Israel placing a lot of importance to tourism

Travel and Tour World | April 20, 2019

The Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement [BDS] has taken a particular aim towards Israel’s tourism industry. In Israel, tourism is more than just sun, seashore, and spirituality; it brought in $6 billion in 2018 for Israel’s economy. Tourism is also the geopolitical inhalant that allows Israel to maintain its diplomatic and sovereign niche in the world.In 2018, a record 4.1 million visitors came to Israel from all over the world. Massive tourist influxes are now seen from the Chinese and Indian travel markets as well as America’s Christian community.Growing global demand has created an increasingly acute hotel room shortage. On many days, Nazareth receives 85 percent, Jerusalem hits 83 percent, Tel Aviv tops 79 percent, Haifa reaches 75 percent, and Eilat scores 72 percent regarding tourist numbers. About half those rooms are taken by overseas visitors.

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ZentrumHub Announces Strategic Partnership With WIHP, A Leading hotel marketing Company

ZentrumHub | May 31, 2022

ZentrumHub, a leading Hotel aggregator API specialist, and WIHP, the Hotel marketing specialists, announced a strategic partnership that will enable ZentrumHub' customers to get an easy access to metasearch channels and engines like Google Hotel Ads, TripAdvisor, Trivago, Bing Hotel Ads, etc. With WIHP's Meta I/O solution, ZentrumHub customers will now be able to better monitor and control their Metasearch distribution. ZentrumHub, as a start-up, is trying to make an impact in this space by providing its customers more and additional access to technologies that will add value to its clients business. This partnership is a great testimony of this core belief of the company and as next steps, will continue to add more partnerships in its kitty. ZentrumHub now offers more than 900,000 hotel inventory API to its customers with unique properties across the world, enabling their clients to provide a wide choice of hotels to their customers. "With the ever-growing demand for hotels, today's travellers want hotel searches to be quick and painless. With this partnership travel agencies using ZentrumHub Hotel API will be able to position their ads in metasearch engines and increase traffic to their reservation system driving more business." -ZentrumHub CEO Sachin Singh Julio Selva, Vice President of Strategic Partnerships at WIHP, said, "Metasearch plays an important role in distributing hotels since 70% of users connect to them during a purchase journey. With Meta I/O, ZentrumHub can help their clients sell more on metasearch." About ZentrumHub: ZentrumHub turned its dream into reality in 2021 by accelerating its travel-tech venture and on a mission to be the fastest and smartest travel API hub in the world. ZentrumHub offers pre-integrated hotel booking API to over 50 leading hotel content suppliers. About WIHP: World Independent Hotels Promotion (WIHP) is a leading hotel marketing agency drawing on more than 20 years of experience and tracking. Having built over 5000 hotel websites and tracked the most efficient ones. With high-end marketing campaigns, WIHP provides global marketing services to the hospitality industry. To learn more, visit wihphotels.com

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BWH HOTEL GROUP® CONTINUES EXPANSION IN THE MIDDLE EAST AS TRAVEL SURGES WORLDWIDE

BWH Hotel Group | June 22, 2022

Leading hospitality company, BWH Hotel Group, is expanding its presence in the Middle East as travel continues its resurgence in the region and worldwide. The expansion is part of the brand's larger effort to thoughtfully grow its footprint in key destinations across the globe, providing the unique offerings and experiences today's travelers and developers are seeking. BWH Hotel Group has experienced significant momentum in recent years, evolving into a global hospitality powerhouse with 18 distinctive brands across every chain scale segment, from luxury to economy. As part of the Middle East expansion, BWH Hotel Group announced plans to open four hotels in the region in 2022, including three in Saudi Arabia and one in Dubai, one of the world's fastest growing cities. With an active pipeline of 34 hotels and 16 already in the region, BWH Hotel Group anticipates expanding its portfolio to 50 hotels in the Middle East within the next few years. "We are excited to further grow our presence in the Middle East with the opening of four beautiful, modern and dynamic hotels in some of the world's most thriving city centers, At BWH Hotel Group, we are focused on putting the right hotels in the right markets, ensuring that no matter the travel purpose – business, leisure or everything in between – we offer a hotel to suit our guests' needs and exceed their expectations." -Ron Pohl, President of International Operations and President of WorldHotels Of the 34 hotels opening in the region, below is a snapshot of four hotels celebrating openings in 2022: The Best Western Plus Qurayyat City Center is located in Saudi Arabia near the city of Qurayyat, one of the largest ports in the Middle East and home to rich cultural and historical heritage. Amenities for this 118-room-plus new build hotel include contemporary and delectable food and beverage options from its comfortable and convenient lobby lounge to its gorgeous outdoor pool terrace, modern ballroom space and VIP meeting rooms ideal for business and group travel, and a premier health club so guests can prioritize health and wellness while on the road. The Best Western Plus Tabuk City Center is centrally-located in the capital city of the Tabuk region in northwestern Saudi Arabia – known for charming coastal cities, multicultural cuisine and pristine beaches. Amenities for this 160-room hotel include onsite food and beverage options, multipurpose function space to suit a variety of travel needs, and a number of services and facilities for guests to enjoy, including a state-of-the-art fitness center and swimming pool. The Best Western Ajyad Makkah is a 201-room property located in the holy city of Makkah and conveniently situated near the Al-Masjid al-Haram Mosque. This ideally located property is currently scheduled to open in September of 2022. The Best Western Plus Academic City is a 600-room hotel located in Dubai International Academic City – a thriving destination that is home to globally and local internationally accredited universities, attracting students from around the world. This highly anticipated hotel is currently scheduled to open in August of 2022. We look forward to collaborating with our new properties who have chosen to affiliate with BWH Hotel Group to leverage our proven global sales, marketing, revenue and loyalty programs, said Dilip Waghaye, director of development, Middle East. "As international travel continues to increase, we are excited for guests to discover our beautiful new hotels in one-of-a-kind destinations.

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The Indigo Road Hospitality Group Leverages Stayntouch's Easy & Powerful PMS to Deliver Memorable Experiences

Stayntouch | May 13, 2022

Stayntouch, a global leader in cloud hotel property management systems (PMS) and guest-centric technology, has partnered with The Indigo Road Hospitality Group, a full-service hospitality management company, to power two boutique properties, Historic Park Inn Hotel in Mason City, Iowa, and The Skyline Lodge in Highlands, N.C., with a flexible mobile PMS.The Indigo Road Hospitality Group is an award-winning hotel and restaurant management group focusing on boutique properties that deliver authentic experiences for discriminating lifestyle travelers. Indigo Road chose Stayntouch's flexible and easy-to-use PMS to facilitate seamless integrations across their tech stack, providing a warm and organic hospitality experience for guests. They also benefit from a platform that empowers guests with a choice at check-in: from fully mobile and contactless, to a high-touch experience with an agent untethered from the front desk. "If we do our jobs well, all of our guests should leave the property feeling genuinely welcomed, appreciated, and understood. But for that to happen, our technology has to work seamlessly in the background to support our staff and promote these positive interactions. Here, Stayntouch really excels. The user interface is super clean and very easy-to-use, and allows our staff to keep their focus on their guests rather than buried in a screen. Additionally, one of the unknowns when starting a new relationship with a tech vendor is support. With Stayntouch, the people supporting the product, from implementation onward, are absolutely fantastic, and have taken our specific business goals as their own." -Scott Neslage, Director of Lodging Operations at The Indigo Road Hospitality Group Michael Helfin, Chief Revenue Officer of Stayntouch, replied, "It's been exciting to embark on a partnership with a hospitality company whose philosophy on service aligns so closely with our own. Our role is to be more than just a tech vendor, but to be a strategic partner: We're excited to provide The Indigo Road with flexible technology and seamless integrations to help their properties deliver a memorable guest experience and reinforce the commitment to service that has helped them establish an award-winning business. About The Indigo Road Hospitality Group Founded in 2009 by Steve Palmer, The Indigo Road Hospitality Group owns, operates, and manages restaurants and boutique hotels throughout the country. Based in the Southeast, The Indigo Road is founded upon the core principle of serving with love and creating memorable experiences for all. In 2019, The Indigo Road marked its tenth anniversary by being named a Forbes Small Giant and appearing on the Inc. 5000 Fastest Growing Companies list, and in 2020 announced that hotelier Larry Spelts joined The Indigo Road as a partner and president of its new venture into lodging with a focus on food & beverage driven boutique hotels. The Indigo Road's dedication to excellence in food & beverage has been recognized by Palmer being named a semi-finalist by the James Beard Foundation's award for Outstanding Restaurateur-US in 2018, 2019 and 2020. For more information on the portfolio, team, core values and services, visit theindigoroad.com. About Stayntouch Stayntouch provides a cloud-native, guest-centric, and fully mobile hotel property management system (PMS) and over 1100+ integrations, enabling hotels to raise service levels, drive revenues, reduce costs, and ultimately captivate their guests. Backed by a team of professionals with deep roots in the hospitality industry, Stayntouch is a trusted partner to many forward-thinking hotels and resorts, including the TWA Hotel, First Hotels, Conscious Hotels, Margaritaville, Valencia Hotel Group, and Modus Hotels. Stayntouch is also a preferred PMS partner to some of the leading independent hotel collections around the world including; Design Hotels, an Independent Marriott Brand, and Curator Hotel & Resort Collection. Visit Stayntouch at www.stayntouch.com.

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WorldHotels™ Adds Four New Hotels in Europe as Travel Resurgence Continues

WorldHotels | July 12, 2022

WorldHotels Collection announced today the expansion of its hotel offerings in premier destinations across Europe. The addition of these exquisite properties is part of the company's larger effort to strategically expand its footprint in key destinations across the globe. The latest WorldHotels openings include: The Crown London in London, UK; Woughton House Hotel in Milton Keynes, UK; The Riverside Hotel in Salisbury, UK; and Hotel Mulino di Firenze in Florence, Italy. Below are descriptions of the four new WorldHotels properties: The Crown London, London, UK is where English heritage meets contemporary design. Located just 18 minutes from the heart of London's center, this Victorian style hotel features flawless suites with stained-glass windows and fireplaces. This modern space is designed to be the perfect sanctuary a short distance away from the hustle and bustle of the city. The property features a contemporary restaurant and a longstanding landmark London pub. Other amenities include a well-equipped fitness center, swimming pool and conference venue. Woughton House Hotel, Milton Keynes, UK is located in a beautiful tranquil setting, unique to the Milton Keynes area. Built in 1844, this Georgian manor house is the perfect getaway and wonderful hotel for all celebrations. The grounds are surrounded by greenery and Ouzel Valley Park, which provides guests with endless photo opportunities. Amenities include premium bedding, continental breakfast and Cosy's lounge bar. There are also multiple dining and entertainment options just a short distance from the hotel. The Riverside Hotel, Salisbury, UK presents five-star luxury located in the heart of charming and historic Salisbury, which is best known for its timeless appeal and charm. A contemporary manor house, The Riverside Hotel is filled with character, and is on the grounds of the Avon and Nadder rivers, overlooking the stunning Salisbury Cathedral. Amenities include food and beverage options at the beautiful Brasserie at Riverside and specialty champagne cocktails on the terrace at Mark's Bar. The hotel is just a quick walk to the heart of the city, where guests can explore the historic Salisbury Cathedral, Britain's tallest spire and the best-preserved copy of the Magna Carta. The famous Stonehenge is also just a short drive away. Hotel Mulino di Firenze, Florence, Italy is a beautiful romantic property within close proximity to Florence's major landmarks, allowing guests to discover both the city and the countryside. Located on the Arno River in Tuscany, the property offers guests exclusively Tuscan stays amongst nature, art, and the food and wine of the region. Guests will enjoy dining at Grano D'Oro Restaurant, which overlooks the Arno and offers outdoor terrace seating in the summer. For visitors seeking tranquility, the Spa features wellness and personized beauty treatments reserved exclusively for hotel guests. The summer is also the perfect time to access the hotel's solarium area swimming pool complete with deckchairs, sun loungers and umbrellas. "As we continue to grow our offerings across the globe, we remain focused on delivering unforgettable guest experiences to today's travelers and these properties are no exception, With travelers setting out to discover the world once more, we are excited to welcome them at our hotels and resorts." -Ron Pohl, President of WorldHotels. With the recent appointment of Ron Pohl to serve as the organization's global President, the organization is focused on driving superior revenue to its hoteliers, expanding its portfolio of offerings in premier global destinations, building brand awareness, strengthening its loyalty program and providing exceptional experiences for its guests. "These four hotels are welcome additions to our portfolio of exquisite independent hotels, We are committed to providing guests with authentic and curated experiences at our hotels and resorts around the world." -Wytze Van den Berg, Vice President International Operations – EMEA Guests can enjoy the benefits of leading loyalty program, WorldHotels Rewards, when staying at these properties. Learn more about WorldHotels Rewards and register to Earn Double Points on your next stay. About WorldHotels Collection WorldHotels™ Collection is a privately held hotel soft brand within the BWH Hotel Group® global network. Founded by independent hoteliers dedicated to the art of hospitality, and celebrating its 50th year anniversary in 2021, WorldHotels offers one of the finest portfolios of independent hotels and resorts around the globe, expertly curated to inspire unique, life enriching experiences that connect people and places. WorldHotels is comprised of four unique collections, each with its own personality and style to appeal to the needs of today's traveler. The collections include: WorldHotels Luxury, WorldHotels Elite, WorldHotels Distinctive and WorldHotels Crafted. For more information visit WorldHotels.com.

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