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NEW YEAR MESSAGE FROM HUGH RILEY

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SECRETARY GENERAL CARIBBEAN TOURISM ORGANIZATION

Bridgetown, Barbados (28 Dec 2017) - This has been a challenging year for Caribbean tourism. While the first half of the year saw exciting growth in both tourism infrastructure and tourist arrivals over the previous year, in September we were hit hard by a series of unusual hurricanes that not only destroyed property, but also took the lives of many of our citizens. We must never forget the souls we lost along the way.

Physically, we will recover. Our Caribbean people are a resilient population. We will put the bricks and mortar back together and the hotels and vegetation will rise again and shine in the brilliant sunlight.

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Tourism Luminaries Headed to CHIEF Event in Miami

Tourism Luminaries Headed to CHIEF Event in Miami

Source: CaribbeanJournal.com

An accomplished roster of speakers, including a top executive from Virgin Atlantic, a leading authority on tourism intelligence and a host of respected hoteliers, will address delegates attending the annual Caribbean Hospitality Industry Exchange Forum, slated to take place from June 2 to 4 at the Hyatt Regency Miami.

The Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association reports that Britain’s Mark Anderson, Executive Vice President at Virgin Atlantic, and Trinidadian Dr. Auliana Poon, Managing Director of Tourism Intelligence International, are among the list of speakers for the forum, which features a number of educational sessions.

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Don’t believe the story about hackers locking guests in their rooms at a luxury hotel

Don’t believe the story about hackers locking guests in their rooms at a luxury hotel

Source: http://www.theverge.com/A story that’s been circulating over the past week — “Hotel ransomed by hackers as guests locked in rooms” — should be taken with a little more than just a pinch of salt.

According to a report (since amended) by The Local, the computer system at the four-star Austrian hotel, the Seehotel Jaegerwirt, was hacked and its electronic key system hijacked. Guests were reportedly locked in their rooms by hackers until a Bitcoin ransom worth €1,500 was paid. As a result of the hack, the hotel’s managers have decided to change from electronic locks to good old-fashioned keys.

It’s a juicy story, but not entirely correct. Speaking to The Verge, Christoph Brandstätter, the hotel’s managing director, confirmed that not only were guests not locked in their rooms, the rooms were not remotely locked at all. “We were a little bit surprised about that press really because nobody was locked in their room,” said Brandstätter. “We had a cyber-attack but the only problem was that we could not program keycards for the guests checking in on the same day.” He added: “The keycards and the computers were affected, but the doors were not.”

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TRAVEL INDUSTRY ICON TO ADDRESS CARIBBEAN HOSPITALITY EXCHANGE FORUM

TRAVEL INDUSTRY ICON TO ADDRESS CARIBBEAN HOSPITALITY EXCHANGE FORUM

MIAMI, Florida (August 5, 2016) - Gerard "Jerry" Inzerillo, CEO of Forbes Travel Guide, known and esteemed for his innovations and relationships in the tourism, hospitality, and entertainment communities, will be the keynote speaker opening up the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association's (CHTA) Caribbean Hospitality Industry Exchange Forum (CHIEF) in Puerto Rico from September 30 to October 2, 2016.

Inzerillo, who has a deep well of experience upon which to draw, will address the role the Caribbean plays in global tourism.

During his extensive career, Inzerillo helped to develop some of the world's most famous hospitality brands such as Atlantis, One&Only Resorts and Ian Schrager Hotels, and held leadership roles with Four Seasons and Hilton Hotels & Resorts.

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Hotels vs. Airbnb: Let the Battle Begin

Hotels vs. Airbnb: Let the Battle Begin

Source: New York Times

Ever since Airbnb entered the lodging scene in 2008, the hotel industry has cast a wary eye, noting its popularity with young travelers. Despite a strong year for hotels — occupancy and rates broke records in 2015, according to the data firm STR — anxiety may be creeping into those corporate suites.

Airbnb, the largest home sharing network with over two million listings worldwide, is newly targeting business travelers, the bread-and-butter clientele of hotels.

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Travelport and Groupize Launch New Small Group Booking Tool

Travelport and Groupize Launch New Small Group Booking Tool

Source: Hotel News Resource

Cloud based, mobile self-booking tool saves time, helps drive new revenue growth for TMCs 

Groupize and Travelport, a leading Travel Commerce Platform, have today jointly announced the launch of a new online hotel booking solution for travel management companies (TMC) that addresses the growing demand for a self-service, centralized solution to source, book, track and manage small group meetings of under 25 hotel rooms or less than 50 participants. 

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2017 Global Travel Price Outlook Identifies Key Risks for Global Market

2017 Global Travel Price Outlook Identifies Key Risks for Global Market

Source: Hotel News Resource

Travel Prices Set to Marginally Increase or Remain Flat for 2017; Geopolitical and Economic Uncertainty Mean Travel Managers Need to Remain Flexible and Agile 

New research out today highlights six key risks heading into 2017 that could impact both travel industry prices and the global economy as a whole. They are emerging market performance, financial market turbulence, geopolitical risks, uncertainty surrounding Brexit, potentially fluctuating U.S. interest rates and oil prices.

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Airbnb is moving into the tours and activities – some think in a very big way.

Airbnb is moving into the tours and activities – some think in a very big way.

Source: tnooz

The company has been talking about it a lot recently, not least at a conference I attended.

Whilst many gushed and appeared in awe, it gave a really great opportunity to hear, instantly and first-hand the reactions of others and how they think it might affect my own business.

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Kalibri Labs points hotels toward the true cost of guest acquisition

Kalibri Labs points hotels toward the true cost of guest acquisition

Source: Tnooz

One of the most under-reported stories in travel is that most hotel owners have no idea what their cost per channel is and what they’re actually getting per room.

That hasn’t been a problem this year or last year, because respectable growth in demand in many markets worldwide has kept everybody happy enough with bottom lines.

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Airbnb and Social Control in the Sharing Economy

Airbnb and Social Control in the Sharing Economy

New York Times - By QUENTIN HARDY

Technology has all kinds of ways to make life easier — particularly for the tech companies themselves. As Katie Benner writes, Airbnb is currently under scrutiny over the way some of its members choose who they will rent to. One study shows it’s harder for people with names that seem African-American to book stays. Yet if those people are wronged on Airbnb, there’s little they can do to seek legal redress.

When people sign up for the service, they waive the right to sue Airbnb, or join any arbitration or class-action lawsuit against the company. A few months back, Airbnb highlighted those terms, and older users were compelled to show that they were aware of the rights they were losing by listing with Airbnb.

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Hotel Marketing Lessons From Mom

Hotel Marketing Lessons From Mom

Moms think they know best.And, you know what? We agree.

Source: Hotel News Resource

In addition to reminding us to clean our rooms, comb our hair, and be nice to our teachers, Moms love to shower us with sage advice and thoughtful quips to get us through any situation. And, it turns out that their advice is directly relevant to our work as hotel marketers as well.

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Hoteliers warn of ‘rogue’ sites tricking guests

Hoteliers warn of ‘rogue’ sites tricking guests

The long-standing friction between hoteliers and OTAs was kicked up a notch last week as the trade associations representing each of those groups engaged in a war of words and data over “rogue” OTA websites.

The hallmark of such sites, according to the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AH&LA), is that they trick consumers into believing that they are booking directly on a hotel’s website. The Travel Technology Association (Travel Tech), the OTAs’ trade group, meanwhile, defended the trustworthiness of the distribution channel it represents.

The AH&LA said that U.S. consumers book as many as 15 million hotel rooms each year, totaling more than $1.3 billion in revenue, through “rogue” OTAs. And, citing a study compiled for it by GfK Custom Research, the trade group said such bookings often resulted in corrupted, inaccurate or nonexistent bookings.

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Theo Chambers
05 October 2015
Tourism
Hotel
The long-standing friction between hoteliers and OTAs was kicked up a notch last week as the trade associations representing each of those groups engaged in a war of words and data over “rogue” OTA w...
Theo Chambers
14 July 2016
Caribbean
Tourism
Costa Rica
Cuba
Panama
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Theo Chambers
09 July 2013
Meetings
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Theo Chambers
20 May 2014
Entertainment
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Theo Chambers
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Entertainment
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Theo Chambers
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Tourism
Hotel
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Theo Chambers
23 March 2015
Health
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Theo Chambers
08 April 2016
General
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Theo Chambers
23 June 2016
Tourism
Hotel
Source: tnoozThe company has been talking about it a lot recently, not least at a conference I attended.Whilst many gushed and appeared in awe, it gave a really great opportunity to hear, instant...
Sharon Parris-Chambers
07 January 2018
Caribbean
CARICOM’s incoming chairman, Jovenel Moise of Haiti, says the absolute necessity to create a climate smart region is clear, given the effects of climate change which have brought destructive hurricane...
Theo Chambers
15 July 2016
General
Caribbean
Hotel
Tourism
Economic
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Theo Chambers
20 June 2016
Caribbean
Tourism
Transportation
Source: The Wall Street JournalBy SUSAN CAREYThe two carriers were among six that won route rights to secondary airports in Cuba.Silver Airways Inc., a Florida-based operator of turboprop planes,...
Theo Chambers
09 July 2013
Transportation
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Theo Chambers
10 July 2013
Transportation
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Theo Chambers
20 August 2013
Transportation
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Theo Chambers
21 August 2013
Environmental
Basseterre, St. Kitts and Nevis, Aug. 20 (CNA) Republic of China President Ma Ying-jeou visited a solar power plant being built by a Taiwanese company in St. Kitts and Nevis on Monday to highlight th...
Theo Chambers
26 March 2014
Entertainment
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Theo Chambers
26 July 2014
Entertainment
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Theo Chambers
27 January 2015
Transportation
Knutsford Express is pleased to announce some long-awaited news about new schedules, as well as, new stations. Knutsford Express has included a stop at Gutters (at the end of Spur Tree Hill) alo...
Theo Chambers
07 March 2015
Sports
Montego Bay, Jamaica: March 4, 2015: The Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB) has thrown its full support behind the upcoming MoBay City Run, describing the charity event as an asset to the development o...
Theo Chambers
25 March 2015
Health
A total of 10 spa therapy professionals recently graduated with their diploma in holistic massage from the Ocho Rios-based, Personal Body Health Care (PBHC) Clinic and School of Holistic Therapies, b...
Theo Chambers
12 February 2016
General
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Theo Chambers
12 February 2016
General
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Theo Chambers
03 April 2016
General
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