Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. has announced their moving the company’s global headquarters to Dubai. The day to day business of Starwood is already being conducted there, rather than from Stamford, CT, according to their news. The company says the move is a continuing effort for Starwood creating what they term “cultivating a more global perspective”.
Just as some have feared but so few forecast officially, this Summer’s travel was not as big a hit as expected. When Accor Hotel Group warned their investors profit may not meet expectations last week the recession’s effect on hoteliers was cemented for the season.
Selected to reinvent all Library Hotel Collection’s websites, hotel marketing agency WHIP expands their already considerable brace of interdependent hotel clients with four extraordinary boutiques in New York, and more to come from Budapest to Toronto in the coming weeks. The hospitality sensation of ITB Berlin, WIHP Convert website design renders a result ending the way Every hotel website should look like, at least according to Robin Wauters at The Next Web.
Given your choices for a romantic getaway to Paris, what hotel would you spend a weekend or a week with? The Hilton, the Ritz Paris perhaps, the Westin Paris, or maybe Hotel de Crillon? Possibly, but remember I asked about a romantic getaway.
Have you ever Google’d before going on a trip, only to run across one crappy website after another in search of a hotel? Face it, despite all the technology advances, the mobile breakthroughs enabling us like never before, hotel websites still suck. WIHP aims to change all that.
In online travel agency (OTA) news, the California Lodging Industry Association (CLIA) and the Independent Lodging Industry Association (ILIA) have added a thousand plus independent hotels to upstart booking platform Global Hotels Exchange (GHX). Even prior to the official launch of GHX, it appears many hotel owners and support organizations are willing to flock to the new channel.
A couple of weeks ago we posted a short review about the digital connectedness of Mr & Mrs Smith Hotels. An honest review of an obviously superb organization, we honestly had no idea. Today I wanted to personally commend this company again, something I am not sure we have ever done. Read on, and discover the right way to do things in hospitality.
Every year the World Travel & Tourism Council invites tourism businesses, organizations, and even destinations to apply for the worldwide Tourism for Tomorrow Awards. The council just announced this year’s competition for gaining recognition via best practices in sustainable tourism.
In news from Sea Island, Georgia, Sea Island Acquisition, LLC announced the appointment of Scott Steilen as President of the Sea Island Resort. Steilen will oversee the company’s operations including Sea Island Golf Club, the Cloister at Sea Island, and world famous lodge there.
ConnectedHotel TV, developed in partnership with LG, is the first all-in-one hospitality solution that delivers TV, VoD, wired and wireless HSIA through one network and one single device.
iBAHN, the world’s leader in digital entertainment and Internet solutions for hospitality, has secured a $20 million credit facility with JP Morgan Chase & Co. The new multi-year credit allows for continued growth and installation of iBAHN’s IPTV platform throughout premium hotels around the world.