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Egypt tourism revenue down 66 pct in Q1 2016

Egypt netted just $500 million in tourism revenue in the first quarter of 2016, down from $1.5 billion a year earlier, a tourism ministry adviser told Reuters, highlighting the country's struggle to kickstart a key dollar-earning industry.

Egypt's tourism industry, a cornerstone of the economy and critical source of hard currency, has been struggling to rebound after the political and economic upheaval triggered by the 2011 uprising that ended Hosni Mubarak's 30-year rule.

Hotels offer discounts to encourage guests to book directly

Hyatt Hotels Corp. on Monday became the latest chain to offer guests a discount for booking a room directly on its own website. Members of its Gold Passport loyalty program can save up to 10 percent at hotels in the U.S., Canada and Australia.

The move follows similar campaigns by Hilton Worldwide, Marriott International and Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide.

Travel agent group urges Disney Cruise Line to reverse commission cap

The American Society of Travel Agents is urging Disney Cruise Line to reverse its recent commission decrease for members whose clients book future cruises on board one of the company's ships.

In October, Disney capped the commission in such cases at 10 percent. It had previously been as much as 16 percent.

Marriott, Hilton, Mandarin Oriental Among the Most Digitally Adept Hotel Brands

Being a digital savvy hotel brand goes beyond just having a social media account. Brands that truly understand digital brand strategy in all its forms, from mobile and SEO to social and e-commerce, have the upper hand as more and more consumers demand these platforms and services.

Visit Brussels: Videos mocking ad campaign are regrettable

Added Meeze, “Visit Brussels will continue to give visitors and residents the possibility to express themselves about our city. The day after the attacks, a spontaneous public movement arose with the will of all to continue living despite the tragic events that have affected us. We will also relay these messages. Because we believe that the best response to the tragedies that have affected our major cities around the world is by not changing our lifestyle.”

Starwood Agrees to Sweetened Merger With Marriott

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Inc. said it has agreed to a sweetened $13.6 billion deal from Marriott International Inc. that trumps last week’s boosted bid from a group led by China’s Anbang Insurance Group Co.

In the new deal, Starwood shareholders will receive $21 in cash and 0.8 of a share of Marriott for each share of Starwood.

Booking.com and Concur Announce Partnership to Enhance Business Travel Worldwide

Concur TripLink partners include AccorHotels, Airbnb, Air Canada, Avis, Booking.com, Enterprise, Etihad Airways, HotelTonight, InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG), Lufthansa, National Car Rental, Marriott (International), Starwood Hotels & Resorts, Sixt, United Airlines and Wally Park.