Offline travel now growing faster than online

In 2010, offline travel distribution will grow faster than online for the first time since the rise of online travel, according to a new report, PhoCusWright’s “US Online Travel Overview Tenth Edition.”

Another perhaps surprising finding: Corporate travel led the US travel market’s 2009 plummet and is now fueling its recovery, in a dramatic swing that [...]

TripAdvisor unveils 2011 travel trends forecast

Americans appear eager to pack their bags in the coming year, as 36 percent plan to spend more on leisure travel in 2011 than this year, while 42 percent expect to spend the same amount. Ninety percent plan to take two or more leisure trips next year – a slight increase on the 89 percent [...]

Are your hotel rates perceived as fair?

In the lodging industry revenue managers set prices. Customer-centric revenue managers, go further. They make sure their prices are fair. The difficulty comes in deciding exactly what constitutes a fair hotel price.

The difficulty for them, and for you if you are responsible for setting prices in your organization, comes in deciding exactly what constitutes a [...]

Mobissimo to bring travel search to Facebook

Travel search engine Mobissimo has launched the first vertical travel search application available within Facebook. Now, users can access Mobissimo’s travel search engine directly from Mobissimo’s Facebook page and get real-time results from over 172 different travel websites worldwide.

This new capability is part of an aggressive strategy to leverage Facebook’s growing importance in online travel [...]

Mr. P.R.S. Oberoi Named 2010 Corporate Hotelier of the World

Mr. P.R.S. Oberoi, Chairman of The Oberoi Group, has been presented with the ‘2010 Corporate Hotelier of the World’ award by HOTELS magazine.  In its 29th year, the annual ‘Hotelier of the World’ award is determined by votes cast by readers of the magazine in more than 150 countries.
Mr. Oberoi received the award at a reception [...]

Announcing the New Forbes 5-star Hotels and Restaurants

Hotel and restaurant ratings from Forbes Travel Guide (former Mobil Travel Guide) were announced this morning, and here’s a first look.
Making it to five-star status this year: Falling Rock at Nemacolin Woodlands Resort in
Farmington, Pa. (the resort is shown at right; Falling Rock is a small luxe part of it); the Island Shangri-La Hong Kong. [...]

The Challenges of a 5 Star London Hotel

Roger Collis, acclaimed journalist and author of ‘The Survivor’s Guide to Business Travel’ has extensive expertise in luxury travel.  He recently met Andrew Pike, the General Manager of the Milestone Hotel in Kensington to discuss the significant challenges of running a five star London hotel.
Below is the London Hotels Insight summary of the key issues [...]