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Samsung Electronics and AccorHotels Group announce strategic partnership

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd and AccorHotels Group have announced a partnership to roll out Samsung’s SMART Hospitality Display technology across AccorHotels’ properties spanning 92 countries.

“We are excited to partner with AccorHotels to transform the hotel experience and provide our innovative hospitality solutions to even more global consumers,” said Seog-gi Kim, Senior Vice President of the Enterprise Business Team, Visual Display Business at Samsung Electronics. “Our hospitality solutions and industry-leading expertise enable recognized global hoteliers to offer world-class in-room entertainment technology to better differentiate and strengthen their hotel brands in a highly competitive industry.”

“AccorHotels is committed to offering all of our guests – whether they stay with us for business or leisure – a hotel experience that meets their expectations and needs, particularly when it comes to technology and connectivity,” said Vivek Badrinath, Deputy CEO for AccorHotels. “Partnering with Samsung Electronics, the leader in the digital display sector, underscores this commitment and helps to differentiate our offering with exceptional technology products and services that our customers can enjoy before, during and after their stay.”

As the preferred display provider for AccorHotels, Samsung’s UHD displays will be available in guest rooms and common areas, including lobbies, bars and restaurants. This technology upgrade will provide AccorHotels’ on-site staff with all-in-one tools and extended flexibility to deliver a tailored and visually-compelling guest experience.

This partnership also enables AccorHotels’ properties,including the Sofitel, Pullman, Novotel, Mercure and ibis global brands, among others, to have access to an array of intuitive and premium hotel solutions. Among them is Samsung’s  LYNK Hospitality Management technology, which creates a more convenient and pleasurable guest experience through home automation. Through the LYNK Hospitality Management platform, guests and staff receive greater control over different aspects of hotel and in-room environments, ranging from room lighting and energy use to personal services and workflow management.

Additionally, the partnership will facilitate the implementation of a cloud-based wireless printing solution as well as digital content including video-on-demand (VOD) and streaming platforms.The preferred supplier agreement further extends AccorHotels and Samsung’s partnership to introduce modern and technologically-connected hotel concepts across the world. The two companies announced plans to design and build an experimental hotel in Seoul, South Korea, featuring state-of-the-art technology and multi-point connectivity for a more interactive guest experience.

 November 17th, 2015  
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Hotels market to expand at 4.0% CAGR due to exponential growth of travel and tourism industry

growth-chartThe hotels market was estimated at US$534 billion in 2014, and is anticipated to reach US$702.7 bn by 2021, expanding at a CAGR of 4.0% between 2015 and 2021 according to a report titled “Hotels Market – Global Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends and Forecast 2015 – 2021” released by Transparency Market Research.

By type, the market is segmented into 5 star, 4 star, 3 star, 2 star, 1 star, and unrated hotels. Amongst these, in 2014, 3 star hotels led the market with a share of US$179.07 billion and are expected to maintain its superiority in the forecast horizon. On the other hand, the unrated hotels segment is predicted to be the most swiftly developing segment and is predicted to reach US$32.8 billion in 2021.

The exponential growth of the travel and tourism industry is amongst the prime factors fuelling the hotels market. Additionally, the aggressive branding tactics implemented by major players are also boosting the global market for hotels. Furthermore, key players’ focus on customer experience enhancement and the consequent increase in the count of revisits by the customers is stimulating the hotels market.

Geographically, the global hotels market is segmented into Europe, North America, Asia Pacific, and Rest of the World (RoW). North America held the biggest share and is the most swiftly developing hotels market. South Korea, India, Singapore, and China are the key markets stimulating the Asia Pacific hotels market. Germany, the UK, and France are the prime countries fuelling the Europe hotels market.

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 November 17th, 2015  
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Budget hotels big in the UK: account for over half of hotel development pipeline

The march of budget hotels continues in the UK, with over 1,500 budget rooms added to the sector’s pipeline in Q3 2015 alone, according to the Hotel Bulletin Q3 2015 published this week by HVS, AlixPartners and AM:PM.

For the first time budget bedrooms account for more than half the UK’s active hotel development pipeline – with the sector showing no signs of slowing.

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“The low-cost budget sector continues to be popular with both leisure and corporate guests who appreciate their emphasis on the basic necessities of a decent bed, quality shower, free WiFi and a TV. With the development of sub-brands such as hub by Premier Inn, the budget offer is becoming even more pared down and cost-efficient,” commented HVS chairman Russell Kett.

“While the economy is now much stronger, cheaper hotel stays have become the new norm and guests are reluctant to go back to spending more. Budget hotels are popular with operators as they are cheaper to build and run. With the check-in and check-out function becoming increasingly automated, the cost of running a budget property is relatively low.”

During Q3 2015 Whitbread, the UK’s largest hotel operator, added over 500 bedrooms to its Premier Inn brand, giving it over 60,000. The company is well on the way to reaching its goal of 85,000 bedrooms by 2020.

Competitor Travelodge opened three hotels during the same period, some 260 bedrooms, while budget hotel group Tune hotels opened its eighth UK hotel, the 100-bedroom Tune Hotel Liverpool City Centre. Tune Hotels, with properties in Malaysia as well as the UK, is backed by Queens Park Rangers FC chairman Tony Fernandes.

The Hotel Bulletin reveals that overall RevPAR growth (rooms revenue per available room) has decelerated when compared with Q3 2014, with the average rate of growth now at 3%, the lowest since Q1 2013. Of the 12 cities reviewed Cardiff was the star performer with RevPAR up 17% as the city benefitted from the Ashes test in July and the Rugby World Cup in September.

Second best performer was Birmingham, showing a 12% growth in RevPAR. The city also gained a boost from an Ashes test match as well as the doubling of charter flights between Beijing and Birmingham International boosting the number of visitors from China.

In London, where RevPAR rose 6% during Q3, falling occupancy levels in July and August were mitigated by rising room rates and the impact of the Rugby World Cup in September.

Aberdeen was the UK’s worst performing city with a 22% fall in RevPAR due to strong new supply and lack of recovery in the oil industry which is affecting demand.

“More hotel supply in the market means that future growth will come in the form of achieved average room rates, rather than occupancy as we move forward. The change in the mix of hotel types with more emphasis on budget accommodation means we are unlikely to see high levels of growth in RevPAR,” concluded Kett.

Download a copy of Hotel Bulletin Q3 2015 by clicking here

 November 16th, 2015  
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Dusit expands in the Philippines

Continuing its expansion in the Asian region, Dusit International has announced the addition of a new property in Cebu, set to join in the company’s Philippines flagship Dusit Thani Manila in 2018.


In a signing ceremony recently held at the City Sports Club in Cebu Business Park, representatives from Dusit International and Cebu-based developer Grand Land, Inc. (GLI), formalised an agreement to bring a DusitPrincess hotel to the Queen City of the South.

Dusit International’s DusitPrincess brand offers guests welcoming, efficient and affordable accommodation in key city and resort destinations. Embracing the culture and character of its surrounds, each DusitPrincess hotel combines essential business connectivity, efficient service, quality dining and leisure facilities with great value.

Strategically located in the upbeat side of the North Reclamation area of Metro Cebu, the high-rise DusitPrincess Cebu will offer 295 guest rooms with fantastic views of the city and the ocean. Its beautifully designed, international–standard facilities include restaurants, meeting rooms, a gym, and swimming pools.  Part of a mixed-use development, there will also be a number of retail outlets, offices, and apartments complementing the hotel.

“We are excited to grow our presence in the Philippines to include picturesque Cebu,” said Rustom Vickers, Group Director for Development, Dusit International.  “With its position as a key gateway to Southern Philippines, strong corporate demand and myriad tourist attractions, the island is currently seeing a boom of development.  We are thrilled to cater to the island’s growing demand alongside Grand Land, Inc., and we look forward to bringing Dusit’s brand of gracious hospitality to the city together.”

Meanwhile, Ryan Bernard Go, President of Grand Land, Inc., expressed confidence that the company will be able to start the construction of the project this year.

“This is one of the key projects we have in Cebu,” Go said, noting that the firm has decided to venture into the hotel-apartment business because it sees the need for Cebu tourism to have more branded hotels. “We want to expand the tourism industry so we hope to develop hotels and resorts, north or south of Cebu. The partnership with Dusit International may extend to more GLI hotel projects. For this project, there will be units in the integrated development to be sold to individual investors while office spaces will be made available for purchase,” Go disclosed.

“We also want Cebu to be globally known as the Land of grand opportunities, and we hope that our Company, Grand Land, Inc. will be part of that vision,” Ryan Bernard Go said.

 November 15th, 2015  
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Where to search out low-cost edifice Rates


A cheap chamber may be a budget travel should, and there ar many places to search out the most effective of the bunch. though rooms from on-line sources ar a decent place to begin, it is also a wise to appear at in private closely-held choices and locations that ar a brief drive from the action. By breaking aloof from the standard discount edifice haunts, a human will save even over usual.

The first places several budget travelers look ar the massive net travel discounters like Expedia and Travelocity. of these ar trusty sources that occur excellent deals. Better yet, reservations engaged through these sites usually carry a guarantee, with further facilitate if one thing goes wrong with the space. Frequent web site users could even receive coupon deals that may save $100 or a lot of on selected  bookings.
However, these sites might not have absolutely the most cost-effective costs. edifice chains provide a block of rooms at a definite rate to those sites, reserving different rooms for his or her proprietary search systems. These different rooms come back informed search individual sites however not travel discounters. conjointly detain mind that some chains and native hotels do not list through these sites, feat some low-cost edifice choices out of the running.
Travel individual Search Sites

Aggregator sites pull search results from many sources, as well as edifice websites. By permitting the user to check results from an oversized range of web sites and hotels, it’s a lot of probably that you will get the most cost effective net rate potential. in line with the freelance human, “The terribly broad web solid by the aggregators will still lead to vital savings, particularly when put next with looking one booking web site.” at intervals a number of clicks, the user will leave the positioning and complete the booking with marginal problem. standard aggregators embrace and
Membership Travel Clubs

These days, a club membership is usually sensible for booking cheap travel. abdominal aortic aneurysm and Student Advantage usually extend discounts to members for hotels, hostels and different low-cost lodging. whereas there’s a nominal fee to affix, the savings from your initial reservation could compose the price altogether. Plus, membership services have client care representatives that may facilitate if there is a downside. These membership programs can even save cash on different components of the trip, as well as attractions, food and plane tickets.
Local institutions

Smaller, nonchain institutions ar usually even as clean and safe as an oversized chain edifice, and that they is considerably cheaper throughout the off-season. Plus, they usually go together with client care that the massive hotels cannot extend.’s Sid hat writes, “The Shady Pine edifice may not have a caretaker or sideboard, however the owner will tell you wherever to urge the most effective cut of meat in city, the way to avoid traffic and wherever you’ll notice cold medication at 3 within the morning.” to search out these hotels, hunt the town’s business enterprise web site, or decision the Chamber of Commerce for recommendations. If there is a rate discount or special happening, they’re going to usually be the primary to grasp.
In the Suburbs/Outskirts

If driving or commutation is not a problem, inspect booking aloof from the middle of city. Hotels that lie on the boundary ar nearly always cheaper than the edifice right within the heart of town. notice rates for these hotels through the chain web site, or modification your net search to incorporate the complete neck of the woods, not simply the immediate space. hat says, “When settled a bit farther out from the attractions, low-cost edifice rates teem in order to lure business.”

 November 5th, 2015  
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