The Year That Was – Hotel and Travel Industry in 2009

The year 2009 was a year of ups and downs for hotels in particular and the global travel industry in general. There were many events and developments that helped shape the outlook of the hotel industry over the past 12 months. Let us take a look back at 2009 and identify these developments.

Who can forget the global H1N1 virus scare that rocked the world? Some surveys suggest that many travelers will be more concerned about germs and health-related issues in general, thanks to the outbreak of the H1N1 virus. This has thankfully led to more stringent measures and health awareness on the part of the establishments.

The global recession was clearly still in effect the whole year round, and there will even be some repercussions heading into 2010. There are still some significant properties and establishments being shopped and sold. However, it should be noted that, while some companies have been selling their hotels, there are those that are utilizing the sale to expand their core properties. That is a positive sign, showing growth and a willingness to expand despite the continued pinch given by the recession.

In 2009, eco-tourism and eco-friendly destinations started taking the spotlight, as both the travelers and the various establishments have become more and more environmentally conscious. Destinations such as Sweden, Norway, and Switzerland are the top dogs when it comes to eco-friendly places to visit. The hotels in such countries also benefit tremendously because of the influx of travelers, and a lot of them have already adopted an eco-friendly mentality to go with the times.

Of course, there are also many hotel groups-from smaller-scale local establishments to big chains of luxury hotels-who have re-evaluated their business approach and have made changes to their various investment strategies. This is a wise move, still in line with managing the costs and income in an economic landscape that still is not as stable as desired.

Another trend in 2009 was an increased patronage for online travel services, such as booking sites and aggregators that really are a big help to travelers. Still, traditional booking occupies a significant chunk of the pie, even with online services gaining some headway over the past year.

Some establishments, from hotels to apartments to luxury spas, have shown a diminishing level of performance in the middle of the year. The good thing is that some of them have been able to recover quite nicely and gain back some lost ground-and some lost ratings-to get back on track.

There are indications that leisure spending on the side of the travelers will go up in 2010, and that is a definite plus for the hotel industry. More people willing to spend more money translate to more business opportunities for hotels and other members of the hospitality industry.

All in all, it was another year and another step to recovery in 2009. Things are shaping up quite nicely for 2010, and hopefully, hotels and their respective managements learned a lot in the past year and start to apply them in order to flip the script this coming year.

New Concept in Luxury Child Friendly Hotels and Travel

You don’t have to give up stylish holidays and weekend breaks when you have children. You just need to do your research before you go and choose carefully those luxury, child friendly hotels which offer fantastic children’s services.

Think about what your family needs and then for accommodation which offer, thse services like crèche facilities, spa facilities, toys and games, mini bathrobes and slippers, a dedicated concierge or turndown service.

One of the most important pieces of information you probably want to know about a luxury child family friendly hotel before you book is what different room options are offered for families so you can search by room type; family suites, interconnecting rooms or rooms with separate sleeping areas for children. Also think about what baby equipment the hotel owners can provide, what dining options there are for families and any activities on site and nearby to keep the children and family amused.

Here is a pick of some of our favourite luxury child friendly hotels:

Abama Golf & Spa Resort is a 160 hectare ‘finca’ tucked away in Guía de Isora, a tranquil and little known area of the island of Tenerife. This is a first class resort which is a home away from home for visiting families. Great for families travelling with babies and toddlers as the hotel can provide a whole host of baby and toddler items before your arrival.

Daios Cove in Crete is exquisite and has a myriad of accommodation options for families. This is a gorgeous hotel which offers a crèche, kids club and teenagers club as well as pool games and activities. If that doesn’t tempt you then surely the sea water infinity swimming pool with views across the private cove will.

Four Seasons Hotel London at Park Lane is a fabulous option for families visiting London. The hotel goes out of its way to make children feel spoilt with welcome amenities, complimentary baby products and child-proofing of rooms and IPads for the kids to use in the restaurants so mum and dad can enjoy a stress free meal time, to name a few. It is also in a perfect location right next to Hyde Park so plenty of space to run off some energy.

Sandy Lane Barbados is perfect of you fancy going somewhere a little bit more exotic. There is a children’s club, children’s menus in all of the restaurants (even the fine dining restaurants) and bathrobes and slippers for your mini-me(s). There are interconnecting room and luxury family suites to choose from and of course a soft, white sandy beach for sandcastle building or for the more energetic plenty of water sports to choose from.

Chewton Glen in the New Forest is wonderful for families and the new Treehouse Suites are fabulous. During school holidays the hotel has a dedicated children’s club, treehouse and swings in the hotel grounds and in the warmer months you can chill out by the outside swimming pool. The hotel is just a short walk from the beach.

Zighy Bay in Oman is a stunning resort with a wide variety of accommodation set in a beautiful indigenous village style and the private marina is spectacular, with the dramatic mountains on one side and sandy beach at Zighy Bay, on the other. There are activities organised every day for the little ones including supervised movies in the early evening so parents can enjoy sundowners in this fabulous resort.

Emirates Palace in Abu Dhabi embodies the elegance and rich culture of the region, the Emirates Palace is more than a hotel – it is a destination. The Palace’s dedication to excellence is something that makes visiting it something you will remember for a long time; many families return to this hotel year after year. There is a children’s club and a wonderful water adventure park with lazy river and waterslides.

Viceroy Anguilla is an elegant, modern hotel with a dramatic bay-view making this a stunning luxury Caribbean resort. The two white sand beaches, sunset pool, an array of water sports, a spa and fitness center, and programs for children make this a real find for families wanting to leave it all behind and spend time together enjoying life without the modern technology getting in the way.

Mazaghan Beach Resort in Morocco was nominated for Best Hotel Spa in Africa, the Middle East & Indian Ocean by Conde Nast Spa Reader’s Awards in 2011. This is a beautiful hotel with lots for the whole family to do, with dedicated complimentary kids clubs for babies from 4 months old to teenagers you really can come as a family here to relax.

Amsterdam Shopping, Nightlife, Hotels and Travel Information

Shopping in Amsterdam:

Amsterdam is the shopping complex of all type of shopping. It is famous for books, diamond jewelry and antiques. Hare you will a mix blend for all types of trendy, luxuries, second-hand, antique and many more. Your eyes will defiantly stick somewhere. Some of the famous shopping areas are

This is the top most visited area for shopping for shopping purpose. You will have a unique experience over there. It is also famous with its name “Nine little streets”. You will never tried up strolling the hand laid brick lane. You are easily guided for shopping through the district map available with the retailers with the sign “De 9 Straatjas” on them.

This is one of the bassist and crowed street of Amsterdam. Here cars are not allowed. Only pedestrian can do shopping enjoying the pleasure of shopping. Here Kalvertoren and magna plaza

A very busy shopping place, where you have a very narrow side walk. It is located by the side of RembrandPlain where you will find several shops with excellent design items, trendy shoes and clothes. Good restaurants are common with wine shops.

This is the place for youngster shopping where youngster find trendy products which are less expensive with great variety.

  • De Negan Straat jes:
  • Kalverstraat:
  • Utrechsestraat:
  • Haarlemmerstraat:

Nightlife in Amsterdam:

Red light District Get lightens up with red lights with busy streets where large group of tourist are walking through the streets. In Leidseplein you will find city theatre with the name Stadsschouw burg with lots of cafes, restaurants, cinemas, the Casino where live entertainment is carried out. Sugar factory, Paradiso and Melkweg are the one where rock, pop, rap, dance world-class music is found.

Travel Information

You can reach Amsterdam by bus, plane and by train. You can choose the medium convenient to you. Usually it is costly to travel by plane but you reach faster. You can reach by bus but it takes many hours to reach there. Simultaneously you don’t feel comfortable while traveling by bus. Other option is by Train. Eurostar is a high sped train traveling with the speed of 300 km per hour. It’s a unique experience to travel by Eurostar. You can enjoy the scenery of the countryside while traveling. By traveling through Eurostar you reach faster by spending less amount on tickets.

Amsterdam Hotels:

You can easily find cheap hotels in Amsterdam. Luxurious hotels are found at every tourist location. So user can choose according to his convenience.

  • Estherea Hotel
  • Ambassade Hotel
  • Marriote Amsterdam
  • Movenpick Hotel Amsterdam
  • Mauro Mansion
  • West cord Fashion Hotel
  • The Toren
  • The Dylon
  • Hotel de I’Europe.

Important tip for traveler:

Tourists are requested to not to forget to buy official card of the Amsterdam Tourist Board I Amsterdam and Museumkaart. This card is available with the tourist information centre at airport and Amsterdam Eurostar station. This is an entrance ticket to many Museum, main attraction of the city, buses, trams, and metros. Museumkaart opens the gate of 400 museums all over Holland.