Holiday bookings up 35% in Spain amid budding recovery
Looks familiar: Nearly two thirds of Britons will visit the same resort within five years, reveals a new survey The usual, thanks: Two fifths will dine at the same restaurant and one in 10 will do the same activities Local away from home: One third of Brits will go back to the same pub when they return to a resort And a staggering third have been to the same resort more than three times and one in 20 have been back more than 10 times over the years. And when they get there, two fifths dine at the same restaurant each time and over an eighth even sit in the same spot. From beyond the grave: Richard III boosts Leicestershire tourism by 482m in just one year (not bad for a body in a car park) Two out of five stay in the same resort, one in 10 do the same activities, almost two fifths go to the same beach, and almost a third will go to the same bar or pub. When it comes to the type of holidays, half want relaxing beach holidays, a fifth want sightseeing trips or city breaks. Top destinations for boomerang Britons are Tenerife, Paris, Florida, Benidorm and Majorca with two fifths saying good weather and reasonable prices made them return to the same place. Over an eighth cited the resort being family friendly for their return. New experience?: No thanks. The majority of British tourists know what they like and want that on holiday My spot: An eighth of British holidaymakers will even sit in the same place Overall two in five enjoy revisiting the same place because they know what to expect, while a fifth said they do not feel the need to try somewhere new as they know they like this particular location. One in five said they would feel happy returning to the same place every year.
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Accordingly, Spain still holds great appeal for European holidaymakers. A glance at the ranking of foreign visitor arrivals shows that Britons will flight en masse to the Spanish Costas yet another summer. Italians and French visitors trail behind, the figures show. The most popular holiday resorts mentioned by foreign visitors include Ibiza, Barcelona and Palma de Mallorca. Resorts in the Spanish Costas and the Balearics are ranked as most popular holiday retreats “Bookings by international visitors to Spain have jumped 20% relative to 2013, and that is, for all intents and purposes, an encouraging figure.
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Holiday Inn West in Kalamazoo has a new owner; management has ties to hotel in Grand Rapids | MLive.com
The Holiday Inn was sold by Greenleaf Hospitality Group, which owns and operates the Radisson Plaza Hotel & Suites in downtown Kalamazoo. The buyer, Kalamazoo Hotel Group LLC, is led by Tom Byrne of Colorado. He and partners are the primary owners of the Holiday Inn on Pearl Street in downtown Grand Rapids as well as Holiday Inns in Westminster, Colo. (a suburb of Denver), and Memphis. The group was apparently looking for another Holiday Inn property to buy about a year ago when Peter Walstra, of managing company Hill Hotel Group LLC, convinced its members to consider the Holiday Inn West in Kalamazoo. Hill Hotel Group manages the Holiday Inn in Grand Rapids and will manage the inn here. “We are excited to bring Holiday Inn West on board and we have great plans on the horizon for this property and its current staff,” Walstra said in a prress release. “We hope to retain the talent and intend to continue this journey with them by joining our team together to further grow Holiday Inn West.” Twenty-five years ago, Walstra was involved with the Hollies Group, a previous owner of Holiday Inn West, so he was familiar with the property, said Tim Rayman, director of hotels for Greenleaf Hospitality Group . “They were eager to be in West Michigan,” Rayman said of the investment group.
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