The new generation of green hotels

When the hotel behemoth Intercontinental Hotel Group (IHG) declared in July it would be phasing out mini toiletry bottles in all its rooms over the next two years, it made headlines around the world. What may sound like a small thing is actually no mean feat. IHG owns brands including Holiday Inn, InterContinental and Crowne Plaza. There…

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Independent Hotels Are Disappearing as Chains Grow

This should be the heyday of independent hotels, which by their very nature offer the distinctive experiences sought by many travelers. Instead, they are up against huge hotel companies with deep pockets as well as competitors on Airbnb. The result? More independent hotels are either joining the big chains or shutting their doors. Thirty years…

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Government must change immigration policy to protect tourism workers

Cumbria Chamber of Commerce is asking the Government to change its proposed new immigration system to protect the county’s tourism and food businesses. It says that some firms could be forced out of business if ministers push ahead with plans for a points-based immigration system with salary floor after Brexit. Migrant workers would be able to come…

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Mindshare and Unilever initiative aims to cut carbon footprint in marketing

#ChangeTheBrief plans to ‘take power back into the agencies’. In an attempt to soften the marketing world’s carbon footprint, Mindshare has unveiled its latest initiative, #ChangeTheBrief, undertaking a global brief from its largest client, Unilever. The initiative offers clients sustainable alternatives to traditional marketing strategies in order to encourage the transition to carbon-neutral behaviours within…

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New program to boost qualified human resources in industry

The Industry and Technology Ministry continues to back the academy-industry cooperation it launched last year by announcing a new industrial doctorate program. According to a ministry statement released Monday, monthly scholarships of TL 4,500 will be provided to doctoral students accepted in the program, aiming to increase qualified human resources in the industry. Industry and Technology…

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Europe’s Tourism Overload

Is mass tourism causing irreparable damage to some of Europe’s most beautiful locations? Since the 1960s, when Europe’s middle classes first had the money and time to travel, tourism has shown no signs of slowing down. Last year, international tourist arrivals increased by another six percent to 1.4 billion globally and the rise now seems exponential. It speaks…

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How Can The Hospitality Industry Ride The Wave Of The Experience Economy?

A recent study by McKinsey and Company showed that global spending on experiences like concerts, amusement parks, eating out, and traveling has grown more than 1.5 times faster than spending on personal consumption, and about four times faster than spending on goods. This emergence of the experience economy is a trend that hotels and other hospitality businesses…

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Augmented Reality: A recent technology debut in hotel industry

Augmented reality is a technology that overlaps a computer-generated illustration on the user’s view of the real world to provide a compound vision. Augmented reality is a technology that overlaps a computer-generated illustration on the user’s view of the real world to provide a compound vision. It includes the integration of digital information with the user’s environment in…

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Is today’s hotel industry built on data-driven personalization?

Never has hospitality been more competitive; understanding the behavior of guests is now crucial to success. The hotel industry is on track to reach its tenth year of consecutive growth— having surpassed US$800 billion in 2017 in the US— but while that brings immense opportunity for its members, it has never been more competitive. Customers now…

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