To remain relevant in business, companies need to continuously improve their business models, rewards and even pool their resources with competing companies. In their new press release, Hyatt officially unveiled the expansion and addition of Alila hotels to their loyalty program by providing us with a complete list of all 16 hotels and where they are located. They also summarize Alila’s company mission, what the rewards program fully offers and most importantly, the terms and conditions of these wonderful offers.
“Following the completion of the Alila Hotels integration on July 16, 2019, more than 40 hotels across the Thompson Hotels, Joie de Vivre and Alila brands will have joined World of Hyatt in many new destinations including Zihuatanejo, Mexico, Ubud, Bali, Indonesia, and more.”
IHG is going to be switching all 5,600 of its hotels from miniature bathroom amenities to bulk-size ones in order to reduce waste and environmental impact. IHG’s properties include nearly 843,000 guest rooms worldwide, and IHG’s guests have become increasingly interested in reducing the environmental impact of their stays. Several of IHG’s hotel brands, including Six Senses, voco, EVEN, and avid properties, have already made the switch, as have 1,000 Holiday Inn Express hotels. IHG already banished plastic straws from its hotels for environmental reasons.
“IHG currently has an average of 200 million bathroom miniatures in use across its entire hotel estate every year.”
There is one simple, ethical, and lawful way to get upgrades from hotels, and you’ll feel like you’re getting more for what you paid. Outside of having a lot of points with a hotel’s loyalty program, of course. So, if a hotel offers you a paid upgrade, turn it down. Hotels typically oversell the base room since that’s what most people book. There’s about a 50% chance of this working out. Be nice to the front desk staff, too!
“If the hotel offers you a paid upgrade when you’re checking in, turn it down.”
Popular hotel brand Avani Hotels, a subsidiary of Minor Hotels, has purchased two new properties in Krabi, Thailand. Renovations for these two properties are planned, and the hotels will open between late 2019 and mid-2020. The town of Krabi is a popular resort town, located on an island about seventy-five kilometers from the Krabi International Airport. These resorts offer beautiful views of local scenery, including limestone cliffs and countless smaller islands on the horizon.
“The existing resorts will undergo renovations to bring the properties in line with Avani standards which offer guests buzzy social spaces and stylish guestrooms.”
The highest restaurant and bar in Thailand is the Mahanakhon Bangkok SkyBar. You can find it at the 76th and 77th floor of the King Power Mahanakhon skyscraper. The managing director of the skyscraper wanted the restaurant to create a memorable dining experience while also celebrating the city. It is also meant to be a tourist attraction. The food features popular Western and Asian dishes along with special dishes made by the chef Joshua Cameron, who previously worked in New York.
“Inspired by the Chaopraya river and the concept of an eclectic journey, Mahanakhon Bangkok SkyBar is Bangkok’s newest iconic dining destination with tastefully designed indoor and outdoor seating areas, along with exclusive VIP lounges.”