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Business travellers are increasingly taking time for themselves while on the road, according to research by American Express Global Business Travel.
The survey, which analysed the habits of 1,500 business travellers in the UK, US and Australia, found that British corporates take an average of seven business trips by air each year, six of which are international. Six in ten UK business travellers surveyed say they have extended a business trip in order to take a personal holiday in the past year. Almost three quarters (72%) enjoy not having wi-fi access on planes, as it gives them the chance to disconnect and unwind. Champa Magesh, vice president and general manager UK of American Express Global Business Travel, said: ‘As Millennials begin to make up a larger portion of the global workforce, we’re seeing more corporate employee travel behaviours that focus on alleviating travel-related stress. ‘These travellers place a higher value on work/life balance and are savvy about how to travel efficiently.’
Sea Temple Surfers Paradise has been named the best hotel in Australia, according to Expedia’s 2013 Insiders’ Select rankings of more than a million guest reviews worldwide.
The five-star property was ranked ahead of 650 Australian hotels, marking a rapid rise for the hotel, which opened just two years ago. Nestled in the heart of world famous Surfers Paradise, Sea Temple features 77 levels of elegant one, two, and three bedroom apartments, as well as two recently added penthouse apartments that offer spectacular coastal views.
Marriott Hotels & Resorts Australia is set to revolutionise travel for teens and their families with the launch of ‘This City My Way’, an Australian-first peer-to-peer Teen Concierge program.
Five Aussie teens have now been recruited as virtual concierges for their home cities: Melbourne, Sydney, Gold Coast and Brisbane – the four cities where Marriott Hotels are based. Too young to travel alone, too old for the kids club, the teen market is often neglected. Yet they often have the power to turn the family holiday upside down if they are dissatisfied with the travel plans. The Marriott Teen Concierge team are here to lend a hand to this forgotten demographic with ‘This City My Way’, which aims to help teen guests have an instantly more enjoyable holiday.
Key Appointments in the Industry
Congratulations to these new appointments…
TripAdvisor has appointed Marc Charron as President of TripAdvisor for Business, a dedicated division of TripAdvisor that provides the tourism industry access to millions of TripAdvisor’s monthly site visitors. Charron reports to CEO and co-founder, Stephen Kaufer. Charron, who will be based in London, will be responsible for the continued growth and innovation of TripAdvisor for Business as it expands its services for the hospitality sector and travel industry.
Accor appointed Sébastien Bazin as the new chairman and CEO. Yann Caillère, CEO of Accor, will leave the group following seven years of service. Bazin had been heading Colony Capital since 1997. Gerard Pélisson and Paul Dubrule, co-founders of Accor, said in a statement, “We have expressed our support to this appointment during the meeting of the board. We have known Sébastien for over 10 years. We have always had frank and direct relationship with him. He has proven his commitment to this group that we founded more than 40 years ago, and to its values. We are convinced that he will be able to give the fresh impetus Accor needs to continue to develop over time.”
The Latest in Hotel Openings
Mulpha Australia has entered into an agreement with Kerzner International Holdings Limited, a leading international developer and operator of destination resorts, casinos and luxury resorts, to assume management of the highly acclaimed luxury island resort Hayman, Great Barrier Reef. Hayman will undergo a multi-million dollar renovation and be re-launched as One&Only Hayman Island in April 2014 – One&Only’s first resort in Australia. Mulpha continues to maintain full ownership of the island and the resort.
Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide has announced that the internationally-renowned King George hotel in Athens has joined The Luxury Collection portfolio following a three-month renovation. Owned by Lampsa Hellenic Hotels S.A., King George, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Athens has been redesigned for a new generation of luxury travellers, offering discreet and personalised service in the iconic Greek capital. With this opening, Starwood expands its footprint in Greece where it now operates 11 hotels and resorts, including eight under The Luxury Collection brand.
CapitaLand’s wholly-owned serviced residence business unit, The Ascott Limited (Ascott), has secured a contract to manage its first Citadines Apart’hotel in Hangzhou. Scheduled to open in late 2014, the 100-unit Citadines Intime City Hangzhou will be Ascott’s 11th Citadines Apart’hotel in China. The serviced residence will further reinforce Ascott’s leadership position as the largest international serviced residence owner-operator in China with about 9,300 apartment units in 52 properties across 20 cities.
InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) has announced the opening of Staybridge Suites Beirut, marking the entrance of the international extended-stay hotel brand into Lebanon. Staybridge Suites Beirut is located in Verdun Street in downtown Beirut, within walking distance of the famous Hamra Street, the seafront promenade and local universities, including the American University of Beirut (AUB). The 121-suite hotel offers panoramic views of the city and its apartment-style accommodation and prime location will appeal to guests who are looking for more space to live, work and relax close to the city centre.
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