Hotel Pic of the Week: The Peninsula Hotel New York

The Peninsula Hotel New York, originally uploaded by Corinna Witt.

The Peninsula Hotel New York is a luxury 5-star hotel located on the corner of Fifth Avenue and 55th Street and is therefore in the ideal spot for shopping. It has around 300 rooms and suites on 23 floors as well as a rooftop bar and massive Spa with stunning views over Manhattan.
The hotel is part of the The Peninsula Hotel Group based in Hong Kong and has received the AAA Five-Diamond Award for 13 consecutive years.

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The Hotel and Travel Week

There is plenty of news this week and I couldn’t decide which ones to choose, therefore they come in bullet points this time.

  • Online bookings accounted for more than half the travel sales across Europe for the first time last year, says industry analyst IPK International. However, agency sales continue to dominate Europe’s biggest travel market: Germany. 55% of all travel bookings in Europe were online in 2011, up 15% on 2010.
Jumeirah at Etihad Towers,
Abu Dhabi, U.A.E.
  • Abu Dhabi starts limiting hotel licenses in a market that is going into an oversupply phase. The emirate recorded occupancy levels of 69% in 2011, an increase of 7% over 2010. However, ADR dropped 14% year-on-year to US$133.12 and is expected to drop another 10% in 2012.
  • Jumeirah Hotels are selling the historic Essex House hotel, located on the edge of Central Park in New York City. The 515-room Art Deco hotel was built in 1931 and is famous for its signature red neon sign on the building’s roof.
  • Starwood Hotels & Resorts launched a new application for the iPhone and iPod Touch which includes FaceTime – a first for a non-Apple application – fully integrated booking, member information, comprehensive hotel searches and travel details, customer service and social media. Starwood iPhone application
  • Room Key, a new venture backed by six of the world’s leading hotel companies, announced that it acquired hotelicopter last year in an asset deal. The acquisition is meant to enrich Room Key’s user experience quickly.
  • Also this week: Worldhotels joins Room Key.
  • Hotels in Germany are called to boycott HRS. The German OTA is trying to increase their commission payments from 13% to 15%. Further criticism focuses on a preferential treatment clause that denies hotels the right to offer better prices through any other booking channel. In February, the higher regional court of Düsseldorf had ordered HRS in a preliminary injunction not to enforce its preferential treatment clause.

Hotel Pic of the Week: Yas Viceroy Hotel Abu Dhabi

Yas Viceroy Hotel Abu Dhabi, originally uploaded by Corinna Witt.

View from Formula 1 South Grandstand during Race with Ferrari World in the background

This architecturally impressive hotel is the centerpiece of Yas Marina Circuit and the Abu Dhabi Formula 1 racetrack.A key aspect of the architectural design is the LED Grid Shell with a lighting system which creates a dynamic appearance at night, with colours flowing smoothly across the surface.
The 5-star Yas Viceroy Abu Dhabi has around 500 rooms and suites, gourmet restaurants and a spacious Spa on offer.

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Seen @ ITB Berlin > Design Hotels

Design Hotels Booth at ITB Berlin 2012

Design Hotels represents and markets a world-wide selection of more than 200 independent boutique and designer hotels. Founded in 1993 by Claus Sendlinger, Design Hotels has developed into a full-service hospitality marketing consultant with its headquarters in Berlin and branches in London, Barcelona, New York, Singapore and Perth.

The Hotel and Travel Week

The New Umbrella Brand for JDV and Thompson – Commune
Commune Hotels & Resorts is the new name of the joint venture company created last year between lifestyle operators Thompson Hotels and Joie de Vivre. In addition, the company announced that it will launch the JDV Collection for its Joie de Vivre hotels in summer and also introduce a design-driven, value-oriented 3-star brand later in the year. Apparently, the company is open to buying existing brands in order to build critical mass. Since the merger Commune Hotels has opened 3 high-profile projects: Thompson’s Belgraves in London, The Saguaro Scottsdale and The Saguaro Palm Springs. Under development are Thompson properties in Chicago and Miami, and Joie de Vivre hotels in Honolulu and Palo Alto, California.

Travelocity Launches New iPad App
Travelocity announced its new iPad app, giving travelers the ability to book flights, hotels and car rentals all in one app. The app joins the company’s existing apps for iPhone and iPod touch, as well as devices on Android and Windows Phone 7. “This is not your typical mobile app,” said Carl Sparks, President and CEO, Travelocity Global. “Travelocity for iPad can easily replace your PC to search and book flights, hotels and cars, whether you are sitting on your couch or riding in a taxi. It’s also possible to read user reviews, view maps, filter search results, and track where you’ve been and where you are going.”
To celebrate the launch of the app, Travelocity is holding a Twitter competition until Friday, 2nd March with winners receiving a USD 500 Apple gift card. To enter the sweepstakes,
The Travelocity App is available from the App Store on iPad or at

Even – A New IHG Brand
IHG launches a new health-conscious midscale hotel brand, Even. The company plans to own and operate its first several properties and then look for franchisees. The first locations will be announced in the 2nd quarter of 2012 and opening in 2013. The brand will be launched in the U.S.

Best Western Launches Facebook Booking App
As part of their continued dedication to engaging with its customers via social media, Best Western International unveiled a new booking app this week that allows travelers to reserve hotel rooms on Best Western’s Facebook page. With more than 4,100 hotels, Best Western is the first major International hotel chain with this capability. “More than ever, Best Western’s customers are integrating social media into every part of their personal and professional lives,” said Dorothy Dowling, Best Western’s senior vice president of marketing and sales. “It’s imperative that we answer the call from our customers to make it easy to research, book and share travel experiences through their preferred channels.”
This new Facebook booking app is the latest step in allowing travelers to book a Best Western hotel wherever they are on the web: Best Western Facebook Page

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