Smart hospitality marketers know that email marketing is still an essential method for driving bookings. However, it's just as easy to be complacent with email marketing, using 'spray and pray' techniques that only result in fatiguing your list and encouraging people to opt out. Here are three essential components that every hotel marketing email must have to drive conversions.
Debbie Stephenson From Leonardo Offers The Hotel Industry Three Tips For Reducing Booking Abandonment. Hotels can invest hundreds, if not thousands of dollars, each month driving traffic to their website. But if your website isn’t optimized to drive direct bookings, then all that time and money is wasted.
Creating videos (or a series of them) to tell your story are a no-brainer; particularly catchy, promo videos. But how exactly do you move from wanting a killer promo video to scripting and producing one? Let’s take a look.
For hoteliers, driving direct bookings is key to the health and viability of your property - 91% of hoteliers report increasing direct bookings as key for the future of their business.
Inspired by a wealth of data, traveller endorsements, reviews, preferences and insights as well as industry leading understanding and innovation in e-commerce travel technology, the experts at Booking.com shed light on 8 major travel predictions for 2017.
ABU DHABI (Reuters) - Abu Dhabi has reduced tourism-related fees to help the ailing hospitality sector and attract more visitors as the oil-rich emirate looks to diversify its economy.
Reuters reports officials in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, have decided to “reduce tourism-related fees” after seeing significantly fewer international visitors than neighboring Dubai. The Department of Culture & Tourism announced plans to drop tourism fees from 6% to 3.5%. The tourism sector is a key alternative to oil,” said Saif Saeed Ghobash. “It is necessary to support this sector as it experiences difficulties to allow it to contribute to the achievement of future goals.”
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American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA) President and CEO Katherine Lugar issued the following statement on the announcement today that Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly will commit to expanding the number of H-2B seasonal guest worker visas available this fiscal year, which help small and seasonal businesses to meet their peak season workforce demands.
The latest fees analysis of the U.S. hotel industry shows 2014, is a record year with 2015 easily surpassing it.
Dual branded hotels are multi-branded hotel properties of two or more hotel brands occupying the same parcel of real estate.
For owners and investors of hotel assets, there is no better time to have equity positions in the global hotel industry. That's because of simple economics: demand for hotels continues to outpace supply.
JLL's global transactions report for Q1 found that volumes in EMEA had fallen 20 percent "as investors take a conservative approach due to the heavy election year." Call Prime Sites USA at 1-727-771-9000 for further information.
The new Avid Hotel brand is designed for travelers who want a hotel stay at a price point expected to be about $10-15 less than IHG’s industry-leading Holiday Inn Express brand. IHG Reveals Name of Its New Midscale Brand - Avid Hotels. IHG expects the first avid hotels locations to begin construction in early 2018, and the first hotel is anticipated to open in early 2019
NATIONAL REPORT—Natural disasters and extreme weather events like Hurricane Harvey are beyond a hotel owner’s control, but taking the proper steps during a weather emergency can help teams on the property level to prepare for severe, potentially life-threatening conditions and protect the bottom line.
When Forta Modular designed the First Hotel Arlanda Airport, which opened last year in Stockholm the company used "prefabricated modular technology" to cut down on time and cost. The company was involved in the process of design, fabrication and delivery of the modules for the hotel.
Best Western Hotels & Resorts has signed a license agreement on a new beachfront resort in Phu Quoc, the island off Vietnam’s south coast. In July, Best Western signed a license agreement with Vietnam’s CEO Group for the new Best Western Premier Sonasea Phu Quoc on the coast of the Gulf of Thailand. The 565-guestroom hotel and resort is scheduled to open in January 2019.
Best Western Hotels & Resorts has been watching other hotel companies find success with dual-branded properties, and bided its time until the right opportunity came about to throw its hat in the ring. Now, the Best Western Plus Elk City/Executive Residency is open in Elk City, Okla., marking Best Western’s first ever ground-up, dual-brand hotel.
Direct booking trend is being fueled by metasearch tools such as Google Flight Search, Google Hotel Finder, Hipmunk and Hopper.
The attention Rio de Janeiro and Brazil, overall, have received over the past several years since winning bids to host the recently concluded summer Olympics and the 2014 FIFA World Cup has driven significant travel and hotel development. But now that both sporting events are in the past, and with medical and security issues generating negative travel attention around the world, Brazil’s hospitality future is murky.
Ireland’s hotel industry, post-recession, is no longer as reliant on U.K. travellers thanks to broader tourism demand and new destinations
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Choice Hotels International, Inc. (NYSE: CHH) has signed an agreement with NIAM Investments to develop a six-story, 119-room Cambria Hotel in Spartanburg, S.C. The upscale hotel is slated to open in summer 2020.
While a decision to let air passenger duty on long-haul flights rise in line with inflation has drawn the ire of the aviation sector in the UK, there has been a cautious welcome for a move to expand the use of e-passport gates.
Investment from Chinese companies in U.S. hotels has been a growing trend for years, and shows no sign of slowing down. HVS' new report, Chinese Investment Trends in U.S. Hotel Real Estate, offers six simple reasons why American hotels are so attractive for Chinese investors.
Investors based in mainland China are looking for markets perceived to be "safe havens," according to results of the 2016 Chinese Outbound Investor Intentions Survey released by DTZ/Cushman & Wakefield.
On the development front, 2014 was a landmark year for Choice Hotels International.
Ft. Lauderdale Beach rent to vacationers for rental income or take advantage of the developer's 8% leaseback guarantee.
Hotel marketers and social media teams can grow guest engagement and brand awareness by investing time and creativity into building a presence on YouTube.
By way of executive decree number DE-35548 the Consumer Protection Law of Costa Rica was updated to include contracts for future sales of real estate property.
CLEARWATER BEACH, FL—Real estate investment and development company Key International has opened a new Marriott dual-branded Residence Inn—140 suites—and SpringHill Suites Clearwater Beach—115 suites here. LBA Hospitality will oversee the properties.
Extended Stay America hotels (ESA) announced today the brand's next five-year growth strategy, anchored by its first ever franchising program and a return to new hotel builds, the first in a decade. ESA is combining its attractive and best-in-class operating model with a franchisee-friendly agreement and guest-inspired redesigns to catapult the brand, accommodating an ever-growing and underserved mid-scale extended stay audience.
Cities and renters are starting to accept apartments that are just 350 square feet. Here's what the future of micro-housing holds. The “micro” studio and one-bedroom apartments, ranging from 250 to 400 square feet in size, are smaller than most conventional efficiency units of 450 to 550 square feet.
Resort and hotel design is rapidly changing to accommodate the ever-changing needs of today’s traveler
CEO's surveyed by Chief Executive Magazine Agree Business Succeeds in Florida. Florida Land is the Number One State in Quality of Living
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Hotels for sale in the USA, Florida, Europe, Hong Kong and Costa Rica. Hotel sales in Florida show that the Sunshine State is strong for hotel transactions and valuations.
Central Florida Companies that work with Theme Parks are looking toward international growth, particularly in Asia.
Florida appears to be recapturing its economic mojo.
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TAMPA — Since joining his father's construction crew when he was 16, Casey Ellison has ridden 21 years of Florida building booms and busts. This time, though, the recovery is playing out a different way.
What are the biggest things hoteliers should consider when replacing or upgrading existing door locks? Lock companies narrowed down their top suggestions. This article is part one of a three-part series on door locks.
Keyless entry is evolving to put even more convenience in the hands of hotel guests. For example, a mobile key will be able to alert guests when their room is being cleaned and when it’s ready for occupancy again.
Wyndham Franchise Hotel growth continues with newly renovated meeting destination near Baltimore.
Croatia and its capital, Dubrovnik, have been attracting fans of Game of Thrones, with the city’s UNESCO-protected historic downtown used as the setting for a number of scenes throughout the series’ seven seasons.
Most managers think their young employees want their own offices or bosses who give them direction from afar. They are wrong. If there is a buzzword in today’s workplaces, it is collaboration:
Best Western Hotels & Resorts yesterday announced the opening of its suburban boutique hotel brand, GLō, in Asheville, North Carolina.
Women could add $35 billion to the global golf economy, if golf courses were successful in getting them to play in greater numbers, according to new research by Syngenta.
Chinese real estate developer Guangzhou R&F Properties planning to invest $3 billion to build luxury hotels in Cambodia's Phnom Penh and coastal Preah Sihanouk province in next 5 years
UK Hotel Development. Hampton by Hilton to Debut in the U.K.’s Most Visited Seaside Destination. Hilton (NYSE: HLT) this week announced the signing of a franchise agreement with Create Developments (Blackpool) Limited to open the Hampton Inn® by Hilton Blackpool.Hampton Inn hotels for sale in the UK.
The World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, is still going strong, and hotel company CEOs are braving the cold to get some airtime with CNBC. Namely, two of the biggest fugures in the industry: Hilton Worldwide CEO Chris Nassetta and Marriott International CEO Arne Sorenson, who has been making the rounds at Davos already. What, then, is on their minds?
Hilton's first modular build hotel in Africa is, the 280 guest-room Hilton Garden Inn in the Ghanaian capital of Accra, a concept that Hilton first premiered in 2014 through a partnership with CIMC Modular Building Systems.
Located in the heart of downtown, Hilton Norfolk "The Main" is within walking distance to more than 50 restaurants, and is in close proximity to the city’s many art outlets and entertainment venues.
Orlando, Florida. - Homewood Suites by Hilton, part of Hilton's (NYSE: HLT) industry-first All-Suites portfolio, announced today its newest property, Homewood Suites by Hilton Orlando Theme Parks. Designed for guests who want to travel on their own terms, the new hotel offers 133 suites and all the comforts of home, whether they are traveling for work or enjoying a well-earned getaway.
The new year always brings new changes, and this month we’ve had an onslaught of social media updates as each platform readies themselves for success in 2019. We’ve got new features designed to improve the users’ and marketers’ experience, so let’s take a look at the ones that will affect hotels, resorts, and other businesses in the hospitality industry.
An affiliate of Los Angeles-based Integrated Capital, LLC has purchased the 120-room Hotel Indigo located in Miami's burgeoning Dadeland submarket. The hotel is now operating as the Miami Dadeland Hotel (7600 N. Kendall Drive, Miami).
USA Hotel Room Rate Gains will increase revenue for hotel owners in 2015
Since Tuesday's nuclear agreement with Iran, hotel operators are excited about the possibility of expansion into Iran, which will see international sanctions lifted in exchange for reducing its uranium enrichment capacity.
Joining forces with national and international brands separate from hospitality business is nothing new. It’s also a marketing tactic that’s seeping beyond the borders of traditional lodging. Consider Airbnb, which earlier this year tapped Irish beer brewer Guinness on a global contest that ultimately gave away a night for two inside the brewery’s Dublin storehouse.
It may seem hard to believe, but analog technologies like walkie-talkies, pagers, and even pen and paper are still the norm for many hotel employee communications.
Marriott International’s Moxy and Hilton Worldwide’s Tru are two brands with one thing in common: small guestrooms. It is a movement that is not losing steam.
In the last decade, co-working has proven itself to be more than just a trend. It has dramatically changed the way many of us work today and reframed notions of how an office should look. And then came co-living.
Blockchain is one of the biggest buzzwords in technology today. But confusion exists about what it is exactly: The blockchain is often mentioned in the same breath as bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies, but it encompasses far more than that.
In late June, the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union, and the British exit or “Brexit” referendum rattled the global business community and sent the pound plummeting. The referendum’s effects will be far-reaching for a long time—particularly in Europe’s hospitality industry, but also in terms of U.S. hotels that cater to U.K. visitors.
When the U.S. Department of Transportation announced recently which airlines could fly the first scheduled flights to Cuba in more than 50 years, most of carriers selected were familiar to travelers, including American Airlines, Southwest Airlines, and JetBlue Airways.
Having a great listing is critical to booking success on Airbnb. Whether you’re a vacation rental, a B&B or hotel, follow these easy tips to get the most out of your presence on Airbnb.
Turkish Airlines has a massive route network. They fly to more destinations than any other airline but that doesn’t mean those connections are always the most convenient for the average traveler. With connecting flights departing around the clock, you may find yourself with an extended layover in Istanbul and in need of a place to rest your eyes in between flights.
Reviving an outdated hotel requires attention to character, not just physical upgrading, panelists were told at the recent Hotel Data Conference. Among challenges cited: preserving historical aspects while modernizing amenities.
During the company’s second-quarter earnings call with investors, Hyatt Hotels Corporation executives said they see their fee-based business as the area with the most potential for growth, but they believe there is still a place for capital investments.
InterContinental Hotel Group cut back its cancellation policy in favor of its customers. According to Travel Market Report, customers have a standard 24 hours to cancel a reservation across most of its brands without penalty.
International airports in Costa Rica are seeing a greater influx of passengers who arrive and depart aboard low-cost airlines.
JetBlue (NASDAQ:JBLU) today announced that new flights between Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood international Airport (FLL) and Guayaquil, Ecuador’s José Joaquín de Olmedo International Airport (GYE) are now on sale with the route set to launch on February 28, 2019. JetBlue is offering an introductory fare on the airline’s latest international route starting at just $89 one way from Ft. Lauderdale.
Hotel chain La Quinta Holdings is pursing the possibility of separating into two stand-alone publicly-traded companies.
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Hostels have traditionally been for backpackers, happy to share rooms with strangers, trek down hallways to shower and cook their own meals in basic kitchens in exchange for cut-rate accommodation.
London's hotel market reported occupancy rose 1.7% to 83.1% in May, according to preliminary data. ADR increased 7% to £153.04 ($194.91) and RevPAR rose 8.9% to £127.24 ($162.05). STR’s preliminary May 2017 data for London, England, indicates continued strong performance growth
L.A. Live/Staples ownerAnschutz Entertainment Group (AEG) is planning a $500-million expansion of the J.W. Marriott/Ritz-Carlton hotel downtown that will add 755 rooms.
Golf Acquisitions for 2014 may signal bullish outlook on the value of golf courses.
As hospitality businesses struggle to create operational efficiencies, many look to tech to help hotel staff ditch the desk.
Marriott International's 24-hour cancellation policy is coming to an end. The company is mandating 48-hour notice on all future cancelled reservations, or guests will be on the hook for a fee equal to one night’s stay. The company’s cancellation policy has been toyed with over the last few years, with hotels gradually stepping away from their previously forgiving cancellation policies in favor of something more in line with the airline industry.
The joint venture of Alibaba Group and Marriott International has announced the hotel chain’s facial recognition check-in pilot with Fliggy, Alibaba’s travel service platform.
Thanks to new measures taken by Albania to stimulate inbound travel, Meliá aims to leverage the exciting opportunities for hotel development with a benchmark hotel for international travel in the Albanian capital, applying all of its experience in pioneering destinations and its international brand recognition in the Mediterranean.
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Collaboration will see the deployment of leading reservation and direct booking technology powered by ResNet World and Sabre Hospitality to achieve optimum connectivity.
Montage Hotels & Resorts has announced the creation of a new parent company brand, Montage International, to encompass the company's portfolio including: Montage Hotels & Resorts, Pendry Hotels, Montage Residences and all other operations previously managed under the Montage Hotels & Resorts brand name
Situated in the coastal city of Da Nang, the new property involves a partnership with Vicoland Group Joint Stock Company to build a 150-room hotel and 354 branded residences, which are scheduled to open in quarter three of 2019.
GuestbandⓇ announces the launch of its new service for hotels and resorts around the world. Through the use of next generation wearable technology, holidaymakers can now create a tapestry of interactions during their vacation that lead to better experiences and give resort owners valuable insights into the use of their facilities.
Part of the new 250-acre Legacy West master development, the 15-story, 304-guestroom hotel will feature a modern, upscale design. A groundbreaking ceremony on Tuesday, September 1, 2015, marked the start of construction on a new Renaissance Hotel in Plano, Texas.
Florida’s Orlando Melbourne International Airport (MLB) envisions a unique Fly-In upscale hotel that features direct airfield access, water views, rooftop dining and more. An RFP was issued with a submission deadline of March 15, 2019.
Park Inn by Radisson Hotel Apartments in Al Barsha is located half a kilometre from Mall of the Emirates and Ski Dubai, four kilometres from the Palm Jumeirah, and 18 kilometres from Downtown Dubai.
A popular commercial real estate tax break used by hotel companies such as Hilton could be going away soon, even if a federal tax overhaul isn't passed this year. In the offing is the elimination of the 1031 exchange provision, which allows sellers of commercial real estate to defer capital gains taxes by taking proceeds from a sale and investing it in "like-kind properties."
Not too long ago many residential developments in Florida featured golf courses as an incentive for new home and lot sales. However, today in 2017, these once flourishing fairways, greens, and clubhouses are being decommissioned leaving communities with overgrown, vacant land.
Japan isn't the only country with a tiny-room mentality. According to a recent report from WiseGuy Research Consultants, demand for capsule hotels has seen strong growth, and isn't showing any signs of a slow down. The global capsule or pod hotels market was worth $159 million in 2016 and is expected to increase by a compound annual growth rate of 6.03 percent to $226 million by the end of 2022—and is gaining momentum in Asian countries outside Japan, accommodating a mix of travelers, from backpackers to business travelers.
Existing brands are seeking to increase representation in the country and new entrants are also looking to secure a foothold in the Scottish market. Investment into Scottish hotels in the first half of 2018 reached £389.6m, double the total annual investment volumes recorded in 2017 (£195m).
A Southern California real estate investment company has acquired the Carmel Highlands Golf Course in San Diego, Calif. with plans to develop a housing community on the site. .
One of Hilton’s boutique hotel brands, Canopy by Hilton, is poised to expand aggressively in the global hospitality market over the coming years.