At the annual get together with TravelMole Publisher, Brett Tollman, President & Chief Executive, of the Travel Corporation, talks about their new acquisitions, their global corporate management structure, sustainability program and a general update of their portfolio companies which range from luxury hotels and boutique river cruises, to independent holiday package companies and a variety of guided travel experiences.
Interview with Chris Tomseth, Vice President, Global Sales, Choice Hotels International who franchises more than 6,300 hotels, representing more than 500,000 rooms, in the United States and more than 35 other countries under the brands Choice Hotels, Comfort Inn, Comfort Suites, Quality, Sleep Inn, Clarion, Cambria hotels & suites, MainStay Suites, Suburban Extended Stay Hotel, Econo Lodge, Rodeway Inn, Ascend Hotel Collection... As of September 30, 2014, 422 hotels, representing more than 32,000 rooms, were under construction, awaiting conversion or approved for development in the United States. Additionally, 94 hotels, representing approximately 8,600 rooms, were under construction, awaiting conversion or approved for development in more than 15 other countries.
Ruan Samarasignhe, Jetwing Hotels Managing Director, tells TravelMole Publisher about the 40 year path this family run business has taken towards their sustainable growth, which was recognized with this Award for the Ecolodges they developed on neglected land, incorporating and enhancing the surrounding eco system and training hundreds of unemployed youth into the hospitality industry.
It has been a busy year for The Travel Corporation's Trafalgar, Contiki, Insight...new tour operator acquisition and iconic additions to the Red Carnation Hotels collection. Brett also tells TravelMole Publisher about the World Travel & Tourism Council acknowledgement and growth in China, as well as their how sustainable tourism has become part of their DNA.
TravelMole Publisher learns from Worldhotels Roland Jegge, Executive Vice President, Asia Pacific, about their exclusive group of independent hotels current significant growth in China, recently launched private guest loyalty program, new ownership by a US private equity group and more.
Clem tells TravelMole, it continues to be all about "the discount" and a hotel star rating that won't disappoint, as is customer based. Now focused on global expansion. New innovations include a 'dare to compare' option with their competitors and a none prepaid discounted car rental option with Hertz.
Clare Chiu, Director of Business Development for Warwick International Hotels, provides a comprehensive update on many of the luxury destinations her company offers. This includes discussing the new eco-friendly direction they are going in several locations including Fiji.
Umi Hotels has young people at the heart of all its development. Bohemian in nature, it aims to connect with a diversity of characters and personality, employing a rather unique approach. Founder, Steve Lowy, speaks with TravelMole Publisher about Umi Group and plans beyond their London, Brighton and Liverpool properties.
Travel Mole's Charlie Kao interviews Lelei TuiSamoa LeLaulu, a Development Entrepreneur. He is Co-Chair of an organization called Innovation for Sustainable Development Center. He is also Chairman of the foundation of the Peoples of the South Pacific which is the oldest and largest non-profit development network in the Pacific Islands. LeLei is working on a project using deep ocean water technology in hotels and airports to help cut down on cost and save energy.
TravelMole's Publisher Review takes you to The Zhejiang Narada Grand Hotel in Hangzhou, China. Located near the beautiful historic West Lake this first class conference hotel is the first hotel in China to receive a Green Globe Certification for it's sustainable efforts. Original Chinese art decorates the spacious lobby of this nearly 400 room hotel, offering four restaurants, large executive floor lounge, helpful multi-lingual staff and of course, with West Lake just across the street.