Picture: Top Row L/R: Alain St.Ange, Minister, Ministry of Tourism & Culture Seychelles; Andrew Dixon, Owner, Nikoi and Cempedak Islands, and Derek Toh, Founder and CEO, WOBB.CO. Middle Row L/R: Gerald Lawless, Head of Tourism and Hospitality, Dubai Holding; Jon Nathan Denight, Executive Director, Guam Visitors Bureau, and Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner, Marshall Islands Poet. Bottom Row L/R: Mario Hardy, CEO, Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA); Mark Schwab, CEO, Star Alliance, and Zoltán Somogyi, Executive Director for Programme and Coordination, World Tourism Organization (UNWTO).

News

Island tourism

The Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA), in partnership with the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), will hold the PATA/UNWTO Ministerial Debate on Pacific Island Tourism in Guam, USA on May 21, 2016. The event, hosted by the Guam Visitors Bureau (GVB), will be held at the Dusit Thani Guam Resort. During the debate, representatives from both

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News

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What really drives hotel rankings on Google?

By RJ Friedlander, CEO of ReviewPro The world’s leading search engine has recently launched a Google review collection widget in which ReviewPro and other vendors are partners. There has been some confusion in the market but Google confirms that all partners offer the same Google review collection capability to clients. The only point of differentiation is

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HOIHGm Founder & President Leon Larkin

The Honourable Order of International Hotel GMs

  The Honourable Order of International Hotel General Managers (HOIHGm) has officially launched. The world first initiative dedicated to the hotel general management community – is designed to raise the profile of hotel GMs, whilst providing a range of professional and personal membership benefits, such as portable healthcare and insurance options.   Membership is open

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Joerg Happel

Driving revenue on extended stays

By: Joerg Happel, senior product manager, IDeaS Revenue Solutions   Is Asia’s extended stay market growing and why should hoteliers pay attention to this market?   For hotel groups looking for new ways to generate additional revenue in 2016 and beyond, the growing extended length accommodation sector continues to provide solid value for both owners

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Design

Romance in Chiang Mai

A recent hop to Chiang Mai in Northern Thailand reminded why this is one of the Asia’s great food cities. With khao soi seemingly on every street (more to come on that), day and night markets, impromptu food stalls, food trucks and restaurants, you’re never going to go wanting for something great to eat. An

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Drink

Greater diversity at SIAL 2016 next month

With Chinese New Year around the corner, the air is pervasive with the elevating atmosphere. Food is usually the most auspicious token to express people’s wishes for the happiness and fortunate in the coming year. At SIAL CHINA 2016 dated May 5-7, 2016, food fresh from all over the world will guarantee professional buyers the

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Equipment

Greater diversity at SIAL 2016 next month

With Chinese New Year around the corner, the air is pervasive with the elevating atmosphere. Food is usually the most auspicious token to express people’s wishes for the happiness and fortunate in the coming year. At SIAL CHINA 2016 dated May 5-7, 2016, food fresh from all over the world will guarantee professional buyers the

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Food

Greater diversity at SIAL 2016 next month

With Chinese New Year around the corner, the air is pervasive with the elevating atmosphere. Food is usually the most auspicious token to express people’s wishes for the happiness and fortunate in the coming year. At SIAL CHINA 2016 dated May 5-7, 2016, food fresh from all over the world will guarantee professional buyers the

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Management

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Landing new MICE business

  If destinations, hotels and venues target the client’s professional conference organiser (PCO) in the pitching process, lucrative MICE business will follow, says Carolyn Childs, co-founder, MyTravelResearch.com ‘Magician’ PCOs are creative control freaks. Understand them to win MICE business, says Childs Not winning as much meetings, incentives, conferences and events (MICE) business as you would

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Market Report

To be competitive requires differentiation in China

China Rising

Hotel operators need to differentiate their properties to stay competitive, Michael Taylor writes Domestic travel within China was strong last year, experiencing a 10% increase over the year before. Visitor arrivals declined by about 1%, and tourism spend dipped from US$51 million in 2013 to US$48 million. According to Hotelchatter.com, more than 30 high-end hotels

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New Products

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Translating wine

New research will help wine producers and distributors to describe their product more effectively using terms more easily understood by Chinese wine consumers. The Chinese Lexicon Project – a two year long research initiative by the Ehrenberg-Bass Institute at the University of South Australia funded by the Australian Grape and Wine Authority (AGWA) – has revealed what terms Chinese consumers

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Technology

Being social

By Christian Lukey,head of hotel distribution, Amadeus Asia-Pacific   If you have not heard about the Kardashians, you might not be ‘keeping up’ on social media. These days, everyone seems to be emulating the Kardashian pop culture phenomenon of sharing everything – where they’ve been, what they’re doing, and what they think – accompanied with

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