New hotel opens every 10 days in UK as tourism flourishes
Huge investment in the tourism industry has turned it into Britain's fastest-growing employment sector - attracting record spending by visitors from home and abroad.
A new hotel opens every ten days and more than 100,000 new hotel rooms have become available in the past decade, in addition to extensive refurbishment of existing properties at an estimated cost of £20 billion.
Figures from the UK tourist board VisitBritain estimated that tourism spending last year hit £113 billion, of which £24 billion came from foreign tourists and £89 million from the domestic market.
Over the past two years the hospitality industry generated 153,000 new jobs, according to the British Hospitality Association, accounting for 28 per cent of all new jobs created in that period, making it the fastest-growing sector in employment terms. Hospitality is now responsible for 2.68 million jobs - 10 per cent of the total workforce - and is Britain's fourth-largest industry.
Overseas spending by British holidaymakers increased last year, while domestic tourism was flat. The domestic market remains undaunted, though. The big trend of this year? The ‘near away' where you holiday less than an hour's drive from your home.
Rack rate $40,000 - the most expensive hotel room in Las Vegas
Las Vegas has always specialized in providing an over-the-top experience for those with an unlimited budget.
The Palms, however, has taken it to another level with its Two Story Sky Villa. The former Hugh Hefner Sky Villa will set you back $40,000 a night.
The most expensive hotel room in Nevada has its own glass elevator to the second floor and an infinity pool that seats 12 and cantilevers off the balcony. The 9,000-square-foot luxury playground houses three bedrooms, a fitness center, dry sauna, outdoor terrace and media room with revolving bed.
According to the Palms, "It's the perfect place to entertain up to 250 of your closest friends."
Mercure mobile app aims to boost online reservations
Mercure has launched a new mobile application that lets customers make a booking in just a few clicks for any of the network's 743 hotels around the world. In addition, the application's geo-positioning function guarantees they get the best available pricing.
The application is available in ten languages on iPhone and Android operating systems, and offers Mercure customers: • detailed information on hotels • secure online payment • access to special offers • reservation tracking • direct access to their Le Club Accorhotels account