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Celebrating Women in the Month of March with Female-Friendly Solo Travel Destinations

 The entire month of March is dedicated to celebrating women and their accomplishments and last year, various travel authorities cited 2017 as “the year of the female traveler.” Since then, 2018 has become known as the “year of the woman.” What better way to recognize such important strides – both individual and communal – than to take a solo trip? Considering cultural immersion, learning opportunities and overall inspiration, these eight destinations are welcoming solo female travelers.

“There is a direct correlation between higher job satisfaction levels and work-life balance, especially for female professionals,” said Kieran Donahue, vice president, brand, marketing and digital for the Americas at Marriott International. “Travel plays an imperative role in that balance creating opportunities to not only reset, but also learn from the culture of a new destination. As a solo-female traveler myself, here are some of my favorite picks for 2018.”

Columbus, OH – The city is preparing to host the Women’s Final Four® from March 30 – April 1.  In the year of the women, these 2018 games will be ones to remember.  Columbus is fostering creative talent like never before with female chefs, artists and fashion designers.  Located downtown, The Westin Columbus is in center of it all. Solo travelers will enjoy visiting the Short North Arts District with its boutiques, restaurants and galleries, or going for a run at the Scioto Mile with 33 acres of riverfront parkland. Continue reading “Celebrating Women in the Month of March with Female-Friendly Solo Travel Destinations”

The Unbound Collection by Hyatt Brand to Expand in Europe

New hotels in London and Istanbul expected to join The Unbound Collection by Hyatt brand
Iconic Hôtel Martinez in Cannes partially reopened as part of the brand portfolio

Hyatt Hotels Corporation (NYSE: H) announced today two hotels in Europe are expected to join The Unbound Collection by Hyatt brand – the Great Scotland Yard Hotel in London and Nish Palas in Istanbul. Additionally, the iconic Hôtel Martinez in Cannes, the charming Párisi Udvar Hotel in Budapest and the newly renovated Hôtel du Louvre in Paris are all expected to open and become a part of The Unbound Collection by Hyatt portfolio by early 2019, creating significant growth for the brand in Europe.

“The Unbound Collection by Hyatt brand offers tremendous potential for growth in the European market. The brand allows new hotel owners to explore opportunities with us,” said Peter Norman, senior vice president, acquisitions and development – Europe, Africa and Middle East (EAME) and Southwest Asia for Hyatt. “This brand enables us to team up with new owners and developers and furthers the foundation they’ve developed with their individual hotel brands. We also know guests are increasingly seeking authentic and one-of-a-kind experiences and have a desire to stay at properties that have a story to tell while creating new stories of their own and The Unbound Collection by Hyatt brand caters to this demand.” Continue reading “The Unbound Collection by Hyatt Brand to Expand in Europe”

Hyatt Centric Brand Expands International Growth In Europe

Hyatt Centric brand debuts two new hotels within France and Spain

CHICAGO (December 21, 2017) – Hyatt Hotels Corporation (NYSE:H) announced expansion of the Hyatt Centric brand with several consecutive international hotel openings in two of Europe’s most coveted destinations. Hyatt Centric La Rosière, the first Hyatt Centric hotel in France and first Hyatt ski resort in Europe, opened its doors on December 15, 2017. Hyatt Centric Gran Via Madrid opened its doors on December 20, 2017, marking the first Hyatt hotel in mainland Spain. Together, these anticipated openings continue to drive new momentum for the brand’s growth worldwide.

“Since its launch in 2015, the Hyatt Centric brand has proven to be one of the fastest growing lifestyle brands,” said Steve Haggerty, global head of capital strategy and franchising for Hyatt. “The introduction of the Hyatt Centric brand to these European destinations marks a significant milestone for Hyatt, as we continue to increase our brand presence where our guests travel most and further connect with millennial-minded guests in the upper-upscale lifestyle segment.”

The Hyatt Centric brand currently has 19 properties at the center of some of the most unique destinations and plans to welcome additional hotels to the portfolio in both international and domestic destinations, with locations expected in Japan, Qatar, Australia, China, Peru, Barbados and U.S.; including Hyatt Centric Brickell Miami, Fla., Hyatt Centric Boston, Mass. and Hyatt Centric Mountain View, Calif.   Continue reading “Hyatt Centric Brand Expands International Growth In Europe”

Marriott International Announces Partnership with Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment in Canada

Members of Marriott Rewards and SPG Can Get Exclusive VIP Access to Toronto Maple Leaf Hockey Event
Marriott International, the country’s leading lodging company, is proud to announce a multi-year partnership with Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment (MLSE), making Marriott International the preferred hotel company for the Toronto Maple Leafs.

The 100 million+  global members of Marriott’s three loyalty programs – Marriott Rewards, The Ritz-Carlton Rewards, and Starwood Preferred Guests (SPG), including the more than 3.7 million members in Canada, will be big winners with the partnership. Members will be able to redeem points on Marriott Rewards Moments and SPG Moments for once-in-a-lifetime hockey themed experiences with players and legends of the game.

“The cross country popularity of hockey makes the Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment an ideal partner to provide members of Marriott Rewards and SPG with once-in-a-lifetime experiences,” said Don Cleary, President of Marriott International Canada. “We know that Canadians – more so than ever – travel for experiences and our partnership with the Toronto Maple Leafs unlocks the potential for memorable travel.” Continue reading “Marriott International Announces Partnership with Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment in Canada”

Mississauga Introduces Hotel Tax to Promote Local Tourism

On Wednesday, November 1 at General Committee, Mississauga City Council approved in principle the introduction of a four per cent hotel tax effective July 1, 2018. The new tax is a result of Bill 127 which the Government of Ontario passed earlier this year. The Stronger, Healthier Ontario Act (Budget Measures) 2017 allows municipalities to charge a transient accommodations tax also called a hotel tax.

Mayor Bonnie Crombie said “This new revenue tool is an opportunity for the City of Mississauga to generate important funds that will be reinvested in an accountable, transparent and dedicated way toward undertaking important city-building initiatives to grow and diversify our local economy, strengthen our tourism industry and showcase our many celebrated attractions, festivals, heritage, culture and businesses.”

The four per cent hotel tax rate is consistent with the rate being considered by the City of Toronto. With Mississauga and Toronto being near to each other, applying a similar rate in Mississauga would ensure local hotels continue to be competitive.

The City estimates that the tax will generate approximately $9.8 million annually, 50 per cent of which will be shared with Tourism Toronto to promote tourism in Mississauga. The City and Tourism Toronto will use hotel tax revenues for tourism-related activities such as implementing recommendations from the Tourism Master Plan, developing and maintaining tourism-related infrastructure, improving programs and services and for Economic Development initiatives. Continue reading “Mississauga Introduces Hotel Tax to Promote Local Tourism”

RIU donates $400,000 to help victims of the earthquakes in Mexico

Palma de Majorca, Spain on October 10th, 2017

  • The hotel chain has signed an agreement with UNICEF for this organisation to manage these resources, which will be dedicated to the “Back to School” programme
  • RIU’s donation will serve to set up and equip temporary classrooms so that children will not have to interrupt their education while their schools are being rebuilt or repaired

RIU Hotels & Resorts has donated $400,000 to UNICEF to address the most urgent needs in the area of education and protection following the earthquakes that occurred on 7 and 19 September in Mexico. This aid will used to build temporary classrooms, as well as for purchasing the furniture and equipment needed by students and teachers. According to UNICEF calculations, RIU’s donation could contribute to building and setting up nearly 100 classrooms, which would enable hundreds of children to immediately resume their education while waiting for schools to be repaired or rebuilt. Continue reading “RIU donates $400,000 to help victims of the earthquakes in Mexico”