What’s New in Hotel Online Distribution and Tech Trends? W3, May 2024

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

  • Summer vacations are a top priority for travelers 
  • Technavio forecasts boom in hospitality robots 
  • ATM 2024 breaks record with 46,000+ attendees 
  • Park Hotels announces tender offer results 
  • Barceló invests $400M in global expansion 

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Tripadvisor: Travelers are placing high priority on summer vacations 

According to the annual Summer Travel Index released by Tripadvisor, travelers worldwide continue to prioritize summer vacations. Ninety-five per cent of respondents are planning to travel as much (51 percent) or more (44 percent) than last summer, despite some concern about economic headwinds. Over a quarter (26 percent) of U.S. travelers are planning to spend $5,000 or more on their getaways. 

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Hospitality robots market to grow by $471.77M by 2028 

Hospitality robots redefine service with efficiency. Technavio forecasts a USD 471.77 million expansion by 2028, boasting a 14.19% CAGR. According to Technavio, the global market for hospitality robots is projected to expand by USD 471.77 million between 2024 and 2028. This market is anticipated to experience a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 14.19% throughout the forecast period. 

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ATM 2024 sees a record 46,000+ attendees 

More than 46,000 industry professionals from over 160 countries – including 33,500 visitors – attended the 31st edition of Arabian Travel Market (ATM), which concluded last week in Dubai, UAE. Organisers of the event have revealed this figure is a 15% year-on-year increase in attendees compared to its 30th edition last year. This number sets a new record for the show, in which the team illustrates the “strength, resilience and momentum” of the global travel and tourism sector. 

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Park Hotels reports tender offer outcomes 

Park Hotels & Resorts announced today the expiration and final results of the previously announced cash tender offer initiated by its subsidiaries: Park Intermediate Holdings LLC, PK Domestic Property LLC, and PK Finance Co-Issuer Inc. (collectively, the “Issuers”). The Tender Offer was for any and all of their outstanding 7.500% Senior Notes due 2025. It expired at 5:00 p.m., New York City time, on May 13, 2024 (the “Expiration Time”). 

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Barceló Hotel Group’s $400M expansion plan 

Barceló Hotel Group, the leading Spanish hospitality management company, reveals its 2024 global expansion strategy with a robust pipeline of new property openings in new and existing key source markets, totalling an investment of over $400 million. In 2024, Barceló Hotel Group will extend its presence in the Middle East, Africa and Türkiye (MEAT) region, with a slated line-up of property openings annually. 

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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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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. 

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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. 

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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’.  

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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. 

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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. 

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What’s New in Hotel Online Distribution and Tech Trends? W1, May 2024

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

  • GCC hospitality boom: UAE market to top US$7 billion by 2026
  • Accor leads hospitality growth across Saudi Arabia 
  • Xenia Hotels & Resorts: Q1 2024 nets $8.5M, steady growth 
  • Minor Hotels to launch 50 properties in India 
  • Home2 Suites by Hilton partners with Grubhub for onsite food delivery

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GCC hospitality boom; UAE market to top US$7B by 2026

Recent data from global research companies indicates a bright future for the GCC hospitality industry, with insights from Deloitte and STR demonstrating sustained growth as tourism continues to be a key priority for regional governments. The upcoming edition of Arabian Travel Market (ATM), a premier global event in travel and tourism, will serve as a pivotal gathering for hospitality stakeholders when it takes place from 6 to 9 May at the Dubai World Trade Centre. RateTiger is taking Dubai by storm from May 6th to 9th! Find us in Hall 4, Booth TT4102. 

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Accor drives hospitality expansion in Saudi Arabia 

As the largest hotel operator in Saudi Arabia, Accor is spearheading a strategic transformation of the country’s tourism sector, marking a new era of hospitality in the Kingdom. 

Accor currently operates 13 brands in Saudi Arabia, spanning across the premium, midscale, and economy segments, as well as luxury brands and Ennismore’s lifestyle collective. With leading brands including ibis, Novotel, Adagio, Mercure, Mövenpick, Swissotel, Pullman, Raffles, Fairmont, Sofitel, Banyan Tree and others, the group has solidified its position as a leading hospitality provider, offering a wide range of services and experiences. 

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Xenia Hotels: Q1 2024 nets $8.5M, steady growth 

Regarding Liquidity and Balance Sheet as of March 31, 2024, the Company held total outstanding debt of approximately $1.4 billion with a weighted-average interest rate of 5.47%. It possessed around $140 million in cash and cash equivalents, including hotel working capital, and full availability on its revolving line of credit, resulting in total liquidity of about $590 million. Furthermore, as of the conclusion of the first quarter, the Company possessed about $57 million in restricted cash and escrows. 

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Minor Hotels plans 50 new properties in India 

Minor Hotels, a global hotel owner and operator with more than 540 properties in 56 countries, is set to intensify its presence in the dynamic Indian hospitality market, targeting 50 new openings within the next decade. 

The group will focus its strategy on the upper-upscale and luxury hotel segments, where it expects strong interest from owners in its well-established Anantara, Avani, and NH Collection brands. 

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Home2 Suites by Hilton offers seamless Grubhub food delivery

More than 30 percent of travelers struggle with not knowing where to order food and 25 percent worry about not having access to a car to get around, according to a Grubhub survey. Further, nearly 50 percent of travelers said they’d use a delivery app to order forgotten items. With this integration, travelers don’t have to worry about food, transportation or these forgotten items since Grubhub and Home2 Suites make it easy to order from local restaurants and find nearby convenience stores for delivery right to their Home2 Suites hotel. 

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What’s New in Hotel Online Distribution and Tech Trends? W4, April 2024

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

  • Future Hospitality Summit Saudi Arabia: Exciting agenda & stellar speakers 
  • Fostering better hotel-planner partnerships with seven key strategies 
  • UK tops early 2025 holiday bookings, Sabre data shows 
  • Marriott International signs agreement with NEOM 
  • Hilton surpasses 800 hotels in Asia Pacific, sees Q1 2024 growth 

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Exciting agenda & stellar speakers at Future Hospitality Summit Saudi Arabia! 

Future Hospitality Summit (FHS) Saudi Arabia has unveiled a stellar lineup of speakers and an action-packed agenda with over 1,200 hotel investment decision-makers expected to attend at the Mandarin Oriental Al Faisaliah, Riyadh, from 29 April to 1 May 2024. The first morning (29 April) is dedicated to the Global Restaurant Investment Forum (GRIF). GRIF will tap into Riyadh’s growing dining-out scene with main-stage presentations, case studies and panel discussions, F&B workshops, culinary & concept tours, and a dedicated networking dinner. 

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Fostering better hotel-planner partnerships with seven key strategies 

The meetings and events business continues to draw visitors worldwide to the most desired destinations. The path back seems smoother than ever for hoteliers getting their groove back. Indeed, the meetings industry continues to be an essential revenue driver for increasing profitability for hotels of almost any size. For meeting planners, however, the story may be a little different. 

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Early 2025 holiday bookings: UK takes the lead; Sabre data indicates 

Sabre has revealed its booking insights, showing that UK travellers are leading the global trend by planning their 2025 trips earlier than travellers from other countries. This shift reflects a major change in travel habits worldwide, where early bookings have become the preferred way to secure desired travel experiences and control costs. Sabre’s data found that British tourists are the most decisive in their travel arrangements, especially for long-haul destinations that combine “sun and culture”. 

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Marriott International signs agreement with NEOM 

Marriott International, Inc. announced it has signed an agreement with NEOM to open its second Ritz-Carlton Reserve in Saudi Arabia. Anticipated to open in Trojena, a year-round mountain destination located in the country’s northwest region, the property will offer a complete escape into a private world of luxury.  

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Hilton surpasses 800 hotels in Asia Pacific, sees Q1 2024 growth 

In the first quarter of 2024, Hilton’s RevPAR grew 7.9% in Asia Pacific versus 2019 levels on top of a strong 2023. The rise is backed by steady growth in leisure and business travel, the continued increase of the pan-Asian traveller, and ongoing strength in international arrivals. China’s outbound travel showed further signs of recovery, with Southeast Asia and Japan benefiting from inflows, while Hilton’s hotels in Singapore and Australia gained from major international music acts.  

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What’s New in Hotel Online Distribution and Tech Trends? W3, April 2024

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

  • The state of loyalty for travel and lifestyle credit cards in 2024 
  • Springboard Hospitality teams up with Procure Impact 
  • The impact of cultural events on travel marketing revenue 
  • Hilton Sandestin Beach Resort reveals $35M upgrade 
  • Leisure Hotels & Nature’s Heaven’s Kasauli Resort collaboration 

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The state of loyalty for travel and lifestyle credit cards in 2024 

Credit card loyalty programs have become one of the most popular ways to access travel rewards and perks. According to Skift Research, roughly a third of U.S. Gen Z and millennial travelers book airline and hotel reservations through credit card platforms, while only a quarter use online travel agencies (OTAs). The report explores how providing consumers with choices creates a sense of abundance and provides more opportunities to match their desires and aspirations. 

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Procure Impact and Springboard Hospitality partner up 

Springboard Hospitality announced its collaboration with Procure Impact. By sourcing products from social enterprises, Springboard Hospitality will add new products—ranging from in-room coffee and snacks to wellness products like candles and bath salts—and demonstrate its commitment to driving social impact by supporting vulnerable communities through its pledge of 5,000 hours of work. 

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The impact of cultural events on travel marketing revenue 

Travel marketers know that popular cultural events like the Eras Tour, the Super Bowl, Wimbledon, and Formula 1 racing can significantly boost revenue — but how can they ensure they’re maximizing the potential of these events to increase visibility and capture demand? Expedia Group’s TravelAds and Flight Sponsored Listings are strategically designed for performance marketing, capturing travelers’ attention precisely when deciding to book rather than merely for brand awareness. 

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Hilton Sandestin Beach Resort’s major $35M renovation 

Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa, situated on the pristine emerald coast of Northwest Florida, proudly unveils its $35 million renovation completion. This exciting announcement coincides with Hilton Inc. being honoured as Fortune’s #1 ‘Best Company to Work for in 2024’. Presenting guests with a delightful retreat, Hilton Sandestin Beach’s renovation commenced with its guest rooms and suites, providing a contemporary beachfront haven for visitors. 

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Leisure Hotels & Nature’s Heaven’s Kasauli Resort collaboration 

The resort will house 30+ aesthetically designed rooms and furnished cottages in sprawling four acres in the serene Solan district. As part of its expansion strategy, the group plans to create a mixed-use project, such as privately owned furnished apartments with a luxury resort, promising breathtaking views of the Kasauli Hills and lush valleys. Scheduled to welcome guests in early 2026, this resort promises an unforgettable retreat amidst the serene beauty of Kasauli Hills. 

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What’s New in Hotel Online Distribution and Tech Trends? W1, April 2024

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

  • Hilton expands NoMad Hotels via Sydell Group acquisition 
  • The Rockley’ debuts on Barbados’ south coast 
  • Eid al-Fitr: Luxe stay, beach BBQ at Kempinski Palm Jumeirah 
  • IHCL launches luxurious IBIZA Resort in Kolkata 
  • Accor opening new Sofitel in India 

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Hilton expands NoMad Hotels with Sydell Group acquisition 

Hilton announced it has acquired a majority controlling interest in Sydell Group to expand the NoMad Hotels brand from its existing London flagship location to markets around the world. The addition of NoMad to Hilton’s brand portfolio marks the company’s entry into the fast-growing luxury lifestyle hotel market with a brand defined by food and beverage, interior design, and service. 

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The Rockley’ Opens on the South Coast of Barbados 

The Rockley opened on March 27 on the South Coast of Barbados, celebrating the local vibe with a hip new hotel experience in the Rockley Beach area known for its lively bars, signature restaurants, and authentic island experiences. The Rockley, previously known as the South Beach hotel, features a playful new design after an extensive renovation and rebrand. The property is situated just steps from the white sand and sparkling water of Rockley Beach, with rates starting at £200 a night. 

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Eid al-Fitr: Luxe stay, beach BBQ at Kempinski Palm 

As Eid al-Fitr festivities approach, Kempinski Hotel & Residences Palm Jumeirah is excited to announce its exclusive holiday offerings, designed to provide guests with an unforgettable experience that blends luxurious accommodation with exceptional dining. This year, the hotel invites guests to immerse themselves in the spirit of Eid with its special retreat package and a beachside BBQ lunch that promises to delight all senses. 

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IHCL launches luxurious IBIZA Resort in Kolkata 

Indian Hotels Company (IHCL), the foremost player in India’s hospitality sector, unveiled its latest venture—a luxurious resort located adjacent to Joka along Diamond Harbour Road, nestled in the vibrant city of Kolkata. 

Commenting on the signing, Ms. Suma Venkatesh, Executive Vice President – Real Estate & Development, IHCL said, “This signing is another step in IHCL expanding its footprint in Kolkata, a thriving metropolitan state capital. It will address the need for getaway destinations at a short driving distance from the city, that will help tap into the increasing demand for both leisure as well as MICE. We are delighted to collaborate with Merlin Group, a leading real estate group in East India for this resort.” 

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Accor to open a new Sofitel in India 

Accor, a world-leading hospitality group, announces the signing of a partnership agreement with EBU Estate Developers Private Limited for the development of a Sofitel hotel in India, the Sofitel Jaipur Jawahar Circle. The luxury hotel is scheduled to open its doors in 2028 and promises to redefine hospitality in the vibrant city of Jaipur. 

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What’s New in Hotel Online Distribution and Tech Trends? W5, March 2024

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

  • Hampton by Hilton hits 3,000 hotels milestone
  • IHG’s suite brands prototype flexibility
  • Indian Hotels Company surpasses growth targets
  • Lemon Tree Hotels launches new property in Himachal Pradesh
  • Moroccan hotels offer enhanced authenticity

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Hampton by Hilton Reaches 3,000th Hotel Milestone

Hampton by Hilton celebrated the opening of its 3,000th hotel. The Hampton brand is known for its several hospitality mainstays, such as hot breakfast with The Hampton Waffle, all-white bedding, and curved shower rods. In addition to opening its 3,000th hotel, this year marks a year of milestones for Hampton, including the brand’s 40th anniversary, entry into its 40th country, and a groundbreaking entry into its fifth continent, Africa. Hampton is also celebrating 10 years in China, 400 properties in China, and 15 years in EMEA that began with Hampton by Hilton Corby/Kettering.

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IHG introduces flexible suite brand prototypes for developers

IHG Hotels & Resorts (IHG), one of the world’s leading hotel companies with more than 6,300 hotels across 19 global brands, announces the availability of new prototype options for its three suites brands – Staybridge Suites, Candlewood Suites and Atwell Suites. By expanding design choices, IHG provides greater flexibility for developers across a range of site configurations and market types while maintaining the experiences guests expect in the rapidly growing suites space.

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Indian Hotels Company Surpasses Growth Goals: 300+ Hotels Ahead of Schedule, 52 Signed, 34 Open

In the fiscal year 2024, the Indian Hotels Company (IHCL), the largest hospitality company in India, continues its rapid portfolio expansion with 52 signings and 34 openings. Surpassing its market expectations outlined in Ahvaan 2025, IHCL now boasts a portfolio of over 300 hotels and an impressive pipeline of over 90 hotels, solidifying its position as an industry leader.

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Lemon Tree Hotel debuts in Himachal Pradesh: Kasauli

Lemon Tree Hotels Limited announces the opening of Lemon Tree Hotel, Kasauli. This is the group’s fourth property in the scenic state of Himachal Pradesh. This beautiful, elegant hotel, with 49 keys, will open in two phases. Of the 49 well-appointed rooms and suites, 28 opened on the 28th of March, along with Citrus Café—a multi-cuisine coffee shop, an expansive banquet space, and a conference facility as a part of phase I of the launch. The remaining rooms, Slounge—a hip recreation bar, Fresco—a rejuvenating spa, and the fitness centre will open shortly thereafter as part of phase II.

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Hotels in Morocco: More Authentic

With United Airlines starting non-stop flights from Newark to Marrakesh, Morocco will become an easy-to-reach travel and tourism destination for Americans. As tourists turn to more authentic travel adventures, Morocco finds itself on the unique receiving end as a hot destination to do just that. Currently, 36 hotel projects are being constructed, adding over 6,300 rooms to available accommodations.

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What’s New in Hotel Online Distribution and Tech Trends? W4, March 2024

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

  • Atlantis unveils royal Ramadan culinary delights 
  • Middle East leads Chinese tourism rebound at ATM 2024 
  • Airbnb hosts welcome over 1.5 billion guest arrivals 
  • Sleep Inn reveals scenic dreams prototype redesign 
  • Amã stays & trails reach 150+ bungalows milestone 

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Atlantis the Royal unveils culinary delights this Ramadan 

Atlantis The Royal invites guests to celebrate the Holy Month at several award-winning restaurants. Whether trying out Dubai’s newest gourmet dining hall, Gastronomy, with 17 live cooking stations or taking home the perfect decadent desserts from Little Venice Cake Company, friends and family alike are invited to celebrate the spirit of Ramadan at Atlantis the Royal. 

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Middle East leads Chinese tourism recovery, boosting ATM 2024 

According to research by Oxford Economics, outbound travel from China is estimated to almost double this year compared with 2023. It will only be 22% below its peak pre-pandemic numbers of 155 million tourists in 2019, who spent over $250 billion overseas. Full recovery is expected to materialise in 2025, with the Middle East being the first region globally to recover its Chinese inbound market. 

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Airbnb celebrates over 1.5 billion guest arrivals hosted 

Airbnb Hosts around the world have welcomed more than 1.5 billion guest arrivals. By opening their homes, Hosts can provide affordable accommodation options for guests, help communities reap the economic benefits from travel, and generate billions in economic activity and tax revenue for local communities. Since 2014, Airbnb has worked with governments worldwide to help hosts collect and remit tourism taxes. 

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Sleep Inn reveals new scenic dreams prototype redesign 

Sleep Inn, a leading limited-service lifestyle brand from Choice Hotels International, Inc., known for its modern, nature-inspired, stylish design, has revealed interior details for its latest prototype, Scenic Dreams. Developed in collaboration with developers, owners, and operators, the refreshed Sleep Inn prototype features redesigned guestrooms and common areas that complement the iconic exterior tower and purple accent lighting previously announced in April 2023. 

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Amã Stays & trails achieve milestone with 150+ bungalows 

amã Stays & Trails, Indian Hotel Company’s premium homestay offering, reaches a milestone of 150+ bungalows in its portfolio with 100 operating bungalows. amã Stays & Trails is a collection of historic havelis, heritage villas, colonial houses, plantation bungalows and charming residences offering private and exclusive stays. The bungalows are located near an IHCL hotel in each region, ensuring safe and bespoke service. amã Stays & Trails is present in 15 states across the country. 

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What’s New in Hotel Online Distribution and Tech Trends? W3, March 2024

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

  • In 2024, ATM will tackle sustainability and innovation in aviation 
  • Hilton ramps up lifestyle expansion with Graduate Hotels addition 
  • Marriott signs deal to bring JW Marriott to Greece with Vasilakis SA 
  • Amsterdam and New York named top business travel spots in 2023 
  • Leisure Hotels Group launches ‘Sociotel’ concept 

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ATM 2024 focuses on aviation sustainability and innovation

Exploring the future of aviation, Arabian Travel Market (ATM), which takes place from 6-9 May at the Dubai World Trade Centre, will host prominent international airlines and aircraft manufacturers to discuss the latest industry innovations and solutions. Transformative areas that are likely to be high on the agenda are sustainability and the role of startups and innovators in transporting the industry into the next era. Mark your calendars! RateTiger is taking Dubai by storm from May 6th to 9th! Find us in Hall 4, Booth TT4102.

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Hilton boosts lifestyle expansion, adds Graduate Hotels

Hilton announced an agreement with Adventurous Journeys Capital Partners (AJ Capital) to acquire the Graduate Hotels brand, adding a growth opportunity for the global hospitality leader in the lifestyle hotel market. Hilton will pay $210 million to acquire all rights to the Graduate brand worldwide, enter into franchise agreements for all existing and signed pipeline Graduate Hotels, and become responsible for the brand’s future development and growth. AJ Capital will remain the owner of the more than 35 operating and pipeline Graduate properties, each of which will be operated under long-term Hilton franchise agreements. 

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Marriott inks deal to debut JW Marriott in Greece with Vasilakis SA

Marriott International, Inc. announced it has signed an agreement in collaboration with Vasilakis SA to bring the JW Marriott brand to Greece. Anticipated to open in 2025, JW Marriott Crete Resort & Spa will span 100 acres of coastal beauty and will be a haven for travellers who seek a luxury escape paired with exceptional service and holistic well-being experiences. SWOT Hospitality, known for its expertise in managing luxury hotels across Greece, will collaborate with Vasilakis SA and Marriott International as the third-party operator for the franchised property. 

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Amsterdam and New York named top business travel spots in 2023

BCD Travel’s 2023 edition of Cities & Trends Europe indicates that Amsterdam and New York rank as the top destinations for European business travelers, with Germany and the United States emerging as the most favored countries. This analysis is grounded in the collection of flight and car rental data from various European markets in 2023. 

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Leisure Hotels Group introduces new ‘Sociotel’ concept 

Experience the coastal charm with dynamic social stays at Bedzzz Xclusiv, Morjim, Goa. Leisure Hotels Group (LHG), an experiential resort chain in North India and the largest across Uttarakhand, announces the launch of its newest venture, Bedzzz Xclusiv, Morjim, Goa. Expressing his enthusiasm at the imminent launch, Vibhas Prasad, Director of Leisure Hotels Group, stated, “The addition of Bedzzz Xclusiv, Morjim, Goa marks a significant milestone in our pan-India expansion journey while bolstering unique verticals within the Group. 

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

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

    • Hoteliers’ essential guide to online travel agencies (OTAs)
    • ITB Berlin 2024 concluded amidst disappointment
    • Kerten introduces The House Urban Eco Resort Riyadh – an eco gem
    • Maximizing your spiritual journey during Ramadan travel
    • Hilton strengthens Asia Pacific development leadership

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    Online travel agencies (OTAs): A guide for hotels

    Online travel agencies (OTAs) have changed the game for hotels and accommodations all over the world. These digital platforms allow travellers to book their trips with just a few clicks, making the planning process more convenient than ever before.

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    ITB Berlin 2024 ended with frustration

    Many visitors and exhibitors left Berlin on Wednesday night, hotels that refused refunds for a prepaid last night had to listen to insults. Diverse and globally represented, more than 5,500 exhibitors from 170 countries illuminated the three business days, occupying all 27 exhibition halls at the Berlin Exhibition Grounds.

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    Kerten Hospitality announces The House Urban Eco Resort Riyadh

    Kerten Hospitality, in partnership with RIKAZ and RAFAL and with the support of the Ministry of Tourism, unveiled a ground-breaking project in the heart of Riyadh: The House Urban Eco Resort. This unique resort is set to redefine urban eco-living, blending leisure, wellness, and business within a sustainable and luxurious environment. In the heart of Riyadh.

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    Ramadan travel guide: Making the most of your spiritual journey

    Ramadan, the ninth month of the Islamic lunar calendar, is a time of spiritual reflection, prayer, and fasting from dawn until dusk. It is observed by millions of Muslims around the world as a period to fast, pray, and engage in acts of charity. Traveling during Ramadan can be a unique and enriching experience, offering insights into the cultural and religious practices of different Muslim-majority countries. To ensure a respectful and fulfilling trip, here are essential travel tips for navigating the holy month of Ramadan.

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    Hilton strengthens Asia Pacific development leadership

    Hilton has announced the appointments of Nong Xia as President of Development for Greater China and Mongolia, and Maria Ariizumi as Vice President of Development for Southeast Asia. These appointments mark a significant step in Hilton’s ongoing commitment to expand its footprint and strengthen its presence in key growth regions.

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