As spring approaches and this season’s snowbirds return north, www.HotelCoupons.com is giving travelers quick, easy access to many of the best available rates on last-minute hotel stays from Palm Springs to Portland and Miami to Montreal.
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Boyne Highlands & Boyne Mountain & Bay Harbor MI
HARBOR SPRINGS, Mich. – BOYNE Golf Academy of northern Michigan is heading south this winter to PGA Village in Port St. Lucie, Florida, offering six three-day winter golf schools. The schools take place Feb. 21-23; Feb. 24-26; March 21-23; March 24-26; April 11-13; and April 14-16. Each session offers a 3-to-1 student-teacher ratio.
The schools are led by Brian O’Neill, director of golf instruction, and Mike Fay, director of player performance. O’Neill is the creator of the BOYNE Golf Academy and has been recognized by Golf Digest as one of the Top Ten Teachers in Michigan. He is also a disciple of renowned instructor, Jim Flick. Fay has earned the Top 50 Kids Teacher Award from U.S. Kids Golf and was the first Golf Channel SwingFix Certified Instructor in Michigan.
The BOYNE Golf Academy takes a holistic approach to learning and development of golf skills. Each of the winter golf schools includes a combined 24 hours of coaching, Trackman Ball Flight Analysis, V1 Coaching Video Analysis, fitness evaluation with a Titleist TPI professional, custom total game evaluation booklet, three rounds of golf on the Wanamaker, Ryder, or Dye courses at PGA Village with on-course coaching, daily entry to the PGA Learning Center, lunch, one hour of private coaching during the 2014 season, and on-going coaching through BOYNE Golf Academy’s online system.
The PGA Center offers the perfect locale for winter golf instruction. The facility, 35 acres in total, includes over 100 full swing practice stations, nine varied practice bunkers that simulate various configurations from around the world, 7,000 square feet of USGA putting greens, world-class golf fitness and performance center, and more.
During the summer season, BOYNE Golf Academy’s PGA certified instructors also offer private instruction, performance packages, ladies programs, short game clinics, and junior golf coaching. Programs are offered at Boyne Highlands Resort in Harbor Springs, Boyne Mountain Resort in Boyne Falls, and Bay Harbor Golf Club in Bay Harbor.
For more information or to register for a winter golf school, visit BOYNE.com or call 231.526.3848. Cost is $2,500 per person. Register by January 31 and save $500.
BOYNE is a collection of mountain and golf resorts, retail stores and real estate opportunities based in Michigan and members of the Boyne Resorts family of resorts and attractions. BOYNE is comprised of three resorts located in the Petoskey area including Boyne Mountain Resort in Boyne Falls, Boyne Highlands Resort in Harbor Springs, and The Inn at Bay Harbor – A Renaissance Golf Resort in Bay Harbor, six Boyne Country Sports retail stores, and Boyne Realty. Learn more at www.BOYNE.com or by calling 800.462.6963.
The biggest comparison site for holiday apartments has obtained important deals with leaders of the sector, making it the reference website for its industry
Barcelona- In less than a year, www.apartum.com, the number one comparison site for holiday apartments has successfully been able to add the most important companies of the vacation rental industry to its platform. The company now compares more than half a million apartments and, following the deals it has reached with the leading companies of the sector, offers 25,000 new destinations in 50 markets around the world. Additionally, the website is now available in eight languages and has launched a new platform that is entirely adapted to mobiles and tablets.
The start-up has been constantly growing since its creation. Less than a year after its launch, it has managed to make important partnerships with leading companies of the vacation rental industry, which has enabled apartum to offer the best range of holiday apartments on its platform: half a million vacation homes. The website helps users in their search for the best accommodation for their holiday, allowing them to compare different options as well as save up to 40%: the site automatically identifies agencies that manage the same apartment and shows the user the different agency prices for that flat, helping to make substantial savings.
After launching in markets such as Spain, France, Italy and the U.S, where it is in full growth phase, apartum decided to widen its horizons and to open up new markets, including Germany, the Netherlands, Brazil and Russia, strengthening its international presence.
Apartum is also launching a new design for its website as well as a platform that is entirely adapted to mobiles and tablets, adding numerous functions such as the ability to share information about selected apartments with others, as well as create a list of your favorite apartments, which you can access from any device at any moment.
Sergi Villaubí, CEO and co-founder of apartum, reinforces the commitment that the entrepreneurs built on almost a year ago: “From the start we believed in this project and in the sector; more and more, people want to feel at home during their vacation and want to choose accommodation with the best price-quality ratio. Apartum helps to provide users with transparent information, which is crucial to them as they start the planning of the most important days of the year: their holidays.”
For his part, Lorenzo Ritella, the other founder of apartum and Marketing Director of the company, affirms that they are very satisfied with the results they have achieved to date: “We are very proud to be able to share this news that demonstrates that we are continuously strengthening our position in the sector. At apartum we firmly believe that the comparison site industry is the future and current trends are showing us so.”
A growing industry
The vacation rental industry has substantially grown and become more dynamic over the last few years. Today it is worth more than 85 million dollars annually (roughly 63 million euros) in the U.S and Europe alone. The growth in this industry has been spurred by the great increase in the number of agencies specializing in vacation rentals that manage and provide a safe rental process for the client. The boom of online users and searchers is another important contributing factor to the growth, as nowadays many people consult the internet before choosing and organizing their holidays.
In the setting of the global economic crisis, the holiday apartments sector has continued to grow at an annual rate of 20% as more and more users opt for this type of accommodation, especially given the excellent price-quality ratio, the simplicity of usage as well as for the possibility of a unique experience, tailored to the chosen destination.
The United States is the first country in the worldwide ranking in this particular industry, followed by France, Spain, Italy, Germany and Brazil.
Apartum (www.apartum.com ) is the largest comparison site for holiday apartments, with more than 500 000 apartments, and was created in January 2013 in Barcelona, by Sergi Villaubí, Manuel Ángel Rodríguez and Lorenzo Ritella. Apartum offers its users the possibility to find the perfect accommodation for their holidays, with the best quality-price ratio and in more than 50 countries, all in one click.
Apartum belongs to the group Apartum Booking S.L and less than four months after it was launched, it incorporated to its shareholders Pablo Zubicaray, president of Friendly Rentals, one of the largest companies in the vacation rental industry in Europe, and President of Fevitur, the Spanish Federation of Associations for Vacation Rental Properties.
Benchmark Hospitality International has launched a new ‘Benchmark Conference Centers’ program designed to assist meeting planners in selecting suitable properties that are purpose-built for holding meetings.
Each Benchmark Conference Center in the program meets International Association of Conference Centers certification standards and should score a minimum of 94% in customer satisfaction in a third-party audit.
Each ‘conference-ready’ hotel will offer all-inclusive packages with customization options, meeting and conference services, dining, and four diamond lodging.
This will be backed by dedicated sales and conference support teams and a meeting concierge during events.
“The objective of Benchmark Conference Centers is to provide the highest level of meeting experience at the greatest value,” said Benchmark Chairman Burt Cabañas.
The move comes just over a week after the company announced the launch of two new hotel brands – Personal Luxury Resorts & Hotels and Benchmark Resorts & Hotels.
Paramount Hotels & Resorts, the new chain of Paramount-branded hotels, resorts and residences from the Paramount Pictures Corporation, partnered with Preferred Hotel Group to support its entry into the hotel industry. The partnership will begin with an agreement for the first Paramount-branded hotel, DAMAC Towers by Paramount, to enter into membership of Preferred Hotels & Resorts. DAMAC Towers by Paramount is scheduled to open in downtown Dubai in late 2015
“With a strong foothold in key markets across the Middle East and Asia and a proven track record of successfully supporting some of the world’s finest luxury hotels and resorts, Preferred Hotel Group is the ideal partner to support our entry into the luxury hospitality sector,” said Thomas van Vliet, chief executive officer of Paramount Hotels & Resorts.
“As we look to increase our presence in key destinations, we are honored to enter into this relationship with Paramount Hotels & Resorts,” said Lindsey Ueberroth, President of Preferred Hotel Group. “With a shared vision of what defines luxury hospitality and similar goals for strategic growth, we look forward to a long and mutually beneficial relationship.”
Paramount Hotels & Resorts announced plans for the $1 billion DAMAC Towers by Paramount last month. Located in the heart of the downtown Burj Khalifa area of Dubai, the property will feature four towers. One tower will house the 540-unit Paramount Hotel & Residences with the remaining three towers housing the DAMAC Maison. The four towers that make up DAMAC Towers by Paramount will be brought together by a multi-level plaza that will offer a selection of themed food and beverage concepts, meeting and events facilities, a screening room, wellness and fitness centers, swimming pools, children’s club, retail spaces, and merchandise all featuring the Paramount brand or select partner brands.
A new online hotel booking platform dedicated to group planners has been launched, offering automated, real-time matching of accommodations.
Groupize.com has a network of 30,000 group-friendly hotels worldwide, including 12,000 in North America.
The service provides a simplified interface providing real-time pricing and group deals for planners in just a few clicks.
The system follows a similar model to many hotel booking websites, comparing options based on user preferences for dates, number of rooms and destination.
Groupize CEO Charles de Gaspe Beaubien believes it is the most streamlined way to plan and book hotel rooms for a group, and of particular interest for occasional small group planners who may not have the resources or contacts to negotiate group rates.
The website’s interface enables planners to share information with the group, send pre-arrival requests to the selected hotel and manage payments and the room block.
The service is supported by a US based call center to handle special requests and more complex group bookings.
Groupize had previously specialized in dedicated cloud based group booking platforms for hotel chains and convention centers.
In 2013 the company won the PhoCusWright Award for most innovative travel tech company in the emerging category.
Leading audiovisual provider AVPartners has partnered with American mobile event app developer DoubleDutch to deliver the latest in event technology innovation to Australian shores.
Events supported by AVPartners can now leverage DoubleDutch’s social mobile apps to increase attendee engagement and create a platform for guests and event organisers to communicate with each other.
The exclusive partnership is helping break new ground in Australia by leveraging international MICE trends in digital, social and app technology.
DoubleDutch has built the first ever social mobile event app that allows users to check-in to activities, bookmark favourite events, and network with fellow guests. These features encourage attendees to engage in event content and provide a powerful source of social data for organisers to improve their events in real time. The app is initially available for events at hotels throughout Australia through AVPartners.
AVPartners Founding Partner Gary Hackett said, “The partnership with DoubleDutch is boosting our ability to deliver a highly connected, participatory and dynamic event experience for event delegates. It’s an ideal partnership.”
DoubleDutch CEO and co-founder Lawrence Coburn said, “The days when conferences were solely focused on the in-person experience are long gone. The modern conference delegate is not only technologically savvy and well connected, but they also expect a seamlessly integrated online and offline event experience.”
AVPartners is working closely with their partner venues across the country to deliver a highly tailored, localised and cutting edge app offering for their clients. They have already launched the app at Novotel Twin Waters Resort and will roll out the app to their remaining partner venues throughout the year.
Golfers are being offered the ideal base to explore the cream of southern England’s golfing heritage with a range of affordable overnight stays within minutes of some of the game’s most famous and iconic venues.
With its close proximity to the likes of Wentworth, Sunningdale and The Berkshire, Royal Berkshire, an Exclusive Venue, offers the perfect place to enjoy a memorable golfing break, with one night’s bed and breakfast available from £99 per person.
Set in the heart of the Berkshire countryside in 15 acres of landscaped grounds, the 18th century Queen Anne building – which was originally built for the Churchill family – oozes history and features 63 rooms, with guests offered the choice between quirky layouts, old-world charm and traditional décor in the Queen Anne mansion or the contemporary design of the modern wing.
Situated just a mile-and-a-half from Ascot train station, 13 miles from London Heathrow Airport and within eight miles of the M25, M4 and M3, Royal Berkshire is part of Exclusive Hotels and Venues and lies within a 20-minute drive of 20-plus golf courses.
Tee times can be arranged at selected venues (subject to availability), while the hotel’s superb, recently-refurbished, conference facilities make it the ideal place to hold important business meetings, either before or after a round, or stage a gala dinner.
In addition, guests can also take advantage of excellent leisure amenities including a health and fitness centre, tennis and croquet and enjoy a sumptuous meal in the warm, rustic atmosphere of the hotel’s FORK Restaurant, or afternoon tea in the Polo Bar.
Prices are based on two people sharing a room, while people looking to add something extra to their stay can make the short journey to Ascot for an afternoon at the races or take in the many historic sights on offer at Windsor.
Paul Fearon, general manager at Royal Berkshire, said: “With so many good courses literally on our doorstep, it makes perfect sense for people to stay with us and the hotel is becoming more and more popular with visiting golfers.
“There are so many advantages to be enjoyed, and our recent refurbishment means we can cater for anyone from individual golfers to large groups looking for modern conference facilities to hold a business meeting before heading out for a round of golf.” Royal Berkshire, an Exclusive Venue, is a part of Exclusive Hotels and Venues, a prestigious group of individual, stylish hotels in the south of England, located in stunning surroundings and presenting a luxurious tranquillity in beautiful English locations.
For more information and to make a reservation, phone +44 (0) 1344 623322 or visit http://www.ehvenues.com/royalberkshire/the-venue/
Of those, 98.7% were played by international golf tourists.
Visitor rounds increased by 31,800 last year, a rise of 6.9% and a welcome recovery from a slump of 11.3% experienced in 2012.
Known as the Turkish Golf Riviera, Belek ranks in 21st place in Europe and fourth in the Mediterranean for the number of courses it offers in a destination where 47 five-star hotels attracted two million visitors last year.
Kurtulus Gulsen, chairman of the IAGTO Turkey Chapter, said that the golf tourism industry in Turkey had not reached its goals yet.
The Turkish Golf Federation had set a target of reaching 100 golf courses throughout Turkey.
Revenue per golfer in Belek is currently $670, compared with $1,590 per golfer in Spain – a figure Gulsen said he hoped would improve.
Besides maintaining its traditional markets, Belek is now looking to Asia for golf visitors, Gulsen said.
The peak months for its golf tourism are March, April and May, October and November. These five months account for 67% of the annual rounds played.
Peter Walton, of global trade organisation for the golf tourism industry, IAGTO, said: “This is an example of how the seasonality of golf tourism is significantly more valuable to a destination than its empirical value alone.
“March to May and October-November are outside of Belek’s high summer months and therefore serve to extend the destination’s tourism season significantly, creating employment and revenue even beyond the shoulder months into the low winter season.”
The top 10 markets for the Turkish Golf Riviera last year were:
2 United Kingdom
9 Czech Republic
Meetings are now going mobile at Marriott hotels with the launch of apps for Caribbean and Mexico resorts.
Part of the hotel firm’s ‘Future of Meetings’ project, the apps offer real-time requests and adjustments, such as customizing event layout, coffee refills, or adjusting room temperatures.
Once a request is made by the planner, it is immediately logged with the event manager and the respective section to carry out the request.
The relevant app is sent to the planner three days before the meeting with customized settings specific to the event taking place, when the planner will be able to make any real-time requests.
The app is free and available for desktop, iOS and android devices.
The JW Event Concierge version of the app is for meetings at JW Marriott hotels and is called R.E.N. Meetings Expert for events at Renaissance hotels.
The apps are being rolled out at seven properties in Mexico and the Caribbean, including the Grand Cayman Marriott Beach Resort, Marriott Puerto Vallarta Resort & Spa, and the Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino.
Other Caribbean, US and international hotels in the Marriott portfolio will have access to the service later this year.
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