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LONDON—Hotel performance in Japan understandably has suffered following the earthquake and tsunami in March 2011, but the country’s hotel industry is making a comeback, according to data from STR Global’s Japan Hotel Review.
The launch of the STR Global Japan Hotel Review coincides with the expansion of the sample of participating hotels in Japan to 316 as of November 2011. This is an increase of 66 hotels or 26.4 percent since December 2010.
The Advertising Standards Authority said TUI needed to make it clearer that the free places were limited and not available on every holiday.
It was not sufficient, said the ASA, to refer customers to the 'A-Z' to make it clear that availability was restricted.
Its ruling followed a complaint from a customer that price panels in two holiday brochures, in June and September 2011, included price tables with FREE written under the first child price.
Small print under the tables pointed out the prices were a guide only and applied to selected departures and referred customers to the 'A-Z' at the back of the brochure, but the complainant challenged whether the ads misleadingly implied all first child places were free.
The ASA upheld the complaint, saying TUI should have made it immediately clear there were only a limited number of free child places.
TUI said it would amend its price panels to state 'Free Child Places subject to availability'.
By Linsey McNeill
The low-cost airline said the additional jobs would be created this year as it opens new bases across Europe, including one in Manchester.
It will also base aircraft for the first time in Billund in Denmark, Wroclaw in Poland, Palma in Spain and Paphos in Cyprus.
The Dublin-based carrier said it will be looking to recruit additional pilots, cabin crew, engineers and sales and marketing personnel, boosting its payroll by 10% to nearly 8,000 in total.
International tourist arrivals grew by over 4 percent in 2011 to 980 million, according to the latest UNWTO World Tourism Barometer. With growth expected to continue in 2012, at a somewhat slower rate, international tourist arrivals are on track to reach the milestone one billion mark later this year.
That growth came despite a year characterized by a stalled global economic recovery, major political changes in the Middle East and North Africa, and natural disasters in Japan, said the Barometer.
Two new reports from the Cornell Center for Hospitality Research (CHR) at the Cornell School of Hotel Administration are aimed at helping hospitality managers improve their sales and revenue. One report focuses on restaurant distribution strategies, and the other compares the financial outcomes for hotels that have various corporate cultures and strategic approaches. Both reports are available at no charge from the CHR. CHR also invites hotel practitioners to participate in a new interactive blog on the CHR site, with a goal of sharing ideas and improving success in addressing issues created by social media.
The sinking of the Costa Concordia, which has claimed at least six lives, will go down as the most costly maritime disaster.
It is expected to cost the insurance industry about $750m and parent Carnival will have to pay a $40m excess.
The company's share price has plunged 370p to £18.78, wiping £3.5bn off its value, as analysts try to estimate how much the disaster would cost the company in terms of repairs and lost earnings.