What’s New in Hotel Online Distribution and Tech Trends? W2, March 2023

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

  • TripAdvisor releases First Seasonal Travel Index of 2023 
  • The best of the best at ITB Berlin 2023 was Saudi  
  • Hyatt Centric Ville-Marie Montréal celebrates its official opening 
  • The Fijian government has removed the restrictions on travelers 
  • Marriott International signs agreement with NEOM 

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TripAdvisor’s First Seasonal Travel Index of 2023 

TripAdvisor released its first Seasonal Travel Index of 2023, providing an outlook for travel patterns and demand over the next three months. Many travelers plan to travel in the upcoming season (March 1 through May 31) according to consumer sentiment research commissioned by TripAdvisor in five key global markets. For those intending to change travel plans due to rising prices this upcoming season, 31 percent will travel less or take shorter trips while 27 percent will vacation closer to home. 


The best of the best was Saudi Arabia at ITB Berlin 2023 

The world’s biggest travel trade event ended on March 9, on a cold snowy night in Berlin, Germany. ITB ended with a night of pride for the hard-working team from Saudi Arabia. This Saudi Arabian presence in Berlin reflects the incredible growth the country is witnessing. Since opening to tourism in 2019, Saudi has been recognized as the world’s fastest-growing tourism destination in the G20. 


Canada’s first Hyatt Centric Ville-Marie Montréal opening 

 Hyatt Hotels Corporation officially announced the first Hyatt Centric hotel in Canada, Hyatt Centric Ville-Marie Montréal, in collaboration with global real estate developer Jesta Group. The lifestyle hotel is located at the crossroads of old and new in the picturesque Parisian-style neighbourhood of Old Montréal. Here Guests can experience locally inspired and creatively presented dining at Cartier Arms. 


Fiji lifts all travel restrictions for international travelers 

The Fijian government has removed the last remaining restrictions for international travelers, it’s time to experience Fiji. the Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort, Fiji, the premier eco-adventure luxury destination in the South Pacific, is warmly welcoming returning guests, and first-timers, too, with a range of offers and packages including the Dive and Rejuvenation package, Romantic Escape offer, and more. 


Marriott signs agreement with NEOM to open three properties in Saudi Arabia 

Marriott International, Inc. announced it has signed an agreement with NEOM to open three properties on its luxury island destination Sindalah, situated in the Red Sea off the northwest coast of Saudi Arabia. “NEOM is one of the most highly-anticipated developments in the world and we look forward to working with its team to develop these three exciting properties,” said Jerome Briet, Chief Development Officer, Europe, Middle East & Africa, Marriott International. 


That’s all folks! 



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