The U.S. State Department has updated their Travel Advisory system, classifying Mexico’s major international tourist destinations as safe for travel.
This week, the U.S. State Department introduced a new system for alerting Americans about possible security risks while traveling abroad.
This system classifies every country based on four different risk levels, as outlined below:
• Level 1: Exercise normal precautions
• Level 2: Exercise increased caution
• Level 3: Reconsider travel
• Level 4: Do not travel
The following major international tourist destinations in Mexico, have been explicitly listed as having no travel restrictions:
– Cabo San Lucas
– San José del Cabo
– Playa del Carmen
– Riviera Maya
– Isla Mujeres
– Puerto Vallarta
The de-escalated warning confirms that the above tourist areas of Mexico are a safe destination for you to enjoy a well-deserved vacation or meeting. In fact, more than 35 million travelers come to Mexico each year, often as repeat visitors.
For more information about the U.S. State Department Travel Advisories, visit their website for ongoing up-to-date information.
Is this Hotel Must-Have on Your Site Inspection List?
File this one under the strangest press release I’ve gotten so far this week: A low-water laundry system maker surveyed more than 1,000 U.S. and U.K. consumers to find out how towels impact the quality of the hotel guest experience. And guess what? They said that it matters—a lot. In fact, 84 percent said it influences their perception of the hotel brand, and 73 percent said towel quality influences their decision to return to that hotel brand in the future.
“The results of this study illustrate that travelers care quite a bit about the towels they use during hotel visits. Cleanliness, followed by softness, is top criteria for judging the quality of a towel,” said Jonathan Benjamin, global president, laundry, at Xeros. “The quality of the towels impact guest satisfaction, brand perception, as well as customer loyalty.”
And what makes for a good towel experience? Obviously, cleanliness came in first, followed by softness. High thread counts, not so much—that attribute of expensive, luxury towels came in dead last on the list. A fresh smell helps too, but it appears they did not ask about the impact of towel origami on the guest experience, much the pity! Eighty-five percent said they reuse their hotel towels out of concern for the environment, and more than three quarters said they value eco-friendly laundry practices. So if your hotel has a sign that says they won’t replace it if it’s hung up, don’t replace it! It sounds like I’m not the only one who gets irked by that.
But are hotel guests really all that towel crazy? Apparently, they are, with a third saying they would write a negative online review if their towels weren’t up to par. And more than half said they had already dissed a property due to their unhappiness with the towels. Who are these people??
So when you do a site inspection of your next meeting hotel, pay some extra attention to the towels. As Benjamin says in the press release, “Towels are a relatively unexplored branding touch point in the customer journey and has the potential to be an emotional tipping point turning a visitor into a loyal customer.” Or a happy meeting participant, apparently.
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The iconic Hotel del Coronado will join the Hilton’s collection of independent hotels by the end of the month.
The 129-year-old historic property, known by many across the world, will join the Hilton’s smaller Curio Collection, an ensemble of upscale properties, according to Curio’s website.
The Hotel Del is expected to become a part of the Curio portfolio by the end of July, according to a statement from The Del. The Curio Collection includes dozens of four- and five-star independent hotels across the world, like the Boulders Resort in Arizona. Three of those are in California, including the Hotel La Jolla.
This deal, hotel reps said, does not mean the Del will be sold; property ownership will remain with Blackstone, hotel representatives said. The 28-acre property, built 1888 and designated a National Historic Landmark in 1977, was set to be bought last March for an estimated $6.5 billion.
“Hilton will have the management contract at Hotel del Coronado, but It’s business as usual at The Del, with the only change being guests will be able to get Hilton Honors points for stays,” said Sara Baumann with the Hotel Del. Mark Nogal, global head of Curio for Hilton Worldwide, told the U-T that the Hilton is not looking to change the Hotel Del. “So quite literally, there will just be a couple plaques near the front door because we don’t want to change that independent identity that the Del has. It will always be the Hotel del Coronado,” he reportedly said.
Source: NBC San Diego