• Issue 920

OTA backlash

Owners of a Cumbrian castle hotel have launched a campaign to encourage guests to book direct. The Fair Booking Movement has gathered more than 80 properties in support of its Best Rooms Direct website, which offers commission-free web links.

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Heathrow indecision shifts focus

A lack of clarity about the future growth of Heathrow airport is encouraging hotel investors to review other European destinations. Hotel developments around Amsterdam, Frankfurt and Paris are benefitting, report agents Christie + Co.

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Strategic improves

Strategic Hotels raised revpar 8.8% in 2013, but reported a full year loss of USD3.2m. In the US, a 6.1% increase in average room rate combined with a 2.2% improvement in occupancy.

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Chinese start sharing

Chinese accommodation sharing site Tujia is proving the equal of the West’s Airbnb. Tujia currently lists 80,000 properties and is helping Chinese second home investors rent out their properties night by night, reports Bloomberg.

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DoubleTree Indian addition

Hilton has signed to open a DoubleTree close to India’s Taj Mahal. The 104 room DoubleTree Agra will open this August.

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