A big part of our job as a travel news source is visiting and evaluating all the tourism & hospitality stuff there is out there on the web. For you readers, as travel enthusiasts or genuine globetrotters, the evaluation process is really the same. In effect, we just “short cut” or enhance the process for you. With this in mind, Argo Travel presents the best digital expriences in travel. This weeks showcased site is the Global Hotel Alliance portal.
With all the bad news coming from hoteliers across Europe, a spot of light emanating out of Galway in Ireland makes for a nice Sunday read. Pillo Hotel Galway is but one of several classy 4 star affairs sitting under a very cool brand. Formerly a Marriott hotel, the rebranded Pillo Hotel & Spa is benefitted by substantial backing and an experienced hospitality crew.
So far this year, there have to have been 50,000 news reports suggesting profits and growth are headed upward for the travel industry. And on the other hand, many are asking, “How?” Hotels starting to charge for tidbits of service like the airlines, currencies and countries on the brink, and the other side of news suggesting growth is impossible, what are we to believe?
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.
Marketing campaigns for hotels chains are not a new fad, nor is using sexy to sell ideas, but doing so intriguingly, this is a bit uncommon. In News from Conrad Hotels & Resorts this morning, their brand is on a global marketing binge that may see a new phrase coined, “chic and slinky sells,” rather than sex.
Okay, just because Google bought ITA, just because flight search stuff got put onto the search page, just because they have 50 billion reasons to take over online travel, does not mean Sergey Brin, Larry Page, Eric Schmidt, and the rest at Google will. AND, launching the unbelievably fast Google Hotel Finder aspect for online travel? Nah, Google will never take over the multi-billion dollar online travel scene. Yeah! They will.
In hotel news from the Middle East, Dubai based Ali International Hotels has launched a major development pan of all its Dubai properties. The company plans to refurbish several properties to the tune of roughly $40 million US, according to the news.
InterContinental Hotels appoints news leaders for Europe and other regions, while CEO Richard Simmons offers company profits report and prospectus. Holiday Inn Express India, and many other sectors are outlined.
Paris, London, New York, or even a Caribbean cruise, what’s the one thing all vacations have in common? The place a traveler stays after arrival, for one. Argo Travel News went far afield today in search of the extraordinary. After all, while we seek pattern and commonality in travel, many times – isn’t it the “unique” that is so often missing?
In news from Bethesda, Md, JW Marriott has announced plans to open 12 all new hotels by year end 2012. This will bring the global portfolio of accommodations to total 64 hotels and resorts in 27 countries.
Best Western International has just been named a 2010 web performance Silver Award winner by Compuware Corporation. Compuware’s Best of the Web Awards revealed Best Western and several other leading companies as leading edge Internet players.
The World Travel Awards reveal the leaders in the travel industry. This year’s winners actually represent the leading companies that are taking the industry through one of the most difficult times economically in history. Travel looks to lead the world out of recession, and Eastern Europe is significant among this year’s award winners.