor

    Tue, 22 Feb 2011

    2010 was a year of mixed fortunes for the owner of hotel brands Radisson Blu and Park Inn. The Rezidor Hotel Group enjoyed strong growth in revenue per available (RevPAR) room across most of its global operation, and saw total revenue increase by 16%. But, after tax, the company lost €2.7 million, and has not proposed a dividend for shareholders. The company opened a number of new hotels that amounted to a 7,200-room boost to its ...

  • Sol Meliá in Chinese travel firm deal

    Tue, 22 Feb 2011

    Spanish hotel firm Sol Meliá has signed a strategic partnership with China’s Jin Jiang International Hotel Company in a bid to drive synergies in marketing, sales and operations.The tie-up with Jin Jiang, the leading Chinese hotel chain and second largest travel agency group in China, will allow both chains to grow in Asia and Europe.A joint company statement ...

  • Millennium & Copthorne plans global expansion after profits boost

    Wed, 16 Feb 2011

    Millennium & Copthorne Hotels plans to expand worldwide after seeing pre-tax profits rise by 57% to £128.6 million for the last financial year.The hotel chain also saw overall sales up by 13.7% to £743.7 million for 2010 while revenue per available room (revpar) increased 13.9% to £61.06 from last year's figure of £53.62.Chairman Kwek Leng Beng said: "The group performed well ...

  • Landmark London launches agent offer

    Wed, 16 Feb 2011

    The Landmark London has introduced a new promotion to benefit both guests and agents.The hotel has introduced a program entitled “You Choose”, lasting from now until the end of April 2011, which gives guests a 20% food and drink discount voucher on check-in that can be used in any outlet of their choice during their stay.These include the Winter Garden, the Twotwentytwo ...

  • Trump SoHo launches new suites

    Tue, 15 Feb 2011

    Trump SoHo, flagged as the first luxury hotel in downtown Manhattan when it opened last April, has launched 11 new penthouse suites.The hotel’s director of sales and marketing Sharon Telesca said the new suites on its upper floors mean Trump SoHo can now claim to have more two-bedroom suites than any other hotel in New York. The new Trump SoHo suites include one 2,300-square-foot ...

  • IHG reports 22% profit rise

    Tue, 15 Feb 2011

    InterContinental Hotels is braced for a $3 million hit on 2011 profits from the unrest in Egypt.The British hotels group gave the initial estimate of the impact of the Egypt crisis as it revealed results for 2010, which it said saw the sharpest recovery in the industry’s history after a slow start to the year.Full year results to the end of December 2010 saw operating profit rise 22% to $444 million helped by ...

  • Orient Express boosts benefits for exclusive agents' club

    Fri, 11 Feb 2011

    Luxury hotels, trains and cruises brand Orient Express is strengthening ties with its top-selling agents, with new incentives for members of its invite-only Bellini Club. To mark the fifth anniversary of the club, the company now gives member agents direct priority access to its properties’ general managers, and gives clients a gift voucher on behalf of the agent toward their next booking. The club is also offering members ...

  • Alila expands into Cambodia

    Fri, 11 Feb 2011

    Alila Hotels & Resorts is to make its debut in Cambodia, taking over management of The Sothea in Siem Reap.

The all-suite resort, which opened in 2009 and lies in the heart of Siem Reap - known for the Unesco-listed Angkor Temples - is to be rebranded as Alila Sothea.

Alila Sothea has four categories ...

  • London set for 27% leap in luxury hotels

    Fri, 11 Feb 2011

    London is set for a 27% increase in luxury hotel roomstock, according to a report by PricewaterhouseCoopers, and will most likely be able to sustain the huge spike in openings.With the arrival of brands such as Bulgari, Shangri-La, Edition and W, there will be as many as 2,400 rooms currently under construction or planned in 18 hotels as developers, ...

  • Haven sees surge in spring bookings

    Wed, 9 Feb 2011

    Haven Holidays has seen trade bookings increase by 21% for its spring breaks.The UK holiday parks operator, which is part of Bourne Leisure, said overall sales for the seasonal breaks were up by 50% year-on-year.The company added that it had also seen an increase in demand for its upmarket Platinum-grade accommodation as well as more seven-night bookings during peak ...

  • Akkeron saves 200 jobs with hotels purchase

    Tue, 8 Feb 2011

    Akkeron Hotels Group has purchased 10 UK hotels from the administrators of Butterfly Hotels and Crowne Hotels.The properties are all under the Holiday Inn Express, Ramada or Best Western brands and are mostly located in East Anglia and the Midlands.The deal, which increases Akkeron’s portfolio of hotels to 36, will protect 200 jobs at the ...

  • Hotel company launches dedicated site for ops

    Tue, 8 Feb 2011

    A dedicated website for tour operators has been launched by Chilean hotel development company The Singular.The company is expected to open its two hotels in 2011 and 2012.Operators will be able to download rates, photos, maps, brochures and general information from the site at

  • Disney to be inspiration for revamped Pontin's

    Mon, 7 Feb 2011

    The new owner of Pontin’s is looking to create a Disney-style experience at its UK parks.Alex Langsam, owner of Britannia Hotel Group which bought Pontin’s from administrator KPMG last week, said he would keep the company’s historic “bluecoat” entertainers as part of a £25 million makeover of the five parks.But he wants to ...

  • ttgluxury Seminar: Price cuts will not work with luxury

    Thu, 3 Feb 2011

    Hotels and destinations have been warned that they will drive luxury customers away if they drop their prices too much.What do you think? Can discounting work with luxury products? Let us know by emailing ttgletters@ttglive.com or commenting at the end of this story.Operators speaking at the ttgluxury

  • Marriott unveils new hotel brand

    Wed, 2 Feb 2011

    Mariott International has announced a new brand of hotels, AC Hotels by Martiott.

  • Youtravel rebrands as Youhotels.com

    Mon, 31 Jan 2011

    Bed bank Youtravel is rebranding its trade website as Youhotels.com from next month.The company will make the change from February 16, but agents can already access the new website. It said that the main features of the accommodation-only site would remain the same, despite the name change.Group managing director Graham Nichols said: “One of the key reasons for the change is to make it ...

  • Britannia promises 'considerable investment' in Pontin's

    Mon, 31 Jan 2011

    The future of British holiday park operator Pontin’s has been safeguarded after it was purchased by the Britannia Hotel Group.Do you think this is a wise move by Britannia? Do you think parks like Pontin's have a long-term future? Let us know by emailing ttgletters@ttglive.com ...

  • Elite eyes growth in tough climate

    Fri, 28 Jan 2011

    Elite Island Resorts is looking at further growth in the Caribbean, despite a series of rising taxes.Rob Barrett, chairman of Elite Island Resorts, said he is looking at acquisitions in St Lucia and Barbados, predicting 2011 to be a year of “activity and changes of ownership” in the resort sector.However, he warned global economic recovery would still ...

  • Four Seasons London reveals new look

    Fri, 28 Jan 2011

    The Four Seasons Hotel London is to reveal the results of its refurbishment on Monday when it officially opens. April Hutchinson gets a sneak preview.The Park Lane hotel has been closed for two years and has been completely remodelled by interior designer Pierre-Yves Rochon with highlights including a totally new-look lobby, restaurant concept, completely new-look and newly configured ...

  • Focus Hotels deal kicks off Accor UK growth plans

    Fri, 28 Jan 2011

    Accor has signed a franchise agreement with Focus Hotels to add 10 properties to its UK network in the first quarter of 2011.The hotels in Altrincham, Blackburn, Chester, Hatfield, Stafford, Swindon, Hull, Wigan, Telford and Wolverhampton will join Accor’s Mercure brand, which has 700 hotels operating in more than 50 countries.The agreement will add 763 rooms to Accor’s ...

  • Agents slate move to axe hotel star ratings

    Thu, 27 Jan 2011

    Agents have attacked government proposals to scrap the official star-rating system used to grade hotels in the UK and replace it with TripAdvisor-style online customer reviews.How viable is scrapping the star-rating system? Would TripAdvisor-style reviews help or hinder customers? Let us know by emailing ttgletters@ttglive.com ...

  • Dragons' Den star hits out at TripAdvisor

    Tue, 25 Jan 2011

    Dragons’ Den star Duncan Bannatyne has become embroiled in a bitter battle with TripAdvisor after accusing the internet giant of dishonest reviews.What do you think of TripAdvisor and its reviews? Let us know by emailing ttgletters@ttglive.com or commenting at the end of this story.

  • New rival emerges in race for Pontin's

    Mon, 24 Jan 2011

    A new rival has emerged in the race to buy holiday park company Pontin’s.Do you think Pontin's has a future? Let us know by emailing ttgletters@ttglive.com or commenting at the end of this story.Bluebird Partners, which was set up in April, is understood to be trying ...

  • Cook sidesteps Caribbean hotels threat

    Thu, 20 Jan 2011

    The threat of legal action by Caribbean hoteliers against Thomas Cook has receded after the tour operator made deals with individual hotels.Are you glad to see this issue resolved? Or do you think it could eventually resurface? Let us know by emailing ttgletters@ttglive.com or commenting at the end of this story.

  • Plan B to open Ibiza and Mallorca Rocks for 2011

    Wed, 19 Jan 2011

    Ibiza Rocks has revealed that British rapper Plan B will be the first artist to perform at the venue and its sister site, Mallorca Rocks, this summer. The opening parties will take place at Mallorca Rocks on May 31 and Ibiza Rocks on June 1, with 17 weekly gigs taking place at the venues this year.Bands will play at Mallorca Rocks on Tuesdays before making their way across the Balearics, to the ...

  • Langham Group reveals growth plan for India

    Tue, 18 Jan 2011

    Langham Group has revealed it is preparing an “aggressive expansion plan” in India for 2011.The group will begin its drive with the opening of a new hotel under the Eaton Smart brand, at New Delhi airport in the first quarter of the year.The hotel will include a 36-room in the domestic area of the airport, and a 57-room ...

  • CHTA: Air Jamaica to resume Heathrow flights from July

    Mon, 17 Jan 2011

    Air Jamaica is to resume flying to London Heathrow three times a week from July. Jamaica's minister of tourism Edmund Bartlett told delegates at CHTA Marketplace that the recent merger with Trinidadian-owned Caribbean Airlines has now been 'formalised'.Air Jamaica would now focus on the leisure market and CAL would concentrate on business travel.

  • CHTA: Casinos and Mice lead Jamaica into future

    Mon, 17 Jan 2011

    The meetings and incentives market and three new casinos are to play a vital role in Jamaica's tourism future. The newly-opened Montego Bay Convention Centre heralds a 'renaissance' in Jamaica's events and meetings sector, according to minister of tourism Edmund Bartlett. "This convention centre will be one of the few anywhere in the world that has 3,000 upscale rooms, four world-class ...

  • CHTA: Caribbean 'should up family marketing'

    Mon, 17 Jan 2011

    The Caribbean should look to market itself more as a family destination according to Amanda Wills, managing director of Virgin Holidays. Speaking at the 29th annual Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association Marketplace in Montego Bay, Wills said: “As a business, we see growth in the family segment and believe this is area where there is a huge opportunity for the Caribbean. "We talk about weddings and couples ...

  • London hotel to provide a taste of Heston Blumenthal

    Mon, 17 Jan 2011

    The mad scientist of the kitchen, Heston Blumenthal, will provide London with its biggest restaurant opening of the year when “Dinner by Heston Blumenthal” opens at the Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park on January 31. The three Michelin-starred chef found fame with The Fat Duck in Bray, Berkshire, but says his new restaurant will be something totally different. ...

  • ttgluxury Seminar: calling all travel tweeters

    Fri, 14 Jan 2011

    ttgluxury is on the hunt for a dedicated member of the Twitterati to tweet live from the upcoming ttgluxury SeminarThe winner will bag themselves a complimentary place at the event, which takes place at the prestigious InterContinental London Park Lane on February 1, 2011. Delegate places usually cost £49, which includes ...

  • Mandarin Oriental launches deal for car lovers

    Fri, 14 Jan 2011

    Mandarin Oriental has teamed up with the Brenner’s Park-Hotel & Spa in Baden-Baden and some of Germany’s leading car firms to launch a “dream package for car enthusiasts” in southern Germany, the national home of car manufacturing.The Mandarin Oriental Munich is offering the Ultimate Car Package from £1,226 per room (valid until May 31) including ...

  • Raffles to open first Indian Ocean resort

    Fri, 14 Jan 2011

    Raffles Praslin Seychelles is to open its doors on February 1 and the all-villa resort, is being pitched as the "most exclusive resort on the island".The hotel has a 500-metre beach and is Raffles' first hotel in the Indian Ocean, opening with 86 butler-serviced villas, all with private plunge pools. Raffles ...

  • Como to roll out new GDS code

    Fri, 14 Jan 2011

    Como Hotels and Resorts is to move all its hotels under one new code on GDS and is marking the launch of ‘CV’ with an exclusive trade campaign. The new code of CV is also being used as a promotional short hand for “Come Visit” inviting agents to enter a competition in which they can win one of eight trips to Como properties. Agents need answer three questions and register their details ...

  • Getabed smashes single day sales record

    Wed, 12 Jan 2011

    Bed bank Getabed.co.uk said it recorded its biggest ever day for sales on Monday.The trade-only accommodation specialist said that bookings were double those made during the equivalent Monday in 2010.Managing director Matt Stuart said that sales were up by 106% on Monday compared to the first working Monday of last year.“It seems that our travel agent partners capitalised on bad UK weather, ...

  • Brits not planning to cut holiday spending in 2011

    Sat, 1 Jan 2011

    The majority of Britons say they will spend the same or more on holidays in 2011 than they did last year, according to a survey carried out for all-inclusive operator Club Med.Some 59% of UK consumers will be maintaining or increasing their expenditure on holidays this year, while 45% say that holidays are their “most important luxury”.The online survey conducted by pollster YouGov ...

  • Grosvenor House hotel sold to India's Sahara

    Fri, 31 Dec 2010

    London’s Grosvenor House hotel has been sold to Indian conglomerate Sahara for £470 million.The hotel has been sold by the Royal Bank of Scotland which has been looking to offload the Park Lane property for more than three years.Sahara plans to run the hotel, which hosts the TTG Travel Awards, on a joint basis with current ...

  • Five-star spend on the rise

    Mon, 20 Dec 2010

    Spending in five-star hotels is up by 14%, according to new figures from American Express Business Insights.The data also showed that travellers appear to be taking more international trips, as well as spending more on each of those trips, for the first three quarters of this year, compared to the same period in 2009.“In an economic downturn, spending on luxury hotels can easily be reduced, which we saw following ...

  • LHW accepts six new member hotels

    Fri, 17 Dec 2010

    Several new members have been accepted to The Leading Hotels of the World to round off the year.The hotels include Borgo Egnazia Hotel & Villas in Puglia, Italy; Shanti Maurice on the south coast of Mauritius; Hullett House in Hong Kong; Taj Falaknuma Palace in Hyderabad, ...

  • Waldorf Astoria and Conrad brands to double in size

    Fri, 17 Dec 2010

    Hilton Worldwide’s premium hotel brands, Waldorf Astoria and Conrad, are on track to have 60 properties between them within the next three years and will open their latest UK addition in the spring.London Syon Park, a Waldorf Astoria hotel, is accepting reservations for stays from February 15 and is in the 200-acre grounds of the home of the Duke of ...

  • Schrager to roll out new hotel company

    Fri, 17 Dec 2010

    Ian Schrager is to start another new hotel venture and has sold his interest in Gramercy Park Hotel, the New York property he opened in 2006 with partner Aby Rosen.The hotel entrepreneur will now launch new company, Schrager Hotels, whilst also continuing his work on Edition for Marriott.
Schrager Hotels will focus on opening hotels in “24-hour ...

  • ttgluxury Seminar draws key speakers

    Fri, 17 Dec 2010

    The ttgluxury Seminar is to take place on February 1 at the InterContinental Park Lane in London.The event is the third seminar designed for ttgluxury readers and is pitched as a productive way to pick up tips and trends in the sector and network with suppliers and peers. The theme of the event is The Future of Luxury Travel - Charting a Path to Success, and speakers and panellists ...

  • Sharm el Sheikh re-opens beaches

    Mon, 13 Dec 2010

    Egypt is planning to re-open beaches in Sharm el Sheikh after they were closed following a spate of recent shark attacks.Authorities said new measures were being put into place to ensure the safety of swimmers after a German woman was killed and four others injured.The resort’s main beaches had been closed to swimmers and snorkelers, but south Sinai governor Mohamed Abdel Fadil Shousha told reporters: “We ...

  • Club Med sees winter bookings surge

    Thu, 9 Dec 2010

    Strong winter bookings and growth in China are helping to improve the finances of holiday resort operator Club Med.The French-owned company has seen its net loss drop from €53 million last year to a loss of €14 million for the financial year ending in October 2010.Club Med said that its results had improved due to a focus on more upmarket four and five-star properties which will account for 61% of the company’s ...

  • Peninsula plans promotions for guests

    Fri, 3 Dec 2010

    The Peninsula Hotels is running a Winter Escapes promotion until March 31, designed to offer guests benefits such as room upgrades, spa treatments, culinary choices and airport transfers, representatives from the group said during their annual sales visit to the UK this week.Another offer is running in China, where guests staying ...

  • Luxury fitness camps to launch

    Fri, 3 Dec 2010

    A series of luxury fitness camps are being planned for the new year by exclusive-use property company Amazing Retreats.The camps will be held at five-star Plas Cilybebyll in south Wales as part of the company’s series of themed house parties. Guests of all abilities and fitness levels can experience the three-night Luxury Fitness Camps which are female-only and start from ...

  • Orient-Express to work with Blanc

    Fri, 3 Dec 2010

    Orient-Express Hotels has bought in Raymond Blanc, the founder and chef patron of Le Manoir aux Quat’ Saisons, as its vice president with a remit to improve and enhance the culinary offering of all the group’s hotels, trains and cruises.

Blanc has been associated with Orient-Express since the company’s acquisition of hits two-star Michelin restaurant and 32-room hotel.



  • City Inn undergoes rebrand

    Mon, 29 Nov 2010

    City Inn has rebranded as Mint Hotel, as it prepares for the opening of two new hotels in London and Amsterdam.The London property will be Mint Hotel’s second in the capital, and will open with 583 rooms at the Tower of London on December 20.Meanwhile the brand is expanding overseas for the first time with a new hotel of 553 rooms, which opens in Amsterdam in spring 2011.The founders of City Inn said they had “recognised there was a misperception ...

  • IHG boss says UK not grasping China opportunities

    Mon, 29 Nov 2010

    Britain has still to grasp the scale of the tourism opportunity presented by the expansion of the middle classes in China, India and the Middle East, according to the boss of Intercontinental Hotels Group.IHG chief executive Andy Cosslett compared the impact on the industry to the opening up of the motorway network in the United States in the 1950s, which created internationally known hotel brands such as Holiday Inn.In an interview with The Sunday Times, ...

  • W Bali to launch in April

    Fri, 19 Nov 2010

    The fourth W Retreat in the world will make its debut in Bali in April. The W Bali Seminyak Retreat & Spa is set in one of the most fashionable spots on the island and follows the recent Koh Samui and Vieques openings and the company’s first ever retreat ...

  • Viceroy offers first look at Maldives hotel

    Fri, 19 Nov 2010

    Viceroy is planning to open its resort in the Maldives next summer with innovative design from Yabu Pushelberg and marking the first hotel for Viceroy outside North America and the Caribbean.The resort is in the Shaviyani Atoll an hour north of Male and will have just 61 villas but serviced by 215 staff, who will include general manager Uday Rao, ...

  • New hotel brand makes UK debut

    Fri, 19 Nov 2010

    Swire Hotels, the group behind contemporary Chinese properties The Upper House in Hong Kong and The Opposite House in Beijing has announced the opening date for its first hotel in the UK under a new brand, Chapter Hotels.The philosophy for Chapter is to open “local hotels at the heart of great British towns and cities” and The ...

  • Beverly Hills 3-for-2 Christmas special

    Fri, 19 Nov 2010

    Beverly Hills’ Christmas present to travellers is a series of free nights in the city’s top hotels for anyone looking to escape the winter gloom in the UK.Hoteliers and the tourist office have grouped together to repeat their annual “And to all a Free Night” campaign.This offers a free night stay (when two are booked) at top hotels including The Beverly Hills Hotel, The ...

  • Shangri-La sets Paris date

    Fri, 19 Nov 2010

    Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts has announced the opening date of its long-awaited Paris hotel.December 17 will mark the opening of the hotel after a four year restoration project and it will now mark the group’s debut into Europe. The hotel will be located in the capital’s 16th arrondissement and has just 81 rooms including 27 suites, making it Shangri-La’s smallest property ...

  • Sleep Event attracts top hotel names

    Thu, 18 Nov 2010

    The key UK event for the hotel sector, Sleep, will take place next week with an impressive on-stage line up.Speakers over the two-day event at the Business Design Centre in London on November 24-25 will include Olga Polizzi, director of design for Rocco Forte Collection, and renowned interior designer, Pierre Yves Rochon, between them responsible for some ...

  • Have you booked your space for TTG's Green Think Tank yet?

    Thu, 18 Nov 2010

    TTG and the Travel Foundation’s first Green Think Tank will be held on November 26 at TTG’s offices in London. The first session – “Why does greener travel matter in the economic downturn?” – will be introduced by TTG editor Daniel Pearce. Speakers will include: Christian Cull, Tui Travel’s communications ...

  • Models to promote new W London

    Wed, 17 Nov 2010

    The W London, Starwood’s first hotel under its contemporary lifestyle brand in the UK, is set to open on Valentine's Day and is using a specially commissioned short film starring former Danish supermodel Helena Christensen and British model David Gandy to promote the hotel.The film, called Away We Stay, is available to view online to ...

  • Consumers plan fewer trips for 2011

    Wed, 17 Nov 2010

    Consumers across Europe are planning to take fewer leisure and business trips in 2011, a new survey has revealed.Research by Deloitte showed that of the 4,000 respondents from the UK, Germany, Italy and Spain, the number who stayed in a hotel during the last 12 months remained “very flat” year-on-year.In the UK and Spain, it rose slightly from 20% to 63%, and from 64% to 65% in Italy. This contrasted with German respondents, with the number who stayed ...

  • Year of rising revpar for European hoteliers

    Tue, 16 Nov 2010

    European hoteliers' revenue per available room growth has accelerated every month since December 2009, new research has revealed. Data from Deloitte showed that September was the strongest month yet, with revpar up 16.8% year-on-year. However, average room price declined slightly, falling just short of the €100 mark. Meanwhile, growth outside the eurozone posted double-digit growth of 11.2% ...

  • Travelodge targets hotels near arenas

    Mon, 15 Nov 2010

    Travelodge has signed hotel contracts in Manchester and Birmingham worth £24 million in a bid to target Britain’s largest entertainment venues.The two new hotels will each have 200 rooms and will be located in the old Boddingtons brewery next to the Manchester Evening News arena in Mnachester and next to the NEC in Birmingham.Both will open in 2011 and follow recent ...

  • Mexican hotel blasts leaves seven dead

    Mon, 15 Nov 2010

    A gas blast at a luxury Mexican hotel has killed at least five Canadian tourists and two hotel staff.The explosion, which left at least 15 people injured, is believed to have been caused by a build-up of natural gas, which blew out windows at the 676-room Grand Riviera Princess hotel in Playa del Carmen, on Mexico’s Caribbean coast.At least one child is reported to be among the dead at the hotel complex, which is located in an area known as the Maya Riviera, ...

  • WTM 2010: green travel needs to come 'into the mainstream'

    Wed, 10 Nov 2010

    Environmental campaigner Tony Juniper today called on the tourism industry to use its advertising power to change consumer perceptions about sustainable travel."Use the millions of pounds of advertising that the industry does worldwide to get green thinking out of the niche and into the mainstream," he told delegates at World Travel Market's World Responsible Tourism Day.

  • WTM 2010: New website tool could lead to hoteliers becoming mini tour operators

    Tue, 9 Nov 2010

    Travel technology provider, the Vertical Group, has unveiled a new product which it claims will lead to hundreds of hoteliers becoming mini tour operators.VHI, which was launched today at the Wold Travel Market, offers overseas hoteliers the opportunity to sell their product as a package with flights, either through their own existing website, or by building a new bespoke website.Two buttons are added to the hotels’ websites, allowing customers to book ...

  • Business travel boosts UK hotels trade

    Mon, 8 Nov 2010

    Business travel gave UK hoteliers a boost in September, according to analysis by PricewaterhouseCoopers.The return of the business traveller in recent months helped drive a strong Q3 performance, PwC said, with London and provincial hotels turning in “better than expected results.”Commenting, Robert Milburn, UK leader for hospitality and leisure at PwC said: “Current trading suggests this trend will continue into October, as the business travel ...

  • Orient-Express reports ^flat^ UK sales

    Fri, 5 Nov 2010

    Orient-Express Hotels is expecting a pick-up in UK business next year despite “flat” sales in recent months.The luxury hotels and trains group saw revenue per available room jump by 14% during the third quarter to the end of September compared to the previous year, while revenue from its hotels increased by 16% to $132 million.Chief executive Paul White said: “The UK outbound ...

  • London hotel sold for '£1m per bedroom'

    Fri, 5 Nov 2010

    One of London’s five-star hotels has been sold for an estimated £1 million per guestroom.

The St. James’s Hotel and Club is in the capital's Mayfair, just behind The Ritz, and unveiled the results of a £5 million refurbishment only last June.The hotel has 60 rooms and has been sold to overseas private investors ...

  • St Lucia hotel launches new agent scheme

    Fri, 5 Nov 2010

    Cotton Bay Village in St Lucia has launched a new support programme for agents.The White Glove Program offers training and financial rewards such as guaranteed commission and additional bonuses for agents who sign up to become ‘Preferred Agents’.Benefits include 15% commission on each booking to the end of 2011, cash bonuses for every booking of six nights or more (after ...

  • Marriott signs three new hotels

    Tue, 2 Nov 2010

    Marriott International has signed franchise agreements to add three more hotels to its European portfolio.The deal will see the 87-room  Renaissance Lucerne Hotel in Switzerland added to the group’s development pipeline, as well as the 139-room Renaissance Aix-en-Provence Hotel and a 113-room Renaissance Paris Saint-Cloud Hotel, both in France.It comes after Marriott announced plans earlier this year to double its presence in Europe by 2015.

  • Accor plans daily hotel openings

    Fri, 29 Oct 2010

    Hotel giant Accor is planning a mass expansion that will see it open almost one hotel every day over the next four years.Speaking exclusively to TTG, Jean-Jacques Dessors, chief operating officer for UK and Ireland, said Accor hoped the expansion would establish the group as Europe’s leading franchise and as one of the world’s three leading hotel operators.The group hopes to ...

  • £60k buys your 'own' hotel for NYE

    Fri, 22 Oct 2010

    A 30-room West End hotel is offering the entire place for private hire for £60,000 over New Year’s Eve. 

London hotel Sanctum Soho will hire the whole hotel out for the festive occasion where celebrations can include a rooftop party with DJ and cocktails followed by four-course dinner at glamorous, decadent setting of No. 20 restaurant while a band plays. ...

  • Curious Group's move into Amsterdam

    Fri, 22 Oct 2010

    A Curious Group of Hotels is to open its third property in November, a 23-room hotel along Amsterdam’s Keizersgracht.The Canal House is in the city’s fashionable Nine Streets area and has been created out of three merchant’s houses on the Keizersgracht canal, with all rooms individually designed and featuring handpicked art. The ...

  • Jones sets strategy for Naiade

    Fri, 22 Oct 2010

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  • TTG sets up Green Think Tank with the Travel Foundation

    Thu, 21 Oct 2010

    TTG is teaming up with the Travel Foundation to launch a series of forums aimed at taking the mysteries out of going green, saving money and running a sustainable travel business.The first Green Think Tank, “Why does greener travel matter in the economic downturn?”, will be held at TTG’s offices in central London on Tuesday November 26.Further Green Think Tank events ...

  • Spanish hotels will move against Cook

    Thu, 21 Oct 2010

    Spain’s leading hotel association has launched legal action against Thomas Cook over the operator’s unilateral cuts in payments to hoteliers.What do you think about Cook's cuts to hotelier payments? Do they set a dangerous precedent? Who is in the right? Let us know by emailing ttgletters@ttglive.com or commenting ...

  • Ritz-Carlton to reward guests for first time

    Thu, 7 Oct 2010

    The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company has launched its first ever loyalty scheme, Ritz-Carlton Rewards, in response to customer demand for a programme that goes beyond free stays and mileage points.Ritz-Carlton is working with partners such as Abercrombie and Kent to provide members-only tours in places such as China ...

  • Maradiva matches up with Clickini.com

    Thu, 7 Oct 2010

    Guests at Maradiva will be able to shop for their swimwear in resort this winter at what is being hailed as Mauritius’ first-ever ‘pop-up shop’, the Clickini Cabana.

Working with Clickini.com, the online designer beachwear store, Maradiva is running the shop from January with items available from the likes of Jasmine di Milo and Melissa Odabash. ...

  • 10-10-10 opening for One&Only

    Thu, 7 Oct 2010

    Poolside Cabana Suites featuring LCD screens, private bar, bathrooms and air-con will be among the features of the new One&Only The Palm in Dubai.

The hotel’s much-touted 10-10-10 opening looks set to go ahead this weekend, as the 90-key property makes its mark on The Palm. The six exclusive poolside cabanas are among the innovative features of the hotel, which will also include ...

  • Raffles Seychelles rolls out specials

    Thu, 7 Oct 2010

    To attract guests in time for its January opening, Raffles Praslin Seychelles is promoting a “best available rate” offer, which will include round-trip airport transfers, buffet breakfast for two, 60-minute Raffles Spa treatment for two and a complimentary visit to a local attraction.

The 30-hectare Raffles Praslin will have 86 one- and two-bedroom villa suites, each of which will have

  • Starwood takes on ownership of Viceroy Anguilla

    Thu, 7 Oct 2010

    The Viceroy Anguilla Resort & Residences has announced the completion of all its facilities following its original soft opening almost a year ago.But the hotel has also changed ownership in the meantime, with Starwood Capital Group stepping in and finalising purchase this week of the loan originally made to the developer of the property, Barnes Bay Development.

The US-based ...

  • Soho meets Miami at new hotel

    Thu, 7 Oct 2010

    Soho House Group is to open its seventh hotel this month, with the launch of Soho Beach House Miami. 

The group now has four UK properties (Chiswick, Shoreditch and Soho in London; and Babington in Somerset), one in Berlin and one in New York, and has also just opened a new members club in West Hollywood. 



  • ETOA says terror warning causes 'al-Qaida hysteria'

    Tue, 5 Oct 2010

    The European Tour Operators Association has criticised warnings about a terrorist threat in the UK, France and Germany as unnecessarily damaging to the industry.What do you think? Are terrorist threat warnings hysteric and do they damage the travel industry? Let us know by emailing

  • Wyndham lands on Planet Hollywood

    Fri, 1 Oct 2010

    Wyndham Hotel Group is to franchise the Planet Hollywood brand and launch a number of entertainment-themed hotels across the world.It has earmarked London, New York, Miami, Los Angeles, Paris and Barcelona as potential locations, and will provide management services at the ...

  • Switzerland to get its first Chedi

    Tue, 28 Sep 2010

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  • Cook hotel deductions 'imposed worldwide' as Caribbean threatens legal action

    Fri, 24 Sep 2010

    Thomas Cook has confirmed it is reducing summer payments to hoteliers by 5% to all its destinations across the world served from the UK.Cook confirmed it was imposing the policy across the world as the row over its move spread to the Caribbean from Spain, Greece and Malta.The Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA) issued a statement saying it had rejected “a unilateral move” by ...

  • UK's Lime Wood to open spa

    Fri, 24 Sep 2010

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  • Paris hotel scene set for new arrivals

    Thu, 23 Sep 2010

    A host of big name hotels are set to open in Paris in the coming months, shaking up the luxury status quo in the French capital.The Raffles Group is planning to unveil its renovated Le Royal Monceau, Raffles Paris with interiors by Philippe Starck on October 6, claiming the largest number of high-end suites in any Parisian hotel (54 in total), designed as private apartments.Shangri-La ...

  • InterContinental adds 2,375 rooms to its portfolio

    Wed, 22 Sep 2010

    InterContinental Hotels Group has added 18 hotels to its European pipeline over the summer period.Some 2,375 new rooms have been spread across brands such as Crowne Plaza, Holiday Inn, Hotel Indigo and Staybridge Suites in the UK, Spain, Portugal, Germany, France, Russia and Turkey.The new additions mean IHG continues to hold the hospitality industry’s largest development pipeline, with 1,300 hotels planned ...

  • Hoteliers risk creating Olympic backlash, claim operators

    Mon, 20 Sep 2010

    Hoteliers in London are starting to make unrealistic demands for booking rooms during the Olympic Games which could backfire and leave thousands of rooms empty, European tour operators warned today.What do you think? Have you noticed a rise in rates for summer 2012? Let us know at ttgletters@ttglive.com ...

  • Hotels to blacklist misbehaving customers

    Mon, 13 Sep 2010

    Hotel owners have been given the opportunity to get their own back on customers who steal or break things in their rooms — by getting them blacklisted.A new online database allows members of the hospitality industry to check guests’ credentials before accepting their booking. It works in the same way that credit card companies blacklist people who default on their payments.Up to 10,000 small hotels, B&Bs, holiday ...

  • Getabed cuts transfer prices by 30%

    Fri, 10 Sep 2010

    Trade-only accommodation firm Getabed.co.uk has cut prices of its transfers by up to 30% in 85% of its destinations worldwide.The cuts affect coaches, private limos and hummers, and managing director Matt Stuart said the aim of the move was to “make life easier for agent partners”.“In the past 12 months we have been working hard to get the best transfer providers onboard,” he said.

  • Hotels turn to leisure customers

    Tue, 7 Sep 2010

    Leisure travel is becoming more important to hotels as corporate clients continue to cut back on spending.A dozen hotel suppliers and operators met in London for a World Travel Market event last week to discuss trends in the hospitality industry.Participants, who were at regional director level or higher, agreed that they were having looking more closely at the leisure sector as businesses of all sizes had reduced their travel budgets.

  • TripAdvisor to face legal action over reviews

    Mon, 6 Sep 2010

    Hotel reviews website TripAdvisor is set to be sued by unhappy property owners over what they claim are “false allegations” published on the site.Online reputation company KwikChex.com said it is organising group defamation action against TripAdvisor, which is part of Expedia, to stop businesses being damaged by “false allegations” and “misrepresentation”. ...

  • Europe's finest up for design awards

    Fri, 27 Aug 2010

    The shortlist for the 2010 European Hotel Design Awards has been announced and includes The Scarlet Hotel in Cornwall and the Grace Hotel in Santorini, Greece in the best new-build category.The Palazzina Grassi in Venice and Park Plaza Westminster Bridge in London have been nominated for best bedrooms and ...

  • Shanghai hotel adds Club concept

    Fri, 27 Aug 2010

    The Puli Hotel & Spa is claiming to take the traditional "club" floor concept in hotels to a new level, with the launch of its Puli Club Floor experience this month.The 229-room hotel opened last November in Shanghai and located between the 20th and 25th floors, there will be 61 specific Puli Club rooms and suites. ...

  • First W to open in south-east Asia

    Thu, 26 Aug 2010

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  • Brits caught in Marbella explosion

    Tue, 24 Aug 2010

    Four British tourists have been injured following an explosion at a hotel on the Costa del Sol, in which hundreds of UK holidaymakers were staying.The Foreign Office confirmed that a water pipe had exploded, leaving one person seriously injured. Three others are being treated for minor injuries.Carol Gardener, ...

  • Starwood set for global launches

    Fri, 20 Aug 2010

    Starwood Hotels & Resorts is to open several properties this year, as part of its plan to expand the brand by 300 hotels over the next four years.It aims to increase its portfolio in India, where it already has 26 hotels, by 60%, by the end of 2012.September will see the opening of the first Aloft hotel in Europe, when the 150-room Aloft Brussels opens. In October, the 433-room ...

  • Full Moon Maldives gets £8m overhaul

    Thu, 12 Aug 2010

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  • Design Hotels offers 15% commission

    Wed, 11 Aug 2010

    Design Hotels has started a new promotion offering agents 15% commission until mid-December.The chain is offering the deal on its best available rates for bookings made through a GDS on selected hotels until December 16.Hotels taking part will vary from month to month, and the first properties include Distrito Capital in Mexico City, ...

  • Sandals to drop Royal Plantation brand

    Tue, 10 Aug 2010

    Sandals Resorts International is to scrap its Royal Plantation Collection brand with the resorts to come under the main Sandals banner or operate independently.The change will take place on September 1 when Royal Plantation in Ocho Rios, Jamaica, will become Sandals Royal Plantation, Ocho Rios. The resort will remain open during the transition.Royal Plantation Island, Exumas in the Bahamas will ...

  • Getabed offers 'director's choice' in 20 destinations

    Mon, 9 Aug 2010

    Accommodation specialist Getabed.co.uk has launched a series of "Director’s Choice" hotels to give agents a guide to its top properties.The trade-only bed bank will list hotels in 20 destinations that are three-star or above and have a complaint ratio of lower than 0.5%.They must be at the centre of a city or resort, ...

  • Top industry speakers announced for UK's first virtual trade event

    Thu, 5 Aug 2010

    Speakers from leading travel and luxury brands are to take part in TTG Virtual’s inaugural event, Building The Best Luxury Travel Business.** Register now for the free event, taking place on September 7-8, at ttgvirtual.com/luxury **Hundreds of agents have signed up to attend the conference, which ...

  • Travelodge disputes Premier's claim on London rooms

    Wed, 4 Aug 2010

    Travelodge is taking rival Premier Inn to the advertising standards watchdog over Premier’s claim to be the ‘largest hotel operator in London’.The hotel chain is disputing Premier Inn’s claim that it has 5,500 rooms in London and has referred Premier’s adverts to the Advertising Standards Agency.

  • Top speakers to appear at TTG Virtual event

    Thu, 29 Jul 2010

    Speakers from leading travel and luxury brands have been confirmed to take part in TTG Virtual’s inaugural event.Building The Best Travel Business takes place entirely online on September 7 & 8 and the event is designed to allow agents to log-in from their home, office or store to view webinars, videos and interact with suppliers via online exhibition ...

  • Hilton to open new Syon Park hotel

    Thu, 29 Jul 2010

    Hilton Worldwide has set the opening month for its new Waldorf Astoria hotel in west London.London Syon Park, A Waldorf Astoria Hotel, will open in November in the 200-acre, Grade I-listed Syon Park, home of the Duke of Northumberland and seven miles from Knightsbridge.

  • Starwood grows its New York portfolio

    Thu, 29 Jul 2010

    Starwood Hotels & Resorts is to increase its presence in New York by 50% this year.Starwood currently operates 12 hotels in New York, but it hopes to add six new hotels in the city, and will debut its two new brands, Aloft and Element, in Manhattan.The new hotels will be positioned in neighbourhoods across Manhattan, as well as in Long ...

  • New luxury group for Jersey

    Wed, 28 Jul 2010

    Nine of Jersey’s four and five-star hotels have joined forces to promote the island as a luxury destination in a new digital and social media marketing campaign.The Grand Jersey hotel, Longueville Manor, The Somerville, The Royal Yacht (pictured), The Club Hotel & Spa, Hotel De France, Hotel L’Horizon

  • Barclay brothers sell off stake in InterContinental

    Wed, 28 Jul 2010

    Shares in InterContinental Hotel Group plunged as the billionaire Barclay brothers ditched their 10% stake in the company.

  • Future Inns appoints new commercial director

    Mon, 26 Jul 2010

    Hotel chain Future Inns has appointed the former managing director of Golden Tulip UK as its new commercial director.Andrew Silver will be responsible for Future Inns three hotels in Bristol, Cardiff and Plymouth.At Golden Tulip UK, Silver had been part of an executive team that oversaw the UK expansion of the Golden Tulip and Tulip Inn brands.Before joining Golden Tulip, Silver was director of sales and marketing at Virgin hotel collection, and group ...

  • US: Checking out Hard Rock Hotel Universal Orlando

    Thu, 22 Jul 2010

     

  • Accor expands in India

    Wed, 21 Jul 2010

    French hotel group Accor is hoping to accelerate its expansion in India, after setting up a fund with local partner InterGlobe Enterprises.The hotel chain, which currently ranks behind the InterContinental, Marriott and Starwood, is aiming to be the world’s third-largest hotel group by 2015, and has said it wishes to further expand in Europe and Asia. It is understood it will focus on upper mid-range ...

  • Preferred benefits from Sabre switch

    Sun, 18 Jul 2010

    Preferred Hotel Group has enjoyed a rise in business since switching GDS supplier.The hotel collection, which provides sales and marketing to individually owned hotels, moved its 700 members from Pegasus to Sabre over a three-week period in May. Newly appointed president Lindsey Ueberroth said sales across all five brands had since risen. “We are still analysing the results but there seems to have been an element of ‘spring cleaning’ ...

  • New look for InterContinental Moorea

    Fri, 16 Jul 2010

    The InterContinental Moorea Resort and Spa has revealed results of its multi-million dollar renovation. The refurbishment of the South Pacific hotel includes substantial terrace extensions for all bungalows at the resort, including new private plunge pools, steps to the beach and outdoor showers for all garden bungalows, while overwater bungalows now have better access into the ocean and new outdoor showers. The ...

  • Orient-Express expands in Asia

    Fri, 16 Jul 2010

    Orient-Express is launching a series of new rail journeys which promise to take travellers deeper into the heart of Asia. The Eastern & Oriental Express will operate a series of new three- and six-night rail voyages to new destinations through Thailand, Malaysia, Laos and Singapore from November with the train limited ...

  • Mandarin Oriental's new penthouse revealed

    Thu, 15 Jul 2010

  • Shanti Maurice sets out new vision

    Fri, 2 Jul 2010

    Shanti Maurice has been unveiled as the new name for the old Ananda destination spa retreat in Mauritius.The resort, formerly know as Shanti Ananda, has been repositioned to appeal to a much wider audience with new brand identity and image and as a much more lifestyle-orientated destination.Families are being appealed to with a new kids club and activities, weddings ...

  • Lime Wood wins five-star rating

    Thu, 1 Jul 2010

    Lime Wood, the £30 million hotel opened in the New Forest last November, has managed to secure a top five-star rating by AA and has also become a member of Relais & Chateaux.The 29-room country house hotel is near Lyndhurst and set within the gates of the New Forest national park. The hotel's ...

  • Singapore's £4bn resort hailed as ‘future of tourism’

    Thu, 1 Jul 2010

    Billed as the world’s most expensive hotel complex, Singapore’s £4 billion Marina Bay Sands resort has officially opened.The first rooms of the unique 2,560-room, three-towered hotel had a soft launch in April, along with the biggest conference facilities in Singapore, a casino and a shopping mall. But the resort was officially opened last week, attracting 1,000 journalists and ...

  • TripAdvisor acquires UK holiday homes site

    Thu, 24 Jun 2010

    Travel review site TripAdvisor has acquired British independent holiday home website, holidaylettings.co.uk. The acquisition is another step in TripAdvisor’s expansion into the holiday home marketplace, after it started offering holiday rentals last year.Chief executive Steve Kaufer said the acquisition would particularly improve TripAdvisor’s choice of ...

  • Paris cashes in on ash cloud and euro

    Fri, 18 Jun 2010

    Weak euro rates and ash-cloud worries have led to a surge in Paris hotel bookings, claims industry veteran Didier Le Calvez.Le Calvez, general manager of one of the oldest hotels in the French capital, the five-star Hotel Le Bristol, told TTG he had “sensed a major rebound in the market since April”.“Quarter ...

  • Sandos adds Tenerife property

    Fri, 18 Jun 2010

    Spanish hotel company Sandos has increased its portfolio with the purchase of the San Blas Reserva Ambiental Hotel in Tenerife.The five-star resort, which is located in the south of the Canary island, joins Sandos’ existing Spanish hotels in Lanzarote and Benidorm. It also has three properties in Mexico – two on the Riviera Maya and one in Cancun.San Blas ...

  • Banyan Tree opens third Thai hotel

    Thu, 17 Jun 2010

  • Club Med returns to profit

    Mon, 14 Jun 2010

    Club Med has announced an interim profit of €3 million for winter 2010 compared to a €22 million loss for the same period last year.Although revenue fell 7.1% from €724 million in winter 2009 to €673 million in 2010, operating income rose by 16% to €28 million for the six months ending April 30 2010.An even larger profit would have been announced had the ash cloud not wiped ...

  • Starwood to open Olympic venue Aloft hotel

    Tue, 8 Jun 2010

    Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide has announced the signing of a new hotel based in the docklands area of London.Aloft London ExCel is scheduled to open in advance of the London Olympics in 2012.The 252-room will be located at the exhibition and convention centre ExCel London. The company said it had been created to “shake up the ...

  • Designer hotels sought for top awards

    Mon, 7 Jun 2010

    Shining examples of design will be applauded at this year’s European Hotel Design Awards taking place in November.Hotels are invited to enter under a number of categories for the 13 awards, which honour the work of architects, designers, developers and brands on November 23 at The Lancaster hotel in London.Award categories include the best architecture of a hotel (conversion and newbuild) ...

  • Brussels' latest hotel adds splash of colour

    Fri, 4 Jun 2010

    It may not be the most luxurious hotel in the world, but it’s certainly one of the smartest and most-talked about new openings in Europe.Anyone in the world of design and publishing will say the word ‘Pantone’ as often as they say ‘hello’, as Pantone is the colour referencing guide used by designers the world over.Now through a licensing partnership with British developers, the Pantone ...

  • Elbow Beach reveals new look

    Fri, 4 Jun 2010

    Flagship Bermuda hotel Elbow Beach has completed a $5.5 million reburbishment.The hotel, a Mandarin Oriental property, will now position itself as an “intimate” luxury resort with 98 rooms.The new look follows the closure of the 101-year old main building which closed last November for the refurb project.Guestrooms now have iPod docking stations, espresso ...

  • Alila expands in Laos and India

    Fri, 4 Jun 2010

    Alila Hotels & Resorts, the Singapore-based luxury boutique hotelier is to launch two new stunning hotels this autumn.Alila Luang Prabang in Laos is being built on a heritage site and blending existing colonial buildings, built between 1910 and 1920, with new structures that have been designed in keeping with traditional Lao architecture. The ...

  • Sun Resorts' new Mauritius hotel open by December

    Thu, 20 May 2010

    Sun Resorts, the owner of Le Touessrok and Kanuhura, is to open a modern-style new hotel in Mauritius.Long Beach will open in December with a fresh, Miami-meets-Asia vibe on the east coast of the island on the Belle Mare Peninsula.The new hotel will have 255 rooms and suites all with sea views and will be pitched ...

  • Four Seasons to open 'new' London hotel and push major ME plans

    Thu, 20 May 2010

    Four Seasons’ property in central London is to be positioned as a “new hotel” when it opens at the end of the year.The Park Lane property has been closed for refurbishment, but Jane Burnell, Four Seasons’ regional vice president of sales for Europe, the Middle East and Africa, said it will have undergone so many changes behind its facade that it can ...

  • Hotel de Toiras wins fifth star and plans expansion

    Thu, 20 May 2010

    Hotel de Toiras in France’s Ile de Re is to open a second hotel, set to be designed by Pierre Yves Rochon.The 10-room Villas Clarisse will have a garden setting with a pool, spa and hammam, all refurbished by the designer. Villa Clarisse will open near Hotel de Toiras in the village of Ile de Re in May 2011.Meanwhile, Hotel de Toiras, a popular ...

  • Jamaica gives go-ahead for casino developments

    Mon, 17 May 2010

    Casinos are coming to Jamaica following the passage of new gaming legislation, the island's tourism minister has announced.Speaking at the Jamaica Product Exchange conference in Montego Bay, Edmund Bartlett told delegates that within six months the new commission will invite hotels on the island to apply for gaming licenses. 

  • Luxury brands flock to Abu Dhabi

    Fri, 7 May 2010

    Tourism Development and Investment Company (TDIC) of Abu Dhabi has said five luxury hotel brands will have made their debut in the UAE by 2013.Openings in Abu Dhabi by St. Regis, W Hotels and Regent Hotels & Resorts will mark their entry into UAE, as the emirate continues its development of luxury tourism projects.The hoteliers ...

  • Sun Resorts offers Mauritius holiday incentive

    Fri, 7 May 2010

    Agents have the chance to win a stay at some of the Indian Ocean’s leading resorts as part of a Sun Resorts’ and Emirates Airline incentive.The Exclusively Mauritius and Maldives promotion offers agents the chance to win one of three five-night Mauritius holidays for two people to either the five-star deluxe Le Touessrok, five-star Sugar Beach ...

  • Caption contest: Hilton thanks its staff...

    Thu, 6 May 2010

  • Abu Dhabi could be first site for Nobu hotel

    Mon, 3 May 2010

  • Mumbai's Oberoi re-opens following 2008 terrorist attack

    Mon, 26 Apr 2010

    The luxury hotel at the centre of the terrorist attacks in Mumbai two years ago re-opened at the weekend.The Oberoi Hotel was devastated in the attacks of November 2008 when a gunman rampaged through the property, killing 30 guests and staff.It has now been refurbished at a cost of £23 million, and hotel management said its three new restaurants were fully ...

  • Pezula offers World Cup package

    Fri, 23 Apr 2010

    A South African hotelier is promoting a luxury deal to experience the World Cup, with just seven weeks left until kick-off.Pezula Private Castle has put together what it says is possibly the most luxurious package available. And possibly the most expensive. Weighing in at £69,200 (based on ...

  • Flybe teams with HRS.com to launch new website

    Fri, 9 Apr 2010

    Flybe has announced an alliance with hotel portal HRS.com, offering a cashback deal to some customers to celebrate the partnership.A new bespoke micro-site has been created by the firms, flybehotels.com, which can be accessed on Flybe’s homepage, allowing ...

  • Downtown LA goes upmarket with new hotel

    Thu, 8 Apr 2010

  • New spa revealed at Eden Roc

    Thu, 8 Apr 2010

  • Bali to capitalise on new movie

    Thu, 8 Apr 2010

    Interest is set to be piqued in travelling to Bali with the release of a new film starring Julia Roberts and based on the best-selling novel by Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat, Pray, Love.In anticipation of the film’s release, Orient-Express has created a package at its hotel in Bali, the Ubud Hanging Gardens which allows guests to experience elements ...

  • Hotel boss's charity challenge goes beyond the Marathon

    Mon, 5 Apr 2010

    A hotel director is aiming to surpass London Marathon runners by completing a gruelling two-day challenge, before running the 26-mile race in the UK capital.Douglas Waddell (right) will first swim 2.5 miles at his local pool, before cycling 112 miles from Stratford-upon-Avon to London and then running the marathon.The operations director for Hand ...

  • Prestige pledges more free time for new fam programme

    Tue, 30 Mar 2010

    Luxury operator Prestige Holidays is changing its fam trips to give agents more time to appreciate destinations.It is reducing the number of hotel visits on trips and claimed it will give agents more time to relax on trips it is calling “Prestige Experiences”. The trips are designed to get agents to experience rather than just visit a destination.Each itinerary will give them free ...

  • Ex-Freedom director sets up hotel contracting website Swapsystems.com

    Mon, 29 Mar 2010

    Former Freedom Flights director Phil Norris has launched a new website that will allow agents to strike sales agreements and make bookings with hotels.The website – swapsystems.com – uses a Facebook style system in which agents first become “friends” with hotels and then move on to agreeing rates and making bookings.

  • St Tropez legend looks for future growth

    Thu, 25 Mar 2010

    He comes up with his best ideas in the shower and has a passion for soul music that led him to create a band and open a new club in Monaco, but Antoine Chevanne is also very serious about the business of hotels, having inherited the legacy of Hotel Byblos and now taking Groupe Floirat into the 21st century as CEOHow important is Hotel ...

  • Anthology grows lodge portfolio

    Thu, 25 Mar 2010

    Australian travel company Anthology is to almost double its property portfolio, less than two years since it launched.Wildman Wilderness Lodge in the Northern Territory will be the fifth property to open, in February 2011. Details about the addition of two further properties are expected in June at the Australian Tourism Exchange event. Sally Cope, director ...

  • Tamarind targets a younger market

    Thu, 25 Mar 2010

    Elegant Hotels hopes to attract a younger market to the west coast of Barbados with a major renovation of its Tamarind Cove property.The group, which has five resorts on the island, begins a multimillion-dollar upgrade on July 1 that will see the hotel close for four months. Guests already booked in are being upgraded to the nearby Colony Club at no extra charge.  

  • Thomson takes luxury Sensatori brand to Sharm el Sheikh

    Wed, 24 Mar 2010

    Thomson will open its first Sensatori property in Egypt next February, the fourth in its range of own branded all-inclusive hotels.The 5T-graded Sensatori Resort Sharm el Sheikh will be a 15-minute transfer from the airport and has the concept’s signature elements including swim-up bars, whirlpool and family rooms. The property will also have its own dive centre.Other features ...

  • Medhotels defeat could cost agents £250m

    Tue, 23 Mar 2010

    The failure of Medhotels' appeal against its VAT bill could cost the industry £250 million.Grant ...

  • London hotels splash out on new suites

    Thu, 11 Mar 2010

    A number of London’s luxury hotels are to roll out top-spec new suites this year, despite the recession.The Knightsbridge Jumeirah Carlton Tower will unveil its new Royal Suite in June, the work of Khuan Chew, the respected designer behind Dubai’s Burj Al Arab, another Jumeirah property.The 155-sq-m Royal Suite will come with balcony, ...

  • Tasmania gets luxury boost

    Thu, 11 Mar 2010

    Saffire, a new hotel due to open in April in Tasmania, is being tipped as one of the most luxurious properties ever to open on the island and a ground-breaking development for the luxury movement in Australia.The striking contemporary hotel has just 20 suites and is set on the island state’s eastern Freycinet Peninsula. Its location at Coles Bay overlooks Great ...

  • Langham rolls out global expansion

    Thu, 11 Mar 2010

    Langham Hotels International is on the verge of buying hotels in Paris, New York and Washington, which it plans to follow with expansion in Australia, Singapore and the US.Chief executive Brett Butcher said immediate rapid growth would be in China, but Langham aimed to target key European, ...

  • EU steps closer to package revision

    Tue, 9 Mar 2010

    Abta has welcomed comments by the EU commissioner for consumer policy that the shift to booking hotels and flights online has led to a decline in protection for customers.Commissioner John Dalli told the European Parliament in Strasbourg that the shift to consumers booking DIY packages online had resulted in an uneven playing field for travel agents.

  • EasyJet's Harrison to head up Whitbread

    Mon, 8 Mar 2010

    EasyJet chief executive Andy Harrison is to take over at hotel and restaurant group Whitbread, which runs the budget Premier Inn chain. Harrison is due to leave easyJet this summer and will become chief executive at the ...

  • Greek hotelier signs new resort

    Tue, 2 Mar 2010

    Grace Hotels, the Athens-based luxury hotel group, is to add a third property to its portfolio, taking on the historic Poseidonion Hotel on the island of Spetses.The hotel will now be known as Poseidonion Grace as part of a partnership with Spetses Initiative and will join Grace’s hotels in Santorini and Mykonos.

  • Marriott Grosvenor 'up for sale'

    Mon, 1 Mar 2010

    London’s Grosvenor House hotel – home to the TTG Travel Awards – is expected to be put up for sale this month.The five-star property in Park Lane is currently owned by Royal Bank of Scotland which has now put the 494-room hotel up for sale.RBS, which is majority-owned by the UK government, has ...

  • Elite launches hotel and cruise division

    Mon, 15 Feb 2010

    The Elite consortium has launched Elite Hotels and Cruise to its members, which it claims will give them more wholesale rates for both products.Elite Hotels comprises 10,000 worldwide properties and gives members access to nett rates and a wider choice.Elite Cruise offers a search system with many cruise lines ...

  • Maldives to get second Jumeirah

    Fri, 12 Feb 2010

    Jumeirah has announced it is to open its second hotel in the Maldives, with a five-star resort in Gaafu Alifu Atoll, south of Male Atoll.The company is to manage Jumeirah Meradhoo which will have just 36 large villas, 16 of which will form an exclusive ‘over water village’ separated from the main island by coral reef and 20 will be on the beach.

  • Big boost for Preferred Hotels

    Fri, 12 Feb 2010

    Preferred Hotel Group is celebrating adding 84 global hotel and resort members to the portfolio in the past six months across its five brands, with membership now reaching 730 hotels.Hotels including Castel Monastero in Tuscany, Hotel de Vigny in Paris, the Capri Tiberio Palace Hotel and Spa, Cameron House in Loch ...

  • London's first eco-luxury hotel?

    Fri, 12 Feb 2010

    Pippa Jacks checks out the newly-opened Hotel Rafayel 

  • Abu Dhabi debut for Mandarin Oriental

    Fri, 12 Feb 2010

    Mandarin Oriental has been signed an agreement to manage a new hotel in Abu Dhabi, marking the luxury hotel group’s first foray into the Middle East.The 160-room luxury resort will be on Saadiyat Island and is being developed by Abu Dhabi’s Tourism Development and Investment Company (TDIC).Leisure facilities at the Mandarin Oriental will include a private ...

  • Branson's latest new toy launches in Caribbean

    Fri, 29 Jan 2010

    He’s created hotels, an airline, a media empire – even a space programme. Now Richard Branson has launched a submarine.Necker Nymph will be managed under the Virgin Limited Edition portfolio and will be available alongside VLE’s new yacht Necker Belle, part of the offering at Necker Island, the luxury resort in the British Virgin Islands.

  • Barbados aims to drive early bookings

    Fri, 29 Jan 2010

    Agents are being encouraged to drive early bookings to Barbados as part of a tourist office initiative.The Barbados Tourist Authority has introduced an “early booking discount” for travel agents who make bookings for clients to the island before February 28.The initiative means bookings with operators can qualify for discounts of £125 per person if bookings are made in the next ...

  • Bora Bora pushes romance packages

    Fri, 29 Jan 2010

    With Valentines Day around the corner and the release of the star-packed Couples Retreat comedy due for DVD release, the St Regis Bora Bora is extending its range of couples’ packages at the resort into next year.St Regis Bora Bora was the location for the film, which stars Vince Vaughn, Kristen Bell, Kristen Davis and Jason Bateman, and is released on DVD on February 8. The St Regis was transformed ...

  • Aito agents: Forte advises charging

    Mon, 18 Jan 2010

    Hotel tycoon Sir Rocco Forte believes British agents should follow those in the US who charge customers an “entry fee” for using their services.He said top end agents should consider imposing an initial fee and an annual retainer to reflect the value of the knowledge and advice the customer was receiving. Sir Rocco (pictured), ...

  • LateRooms.com reports boom in festive bookings

    Fri, 15 Jan 2010

    Bookings on LateRooms.com more than doubled between Christmas and New Year 2009, compared to the same period in 2008, as clients picked up last-minute bargains.Hotel sales were up 106% year-on-year from December 27-29 with top destinations including London, Edinburgh, Manchester, Glasgow and York, and increased 80% year-on-year on ...

  • Fashion designer's stamp on Dubai

    Fri, 15 Jan 2010

    The date has been announced for the opening of the world’s first Armani Hotel in Dubai.The launch hotel from the fashion designer will finally open on March 18 within the world’s tallest building, which was recently completed in the Emirate and has now been officially named Burj Khalifa.The opening date of the 160-room hotel also had ...

  • CHTA: 2010 to be 'no better' than 2009

    Thu, 14 Jan 2010

    Caribbean tourism bosses have warned that 2010 is to be as difficult for the region as 2009.Addressing delegates at Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Asociation Marketplace, director general and chief executive officer Alec Sanguinetti said he saw no indicators that 2010 would be a stronger year for tourism."You have two hotels here in Puerto Rico that are now shuttered up. That is the pattern you will see ...

  • Iberostar opens Cape Verde resort

    Fri, 11 Dec 2009

    Hotel group Iberostar has opened its first resort in the Cape Verde archipelago. The resort is set on the Areja de Chaves beach on Boa Vista, meaning Beautiful View. The four-star Cape Boa Vista comprises 273 suites and rooms, all with balconies.  The islands have enjoyed a surge in popularity with statistics suggesting visitor numbers could ...

  • Sandals axes Ocho Rios resort from portfolio

    Tue, 8 Dec 2009

    Sandals is to drop the River Villaggio Golf Resort & Spa complex in Ocho Rios, Jamaica, from its luxury portfolio.Sandals has operated the resort for 15 years, leasing the land from The Sagicor group, but Sandals Resorts International (SRI) has declined to renew the lease beyond May 31, 2010.In a statement, SRI said: “It is felt that the marketplace for the product has changed significantly and as a ...

  • Youtravel reports winter sun boom

    Mon, 7 Dec 2009

    Accommodation-only specialist Youtravel today claimed pent-up demand for early winter season holidays has led to an increase of more than 50% in bookings in November against the same month last year. Sales and marketing director Paul Riches said: “The terrible weather here and postponed summer holiday plans have driven people to think about getting away for some early winter sun.

  • Four Seasons Hong Kong gets more Michelin stars

    Thu, 3 Dec 2009

    The Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong has been elevated to an exclusive position as the only hotel in the world to have two three-Michelin star restaurants.The additional third star given to the hotel’s French restaurant Caprice puts it into this unique position, following the publication of the 2010 Michelin Guide Hong Kong and Macau.The hotel’s contemporary ...

  • Centara boasts deals for new Himalayan hotel

    Thu, 3 Dec 2009

    A new boutique hotel in the Himalayas has opened with rates that will also include elements from the hotel’s Spa, Wellbeing or Discovery programmes.The Moksha Himalaya Spa Resort is a Centara Boutique Collection hotel where guests must arrive by cable car, as the hotel sits at 5,200ft among pine trees in the Shivalik Valley in Himachai Pradesh, India.

  • Medhotels 'clearly acted as agent', court told

    Tue, 24 Nov 2009

    Medhotels could not have been clearer in stating it was an agent rather than a principal in its terms and conditions, a VAT tribunal has been told.David Milne QC told the hearing that Medhotels’ method of operating was “as plain as a pikestaff” in its documentation.

  • Beverly Hills unveils Christmas hotel offer

    Thu, 19 Nov 2009

    Twelve hotels in Beverly Hills are offering three nights for the price of two over the festive season. Agents can take advantage of the offer themselves or book it for their clients.Participating hotels include the Beverly Wilshire, the Beverly Hills Hotel, the Peninsula Beverly Hills and Luxe Hotel Rodeo Drive. The offer runs from now until January 10, 2010.Guests will also receive a complimentary cocktail, such ...

  • Viceroy Anguilla to open before Christmas

    Thu, 19 Nov 2009

    Viceroy Hotels, Resorts & Residences has announced the opening date for its latest property, the Viceroy Anguilla.Set to open in December, the hotel is situated on 35 acres of private grounds on 3,200 ft of beachfront land along Barnes and Meads Bays.Viceroy Anguilla will feature 166 contemporary beachfront and bluff-top villas by interior designer Kelly Wearstler. Dining experiences at the hotel include the 180-seat signature ...

  • Spanish hotels hit worst by downturn

    Wed, 18 Nov 2009

    Spain has been hardest hit by the downturn in travel this year, according to the latest hotel figures.Deloitte’s study of hotels in Europe’s leading cities found that Spain’s major hubs of Madrid and Barcelona saw revpar (revenue per available room) drop by 30.5% and 22.5% respectively for the first nine months of the year due to a downturn in tourists from key markets – particularly the UK. 

  • Elegant Resorts names best in the world

    Tue, 10 Nov 2009

    The Best Hotel Group in the world is Ritz-Carlton according to Elegant Resorts’ customers, who also voted Emirates as Best Airline for Service and Malaysia’s The Datai as the Best Hotel in the World. The awards were handed out at Elegant Resorts’ annual awards event for luxury travel partners this week at the Mandarin Oriental in London’s ...

  • WTM 2009: Park Plaza Westminster opening

    Mon, 9 Nov 2009

    London is about to gain a huge new hotel with the opening early next year of the Park Plaza Westminster Bridge.The 1,021-room property, which will be the second-biggest in the capital, will also have conference facilities to rival those of the established large conference hotels.General manager Andrew Swindells said interest was already sky-high, adding: "We have close relationships with ...

  • WTM 2009: Rezidor touts hotel openings

    Mon, 9 Nov 2009

    Global hotel chain Rezidor remained upbeat at WTM today despite reporting a €6.1 million loss for the third quarter of its financial year.The company brought forward the opening of its Radisson Blue property in Cairo, situated in the Heliopolis business district, to last week. The new hotel, which targets business travellers and the meetings and events market, was opened more than a month early ...

  • Christmas plans for Versailles

    Fri, 6 Nov 2009

    The Trianon Palace Versailles is launching an ice-skating rink and Christmas market this year.The hotel, part of the Waldorf Astoria Collection, will launch its 120 sq m ice skating rink in December (through until January 6). The rink will be on the hotel terrace with views of the property’s park as well as the Chateau de Versailles’ royal gardens. The Trianon Palace ...

  • Strong upswing reported by Leading Hotels

    Fri, 6 Nov 2009

    Bookings for luxury hotels made over the telephone have shot through the roof, according to Leading Hotels of the World.Analysis from the 450-strong hotel member organisation showed that 60% of the overall rise in booking productivity has come from an increase in voice reservations with increased call conversions at Leading Hotels’ Reservations Centres. LHW has reported a 13.5% increase in revenue generation ...

  • New boutique bolthole for London

    Fri, 6 Nov 2009

    London is to get a new ‘townhouse hotel’ in time for Christmas with the opening of The Arch London on December 1. The Arch London has 82 rooms and nine suites and is already a member of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World and Pride of Britain and bookings made by agents will be commissionable.Inspired by London landmark, Marble Arch, the ...

  • IHG to open new London hotel

    Mon, 26 Oct 2009

    The world’s largest hotel operator InterContinental Hotels Group has agreed to develop a new landmark central London hotel, its second in the capital.

  • REVIEW: Park Inn Heathrow

    Thu, 22 Oct 2009

    As the downturn in the business travel sector looks to have bottomed out Martin Ferguson went to one of the country’s busiest airport hotels to see what was on offer for the corporate traveller…  Arriving The hotel is an eight-minute taxi ride from the tube station at Heathrow’s Terminal 1,2 ...

  • GTMC aims for hotel billback solution

    Thu, 8 Oct 2009

    The Guild of Travel Management Companies may have engineered a solution for hotel billbacks problem which has long blighted the TMC and hotel sectors. The guild first brought hoteliers, TMCs and technology companies together at a meeting earlier this year in London to discuss how to resolve the issue which costs TMCs thousands of man hours every year. On October 29, global distribution systems and property management system ...

  • Review: Bermondsey Square Hotel

    Wed, 7 Oct 2009

    The Bermondsey Square Hotel is the latest addition to London’s burgeoning list of boutique venues. This summer hosted to some of Europe’s top travel buyers at the inaugural Business Travel Market reception. ttgbusiness.com’s Martin Ferguson went to see what all the fuss was about…  Arriving

  • Samoa issues list of tsunami-closed hotels

    Wed, 7 Oct 2009

  • New luxury resorts in the Maldives

    Mon, 5 Oct 2009

    The last 12 months have seen no let up in resort openings in the Maldives, with Shangri-La, Naiade, Constance Hotels, Taj, Angsana and Alila all opening new hotels.But is it really still possible to get punters to part with thousands of pounds for a week on a speck of sand 11 hours’ flight away?The answer seems to be yes. “It is expensive, no-one would deny that,” says Elegant Resorts’ commercial director, Alison Scott. “But ...

  • Dorchester's eco-hotel plan

    Fri, 2 Oct 2009

    Dorchester Collection's new environmentally-friendly country-house hotel, Coworth Park, is on track to open next summer, writes April Hutchinson.Set in 200 acres of Surrey parkland, 40 minutes from central London, Coworth Park is being built with a ground-up green philosophy, including its own biomass boiler housed in an underground energy centre.Fuel will come from burning willow grown on the estate; 15 acres of willow ...

  • Enchanting claims rise in luxury sales

    Fri, 25 Sep 2009

    Enchanting Holidays has reported a surge in bookings from top-end clients as the economy shows signs of recovering.The Mauritius specialist’s head of product and marketing, Shafique Cockar, is optimistic about the next year despite a “tough” 2009. One&Only Le Saint ...

  • Langham Hotels to make debut in the Caribbean

    Fri, 25 Sep 2009

    Luxury hotelier Langham Hotels International has signed a deal for a new resort in the Bahamas.

  • PwC: hotels not out of the woods yet

    Thu, 17 Sep 2009

    The hotel sector has come through the worst of the economic downturn, according to PricewaterhouseCoopers. The global accountancy firm said inbound and domestic tourism had helped alleviate the sudden fall in corporate travel business. The report, entitled UK hotels forecast: Not out of the woods yet, predicted an ...

  • Vertical Group buys Villas for Travel stake

    Tue, 15 Sep 2009

    Vertical Group has acquired a majority share in independent self-catering specialist Villas for Travel for an undisclosed sum.The deal is the second acquisition in three months for Vertical, which bought the trading assets of homeworking company Holiday Experts in July.It will allow Villas for Travel ...

  • Expedia signs hotel deal with The AA

    Fri, 11 Sep 2009

    Expedia Affiliate Network and The AA have joined forces to allow consumers to book hotels through the AA.com website from today.EAN will be providing a white-label solution, the main focus of which will be to drive people to AA-rated hotels, although users will be able to access Expedia’s full offering of hotel and B&B accommodation in the UK.

  • Florence parties as Il Salviatino opens

    Fri, 11 Sep 2009

    The outside kitchen is still being frantically built, and the golf buggies are still wrapped in cellophane, but new five-star hotel Il Salviatino is still on track to be ready for Saturday night's grand opening party.  About 500 guests are expected this Saturday, including ...

  • Mantis Collection targets 100 properties

    Fri, 11 Sep 2009

    Marketing consortium Mantis Collection plans to grow its portfolio from 25 to 100 properties over the next five years, after attracting the Cap Estel near Monaco. 

  • Cannes gets its first five-star hotel

    Fri, 11 Sep 2009

    The InterContinental Carlton in Cannes has just been awarded its fifth star, making it the only five-star hotel in the resort town. This additional star is a result of a change in the French law leading to modifications in the hotel rating system. In order to be eligible for the fifth star, the hotel had to comply with 300 criteria related to quality of services, equipment, comfort, disabled accessibility, ...

  • Agents' art competition launches Hempel gallery

    Fri, 11 Sep 2009

    Designer London hotel The Hempel launched its new events space in style by challenging Mice agents to an art competition. The hotel’s former restaurant has been revamped as a chic, minimalist events space which will double as an art gallery, known as Art Work Space, with a changing programme of exhibitions showcasing emerging artists.

  • Sandals offers Usain Bolt & co free holiday

    Tue, 25 Aug 2009

    Sandals founder and chairman Gordon "Butch" Stewart has invited triple ...

  • Hotel trends on show at Sleep

    Fri, 14 Aug 2009

    The Sleep Event 2009 is to showcase its ‘Sleepotel’ concept for the first time, a ‘live’ hotel environment which will merge the latest concepts in hotel design.The Sleepotel will incorporate a reception area, roomsets, a spa and a central bar for networking and socialising. It will include the work of leading designers and architects including Blacksheep, JOI ...

  • Modern look for Mauritian favourite

    Fri, 14 Aug 2009

    Beachcomber Hotels is to re-open Dinarobin Hotel and Spa in Mauritius on September 5, after four months of extensive renovation work. To celebrate the re-opening, bookings made by August 31 get an introductory 25 per cent discount.The renovations have focused on all public areas and restaurants, including extending Club at Dinarobin to offer a new terrace and a new Tuscan restaurant called Il ...

  • HRG survey shows decline in hotel bookings

    Fri, 7 Aug 2009

    The international hotel market remains in decline, according to new research.HRG’s bi-annual hotel survey found that changing traveller trends were affecting occupancy levels and room rates across the globe.Corporates have taken advantage of an ...

  • Behind the scenes at La Mamounia

    Fri, 31 Jul 2009

    La Mamounia is one of the world’s most famous hotels and its long-awaited reopening is due in September. The hotel has been closed for three years, but why the wait? And what can we expect? April Hutchinson speaks to general manager Didier Picquot.Opening has been promoted as September 29. That’s quite a specific date. Is it all on track?We have a definite ...

  • Edinburgh leads struggling hotel sector

    Tue, 28 Jul 2009

    Edinburgh was the only city in the UK see year-on-year growth in the hotel sector in the first half of this year, according to PKF Hotel Consultancy Services.From January to June, Edinburgh hoteliers saw a 0.2% increase in occupancy, though average rates dropped 5.9% and room yield 5.7%.Figures for June showed ...

  • Kempinski to open in Croatia

    Thu, 16 Jul 2009

    Croatia is set for a successful summer with the addition of another new luxury hotel.The Kempinski Hotel Adriatic opens on the Istrian coast on August 1, marking the hotelier as the first international luxury hotel group to open a property in what is seen as a relatively undiscovered region of Croatia. The seaside hotel is on the north-west coast of Istria, with 165 rooms with ...

  • Hotels4U.com starts ski programme

    Wed, 15 Jul 2009

    Hotels4U.com has launched its first dedicated ski programme.  The bed bank said it was designed to allows agents to benefit from the growing interest in dynamic packaging within the ski market by offering a fully flexible accommodation and transfer product.

  • Spanish hotels 'cut rates' to ease crisis

    Mon, 13 Jul 2009

    City hotel rates in Spain have been trashed amid the tourism crisis, according to The Sunday Times.The newspaper reported findings of a survey by comparison website Trivago which discovered Spain’s hoteliers were scrambling for business.

  • Costa Blanca hotels threaten August strike

    Mon, 6 Jul 2009

    British holidaymakers heading for the Costa Blanca could find their holidays ruined by strike action.More than 50,000 hotel workers are threatening to walk out next month in a pay dispute which could force many hotels to close.Costa Blanca resorts including Benidorm (pictured), Alicante, Torrevieja, Denia and Javea could be ...

  • Sandals sets up excursions company

    Mon, 6 Jul 2009

    Sandals and Beaches Resorts has launched a Caribbean excursion company. Island Routes has already opened for business in Jamaica, and will roll out across St Lucia, Antigua, Turks & Caicos and the Bahamas over the coming months.Island Routes was introduced by

  • Top London hotel gets Blumenthal treatment

    Wed, 1 Jul 2009

    Heston Blumenthal is to open his first ever restaurant outside of Bray, home to his famed Fat Duck and Hinds Head restaurants.Blumenthal has become known for his experimental cuisine and his new restaurant at the Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park will be his first in London.Seating 140 guests, the restaurant is set to open in autumn 2010 with a menu heavily influenced ...

  • Oman to get GHM hotel

    Fri, 19 Jun 2009

    GHM is to manage what is claimed to be the most luxurious hotel in Oman, The Malkai.Scheduled to complete in 2011, The Malkai will have 40 one-bedroom pool suites by interior designer Jaya Ibrahim, who frequently works with GHM (General Hotel Management) on hotel projects.GHM was founded by hotelier Adrian Zecha, whose portfolio includes The Setai and ...

  • Moroccan legend to finally reopen

    Fri, 19 Jun 2009

    Famed Moroccan hotel La Mamounia has announced the date of its reopening after a three-year closure for refurbishment.The Marrakech landmark will open its 210 rooms, new restaurants and spa on September 29, following an extensive restoration project by Jacques Garcia. Two 2-Michelin Star chefs, Jean Pierre Vigato and Alfonso Iaccarino, are now also on board ...

  • Missoni launches with ‘affordable luxuryÂ’ prices

    Fri, 19 Jun 2009

    Rezidor has opened the first hotel of its designer tie-up with fashion house Missoni and announced another is property on the drawing board in Cape Town.The new Edinburgh hotel is the result of design work spearheaded by Hotel Missoni creative director, Rosita Missoni who has introduced her trademark zingy colours and striking geometric style to the hotel world. 

  • Cook pays £2.5m outbreak compensation

    Thu, 18 Jun 2009

    Thomas Cook is to pay £2.5 million in compensation to more than 500 customers who fell ...

  • HotelConnect reports June bookings surge

    Thu, 18 Jun 2009

    Accommodation-only specialist HotelConnect has reported a surge in bookings in June, with nearly a third more sales than last year.Bookings through agents have gone up 32% this month helped by the company’s Summer of Free Stuff promotion which started on June 1.HotelConnect is also seeing more late bookings, in line with the trend seen throughout the industry this summer.Commercial manager Ian ...

  • Llewelyn-Bowen and Beachcomber tie knot

    Thu, 18 Jun 2009

    Beachcomber Hotels has joined forces with design experts Laurence and Jackie Llewelyn-Bowen to offer a new line in wedding packages. Interior designer Laurence (pictured here with wife Jackie, far right, and Susie Freeman from Susie Freeman Travel) has designed a wedding gazebo that will be available at all nine of Beachcomber’s resorts in the Indian Ocean.

  • Virgin Limited Edition unveils discounts

    Fri, 12 Jun 2009

     Virgin Limited Edition has launched a raft of special offers for 2009 across its portfolio.Guests staying at the Ulusaba Private Game Reserve in South Africa can take advantage of a free night when they stay for four, five or seven nights before December 19, 2009. 

  • Consortium calls travellers 'spoilt brats'

    Thu, 11 Jun 2009

    A hotel consortium has branded business travellers “spoilt brats” claiming they want more value for less money in the recession.But Supranational Hotels, which claims to have 1,200 members, conceded that it was “important to let them get their way”.The group’s managing director, Niels ...

  • Holiday Inn to sponsor 2012 Olympics

    Mon, 1 Jun 2009

  • Marriott is greenest hotel – Sunday Times

    Tue, 26 May 2009

    Marriott Hotels is the greenest hotel chain in the UK, according to a poll.The hotel group was ranked 17th in The Sunday Times’ Green List of 60 companies in Britain.At an awards ceremony in London the company also won top prize in the "large companies with a medium environmental impact" ...

  • Inntel awarded 'billback' kitemark

    Thu, 21 May 2009

    Inntel has been awarded the Hotel Bookings Agents’ Association’s billback seal of approval.The billback kitemark confirms the company complies with the HBAA’s code for billback transactions. A billback is a hotel charge that an intermediary pays for its client as part of its service.

  • Taj Hotels plans rapid expansion

    Fri, 15 May 2009

    Taj Hotels, Palaces & Resorts is opening hotels at the rate of one every five weeks, its chief executive has claimed. Taj Banjaar Tola, IndiaSpeaking at the Arabian ...

  • New Dubai address for first-class flyers

    Fri, 15 May 2009

    The Address Downtown Burj Dubai is giving away stopover nights to first and business-class Emirates

  • Four Seasons founder's words of wisdom

    Thu, 14 May 2009

    Thinking of running your own luxury hotel? Ever wondered who is behind one of the world’s best luxury hotel brands? Four Seasons’ Canadian founder, Isadore Sharp, has penned a business memoir.Four Seasons Florence

  • Renaissance hopes Paris hotel is a Triomphe

    Thu, 14 May 2009

    A newcomer has arrived in the city of light: the Renaissance Paris Arc de Triomphe. The hotel has 118 rooms in modern style but is set in a historic location, on the site of the famous Theatre de l’Empire.The property has a wavy, all-glass exterior, with ground-floor retail shops selling home furnishings. The outlets have quickly made themselves comfortable in a spot rapidly becoming a design hub in ...

  • GTA signs deal with Accor

    Tue, 12 May 2009

    Travel wholesaler Gullivers Travel Associates and Accor hotels have signed an agreement placing more properties and room types in GTA’s portfolio. 

  • Emirate banks on festival

    Thu, 7 May 2009

    The Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority will treble efforts for its “Summer in Abu Dhabi” initiative in a bid to attract 150,000 visitors to the festival. The festival attracts regional and international visitors, and runs from July 31 to August 31. The tourist board said the international market was very much a focus for key events later in the year, including Abu Dhabi’s first ...

  • Tui adds hotelier 'green clause'

    Thu, 7 May 2009

    Tui Travel has added a sustainability clause to all its contracts with accommodation suppliers, requiring them to improve their environmental and social record.It claims it is the first UK mainstream tour operator to have a contract requiring hoteliers to start or develop a programme that manages their impact on the environment, their employees, and the local community.It includes commitments on reducing energy and water consumption, ...

  • London hotels 'saved' by interest rate falls

    Tue, 5 May 2009

    Falling interest rates in the UK have helped save the hotel sector in London, according a hotelier in Mayfair.Kevin Kelly, general manager of the five-star Marriott Grosvenor Square, said falls in mortgage payments had enabled Brits to splash out on nights in the capital.He said the weak pound also attracted burgeoning ...

  • GTMC tackles billback problem

    Fri, 1 May 2009

    The Guild of Travel Management Companies has invited hotel companies to a meeting in London to discuss the growing problem of billbacks.A billback is the hotel charge that a travel management company pays for its clients as part of its service.The guild says business travellers too often encounter problems ...

  • Online HBA sees business travel boost

    Fri, 1 May 2009

    An online hotel reservation company is claiming corporates are increasingly using its services during the recession.Bosses at hotel.info say their business has grown by 20% in the last year.The company believes travel managers, under pressure to cut costs, are implementing self-booking tools and mandating their use.Warini Munshi, ...

  • Six senses reveals expansion plans

    Thu, 30 Apr 2009

    Six Senses Latitudes, Laamu, MaldivesSix Senses has said that while some ecologically sensitive high-end resorts may ...

  • Von Essen says agents should 'Savour Sundays'

    Thu, 30 Apr 2009

    Agents are being offered the chance to try any of the Von Essen hotels on Sunday night stays for £50 per room. The hotelier is offering the new incentive for agents, Savour Sundays, on any Sunday throughout the year, to experience the product first hand.Von Essen said it was offering the promotion to help agents sample the product and help them cash in on the rise in interest in domestic tourism. ...

  • Marriott sees bright future

    Wed, 29 Apr 2009

    The head of Marriott International has painted a bright picture of future hotel development for the group during a visit to the UK this week. Grosvenor House, Park LaneChairman and chief executive JW Marriott Jr said: “Despite ...

  • GTMC: business travel worsening

    Tue, 28 Apr 2009

    The state of business travel in the UK has worsened, according to the Guild of Travel Management Companies' transaction first quarter figures. The statistics, which consolidate all the booking activity of the GTMC’s members, showed a 6% overall reduction in transactions compared to the first quarter of last year.Air bookings have suffered the most, ...

  • Operators accused of withholding discounts

    Mon, 27 Apr 2009

    Some tour operators have been accused of holding on to savings from reduced rates at Caribbean hotels, according to a report in The Sunday Times.

  • UK hotels: 'some cause for optimism'

    Thu, 23 Apr 2009

  • Hotelscene wins ITV contract

    Mon, 20 Apr 2009

    ITV has appointed Bristol-based company Hotelscene to manage its hotel bookings as well as its conferences and meetings.

  • Hilton joins GTMC as associate member

    Fri, 17 Apr 2009

    The Guild of Travel Management Companies has snapped up yet another associate member.The Hilton Hotel Corporation has become the latest big name supplier to sign-up with the guild.GTMC chief executive Philip Carlisle said the organisation had received a surge of interest from hotel companies in recent months.

  • London's hotels keeping it fresh

    Thu, 16 Apr 2009

    We’re going to sit on the fence until we have tried it for ourselves, but the new Bermondsey Square Hotel is promising what sounds like some genuine innovations – or they could be downright gimmicks. Whatever the case, it brings a smile to your face in doom-laden times.Designed by MD Robin Sheppard along with interior designer David Gabriel, The Bermondsey Square Hotel claims to be “elegant with an edge”, ...

  • Colombia in brief

    Thu, 16 Apr 2009

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  • SLH reports membership surge

    Wed, 15 Apr 2009

    Small Luxury Hotels of the World has added 25 new hotels to its portfolio in the first quarter of 2009 and has been receiving as many as 100 new enquiries a month to join via its dedicated website www.joinslh.com.The query levels represent a 20% leap on last year and SLH has also reported a 10% rise in membership year on year, including ...

  • TIG secures £2.2m investment

    Wed, 15 Apr 2009

    Online luxury hotel collection Travel Intelligence Group has secured £2.2 million from private equity investors Saints Capital and Big Bang Ventures.The cash will be used to develop its technology platform, accelerate growth through acquisitions, improve travelintelligence.com and recruit high level team members.

  • Avis: hotel booking on website

    Wed, 15 Apr 2009

    Avis customers can now book hotels on the car hire company’s website across 12 European countries.The partnership with Expedia Affiliate Network allows Avis clients to book hotels.com accommodation via a white-label site – giving them access to a bank of more than 99,000 hotels globally.Avis Europe group commercial director ...

  • Rezidor expands in Brighton

    Wed, 15 Apr 2009

    The Rezidor Hotel Group has announced that two hotels in Brighton are set to join the group by the end of April.The 59-room Royal York Hotel, which was renovated in 2007, will become a Radisson Blu Hotel and 84-room Lansdowne Place will become Park Inn Brighton. The properties, both owned by Max Hotels, will undergo changes to meet the criteria of the new brands including new uniforms and staff ...

  • Global campaign to boost Hyatt stays

    Thu, 2 Apr 2009

    Hyatt has launched its largest ever integrated marketing campaign to boost stays at its global hotels.The Big Welcome will offer three people the chance of spending 365 nights each at any Hyatt hotel around the world, whilst a ‘global sweepstake’ will offer 30,000 free night stays. “Business is down by as much as anyone has ever known, so we see this ...

  • Future Lab flags new luxury rules

    Thu, 2 Apr 2009

    Hotels that focus on ‘the local’, rarity, rawness, use of artisan techniques in décor and on their heritage and innovation will be the new winners in the luxury field.The prediction comes from The Future Laboratory, which held its bi-annual Trends Briefing in London this week.Wealthy consumers now wish to be inconspicuous and are turning to austerity in the new economic landscape, with hoteliers and ...

  • Is a hotel 'star wars' looming?

    Thu, 2 Apr 2009

    Hotel consortium Supranational has advised hoteliers to downgrade their star ratings to attract more custom.The organisation says hotels should start ‘star wars’ to entice business travellers and help them get round travel policy.Since the economy fell into recession a number of corporates have been tightening policies and mandating that ...

  • Q&A interview with Priya Paul

    Wed, 1 Apr 2009

    Priya Paul, chairman of Park Hotels, was thrust into running her father’s company after he was killed by terrorists in 1990, while visiting his tea plantation in Assam. Here she explains to Adam Coulter how she steered the group into one of the most successful hotel chains in IndiaHow did you introduce the boutique hotel concept to India?About 20 years ago, we were a very small company and we ...

  • Interview: Doyle Collection's Bill Walshe

    Wed, 25 Mar 2009

    Bill Walshe must suffer from a serious sleepwalking problem. Sat in the newly renovated restaurant of the Marylebone Hotel, he reveals that although he woke up in the hotel, he actually went to bed in the Jurys Clifton Ford, its predecessor.And a few days earlier, he says his head hit the pillow of the Jurys Bristol hotel – but he opened his eyes in the Bristol Hotel.He’s certain it’s going to happen again, but ...

  • Free Krug offered for BVI bookings

    Fri, 20 Mar 2009

     

  • Q&A: Ted Teng, Leading Hotels of the World

    Thu, 19 Mar 2009

    Leading Hotels of the World could potentially shed members in a move to focus on quality not quantity, says Ted Teng, who joined the luxury hotel membership organisation in September as president and chief executiveWhat has been your initial analysis of what needs to be done at Leading Hotels of the World?We represent more than 450 hotels and I would see us narrowing the size ...

  • Hilton to open first Denizen in 2010

    Thu, 19 Mar 2009

    Hilton will open the first hotel under its new Denizen brand early in 2010 and anticipates opening subsequent hotels every nine months. Denizen will be “the bridge” between Hilton’s luxury and lifestyle portfolio and “the rest of the family”, and will cater for both business and leisure travellers. Development negotiations for new Denizen hotels are ongoing ...

  • 'Debt-free' Langham plans 15 hotels

    Thu, 19 Mar 2009

    Langham Hotels International plans to add a further 15 hotels to its “open and pipeline portfolio” over the next five years.The company is part of Great Eagle Holdings and is debt-free so in “a sound position for expansion”, said sales and marketing vice-president Bob van den Oord. “While other companies are halting expansion and investment, we are well on track with ...

  • Thoroughly modern Madeira

    Mon, 16 Mar 2009

    The Atlantic island of Madeira has been attracting royalty, world leaders and celebrities for more than 100 years. But is it moving with the times? Paul Revel checks out two contrasting hotels in the capital, Funchal Hoteliers say the arrival of easyJet has helped a boost in new visitors to the island. The Gatwick-Funchal route launched in March last year, followed by Lisbon-Funchal in October. And the five-star proprietors are happy with the new low-cost flyers – ...

  • Chains freeze new hotel projects

    Thu, 12 Mar 2009

    New developments by chain hotels are likely to stagnate through 2009 as leading groups go on crisis alert, according to research company MKG Hospitality.    Last year many projects were not held back because they were already under way. However, development director Vanguelis Panayotis said: “Throughout the next year or so, caution will be the key word.“The current crisis will be visible in ...

  • Anatolian Sky enters boutique sector

    Thu, 12 Mar 2009

     Anatolian Sky Holidays has set up a hotel management company with the aim of launching a chain of boutique hotels across Turkey.The operator, which specialises in quiet family-run hotels and resorts for the middle and upper-end of the Turkish holiday market, believes the sector will see major growth in the next few years.Business is currently buoyant to Turkey, partly because of exchange rates making the country more affordable ...

  • Model treatment at Huvafen Fushi

    Thu, 5 Mar 2009

    Guests at super-chic Huvafen Fushi in the Maldives get the model treatment next week when acclaimed fashion photographer Milan Josipovic (milanjosipovic.net) jets in to take portraits of guests. From 15 to 20 March, Milan will put guests in front of the camera and they will then get five of the best black and white images from the shoot on DVD, which can then be blown up to poster size. 

  • One&Only rushes to open doors on 6th hotel

    Thu, 5 Mar 2009

    The One&Only Cape Town is to open months ahead of schedule on April 4 in time for the Easter holidays.The hotel marks the return of Sol Kerzner to his homeland and will be the group’s sixth property.“There was a great local motivation to finish the hotel,” said One&Only Resorts president Paul Jones. “We have gone all out to create something really special.”

  • The 'right' agents sought for Eden Collection

    Thu, 5 Mar 2009

    Luxury operator Eden Collection is to launch a Europe brochure this month following its debut in January. Managing director Paul Beacall said he believed there could also be scope to offer luxury properties in the UK as a programme for next year and shook off any worries about launching a tour operator during a recession.“We’ve seen the fly-and-flop luxury that’s on offer ...

  • Trade specials for Six Senses' new openings

    Thu, 5 Mar 2009

    Luxury eco-hotelier Six Senses is offering exclusive rates for ttgluxury readers to try the new Soneva Kiri in Thailand.Due to open July 1, the resort is the first Soneva to open outside the Maldives following the ‘Robinson Crusoe’ mould of Soneva Fushi and Soneva Gili. Soneva Kiri is on undeveloped Koh Kood, on the south-east coast of the Gulf of Thailand and all guests will be ...

  • Hong Kong hotel turns to families for help

    Tue, 3 Mar 2009

    A hotel popular with business travellers in Hong Kong is turning to families and the retired to help alleviate "unavoidable" falling occupancy levels throughout the global economic downturn.Anita Chan (pictured), general manager of The Cosmopolitan Hotel, told ttgbusiness.com that exploring new markets was ...

  • Radisson promotes 10-for-9 delegate offer

    Tue, 3 Mar 2009

    Radisson Edwardian is offering one free space per day for every nine paying delegates at conference and meeting events held at its properties.The 10-for-9 offer applies to all events booked, confirmed and contracted by April 30 for bookings until December 31, 2009.The hotel chain offers ...

  • Disney launches free children promo

    Fri, 20 Feb 2009

    Children under the age of seven will be able to visit Disneyland Resort Paris for free as part of a year-long Mickey’s Magical Party celebration, which launches in April.When guests book a package to arrive between April 3 and November 8, 2009, their children under seven will be offered free hotel accommodation and free entrance to both Disney Parks. Mickey’s Magical Party, which runs from April 4, 2009 until March 7, 2010, will feature new parades ...

  • Rise of single night 'nano breaks'

    Wed, 18 Feb 2009

    Bournemouth and Florence are the most popular destinations with British travellers in a new credit crunch phenomenon identified by Hotels.com – “nano-breaks”.The online hotel booking service has seen a 29% increase in UK customers searching for single night weekend breaks as they refuse to give up their holidays despite the economic climate.Compared with January 2008, there was a staggering 532% increase in searches for one night weekend stays ...

  • New easyHotel eases off the orange

    Wed, 11 Feb 2009

    No-frills chain easyHotel has teamed up with London architects ZMMA to create a new room design, which has been launched at its London Heathrow hotel.The new layout features in-room luggage storage, an improved clothes hanging facility, additional shelving and more lighting options.The colour scheme of new bedrooms has also been altered, with the brand’s trademark orange kept to a minimum.Calum Russell, easyHotel.com commercial ...

  • Maldives agent is all at sea

    Mon, 2 Feb 2009

    As our seaplane headed from Male to the new Maldivian resort of Iru Fushi, we had no idea the owner was onboard.It was only when we approached and he casually twirled his finger to tell the pilot to take a slow circle of the island to give us a better look that it started to become clear.A former travel agent, Ahmed Siyam Mohamed is an elusive character with a burgeoning portfolio of resorts and a disarmingly positive outlook.Siyam ...

  • Crunch bites Big Apple hotels

    Mon, 2 Feb 2009

    Luxury hotels in New York have seen a significant drop in corporate customers in the past few months, but one leading property said it was offsetting the fall with a corresponding rise in leisure guests.The Jumeirah Essex House has seen its proportion of business guests drop from 80% to 70% this month, according to general manager Scott Dawson.The New York Palace Hotel has seen a similar shift, with the most significant trend being for smaller meetings.

  • ‘Alliances are key to luxury survivalÂ’

    Mon, 2 Feb 2009

    Luxury hotel groups claim they will be seeing more independent luxury properties looking to join them in 2009 in order to ride out the economic downturn.Groups such as Preferred Hotel Group and Great Hotels Organisation claim they are receiving growing numbers of applications to sit under their sales and marketing umbrellas. Great Hotels Organisation said it had received integration requests from almost 400 hotels in 2008, and it expected the number this year ...

  • Hotel commission better than cruise

    Tue, 27 Jan 2009

    Hotel bookings are proving the most valuable source of non-air income for agents in the economic downturn, according to Amadeus.Its online poll of agents revealed that, of all the non-air services, hotel bookings are the best seller for 50% of agents.This is followed by cruise for 40% and airport transfers for 25% of agents.Of all non-air business travel services offered, hotels were again the top seller for half of ...

  • Amadeus teams up with HBAA

    Mon, 26 Jan 2009

    Travel technology company Amadeus and the Hotel Booking Agents’ Association are to work together to develop hotel booking technology.The pair have signed a “strategic partnership agreement” which they say will help agents who use a hotel booking agent.Amadeus says the deal will also give it an increased presence in the Mice market, a sector it says has “rapidly ...

  • IHG opens Hotel Indigo in Paddington

    Tue, 20 Jan 2009

  • Real Hotel Group's shares suspended

    Wed, 14 Jan 2009

  • Rock-bottom rates 'good news for agents'

    Fri, 9 Jan 2009

    HotelConnect claims it has persuaded more than half of its hotel partners to reduce prices by between 30% and 50%.The accommodation-only supplier said its close working relationships with hoteliers had encouraged them to offer special discounts.Commercial manager Ian Ackland said he believed the desire to travel was still alive and kicking in the UK, but customers will be seeking affordable, value-for-money accommodation.

  • Public confused about protection

    Fri, 9 Jan 2009

    Almost half of UK holidaymakers are unaware that the Atol system is not relevant to accommodation-only bookings, according to a new poll.A survey by bed bank HotelConnect of 4,000 customers found that 46% believed the CAA-run licence covered them.It also showed that close to 70% believed paying by credit card gives the highest level of financial protection. This rated higher than Abta bonding or specific supplier failure insurance.

  • Taj to 'shine again' after terror attacks

    Tue, 16 Dec 2008

    The Taj Mahal Palace and Tower, one of the central scenes of Mumbai’s recent terrorist attacks that left 170 people dead, is ...

  • Lowcostbeds buys Resorthoppa

    Wed, 10 Dec 2008

    Lowcostbeds.com has acquired 100% of the shares of Resorthoppa for an undisclosed sum.

  • Hotels4U recruits product head John Riley

    Mon, 8 Dec 2008

    Hotels4U.com has appointed John Riley as head of product and planning.Riley will be responsible for maintaining and developing Hotels4U’s products, and report to managing director Haim Perry.Perry said: “The role of head of product and planning is a unique one in the bed bank industry and indicative of our dedication to grow Hotels4U’s product offering further.”

  • Hotels4U adds beds in the Maldives

    Wed, 3 Dec 2008

    Hotels4U.com will offer properties in the Maldives from this Friday (December 5).The 18 hotels and resorts being added to the accommodation-only specialist's site range from three to five stars.John Harding, Hotels4U sales and marketing director, said: “The Maldives are a consistently popular destination, combining luxury resorts with golden beaches ...

  • Hays 2008: IG members to get Hays Beds

    Tue, 2 Dec 2008

    Hays Beds will be available to all Independence Group members by the middle of December.The objective of Hays Beds, according to finance and commercial director Nigel Hebron, is to create a one stop shop for agents to save them searching through various bed banks.“We have made this available to retail ...

  • Hotels lose out in run-up to Christmas

    Thu, 27 Nov 2008

    Holiday-home rental specialist Directholidaybookings.co.uk has reported a 20% increase in bookings in the run-up to Christmas.

  • Holiday Inn faces Chinese revolt

    Mon, 24 Nov 2008

    The world’s biggest hotel group is facing a revolt by its Chinese hotel owners over a £675 million rebranding programme for Holiday Inn, according to reports in The Independent on Sunday.

  • Interview with Sandals boss Adam Stewart

    Thu, 20 Nov 2008

    There can’t be many chief executives who as part of their job watch an hour of MTV before going to bed. In fact, there’s probably only one: Adam Stewart of Sandals.The 27-year-old is one of the youngest chief executives in the world so perhaps his television viewing choice is not too surprising.But he doesn’t do it for fun – it’s homework.“I do my best to know what children and young ...

  • Sandals boss Cowles quits

    Thu, 20 Nov 2008

    Tony Cowles, managing director for Sandals in the UK and Europe, resigned from the company today.He will be temporarily replaced by Karl Thompson, who joined Sandals UK and Europe last year as marketing director and was recently promoted to deputy managing director. Sandals said he would be acting managing director for the foreseeable future.Cowles leaves the company after almost two and a half ...

  • Cook boss calls on hotels to cut rates

    Thu, 13 Nov 2008

    Thomas Cook group chief executive Manny Fontenla-Novoa has called on hoteliers at WTM to lower rates now, claiming it will be too late after the peaks.He said hoteliers usually waited until March to see how well stock had sold in January and February before deciding whether to reduce rates.Forecasting a 12% reduction in overall capacity next year, Fontenla-Novoa said it was imperative operators had the best prices now ...

  • WTM: 'Force hotels to pay more for water'

    Wed, 12 Nov 2008

    Hotels should be forced to pay more for electricity and water than the local people in the countries where they operate, according to a leading tourism academic.Professor Harold Goodwin called on local governments in countries such as South African to levy higher charges on hotels to force them to reduce their consumption.Speaking at a WTM seminar on corporate social responsibility, Goodwin said hotels that were not yet taking ...

  • Winter hotel rates are slashed 30-50%

    Fri, 7 Nov 2008

    Hotel booking agency HotelConnect says concern about forward bookings is leading to winter rate reductions of 30%-50%.Commercial manager Ian Ackland said: “There has been talk of hotels closing floors rather than cut rates, but we’ve seen no sign of that.“In fact our contractors are securing lower rates and more free night deals than ever before.”The company said that hotels are willing to give ...

  • Travelodge to open 22 hotels before Christmas

    Mon, 27 Oct 2008

    Travelodge is to open 22 hotels before Christmas at a cost of £125m.Many of the new hotels will be in tourist towns such as Edinburgh, Torquay and Blackpool.While most companies suffer at the hands of economic slowdown, the budget hotel operator said the forced review ...

  • Liverpool hotels buck downward trend

    Mon, 27 Oct 2008

    The global downturn has hit the UK’s hotel sector, but Liverpool’s strong performance has bucked the trend as it makes the most of its year as European Capital of Culture.UK hotel occupancy fell 1.4% in the first nine months of 2008 while average room rates only went up by 3.9% according to business advisor Deloitte.

  • Accor to cut costs by £60m

    Tue, 21 Oct 2008

    Accor is to implement a £60 million cost-cutting programme and is reducing capital spending in hotels by £80 million to £320 million.Cuts totalling £50 million will be made in 2009 and overall this represents a 10% cut in the cash needed to finance expansion plans of 40,000 new rooms per year from 2010.More than 60% of the new ...

  • Jumeirah will continue expansion

    Mon, 20 Oct 2008

    Jumeirah will continue with its plan to add 30 properties by 2012 despite the economic downturn, according to a report in the Financial Times.

  • Sofitel Heathrow survives T5 fiasco

    Fri, 17 Oct 2008

    The new five-star Sofitel London Heathrow at Terminal 5 has recorded higher-than-expected occupancy levels despite the bad publicity surrounding the terminal’s disastrous opening, the chain has claimed.

  • Jumeirah to open luxury hotel in Glasgow

    Tue, 14 Oct 2008

    Middle Eastern hotel group Jumeirah is to open a five-star hotel in Glasgow.The 25-storey building will have 160 guest rooms and 85 serviced apartments. The hotel will also feature a rooftop cocktail lounge, restaurants and bars. It is expected to open in 2011.

  • Bluebookonline failure unsettles sector

    Wed, 8 Oct 2008

    The collapse of bed bank Bluebookonline has sparked warnings the sector is on the verge of a wave of consolidation and possible failures.Bluebookonline was one of the older bed banks and was respected as a small but significant player that gave a good service to agents.It ceased trading on Tuesday, blaming difficult trading conditions. The collapse is seen as heralding bigger changes in the bed bank sector as the industry enters a predicted prolonged ...

  • Bluebookonline bed bank goes bust

    Wed, 8 Oct 2008

    Trade-only bed bank Bluebookonline has gone bust, blaming difficult trading conditions.The online accommodation-only specialist ceased trading yesterday afternoon at 4pm.It posted a message on its website advising agents that payments made for travel not yet completed would be 100% secure.Bluebookonline was created as a trading name of Worldwide Tailor Made Holidays Ltd, based in Tonbridge, Kent.&b

  • Real Hotels targets all-inclusive market

    Mon, 6 Oct 2008

    The Real Hotel Company has introduced an all-inclusive offer for meals and beds aimed at persuading cash-strapped travellers to keep booking accommodation.

  • UK hotels 'unaffected' by credit crunch

    Thu, 2 Oct 2008

    UK hotels were unaffected by the economic downturn and saw steady growth in August, according to the latest monthly figures released by PKF Hotel Consultancy Services. In London, hotels achieved 4.4% growth in room yield on the same time last year. This was largely due to a 5.7% increase in average room rate from £126.42 last year to £133.68 this year. Occupancy levels dipped by 1.3 percentage points in August on 2007, but full-year figures to date ...

  • Youtravel posts first-year loss of £900,000

    Thu, 2 Oct 2008

      

  • Rotana Arjaan opens in Dubai Media City

    Fri, 26 Sep 2008

    Middle Eastern hotel company Rotana has announced the opening of its Arjaan Dubai Media City hotel apartment complex.The 30-storey Arjaan complex in Dubai Media city in the UAE contains 167 luxury apartments with private balconies.The apartments range in size from one to three bedrooms and some have a private swimming pool, and the complex has its own fitness centre.

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