Dubai: Press releases and resources for travel agents

The Government of Dubai, Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM) is headquartered in Dubai with 18 overseas representative offices.
The UK and Ireland representative office is based in London and is responsible for marketing activities promoting Dubai both as a destination for tourism and inward investment.
For the travel trade in the UK, the DTCM is [...]

Madeira floods: ‘Business as usual’ say tour operators

Operators are reassuring customers that it is “business as usual” in Madeira after the island was hit by severe storms and floods at the weekend.
One British woman and more than 40 locals were killed as muddy water coursed through the streets of the capital Funchal on Saturday. A clean-up operation is now underway as the island [...]

‘World’s Smallest Pop-Up Hotel’ To Take London By Storm

Much like kiddie bloggers, pop-up stores are all the rage in the fashion world. So we’re not that surprised that the pop-up concept has shifted to hotels.
The latest pop-up hotel is billed as the “world’s smallest pop-up hotel” from VisitLondon.com and Radisson Edwardian Hotels. But this isn’t a cardboard box or anything–it’s actually an airstream trailer that’s [...]

The First Photos of Fashion 26’s Guest Rooms Are Here

Before the snowicane hit last night, we were doing a little Facebook trawling and noticed one of our favorite things: new guest room photos from a new hotel! The property in question was one of New York’s new Recession Luxe hotels, Fashion 26. We don’t know about you but we’ve been absolutely dying to see how value-oriented (Wyndham) [...]

Milan’s Maison Moschino Hotel to Open March 1, Will Have Pastry Pillows

After finally experiencing the first Missoni Hotel a month ago, we now have another fashion hotel to conquer: the Maison Moschino in Milan. We’ve been tracking the progress of this hotel from the Italian fashion house Moschino, and we know that the building is a renovation of a neoclassical railway station originally built in 1840, and now [...]

First Hyatt Earnings Report Since IPO Finds Fourth-Quarter Rise In Occupancy

Hyatt Hotels Corp. today, in its first public earnings report in decades, reported that occupancy, though not rates, began to creep upward at its properties in the fourth quarter of 2009.
Hyatt, which last year completed an initial public offering following about 30 years as a private company (BTNonline, Nov. 5, 2009), said fourth-quarter revenue per available [...]

Global Hotel Market Sentiment Survey 2010

Results from the latest edition of the Global Hotel Market Sentiment Survey shows that hotel operators believe that the worst of the crisis is behind them and that 2010 will be the beginning of the long road to recovery. The survey, carried out every six months by Horwath HTL the world’s foremost firm of hospitality [...]

What travel shoppers want from hotel videos

People connect with video. When researching hotels online, travel shoppers want to see two types of videos: professionally shot and guest produced. They want to be enticed but they also need validation.
Based on a study that Google recently conducted, where they asked travel shoppers at what stage of the planning process do you watch video [...]

Visa introduces the Visa Signature aLuxury Hotel Collection

Visa Inc. announced the launch of the Visa Signature Luxury Hotel Collection (VSLHC), a new premium travel offering enabling Visa Signature cardholders to find, book and enjoy unique benefits at a hand-selected group of prestigious properties throughout the world. Visa Signature cardholders now have around-the-clock access to research and book accommodations at luxury properties around the [...]

Club Mediterranee and Melco China Resorts sign agreement to open

On Thursday 11 February, Club Mediterranee and Melco China Resorts (Holding) Limited, signed an agreement to open the first Club Med ski Resort at MCR’s Sun Mountain Yabuli resort in November 2010. The signing was attended by Club Mediterranee, Melco China Resorts and its new shareholder Wisecord Holding Limited (WHL) senior executives.
The upmarket resort that will be home [...]