Check in! – hotel highlights across South Pac

    The Blue Swan Daily brings you a round up of the latest key hotel news from across the South Pacific.

    Pacific Island Air GM: Fiji experiencing a downturn in tourism

    Pacific Island Air GM Tuni Beddoes reported Fiji “is experiencing a downturn in tourism” due to a “mix of factors” (smartaviation-apac.com, 10-Jul-2019). Mr Beddoes noted visitors are “now paying combined taxes of 25% on their hotel stays” in a “distinctly weaker” economy. Mr Beddoes additionally stated visitors are opting for “cheaper beach holidays in Bali” with high end markets having “too much supply between Maldives and the South Pacific”.

    Emirates and Marriott International relaunch Your World Rewards programme

    Emirates and Marriott International relaunched (15-Jul-2019) the Your World Rewards programme. Under the programme, Emirates Skywards Silver, Gold and Platinum members earn one Skywards Mile for every USD or foreign equivalent spent on all eligible stays at Marriott Bonvoy hotels and resorts worldwide. Emirates Skywards Gold and Platinum members receive additional benefits at Marriott Bonvoy hotels, including late checkout, access to Elite check in and complimentary in room internet access. Marriott Bonvoy Gold Elite, Platinum Elite, Titanium Elite and Ambassador Elite members will earn three Marriott Bonvoy points for every USD or foreign equivalent spent on all eligible Emirates flights. Mariott Bonvoy members will also receive in airport benefits, including priority check in and priority boarding. [more – original PR]

    CWT identifies the favourite and most used travel innovation in early 2019

    CWT reported (09-Jul-2019) its research shows 18% of business travellers stated online check-in was their favourite travel innovation and 45% reported using it. Other favourite innovations were:

    • Google services (16% selected it as their favourite and 42% reported using it);
    • Online booking tools (14% and 44%);
    • Mobile travel apps (12% and 41%);
    • Fingerprints and retina scans for airport security rather than ID (8% and 16%);
    • US TSA pre-check (6% and 16%);
    • Online visa requests (5% and 22%);
    • Global Entry (5% and 13%);
    • Ride-sharing (5% and 26%);
    • Hotels and/or airports with robot or kiosk receptions (5% and 17%). [more – original PR]