Local flavor, regular events and a signature drink are among six ways hotel bars draw crowds, experts say. Other tips include making the space visually inviting, keeping the menu simple and giving the bar a distinct identity separate from the hotel.
Athens is an ancient Greek city with plenty of historic sites, but there are many modern options for visitors to experience. Travelers can tour the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center, party at Cantina Social and enjoy treats at Takis Bakery located in the hip Koukaki neighborhood.
American Airlines is partnering with Pennsylvania's Wellsboro High School to provide speakers and materials for the school's aviation curriculum, which was developed by the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association. Students will travel to Dallas each year to visit American's aviation academy and museum, and graduates of the AOPA program will receive preferential treatment for the airline's cadet program.
Western travel companies such as Carlson Wagonlit Travel and American Express have formed joint ventures with Chinese companies to capitalize on the growth of China's business travel market. By "having a foothold in the region, with local management that understands local nuances," travel companies can gain Chinese and global accounts, Corporate Travel Management CEO Jamie Pherous said.
All-inclusive timeshare resorts may seem like good bargains to your clients, but they can carry large hidden fees, Tammy Levent advises. When your clients express interest in this type of resort, explain to them the real cost and advise them to stay clear of timeshare presenters.
A strong development component sets Cobblestone Hotels apart from most franchisors and drives the small-market-oriented chain's success, CEO Brian Wogernese said. The company just turned 10 years old, boasts a portfolio of 88 hotels with eight in the pipeline and soon will double its two brands.
Taxpayers are carrying more than their fair share of the tourism-support load in Asheville, N.C., according to a city analysis made public by Mayor Esther Manheimer. The hotel industry pays 5% of Asheville's $64 million a year in property taxes, which means residents are subsidizing a robust tourist trade, Manheimer said.
Keeping the ears and mind open during development is essential to getting projects done on time and under budget, hospitality leaders agreed at a recent gathering. "When I look at it from the perspective of the designer and when I look at it from the perspective of the developer, I'm going to add two words: ego and humility," said Michael St. James of Acumen Development Partners, West.
A new restaurant called Cultivated F+B plays a starring role in Houston's Lancaster Hotel, set to reopen Monday after a multimillion-dollar renovation prompted by flood damage from Hurricane Harvey. The hotel's new owners opted for a complete redesign with a contemporary flair.
UPS has expanded UPS My Choice, which notifies UPS package recipients the day before a package is to be delivered and allows them to specify where and when it should arrive. The service is now available in 112 countries and territories.
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