Chairman of Larnaka Tourism Board (LTB) shares insights on the evolution of tourism

Chairman of Larnaka Tourism Board (LTB), Mr Dinos Lefkaritis, recently highlighted the ‘new way of thinking’ that places the environment and people at the heart of LTB’s projects – creating more sustainable experiences in combination with up-to-date digital practices for the new, eco-conscious, tech-savvy traveller.

LTB have pioneered a series of virtual experiences – such as online maps and tours – thus eliminating the requirement for printing consumables, and simultaneously creating a modern, sustainable way of enjoying the region’s culture, history and arts.

Many projects have won awards including three at the Cyprus Tourism Awards 2021 for its virtual experiences; a Gold for the ‘Larnaka Storytelling Statues’; Bronze for the ‘Ancient Port of Kition Virtual Reconstruction’ video, and Silver for the ‘Larnaka Virtual Museums’ platform, plus Larnaka was included as one of three candidate cities for the ‘European Destination of Excellence 2023’ title.

Plans for 2023 will build on these foundations. Projects include the ‘Enriching & Greening Larnaka’s Beaches’ – a programme that upgrades the coastal areas; improvement of the nature trails at Larnaka Salt Lake and in Choirokoitia; the creation of bee parks at the ‘Rural Larnaka Honey Villages’; further enrichment of the artificial reef; new Larnaka Virtual Museums and virtual reconstructions of archaeological sites; museum upgrades, and self-guided cultural tours.

“The prospects for tourism in Larnaka region are very encouraging for 2023,” said Mr Lefkaritis. “The new initiatives in the action plan show how LTB is adapting and moving with the times, and that locals, visitors and investors are all responding positively to this way of ‘rethinking’ tourism.”

 

New hotels in Larnaka for 2023

 

The range of accommodation options continues to expand in 2023, from niche boutique hotels to globally branded resorts. At the end of 2022 the Radisson Beach Resort

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Leander Chamber of Commerce provides updates on hotel occupancy tax funds, budget recap

The Leander Chamber of Commerce provided an update on hotel occupancy tax funds, budget expenses and goals for the upcoming year at the Feb. 2 Leander City Council meeting.

Last year’s budget for the chamber was $126,556, according to chamber documents. The money was spent on information centers, advertising, promotion and improvement of the arts, historical preservation and restoration projects, and signage to direct the public to city attractions.

In 2020, Holiday Inn Express & Suites Leander opened, making it the first and only hotel in Leander, and kickstarting the city’s collection of hotel occupancy tax. The chamber received $247,281 since the beginning of its hotel contract. Out of that amount, the chamber has $46,645 left to spend.

Chamber President and CEO Bridget Brandt said the remaining amount could potentially be used for a statue, signage for Old Town Park or a hotel study.

“We’re not able to do [big projects like that] on an annual basis, because our budget is too small, and we just can’t,” Brandt said at the Feb. 2 meeting. “So we started setting aside funds each year to be able to aggregate those funds to be able to hold and eventually do some of the larger projects that we have as a goal.”

In 2022, engagement from the chamber’s blog and social media posts grew to 41,564 views—a 53.8% jump from 27,023 views in 2021. Brandt credits the jump to the recent change in content and it now being “more meaningful, more valuable and more consistent.”

Chamber goals for 2023 include a brand-new website and migration to a new system, which allows the ability to use kiosks, and assists the city in conducting a hotel study and the official launch of the Trail of Trains Scavenger Hunt.

“It’s a whole lot

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CBBC Member Successes & Updates (January 2023) | Insights

The China-Britain Business Council (CBBC) has been distributing a monthly update focusing on the successes of you – our members and partners! CBBC Member Successes & Updates is an outlet for you to tell your story through a dedicated CBBC communication medium. It is circulated to CBBC’s entire member and stakeholder database that has opted into receive CBBC news and through our social media channels.

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IHG see the growing demand for personalized and high-quality boutique hotels in China. This is coupled with the continued growth of Hotel Indigo in recent years and the debut of Kimpton Hotel & Restaurant in China market. That’s why we would like to take this opportunity to review our boutique hotel category at the end of 2022. Read more here.

IHG announced the launch of Holiday Inn Express 3.0 to the Chinese hotel industry via a livestreaming on WeChat. The new generation of Holiday Inn Express will continue to provide travelers with a simple and smart travel experience through key upgrades to breakfast, technology and space within the hotels. Meanwhile, the Holiday Inn Express 3.0 will provide hotel owners with more investment options. Read more here.

Recently, IHG’s high-end Chinese food brand Cai Feng Lou announced the brand update and upgrading to create the Cai Feng Lou 2.0 while the number of the Cai Feng Lou in Greater China exceeded 50. Read more here.

 

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Prosper project will bring first hotel to fast-growing city

At the end of last year, there were 176 new hotels in the works for North Texas.

A project planned on U.S. Highway 380 in Denton County stands out.

The Residence Inn by Marriott will be the first hotel in Prosper. The town has seen huge growth over the last couple of decades with thousands of new homes and retail — but, so far, no hotels.

The $26 million Marriott-branded hotel project will be built on the north side of U.S.380, just west of Gee Road. The hotel site is northwest of the new PGA of America headquarters and resort in Frisco.

The hotel location is also close to the new Prosper campus of Cook Children’s Medical Center.

The hotel is a project of Dallas-based Atlantic Hotels.

“We chose the site because it is in the city of Prosper,” Atlantic Hotels CEO Perry Molubhoy said in an email. “This is an important market for our company’s growth.

“Yes, it is also close to PGA and Cook Children’s Hospital,” Molubhoy said. “I see 380 to become the future 121. Once expansion is done it will become more prominent and ease of travel will bring further growth to the city and this corridor.”

The 91,800-square-foot hotel will be designed by Dallas architect Mayse Associates, according to planning documents filed with the state.

Prosper Economic Development executive director Mary Ann Moon confirms it will be the first hotel in the city, which has a population of more than 34,000.

Lynn Dowdle with Dowdle Real Estate brokered the land sale

The 2,000-acre Windsong Ranch community located north of the Atlantic Hotels site is one of North Texas’ largest such projects with plans for more than 3,000 homes.

The area of Prosper along U.S. 380 has seen a recent development boom, with construction of

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Home Office says safety of city’s asylum-seekers is priority after far-right protest

Protest - Far-right activists outside the Holiday Inn Express, in Colchester <i>(Image: Newsquest)</i>

Protest – Far-right activists outside the Holiday Inn Express, in Colchester (Image: Newsquest)

HOME Office bosses have stressed the safety of asylum seekers is “of the utmost importance”, after far-right activists staged a protest outside a Colchester hotel.

Four members of the so-called Patriotic Alternative movement descended on the Holiday Inn Express, in Birchwood Road, Colchester, on Saturday.

In December, the hospitality venue took in more than 100 men – some of which were suffering with mental health issues – after they fled to the UK from their homelands.

During their stunt in front of the hotel entrance the right wing demonstrators unveiled a large banner opposing asylum-seekers, which read: “You pay, migrants stay”.

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Since then concerns have been raised over the safety of the asylum-seekers staying at the hotel, with calls for the Home Office to move them to better-suited locations.

The Government department has now responded, saying the decision to move asylum-seekers into hotels is one which is well thought through and considered.

READ MORE: ‘Shock’ as far-right activists stage protest outside hotel housing asylum-seekers

A spokesman said: “The welfare of asylum seekers in our care is of the utmost importance and any attempts to fuel resentment towards them are completely unacceptable.

“Whenever we seek to use sites for asylum accommodation, we engage with the local police and other stakeholders to identify any community tensions.

“We continually review the security at asylum accommodation sites with providers.”

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University of Tennessee to use Holiday Inn for student housing

UT’s housing website said the Holiday Inn Express on Papermill Drive will provide an affordable housing option for transfer students.

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — The University of Tennessee (UT) will be using a hotel on Papermill Drive as an off-campus housing option for students this new school year.

housing.utk.edu/halls/holiday-inn-express/”According to UT’s website, the university has secured the Holiday Inn Express on Papermill Drive for this upcoming school year “to provide an affordable housing option for transfer students in a high-demand housing market.”

The website said the hotel will act as a residence hall on campus with an on-site director and resident assistants (RAs). There will also be a shuttle service available to take students from the hotel to campus and back.

In a statement to 10 News, UT said only students will stay at the hotel while it is under university management. It also said the hotel’s main entrances will be locked at all times.

UT staff said, by securing the hotel, they hope to provide some relief to students and families struggling to find housing before the start of the school year. That is an issue Sherry Hopson knows too well.

Hopson and her family traveled to Knoxville in late July to help move her daughter into an apartment since she would soon start school at UT. However, the search was far from easy.

“We had a list of every single apartment complex in Knoxville, and not one single availability for, at least, they were telling us like September, maybe October, November, and that we were not going to get in,” she said.

Hopson’s daughter got lucky and was able to stumble upon an apartment at the last second, but her mother said the process was beyond stressful.

“It was beyond nerve-wracking to think that

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Soaring hotel prices coincide with peak Vt. tourism season

BURLINGTON, Vt. (WCAX) – Tourism has bounced back from the pandemic but the infrastructure to support the visitor industry has not. Many visitors say it’s nearly impossible to find hotels in the Burlington area that don’t break the bank.

“There were no other hotels near the area to book,” said Eliza Varadi, a visitor from South Carolina who is here for a work conference. But when her Burlington hotel had an A/C problem, they relocated her to Shelburne. “They moved us to a different hotel way far from the conference, so we actually had to Uber every day to the conference, which was also a problem because of the availability of Ubers and how hard it was to find them.”

Varadi is not alone, data from the state of Vermont says that in June, hotels in the greater Burlington area were 86% full. That number was just 74% in June 2021.

Prices are up as well, but those numbers are harder to pin down because of the pandemic. According to the state, hotel room prices across Vermont are 31% more expensive this year than last. But last year, hotels were still offering lots of COVID discounts.

Joe Larkin, a hotel developer who owns the Homewood Suites in South Burlington, acknowledges prices are up this summer and says there are many reasons. “It can be because supply is gone and been repurposed for other uses. It can be because we had staffing issues and supply issues and that sort of limited the number of functional hotels in operation. And ultimately, demand returned probably faster than we were ready for and expecting as an industry,” Larkin said.

And now that we’re in the hole, Larkin says it will take a while to rebuild our hotel stock. He has several projects in the

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