Recent News

November, 2019

  • 15 November

    Airbnb acts on ‘party houses’ following fatal shooting

    Following the deaths of five people in a shooting incident at an Airbnb rental in California, CEO Brian Chesky said the platform was “banning party houses.” The group, which was due to go public in 2020, said it would create a dedicated rapid-response team and that it “must do better.” …

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  • 15 November

    Three Reasons to Invest in Diamonds

    There’s no shortage of resources to advise potential guests on where to stay and dine when planning a vacation. In fact, there’s so much information out there, it can be hard for travellers to know who to trust. The key word is trust. That’s where the AAA Diamond Program takes …

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  • 15 November

    Marriott signs 3 new hotels for Thailand

    Marriott International has signed agreements with Thai integrated lifestyle real estate group Asset World Corp. to bring three of its brands to Thailand.  Under the agreements, AWC is expected to open a 248-room Courtyard by Marriott in Phuket late next year, as well as both a 900-room Marriott Marquis hotel and …

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  • 15 November

    European Hotel Construction Pipeline Up 44.3% in October

    STR’s hotel pipeline data for Europe showed 1,620 projects accounting for 205,383 rooms in construction as of October 2019. This represented a 44.3% year-over-year increase in the number of rooms in the final phase of the development pipeline. A majority of the region’s rooms in construction are in three segments. …

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  • 15 November

    Asia Pacific Hotel Development Pipeline Under Construction Up 20.7% in October

    STR’s hotel pipeline data for the Asia Pacific region showed 2,039 projects accounting for 450,231 rooms in construction as of October 2019. This represented a 20.7% year-over-year increase in the number of rooms in the final phase of the development pipeline. A majority of the region’s rooms in construction are …

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  • 15 November

    Radisson opens first Blu in Casablanca

    Radisson Hotel Group’s upper-upscale Radisson Blu brand has arrived in Casablanca as the company’s second hotel in Morocco. Designed by Chilean architect Jaime Beriestain, the Radisson Blu Hotel, Casablanca City Center has 120 guestrooms and a permanent art collection from modernist Moroccan artist Mohamed Melehi. “Since 2015, Casablanca has been …

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  • 15 November

    Discover The Palladium Hotel Group

    It’s a Spanish company with European brands that are favourites for travellers from around the world.Canadians may not be aware of all the brand names under the Palladium Hotel Group of properties in Europe — such as the Ayre hotels or the newer Only You and Blessed Hotels, which are …

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  • 15 November

    Aimbridge to manage 3 Marriott properties in Indianapolis

    Los Angeles-based investment firm U.S. OCG selected Aimbridge Hospitality to manage three Marriott International-branded hotels in Indianapolis. The portfolio comprises the 315-room Indianapolis Marriott East, the 63-room Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Indianapolis East and the 121-room Delta Hotels by Marriott Indianapolis East. “We have had a successful history …

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  • 15 November

    Ascend Hotel Collection Adds New Resort in Muskoka

    SEVERN BRIDGE, Ont. — The Ascend Hotel Collection has opened a new property in Ontario’s picturesque Muskoka region. Nestled on the shores of Sparrow Lake, The Bayview Wildwood Resort is a full-service four-seasons resort catering to families, couples, corporate retreats, conferences, meetings and special events such as weddings, reunions and …

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  • 15 November

    Rooms in Canadian Hotel-Construction Pipeline Up 28 Per Cent in Q3 2019

    (stock image) PORTSMOUTH, N.H. — The total construction pipeline in Canada soared to an all-time high in the third quarter of 2019 with 289 projects/38,453 rooms, according to Lodging Econometrics (LE). For the quarter, construction pipeline projects are up 17 per cent and rooms are up a remarkable 28 per …

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  • 15 November

    Flight Centre, Allianz Global Assistance Partner Up

    Flight Centre Travel Group and Allianz Global Assistance have put together an exclusive partnership to deliver travel protection and 24/7 emergency travel assistance to Flight Centre’s Canadian and U.S. travellers. Flight Centre Travel Group U.S. customers will have access to Allianz Global Assistance products on Dec. 1, 2019, while Canadian …

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  • 15 November

    Bold Adventures With Crystal Endeavor

    For agents with clients looking for bold new adventures, immersive cultural connections and unexpected discoveries in 2020, then Crystal Expedition Cruises may just have the answer. Bookings are now being taken for the Crystal Endeavor’s 2022 and January 2023 itineraries, with sailings ranging from nine to 19 nights. The voyages …

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  • 15 November

    Exploring The Florida Keys & Key West

    Baxter Media invites agents to attend a unique webinar that is sure to warm your winter next Thursday (Nov. 21) at 1 p.m. (EST). Just south of Miami, the islands of the Florida Keys & Key West offers a warm welcome with new and enhanced accommodations, land and water attractions, …

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  • 15 November

    G Adventures Unveils Week-Long Cyber Sale

    G Adventures has unveiled the details of a seven-day Cyber Sale for the week leading up to Black Friday and Cyber Monday. With savings of up to 35% on thousands of trips departing between Dec. 3, 2019 and April 30, 2020, the sale begins at 12:01am EST on Nov. 26, …

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  • 14 November

    AAHOA taps educator Cecil Staton as president/CEO

    After months of searching, AAHOA has selected noted educator Cecil Staton, the former chancellor of East Carolina University in Greenville, N.C., to head its 18,500-member organization. Staton brings decades of experience in the fields of government, academia and business to AAHOA. He most recently served as the eleventh Chancellor at ECU from …

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