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Buy2Greece.com – Europe hotel industry poised to tackle increasing hotel room demands
Buy2Greece.com – Last week, Zero Hedge first reported on this side of the Pacific, some very troubling news: the biggest offshore buyer of luxury US real estate, that would be Chinese money laundering oligarchs and other member of the upper class, may be locked out of any future US housing purchases for a long, long time.
Buy2Greece.com – Hilton Worldwide Presents Lucrative Offers Entitled ‘Book More Get More’
Hilton Worldwide launched the ‘Book More Get More’ offer that presents customers, including corporate entities and intermediaries, the opportunity to enjoy a range of exceptional benefits for booking meetings or events at the Hilton Worldwide portfolio of hotels in India. From complimentary room nights, free Wi-Fi, double Hilton HHonors Bonus Points, 5% off the master bill, cocktails on the house and complimentary themed coffee breaks to room upgrades, the more a customer books the more benefits he / she receives. With hotels in key cities of the country, including New Delhi, Gurgaon, Mumbai, Chennai, Bangalore, Trivandrum, Vadodara, Pune, Shillim, Goa, Jaipur and Agra, Hilton Worldwide offers a selection of versatile venues ideal for exclusive events, weddings and residential meetings.
Under this offer, from 15 July to 15 October, customers who spend US$1,670* and more on rooms and / or catering towards a meeting or event at any of the participating hotels will be entitled to enjoy a choice of up to five of the following benefits:
Double Hilton HHonors Points or miles
Complimentary Wi-Fi in booked meeting rooms
One complimentary room night for every 10 paid room nights
5% off the master bill
Three complimentary room upgrades
Complimentary starters once during the event / meeting for up to 30 people
Two complimentary themed tea / coffee breaks each day of event / meeting
Complimentary projector, screen and basic sound system each day of event / meeting
Customers who spend US$1,670* to US$5,000* can enjoy any three of the benefits listed above. Customers who spend between US$5,000* and US$8,340* may choose four benefits and those who spend more than US$8,340* will receive as many as five benefits. (*At the exchange rate of US$1 = INR60)
This offer is valid on bookings made before 15 October 2014 and utilised by 31 March 2015.
Hilton Garden Inn New Delhi / Saket
Hilton Garden Inn Gurgaon Baani Square
DoubleTree by Hilton Gurgaon – New Delhi NCR
Hilton Mumbai International Airport
Hilton Bangalore Embassy Golf Links
DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Bangalore
Chennai Hilton Chennai
Hilton Garden Inn Trivandrum
Hampton by Hilton Vadodara – Alkapuri
DoubleTree by Hilton Pune – Chinchwad
Shillim in the Western Ghats
Hilton Shillim Estate Retreat & Spa
DoubleTree by Hilton Goa – Arpora – Baga
DoubleTree by Hilton Agra
Buy2Greece.com – TripAdvisor Acclaims World’s Top 10 Amusement Destinations
TripAdvisor the world’s largest travel site, announced the winners of its Travelers’ Choice awards for Amusement Parks and Water Parks around the globe. In total, 242 winners were identified, including the top 25 in the world and dedicated lists for Asia, Canada, China, Europe, India, South America, South Pacific, the U.K. and the U.S.
“Travelers in search of outdoor entertainment should look no further than the TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Amusement Parks and Water Parks,” said Barbara Messing, chief marketing officer for TripAdvisor. “There is a wide variety of activities to appeal to all ages at these top-rated parks across the globe.”
Travelers’ Choice awards honor top travel spots worldwide based on the millions of valuable reviews and opinions from TripAdvisor travelers. Award winners were determined using an algorithm that took into account the quantity and quality of reviews for amusement parks and water parks worldwide, gathered over a 12-month period.
Water Parks – World
1. Siam Park, Adeje, Spain
2. Beach Park, Aquiraz, Brazil
3. Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park, Orlando, Florida
4. Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park, Orlando, Florida
5. Waterbom Bali, Kuta, Indonesia
6. Wild Wadi Water Park, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
7. Hot Park, Rio Quente, Brazil
8. Aquaventure Waterpark, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
9. Aquatica, Orlando, Florida
10. Aquaventure Water Park at Atlantis Paradise Island, Paradise Island, Bahamas
Top Water Parks in the United States
1. Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park, Orlando, Florida
2. Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park, Orlando, Florida
3. Aquatica, Orlando, Florida
4. Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari, Santa Claus, Indiana
5. Water Country USA, Williamsburg, Virginia
6. Morey’s Piers and Beachfront Waterparks, Wildwood, New Jersey
7. Noah’s Ark Water Park, Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin
8. Dollywood’s Splash Country Water Adventure Park, Pigeon Forge, Tennessee
9. Wet ‘n Wild, Orlando, Florida
10. Cedar Point – Soak City, Sandusky, Ohio
Amusement Parks – World
1. Discovery Cove, Orlando, Florida
2. Europa-Park, Rust, Germany
3. Universal’s Islands of Adventure, Orlando, Florida
4. Magic Kingdom, Orlando, Florida
5. Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Orlando, Florida
6. Beto Carrero World, Penha, Brazil
7. Disneyland Park, Anaheim, California
8. Universal Studios Singapore, Sentosa Island, Singapore
9. PortAventura Park, Salou, Spain
10. Disney’s Animal Kingdom, Orlando, Florida
Amusement Parks – U.S.
1. Discovery Cove, Orlando, Florida
2. Universal’s Islands of Adventure, Orlando, Florida
3. Magic Kingdom, Orlando, Florida
4. Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Orlando, Florida
5. Disneyland Park, Anaheim, California
6. Disney’s Animal Kingdom, Orlando, Florida
7. SeaWorld Orlando, Orlando, Florida
8. Cedar Point Amusement Park, Sandusky, Ohio
9. Universal Studios Hollywood, Los Angeles, California
10. Busch Gardens, Tampa, Florida
Florida Shines Bright on World and U.S. Amusement Parks Lists
Occupying nine of the top 25 spots on the world and U.S. amusement parks lists, the Sunshine State reigns supreme. Orlando claims eight of the spots including Discovery Cove, the #1 amusement park in the U.S. and world, while Tampa hosts Busch Gardens (#10 in the U.S, #14 world).
U.S. and Brazil Lead the Wave with Most Award-Winning World Water Parks
As the U.S. is home to six of the top 25 water parks on the world list, and Brazil home to five, these hot spots offer fun-filled parks for travelers to make a splash, including Beach Park in Aquiraz, Brazil at #2, and Disney’s Blizzard Beach in Orlando, Florida at #3.
Buy2Greece.com – Google head of travel to share his views at the GBTA Convention 2014
GBTA announces the featured speaker list as Google Director of Travel Partnerships David Pavelko is set to grace the occasion at GBTA Convention 2014. The Global Business Travel Association (GBTA)—the voice of the global business travel industry—today announced David Pavelko, Director of travel partnerships for Google, will be a featured speaker at the GBTA Convention 2014, July 26-30, in Los Angeles.
“We are pleased to welcome David Pavelko as a featured speaker for this year’s Convention,” said Michael W. McCormick executive director and COO of GBTA. “The pace of change and innovation in travel continues to accelerate and Google is at the forefront of this change. David will provide attendees with his perspective on what’s next for Google in our industry and beyond. His deep industry experience and passion for the business of travel make him an excellent final addition to our speaker roster.”
Pavelko works directly with Google’s consumer travel initiatives and supports the overall strategy as well as business development and partnership efforts. David spent his first five years at Google managing marketing and advertising campaigns for airlines, hotel chains, cruise lines, car rental companies, OTA’s, meta, and travel publishers across Google search, display, mobile and YouTube advertising platforms.
Other Center Stage industry speakers at the GBTA Convention 2014 include U. S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Administrator John S. Pistole; Chairman of the Board, President and CEO of United Airlines Jeffery A. Smisek; Delta CEO Richard Anderson; Concur CEO and Chairman of the Board of Directors Steve Singh; American Express Global Business Travel President and CEO Bill Glenn.
The 2014 Convention theme, Business in Motion, aptly describes how the event will unfold as nearly 7,000 attendees from all facets of the business travel industry come together for five days of continuous motion at the business travel event of the year. GBTA will broadcast LIVE from the LA Convention Center, bringing you world-class featured speakers, more than 80 industry-leading education sessions, the largest business travel expo floor, a wide selection of professional development opportunities and much more providing attendees the opportunity to build their careers and get business done.
Big Chinese businesses are seeking even further involvement in Greece despite the fact that unstable economic and political conditions have forced many foreign companies to reconsider their presence in the crisis-hit country.
Greece has long been home to thousands of Chinese businesses, from small retail stores to shipping giant China Ocean Shipping Company (COSCO), which has invested billions in Greece’s largest port.
Several large international companies have already left Greece because of the crisis, but that doesn’t appear to be the case for major Chinese companies.
“For investments that have to do with ports, logistics, energy and anything affiliated with big and stable Chinese businesses, there’s no evidence that these businesses want to withdraw,” said Constantine Yannidis, president of Hellenic-Chinese Chamber, a non-governmental, non-profit membership association for Greek corporations and individual entrepreneurs engaged in business with China.
Buy2Greece.com – CIC “SHOWS CONFIDENCE IN GREECE”
Aphrodite Bletas, vice-president of the chamber who led the delegation, said the meeting with the CIC was “crucial”, and its President Lou Jiwei had expressed a willingness to invest in Greece once the new government is formed.
“China demonstrates extensive interest in investing in Greece,” said Bletas
But she said due to the current political uncertainty, no concrete commitments have been made on specific projects.
“The outcome of the coming election is of significant concerns for Chinese investors. Discussions would be opened only after the election with the new government in place,” said Bletas.
Though both sides didn’t touch on specific projects, Greece has shown interest in cooperation on ports, airports, highways, high-speed railways and even real estate development.
CIC, China’s $410-billion sovereign wealth fund, has cut its stock and bond investments in Europe as the risk of a eurozone breakup increases, said Lou.
He said that China was also unlikely to buy common eurozone bonds, should they eventually be sold as part of a resolution of the European debt crisis, as “the risk is too big, and the return is too low”.
Yannidis said he strongly believes that the Greek people will be united amid such huge challenges. “Politicians should make the interests of the people and the nation their priority,” said Yannidis.
Time is pressing for Greece, as the country needs to carry out structural reforms, rectify its investment laws and remove barriers and bureaucracy to attract foreign investors, he said.
Yannidis said Chinese investors have already expressed great interest in investing in Greece, which is believed to be a gateway to Europe.
Greece still needs up to a year to bring its economy onto the right track and restore market confidence.
“I hope Chinese investors have such patience and confidence in us,” said Yannidis.
Tan Xuan contributed to the story.
Buy2Greece.com – Sabre signs technology agreement with HNA Hotels & Resorts
Sabre Corporation , a global technology provider to the travel and tourism industry, has signed a comprehensive technology agreement with China-based HNA Hotels & Resorts. Sabre Hospitality will serve as HNA’s primary technology provider for its critical operations and marketing systems, including the Sabre SynXis central reservations system and Sabre Guest Connect Booking Engine.
HNA also will leverage Sabre’s full complement of distribution channels. HNA officials selected Sabre Hospitality Solutions because of its broad portfolio of seamlessly integrated software, which solved HNA’s primary challenge of having multiple, unrelated systems across their properties. “Sabre has solid, proven technology and a rich history of delivering innovative solutions to the travel industry,” said John Kidd, president of HNA Hospitality Group. “Sabre was the best choice because of its best-in-class solutions that are aligned to our growth strategy.”
With two properties already outside of China, HNA will continue its international expansion. Sabre plans to play a pivotal role with HNA to help them achieve their growth goals. “Our unrivaled portfolio of integrated solutions will provide HNA with the tools they need to increase revenue, improve operational efficiency and enhance the end-to-end guest experience,” said Alex Alt, president and general manager of Sabre Hospitality Solutions. “The unique combination of Sabre’s global reach to travelers combined with unparalleled marketing expertise will enhance and strengthen HNA’s continued expansion efforts.”
Buy2Greece.com – Steep rise in hotel prices this July in Greece Average hotel prices in Greece, Mykonos will rise by 61 percent this July compared to last year. The average night rate for July in Mykonos will be 332 euros compared to 220 euros in 2013 at this time.
Many destinations in Greece have seen a definite increase in prices since 2013, Lefkada with a 38 percent rise in average hotel rates (109 euros a night). Lefkada is followed by Zakynthos (+21 percent), Ios (+19 percent), Elounda (+18 percent), Kos (+17 percent), Hersonissos (+17 percent), Chania (+16 percent) and Rhodes (+15 percent).
Folegandros,has observed a drop in average price of hotel rooms . An overnight stay would cost an average 97 euros compared to 133 euros same time in 2013. The fall is about 27 percent.
Skiathos follows Folegandros with an average nightly rate at 108 euros (-24 percent) compared with 142 euros last year.
Spetses, a favorite choice for short escapes, is next among Greek destinations where hoteliers have cut their prices (-23 percent). The average price for a double room per night on Spetses in July stands at 139 euros, against 181 euros a year ago.
Price reductions have also been recorded in Ermoupoli on Syros (-13 percent) and Lindos on Rhodes (-10 percent).