Travel searches by voice are on the up according to some figures from Microsoft-owned Bing Ads. The company reveals that Britons are increasingly seeking to book their hotel using the Cortana digital assistant on mobile devices with hotel searches seeing a 343 per cent year-on-year increase in the UK.
Ongoing projects in the GCC will form the backbone of the regional hospitality industry in the coming years, as the governments of the Gulf countries gradually move towards diversifying their revenue base and reducing their dependence on hydrocarbons. The total estimated value of 1,153 active projects in the GCC's hospitality industry exceeded $148.4 billion in the first quarter of 2017, according to BNC Intelligence.
Monte-Carlo SBM and Galaxy Entertainment Group form strategic partnership in the Asia-Pacific region
Monte-Carlo Société des Bains de Mer (SBM), world renowned owner and operator of iconic luxury hotels and resorts in the Principality of Monaco, Galaxy Entertainment Group (GEG), one of Asia’s leading developers and operators of world-class, luxury, integrated entertainment and resort facilities, have announced the formal establishment of a strategic partnership. This partnership includes a mutual commitment to enhance the respective businesses and brands of each company.
The most populated state in the US continues to see growth in the hotel industry in two key areas, the San Francisco Bay Area and the metropolis of Los Angeles. With 15 new hotels currently in progress, California's hotel market is set to expand over the course of this year and next.
Sojern, travel's leading performance marketing engine, has announced the opening of its new office in Dublin focused on servicing the European market with its RevDirect offering, a multichannel, pay-for-performance, direct bookings solution for independent hoteliers. Sojern brings its specialised data set of 350 million global traveller profiles, including billions of predictive travel intent data points to target travellers across multi-channels.
Airbnb is hitting back after the hotel industry touted its lobbying efforts against the online room-sharing service. The company's head of policy, Christopher Lehane, accused hoteliers of price-gouging customers and called their fight against Airbnb a “campaign to punish the middle-class” in a letter Wednesday.
Travel is awash with data and companies are loosening their purse strings to get to the insight this provides, according to EyeforTravel’s new industry-wide State of Data and Analytics in Travel Report 2017. Amongst respondents, who came from all verticals in the industry, 74.5 per cent report that they expect budget increases in 2017.
The hotel industry is ramping up its Washington profile as it looks to counter the online home-sharing service, Airbnb. The industry's political action committee, HotelPAC, spent money in 225 congressional races during the 2016 election, a record for the group. During the election cycle, they raised $1.5 million and gave out $1.3 million to congressional candidates, breaking their own fundraising and spending records.
The Home Office is looking at plans for “Barista Visas” and new rules for migrants, after hospitality industry experts warned many business will close. The British Hospitality Industry has warned that hotels, restaurants and bars will be forced to shut as there is a severe shortage of British workers and a steady stream of migrants is needed.