6 02, 2009

Hotel review sites: the new quality management systems

By |February 6th, 2009|Accommodation, e-tourism, ICT and tourism destination development, Master in Tourism Destination Management|5 Comments

If all hotels would just get rid of their customer satisfaction surveys and instead invite their guests to share their thoughts on review websites, it would be a win-win situation for everyone.

10 07, 2008

REGIONAL DEVELOPMENTS – Deloitte indicates big success story for Middle East tourism

By |July 10th, 2008|Accommodation, Aviation, Markets, Middle East|Comments Off on REGIONAL DEVELOPMENTS – Deloitte indicates big success story for Middle East tourism

BI-ME , 03-07-2008

Tourism indicators show that 2008 will be a slower year but the Middle East is demonstrating incredible resilience. Despite the financial turmoil of the past months, global tourism is thriving and is expected to generate some US$8 trillion during 2008. There will be years of growth ahead in the emerging markets of India […]

9 07, 2008

INDIA – Boost for Rajasthan

By |July 9th, 2008|Accommodation, Asia, Aviation, India|Comments Off on INDIA – Boost for Rajasthan, Jul 4 – 10, 2008

RAJASTHAN is streng­thening its long-term position as the tourist capital of India. Tourism minister, Ms Usha Puniya, said: “We are committed to improving the state’s infrastructure. While this year’s budget is US$15.53 million, we are also counting on private investments.” Rajasthan is popular with international tourists as a culturally […]

9 07, 2008

MALAYSIA – Cost-cutting shock

By |July 9th, 2008|Accommodation, Asia, Malaysia|Comments Off on MALAYSIA – Cost-cutting shock, Jul 4 – 10, 2008

Malaysia’s hotels are scrambling to develop new markets and segments after the government said it would stop all events, including courses and seminars, from being held at hotels and resorts with immediate effect as part of a cost-cutting drive. Only international-level functions have been spared in the Treasury’s […]

7 07, 2008

REGIONAL DEVELOPMENTS – Sharia-compliant hotels: The next big thing in Arabia

By |July 7th, 2008|Accommodation, Markets, Middle East|Comments Off on REGIONAL DEVELOPMENTS – Sharia-compliant hotels: The next big thing in Arabia

eTN, Jul 03, 2008

The so-called Sharia-compliant hotels or the Islamic hospitality market is pegged to be one of the fastest growing hotel segments in the Middle East and elsewhere today. The Dubai-based hospitality group Almulla Hospitality recently launched its Sharia-compliant hotel portfolio, comprising three brand tiers. The group has also cited plans to […]

30 06, 2008

MALAYSIA – Cheaper stays lure Singapore grand prix visitors

By |June 30th, 2008|Accommodation, Asia, Malaysia, Markets, Singapore|Comments Off on MALAYSIA – Cheaper stays lure Singapore grand prix visitors, Jun 27 – Aug 3, 2008

Hotels and travel agents in Johor Bahru expect business to be brisk during this year’s fasting month, traditionally a slow period, thanks to the spill­over from the FORMULA 1 SingTel Singapore Grand Prix weekend. Race visitors opting for more affordable hotels are giving the capital of Malaysia’s […]

23 06, 2008

BALI – Ignoring Nature and Laws

By |June 23rd, 2008|Accommodation, Asia, Bali|Comments Off on BALI – Ignoring Nature and Laws, 6/23/2008

The Bali Post reports that a large project creating tens of villa units is underway on Kelating Beach, Kerambitan, Tabanan. The Regent’s office told the press that the actual construction at the project site was not in conformance with the original plans submitted to his office which did not show the illegal construction […]

23 06, 2008

PHILIPPINES – Caramoan: Camsur’s secret eden

By |June 23rd, 2008|Accommodation, Asia, Philippines|Comments Off on PHILIPPINES – Caramoan: Camsur’s secret eden, June 19 2008

With pristine beaches, powdery white sand, and verdant forests to boast of, Caramoan, located at the lower eastern portion of Camarines Sur, Bicol, is every adventurer’s idea of paradise-bucolic, tranquil and, yes, untouched by the usual tourist trappings. And for the longest time, it was kept on the down and low, […]

19 06, 2008

CHINA – Rooms aplenty

By |June 19th, 2008|Accommodation, Asia, China|Comments Off on CHINA – Rooms aplenty, Jun 20 – 26, 2008

However, this spate of new hotel openings seems at odds with a report released by the Beijing Municipal Bureau of Statistics in early May, which showed that Beijing’s inbound tourist numbers decreased more than five per cent in April. Spokesman, Ms Yu Xiuqin, attributed the decrease partly to […]

17 06, 2008

INDIA – Hotel room shortage

By |June 17th, 2008|Accommodation, Asia, India|Comments Off on INDIA – Hotel room shortage, Jun 14 2008
The government has to give space to the hotel industry in its development programmes or tourism will face a serious shortage of hotels and hotel rooms, according to Dinesh Khanna, president of the Federation of Hotels & Restaurant Associations of India (FHRAI). India has only has only around 1.20 lakh room […]