Ramee Group plans new projects in GCC, India in 2010

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Ramee Group plans new projects in GCC, India in 2010
Ramee Group of Hotels & Resorts, one of the leaders in the mid-market segment, plans 1,220 rooms that include four and five star properties in Gulf countries and India next year.
The UAE-based [...]

Naughtie Behavior | The Decade in Hotels

If industries have good decades, for hotels the Aughties was no Nineties. The go-go Nineties gave us the rise of Ian Schrager and Amanresorts and W and exotic fantasies like Rajvilas and Singita and Las Ventanas al Paraíso. The Aughties, on the other hand, were defined by the contraction of development after 9/11; the growth [...]

Priceline.com Releases Its Annual List of Top New Year’s Party Spots

Priceline.com (Nasdaq: PCLN) today released its 6th annual list of top 50 destinations for ringing in the New Year. For the 5th year in a row, Las Vegas is the #1 destination for New Year’s revelers.
Priceline.com also reported today that the average published rate for a 3-star or higher hotel in the U.S. for New [...]

NEW YEAR’S EVE: Fuller hotels, higher rates: Strip room fees seen to be 4 percent higher than ‘08

Maybe it’s because it’s on a Thursday, or maybe it’s just because people are feeling more upbeat about the economy.
Whatever the reason, this New Year’s Eve is boosting Las Vegas hotel operators’ spirits because of higher occupancy rates at higher room rates than last year.
Strip hotel room rates for the year-end celebration are projected to [...]

The Grand Cayman Islands Ponder the Eventual Competition with Cuba for American Tourism Dollars

A recent Reuters news report was headlined: “US travel industry gearing up for return to Cuba,” which prompts us to ask, once again, “Is our travel industry gearing up for the return of Americans to Cuba?”
According to Reuters, US tour operators held a video conference with Cuban tourism officials in Havana last week and asked [...]

Online Hotel Booking Sites Experiencing Big Surge in Look-to-Book Ratios

Online travel shoppers are clicking their hearts out, but not many of them are actually booking hotel rooms, buying airline tickets or renting cars.All that looking — minus the booking — costs online travel companies additional server space and technology infrastructure. And it could get worse before it gets better.
Analysts say a combination of the [...]

Chef Survey: What’s Hot in 2010

Keeping up with food and beverage trends is crucial to develop the right menu mix. That’s why restaurateurs turn to the National Restaurant Association to help them stay abreast of the hottest menu trends. The Association each year surveys professional chef members of the American Culinary Federation. The latest survey, conducted in 2009, was based [...]

Housekeeper arrested for thefts at casino

A cleaning employee at the Isle Casino Hotel Waterloo has been arrested after items were taken from rooms at the hotel in November and December.
Agents with the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation arrested Alex Michael Garrison, 21, address unavailable, Dec. 15 for second-degree theft and fifth-degree theft.
Garrison was a housekeeper at the hotel, and court [...]

Hilton architect sues contractor, says blueprints were kept

The architect who drew up plans for the renovation and expansion of the Pittsburgh Hilton Hotel, Downtown, has filed a lawsuit against the project’s prime contractor, alleging copyright infringement of drawings related to the long-dormant project.
In a filing last week in federal court in Youngstown, Ohio, architect Steve Berry alleged that after he withdrew his [...]

Dusit putting hotels under Green Globe

The hotel management group Dusit International intends to bring all of its properties into the Green Globe environmental improvement programme by 2010.
Eleven Dusit hotels and resorts in Thailand, Manila and Dubai have already joined the programme and the remaining 11 would join next year, said Octavio Gamarra, the company’s senior vice-president.
With the impact from climate [...]