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W Dubai: New taste of luxury

W Hotels Worldwide has announced the opening of W Dubai – The Palm, located on the Palm Jumeirah, the largest man-made island in the world. W Dubai – The Palm is the newest W Escape, the W brand’s playful spin on the traditional resort experience and is set to add a new beat to the already dynamic and pulsating city. […]

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Away brand launches in Bali

Flight Centre Travel Group’s in-house hotel management company BHMA has launched its Away brand in Bali, executing a lease agreement on resort, The Camakila Legian. The 4-star hotel will be rebranded Away Bali Legian Camakila under a long-term leasing agreement between Camakila and BHMA, marking BHMA’s 22nd operating hotel. Managing Director of BHMA, Kent Davidson, said the first operating lease […]

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Luxury hotels: The best and the worst

Twelve experienced and discerning researchers brought this year’s inside track on global luxury hotel openings. After thoroughly researching every property, of the 42 new hotels that were visited this year, discovered 15 exceptional properties were discovered, with only two that disappointed and ended up on the worst list. So here is the Best and Worst of 2018 (announced in reverse […]

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AvantStay Raises $5 Million for Short-Term Rentals: Travel Startup Funding This Week

This week’s travel startup funding announcements included bets on the popular themes of vacation rentals, co-living, corporate and business travel, and expense management. Each week we round up travel startups that have recently received or announced funding. Please email Travel Tech Editor Sean O’Neill at if you have funding news. This week travel startups announced more than $13 million […]

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Hyatt’s New Wellness Exec Talks Strategy

As luxury hotel companies work to become spaces for healthy living, we’ll likely start seeing more people with “wellness” or “well-being” in their titles take up senior positions. As hotel companies become more serious about wellness beyond spa offerings and healthy menus, many are creating new positions for executives specializing in the field. Hyatt is one of the pioneers and […]

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Travellers eye pod hotels to cut costs

Pod hotels are the newest type of hotel accommodation to be introduced to the UK. Developed in Japan, these small, ‘no frills’, pod-style rooms fit all the usual mod cons into half the size of a standard budget hotel room, but for less than half the nightly rate. With the budget hotel sector accounting for 25 per cent of the […]

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Corinthia Hotel, Lisbon

Glancing out from the top floor windows of the Corinthia Hotel, Lisbon, the Portuguese capital sprawls away below me. From my vantage point I can take in stunning views over the eighteenth-century Águas Livres Aqueduct. A remarkable feat of engineering, the project was initiated by King John V and sought to solve a historic lack of drinking water in the […]

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Radisson Blu Leninsky Prospect Hotel, Moscow, signed for 2021 opening

Radisson Hotel Group has revealed the signing of the Radisson Blu Leninsky Prospect Hotel, Moscow, in Russia. A collaboration with Sherwood Premier, the 150-room property will bring the group’s portfolio in Moscow and its surrounding area to eight hotels and 2,260 rooms in operation or under development. Elie Younes, chief development officer of Radisson Hotel Group, said: “This strategic project […]

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Quintana Roo Tourism Board honored for marketing excellence

Quintana Roo Tourism Board was recognized as a 2018 Partner Award winner for the Destination Campaign of the Year in Latin America by Expedia Group Media Solutions. The awards program celebrates partner campaigns from around the world that demonstrate innovation, creativity and achievement in travel marketing. Quintana Roo Tourism Board’s goal was to highlight destinations in the region, including Riviera […]