IATA sees return of business traffic

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hotelmarketing.com
19/08/2010

According to IATA, the travel industry continues to recover faster than expected, but with sharp regional differences. Europe is recovering at half the speed of Asia with passenger growth of 7.8% compared to the 15.5% growth in Asia-Pacific.

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced international scheduled traffic statistics for June which showed continued strong demand growth as the industry recovers from the impact of the global financial crisis. Compared to June 2009, international passenger demand was up 11.9% while international scheduled freight traffic showed a 26.5% improvement.

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Hotel companies see the future in boutique lodgin

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reuters.com
17/08/2010
 

The word "boutique" in business implies small, specialized and unique -- precisely the concept big hotel companies are adopting as they veer away from their time-tested, but formulaic lodging models.

Nearly every top hotel company from Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Inc (HOT.N) to Hyatt Hotels Corp (H.N) to InterContinental Hotels Group Plc (IHG.L) has unveiled or expanded boutique concepts, also called lifestyle brands.

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Great Hotels of the World & Special Hotels of the Word new members

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hoteldesigns.co.uk
14/08/2010

Great Hotels of the World and Special Hotels of the World are pleased to welcome a number of impressive new members into their hotel alliances.

THE FOLLOWING HOTELS JOIN GREAT HOTELS OF THE WORLD AS NEW MEMBERS

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Google gaining ground in travel search

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hotelmarketing.com
20/08/2010

According to Hitwise data, Google proved to be the greatest source of traffic for the U.S. travel industry with 30.41% of travel searches in July, a 6% gain over last year. With 3%, Bing had the smallest share of travel searches, but the most significant increase with 69%.

Google, on the other hand, proved to be the greatest source of traffic for key U.S. industries. The search giant represented 23.42 percent of automotive searches (a 7-percent gain over last July), 20.22 percent of shopping searches (a 7-percent annual gain) and 30.41 percent of travel searches (a 6-percent gain over last year). Notably, the gains in travel searches may be linked to Google’s proposed acquisition of travel software company ITA, which Brafton covered in July.

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A third os Swiss Hotels must close

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swissinfo.ch
25/08/2010
 

The Swiss hotel industry might be picking up, but the head of the Swiss Hotel Association believes more than a thousand hotels might not survive the next ten years.

swissinfo.ch looks at the health of the sector and the various challenges facing managers at both ends of the star spectrum.

"Building a hotel where people can sleep, eat and drink is not good enough anymore," Guglielmo Brentel, president of the Swiss Hotel Association (hotelleriesuisse), told swissinfo.ch.

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