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Top Movie Hotels Revealed


Picking up on Hollywood’s fascination with hotels throughout the years,,  lifts the clapper board on ten hotels around the
world that have been made famous by films.  They are located in India, London, Miami Beach, Los Angeles, San Diego, North Carolina, Paris, Toronto and Berlin, but sadly no Irish hotels make the list.

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Power, Redmond Split on Closures

Tourism Minister Mary Hanafin has said  that 'something will have to be done' about 'zombie hotels'. She was speaking after Irish Hotels Federation ceo John Power repeated the Federation demand that hotels 'with unsustainable debt levels' should close.

Addressing the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Arts, Sport and Tourism, he said that failure to address the oversupply of hotel accommodation, estimated at up to 15,000 bedrooms , is damaging the long term interests of the tourism sector and threatening the viability of hotels which are otherwise fundamentally competitive businesses. He said that that the burden of excess capacity is not being borne by new entrants to the sector that caused the problem or by the banks that have financed bad investments.

The IHF view was not shared by Failte Ireland chairman Redmond O’Donoghue who said that, while the continued operation of 'zombie hotels' presented a serious challenge to the sector, the market would decide which hotels would close and which would remain in business.

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Hoteliers Optimistic on 2010


A survey conducted among European hotels by , , an online reservation service  showed that almost half of hotels (46.08%) are approaching the new year with cautious optimism, and, according to, expect a moderate, albeit slow, recovery. Nevertheless, 24.44% are more optimistic in their outlook, and believe they will be doing significantly more business very soon and will be operating at higher capacity. In contrast, just 6% anticipate a rise in hotel rates this year. Only 16% of the hotels see no material improvement in 2010 compared with the fourth quarter of 2009, revealing a less optimistic viewpoint than their colleagues. Around 7% of hotel operators admitted to uncertainty and felt unable to provide an assessment.

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Hotel Rates Rise with Ashes

While airplanes remained groundedas a result of the unexpected eruption of Mt. Eyjafjallajokul in Iceland, hotel prices reached a new peak. Hotel price comparison site investigated the change in overnight accommodation prices by examining the prices during the week of April 15 to 22, when the flight embargo was in force, and comparing these results with the findings of the trivago Hotel Price Index for April. The conclusions are undeniable – significant price hikes in Europe’s major cities during the flight interdiction. In Milan, which also hosted the Football Championship League Semi-Finals on April 20, average room prices soared to £ 200 – a 90 percent increase over the previously reported April average of £105. An overnight stay in London during the airline grounding averged out to £205 a night, compared to April’s expected average of £138, this represents a climb of 49 percent.

Other European cities were also affected by this sudden change. Stranded travelers in Berlin faced surcharges of 63 percent, seeing prices rise from £84  at the beginning of the month to £137. In Amsterdam, the cost of a standard double room rose 26 percent from £133 in early April to £167. Hoteliers in Madrid raised prices 46 percent as a result of the travel crisis, while their counterparts in Barcelona increased room costs by 12 percent from £127 to £142 . Those travelling or trapped in Paris were also forced to dig deep into their pockets – room prices rose by 27 percent, from £138 at the beginning of the month to £175.

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Hotel Guests Spend Favour Web

Recently released data from the world’s largest hospitality Internet network show that, despite challenging business conditions, Internet use by both business and leisure guests at leading hotels, as measured by number of data packets per guest session traveling on iBAHN’s proprietary network, increased more than 50% in 2009.

iBAHN, the worldwide leader in digital entertainment and Internet solutions for the hospitality and meeting industries, has released proprietary data showing two clear trends in hotel Internet usage:  first, not only did the amount of data increase by 50% per guest session, but guests are spending 60% more time on the Internet, based on carefully tracked packet and session length information. These data confirm the predictions from an iBAHN-commissioned, 2009 study of frequent business travelers conducted by Ypartnership, author of the closely-watched National Travel Monitor.

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