Hotels and Resorts Pulse: 5 Trends That Defined the Week of Jan. 23-28
PHOTO: The giant tank at Atlantis the Palm Hotel in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The 11-million liter aquarium contains over 65,000 fish, stingrays and other sea creatures, and a similar aquarium is being planned for the first Atlantis Resort in Hawaii. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
Hilton is targeting millennials and filling what it calls a "massive void" in North America’s midscale hotel category with Monday’s launch of the “Tru by Hilton” brand. Rooms will be in the $90 to $100 range, and the first accommodations with that name are slated to open by the end of 2016. Click for more details and to view a video of TravelPulse founder and CEO Mark Murphy discussing the new brand on CBS News Live.
Want to know in advance which hotels offer free Wi-Fi and which do not? Well wonder no longer. Avoid that extra $10-$20 fee for a connection (or even to speed one up), and stay in one of the listed accommodations in this handy cheat sheet. The good news is more and more hotels are converting to gratis Internet access, so this list can only grow.
Atlantis Resorts may soon enter the U.S. market with a location in Ko Olina, Oahu — and it could end up being the nation’s most expensive resort, though a final agreement is still pending. Estimated construction costs exceed $2 billion, and amenities will not be dissimilar to Atlantis' Palm resort in Dubai — including a jaw-dropping 11-million liter interactive aquarium. Click to find out more, and view a video of TravelPulse founder and CEO Mark Murphy talking about how the resort will affect Hawaii’s tourism on CBS News Live.
U.S. News & World Report has unveiled 2016’s top hotels in its annual list. Both travel industry experts and independent guests reviewed over 2,500 hotels in four regions: the U.S., Canada, the Caribbean and Mexico. Click to find out who came out on top.
Marriott International, operators of North America’s largest hotel management organization, have given the organization a new name and brand approach. "Managed by Marriott" still aims to maximize financial performance for owners, but with a new emphasis on “performance, people and partnership.” Click for details.
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