TripAdvisor, launches Game-Changing ‘TripAdvisor Trip Friends’ Enabling Travelers to Tap Into the Wisdom of Friends

Social Feature Identifies Travel-sphere of Friends Providing Even More Personalized Travel Information and Advice
TripAdvisor®, the world’s largest travel site*, today announced the launch of its groundbreaking “TripAdvisor® Trip Friends” feature, allowing travelers to get advice from their Facebook® friends on TripAdvisor to plan their next vacation. Supplementing the site’s more than 35 million reviews and [...]

World Cup boost expected for South African hoteliers

South Africa welcomed the world when the FIFA World Cup kicked off 11 June 2010. Data fromSTR Global, the leading provider of market information to the global hotel industry, shows that prior to the start of the tournament and in-line with many other parts of the world, the country’s revenue per available room (RevPAR) has begun [...]

Visitors are set to enjoy ‘cash back’ when staying with Accor hotels in Thailand

Whether traveling for business or pleasure, there are super deals available with Accor hotels throughout Thailand where guests will receive “cash back” incentives during their stay. This enables guests to spend their “cash back” credits on services within the hotel such as in the restaurants or bars or on treatments in the spa.
“Accor is coordinating [...]

Island Routes Caribbean Adventure Tours partners with Fiesta Hotel Group in Jamaica

Island Routes Caribbean Adventure Tours has announced an exciting new  partnership with theFiesta Hotel Group to offer exclusive, luxury catamaran tours to guests at the at the hotel group’s two resorts in Montego Bay, Jamaica: the Grand Palladium Jamaica Resort and Spa and the Grand Palladium Lady Hamilton Resort and Spa.
“We are very excited to [...]

Sentido Hotels & Resorts expands Tunisian resort portfolio

The new Sentido Hotels Tunisia destinations include Tabarka (Sentido Tabarka Beach Resort), Djerba (Sentido Djerba Beach) and Hammamet (Sentido Phenicia).
With the Sentido Tabarka Beach resort, the brand will be opening up a virtually untouched vacation region in the northwest of the country, reminiscent of the Black Forest in Germany, along with access to a sensational underwater [...]

Forecast Shows Manhattan Hotel Rates To Rise

Manhattan hotel rates will increase slightly this year and by much greater levels in the subsequent years, but it will still take several years for rates to reach 2008 levels, according to the 2010 Manhattan Hotel Market Overview, which HVS Global Hospitality Services and New York University’s Tisch Center released this week.
HVS forecasts that year-over-year [...]

Twitter tips for tourism destinations

A Couple of Chicks (that’s their name) pulled together a great list of Twitter does and don’ts for tourism destinations. Lots of action points for both Twitter newbies and pros alike.
The article includes the basics on how to use Twitter for your tourism destinations as well as some don’ts that could hurt your online reputation.
Combined [...]

From Hotel Rivals to Allies

Amid signs that their industry has finally turned a corner after two dark years, hotel executives have begun to plot strategies for better times ahead. But those strategies differ, depending on whether they are running a big chain or independent hotel.
Major chains like Marriott and Starwood are increasingly focusing on expanding abroad, as tight credit [...]

Hilton Worldwide Announces Money Back Guarantee for Guests Staying at Its Gulf Coast Properties

Hilton Worldwide today announced that guests visiting any Hilton Worldwide property in the region of the recent oil spill can cancel their reservations and receive a 100 percent refund. The “Beach Satisfaction Guarantee,” ensures that from today through July 31, guests scheduled to visit any of Hilton Worldwide’s hotels from the Gulf Coast to South [...]

Marriott opens hotels in Sweden; continues European growth

This week Marriott International, Inc. hosts grand openings for its first two hotels in Sweden — the Courtyard Stockholm Kungsholmen and theRenaissance Malmo. Leading the festivities are Arne Sorenson, president and chief operations officer of Marriott International and Amy McPherson, president and managing director of Marriott International in Europe.  In addition to VIP guests and hotel associates, [...]