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ROBOTS HELPING TRAVELERS ON THE ROADR-tourism, standing for the robotics in tourism, is the new niche sector growing in importance in the coming age. Travelers can discuss their customer questions at the Indianopolis airport with a robot and more places with artificial intelligence are coming to the world of travel.

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Gobierno le “gustaría” ver demolido en esta legislatura el hotel situado en el Parque Natural de Cabo de Gata (Almería) y que ocupa parte del dominio público marítimo-terrestre.

Una situación indebida de construcción fuera de ordenación y en un espacio en el que nunca se debía haber construido

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An Example at Check-in

Taking concierge service into the digital age a pair of boutique hotels in New York are greeting guests at the door with an iPad carrying greeter. Using the iPad the hotel greeter is able to check-in guests and create room keys either in the lobby or in transit to the room. One hotel in Hong Kong is doing away with people altogether. Check-in actually starts when they are picked up at the airport. The shuttle vehicle is equipped with internet access where people can both check-in and checkout without paper and without people.
An Example of a Room Key

One Las Vegas hotel is differentiating itself by providing keys that operate by using a sensor. While this is not new technology, as people have been “badging-in” at work for years now. The use of sensor keys as an access control to a person’s hotel room is a new use of this technology. However, this being Las Vegas, the hotel does do some unique one-upmanship with it. As a person enters a room for the first time using the key, the room will turn on the lights, open the curtains, and turn on the television automatically. The television turns onto a list of controls that the guest can personalize for their stay. Also, the hotel not only offers but brags about its free internet access (or at least included in their room rate) which can be up to eight times faster than the other Vegas hotels.

An Example of Entertainment in the Room

An upscale chain hotel in Seoul is providing a way for guests to plug in their equipment to the hotel room’s audio and video systems at a single location. Then their video or music files can be controlled through the room’s large screen televisions. Even one’s laptop can be plugged into the system. This provides the ultimate of personalized entertainment, entertainment that the guest brought with them.

A London hotel provides charging stations in the room’s walls, but its true differentiator is that it gives guest an iPod 2 to use in the room. Also, the rooms come with 3D Blu-ray systems for the large screen 3D television. Of course, 3D specs are provided in the room for the television. Continuing that theme, the hotel also has a 103 inch 3D screen in the hotel bar with specs available there too.

An Example of Things to Do

A hotel in Tokyo realizes that people come to stay in hotels but want activity outside it. Actually, hotels have known this for some time because ever hotel tries to tout its proximity to popular local attractions. So, in the digital age this Tokyo hotel provides walking tours of the surrounding neighborhoods via iPod. It even provides an iPod tour of the hotel’s 1000 piece art collection. Should someone not have an iPod, then they can get one provided by the hotel.

An Example of Reservations

One major US-based hotel chain is growing its app presence in the smart phone market, like those for the iPhone or Android phones. Their smart phone app lets people check for the closest hotels, availability, and the rates for those available rooms. This helps them gain more regular customers who will use the app for last minute reservations. Last minute reservations are actually growing as people are learning they can check for hotel availability from their digital devices (and often score the best rates for a last minute reservation). The app also helps those last minute users loyal to the chain.

The top 10 hotel chains in Europe for 2012 does not differ that much from 2011’s list. The leading European hotel groups are still in the widely held list with Accor still at number one. MKG hospitality preserves a database of information that encompasses all leading hotels in the whole continent. That is a roaring 27 countries. However, you must know that the ranking is based more on the internal restructuring of a hotel rather than the arrival of new inventory on the market.

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Top 1: Accor

Top 1: Accor

The Accor hotel group remains at the number one spot! At present, the Accor group owns a staggering number of hotels and rooms. It currently has 2,343 hotels and 254,559 rooms. There key to success can be attributed to their asset light-business back strategy. If you observe their 2011 transactions, you will be able to clearly see how this philosophy was applied. Obviously, it worked for the last few years and is expected to work its magic in the years to come.

Top 2: Best Western

Top 2: Best Western

Best Western group had a significant 2011 because it rolled out its new descriptors and take note, on an international level, including Europe. Best Western Premier and Best Western Plus are some of its highest growing brands, to name a few. November 2011 was a great month for them as 7 hotels were added including 4 which are in Paris. Even after its separation from the Astotel Parisian group, Best Western still managed to stay at number 2! The French market accomplished a lot last year because the Accor group reported an 8.7% increase in revenue which is 48.1 million euro.

Top 3: IHG

Top 3: IHG

As of the moment, IHG owns 559 hotels and 86,780 rooms. The British group signed a total of 5,800 rooms for 8 hotels. This includes 7 Crowne Plaza Hotels and 5 Indigo Hotels. Holiday Inn and Holiday Inn Express are also part of the IHG team and helped them get their number 3 spot for 2012. After hitting the UK market, France and Germany are on their list. Its revenue in Europe alone reached a 24% or almost 405 million dollars.

Top 4: Groupe du Louvre

Top 4: Groupe du Louvre

The Groupe du Louvre hotels had 28 openings last year which most likely paved its way to the top 10 hotel groups. Although with an already established name in the hospitality industry, Groupe du Louvre still managed to continue growing and expanding despite numerous competitors.

Top 5: Carlson-Rezidor

Top 5: Carlson-Rezidor

In 2011 alone, Rezidor was very proud to say that they have 3,953 rooms in Europe alone. There were notable openings in France, Sweden, Poland, UK, Hungary, Italy, the Netherlands and Greece. Club Carlson, the group’s new loyalty program, was launched February. A partnership was also concluded with Club Med on March with perks like redeem points at vacation resorts.

Top 6: NH Hotels

Top 6: NH Hotels

NH Hotels is a Spanish hotel group that had a awesome 2011 because of its subscription to its capital by the Chinese NHA group. At present, the NH Hotels have 356 hotels and 51, 453 rooms. However, the reason why NH hotel group is only at number 6 is because their 330 million euro offer was retracted before 2011 ended.

Top 7: Whitbread Hotels & Restaurants

Top 7: Whitbread Hotels & Restaurants

2011 was a super year for Whitbread Hotels because from January 2011 to November 2011, the group reported 9.8% increase in sales. 97.4 % of the 2,100 rooms they added last year were located in the United Kingdom. The average room rates were up by about 2% while the occupancy rate went up by 0.8 percent. Premier Inn has launched MinoSolus for urban locations and Floating Room to provide comfort even in noisy environments.

Top 8: Melia International

Top 8: Melia International

Melia Hotels international started this year with a contract with Jin Jiang, one of the best Chinese hotel chains. The agreement revolves around exchanging cultural and management expertise. It also involves swap operation activities of selected establishments that are in China and Europe. Melia hotel groups see this as an edge to other competitors as being unique is one of the aspects that consumers or travelers look for.

Top 9: Hilton Worldwide

Top 9: Hilton Worldwide

Hilton has 184 hotels and 43,189 as of the moment. The group has provided over 8,500 jobs in Europe alone and it still plans to expand. One of its best decisions in the 2011 was their acquisition of Mint Hotels by Blackstone, the parent company of Hilton. This purchase was for 947 million US dollars. The Hilton Hotels ended the year with two openings at the Frankfort airport and a Hilton Garden Inn.

Top 10: TUI Hotels & Restaurants

Top 10: TUI Hotels & Restaurants

TUI had a rough 2011. This is because of financial difficulties in the operations of activities which almost lead to bankruptcy. However, they still managed to increase supply by 1.1% and their operation increased by 2.7 %.

Swiss hotelier César Ritz, former manager of the Savoy Hotel, opened the hotel on 24 May 1906
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150 Piccadilly, Londres W1J 9BR, Inglaterra
luxury 5-star hotel located in Piccadilly and overlooking Green Park

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De hecho, este precepto de la Ley de Turismo ya ha provocado una fuerte polémica en el seno del Consejo Consultivo, que llegó a aprobar una observación pidiendo al Gobierno andaluz que suprimiera de la ley esa obligación de ajustarse el uso no sexista del lenguaje, pues ni existe una norma jurídica vinculante ni hay normas generales y compartidas sobre qué es un lenguaje no sexista. Aun así, el Ejecutivo ha desatendido la petición.

El nuevo hotel, ubicado en el Puerto Maldonado, se enfocará en atender a un segmento de lujo masivo relacionado con el contacto con la naturaleza y el ecoturismo.

Masividad vs Ecoturismo vs Lujo

The 110-room Madison Hotel in downtown Memphis, Tennessee is a typical high-end boutique hotel.

Boutique hotel is a term popularized in North America and the United Kingdom to describe intimate, usually luxurious or quirky hotel environments. Boutique hotels differentiate themselves from larger chain/branded hotels and motels by providing personalized accommodation and services / facilities. Sometimes known as “design hotels” or “lifestyle hotels”, boutique hotels began appearing in the 1980s in major cities like London, New York, and San Francisco.[1] Typically boutique hotels are furnished in a themed, stylish and/or aspirational manner. They usually are considerably smaller than mainstream hotels, often ranging from 3 to 50 guest rooms.

Boutique hotels are always individual and focused on offering their services in a comfortable, intimate, and welcoming setting,[citation needed] so they are therefore extremely unlikely to be found amongst the homogeneity of large chain hotel groups. Guest rooms and suites may be fitted with telephony and Wi-Fi Internet, air-conditioning, honesty bars and often cable/pay TV, but equally may have none of these, focusing on quiet and comfort rather than gadgetry. Guest services are often attended to by 24-hour hotel staff. Many boutique hotels have on-site dining facilities, and the majority offer bars and lounges that may also be open to the general public.[2] Despite this definition, the popularity of the boutique term and concept has led to some confusion about the term. Boutique hotels have typically been unique properties operated by individuals or companies with a small collection. However, their successes have prompted multi-national hotel companies to try to establish their own brands in order to capture a market share.[2] The most notable example is Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide‘s W Hotels, ranging from large boutique hotels, such as the W Union Square NY, to the W ‘boutique resorts’ in the Maldives, to true luxury boutique hotel collections, such as the Bulgari collection, Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants, SLS Hotels, Epoque Hotels,Thompson Hotels, Joie De Vie hotels, The Keating Hotel, and O Hotel, among many others.

There is some overlap between the concept of a small boutique hotel and a bed and breakfast.

In the United States, New York remains an important centre of the boutique hotel phenomenon, as the original Schrager-era boutique hotels remain relevant and are joined by scores of independent and small-chain competitors, mainly clustered about Midtown and downtown Manhattan.[3] The French Quarter and Garden District, New Orleans have several dozen boutique hotels, most of which are located in old homes or inns. These usually provide an ambiance based on 19th-century antiques, artwork with New Orleans themes, vintage or reproduction furniture and decor and/or interesting historical associations.[4] Miami and Miami Beach also have several boutique hotels, found mostly along the beachfront streets Ocean Drive and Collins Avenue. Most of these are in buildings from the heyday of the Art Deco period. Their attractions include the Art Deco ambiance, beach access, nouvelle and Latin cuisines, and tropical-themed interior decor.[5]

The concept of boutique or design hotels has spread throughout the world, including European countries like Spain and East Asian countries such as Thailand, where many boutique or design hotels are sprouting, especially in resort locations, such as Phuket and Hua Hin. Other Far Eastern cities in which boutique and design hotels are becoming increasingly popular include Bangkok, Singapore, Malaysia, and Hong Kong. Boutique hotels are even appearing in such places as Indonesia, mainland China, Iceland, Peru, and Turkey, demonstrating that the concept has penetrated beyond the typical design capitals of the world and is entering new markets.

Since a couple of years, hospitality industry is following the general “no-frill chic” consumer trend, with affordable or budget boutique hotels sprouting and thriving all around the world. [6] Amongst the most known hotels are Citizen M in Amsterdam, The White Hotel in Brussels,… Following this trend, we see specialized (booking) websites for budget boutique hotels appear – making it fairly easy today to find and book affordable boutique hotels all around the world.

Los hoteles boutique nacieron con algunas marcas, tales como Relais & Chateaux, Small Luxury Hotels, etc. Pero una gran mayoria de establecimientos que hoy se presentan como “Boutique”, no tienen las condiciones de instalaciones y servicios que el mercado de más alto standing, el más exigente, requiere y busca en todos sus desplazamientos.Habria alguien para estacionar y cuidar su coche, alguien le abriria sus maletas y le colgaria su ropa en los armarios, alguien se preocuparia de prepararle su comidas preferidas o requeridas, de peinarla y maquillarla antes de salir de su habitación?

según la ORDENANZA Nº 36.136/80 la cual es la reglamentación de alojamientos turísticos, no se pueden ubicar ni categorizar con estrellas. Ya que son establecimientos con pocas plazas pero con un servicio superior a uno de 3 estrellas. Es por esa razón que se les da un certificado transitoriamente como PRESTADOR TURISTICO según el Art. 6 DEL Decreto 1.158, hasta la entrada en vigor de una nueva ley de alojamiento turístico de la Ciudad de Buenos Aires. La provincia de entre rios lo tiene como una modalidad dentro de la nueva ley hotelera (de febrero de 2010) consideran
hotel boutique a establecimientos de tipo hotel que con no más de 50hab.