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Press Releases

Jul 17

2024

Strong growth in hotel revenues, room nights, GHA DISCOVERY membership enrolments and redemptions of the loyalty programme’s DISCOVERY Dollars (D$) all took centre stage in Q2, reflecting increased appetite for stays and experiences across GHA’s diverse portfolio.

Jun 19

2024

Global Hotel Alliance, the world’s largest alliance of independent hotel brands, revealed key 2024 Japanese travel and tourism trends at its global CEO conference today. Staged in Japan for the first time, the CEOs of more than 40 GHA hotel brands and media gathered at HOTEL GROOVE SHINJUKU in Tokyo to hear insights into the preferences and behaviours of Japanese travellers.

Apr 25

2024

  • Loyalty programme is the third most important factor when choosing a hotel, after hotel quality and location

  • Hotel benefits valued more than discounts or points

  • Room upgrades considered most important hotel benefit

  • DISCOVERY Dollars (D$) as a rewards currency deemed more transparent and

    generous than traditional points

  • GHA DISCOVERY is perceived as a luxury programme in the hotel loyalty space

Apr 22

2024

● Over 220 hotels, resorts and palaces in the Green Collection are committed to creating a more sustainable future to protect the people and the planet

 

● 15% increase in the Green Collection hotel portfolio compared to 2023

 

● US$1 donation to charitable causes for every Green Collection hotel booking made via GHA DISCOVERY channels until 30 April 2024 

Apr 19

2024

Global Hotel Alliance (GHA), the world’s largest alliance of independent hotel brands, celebrated its 20th anniversary this week in Berlin at the International Hospitality Investment Forum (IHIF), where the then start-up was first announced in 2004.

Apr 15

2024

Global Hotel Alliance (GHA), the world’s largest alliance of independent hotel brands, has started its 20th anniversary year on a high note, reporting robust Q1 results across all key performance indicators.

Exceeding expectations, total hotel revenues for Q1 2024 jumped to US$649 million, up 17% compared to Q1 2023, while total room nights picked up 20%, and the Average Daily Rate (ADR) across its portfolio of 800 hotels nudged up 2%.

Apr 4

2024

“We are thrilled to announce the addition of Cheval Collection to our alliance, marking our first venture into serviced apartments. Travellers are seeking larger accommodation options and now they can enjoy recognition and rewards across a greater selection of properties and destinations, including Edinburgh which we are excited to add.”

Chris Hartley, CEO of GHA.

Mar 21

2024

Hosted by GHA and the alliance’s major hotel brand in India, The Leela Palaces, Hotels and

Resorts, the event brought together industry leaders and innovators to discuss emerging trends,

challenges, and opportunities in the rapidly growing market.

Mar 4

2024

Global Hotel Alliance, the world’s largest alliance of independent hotel brands, is expanding its award-winning loyalty programme, GHA DISCOVERY, to unique vacation homes through a new partnership with Plum Guide. This unique partnership signifies a milestone for both luxury brands and a significant expansion for GHA into the vacation home sector, while it also represents Plum Guide's first foray into a loyalty programme that will offer rewards to customers across a broader range of accommodation options.

Feb 15

2024

Lore Group, an international hospitality company that designs, transforms, manages and operates hotels, restaurants and bars across Europe and the United States, has joined Global Hotel Alliance (GHA), the world’s largest alliance of independent hotel brands.

Jan 24

2024

Total room revenue of the GHA DISCOVERY loyalty programme, shared by all brands and their

collective 800 hotels, reached US$2.3 billion, surpassing 2022 by more than US$1 billion. This reflects the growth and engagement of the loyalty member base, which crossed the 25 million mark in 2023 and achieved 2.7 million new member enrolments for the year compared to 1.6 million in 2022.

Nov 30

2023

Japan and Thailand top the list, followed by Spain, Canada and Hawaii, a survey of its GHA

DISCOVERY loyalty programme members found, with the desire to try new destinations and

experiences a key motivation behind travel decisions

Nov 24

2023

Recognising the best of the best in global travel, the ULTRAs is a must-attend yearly event

for the luxury travel and tourism elite, organised by Nick Perry, Chairman of multi-media

brand Ultratravel, with whom Global Hotel Alliance, the world’s largest alliance of

independent hotel brands and operator of award-winning loyalty programme GHA

DISCOVERY has a long-standing joint venture – Ultratravel Collection.

Oct 23

2023

Robust Q3 results are proving a major contributor to GHA’s 2023 gains, with hotel revenues

41% higher than in Q3 2022 and room nights up 31% year-on-year for Q3. The total revenue

2023 YTD has hit US$1.7 billion, which is 101% higher than in 2022 YTD.

Jul 18

2023

Regent Seven Seas Cruises® is the first cruise line to partner with the alliance and its award-winning loyalty program GHA DISCOVERY.

GHA DISCOVERY members will be rewarded for experiencing luxurious stays on land and at sea.

Jul 17

2023

GHA has reported stronger-than-forecast H1 2023 results, with room revenue in its GHA DISCOVERY loyalty programme up a remarkable 122% year-on-year by the end of Q2. This new high point has been consistently building since November 2022, reflecting a sustained appetite for international stays at GHA’s diverse portfolio of 800 hotels across 40 brands in 100 countries, spanning dynamic city properties, idyllic resorts, nature-immersed retreats, and even luxury palaces.

May 9 

2023

Building on the momentum of 2022, the first three months of 2023 continued the strong growth trend, with repeat-stay room revenue and room nights at GHA’s 800 hotels across 40 brands in 100 countries back to 2019 highs since the start of the year and total revenue hitting more than US$550 million for the quarter.

May 5 

2023

The Freddie Awards are the longest-standing and most prestigious recognition in the travel loyalty industry. Over the years, tens of millions of votes have been cast to allow members to recognise the loyalty programmes they appreciate most. This year’s event garnered an impressive 9 million votes

Apr 12 

2023

UAE-headquartered Global Hotel Alliance, the world’s largest alliance of independent hotels brands, is staging its annual CEO conference in South Africa for the first time, with the leaders of its 40 hotel brands representing 800 hotels in 100 countries gathering at Sun International’s The Table Bay Hotel from April 12th to 14th to discuss the positive global travel industry outlook in 2023.

Mar 23 

2023

Green Collection features nearly 200 hotels from GHA DISCOVERY’s global portfolio. It empowers

GHA DISCOVERY’s 24 million members to make conscious and responsible travel choices.

Global Hotel Alliance to make a US$5 donation to charitable causes for every Green Collection hotel booking made via GHA DISCOVERY channels before 30th April 2023.

Feb 20 

2023

Room revenue generated by the 23 million global members of the GHA DISCOVERY loyalty programme exceeded 2019 levels from mid-November onwards, driven by higher average daily rates (ADR), and soaring by 50% in the last two weeks of the year, while repeat stay room revenue was consistently ahead of 2019 levels from June onwards, up almost 80% by the end of 2022. Room nights, which had lagged behind earlier in the year, surpassed pre-pandemic levels by the end of Q4.

Jan 10 

2023

Launched this month, UK-based GLO is a global professional network of specialists in loyalty, rewards, consumer engagement and loyalty innovation, uniting companies across travel, hospitality, retail, finance as well as technology.

Dec 13 

2022

A recent survey of its GHA DISCOVERY loyalty programme members revealed that travel sentiment for the year ahead is extremely positive, with most respondents being comfortable with the thought of travelling internationally.

Nov 11 

2022

The favourite hotels, destination, airline and cruise line of the GHA DISCOVERY programme with 22 million global travellers were revealed at the 14th edition of the luxury travel awards ceremony, the ULTRAs, on Monday 31st October 2022.

Oct 13

2022

Revenues generated by members of the GHA DISCOVERY loyalty programme during the first nine months of 2022 reached 84% of pre-pandemic levels at over US$900 million

Jul 5

2022

GHA and its hotel brands support Boodles Boxing Ball to raise funds for Hope and Homes for Children

May 17

2022

Luxury hotel group partners with GHA and joins loyalty programme GHA DISCOVERY, with their hotels becoming part of the alliance’s Ultratravel Collection

May 11

2022

Hotel brands in the UAE and Maldives dominate revenues; spend per stay and average length of stay exceed pre-pandemic levels, and domestic stays bounce back to 2019 volumes

Apr 22

2022

Newly relaunched GHA DISCOVERY takes home the prestigious '210 award' for Europe and Africa within the 'Programme of the Year' category for hotels

Apr 19

2022

Global Hotel Alliance's loyalty programme encourages customers to stay in the collection's more than 500 hotels with more savings and perks to enjoy

Mar 21

2022

Franck Kermarrec joins GHA as Chief Commercial Officer and Nicolas le Roux takes on new Head of Marketing and Digital Strategy role

Feb 9

2022

CEOs of some of the world’s leading hotel groups, all members of Global Hotel Alliance (GHA), have made five bold travel predictions for 2022.

Jan 18

2022

The introduction of the industry's first digital rewards currency, as part of the redesign of GHA DISCOVERY, will support the organic rebound of travel and hospitality in 2022

Dec 22

2021

Global Hotel Alliance and ASMALLWORLD AG combine the strengths of GHA DISCOVERY, the largest loyalty programme for independent hotel brands and ASMALLWORLD's leading travel &lifestyle community

Dec 7

2021

Global Hotel Alliance embraces consumer demand for more flexibility on how they earn and spend rewards, at home or away, with the redesign of GHA DISCOVERY and the introduction of the industry’s first digital rewards currency

Oct 11

2021

The ‘living local’ trend has gained strong momentum in 2021, with travellers igniting their passion for rediscovering closer-to-home destinations and experiences, according to new data by Global Hotel Alliance

Apr 20

2021

Multinational hotel operator with more than 360 hotels across 30 countries to merge its NH Rewards with GHA’s DISCOVERY loyalty programme

Feb 1

2021

Sun International, Africa’s leading gaming and hospitality group, with properties in South Africa, Nigeria and Eswatini, will participate in the DISCOVERY loyalty programme, gaining access to a global customer base of 17 million members when they join the alliance later this year

Mar 5

2020

Aimbridge Hospitality and Global Hotel Alliance partner to offer DISCOVERY, the world's largest loyalty program for independent hotels and brands, to a collection of Aimbridge's independent properties through their Evolution Hospitality division

Feb 17

2020

A record year with seven new member brands joining the alliance and the DISCOVERY loyalty programme reaching 16 million members

Nov 27

2019

Award winning hotels, resorts, residences and restaurants brand is set to bring more luxury, leisure and lifestyle choices to the 15 million members of the alliance’s DISCOVERY loyalty programme

Oct 30

2019

Ultratravel Collection Welcomes More New Members

Grand Hotel Heiligendamm on the Baltic Sea and Kempinski hotels in Singapore and Bali are the newest members of the luxury portfolio within Global Hotel Alliance

Oct 23

2019

A curated collection of distinctive hotels is set to benefit from the global database of 15 million DISCOVERY members

Aug 19

2019

FAUCHON L’Hotel Paris and Capella’s hotels in Düsseldorf, Sanya, Shanghai, Singapore and Bali are newest members

Aug 12

2019

The world-renowned beach club and hotels and resorts brand is set to bring more luxury, leisure and lifestyle choices to the 15 million members of the alliance’s DISCOVERY loyalty programme

Jun 24

2019

Greece’s most prominent, family-owned hotel group extends the alliance’s European footprint with seven luxury hotels

May 7

2019

Award-winning beachfront properties in Mauritius and the Maldives offer more luxury resort experiences to the14-million DISCOVERY members

Apr 3

2019

Five independent hotel groups, together with Oracle, now make up the alliance’s shareholders

Feb 27

2019

The portfolio of award-winning properties set to integrate ahead of the launch of Capella Bangkok property later this year

Feb 24

2019

Another strong year of growth, reinforced by new shareholdersand a rapidly-growing shared customer baseof nearly 14 million members

Nov 26

2018

THE 2018 Ultras held in Dubai for first time. Luxury Travel Awards announced at glittering ceremony. Siam Kempinski Hotel Bangkok is recognised as “Ultratravel Collection Hotel of the Year"

Nov 1

2018

Minor Hotels and Pan Pacific Hotels Group make strategic investments

Oct 16

2018

Australia’s leading provider of contemporary accommodation strengthens presence of the alliance in Oceania and beyond

Mar 5

2018

Dubai-based brand strengthens presence of the alliance in the Middle East and Indian Ocean

Feb 19

2018

The power of collaboration and the excellent health of the independent sector revealed by strong performance of the multi-brand DISCOVERY loyalty programme

Jan 9

2018

Singapore-based brand extends presence of the alliance in top resort destinations

May 30

2017

Alila Hotels and Resorts and Corinthia Hotel London are recognised as luxury travel favourites

May 19

2016

Minor Hotel Group’s fifth member brand further enriches the alliance with unique lodges and camps in iconic locations across Kenya and Tanzania

Apr 12

2016

Hawaii-based Outrigger Resorts brings the rapidly growing alliance extended presence with premier beachfront resorts across the Pacific and Indian Ocean

Oct 28

2015

Home-grown brand is pioneering Chinese luxury hospitality

Sep 14

2015

Early members of the Ultratravel Collection seeing incremental business from the 6.1million of DISCOVERY members

Apr 15

2015

Niccolo Chengdu, the new luxury brand’s first hotel will open in April

Mar 19

2015

Exclusive group of lifestyle luxury hotels joins GHA, with several properties to become a part of the new Ultratravel Collection

Jun 9

2014

Four resort hotels in California add to the alliance’s growing presence in North America

May 15

2014

Travel Leaders Group and multi-media brand Ultratravel, announced today that four Corinthia hotels are to become members, as part of its upcoming launch.

Apr 1

2014

Alliance now has 120 hotels in the Nordic region, making it one of the biggest players in that market

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