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Travellers more environmentally conscious. A massive global survey shows that travellers have become far more environmentally conscious than in the past. The Lonely Planet survey of 24,500 people from 144 countries worldwide found that travellers were keen to make significant changes in order to travel in a more sustainable way. Ninety three percent of respondents said they would or might participate in environmentally-friendly travel in the future compared with 36 percent of people who said they had never considered the environment in their past travels. The majority of travellers were worried about carbon emissions from flying, with only 7 percent saying that they did not think aircraft carbon emissions were a concern. Some were willing to boycott flying for other less damaging modes of transport. One of the strongest changes for the future was in voluntary work. A huge 79 percent of respondents said they would or might apply for voluntary work overseas, with only 25 percent having done so in the past. Lonely Planet spokesman Adam Stanford said it was encouraging to see travellers embracing change.
"The survey reveals that 73 percent of respondents feel that travel is `in their blood', so its fantastic to see that people are consciously considering their impacts, and are willing to alter their actions to protect the destinations they love." Source: www.stuff.co.nz
Recently acquired Hotel Villa del Sol becomes second international incarnation as luxury brand grows from its original South Beach flagship. Advancing the international expansion of its recently launched Tides brand of luxury hotels and resorts, Los Angeles-based Kor Hotel Group announces the transformation of its newest Mexico acquisition, Hotel Villa del Sol on the Mexican Riviera, into The Tides Zihuatanejo. To welcome the resort into The Tides family of elite properties, Kor has introduced an array of signature Tides amenities to suit the brand's coastal, vibrant spirit, including an enhanced beach experience, exclusive butler services, and a seafood-themed restaurant offering private lagoon dining. Recently appointed General Manager, Carlos Blanco, previously with Jumby Bay in Antigua, has led the resort's transformation to-date and continues to work with the staff to build upon the resort's success.
South African Tourism and the National Geographic Channel have extended their three-year global partnership for another 18 months. The ongoing partnership has resulted in some of the country's vibrant, urban destinations, including Johannesburg and Cape Town, being showcased worldwide on National Geographic Channel. The new deal will enable South African Tourism to make use of National Geographic Channel's print and online mediums in its plans to market South Africa to the world.
Silverbyte Systems, a provider of hotels, hotel groups and cruise ships management software, announced today that two Best Western hotels in Germany have successfully completed the implementation of the Optima PMS and Optima POS. The Berlin Best Western Hotel Ravel and the Best Western Congress Hotel in Schwieberdingen are the first Best Western hotels to run Optima Hotel Management System in Germany. These hotels join many other Best Western hotels already running the Optima HMS in other countries.
Jerusalem's landmark American Colony Hotel, already one of the Middle East's premier hotels today joins the ranks of the world's finest independent hotels. The American Colony is now a member of 'The Leading Hotels of the World' (LHW), the world's largest luxury hotel brand whose membership counts both independent five-star luxury hotels and luxury hotel groups.
Preferred Hotel Group is pleased to announce its newest members - The Fleming and Royal Park Shiodome Tower - under the Sterling Hotels collection in Asia Pacific. Sterling Hotels provides consistent high standards of quality and service, while offering convenient access to popular business and leisure destinations. Sterling Hotels is a growing global hotel brand with nearly 50 hotels in 17 countries, ranging in size from 150 rooms to 400 rooms or more.
Bulgarian court douses Hilton stars. The Hilton hotel in Sofia has lost its star rating after failing to overturn in court the refusal of the Bulgarian State Tourism Agency to categorise the facility, Dnevnik a.m. reports. A five-judge panel of the Supreme Administrative Court, Bulgaria's highest court, has tossed out the appeal filed by Hilton owner Compagnie des Hotels de Luxe S.A. The tourism agency refused to award a five-star rating to the hotel, saying it did not meet the necessary luxury accommodation requirements. During the litigation, the Hilton continued to operate as a five-star hotel. The management declined to comment the court judgment which has handed down despite the entry into force of new categorisation rules which substantially lowered the requirements towards luxury hotels. Agency chief Anelia Krushkova said the Hilton can now apply for new categorisation under the watered-down regulations. Source: Dnevnik a.m. /www. Reporternet.com
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