Tripadvisor will accede to hotel chains' complaints and change its three-month-old subscription program from immediate discounts upon booking to cash back after check-in. Though Tripadvisor Plus drew tens of thousands of participating hotels, major players objected to its open display of discounted room rates that were below their published rates.
Caribbean nations are hopeful for a strong winter season, despite coronavirus eruptions, as they impose strict new health and safety regulations. Vaccination efforts are in the works for residents and tourism workers across the area.
A smattering of US hotels is experimenting with add-on fees for amenities such as pool use and early check-in, a move that's established with airlines but is being met with skepticism from consumers and industry players. Travel writer Kyle Potter, who questions the scheme, says the companies are "actually charging you the same amount, they're just giving you less than they once did."
Fleet Financial Group plans to break ground this month on a 25-story zero-carbon luxury hotel and condo complex in Queens, N.Y. Richard Xia's company is partnering with noted architect Mattia Santi and chef Shinichi Inoue, formerly with two Michelin-starred restaurants.
Vermont activists are asking the state to continue publicly-funded hotel stays for homeless people, hundreds of whom could be evicted Wednesday if the 30-day extension request is denied. The coalition of 27 organizations says permanent housing in unavailable to many recipients of the 84-day emergency vouchers.
All-inclusive resorts are enjoying new popularity among travelers of means who seek relief and safety from the pandemic along with convenience. "We know that many of these guests decided to book an all-inclusive vacation with us in order to avoid the hassle of coordinating a do-it-yourself vacation, especially after such a challenging year," says Club Med executive Carolyne Doyon.
Singapore magnate Wee Cho Yaw's UOL Group has given the hospitality market a vote of confidence in the form of a newly opened 43-story hotel and residential tower in London's financial district. The 237-room Pan Pacific London hotel, occupying the first 20 floors of One Bishopsgate Plaza, "will benefit from regional and domestic travel following the reopening of borders to allow safe travel," says Choe Peng Sum, CEO of UOL's Pan Pacific Hotels Group.
Caesars Entertainment released official renderings Thursday for a planned $500 million resort in Danville, Va., where voters approved gaming in a referendum last year. Groundbreaking is expected this year and a debut in 2023, the company says.
Mayor Derek Kawakami's spokesperson says he plans to sign a Kauai County Council measure adding a 3% surcharge to the state's hotel room tax. The tax, expected to raise $15 million annually, would compensate for the state's halt to sharing tax revenue with Hawaii's counties.
The plunge in business travel is projected to cost US hotels $59 billion this year, with New York City the biggest loser at an estimated $4 billion, according to research from Kalibri Labs and the American Hotel & Lodging Association. The trend contrasts with a strong rebound in leisure travel and is not expected to abate as corporate managers embrace alternatives to in-person meetings.
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