Embracing Domestic Tourism in Africa

For a long time, Africans have perceived traveling as non essential especially within the continent thus only reserved for the high net-worth persons. Attributed mostly to their supposedly low spending power, Africans are said to believe that money should be spent on ‘more important priorities’ which exclude traveling (in this case considered as leisure). Therefore, […]

The hostel grows up: ‘Poshtels’ make their way to USA

For many people, the word hostel evokes images of grungy backpackers, uncomfortable beds, shared bathrooms and snack machines. But that’s a hostel for another era. These days, hostels are more like boutique hotels at a bargain price. The upscale hostel trend was born in Europe. To attract younger travelers, hoteliers started outfitting hostels with bars, coffee […]

Marriott Receives Antitrust Clearance from the European Union to Acquire Starwood

Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) and Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide (NYSE: HOT) today announced they have received unconditional clearance from the European Union for Marriott to acquire Starwood in a merger transaction. In announcing the decision in a press release issued by the European Commission, the Commissioner for Competition, Margaret Vestager, said, “This is […]

The Waldorf Astoria Hotel As You Know It Is Over

KEYSTONE-FRANCE VIA GETTY IMAGES, The Waldorf Astoria, still under construction. As the saying goes: “Don’t cry because it’s over. Smile because it happened.” New York City’s landmark Waldorf Astoria hotel will close for up to three years while most of its rooms are gutted and turned into luxury apartments, according to The Wall Street Journal. Once […]

Swiss International enters the Kingdom of Bahrain with the signing of the Swiss International Palace Hotel

The well-known Palace hotel, located in the Gudaibiya area of Manama will be rebranded to receive its guests as the Swiss International Palace hotel, effective July 1, 2016. The Palace hotel (formerly known as the Ramada Palace hotel) concluded a franchise agreement with Swiss International, with effect from July 1, 2016. The signing took place […]

Dubai Tourism – Statistics And Trends [Infographic]

Holding some of the biggest modern manmade marvels, Dubai is one city that can’t be missed to visit. It homes 7 of the 10 tallest hotels in world and the tallest building, the Burj Khalifa. The Building is so tall that people on the top floors have to wait a while longer than those on […]

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  • Hyatt Announces Plans for a Hyatt Regency Hotel in Phnom Penh, Cambodia

    CHICAGO–(hospitalitybusinessnews.com)–Hyatt Hotels Corporation  announced today that a Hyatt affiliate has entered into a management agreement with Chip Mong Group for a Hyatt Regency hotel in Cambodia’s capital, Phnom Penh. Expected to open in 2020, Hyatt Regency Phnom Penh will mark the first Hyatt Regency hotel in Cambodia, and will add to Hyatt’s growing footprint in […]

  • Starwood Hotels & Resorts Debuts Its First Hotel in Downtown Buffalo

    STAMFORD, Conn. — Westin Hotels & Resorts, part ofStarwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Inc. (NYSE:HOT), today announced the opening of The Westin Buffalo in partnership with the hotel’s owner and operator, Delaware North. Located in the heart of the resurging downtown Buffalo, the newly-built Westin hotel is the brand’s first in the city and is poised to […]

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  • World’s Quickest and Shortest PR Lesson!

    I have given you my 25 Golden Rules for Pitch Perfect PR, for whatever they may be worth, in the past, but here follows the quickest, shortest, five-point PR lesson to get you working like a Pro and making moves that only successful professionals do. Considerably, these skills will hold good not just for people […]

  • Integration is key to a cohesive marketing strategy

    The mobile era is here and there is no questioning its power. Consumers are permanently attached to their devices and suddenly a high-powered computer  is right at their fingertips at all times. Reports show the majority of consumers now own smart phones and they use them to do product research. They even keep their phones right beside […]

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  • Keys to Success: Employee Satisfaction.

    Without a satisfied hotel staff we have no foundation upon which to build. At the recent Marriott owners meeting I attended in December, when asked what will make Marriott hotels successful, Bill Marriott said that the key to success at a hotel is to take care of our employees because employees will in turn take […]

  • How to Help Your New Manager Build Respect

    Building a strong manager and management team is an obstacle you’ll constantly face. If this isn’t something you’ve been focusing on, put it on your radar now. Management Goals. A major goal for your business should be to develop a team around you that enables it to function while you’re not there. Preferably to function […]

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  • The Changing Role of Hotel Food and Beverage.

    Restaurants in hotels have traditionally been a service reserved primarily just for guests, however, over the past few years we’ve seen a huge shift in both the design and operation of F&B components, as hoteliers realise that additional revenue can be driven from creating public areas which also entice external users. There is also growing […]

  • Creating a quality, cost effective breakfast offering

    There’s no denying it – operating a business in Australia’s foodservice industry is a tough gig. Costs are high, competition is fierce, and diners are fickle. Those brave enough to buy and run their own restaurant, café, hotel or QSR outlet need to not only be on top of industry trends – ensuring they provide […]

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