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How Brexit is Affecting the Briton Holiday

matrixrenovationHalf term holiday is just around the corner for Britons, but it seems that a significant amount are avoiding mainland Europe this holiday due to the Brexit aftermath. The declining value of the pound combined with fear of terrorist attacks are the most popular reasons why Brits are avoiding their go to European vacation spots.

Spain and France are ranked highest among Briton travel destinations. With France’s recent terrorist attacks, huge cities are most likely to be avoided and Britons will opt for more of a seaside, open country destination. Canada and Australia were ranked second and third, respectively, behind France as the most popular destinations.

A record number of British tourists went to Spain this past summer, unaffected by the vote for Brexit and the weak pound. Official Spanish government records reveal that 9.6 million tourist arrived in July, that is 11% higher than the previous year. At the time, the effects of Brexit had not yet come to light, but officials say that in late October to early November 2016 is when we will see the real impact of the vote.

With the chaos of Brexit comes good news for Americans, traveling to England is now easier than ever. With the decline in value of the pound, you will get more bang for your buck. So book that all-inclusive trip to England now while it’s affordable!

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Unique Places to Stay Around the World

burjalarabIf you’ve managed to do any traveling around the world, you’ve likely noticed that hotels can be much more than a convenient place to stay and sleep. From underwater lodging experiences to hideaways tucked away on top of the mountains, we’re taking a look at some of the most impressive hotels around the world you can stay at.

Pemba Island, Tanzania is the home of The Manta Resort. The rooms in this hotel consist of three levels that each offer a unique experience. The top level serves as a lounge deck awash in the rays of the sun during the day or warmly lit at night by the stars. The mid-level provides 360-degree vistas of fish, the sun, or your comfy bed while the third level is submerged. This underwater room includes a spotlight that allows you to watch the sea life activity no matter what time it is.

The home of the tallest structure in the world is also the home of an incredible hotel. The Burj Al Arab Hotel in Dubai is third tallest hotel in the world and provides some of the most breathtaking vistas anywhere in the globe.

Have you ever dreamed of staying in castle? At Ashford Castle in Lough Corrib, Ireland, you can! Once owned by the famous Guinness family in the 1800s, the castle is comprised of 20,000+ acres of natural elegance and is now a luxury hotel packed with modern amenities and classic activities like clay shooting, fishing, horse riding, and even falconry.

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Traditional Hotel Stays Are Still Popular

hotelstayEver since its emergence, hotels have been wary of Airbnb, the popular homestay network that allows people to rent a residential property for a short or long term basis. Despite their concerns that the company would hurt the industry, it seems some of those concerns may be unfounded.

A research firm compared hotel data and that of Airbnb among several domestic and international markets, using some of the largest names in hotels like Hilton. Despite the findings that Airbnb does provide a greater number of available listings worldwide, these listings are not becoming replacements for a hotel stay.

Travelers that opt for Airbnb are seeking an entirely different experience than that of a hotel, one that involves becoming acquainted with the hosts, immersing themselves in the culture, or it may just be that they simply cannot afford to stay in a traditional hotel room. Airbnb also provides a greater degree of variety in terms of places to stay such as shared spaces or even tents. Despite this, the data shows that hotel occupancy was/is significantly higher than that of Airbnb in the majority of markets.

In other words, while Airbnb may be grabbing the attention of a small portion of hotel guests seeking a unique experience, the portion isn’t significant enough that it would trounce the traditional lodging experiences we’re accustomed to.

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New Places to Stay This Fall

fourseasonsWill you be doing any traveling this fall? With the new season comes several new hotel openings, and we’re here to highlight some of the best places you can stay at before 2016 comes to an end.

Have you ever been to the Maldives? The famous St. Regis will be lending its name to the upcoming St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort, expected to open on November 1st. The 22-acre property will boast over 70 incredible villas and plenty of top notch amenities such as a “water amphitheater”, a nature and dive center, a spa, plus much more. If you’ve ever stayed at a St. Regis, you have a good idea of what to expect.

When it comes to the finest hotel chains, the Four Seasons is arguably at the very top of the list. The Four Seasons Hotel New York Downtown opened this month in the Lower Manhattan area and stands a majestic 82 stories with a total of 189 rooms. Some of its highlights include a steakhouse called Cut by famous chef Wolfgang Puck, a spa with seven different treatment rooms, and a lap pool spanning over 70 feet.

Magen David Square in Tel Aviv, Israel is known for its vibrancy, and it’s also where you’ll find The Poli House, opening next month. It will be situated near the Mediterranean beachfront and is intended to attract younger travelers. A rooftop pool overlooking the city and modern interiors created by designer Karim Rashid are a few of the many highlights.

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Lodge Like a Celebrity

missionranchMany of us don’t have the opportunity to live like the rich and famous or the Hollywood elite. It’s still fun to marvel at some of the stunning properties owned by celebrities and imagine what it’d be like to live the life of a celeb. Celebrity-owned hotels may not exactly emulate what such a lifestyle may be like, but staying in one can make you feel like a celebrity. Let’s take a look at some notable examples.

The Greenwich Hotel in New York is owned by one of the world’s finest actors: Robert DeNiro. If you’re looking for a great place to eat to complement your hotel stay, you can always try Locanda Verde, also owned by the actor.

Speaking of New York, actor Richard Gere purchased the classic Bedford Post Inn back in 2007. It has since become an opulent, luxurious hotel with just eight bedrooms.

The luxurious Mission Ranch Hotel and Restaurant in Carmel-by-the-Sea, California has had several different owners, and one of them is legendary actor and director Clint Eastwood. The hotel encompasses over twenty acres and includes amenities like on-site dining plus a tennis court.

Planning a trip to Australia? Emmy and Tony-winning actor Hugh Jackman is a Gwinganna Health Retreat on the Gold Coast stakeholder. To get in shape for his several appearances as the character Wolverine in the X-Men films, Jackman frequently visits the spa.

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Hotels Set for a Record in Fees

hotelFeesAs a hotelier, what’s more important to you: making money by charging customers fees or risking a possible backlash? It’s a question that may need to be addressed, especially now that the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is taking a closer look at these fees.

This year is shaping up to become another record one for hotels across the country in terms of the money they collect from guests through surcharges and fees. In 2015, the record reached $2.45 billion and this year they are set to collect about $2.55 billion, according to an NYU hospitality and tourism report. With the exception of 2002 and 2009, these collected surcharges and fees have increased each year when demand dropped, resulting in significant profitability for any hotel that chose to implement them. Although this year may end up being another record, the increase from 2015 is actually the lowest since 2009.

Per a ranking report focusing on guest satisfaction, guests say the most important amenity for them was complimentary Wi-Fi. As a result, more hotel brands are pushing hotel owners to take the extra initiative and increase their existing bandwidth. Will hotels begin to charge for the extra bandwidth?

As for the FTC, the last time it gave hoteliers a heads up about disclosing resort fees was back in 2012 but they are once again scrutinizing them this year. Whether any changes will be demanded remains to be seen, but it’s worth keeping in mind if you are a hotelier.

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Use Siri in Your Hotel Room

siriHas there ever been a moment when you’re staying at a hotel, relaxing in your bed after a long flight, and wished that someone would do you the favor of turning down the A/C for you? With today’s technology, the idea is not all that far fetched and thanks to the power of Apple’s iPhone and voice assistant Siri, this will soon become a reality, at least the Aloft Hotels anyway.

Starwood Hotels & Resorts is unveiling what it calls “Project: Jetson”, voice activated hotel rooms using Apple’s Siri. Each of these rooms will have a built-in iPad running an Aloft app where guests can fire up the usual “Hey Siri” and ask it to not only control the temperature but also turn the lights on and off, as well as many other features. These rooms are already available for booking at Aloft Boston Seaport and Aloft Santa Clara.

Besides the temperature and lighting, guests will also be able to fire up tunes based on their mood and allow Siri to act as virtual concierge of sorts by suggesting local attractions. Basic features like browsing the Internet and checking the weather will also be available. Upon checkout, all of the guest’s information will be erased and the iPad will be reset.

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Watch Netflix in Your Hotel Room

netflixHave you ever stayed at a hotel only to be disappointed in the fact that you couldn’t watch your favorite shows on Netflix? Many hotel guests find themselves forced to watch whatever is on television but that may soon change. Netflix recently joined forces with entertainment platform Enseo, significantly expanding its rights to distribute Netflix across hundreds of additional hotels around the world.

Enseo and Netflix have worked together previously. With this new partnership, the platform can offer Netflix’s streaming service to any hotel where Netflix is available around the world, meaning a strong opportunity to expand upon Enseo’s platform which is already available in more than 300 hotels in the U.S. alone.

Using Enseo, hotel guests can easily log into their Netflix account like they would on a smart device and access their list of favorite shows. This means being able to watch exclusive Netflix series like Orange Is the New Black, House of Cards, and the new Stranger Things from the comfort and privacy of your hotel suite or room. Best of all, there are no internet charges associated with the service and you won’t need to worry about someone else using your account as it is automatically deleted upon checkout.

Are you excited to finally be able to potentially watch Netflix in your room during your next business or leisure trip?

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Hotels Offer Unique Experiences for Wealthy Women

wealthyWomanOwners of five star hotels have set their sights on appealing to millennials and are now also shifting their focus to try and grab the attention of another important group: female millionaires and billionaires. Slippers for smaller feet, female only room service, a fresh bowl of free fruit and fresh flowers are an example of the extra perks being offered at certain hotels around the world.

Current research reinforces the belief that female travelers seek different amenities and accessories than a male traveler does, and there are new campaigns being launched as a result. In markets like Dubai and London, female travelers—particularly Asian travelers which is seeing the fastest growth—have seen considerable growth.

Between 2010 to 2014, the number of female ultra-high net worth individuals grew by just over five percent among countries that have large, very rich populations per data provider WealthInsight. Compared to the 4.4 percent of of men, it’s quite the significant difference.

The expectations of wealthy women not from Western counties is fascinating to explore. They are used to a luxury lifestyle at home, having maids and a team of staff to assist them. Staying at a luxury hotel with a private butler service may seem unusual to Americans, but it is considered the norm for these women.

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Miami’s Summer Values

betsySoBeDespite its acclaimed beaches and penchant for being a longtime summer favorite, summer is actually considered Miami’s low season when activity remains relatively quiet as most people head to the sunnier spots in the Northeast. Because of this, summer is also when you’re likely to find some great deals and discounts throughout the Magic City and beyond.

Although Miami isn’t typically associated with the word “value”, doing a little exploring you’re bound to find some great deals. Take for example South Beach’s The Betsy. This classic boutique style hotel is offering fifty percent off its Royal Suites until the end of October and if you book four nights, the fourth one is complimentary. The popular W South Beach is also offering free fourth nights plus a $100 credit that can be used at the hotel’s on-site restaurant called the Dutch.

You’ve probably heard that hotels are increasingly providing perks to guests that choose to book directly, and Miami Beach’s Circa 39 on Collins Avenue is no exception. Book direct and you’ll receive a Buy One Get One cocktail credit you can use at the hotel’s Wunderbar.

July and August are considered Miami Spa Month when the city encourages visitors to enjoy a spa visit at significantly discounted prices. You can have various treatments done for as little as $109 at some of the city’s fanciest spas.

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