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Hotel News in Brief
Sep 05, 08 | 1:46 am
G Hotel was awarded the Star Performer Award by online accommodation website Wotif.com at their Celebrating Excellence awards ceremony in Kuala Lumpur recently. These awards recognise hotels that most effectively use Wotif.com as a distribution channel for selling their rooms and G Hotel was awarded as the Star Performer for Malaysia having averaged the most sales per month since listing on the site within the past twelve months. "Competition has wrought wonders in the scope, efficiency and userfriendliness of hotel booking sites in the last two years. The Internet is by far the cheapest distribution channel for hotels, which is why we try so hard to encourage travellers to book online. And surveys make it plain that a majority of travellers (even, hardcore corporate road warriors) prefer to book online rather than calling a travel agent ," said Kevin Cheah, Director of Sales representing G Hotel who attended the ceremony in Kuala Lumpur.
Continued profitable growth for Scandic - Interim report for the period January - June 2008
Frank Fiskers, Scandic's President and CEO, comments on the results for the first half of 2008: "Scandic continues to enjoy positive development, with results showing improvements on last year in terms of revenues, profit and sustainability ratios. Demand has been good, particularly in the major cities, with occupancy and room prices up. The aggressive growth strategy presented last year has continued. In spring 2008, Scandic opened new hotels in three locations in Sweden and one in Denmark. We have also launched new hotel projects in Moscow, Århus (DK), Oslo Gardermoen, Haugesund (NO) and Karlskrona (SE). This means that we have added a total of 15 hotels to the Scandic chain since October 2007. "I know that many people are wondering whether Scandic has been affected by the current economic downturn. Let me say this: we are certainly noticing many companies taking stock and preparing themselves for tougher times, introducing strict travel policies for instance. But this also creates opportunities for us. The combination of Scandic's strong brand and our focus on mid-market hotels is often an advantage when corporate customers cut back on extravagant journeys and expensive events. Many business travellers are finding it hard to submit bills from a luxury hotel, but staying at Scandic is usually popular with your finance manager."
Hotelscene is hosting the following event, aimed at Travel Managers planning and implementing hotel accommodation programmes for their companies for 2009. This information will be of value not just to the travel managers, but also to any Business Travel related press planning to feature accommodation, hotels, 2009 RFPs, or Dynamic Pricing, in any forthcoming articles or issues. Dynamic Pricing - What Does It Mean For Travel Managers? As hotels increasingly favour the Dynamic Pricing or Best Available Rate approach, how can Travel Managers go about establishing a strong accommodation programme? They want to negotiate low rates at hotels most important for their business, but how can they guarantee these rates in an age of flexible pricing? Hotelscene is offering Travel Managers the chance to understand better these challenges, and how they may be able to turn them into opportunities, in our next live webcast on 17th email@example.com or by contacting Tom Whitney at Hotelscene on 0844 8264 392. Details of how to join will then be sent out to you on 15th September. September. Following the success of the previous sessions before the summer break, this latest webcast will use expertise of our Consulting Plus team. Hosted by Jean Squires, Hotelscene's Director of Business Development, it will discuss how Travel Managers can best understand the market, and how they can work within it to the benefit of their company. This web cast will be held at 2.30pm (UK time) on Wednesday 17 September and is planned to take around 30 minutes. You can register to attend simply by emailing
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