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First economic citizenship real estate project approved in St. Lucia
First economic citizenship real estate project approved in St. Lucia
The Citizenship by Investment Unit (CIU) has announced the first approved real estate project under the country's Citizenship by Investment Programme (CIP).
Eco-resort planned for remote area of Yukon's Kluane National Park
Eco-resort planned for remote area of Yukon's Kluane National Park
Kluane First Nation and Parks Canada are developing plans for an eco-tourism resort in the remote Donjek valley of Kluane National Park - a UNESCO wilderness area in the Yukon without road access.
7 charts showing Americans' travel intentions for 2016 and beyond
7 charts showing Americans' travel intentions for 2016 and beyond
Many travel brands believe 2016 will be one of the better years for American travelers for domestic and international trips and spending since the Great Recession began in 2008.
Airports must focus on digital services (and not airline customers) to make money
Airports must focus on digital services (and not airline customers) to make money
The best chance for airport owners to make money is on the "non-aeronautical side of the ledger," according to a leading thinktank in the U.S.
Why Airbnb won't be great at selling hotel rooms
Why Airbnb won't be great at selling hotel rooms
Investors have been consumed with the notion that Airbnb is gunning for the online travel agencies and that it will eventually turn from apartment rentals to hotels and steal those big, fat hotel margins and profits from Expedia and Booking.com.
Vacation home hot spots
Vacation home hot spots
The greatest concentration of second homes isn't found in Florida or Arizona. According to an analysis of U.S. Census data, 79.3 per cent of homes in Hamilton County, New York, in the Adirondacks, are second homes, the highest rate in the nation.
How hotels can localize their website to compete with Airbnb
How hotels can localize their website to compete with Airbnb
The "Live There" campaign from Airbnb reveals an intention to target a new demographic - after traditionally looking to connect with millennials, it is now marketing to families. The ad is all about Airbnb's proposition that immersive, local experience...
A snapshot of the vacation-home market
A snapshot of the vacation-home market
Summer is inching closer, but, if the data are accurate, fewer Americans have bought vacation houses lately.
Choice operators: Risk, opportunity in vacation rentals
Choice operators: Risk, opportunity in vacation rentals
Owners and operators of Choice Hotels International properties are in wait-and-see mode with the company's newly announced vacation rentals platform, Vacation Rentals by Choice Hotels, which CEO Steve Joyce described as a potential competitor to Airbnb.
Hotel chains and major business leaders demanding North Carolina repeal radical new anti-LGBT law
Hotel chains and major business leaders demanding North Carolina repeal radical new anti-LGBT law
The Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization, and Equality NC, the state organization working to secure equal rights and justice for LGBT North Carolinians, announced tha...
What the Erin Andrews lawsuit means for hoteliers
What the Erin Andrews lawsuit means for hoteliers
A jury's decision to award sportscaster Erin Andrews $55 million in a civil suit against her stalker and the owner and management company of the Nashville hotel in which the man secretly videotaped her will have repercussions for the hotel industry for...
Which company buys Starwood won't matter much to leisure travellers
Which company buys Starwood won't matter much to leisure travellers
The bidding war over the Starwood hotel chain is being closely watched by investors and frequent business travellers. For the leisure crowd, however, who owns their hotel makes very little difference.
Skift survey: Donald Trump's presidential bid is bad for his hotel business
Skift survey: Donald Trump's presidential bid is bad for his hotel business
It's long been said that politics is bad for business.
Interval International expands benefits for upgraded members
Interval International expands benefits for upgraded members
Interval International has launched an exciting suite of new benefits for upgraded members. They can enjoy access to world-class golf courses and restaurants around the globe, in addition to a variety of specially curated travel and leisure experiences.
Marriott and Starwood shareholders approve merger to become world's largest hotel company
Marriott and Starwood shareholders approve merger to become world's largest hotel company
After a dramatic last few weeks in which Marriott International nearly lost out on its quest to acquire Starwood Hotels & Resorts to Chinese insurer Anbang and its investor group, both hotel companies hosted their respective shareholder meetings to end...
Top ways to avoid timeshare resale scams
Top ways to avoid timeshare resale scams
Some of the primary impediments to the growth of the legitimate timeshare resale marketplace are the rogue companies that are operating timeshare resale scams with no intention of helping owners sell their timeshares.
How toilet tourism can change the world
How toilet tourism can change the world
Every year I love reading about the Ig Nobel Award. This is an international science award that every year recognizes a great truth about humans. If we can make an emotional connection to an issue, we are more likely to do something about it. The ide...
Academic discovers why travellers trust TripAdvisor
Academic discovers why travellers trust TripAdvisor
Information quality is the key to success for travel review websites, which is why TripAdvisor still leads the way, according to an expert from a U.K. business school.
Rent David Bowie's caribbean vacation home, make everyone you know jealous
Rent David Bowie's caribbean vacation home, make everyone you know jealous
Super-fans of the late David Bowie can now, for the first time ever, rent out his extravagant tropical Mustique retreat for a low $40,000 (low season) and $70,000 (high season) a week.
Canada gives visa-exempt travellers 6 months to comply with electronic travel authorization
Canada gives visa-exempt travellers 6 months to comply with electronic travel authorization
The Liberal government has given travellers from visa-exempt countries a six-month grace period to comply with a new pre-screening measure, bowing to calls from industry representatives who expressed concerns over the timing of the new requirement.
The hotel industry: From the humble inn to a multi-billion dollar business
The hotel industry: From the humble inn to a multi-billion dollar business
The hotel sector tells an exciting story — from the advent of air travel to robotic receptionists, we reflect on two centuries in four minutes.
5 ways to improve your vacation rental technology
5 ways to improve your vacation rental technology
As vacation rentals secure their rightful position as part of the accommodation mainstream, property owners and distributors have an increasing number of technology partners to work with.
Jamaica's timeshare legislation takes effect
Jamaica's timeshare legislation takes effect
Efforts to further diversify Jamaica's tourism product have been significantly boosted with the introduction of Timeshare legislation. The Timeshare Vacations Act officially took effect on May 1, 2016 providing unique opportunities for developers and b...
4 weird things that hotels are doing and why they might matter
4 weird things that hotels are doing and why they might matter
Hotels are a popular source for interesting initiatives and promotions. In the past few days, we've seen a handful of new hotel promotions and concepts that seemed to make little sense, at first. Some continue to make little sense at second and third g...
Infographic: Sizing up the U.S. pipeline by brand
Infographic: Sizing up the U.S. pipeline by brand
The U.S. hotel industry had 407,413 branded guestrooms under contract at the end of April, representing an 18 per cent jump over 2015 levels. Take a look at which brands contribute the most rooms to the pipeline.
Infographic: What's driving hotel loyalty membership
Infographic: What's driving hotel loyalty membership
What's motivating hotel loyalty program membership? Are millennials really that different? Recent research explores those questions and more.
Westgate Resorts completes securitization of timeshare loans
Westgate Resorts completes securitization of timeshare loans
On April 26, 2016, Westgate Resorts completed a securitization through Westgate Resorts 2016-1 LLC (the "Issuer").
Majority of travellers claim they prefer booking on a mobile device
Majority of travellers claim they prefer booking on a mobile device
Is mobile search and booking really at the point where consumers prefer it to a tablet or desktop device? It appears so.
Priceline is first U.S. online travel agency to start selling in Cuba
Priceline is first U.S. online travel agency to start selling in Cuba
Priceline Group has agreed with Cuba to make Cuban hotel rooms available to U.S. customers via subsidiary Booking.com, becoming the first U.S. online travel agency to strike a deal with the island state, a Booking.com executive said.
The 10 most highly compensated hotel CEOs of 2015
The 10 most highly compensated hotel CEOs of 2015
Another year, another big windfall for Wynn Resorts CEO Steve Wynn - even if it's about $4.6 million less than the $25.3 million he took home last year.
How to add or remove a spouse as a timeshare owner
How to add or remove a spouse as a timeshare owner
State law protects and confers rights to husband and wife jointly owning timeshares in California, Florida, Hawaii and Nevada. In divorce or dissolution of marriage a timeshare is awarded to one spouse and the other spouse must be removed as owner. Thi...
Airbnb goes after vacation rental owners with technology push
Airbnb goes after vacation rental owners with technology push
Airbnb is increasing its ability to capture business from the traditional vacation rental industry, with a series of connections with technology providers.
Do you really need a separate brand for millennials?
Do you really need a separate brand for millennials?
Almost every other week, there is an article about how hotels are trying to "embrace" the millennial traveller. Basically, anyone born from the 1980s to the early 2000s is in this group. It's everyone's new favourite generation to talk about in the hos...
Canadians are still travelling despite instability in tourism hotspots
Canadians are still travelling despite instability in tourism hotspots
Travel industry insiders worried about the impact of global events, such as terrorism and health scares like the Zika virus, have no great cause for concern, according to new research released by Travelzoo Canada. The research shows resilience from Can...
Google is planning on launching a travel assistant app
Google is planning on launching a travel assistant app
Is it telling that Google will be rolling out a beta of "a new travel assistant app" this week and that it will be certain members of its Local Guides program who will be among the first to get a "sneak peak?"
The art of crafting powerful newsletters
The art of crafting powerful newsletters
With today's abundance of data on your customers, it is easier to create personalized emails that help you to achieve your marketing objectives. However, in order to ensure higher conversion rates, there are certain technical and visual guidelines you ...
What's trending in the private club industry?
What's trending in the private club industry?
The private club industry has encountered many significant challenges in recent years, one of the biggest being a change in demographics. The average age is considerably lower than 10 years ago. So what do the changing demographics mean for private clubs?
Digital and mobile platforms are changing everything
Digital and mobile platforms are changing everything
In 2012, for the first time, over one billion international business and leisure travellers were recorded, changes in global demographics and rapid technological change mean these consumers have different expectations, greater freedom of choice and a h...
Doing less gets you more when it comes to owning a vacation home
Doing less gets you more when it comes to owning a vacation home
The sharing economy allows individuals to make some extra money by bucking conventional methods and going it alone. However, vacation homeowners who decide to play do-it-yourself host might want to think twice. That's because they may make more money a...
Report: Vancouver is the world's hottest luxury real estate market; Toronto isn't far behind
Report: Vancouver is the world's hottest luxury real estate market; Toronto isn't far behind
San Francisco, Berlin and London: those are just a few of the cities Vancouver beat out to top Knight Frank's latest annual index of luxury housing markets across the globe.
Millennials: Not as fickle or anti-establishment as you think, according to J.D. Power Report
Millennials: Not as fickle or anti-establishment as you think, according to J.D. Power Report
J.D. Power today released the first-ever Millennials Insight Report: The Customer Experience Perspective, defining the quintessential makeup and customer experience preferences of millennials — those born between 1982 and 1994 — to h...
Real estate goals: NHL stars scored these 6 sensational homes
Real estate goals: NHL stars scored these 6 sensational homes
The NHL playoffs are in full swing - for some.
Cuba struggles to accommodate tourist influx
Cuba struggles to accommodate tourist influx
Travellers hoping to visit the previously forbidden island nation should be prepared for shortages of services. The sudden influx of tourists has already created a strain on retailers, hotels and restaurants, and in at least one place, Vinales, taxi dr...
The world's biggest hotel chains are moving in on home-sharing startups
The world's biggest hotel chains are moving in on home-sharing startups
Some of the world's biggest hotel chains are moving in on a new wave of startups that allow people to share their homes with strangers in exchange for a fee.
Consider the hurdles that await U.S. hoteliers in Cuba
Consider the hurdles that await U.S. hoteliers in Cuba
After years of discussion on if and when Cuba would open for U.S.-based hotel companies, the day is finally near. Despite the opportunities ahead, many questions remain before the island nation becomes a viable expansion option for U.S. companies.
The 'Brexit' is happening: What will it mean for travellers?
The 'Brexit' is happening: What will it mean for travellers?
In a historic and, for many, shocking vote, Britain has decided to leave the European Union. Here are some guesses on how it will affect travellers, from air fares to the value of the pound.
How more and more resorts are making efforts to reduce their eco-impact while keeping luxury alive
How more and more resorts are making efforts to reduce their eco-impact while keeping luxury alive
In an age where consumers are increasingly obsessed with green this-and-that, it's ironic that we quickly abandon our eco ideals as soon as we leave the country. We demand organic, GMO-free kale sourced from a farm whose exact coordinates we can look u...
Trips to Canada rise 11 per cent in year to January as loonie drops
Trips to Canada rise 11 per cent in year to January as loonie drops
Travel to Canada continues to pick up, while Canadians are reducing the number of trips to the U.S. and other destinations, according to Statistics Canada.
New passport rule could prevent millions of U.K. travellers from entering U.S.
New passport rule could prevent millions of U.K. travellers from entering U.S.
All told, the U.S. and the U.K. have a relatively amiable relationship: Despite jokes about accents and what, exactly, a chip is, London remains a popular destination for American travellers, and the Royal Family holds a special sort of allure for thos...
Hilton and IBM pilot 'Connie,' the world's first Watson-enabled hotel concierge
Hilton and IBM pilot 'Connie,' the world's first Watson-enabled hotel concierge
Hilton Worldwide and IBM recently announced a collaboration to pilot "Connie" - the first Watson-enabled robot concierge in the hospitality industry. Connie draws on domain knowledge from Watson and WayBlazer to inform guests on local tourist attractio...
Expedia argues that hotel owners are losers in direct-booking push
Expedia argues that hotel owners are losers in direct-booking push
Expedia is trying to enlist a new ally — hotel property owners - in its fight against the moves by hotel chains such as Hilton Worldwide, Marriott International, and Hyatt to increase direct bookings by offering lower rates on their websites than...
Mobile device is top factor in hotel booking
Mobile device is top factor in hotel booking
Results from a global study illuminate changing behaviours among Canadian travelers when finding the right hotel.