The Hotel and Travel Week

Monday, 27th June 2011

Ritz-Carlton announce that their concierges will work with Foursquare and add their expertise to the location-based social media network. They say, this marks the first time a luxury hotel brand extends services that are usually exclusive to hotel guests to a public audience.
Tips will be populated by concierges from all 75 Ritz-Carlton hotels and provide valuable insight into the destination.
Tuesday, 28th June 2011
Google’s +1 button – similar to the Facebook ‘Like’ – has already been available in the United States for a few months on search pages and on individual websites for several weeks. It will now be expanded to,, and
Developers can now add the +1 button to their websites:
Spire, the member-only flash sale site for luxury hotels worldwide is the first such site to offer cancellations for up to 72 hours in advance. While they charge a 30 US$ cancellation fee, the package price is refunded. Moreover, Spire promise to offer the lowest price and back this with at least 30% discount on the lowest comparable offer found anywhere else:
Wednesday, 29th June 2011
Great Wolf Resorts, a company that runs 12 waterparks in the U.S. has launched a system to connect their wristbands with the guests’ Facebook accounts to automatically share photos. Guests can have their pictures taken at certain points throughout the resorts. Using the radio-frequency identification technology of the wristbands, the guest is identified and the photos posted to their Facebook page.
Thursday, 30th June 2011
Four Points by Sheraton sponsors a Facebook contest with a 25,000 US$ prize for an unbelievable business story generating the most votes. In order to take part in the competition, a user has to ‘Like’ the Facebook page and can then submit a story of 500 words or less.
Voting fans also have the chance to win weekly prizes of 2-night stays at Four Points hotels in the U.S. and Canada. The winner of the main prize will be announced on 7th September.
Friday, 1st July 2011 shares a list of top hotels for royal roadies, i.e. those who want to follow the royal couple Prince William and Kate (Duke and Duchess of Cambridge) throughout their first international trip to Canada and the United States or catch a glimpse of them in a city they visit this and next week. The list features hotels like the Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac in Quebec and the Millennium Biltmore Hotel Los Angeles and is meant to make roadies feel like royals themselves, say.
However, the royal couple themselves will stay in different hotels. The most obvious one – The Beverly Hills Hotel Los Angeles, a famous luxury hotel of the Dorchester Collection.

The Hotel and Travel Week #18

Monday, 12th April

There is currently only one 7-star hotel in the world – Burj al Arab Dubai, although several others are in planning or already being built. If investors follow through, there will be two more in rather unlikely locations: Nairobi and Istanbul. Shangri-La and a Turkish business conglomerate signed an agreement last week to build a 14-storey luxury hotel in Istanbul, with 7 storeys below sea level. The hotel is forecast to open in 2012. International investors are also planning a 7-star hotel in Kenya’s capital Nairobi.
What about 6-star hotels, though?
Tuesday, 13th April
Four Points by Sheraton announce an amazing offer on Tuesday – Breakfast for a Buck. Guests who book a participating hotel in the U.S. and Canada can request breakfast for only 1 Dollar from now until 30th September.
Wednesday, 14th April
A report by the Future Foundation, commissioned by predicts a new type of holiday by 2020, a holiday promising complete isolation from the modern world. As people become increasingly well connected, and exhausted by the wealth of technological updates, these breaks will offer tourists ‘the simple life’, allowing them to get back to nature and cut off phone signals and broadband.
Thursday, 15th April
The first Armani Hotel at Burj Dubai / Burj Khalifa is now to open on 21st April. Covering an area of 269,000 sq ft, across the concourse, ground floor, levels 1 to 8 and levels 38 to 39 of Burj Khalifa, Armani Hotel Dubai has 160 rooms as well as 8 restaurants, an upscale lounge and spa. Armani Hotel Dubai’s opening will be followed by the launch of Armani Hotel Milano in Italy, Armani Resort in Marrakech, Morocco and Armani Residences villas in Marassi, Egypt.
Friday, 16th April
European flights are being grounded for the 2nd day after the eruption of Iclandic volcano Eyjafjallajoekull. Airlines are losing some USD 200m a day in the biggest airspace shutdown since World War II. Many countries and airlines have grounded their fleets for fears that the ash, a mixture of glass, sand and rock particles, could be catastrophic to aircraft.
About 2/3 of the 28,000 daily flights are cancelled on Friday, while only half the usual number of flights between Europe and North America operate.