The Hotel and Travel Week #10

We are back and it’s a new year.

So, a very happy New Year 2010 to everyone!

Earlier in January:
Travelclick launches a new Business Intelligence Application – Hotelligence360
This suite of interactive intelligence applications offers hoteliers a complete historical and forward-looking view of their performance compared to that of competitors and so enables them to source new customers and maximise profit, Travelclick says.
Hotelligence360 will launch in a property and enterprise edition.
This week:
TripAdvisor honors the world’s top hotels with it’s 2010 Travelers’ Choice Awards. The 8th annual competition which is based on opinions of millions of travelers recognises 719 properties this year and is the largest ever with new categories such as trendiest hotels, best relaxation/spas and world’s top hotels by region.
Hyatt Regency Greenville, priding itself on being a progressive, fashionable alternative to other hotels in the region, launches an iPhone application built on CBCblue’s Mobile Gorion Platform. Guests can request everyday amenities and order room service from anywhere with this application. The hotel says, the application has proven ‘extremely popular’ with 80% people who visit Hyatt’s Room Service portal (www.HyattRoomService.com) use mobiles to get there. In fact, the launch of this application has resulted in a 300-400% increase in usage of the portal as well as increased sales.
The Hyatt Regency Greenville iPhone application can be downloaded at: http://bit.ly/6AnSDO
New York-based travel services company Travelport, launches a USD 2 billion initial public offering to cut debt. Blackstone, which had bought the company from Cendant in 2006 and owns a 70% stake may later sell existing shares. Rivals Orbitz, Priceline.com and Expedia all traded higher after the announcement.
Dubai’s Real Estate collapse is proving to be a huge challenge for the destination’s hotel industry. A lot of business was driven by real estate. With the property slump, Dubai has not much to fall back on. For example, RevPAR at the Fairmont Dubai was down more than 25% in 2009. However, the prediction is that tourist numbers will pick up this year and even further in 2011.

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