What’s New in Hotel Online Distribution and Tech Trends? W1, November 2022

Here is your weekly industry news round-up. Check out the short snippets here and follow below for more details.

  • “Focus on the food industry” is the latest trend in the hospitality industry that hotels are looking up to.
  • Indian Hospitality Industry finally finds its feet after the pandemic with a 4-6% increase in their RevPAR.
  • Westgate Resorts to Give Away 1,000 Free Vacations to U.S. Military Families.
  • Black Friday and Cyber Monday bring quick wins for conversion for hotels this holiday season.
  • Six Senses to offer a wellness resort to wildlife lovers within Zimbabwe’s Victoria Falls National Park.
  • Unlocking network efficiencies for the hospitality industry for contactless guest experiences.

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Trends in hospitality – Focus on the future of the food industry

Food has always played an essential role in the hospitality industry. The most glaring example that illustrates this fact is the growing importance of the culinary tourism market. By 2032, it is expected to surpass US$ 4,530.9 Bn according to Future Market Insights, which means a compound annual growth rate of approximately 16.6% per year. Moreover, new trends are emerging when it comes to culinary tourism. Indeed, travelers are reconsidering the impact of their consumption, “vegans, vegetarians, and flexitarians are gaining immense traction in food tourism”.


Indian hotels experienced 4-6% higher revenue in September 2022

The hospitality industry generated 4 to six percent higher revenue per available room (RevPAR) in September 2022, compared to September 2019. Besides, hotels were able to demand a 7-9 percent higher room tariff in September 2022, compared to the same time in 2019. At the same time, room occupancies dipped 1-3 percentage points, compared to that in 2019, with only 62-63 percent of the rooms being occupied.


Westgate Resorts honors U.S military families at its 11th Give Away anniversary

This Veterans Day, Westgate Resorts is thrilled to honor 1,000 active-duty U.S. military members, veterans and Gold Star families with a free three-day, two-night action-packed Orlando vacation at the Westgate Salutes Military Weekend 2022 celebration. This year marks Westgate’s 11th year of giving away vacations to the incredible military personnel who have served this nation and their families, totaling more than 26,000 complimentary vacations gifted since starting this initiative.


How to score more bookings this holiday season?

From discounted rates to special inclusions, there are many ways that hoteliers can tempt potential guests and encourage them to book a stay.  Along with generating buzz about travel and hotel rooms being sold, creating urgency for booking and adding personal touchpoints to your ad campaigns are the best marketing efforts to hit on the right notes this season.


Wildlife lovers to book their stay at Zimbabwe’s Victoria Falls National Park

Six Senses enters into its first sub-Saharan African project, which will front Princess Elizabeth Island on the approach to the largest waterfall in the world. The resort is part of The House of Chinhara initiative to recover the majesty of Zimbabwean tourism by elevating the available accommodation count and quality for visitors to the Victoria Falls National Park, a UNESCO protected area.


Guests’ Wi-Fi, IoT and LTE networks to become top hotel amenities

Post pandemic workation has become the new normal raising raise the bar to meet customer expectations of a seamless guest experience. With the shifting guests’ demands, the hospitality industry’s reliance on technology-enabled services have substantially increased.


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