What’s New in Hotel Online Distribution and Tech Trends? W2, May 2024

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

  • Booking.com: Family travel expected to increase in summer  
  • Wyndham’s milestone growth across EMEA, 2023 
  • World Travel Awards reveals Middle East 2024 winners 
  • ATM 2024: Prioritizing guest experience in luxury hotels 
  • The Oberoi Group’s South Mumbai residential suites debut 

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Newshound W2 May 2024

Booking.com: Summer surge in family getaways 

Booking.com reports that family searches for accommodations for the summer travel season are already seeing an 8 percent increase compared to last year, while flight searches globally are seeing an increase of 21 percent. These figures underscore an interest in travel this summer as families look to make the most of the warmer months ahead. 


Wyndham’s EMEA expansion milestone, 2023 

Wyndham Hotels & Resorts, the world’s largest hotel franchising company with 25 brands and approximately 9,200 hotels, continues to make impressive gains across Europe, the Middle East, Eurasia and Africa, unveiling today full-year results for the region for 2023. Among the highlights: the Company introduced 9 brands into new countries, signed 107 franchise agreements, opened 87 hotels, and added 9,500 rooms. 


World Travel Awards reveals Middle East 2024 winners 

World Travel Awards—the leading authority that recognises and rewards excellence in travel and tourism—has revealed its Middle East 2024 winners. The announcement coincides with the start of the Arabian Travel Market, the region’s leading industry event. Notable winners included Saadiyat Island, named ‘Middle East’s Leading Beach Destination’, and Abu Dhabi, voted ‘Middle East’s Leading Business Travel Destination’.  


ATM 2024: Focus on personalization in luxury hospitality 

This week, industry professionals explored ways to stand out in the Middle East’s oversaturated luxury travel segment at Arabian Travel Market 2024. Panellists at the exhibition’s luxury summit said authenticity, personalisation, and guest experience were among the key considerations for brands looking to distinguish themselves from the competition. 


The Oberoi Group’s South Mumbai residential suites debut 

Situated at the prestigious Nariman Point on Marine Drive with breathtaking views of the Arabian Sea and the shimmering lights of Queen’s Necklace, The Oberoi Mumbai has long been regarded as one of the city’s finest luxury hotels. Following the recent introduction of The Oberoi Residential Suites, guests can experience unparalleled residential living for extended stays like never before. 


That’s all folks! 

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