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The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C., part of Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR), today announced its entry into luxury yachting and cruises – bringing the award-winning luxury hotel brand’s service and timeless style to sea. Created by The Ritz-Carlton and maritime experts Douglas Prothero and Lars Clasen, in collaboration with funds managed by Oaktree Capital Management,…

Ota punch hotels

The OTAs are omnipresent, evil entities, sucking away your profits, your hopes, and your dreams. We know. But strangely, the OTAs don’t exactly see themselves in quite the same way. Far from perceiving themselves as the sneering villains to the hoteliers’ James Bond, they actually believe in enhancing your hotel’s distribution potential and delivering superior…

Mr Gavin M. Faull, Chairman and President of Swiss-Belhotel International

Mr Gavin M. Faull, Chairman and President of Swiss-Belhotel International recently spoke at the annual Strategic Occupancy AUS & NZ 2017 conference in Sydney which took place from 29-31 May. While offering his insights on innovative strategies to increase the daily rates of hotels in Australasia, Mr. Faull said, “Swiss-Belhotel understands the myriad opportunities on…

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I had the privilege to moderate a panel discussion about CSR and Hotels for the British Chamber of Commerce recently. The panelists were Alex Mavro, Co-Founder of the Corporate Responsibility & Ethics Association (CREATE) for Thai Enterprise, CSR Consultant & Educator, Debdyuti Dasgupta who is also the Cluster Director of Finance of JW Marriott Hotel,…

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The annual Hotel Management Thailand Summit returned to the Banyan Tree Bangkok on 25 May, proving once again to provide an excellent opportunity for hoteliers to get together and discussion the burning issues of the day. While a range of topics were discussed throughout the day, including the latest technological innovations, the way trends from…

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Some hotel executives meet over coffee at yet another industry conference and the conversation quickly turns to money, and in particular how to get their hands on more of it. Mr Bold said they could say what they liked about profitability, but revenue growth was the answer to all their problems. Mr Loud said that…

Douglas Martell

ONYX Hospitality Group is pleased to announce the appointment of Douglas Martell as Chief Executive Officer. Previously the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of ONYX, Mr Martell succeeds Peter Henley who will retire after successfully leading the company’s multi-brand and pan-regional expansion as Chief Executive Officer over a period of nine years. Mr…

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Although Muslim tourists constitute a large and growing sector of the travel market, greater awareness is needed of their specific requirements according to Ph.D. student Ms Hera Oktadiana and Dean Kaye Chon of the School of Hotel and Tourism Management (SHTM) at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University and a co-researcher. In a recently published review paper, the…

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