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MENA Hotels Review: Hotel profits in Dubai and Jeddah continue to fall
Tuesday, 30th June 2015
The combined effect of the falling Euro and stronger US Dollar continues to be the key challenge facing Dubai’s hotels, as average room rate (ARR) fell by close to 11% to US$272 during the month of May...
Club Sandwich Index: New York ranks 10th among global cities; first among major US cities
Tuesday, 30th June 2015
This year, the elevated report by Hotels.com – the CSI 2.0 – covers three additional hotel dining items to make the Index a more comprehensive indicator for travelers to understand the costs associated with a full day of dining ...
In China, 'High-Speed' households to generate 90% of new consumption between 2015-2020
Tuesday, 30th June 2015
Despite the slowdown in economic growth in China, a vibrant group of high-speed households will rapidly increase their spending between 2015 and 2020;  These households, which disproportionately consist of households in the middle class and above in urban areas, generate about $1...
News from around the Asia Pacific region, June 30
Tuesday, 30th June 2015
Hotel industry and travel news from around the Asia Pacific region; Zen Rooms raised US$1 million, Thailand and Cambodia agree on single visa for tourists visiting both, visa-free to Vietnam for five European countries and more...
Silk Road Tourism Ministers commit to travel facilitation and closer marketing cooperation
Tuesday, 30th June 2015
The 7th UNWTO International Meeting on Silk Road Tourism agreed to advance travel facilitation, promote a 'Visit the Silk Road' Programme and step up efforts to develop tourism routes and enhance human resources...
Starwood expected to spin-off vacation ownership business by year-end 2015
Monday, 29th June 2015
Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide announced the planned spin-off of its vacation ownership business into a separate publicly traded company; Starwood Vacation Ownership (SVO), which will be named Vistana Signature Experiences upo...
 Recent Articles  (Click headline to read article)
3 Powerful Ways Hoteliers Can Influence the Booking Decision
Understanding the customer path to purchase is the most critical step to developing your hotel’s marketing strategy;  Having knowledge of where your potential guests are going along the booking path and which resources they use t...
In Travel, Mobile-Ready 'Micro-Moments' Mean Business
Increasingly impatient travel consumers in the middle of a 'micro-moment' expect mobile friendly websites;  If you don’t have one, you’ll lose business, says Bronwyn White (right), co-founder of MyTravelResearch...
Part 2: Implementation of the11th Revised Edition of the Uniform System of Accounts for the Lodging Industry
Treatment of service charge for revenue and expense reporting in the hospitality industry...
Planning and Promoting Apps – A Different Ball Game in China
There are many interesting aspects that mobile specialists and marketers needs to consider in order to work on a relevant app and popularize the same in China...
A Sustainable Future: Pieces of Paradise Become Waste Dumps
Nothing untoward on the beautiful pictures of your postcards? Let's hope it lasts! Today, our Blue Planet is in danger: the giant open-air waste dumps are appearing in the oceans and on land...
What Can the Hotel Industry Learn from Zappos, Groupon, and Fiat?
Zappos, Groupon and Fiat are just a few of the brands that are leading the way with new retailing strategies to meet the changing needs of the modern consumer...
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Hospitality Digital Technology & Marketing Strategy Q3 - 2015
Tuesday, 30th June 2015
Now available for download, the HeBStrategy Q3 2015 Edition serves as a guide to hospitality digital marketing, providing a comprehensive overview of what happened in Q2 and what’s about to happen in Q3 and beyond...

Beyond the Hotel Performance, How to Identify a Correct Hotel Competitive Set?
Tuesday, 30th June 2015
Accurately identifying a competitive set is important for a hotel market study because the data provide both a more accurate perspective on a hotel’s historical operating performance and a basis for projecting a hotel’s future performance...

Who is Responsible for Tourists' Security?
Tuesday, 30th June 2015
Exclusive Feature: The most recent tragic terror attack in Tunis targeting western tourists raises again the question:  Who is responsible to inform tourists of security concerns in their holiday destinations?  This weekend, the h...

Is the Company's Loyalty to the Customer Temporary?
Tuesday, 30th June 2015
This article might be perceived as a rant, but stay with me because I think you will agree there is a very valid point and lesson at the end;  I’m frustrated that a customer may show intense loyalty to a business, and that busine...

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