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Feb 28, 14 | 7:07 am
Long, cold winter impacts on room rates and bookings
Jetsetter.com announced that the Polar Vortex and its blasts of Arctic air have affected both hotel rates and bookings.
Based on bookings made on Jetsetter.com, in some of the coldest major U.S. cities like Chicago, Boston, and New York, hotel rates have dropped by 7%. But lower rates haven't been enough to entice travellers-bookings have decreased by 10%. Colder locales have been hit even harder. Bookings for Canada have been almost cut in half.
For warm destinations, however, the freezing weather has spawned a surge in wanderlust that's been good for business. Bookings for the Caribbean, Mexico, Florida, California and Hawaii have risen by 38%. According to General Manager Shaun Stewart, "Hotels in most of these locations have taken advantage of the fact that travellers are more than eager to trade frostbite for sunshine and have increased their rates by as much as 20%."
Woodridge and Colony acquire the Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua Resort
The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua Resort has been sold to a partnership between Michael Rosenfeld's Woodridge Capital Partners, LLC and Colony Capital, LLC and its affiliates including Colony Financial.
The AAA Five-Diamond Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua is a destination resort on the Island of Maui, which was again voted "Best Island in the World" by Conde Nast Traveler for the 19th consecutive year. The property is situated on 54 oceanfront acres, within the Kapalua Resort renowned for its two championship golf courses and award-winning restaurants. The new owners intend to make further investment to enhance the resort which will continue to be operated by The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C.
The luxury resort features 463 guestrooms, including 107 residential suites, with expansive pools overlooking the Maui coastline and the Island of Molokai. The resort was built in 1992 and underwent a $190 million renovation in 2007 including the introduction of The Ritz-Carlton residences. The property offers three in-hotel restaurants and a lounge complemented by a pool bar and café and an outdoor restaurant, The Beach House that sits adjacent to neighbouring D.T. Fleming beach.
The resort's rooms and suites, all with lanais, and 207,000 square feet of meeting space, including 35,000 square feet of indoor meeting space and 172,000 square feet of outdoor space, make it a premier venue for luxury events and corporate meetings in Hawaii. A large spa, fitness center, tennis facilities and 4,600 square feet of retail and convenience shops complete the resort.
A unique aspect of The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua is Jean-Michel Cousteau's Ambassadors of the Environment program offering an environmental and cultural education center.
eRevMax adds metasearch channels in its distribution offerings
Hotel channel management and connectivity solution provider eRevMax has announced its partnership with World Independent Hotel Promotion (WIHP) to offer meta-search management capabilities. Through this partnership, hotel customers of eRevMax's RateTiger and Connect solutions can push real time rates and availabilities to Google Hotel Finder, TripAdvisor, Trivago, Kayak and WeGo to drive more booking traffic directly to their own booking engine.
eRevMax now provides XML interface connectivity to all channel classes (OTAs, Wholesalers, Tour Operators, Social Media, Metasearch sites) from a single platform. This allows hoteliers to bid for higher positions in the meta-search channels and increase the visibility of the rates available on the hotels' website. WIHP will also provide hotels with a managed service to execute the Bid Management process from a digital marketing perspective based upon a monthly or daily advertising budget.
This new offering will help hotels to increase bookings and revenue for their property, by driving qualified leads from metasearch sites to their own website. This will help them in reducing OTA commissions and improve overall profitability. The advanced tracking available with the service will help hotels to know the exact return on investment for each metasearch channel they are advertising on. They will have access to custom-built hotel analytics platform, where they can monitor the performance of their campaign and most importantly, see the revenue generated by the campaign.
Gold Coast bed tax would damage wider economy says Tourism Accommodation Australia
The proposed bed tax on the Gold Coast would not only damage the hotel and tourism sectors, it would have a major negative impact on the wider economy, says Tourism Accommodation Australia.
"The Gold Coast economy revolves around tourism and this tax would affect all the industries that provide services to the sector. It would cost jobs, and in the end, the tax would cause far greater losses in revenue than the money it would raise for Council.
Worldhotels boosts Portugal portfolio by adding 4 more Tivoli Hotels
Worldhotels has expanded its longstanding partnership with Portuguese Tivoli Hotels & Resorts. Four additional hotels in Portugal have joined the group's portfolio, bringing the total number of Tivoli Hotels in the Worldhotels network to twelve.
The partnership began as early as 1978, when the first Tivoli hotel in Lisbon joined the group. Reflecting back on the 35-year relationship, Filipe Santiago, Chief Sales & Marketing Officer of Tivoli Hotels & Resorts, says: "Worldhotels has served us as a reliable partner during our longstanding partnership, offering us the best possible support, especially during economically challenging times. Taking our agreement to the next level was a logical step for us in our ambition to maximise international business for our hotels."
With over 80 years of history in the hotel industry, Tivoli Hotels & Resorts operates elegantly furnished four and five star hotels in attractive locations in Portugal and Brazil.
The four new Tivoli Hotels are: Tivoli Lisboa, Lisbon, Tivoli Palácio de Seteais, Sintra, Tivoli Victoria, Vilamoura and The Residences at Victoria Clube de Golfe, Vilamoura.
Green Key Global partners with Colorado Hotel & Lodging Association to promote sustainable certification to state's lodging industry
Green Key Global and the Colorado Hotel & Lodging Association (CHLA) have partnered to promote the Green Key Eco-Rating Program to Colorado's lodging industry. The selection of Green Key Global as its certification partner compliments a drive by the association to promote a culture of sustainability amongst its members.
As CHLA's preferred partner for certifying sustainable lodging operations within the state, Green Key Global will work with the association to educate and certify their members on the many benefits that can be obtained through Green Key Certification. Green Key certification provides a number of valuable resources and marketing benefits to members, including: property-specific Performance Reports; Toolkits and Templates; Member Case Studies; Marketing Collateral (including logos); a Carbon Calculator for tracking Greenhouse Gas emissions; and recognition via our Listing Affiliate network (AAA, Travelocity, Expedia and more).
The Green Key Eco-Rating Program focuses on the main operational areas within a facility including an emphasis on policies, procedures and training. Within those operational categories attention is placed on a number of key areas related to sustainability including energy, waste and water management, community involvement, land use, indoor air quality and more. There are currently 18 Colorado lodging facilities certified through the Green Key Eco-Rating Program.
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