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Travellers from Germany are more modest in their choice of hotel than holidaymakers from the UK or Russia and prefer middle-class accommodation.
The proportion of Germans who stay in luxury hotels has even declined and currently stands at 13 per cent. These are the results of a special evaluation of the World Travel Monitor on the European travellers' preferred types of accommodation conducted by IPK International and commissioned by ITB Berlin*. At 57 per cent, overnights represent Europeans' preferred type of accommodation. Around 234 out of 413 million trips abroad are spent staying at hotels, with currently more European travellers choosing a hotel bed than five years ago. In 2007 this type of accommodation accounted for 52 per cent. 58 per cent of German travellers currently favour hotels. The leaders are Britons (60 per cent) and Russians (66 per cent). Among Polish and Dutch travellers hotel overnights are less popular (44 and 45 per cent respectively). Around Europe the choices of hotel category also vary. Among Europeans the proportion of overnights in standard accommodation (middle-class and budget hotels) has stagnated, whereas overnights in four and five-star hotels have risen by four and two per cent respectively. According to the survey by IPK International Russian holidaymakers in particular prefer luxury accommodation, with 26 per cent opting for the comforts of a five-star hotel whenever they travel abroad. 22 per cent of Britons choose five-star accommodation, which puts them alongside the main nations preferring luxury hotels. Over the last five years the percentage of Russians and Britons favouring luxury accommodation has risen by two and four per cent respectively, whereas the percentage of Germans preferring this segment stands at only 13 per cent.
The Cancun Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) is proud to announce that Cancun had one of the best summer seasons in recent years with an approximate 88% hotel occupancy rate.
Cancun International Airport received more than 7.4 million tourists, compared to 6.8 million who visited during the same time last year. Cancun saw a large influx of tourists from England, Russia, France and South America with more than 40 flights a week arriving from these countries to Cancun's airport. There was also a significant growth in domestic tourism, with over 22 Aeromexico flights arriving from Mexico City. Whale sharks were one of Cancun's most distinguished attractions this summer. These gentle creatures gather off the coast of Isla Mujeres more than any other place in the world and give visitors a chance to catch a glimpse and swim in open water with them. The Cancun Underwater Museum, the world's largest underwater museum, also attracted tourists this summer as approximately 60 new sculptures were added this year by internationally acclaimed eco-sculptor, Jason de Caires Taylor. Cancun also welcomed several new hotels this summer including the Hard Rock Hotel Cancun, with its signature Rock Star suites and its extensive collection of authentic memorabilia from international and local music artists. Secrets The Vine, which offers an adults-only luxury experience with gourmet dining options and top-shelf spirits, 24 hour room service, daily activities, nightly performances, elite services and superior amenities, also opened this summer. Riu Palace Peninsula, characterized by its architecture, palace-style decoration, high-quality cuisine and renowned 24 hour all inclusive program, debuted this season as well.
Antoinette "Toni" Knorr, general manager of the St. Regis Hotel in San Francisco, has been chosen to receive the 2012 MMH Outstanding Alumna of the Year Award, presented by the master of management in hospitality (MMH) program at the Cornell University School of Hotel Administration.
Knorr will receive the award at the 11th annual Cornell MMH Reception on Sunday, November 11, 5:00-7:00 p.m., at the Westin New York at Times Square. "Toni Knorr is the ideal choice for the Cornell MMH Outstanding Alumna Award, and we look forward to honoring her at the MMH reception," said Michael D. Johnson, dean and E. M. Statler Professor of Hotel Administration. "Toni was chosen from a highly competitive field of industry leaders who have demonstrated exemplary engagement with the school. In addition to being a dedicated Cornell alumna, Toni has enjoyed a tremendous career, managing some of the most iconic hotels in the country with service excellence and innovation."
Key Appointments in the Industry
Congratulations to these new appointments...
Ed Fuller, recently retired President of Marriott International, has been named President of Laguna Strategic Advisors LLC, the Irvine, California-based global consulting company. The appointment is effective July 30, 2012. "Ed is an extremely well-known and respected business figure on the global stage and we are very pleased to have him lead our organization," said Buck Laird, Managing Director of Laguna Strategic Advisors. Spanning four decades, Fuller's career at Marriott resulted in his leading the company's growth outside the continental United States from 16 hotels to over 550 in 72 countries creating $8 billion in sales. His real-world experiences during these years are recounted in his best-selling business book, "You Can't Lead With Your Feet On the Desk," published globally by John Wiley & Co. in 2011. "Ed will help grow Laguna Strategic Advisors' consortium of independent global business consultants committed to delivering client solutions in stakeholder leadership, risk management, organizational development, resort destination management and other business sectors," said Laird. In addition to his work with Laguna Strategic Advisors, Fuller will serve as an adjunct professor at the Paul Merage Graduate School of Business at the University of California Irvine and as a visiting professor at Boston University. He continues his involvement with numerous business, educational and charity boards globally.
Benchmark Hospitality International has appointed Angela Rodden director of human resources for Eldorado Hotel & Spa, located in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Angela Rodden was most recently director of human resources for Santa Ana Star Casino of Santa Ana Pueblo, New Mexico. She was promoted to this position after serving as human resources manager for the property. Ms. Rodden has previously held positions of increasing responsibility within Human Resources for hotels in Los Angeles, Albuquerque as well as Santa Ana Pueblo. She is a graduate of the University of New Mexico where she earned her Bachelors degree in Criminology and Psychology. She earned her Masters of Management degree with an emphasis in Human Resources from the National American University.
The Latest in Hotel Openings
Regent Hotels & Resorts will throw open the doors at Regent Phuket Cape Panwa Oct. 1. The flagship property is on a cliff overlooking the ocean with a private beach and 105 guest accommodations. The 22 pavilions have king-size beds, an ocean view balcony and a table for alfresco dining. The property's 48 suites also offer a king-size bed plus an adjoining living room with its own balcony overlooking the Andaman Sea. The 35 Pool Villas have private outdoor pools and sun-lounge areas that overlook the sea. Guests staying in the 1,600-sq-ft (148-sq-m) villas have access to the Regent Club for breakfast, coffee and tea throughout the day, and evening cocktails.
Hong Kong-based Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts has officially assumed management of Traders Hotel, Brisbane today. The 191-room property that is centrally located above the Brisbane Transit Centre and next to Roma Street Parklands, is the first Traders hotel operated by Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts in Australia. It marks the hotel group's third venture in the continent following the group's recent acquisition of the 563-room landmark Shangri-La Hotel, Sydney and its current majority stake in Shangri-La Hotel, The Marina in Cairns. "We are thrilled to debut the Traders brand in Australia to leisure and business travelers alike," said Bruno Cristol, general manager of Traders Hotel, Brisbane. "Brisbane is a strategic feeder destination to other major Australian cities and we believe Traders' "Be Ready" philosophy is an excellent fit for visitors to this dynamic city."
Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort, Spa and Casino proudly debuts a $20 million major resort-wide transformation that has redesigned the property's guestrooms ($45,000 invested in each room), Sierra Café and the Spa Terrace Conference Center. Boasting an unrivaled location in the Sierras with iconic lake and mountain views, Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort's 398 guestrooms and suites completed $18 million of Lake Tahoe resort renovations featuring a new, contemporary and luxurious "Grand Lodge"-style look.* A warm and inviting ambiance has been created with the addition of an oak floating headboard, credenzas and nightstands with touches of brushed steel and dark leather, complementing carpeting in shades of slate gray and mocha. Inside each new room, modern amenities now include a newly remodeled bathroom featuring contemporary backlit mirrors and modern showers, "jack packs" (all-in-one multimedia hubs that easily pair the television with laptops or DVD players) and locally themed artwork.
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