Hoteliers spending up to three hours a week on review responses

Choice Hotels Europe, the company behind the Comfort, Quality and Clarion brands in Europe, revealed the findings of its second “European Hotelier Pulse-Check” which examined hotelier’s 2013 business imperatives, growth plans and strategies for social networking sites. As with the inaugural Pulsecheck survey conducted last year, stepping up sales and marketing activities to attract new hotel customers will remain the number one business priority for European hoteliers in 2013 and the hoteliers once again rated…
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U.S. News & World Report Announces 2013 Best Hotels Rankings

U.S. News & World Report has released its 2013 Best Hotels rankings, and a new hotel has seized the No. 1 spot on the list of the 2013 Best Hotels in the USA. Amangani in Jackson, WY is now the top-ranked hotel in the country. Out of the 1,639 U.S. luxury hotels across the United States evaluated for the 2013 rankings, 164 properties scored high enough to earn a place on the list of the…
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IHG signs first InterContinental Resort in Phuket

IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group), the world's largest hotel group by number of rooms, today announced the signing of InterContinental Phuket Rawai Beach Resort, the first for the brand in Phuket, with JTM (Thailand) Limited, a member company of the L.C. Development Ltd (LC Dev) Group.Designed by renowned and award-winning architect Bill Bensley, who also designed IHG's award-winning InterContinental Danang Sun Peninsula Resort in Vietnam, the resort will be a redevelopment of the former Evason Phuket…
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Fifth DoubleTree by Hilton Opens In Turkey

ISTANBUL - DoubleTree by Hilton has announced the opening of its fifth hotel in Turkey, in the Avcilar district of Istanbul. DoubleTree by Hilton Istanbul - Avcilar is ideally located in the new trade and business center on the western side of Istanbul, within easy reach of the historic old town, Istanbul Ataturk Airport and the IFM Fair Centre & World Trade Centre. Rob Palleschi, global head, DoubleTree by Hilton, said, "We are thrilled to…
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Marriott International Introduces Two New Brands to the Brazilian Hotel Market

The company will open a new 165-room Fairfield Inn by Marriott in Porto Alegre, Rio Grande do Sul, and a 160-room Fairfield Inn by Marriott and 158-room Courtyard by Marriott hotel, both in Curitiba, Parana.Marriott International announced plans to introduce two of its mid-market hotel brands, the Fairfield Inn and Courtyard by Marriott brands in Brazil. The company will open a new 165-room Fairfield Inn by Marriott in Porto Alegre, Rio Grande do Sul, and…
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Hilton Worldwide is Set to Further Strengthen Its Presence in Egypt

The new 158-room Hilton Alexandria Corniche will be Hilton Worldwide's 19th property in Egypt and it's second in Alexandria.Hilton Worldwide is set to further strengthen its presence in Egypt following the signing of a management agreement with Delta for Tourism & Hotels Company to introduce a new Hilton Hotels & Resorts property to the city of Alexandria. The new 158-room Hilton Alexandria Corniche, a conversion property, is expected to open as a Hilton branded hotel…
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It’s confirmed! Tripadvisor Directly Affects Rates, Occupancy & RevPar

Professor Kris Anderson from Cornell University in his recent white paper 'The Impact of Social Media on Lodging Performance' demonstrated that online guest satisfaction has a direct impact not only on occupancy but also on RevPar and rates.The study is performed by The Center of Hospitality Research in partnership with ReviewPro, STR Global, and Travelocity; it is based on an analysis of more than 31,000 monthly observations over 2,5 years on midscale, upscale, and luxury…
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Design Hotels new member hotels

BERLIN – While digging up fresh treasures in the old haunts of Europe like the Swiss and Austrian Alps, Design Hotels also discovered some exciting new Asian island properties in Indonesia and Thailand. And entirely new destinations: Malaysia and Ukraine. Balancing both sides of this invisible line, each of the hotels showcase their surroundings in all of its bounty, and delight with well thought out design concepts and details. “With the demand for experiential travel…
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Sheraton Hotels & Resorts Invests $230 Million to Renovate Four Iconic Hawaiian Properties

Multi-Million Dollar Upgrades Made to the Sheraton Waikiki, Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa, Sheraton Kauai Resort and Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa at Keauhou BayStarwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE: HOT) today announced that its largest brand, Sheraton Hotels & Resorts, and its owners invested more than $230 million to refurbish its four iconic Hawaiian properties. The large-scale, multi-year project was completed with the recent unveiling of the Sheraton Kona Resort and meets the…
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IHG Launches Holiday Inn Express Brand in India

The first of the brand in India, the hotel defines smart travel by pairing comfort and convenience with proximity and price. Located in the heart of the commercial and shopping district, with easy access to the city center and airport, Holiday Inn Express Ahmedabad offers the smart traveller an affordable alternative to full service hotels but without compromising on quality. “Holiday Inn Express Ahmedabad is the first of many hotels we’re opening in the country…
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