Preview: Hotel, Accommodation Travel News
Hotel, Accommodation Travel News
Hotel Travel Blog service for visitors, travelers and tourist with accommodation information.
Travel + Leisure lists 15 green hotels
Hotels from the Maldives to Colorado
made it onto Travel and Leisure's list of 15 green hotels in the magazine's November issue, which is devoted to "responsible tourism."
The magazine worked with Conservation International to develop an assessment test to figure out which of the world'
s hotels have high environmental standards for water and energy conservation, waste reduction and supporting local communities.
Properties on the list are:
1. Grenada's Spice Island Beach Resort
2. The Maldives' Soneva Fushi Resort and Six Senses Spa
3. Sri Lanka's Heritance Kandalama
's Voyages Longitude 131, located in the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
5. Bahamas' Tiamo, on the South Andros Island
's Whitepod, near Aigle in the Alps
7. Colorado's Devil's Thumb Ranch in Tabernash
8. The Philippines' El Nido Resorts in El Nido, Palawan
9. Chumbe Island Coral Park in Zanzibar, Tanzania
10. Egypt's Adrere Amellal in the Siwa Oasis, a Berber community in the desert
11. Kenya's Campi Ya Kanzi a Masai-owned lodge in Chyulu Hills
12. Nicaragua's Morgan's Rock Hacienda and Ecolodge on Playa Ocotal, San Juan del Sur, on the Pacific Coast
13. Jamaica's Hotel Mocking Bird Hill near Port Antonio
14. Tenuta di Spannocchia in Siena, Italy
's Strattons Hotel in the town of Swaffham in Norfolk
[Source from; usatoday.com]
Openning New Le Meridien in Bangkok 2008
(image) Le Meridien Bangkok Hotel located in the Surawong district within close proximity of prominent business and banking headquarters, embassies, major entertainment and shopping centres, the Le Meridien Hotel Bangkok
will be located 30-minutes from Bangkok International Airport and five minutes walk from the Sky Train.
The Le Meridien Bangkok Hotel will feature state-of-the-art technology and restaurants and bars, a ballroom, a choice of meeting rooms, fully equipped business centre, health club and a separate spa
Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts named Best Business Hotel Brand in Asia Pacific
(image) Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts has been named Best Business Hotel Brand in Asia Pacific for the seventh consecutive year and won a record total of nine awards in the recent Business Traveller Asia-Pacific Reader Poll.
Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore
was voted Best Business Hotel in the World, Best Business Hotel in Asia Pacific and Best Business Hotel in Singapore.
The Island Shangri-La, Hong Kong
and China World Hotel, Beijing
each won the Best Hotel awards in their cities. Also, Shangri-La Hotel, Kuala Lumpur; Makati Shangri-La, Manila; and Shangri-La’s Far Eastern Plaza, Taipei
were named Best Business Hotel in their cities. This is the highest number of awards won by Shangri-La in the history of the Business Traveller Asia-Pacific Readers Poll.
The poll was conducted among the magazine’s readership of frequent travellers based mainly in the Asia Pacific region. Results were compiled by Taylor Nelson Sofres Hong Kong and will be published in the October 2007 issue of Business Traveller Asia-Pacific.
Troubled southern Thailand gets help from neighboring countries
eTN/Aiming to "drum up" tourism, Thailand has entered a deal with Indonesia
and Malaysia to stage an international travel fair in a city that has generated security concerns. Indonesia-Malaysia and Thailand
, which make up the IMT Growth Triangle (IMT-GT) countries, will hold an international travel fair in the Thai southern city of Songkhla from January 11-20 next year.
The travel fair is expected to boost confidence in the region's tourism industry which has plummet in the strife-torn southern Thai states due to religious and factional violence in the last four years. "This is only one of many programs to be held in the three countries," said Thai IMT-GT Joint-Business Council (JBC) chairman Somkiat Anuras, at the end of the 23rd JCB meeting held in Ipoh, Malaysia
The Songkhla provincial government, added Anuras, will be spending US$1 million to host and promote the fair, which is expected to draw 100,000 international visitors from the three member countries.
In addition to cultural performances from its three member countries, the travel fair will feature indigenous multi-sports competition common in the region, including bull and cock fighting, and bird-singing contests. "We are expecting an increase of up to 30 percent in tourism volume in the three countries following the travel fair," added Anuras.
The fair will feature some 120 booths promoting tourism products from sellers in member countries, half of which will be from Thailand
Bangkok Thailand hotels Best deals!
August/September 2007 coming up at the Mega Bangkok City and few hotels has been selected to be offer the best hotel service. Check it out and book your favorite Bangkok Hotel near by your travel destination place. All this Bangkok Hotels provide a full customer service and normal hotel amenities. Have a good trip to Thailand!Airport Suites Hotel Bangkok, Amari Atrium Hotel Bangkok, Amari Boulevard Hotel Bangkok, Amari Don Muang Airport Hotel Bangkok, Amari Watergate Hotel Bangkok, Arnoma Hotel Bangkok, Baiyoke Sky Hotel Bangkok, Baiyoke Suite Hotel Bangkok, Bangkok Palace Hotel Bangkok, Banyan Tree Bangkok Hotel, Chaophya Park Hotel Bangkok, Four Seasons Bangkok Hotel, Grand China Princess Hotel Bangkok, Holiday Inn Silom Hotel Bangkok, Ibis Huamark Hotel Bangkok, Imperial Queens Park Hotel Bangkok, Landmark Bangkok Hotel, Maruay Garden Hotel Bangkok, Metropolitan Bangkok Hotel, Montien Hotel Bangkok, Montien Riverside Hotel Bangkok, Novotel Lotus Hotel Bangkok, Novotel Siam Square Hotel Bangkok, Novotel Suvarnabhumi Airport Hotel Bangkok, Rama Gardens Hotel Bangkok, Royal Parkview Hotel Bangkok, Swissotel Le Concorde Hotel Bangkok, Twin Towers Hotel Bangkok, Unico Grande Silom Hotel Bangkok, Woraburi Sukhumvit Hotel BangkokMore Bangkok Hotels has been selected here ...[...]
Singapore Visitor - May 2007
In May 2007, Singapore
welcomed 820,000 visitors, representing a growth of 7.1% compared to May 2006. Visitor days were estimated to reach 3.1 million days, an increase of 16.8% in comparison to May 2006.Indonesia
(155,000), India (98,000), P.R. China
(59,000) and Malaysia
(51,000) were Singapore’s top five visitor-generating markets in May 2007. These markets accounted for 55% of total visitor arrivals for the month.
The 98,000 visitors from India in May 2007 is a new record for visitors arriving from India in any month. This is 20.9% higher than the previous record of 81,000 visitor arrivals from India set in May 2006.
Singapore gazetted hotels were estimated to generate Sin$152.2 million in room revenue in May 2007, showing a growth in excess of 30% as compared to May 2006.
The Average Room Rate (ARR) in May 2007 was estimated to reach an all-time high of Sin$195, representing an increase of 25.1% over May 2006. The Average Occupancy Rate (AOR) for hotels was estimated to have reached 85% in May 2007, posting a 4.1 percentage point increase over May 2006.
[Source from asiatraveltips.com]
Amazing Thailand Grand Sale 2007
The fair is organized by the N.C.C. Exhibition Organizer Company Limited, sponsored by the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT). The event will take place during 21 - 24 June, 2007, at 10.00 a.m. – 8.00 p.m., at the Queen Sirikit National Convention Centre.
In the event, there will be a variety of quality products, services, and tourist attractions with 10-50% off, categorized into zones as follows:
- Grand Sale Zone, comprising clothes, accessories, leather products, and brand names for shopping admirers who prefer quality products at special prices.
- Grand Service Zone for travelers. A variety of accommodation, tourist attractions, airlines, as well as, both domestic and international tour packages is lined up to be chosen.
- Lifestyle and Leisure Zone with the highlight activities to create colorful traveling. It is to respond to the tourism lifestyles of the new generation who have their own unique traveling choices and styles.
[Source from; www.tourismthailand.org]
(image) The construction of the millenium hotel going on and should be ready on time.
The world's newest hotel brand: Tamani Hotels & Resort
(image) The world's newest hotel brand, Tamani Hotels & Resorts has been well received by the region's travel trade and public, following its successful debut at Arabian Travel Market (ATM), held at Dubai World Trade Centre earlier this month.
Tamani Hotels & Resorts is the hotels brand of KM Holding, one of Dubai's largest and most prominent business conglomerates. Operated under KM Hospitality and Leisure, Tamani Hotels & Resorts offers Islamic hospitality with a focus on Arabian arts and culture.
'Tamani Hotels & Resorts was exceptionally well received at the recent ATM, which provided us with the perfect launch pad for our new concept in Islamic hospitality,' said Alain Guernier, CEO, Tamani Hotels & Resorts.
'The Tamani dry concept has been very well received by both the UAE and GCC market, based on feedback we have received from industry professionals, media, travel agents and tour operators. The hospitality industry has welcomed Tamani as new major player,' Guernier remarked.
'The wholesomeness of the concept and Tamani's Islamic values are well placed in the public's perception and very much welcomed. We look forward to a successful launch of our first property, Tamani Hotel Marina Dubai, this summer,' he explained.
The54-storey Tamani Hotel Marina Dubai is scheduled to open soon and will be the first property to fly the Tamani Hotels & Resorts flag.
The hotel is the newest and the tallest building in Dubai Marina. Tamani Hotel Marina Dubai is an iconic building offering stylish modern architecture, accentuated in glass and steel, and offers elegant surroundings laden with the finest amenities and facilities ensuring a stylish environment for those conducting business and leisure.
Situated in close proximity to both Dubai Media City and Dubai Internet City, and with easy access to Jebel Ali, the all-suite hotel will provide a perfect accommodation choice for corporate travellers and those relocating to the emirate.
The five-star property, which will offer a selection of one-, two- and three-bedroom suites and four-bedroom penthouses ranging from 85m² to 330m², will also be a popular option for leisure travellers, especially families from the GCC.
Nine penthouse suites, offering four bedrooms and located on the 52nd floor, will provide the ultimate in comfort and space, while also affording spectacular panoramic views of Dubai Marina, the Jumeirah coastline and The Palm.
In addition, the hotel will offer a dedicated ladies floor, served by a brigade of female butlers. In total, Tamani Hotel Marina Dubai will offer 230 keys, and total 530 bedrooms.
Leisure facilities at the hotel will include a fully fitted gymnasium boasting a bespoke cardio and resistance training line especially designed for the brand. Similarly, treatment room will offer spa therapies using a signature spa line, currently under development for Tamani Hotels & Resorts. A business centre and all day dining restaurant complete the hotel's facilities.
[source from ameinfo.com]
Songkran Thailand Festival - Happy New Year !!
(image) The Songkran Festival in Thailand was from the 12 to 16 April 2007. The all country was in Holiday for this special event of the year "Thailand New Year". Enjoy Water game and flowers.
Private breakfast !
(image) Enjoy your private breakfast at the 24th floor of the Century Park Hotel Bangkok. From the fruit punch until the fresh salad around a fantastic panoramic Bangkok view.
Bangkok Airport Suites !
(image) 2 km from Dong Muang international airport . . The Bangkok Airport suites is very well situated.Airport Suites Hotel Bangkok
are very close to the city’s international airport and offer rooms that overlook the runways and feature all modern comforts. Airport Suites Hotel Bangkok's facilities include an in-house sauna and a business center which are also very useful for your work or leisure needs.
Bangkok airport back to normal !
(image) The Dong Muang bangkok airport is open now to all domestic traffic in Thailand. Phuket, Chiang Mai, Samui island are the prefered Thailand destination.
Golf at Chaophya park hotel.
(image) Golf its amazing how you can enjoy and relax. The golf driving range at the hotel Chaophya park is open every day from 08am to 22pm. Have a happy golf play :-)
Thailand Hotel spa
(image) Flowers and relaxation. Get the full Spa therapies & massage on many hotels in Thailand, such in Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Pattaya, Koh Samui, Phuket and Phuket.
Online Marketing for Hotels
What's the latest thing in online marketing for hotels? Site design.
Hotels have awakened to the challenge from online travel agencies, and they are shifting money into online marketing to meet it, according to a new study by Hospitality eBusiness Strategies (HeBS).
The worldwide study of hospitality executives found that 68% of hoteliers plan to shift their budgets from offline to online marketing in 2007.
Emerging media will not be part of the mix for most hotels, based on respondent opinions about what produces the best return on investment (ROI). Web site optimization was listed most often (72%) by hotel execs, followed by search optimization and organic search (68%) and Web site redesign/design (62%).
Only 17% of respondents named consumer-generated media, blogs and their ilk as bringing high ROI. This is particularly relevant for online video, because individual hotel videos are a competitive advantage that many online travel agencies do not have.
eMarketer senior analyst and travel specialist Jeffrey Grau noted the motivation behind hotels' focus on the fundamentals, saying that "to compete with online travel agencies, hotels are focusing on improving the usability and functionality of their Web sites."
New media is even more of an afterthought in intended 2007 budget allocations, where it came in among the least allocated Internet budget items.
Although this approach may seem single-minded, hotel executives are onto something. In a January 2007 study of US ad executives by Outsell, as reported by MediaPost, 75% named company Web sites as effective or extremely effective at lead generation.
[Source from emarketer.com]
World's 10 best taxi rides
IN a strange, unfamiliar city, a taxicab ride can often be a distinctly unnerving experience.The foreign taxi ritual is grimly familiar: You make bizarre guttural attempts at the local argot, paw your way through exotic multi-coloured bills, and wonder all the while if, rather than being taken for a ride, you're being "taken for a ride." And should you tip? And if so, how much? Quelle horreur!But maybe it's time to reconsider the taxi, to embrace it rather than dread it, to make your taxi-riding experiences both home and abroad part of the adventure, not simply a means of getting around. Of course, sometimes a taxi ride is just a taxi ride, as anyone who's been driven from LAX to downtown Los Angeles can tell you.But the world's best taxi rides can deliver both a decent dose of travel excitement and a great feel for the place you're visiting. Whether you find yourself in a red-and-white Toyota in Hong Kong or a stately black behemoth in London, the following can make the ride a memorable experience: an open attitude, a friendly driver, an interesting route, a clean window and yes, the correct fare.Naturally, taxis express the nature of their city. In New York, for example, it's all business, with 11,344 yellow Ford Crown Victorias (plus an interesting recent mix of SUVs, minivans and hybrids) racing from point A to point B as fast as possible. Just hang on, experience the rush, and don't forget to tip.In Hong Kong, it's much the same, but without the tipping. Dan Heyler, an investment analyst based there, says drivers there reflect the capitalistic chaos of the city perfectly."They're incredibly focused on getting the next fare," he says. "They always take the shortest route, never break the law, and save time by simply rounding up the fare to tip themselves."Heyler's one warning: "Be careful where and when you say 'stop here.' The driver will do just that by slamming on the brakes and dumping you without even pulling all the way over to the sidewalk. It's all about making the next buck."In Tokyo, as in all of Japan, the experience is more polite. The taxi door opens automatically (touching it is a breach of etiquette), and you can't help but notice the driver's white gloves and the lacy doilies that sometimes decorate the seats.London is a city where a taxi ride is more than just transportation; it's a tourist attraction unto itself. The world's greatest taxi city, it has a proud taxi history going back to 1588 (the last horse cab wasn't retired until 1947).Sitting in the back of a big black London cab is like resting on your living room sofa, and you can be sure you'll get where you're going. London's 19,000 taxis are driven only by those who have taken "The Knowledge," the dreaded test that forces aspiring drivers to memorize hundreds of routes, landmarks and buildings in central London. You can often see young men zipping around town on motorbikes with maps affixed to their handlebars. That's how they study, and it can take up to three years to pass the test.Teck Tjuan Yap, an international banking consultant whose work takes him to cities in Europe and Asia, makes his taxi rides interesting by always taking an initial stab at communicating with the driver."You never know what he may have to say, and if you hit it off you can always start pumping for knowledge, whether it's local gossip or restaurant picks." Yap notes, however, that this strategy can backfire."Whenever I'm in Bangkok, drivers will invariably offer me a guided tour, a new suit and an escort, and not necessarily in that taxi order."Even if there's a language barrier, yo[...]
Travel on Valentine's Day !
Valentine's Day comes on February 14th as a traditional day on which lovers express their feelings for each other and give them candy, flowers and others as a gift. Valentine's day was originated in 5th century Rome as a tribute to St. Valentine and the day became famous with romantic love in the high middle ages.Its very difficult to know when, where, and by whom the very first valentine was written but we do know that the first one was written by Margrey Brew and the another first was written by Charles, Duke of Orleans in 1415 A.D. when he was in London at that time poems was sent by him to his wife in France."Wilt thou be mine? Dear love, replySweetly consent, or else deny;Whisper softly, none shall know,Wilt thou be mine, love? Aye or no?"Nowadays, Valentine's Day is celebrating by every one in all over the world because this is not only to pass message someone you love even you can also enjoy with your dear ones.But let's not forget that Valentine's day in our time is one of the best reasons to travel! What could be better than traveling with your beloved one to a romantic hotel or island and have a great time with the people you love.The following destinations are surely going to make the perfect romantic holiday:BANGKOKBangkok has a lot to offer for the Valentine's day. During the day, Bangkok might be overwhelming for some but when the sun sets almost all people would agree that the city changes its face completely. There are a lot of ways how to spend a romantic night in the City of Angels.One of the best ways could be to take a dinner cruise on the Chao Phraya River where you can enjoy a candle light dinner under a sky full of stars while listening to the soothing sounds of the river.In Bangkok we recommend staying at the following romantic hotels:Royal River Hotel Bangkok $44.50Marriott Resort and Spa Hotel Bangkok $151Other romantic Thailand Hotels include:Bo Phut Resort and Spa $171.50Baan Samui Resort $115Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket $122.50Central Kata Resort Phuket $85[Source from: Excelloz.com][...]
Hotels in Singapore Updated List
This website will give you all major Hotels in Singapore
Just click on each hotel and you will discover all hotel singapore information, including hotel Singapore reviews and Singapore travel guide.
Agents tap into Internet to reach clients
Amid the rapidly changing social-networking on the Internet, a growing number of travel agents and industry leaders are tapping into new technological tacks to reach out to get the attention of on-the-go clients.
While blogs and podcasts have been around for several years, their use is increasingly growing. Analysts at Gartner Inc. estimated last month that next year around 100 million bloggers will be active online. While there are no definitive statistics on the exact number of travel blogs on the global Internet, a Google search turns up 128 million in less than a second; 38 million travel podcasts turn up.
Bruce Fisher, founder and co-owner of Honolulu-based Hawaii Aloha Travel (hawaii-aloha.com), recently launched an Internet blog as well as 12-minute podcasts — “The Hawaii Vacation Connection” http://feeds.feedburner.com/HawaiiVacationConnection).
Launched in April, the podcasts now get about 300 downloads a day, he said. Neither efforts were in his original marketing plan.
“For us, we’ve had to refresh our entire marketing plan to reflect blogs and podcasts and to keep pace with the fast pace of the Internet,” he said. Short for “Web logs,” blogs are simple Internet sites that highlight your running commentary on travel — everything from the best cruise deals to a first-person experience at a luxury spa.
Scott Ahlsmith, president of Magellan Travel Group, likens blogs to a running conversation between you and your clients or prospects. And the advantages include the low cost, increased contact with clients and the ease — most are much easier to set up and maintain than a full-blown agency Web site.
Ahlsmith recently launched YOU! The Brand — a new blog service that offers agents help in setting up their own blogs. The service offers nearly three-dozen templates from which to choose the blog “interface” that can be changed at any time. The service costs about $50 a month, or $479 prepaid for a year, and includes content, a weekly podcast and a personal Web domain name.
Nolan Burris, founder of Visionistics, is an advocate of travel blogs.
“Just remember, this isn’t a place to blatantly sell your stuff, but you can put links to your Web site within your reviews and place ads that link to your Web site,” he said in a presentation to agents last year. “This will definitely help your Google rankings. Just be careful. Blog readers can spot a thinly veiled sales pitch in a heartbeat. If a blog isn’t read, it doesn’t help your rankings.”
Podcasts also are growing in popularity as the multimedia presentations use syndication feeds to offer users the ability to download and play them on everything from mobile devices to personal computers.
Virgin Atlantic offers downloadable podcasts (virginatlantic.loudish.com) that highlight destinations from New York City and Las Vegas to Shanghai and Dubai. And noting Americans’ busy schedules, a fitness destination spa in Ojai, Calif., also has launched a series of podcasts in what may be a first from the industry of health-oriented destination spas.
For now, Fisher — whose agency is now up to more than 20 home-based agents and among the top rankings on Internet search engines — says he’s continuing to monitor trends and how they fit into his marketing plan.
[Source from travelagewest.com]
Travel News: Price you pay for seclusion
YOU know you're staying somewhere special when Joan Collins has just checked out of the villa you're checking into. In fact, only a few minutes have passed between her departure and my arrival, and a faint trace of Chanel No. 5 still hangs in the air.The legendary Hollywood actress chose one of the eight super-luxury Pangkor Laut Estates, hidden away on a tiny island off Malaysia's west coast, for her latest honeymoon (her fifth at the last count).And who can blame her?These jaw-dropping private estates – each with its own stretch of tropical beach, aqua-blue swimming pool, breezy lounge and dining pavilions, butler and chef – are the essence of a new, and rapidly growing, trend at the very top end of the international travel market.It's also one that redefines the meaning of paradise islands.Some are so new, you may not have heard of them; others are so exclusive – and expensive – that only a privileged few can afford to stay there.All, however, provide the sort of fantasy island escape that dreams are made of, and only money can buy.Likuliku Lagoon Resort, FijiIT'S so new it hasn't even opened yet, but from February 1 next year, the couples-only Likuliku Lagoon Resort will have Fiji's first over-water bures. Located in the Mamanuca islands, 10 minutes by helicopter or seaplane or 30 minutes by speedboat from Nadi, Likuliku will offer five-star luxury in a magical setting. With only 46 bures, 10 of them suspended over a coral-reef lagoon and the remainder set along a stretch of pristine beach, Likuliku promises to be a tranquil oasis where guests can relax and pamper themselves in privacy and luxury.Fregate Private Island, SeychellesFOUR degrees south of the Equator, this spectacular island is home to some of the rarest flora and fauna on the planet, one of the world's most beautiful beaches, and a resort for just 40 guests that's so beautiful it almost defies description. With only 16 super-luxury villas, each with a large terrace, a day bed and a jacuzzi positioned to take in the breathtaking Indian Ocean views, the reality of Fregate Private Island far outshines any images in a glossy holiday brochure.Pangkor Laut Estates, MalaysiaHIDDEN from view on Marina Bay, a short drive from the 148-villa resort of the same name, Pangkor Laut Estates are the haven of choice for captains of industry, movie stars and the seriously wealthy. Set alongside a crescent-shaped beach and shrouded in rainforest, the eight residences are the last word in luxury, recapturing the lifestyle and atmosphere of old Asia. With infinity-edge swimming pools and landscaped gardensFour Seasons Resort Estates, Bali THIS iconic resort, on a hillside overlooking Jimbaran Bay, has a swag of international travel awards to its credit, but few guests realise an even more private, exclusive and luxurious retreat lies just next door. The Four Seasons Resort Estates, only metres from the waves lapping gently on Jimbaran Beach, offer families or a group of friends the opportunity to relax and unwind in a residential setting complete with swimming pools, tropical gardens, massage pavilions, audio-visual systems and a small army of staff. [Source from http://www.news.com.au/travel][...]
Hotel rates to rise 6.5% for U.S. Travelers
U.S. travelers can expect room rates to rise 6.5 percent next year, despite an expected slowdown in the economy, the travel industry's main trade group forecast on Friday.
"Hotels will continue to raise rates aggressively," said Dr. Suzanne Cook, vice president for research at the Travel Industry Association of America. Although some new hotels are being built, demand still exceeds supply in some markets.
Cook spoke at the Boca Raton Resort & Club, where the travel group held an annual outlook conference for marketing executives. Cook predicted that growth in the travel industry will slow as declining home prices affect consumer spending and continued malaise in corporate travel brings fewer road warriors to hotels, resorts and airports.
The average daily room rate at hotels nationwide, which was $90.56 last year, has increased to $96.73 so far in 2006, and is expected to reach $103 next year.
Those national rates are lower than in South Florida, where strong pricing power in the winter skews annual averages. Last year, the average daily room rates were $148.86 in Palm Beach County and $100.56 in Broward County.
Growth in travel will track the economy in general, which is expected to grow by 2.2 percent next year after accounting for inflation, Cook said.
South Florida's economy relies on tourist spending. Broward and Palm Beach counties have about 850 hotels and visitors spent an estimated $10 billion here last year.
Nationwide, Cook said tourism expenditures are expected to grow 7.5 percent this year to $702.5 billion before moderating next year to 5.3 percent, reaching $739.6 billion. Those figures are not adjusted to account for inflation, Cook said. "Over the next few years we expect growth in spending to slow, but still to have positive growth in spending," Cook said.
Business travel is part of the slowdown, Cook said. With Fortune 500 leaders forecasting weaker growth, they are keeping tight rein on travel budgets, she said. Audio and video conferencing continue to grow as alternatives to business meetings. Cook said she expects no growth in the number of business trips this year and only 1 to 2 percent growth next year.
The outlook for leisure travel is a bit sunnier, with growth of 2 percent forecast this year and 1 to 2 percent next year, Cook said.
International travel to the United States peaked in 2000 at 51 million visitors, and then sagged after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. Cook said that foreign visitors this year are finally expected to exceed the 2000 level, coming in at 51.4 million.
But she said international travel to the United States is weakening, especially from overseas markets in Europe. Cook attributed the weakness in part to security fears and to the lack of a coordinated national advertising campaign aimed at foreign travelers.
Still, there remains some mystery as to why travel from countries such as the United Kingdom and Japan is slowing. "We're not sure quite what's happening," she said.
[Source from chicagotribune.com]
Novotel Suvarnabhumi SPA - Bangkok Airport Hotel
Just opened recently, the Novotel Suvarnabhumi is one of the most interesting new hotels in Thailand. You will also find an excellent SPA
inside that makes this new airport hotel an establishment with all the bells and whistles.
"Relax, Restore, Revitalize" sums up pretty well, what the Novotel Suvarnabhumi SPA is all about. And as an introductory offer, the SPA at the Novotel Suvarnabhumi offers a 25% discount on all massage treatments from 10:00 until 15:00 each day.