Hotels and Travel

One of the great joys in life is to be able to travel to exotic and different destinations to soak up their history, culture and good food and nowhere is this truer than in London, England. London offers its visitors some of the most glorified history in the world, not to mention a host of attractions including world class theater productions and a varied and amazing night life.

Whether you are in London on business or for pleasure, finding a little bit of time to explore this charming, historical old city is a must. However, one thing that sets London apart from many other cities is that it is historically known for being a somewhat expensive city. This being said, the challenge is to book the perfect hotel room, that will give you quick and easy access to all the major attractions, but at the same time, will not completely bust your travel budget.

Thankfully, finding this hotel room is no longer the daunting challenge that it once was. Thanks to the Internet and online hotel booking sites, you can now browse all the hotels available and compare their prices -vs- location and make an informed and practical decision. Although many people would love to book their hotel directly in London, which gives close access to all the major attractions, comparison shopping is always a smart and practical move. So before booking any room, once again, you are encouraged to do your homework and make sure that you are getting the best deal possible.

London offers visitors all of the historical attractions they can possibly imagine. From Buckingham Palace to Big Ben to the National Gallery, the choices are amazingly overwhelming. However, have you considered visiting some “out of the way” attractions? In many cases, these are hidden gems that are worth seeing and will also take you out of the mad hustle of the crowds.

Consider the Brampton Cemetery, a beautiful park with jugglers and a serene atmosphere. If you are a fan of literature, visit Stoke Newington where Edgar Allan Poe went to school. How about Greenwich? Granted, these are not historical sites that are of interest to everyone, but if you are looking for something different, then consider these wonderful attractions.

Of course, you cannot visit London without doing the “tourist thing”. Here again, doing a lot of research ahead of the trip will be very helpful. Your hotel room should be considered your headquarters as you visit and travel around London – so choosing its location is your foremost priority. Once you have chosen your hotel, everything will work itself out around it which will give you the time to enjoy your trip.


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.


Finding Budget Hotels and Travel Packages

Many people are discovering the money saving power of vacation and travel packages. If you are planning a vacation to Carlsbad, New Mexico, then you might want to seek out any special packages or perks that might make your vacation more affordable for you. The most popular way to find these special packages is probably through a travel website, where you can choose an option to combine your flight and hotel prices into one. This can often save you hundreds of dollars on either your flight or your lodging. It’s a good idea to check several different travel sites when choosing this option, however, because the competition for customers is fierce. You might save quite a bit more with the third travel site that you use.

Once you have your flights and hotel chosen, you should definitely contact your Carlsbad, NM hotel to see if there are any special discounts for guests. Many of the area hotels will offer dining coupons, tickets to the parks and attractions, or reduced prices at the stores in the area. It can be a time consuming process, but the savings that you can dig up make the time well worth it. Once you realize how much you can save on eating out or souvenir purchases, you will understand how beneficial discount packages can really be. Money saved in one area is money that you can spend on more important things.

You can also check with the various attractions that you plan to visit. Sometimes they will offer special partner discounts with hotels in Carlsbad, NM, which might give you an even larger list from which to choose. There are dozens of parks and attractions in the area, so you really have a great number from which to choose. By exercising all of your options, you will find even more ways to travel within your budget.

Finally, don’t forget to check with the Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber of Commerce will often have discount information that you won’t be able to find anywhere else. All of the businesses in the area are interested in promoting their services, so they will usually make special deals available for people traveling to the area. Also, once you are in Carlsbad, you can make a visit to the Welcome Center to pick up coupons for even greater savings while you are in town.