Hotel website visits are now dominated by mobile.
Mobile devices are now accounting for the most hotel website visits, according to figures published by Net Affinity. However, desktop computers still account for the most revenue and bookings but are both on the decline with mobile taking the share. During the course of the last two years, between December 2014 and December 2016, mobile traffic on hotel sites rose by 46 percent. Mobile traffic now makes up 58 percent of the online visits to hotel websites. Full StoryHere:
European tourism shows modest growth in 2016
Despite safety and security concerns in recent years, European tourism has continued to experience modest growth. According to the European Travel Commission’s “European Tourism - Trends & Prospects”, Europe continues to be the world’s most visited region, seeing 620 million international tourist arrivals during 2016. This represents a 2 percent increase over arrivals in Europe during 2015. Iceland was the top growth destination, with a 40 percent growth rate. FullStory Here:
Intercontinental Confirms Credit Card Breach At 12 Hotels
A credit card breach impacting at 12 hotels was confirmed by Intercontinental Hotels Group (IHG) recently. Investigators uncovered the fact that malware had been installed on the servers used by the restaurants and bars of 12 IHG managed properties. The hotel conglomerate owns more than 5,100 hotel properties around the world. Properties affected by the data breach included locations from Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants, Crowne Plaza Hotels & Resorts, Hotel Indigo, Even Hotels, Holiday Inn Hotels & Resorts, Staybridge Suites and Candlewood Suites. Full Story Here:
STR: US hotel results for week ending 4 February
According to figures from STR, the U.S. hotel industry experienced mostly negative performance results for the week of 29 January through 4 February 2017. Compared to the same period last year, occupancy was down by 1.5 percent to 55.6 percent for the week. Average daily rate, however, was 0.2 percent higher at $119.58 by week’s end. Revenue per available room dropped 1.3 percent to finish at $66.51 for the week. Full Story Here: