Issue 2552 - 15 October, 2020

    Booking pares down offering

    Leading OTA Booking.com is cutting a number of tools previously provided for accommodation providers. Its WebDirect, BookingButton, RateIntelligence and ChoicePro products will all be discontinued, reports Phocuswire. Booking says support for the platforms will end, as it wants to redeploy resources in its core business. The suite supported services including price optimization, guest communication and [...]

    Consumers eager to travel

    Consumers are indicating a strong desire to travel once more. A survey by the World Travel & Tourism Council found 70% of respondents plan a trip in 2021. The survey, among US and Canadian consumers, found 99% are eager to travel again. Almost half of those polled have already made plans or are starting to [...]

    Cork landmark planned

    Developer Tower Holdings is proposing a five star hotel for Cork, that would be Ireland’s tallest building. The 140m tower would accommodate a 240 room hotel, reports the Irish Examiner. Talks have been opened with international brands, to operate the property. The hotel is part of a larger EUR150m redevelopment of the city’s Custom House [...]

    Asian rebound

    Hilton’s hotels in China and Japan are trading at near normal levels. Both markets are benefitting from strong domestic demand, reports Reuters. Leisure focused hotels in China are expected to beat 2019 performance, during next year. Chinese authorities reported domestic flight passenger numbers up 3.5% year on year in September. Read the full story here: [...]