Second Sala Samui resort in the works

Sala Samui

Travel is a huge industry and new resorts are constantly in the works. They are new, bigger, bolder, and just all around better. They are constantly trying to outdo each other. Travel experts were excited that there is going to be a second Sala Samui resort opening in Chaweng Beach. This will be the second Sala Samui resort, joining the Sala Samui Choengmon Beach. The resort features luxury ocean suites, private pool suites, and private garden suites. It also has an amazing open air kitchen, a gym, spa, and so much more. Opening in November 2017, the resort will offer 52 pool villas and pool suites sized between 74m2 and 304m2. 

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First World of Hyatt Promotion Celebrates Members With “Double Points for Being You”

The new World of Hyatt loyalty program is launching it’s first promotion since rebooting last month. April 1 through June 30, 2017 is a great opportunity to earn double points for people in the renewed hotel loyalty program. Hyatt is rewarding guests who stay more than once during this period. All you have to do is make a reservation for a second experience with Hyatt during this timeframe. Then those points that you would earn are doubled. It’s a winning situation for everyone and a great way to promote the wonderful experiences that you can find through booking with the Hyatt.

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OTAs told to drop illegal hotels

Concerns continue to be raised that there are some illegal “hotels” that are gathering their income illegally. This limits the revenue for the Bangkok government as these individuals are not paying taxes on the money that they are pulling in. They are using legitimate online booking sites to get their business but are circumventing the tax paying step. The Minister of tourism and sports has stated that she is aware and has discussed this issue, however they need more time to assess the situation and find an alternative that will work. Not only to force operators to pay their share of the taxes due but to also not limit the tourism revenue.

Thailand Hotels association has been asking the government to address this situation for longer then ten years. Hotels that are registered have to pay taxes, license fees and a raft of other charges. They would like to see a solution so that those hotels that are not registered be banned from online booking sites for they are getting more business and paying out less in dues. It is causing economic ruin to many hotels.

Now there is also Airbnb entrepreneurs who are running short term places and they too are not registered nor do they pay fines or dues. There is a possibility that airbnb’s will be deemed illegal in Thailand.

Thailand takes anti-terrorism steps such as having hotels register their guest list, however AirBnb places are not required to register the guest lists so this creates a loophole, as they are leaving openings to allow terrorists to stay unaccountably in the Kingdom.

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How often do hotels change their mattresses?

Have you ever wondered when and how hotels changed their mattresses and bedding. Well you will not believe what this article is saying. If its a high class hotel they gradually change their mattresses 3-5 times. Then if it is considered a cheaper motel then it’s going to be at the least 10 years. We feel that hotels should rotate their mattresses at least every two years. As for bedding, new sheet sets should be added yearly.

Key Takeaways:

  • Unless they’re starting to show those tell-tale age dimples, hotel users can not verify the age of their mattresses.
  • Depending on turnover rate, luxury status and pure penny-pinching tendencies, a hotel could turn their mattresses every ten years, or every two.
  • While policy could vary as to when mattresses get a turn, soiled and torn mattresses should never be tolerated.

“A high-quality hotel with strong occupancy figures will most likely toss its mattresses every three to five years.”

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Hotel chains look to invest in travel startups

Large Hotel chains have been looking to invest in and eventually acquire travel startups. Accorhotels has been leading this trend with investments in luxury private rental companies. Wyndham hotels have also been making large investments, while Marriott launched a startup of it’s own. Online travel agencies such as Trivago and Expedia have been making similar investments in hopes to provide a broader customer experience. The trend should continue strongly into 2017 with companies investing as a strong and profitable decision.

Key Takeaways:

  • AccorHotels has been buying small startup companies that offer villas and apartments as short term rentals.
  • Marriott and Windham followed AccorHotels’ example. Marriott even created its own startup-accelerator.
  • Similarly, online booking companies are looking into startups to expand their business and offer a better customer experience.

“While at first it might have been surprising to see large hotel chains buy shares in companies that seemed to provide rivalry services, today hoteliers are lining up to find a good business opportunity and not only invest in it, but often to acquire it”

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