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Delta Airlines to add Alipay payment to website to ease online bookings from China
Thursday, 2nd April 2015
Delta Air Lines is partnering with Ant Financial Services Group and UATP to make it easier for Chinese consumers to purchase airline tickets online by adding Ant Financial's Alipay payment platform to its website...
Starwood Capital Group and Barry Sternlicht unveil new hotel concept
Thursday, 2nd April 2015
'1' Hotel first five star, environmentally friendly hospitality brand will demonstrate that style and luxury can be delivered with ecologically sustainable consciousness, first five hotels to debut in Paris, France; Seattle, WA; Scottsdale, AZ; Mammoth Lakes, CA and Ft...
Travel and Tourism in 2015 will grow faster than the global economy
Thursday, 2nd April 2015
Every year, WTTC forecasts the economic impact of the Travel & Tourism sector in 184 countries and 24 regions; for 2015, these forecasts show a sector that is again growing strongly, creating jobs and driving growth...
Wotif leaves The Matrix behind after 15 years
Thursday, 2nd April 2015
The tech revolution at Wotif  is now complete, new owner Expedia last Wednesday replaced the infamous pricing and availability matrix with a standard display...
Asia Pacific hotels experiencing negative year-over-year results
Thursday, 2nd April 2015
Hotels in the Asia Pacific region experienced negative year-over-year results in the three key performance metrics during February 2015 when reported in US dollars, according to data compiled by STR Global...
TripBarometer March 2015 - Global Travel Economy Report
Thursday, 2nd April 2015
Vacation budgets in 2015  Globally one-quarter of all travelers are holding their vacation budgets at 2014 levels, with travelers twice as likely to increase, rather than decrease spend in 2015...
 Recent Articles  (Click headline to read article)
Blind Break: Set Out for the Unknown
Have no idea where to go for your next trip? Can't make up your mind between Thailand and South Africa? Or perhaps you and your friend can't agree on the destination? Close your eyes and leave it to chance...
Waiting in the wings – Asia's next Tata and Alibaba
Despite economic growth slowing in Asia, more Asian corporates are set to enter the global stage;  In the past few years, large numbers of Asian companies have entered the global stage, challenging the dominance of Western firms...
Five Ways to get the most out of your Website Booking Engine
In the world of hotel distribution, direct sales are king, bookings coming direct from your website are typically the lowest cost of acquisition and give you the ability to own the relationship with the customer...
Asset Management Strategy Must Consider Your Hotel Investment Horizon
The common goal for hotel operators and those who provide asset management on behalf of owners and investors is generally to maximize income with the minimal capital necessary to maintain the quality and value of the hotel...
Do I Know You? Personalization Without a Guest Profile
In a noisy distribution environment, hotels are in significant danger of becoming commoditized; Differentiating themselves not only from the competition, but from the third party distributors, will be crucial to maintaining a competitive edge, or even just maintaining profitability...
Men's and Women's Wellness Perceptions Can Carry Weight
Around the world, roughly 75% believe they 'are what they eat' - a sign that today's consumers are tapped in to the latest health trends and with global obesity rates climbing 28% in adults over the last 30 years, people are striving to lose weight and improve their quality of life...
 Top Feature Articles (Click title to read)
Hotelier’s Guide to the Google Mobile-Friendliness Update
Thursday, 2nd April 2015
Google is back in the news with another algorithm change – and this time it’s a big one; the search engine announced recently its plans to roll out the Mobile-Friendly Algorithm Update on April 21st, 2015, a change expected to impact up to 40% of all mobile searches...

Appear, Engage, and Influence: Get the 10 Benefits of Online Reputation Management [Infographic]
Thursday, 2nd April 2015
Online reputation management (ORM) is an important aspect in the online marketing arena, while it is used to improve a business’s or a person’s reputation on the World Wide Web, ORM carries a negative connotation to some professionals and business owners...

Hospitality Industry Service Leadership 2015
Thursday, 2nd April 2015
A 'business success plan' for the hospitality industry requires a new set of disciplines;  Today, knowledge acquisition of the changing technologies alone represents a challenge, coupled with strong service leadership skills, the trans...

Let's Talk About Cost Controls
Wednesday, 1st April 2015
A hotel manager's most important tasks are making money for the owner and maintaining the asset, satisfied guests and motivated employees are among the tools, but cost controls are also critical components of the formula...

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