Archive: August, 2012

Why read the fine print when booking hotels?

Why read the fine print when booking hotels?News from Boston.com: NEW YORK (AP) — The next time you book a hotel room, read the fine print first. New fees and novel freebies continue to pop up on hotel bills. Knowing what’s included — and what you’re willing to pay for — can make a big [...]

Consumer advocates: Time to make hotel fees a federal issue

Consumer advocates: Time to make hotel fees a federal issueNews from USA TODAY: On the heels of the news that the hotel industry this year is expected to collect a record $ 1.95 billion in add-on fees from guests, consumer and business travel advocates say it’s time to complain to the federal government about this [...]

Hotel chains ‘breach VAT rules’

Hotel chains ‘breach VAT rules’News from The Press Association: Hotel chains ‘breach VAT rules’ (UKPA) – 4 hours ago  Nearly half the major hotel chains in the UK are breaching regulations by not including VAT in headline prices online at some of their establishments, according to Which? Travel magazine. Its investigation found that of 24 [...]

Consumer advocates declare war on hidden hotel fees

Consumer advocates declare war on hidden hotel feesNews from Chicago Tribune: “Stop hotels from hiding part of their true prices from consumers and business travelers.” That’s the message Kevin Mitchell of the Business Travel Coalition and I sent to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) on Aug. 27, 2012. Our target, of course, is the mandatory [...]

7 of America’s hottest hotel restaurants

7 of America’s hottest hotel restaurantsNews from CNN: Chef José Andrés’ casual outpost unites Chinese and Mexican food under one high-design roof in the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. At his Dutch outpost at the W South Beach, chef Andrew Carmellini uses Floridian ingredients in his inventive seafood dishes. The menu at Redd Wood at the [...]

Houston: Time travel to the Triassic with a Hotel ZaZa package

Houston: Time travel to the Triassic with a Hotel ZaZa packageNews from Los Angeles Times: The pool area of Hotel ZaZa in Houston. (Hotel ZaZa / August 24, 2012) By Mary Forgione Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger August 27, 2012, 6:00 a.m. Hotel ZaZa in Houston offers a package for those who [...]

Win big in the distribution landscape – Hotel News Now

Win big in the distribution landscape – Hotel News NowNews from Win big in the distribution landscape – Hotel News Now: Imagine a very fit athlete running down the track. Legs burning, breathless, tired, with a strong competitor at his or her heels, jumping every hurdle that appears, fighting the urge to slow down, but [...]

Travel FYI: Single pass for top ski destinations; Ikea to open hotel chain …

Travel FYI: Single pass for top ski destinations; Ikea to open hotel chain …News from NorthJersey.com: Combined ski passes Four of the top ski destinations in the West are offering a single pass for the upcoming season. The resorts include Alta in Utah, Aspen/Snowmass in Colorado, Jackson Hole in Wyoming and Squaw Valley/Alpine Meadows in [...]

Just like Garbo and Astaire

Just like Garbo and AstaireNews from The Age: Class act … the Lambs Club bar is decked out in red leather. In the thick of New York, Rob McFarland revels in the Chatwal’s serious Hollywood pedigree. Precisely 134 steps from the consumer carnage of New York’s Times Square is the first of two discreet [...]

‘Banner year’ for historic hotels

‘Banner year’ for historic hotelsNews from Fox News: CHARLESTON, S.C. –  Business is recovering nicely for historic hotels in the Carolinas, Georgia and Tennessee as the economy improves following the Great Recession, industry representatives said Thursday. “We’re having a banner year. The best year ever,” said Lynn Lesene, one of the operators of The Wentworth [...]

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