Some hotels are deploying "decontenting," which lets guests opt out of daily housekeeping services during check-in. In doing so, guests can earn loyalty points, room discounts or food and beverage vouchers. This feature examines a study that looked at the practice, and found different variables between guests and types of hotels.
The Chicago lodging market is experiencing a boom in property development in response to a rise in leisure and business travel to the city. Downtown Chicago is expected to add 2,340 rooms to its supply, with seven hotels under construction. Revenue per available room in the downtown area during the first 11 months of 2012 rose 11% compared with year-earlier figures.
Air France added business-class seats last year, an experience intended to offer refinement and country-specific touches. Such travelers are granted access to 50 Air France lounges and 450 other lounges.
A new website combines airline traffic figures, disease risk maps and climate data to devise a risk assessment of disease. The vector-borne-disease airline importation risk tool may provide insight on which passengers should be screened for an illness.
The Global Business Travel Association has published the first-ever handbook of travel industry ancillary fees -- the surprise charges and hidden costs associated with airlines, hotels and car rental agencies. "There are more than 40 different ancillary fees that you have to watch for," warned Joe Bates, senior director of research for the GBTA Foundation. The handbook was commissioned after a 2011 survey showed that only 21% of travel managers had been tracking ancillary fees.