6 keys to a successful hotel sales plan

As we put the economic downturn behind us, we must be strategic in how we think about sales plans for our hotels. The plan should not just be about getting heads in beds at all costs. Here are six steps that are proven and can help you lay out a successful hotel-level sales plan.

1. Revenue [...]

Hotels on sale at Priceline and Travelocity

Travelocity’s “Fall for Fall Sale” offers travelers up to 35 percent off participating hotels and vacation packages, and Priceline’s “Big Deal Days II” is showcasing even bigger deals – up to 60% off published rates.

You can’t have too much of a good thing, according to priceline.com. The company announced the launch of its Big Deal [...]

Marriott International Reports Third Quarter 2010 Results

In the third quarter, revenue per available room at Marriott’s North American hotels rose 7.2 percent year-over-year and average daily rates rose nearly 2 percent. International Marriott hotels showed tremendous strength, with RevPAR up 12 percent in the quarter on a constant dollar basis.
Third quarter 2010 net income totaled $83 million, a 57 percent increase [...]

Will the Savoy Hotel Restoration Drama become a Timeless Classic?

Finally, after being closed for three years and a refit costing £220 million, the venerable landmark will be back in business. “We had the market doing that,” says MacDonald, the hotel’s general manager, making a downward movement with his arm. “And we had a business plan based on this, the original market,” moving it up [...]

The most exclusive ways to travel the world

For an exclusive, luxury, travel experience tourists will have to dig deep into their pockets. The online travel portal HolidayCheck has searched the market to bring together the top exclusive trips, for those that can afford an extra special holiday.
Luxury Yacht in Monaco – ₤640,000
Sip Champagne like the high society, while sailing in the Mediterranean [...]

China’s online travel services on the rise

The Mid-Autumn Festival and National Day holiday this year caused problems for some employees because working days and rest days were split. However, it had little effect on sales of flights and hotel bookings as China’s burgeoning travel market enjoyed a seasonal boom. The country’s largest online travel agent, Ctrip.com International Ltd, said the number of orders [...]

Budget hotel group launches Twitter based concierge service

To access Premier Inn’s weekend Twitter concierge service, guests must tweet @PremierInn concierge and simply ask for recommendations on anything from local activities for the kids, karaoke bars in the area, directions to the local theatre and the likes.
Premier Inn has announced it will be introducing an innovative Twitter-based ‘virtual’ concierge service for its guests, [...]

Expedia on hotel pricing and other trends

As the International Society of Hospitality Consultants began looking toward the second decade of the 21st century, members in attendance at the group’s annual conference heard some interesting observations regarding where the travel-and-tourism industry is heading.
Approximately 150 consultants attended the event at the InterContinental Montelucia Resort & Spa, and opening day speakers addressed the conference’s [...]

How to find travel deals on Facebook and Twitter

Savvy travelers have been looking to Facebook, Twitter, Loopt, Foursquare, and other social media sites to find the latest available bargains from airlines, tour providers, cruise lines, hotels, and restaurants. Even convention and visitors’ bureaus have gotten in on the action.
They sound too good to be true: $10 flights. $93/night hotels in Miami (including a [...]

Hotel bookings on airline sites increase by 38%

According to a new SITA study, there has been a dramatic year-on-year growth in the percentage of passengers using airline websites to book hotels, up from 21% in 2009, to 38% in this year’s survey.
The most comprehensive global survey ever undertaken of passenger use of air transport self-service technology has found popular demand is now [...]