Each week, we curate a bite-sized round-up of the best industry news from across the world. We search the web for the latest hospitality updates and travel trends, so you don’t have to. Get comfortable with a coffee and tuck into our weekly must-reads
1. Chinese travellers to drive growth in evening tours
Data provided by Ctrip.com has revealed that evening tours – defined as tours that start after 6:00pm – have grown in popularity as Chinese travellers look to maximise their sightseeing while on holiday – Increasing 9% YOY in 2018. The data also found that the majority of travellers booking these tours are under the age of 35.
2. Latest hospitality Wi-Fi trends revealed
More than 90% of hoteliers frequently encounter guests seeking to connect more than one device, a significant 30% increase since 2015, according to Hotel Internet Services’ latest survey. Additionally, more than 90% of guest respondents indicated that the ability to access a hotel’s Wi-Fi is ‘very important’, while another 58% disclosed Wi-Fi service quality as being ‘highly likely’ to impact their booking choices.
3. Ibis gets a new look
Ibis, AccorHotel’s economy hotel brand, has a fresh new look. With new design, music and arts concepts in place, lobbies and public areas will be transformed and filled with trendy sounds and designs. The brand will also be hosting concerts in partnership with Spotify and Sony.
4. No visas needed for Brits travelling to the EU
Back in November, The European Commission announced that they were planning to allow UK citizens to travel to the EU for up to 90 days within a 180-day period without needing a visa. Today, European Parliament has approved legislation that visas won’t be needed for Brits travelling to the EU regardless of a deal or not, putting UK holidaymakers and business travellers at ease.
5. Accor brings luxury brand to India
With the increase in demand for luxury hotels in India, Accor has partnered with business professional Ratankant Sharma to bring Accor’s brand Raffels to Jaipur and Udaipur – expanding its foothold in the luxury segment in India. Ratankant also worked with Accor to help open the first Fairmont Hotel & Resort in the country.
6. IHG focuses on China growth
Reporting record openings and signing in Greater China last year, IHG is scaling up rapidly in the region. The hospitality giant called Greater China its ‘fastest growing region’, expanding to 400 properties open across the country since opening its first China hotel in 1984. Recent regional growth has focused on tier-2 and -3 cities, which represented approximately two-thirds of IHG’s open rooms in the region.
7. UK hotel profits fall in February
According to data from HotStats, UK hotels suffered a second consecutive month of profit decline with total gross operating profit for February sitting at £35.44 – a 4.4% YOY decline. Despite the 0.5% increase in RevPAR, non-rooms revenues dropped by 0.4% in the month to 36.2% of total revenue. This drop included declines in F&B (down 0.7%), conference and banqueting (down 1.3%) and leisure (down 0.5%).
8. Marriott announces expansion plan for the Asia-Pacifc region
Marriott has announced its continued expansion plans in Asia-Pacifc with its 2020 vision – a target to have 1000 hotels open by the end of next year, potentially creating up to 50,000 more job opportunities for the region. The company expects to add close to 20,000 rooms this year alone, with several brand debuts in Australia, Hong Kong, The Philippines, Nepal and India.
9. MGM Announces its new President of Commercial and Growth
Better known for his work in Silicon Valley with AOL, Amazon and Yahoo, Atif Rafiq has been announced as MGM Resorts new President of Commercial and Growth. As the hospitality giant looks to improve their guest experience and digital experience, the spotlight will be on Atif, who will work to develop new customer experiences, business models and revenue streams.
10. WTTC launches global taskforce on human trafficking
The World Travel & Tourism Council has announced the formation of a global taskforce to help prevent and combat human trafficking – an illicit activity that affects 30 million victims worldwide, and relies on travel networks to operate. Comprising of WTTC Members and sector associations, the taskforce is the first global industry-wide initiative to assert zero tolerance and share best practice.
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Nicola Donovan is a travel writer for Click.More by Nicola Donovan
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