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Hotel, hospitality and travel

Significant Boost In Family Oriented Leisure Travel

James H. Johnson, Executive Director of International Resort Managers Association said, “The 2006 Resort Management Conference delivered outstanding programming to educate and inform, as well as unprecedented attendance for networking. In just a few years, the Conference has become an industry ‘must-do’. Hotel Marketing News

The 6th Annual Resort Management Conference at Pinehurst Resort, North Carolina ended last week. One of the main highlights was 5% growth in leisure vacations.

New Internet Domain Extension For Travel Websites

“Online travel is a big business. Forrester Research estimates that 59 percent of Web-connected travelers book their trips online, a number that’s expected to increase in 2006.” The Columbus Dispatch

Internet domain extension .travel is approved for travel related company websites such as airlines, hotels, resorts, theme parks etc. The .travel extension has been approved by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers. The .travel extension is issued only after thorough verification. Travel related franchisees can benefit from this new development.

Minority Friendly Franchise Business Opportunity

According to the Travel Industry Association of America, leisure travel volume is expected to increase by 2 percent in 2006, while international travel to the United States is expected to rise 5.5 percent. Travelers from all over the world are expected to visit the United States in 2006. (More details available at Business First)

Worldwide lodging franchiser Choice Hotels International has achieved phenomenal success in expanding their franchisee base during 2005. The secret to their success? They have increased their minority growth rate by 260 percent compared to that of 2003-2004, growth made up largely of African Americans, Hispanic/Latino Americans and Native Americans.

Travel Trends - 2020

Switzerland’s largest travel company Kuoni Group commissioned a study on future travel trends of European travelers by 2020. They commissioned Switzerland’s Gottlieb Duttweiler Institute to conduct the study.

The institute interviewed tourism specialists, travel agents, science fiction authors and researchers in the future market-trends. As a result, they found out certain probable future travel trends and some interesting general trends also. Following are the outcome of the study:

Travel Booking Websites Vs Franchise Hotel Websites

“The city of Atlanta has sued several major Internet travel sites, including Expedia Inc, and, claiming that the companies bilked it out of tens of millions of dollars in hotel occupancy taxes. “ Atlanta Business Chronicle Millions of American travelers use various travel booking websites for their travel related needs. Though these travel booking websites provide up to date information and feature best travel deals, the travelers may not be getting their financially best offer. Some franchised hotel owners/operators are trying to encourage travelers to visit the individual hotel websites for the best deals and book with the hotels directly. As per franchise hotel owners following are the advantages of booking directly with the hotels:


7 Franchises Riding the Housing Boom

Many franchises have arisen that cater to the soaring home market. For busier and businer families, knowing the brand who to call is key. CNNMoney features 7 franchises that are riding the housing boom: Garage Tek, Designs of the Interior, Kitchen Solvers, Mosquito Squad, Floor Covering International, Spring-Green Lawn Care, and Home Team Inspection Service.

And why are these types of franchises booming?

Business Travel Management

Colin Rorrie, a former president and CEO of Meeting Professionals International, a Dallas-based trade association says, “There is a growing sense of an improved economy, with more than 20,000 members in the meetings and events industry, which boosts business travel, including business meeting attendance. Dallas Business Journal

The message is loud and clear! Business travel expenses are going to go up for franchise business owners. It is also expected that airfares will increase by 6%, hotel rates by 9%, meal prices by 4% and car rental rates by 5% in the year 2006. Franchise business owners must find out ways to manage and monitor increasing travel expenses. Here are some tips that can be helpful in handling business travel expenses efficiently.

Synergy Of Antique Elegance With Contemporary Style

The hospitality franchise business is reviving from the worst recession of 2001 through the middle of 2003. Increased room occupancy and significant earnings have induced the hoteliers to upgrade their properties with new look and style. The Sheraton Gunter Hotel, San Antonio is also going to go for a make over with Ralph Lauren flair.

Personalized Customer Services and Guest Satisfaction

In response to previous post, our friend JuanF has called our attention to a very significant point to achieve guest satisfaction. He says, "The thing that really impresses me is when a hotel knows my name and my small lodging preferences -- a chocolate chip cookie, Neutrogeno shampoo, the Wall Street Journal in the morning or a room at the end of the hallway where there is less noise. Now that is service but still rather rare."

I call this customer service with personalized attention. Such personalized customer service is imperative in hospitality franchise business to stay ahead of your competitors. It is essential to find out your guests' likes and dislikes to provide exclusive services. Now, let us try to figure out how to develop proactive methods and attitude for understanding your guests' needs and expectations.

Storage And Organizing Solutions At Your Doorstep

"HouseWall Garage System - A Florida company that makes garage-organizing systems has opened its first franchise in North Carolina with a location in Lexington that will serve the Triad." The Business Journal

Here is good news for prospective franchise buyers in North Carolina, Georgia and Alabama. South Florida's leading garage-organizing company is expanding its franchisee network under the leadership of Linda Sink, a 30 year veteran of the home furnishing industry. The company has already opened its first franchise in Lexington, North Carolina.