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AccorHotels to acquire 21c Museum Hotels

AccorHotels today announced that it has signed an agreement to acquire 85% of 21c Museum Hotels, an award-winning hospitality management company pushing the boundaries of the museum and hotel worlds to create a new kind of travel experience. 21c combines a multi-venue contemporary art museum, boutique hotels and chef-driven restaurants, with 11 properties currently open and under development across the United States.

21c Museum Hotels was founded in 2006 in Louisville by philanthropists and contemporary art collectors Laura Lee Brown and […]

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Asian cities dominate top 10 rankings of international tourist arrivals in 2017

Asian cities had outnumbered their counterparts in Europe and America in terms of international tourist arrivals in 2017, according to leading data and analytics company GlobalData. Asia was represented by seven cities—Bangkok, Singapore, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Seoul, Kuala Lumpur and Shenzhen—while Europe, Middle East and America were limited to one city each—with London, Dubai and New York City respectively.

Depreciation of most of the Asian currencies (except Chinese Yuan) played a vital role in attracting international visitors to Asian cities. Tourists from […]

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Cruise Industry must recruit 80,000 new crew per year

Today, the worldwide cruise industry employs an estimated 250,000 seafarers and will need to hire some 70,000 new crew and officers annually for turnover – to replace personnel that retires or leaves, plus another 10,000 or so annually to man the new ships being launched into service. That means 80,000 new crew and officers each year for the next decade.

This forecast represents huge job opportunities for the countries that supply crew, including the Philippines, Indonesia, India and Caribbean island nations, […]

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Wyndham Hotels and Resorts to debut in Palau

Wyndham Hotels and Resorts to Debut in Palau with Stunning Over-Water Villa Resort

Wyndham Hotels & Resorts, the world’s largest hotel franchisor with nearly 9,000 hotels and 20 powerhouse brands, unveiled a luxurious new resort with over-water villas in Palau, the pristine western Pacific island paradise, under its namesake Wyndham brand at a recent ground breaking ceremony.

Wyndham Palau is being developed by the Sea Sky International Development Group, a subsidiary of Global International Development Group. The resort is located in […]

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Hayman Island to be rebranded as InterContinental after revamp

IHG has signed an agreement with Mulpha Australia to take over management of Hayman Island, part of the Whitsunday Islands in Queensland.

To be rebranded as Hayman Island, by InterContinental, the resort at the northernmost point in Whitsunday Islands will open again in 2019 following a A$100 million (US$74.2 million) makeover.

The 166-room hotel will be the only property on the 400ha island and will showcase world-class facilities, rooms and suites. It is accessible from Hamilton Island via either luxury vessel or […]

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Asian cruise market sails to double-digit growth

While Asian cruise passenger numbers surged 20.6% to hit another record high of over four million in 2017, overall cruise capacity deployed in the region is expected to decline marginally this year, according to the Asia Cruise Trends 2018 report recently released by Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA).

Between 2012 and 2017, Asian cruise passengers grew from 775,000 to nearly 4.1 million, an estimated 39% compound annual growth rate.

However, China, the main driver of passenger growth in Asia for the last few years, […]

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