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TECH| E-hotel revenue reaches $31B

TravelCLICK's quarterly results indicate healthy growth for the hotel industry in the fourth quarter with GDS revenue growth of 17.7 percent and Internet growth of over 23.6 percent .

Based on a proprietary data from its eMonitor and eTrak reports, TravelCLICK estimates GDS related transactions at 56 percent of total 2007 electronic revenue with the Internet driving 44 percent, with over half of that coming from direct web bookings.

Key observations for the market based on this latest data include:

Overall hotel RevPAR continued to grow at a strong pace, from a low of 6% in the Americas to a high of 22% in the Middle East/Africa region
Direct website bookings growth dominates with 23.6% for branded hotels while independent hotels more than doubled their Web Direct production
GDS revenue increased 14% bringing total revenue for the channel to $19.1B USD in 2007
Online Travel Agents continue to show growth as they evolve in a world of more savvy consumers and hoteliers

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INTL| 7 Canadian properties for Carlson

Carlson Hotels Worldwide today announced the addition of seven locations to its Canadian portfolio during the past 18 months.

The new hotels include three Radisson properties and four Park Inn hotels. Carlson’s Canadian portfolio now totals 39 hotels including 22 Radisson Hotels & Resorts®, 13 Country Inns & Suites By Carlson® and four Park Inn® hotels.


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INTL | St. Regis' landmark entry into Malaysia

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. today announced the introduction of its renowned St. Regis brand to Malaysia, with plans to debut a new property in 2014 in the heart of Kuala Lumpur.

The St. Regis Kuala Lumpur will feature 200 lavishly appointed guest rooms and 200 whole-ownership St. Regis branded Residences as well as world-class dining options and spacious meeting facilities.

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INTL| Staybridge Suites debuts outside the Americas

InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) - which owns the brand - are leading the way in the introduction of the extended stay concept to Europe and across the Middle East, aimed at guests who usually stay for more than five nights.

The 132-suite Staybridge Suites Liverpool hotel was officially opened by Andrew Cosslett, IHG's CEO. In keeping with its philosophy of combining the best of home and hotel, guests were welcomed to the UK's first Staybridge Suites hotel following the symbolic fireplace-lighting ceremony.

Staybridge Suites hotels offer spacious suites, full kitchens and numerous upscale amenities allowing guests to make an extended stay an extended pleasure.


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TECH| Marriott's QuickGroup: instant rates & availability

Marriott’s QuickGroup booking site on Marriott.com


The site allows small group customers to enter dates and city locations and check availability around the world for group room blocks between 10 and 25 rooms for up to seven nights.

Customers can compare group room rates at participating Marriott, Renaissance, JW Marriott, Courtyard, Residence Inn, SpringHill Suites, Fairfield Inn and TownePlace Suites hotels in a particular area, making it easy to shop several options and instantly book a block of rooms online.

Meeting planners and customers have instant access to space dimensions and floor plans of the hotel’s meeting space. Marriott plans to allow meeting and banquet rooms to be bookable online in the near future. For more information or to book rooms for small groups, log onto marriottmeetings.com.


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Interviews for PAID US Internships

Paid Internships in the US

For Hospitality candidates undergoing or passed out from degree/diploma/certificate courses or with no education but 5 yrs or more of experience- opportunities are for 6 months to 12 months (age 20-35).

For Summer Jobs - opportunities are for 4-5 months and current students of any field of Bachelors/Masters Degree (age 18-28) are eligible.

Open Interviews at

From 1000hrs – 1600hrs
Mon 30th June to 2nd July 08

Éclat Institute of Hospitality Management
Hotel Marc Royale Campus
Zirakpur – Panchkula Highway
Zirakpur, Punjab

Contact 0172 – 657 8104


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