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Research: New ranking method could help hotels to maximise their revenue

Researchers from the University of Portsmouth have devised a new method to rank hotels more precisely. The new method will assist hotel operators to maximise their revenue by providing more information on the areas that customers care about while customers also benefit from a more accurate and trusted rating of a hotel’s performance. Online customer reviews have become increasingly significant for people when booking hotel rooms. Online review platforms typically provide an overall rating by combining customer ratings of several individual criteria and then computing an average of these scores. The way they aggregate individual ratings into the overall rating is actually very simplistic, some platforms just do an arithmetic average of individual ratings. The problem is that it provides an equal weighting to each individual criteria and doesn’t differentiate between important and non-important hotel characteristics. Also a hotel could compensate a low score in one aspect with a high score in another. The new model relaxes some of the assumptions made by the abovementioned average approach and reflects a customer’s decision process more accurately by providing different weighting to attributes that are more important to customers. The results found the roles of staff and location as the most crucial criteria for hotels to maximise their revenue. The higher up the rankings a hotel appears, the more bookings they get and in turn, increase their revenue. The findings also showed that, contrary to previous research, location is not particularly critical when it comes to ranking a hotel’s performance. This could be because customers already know the location of a hotel when booking so their evaluation might refer to more intangible aspects of the location, such as street noise, that are more difficult to assess prior to booking. Co-author of the study Dr Marta Nieto-García, Lecturer in the Marketing and Sales Subject Group at the University of Portsmouth,  noted: “Our new model is an innovative approach that prioritises attributes and overcomes the simplistic use of an overall average. “From a managerial perspective, this approach helps operators to better understand the attributes that play a leading role in terms of revenue maximisation. Improving those aspects that are important to customers will be beneficial to hotels as long as the improvements are cost-efficient. For instance, improving facilities, which appears to be essential for increasing revenue, might be costlier than improving cleanliness. After considering which dimensions customers rank higher, each hotel should conduct careful cost benefit evaluations to decide on which attributes it should invest resources and how best those attributes could be improved. The researchers combined two independent data sources, online ratings from Booking.com (overall and individual ratings against six criteria – cleanliness, comfort, facilities, location, staff and value for money) and RevPAR (revenue per available room) data from the global data company STR. Data was taken from 709 hotels across 14 European cities. They then used Preference Ranking Organisation METHod for Enrichment of Evaluations (PROMETHEE), a multi-criteria decision analysis system that identifies the pros and the cons of several criteria and provides a ranking of them. This revealed important correlation between ratings and RevPAR in cleanliness, comfort, facilities, location, staff, with facilities the most significant, followed by staff. Dr Nieto-García commented: “Individual ratings reflect the attributes that customers consider relevant for their hotel choice. Through the use of our new model it is possible to offer a more accurate overall rating that accounts for the importance of the single individual attributes. This would result in more informed decision for customers and improved RevPAR for hotels.” The study, co-authored by Marta Nieto-Garcia, Giampaolo Viglia and Alessio Ishizaka from the Faculty of Business and Law at the University of Portsmouth, is published in the International Journal of Hospitality Management. It also involved Giuliano Resce from the Università degli Studi Roma in Italy and Nicoletta Occhiocupo from the IQS School of Management in Spain. Dr Nieto-García added: “However, we recognise that the study looked at just one platform (Booking.com) and could be expanded to validate the findings across different platforms (such as Tripadvisor). Also, the results are from European cities only and collected at a single point in time, so we could look whether this is relevant to other continents as well as enrich the current contributions with longitudinal data.” RELATED TOPICS: Greece, Greek tourism news, Tourism in Greece, Greek islands, Hotels in Greece, Travel to Greece, Greek destinations , Greek travel market, Greek tourism statistics, Greek tourism report Let's block ads! (Why?)

The cherished flavors of Tselementes, Greece’s original ‘Masterchef’

Most Greek households worldwide have a “Tselemente” the most popular Greek cookbook named after famous chef Nikolaos Tselemetes, greekcitytimes.com reports in the following article: The legendary chef from the island of Sifnos studied the art of cooking in Vienna. When he returned to Greece he began working for many foreign embassies and the talented visionary also began to share the international cuisine secrets he learned. Tselementes became widely known through the launch of the monthly magazine “Cooking Guide” which was originally published in 1910. He also headed to America, where his talent established him as a chef at some of the finest restaurants. At the same time, he continued his cooking studies, confectionary, and dietetics. Upon returning to Greece in 1932, he published his famous cooking book entitled “Odigos Mageirikis” (Cooking Guide), the first complete cooking guide in Greek. In 1956 he published his only book in English “Greek Cookery”. His cookbooks became every Greek housewife’s cooking bible and a ‘must-have’ for every new bride. Moussaka and Pastitsio as we know it today is thanks to Nikolaos himself, who taught Greeks globally how to add the béchamel sauce to both these famous Greek dishes. Decades later, Tselementes remains synonymous with cookbooks in Greece, and his recipes are passed on from generation to generation. The chef’s legacy is also honoured and celebrated every year at the Cycladic Gastronomy Festival, which takes place on Sifnos every September. RELATED TOPICS: Greece, Greek tourism news, Tourism in Greece, Greek islands, Hotels in Greece, Travel to Greece, Greek destinations , Greek travel market, Greek tourism statistics, Greek tourism report Photo Source: Wikimedia Commons Copyright: RobertK License: CC-BY-SA  Let's block ads! (Why?)

Survey: Greek CFOs most optimistic in Europe for Autumn 2018

Greek Chief Financial Officers were the most optimistic in Europe on economic outlook and their company's prospects, Deloitte said in its European CFO Survey Autumn 2018 released on Tuesday, ANA reports. More specifically, the average optimism of Greek CFOs over their company's futures rose to 39 pct, up 3.0 pct compared with the previous survey, ranking at the top among other European counterparts. The percentage of Greek CFOs who said they were uncertain over future prospects fell by 37 pct, recording the biggest improvement in Europe. Fifty-one pct of Greek CFOs said the level of uncertainty was high. RELATED TOPICS: Greece, Greek tourism news, Tourism in Greece, Greek islands, Hotels in Greece, Travel to Greece, Greek destinations , Greek travel market, Greek tourism statistics, Greek tourism report Photo Source: Wikimedia Commons Copyright: Andrikkos License: CC-BY-SA  Let's block ads! (Why?)

Tote und Verletzte bei Unfällen in Schleuserautos

Bei zwei schweren Autounfällen nahe Thessaloniki starben am Montagmorgen und am Freitagabend eine Frau und ein Kind. Insgesamt 36 weitere Personen wurden nach Medieninformationen verletzt.In beiden Fällen handelte es sich vermutlich um illegale Migranten, die von der griechisch-türkischen Grenze nach Thessaloniki befördert wurden. Bei dem Unfall am Montag überschlug sich ein Wagen mit zehn Insassen nahe der Mautstation Analipsi auf einem Zubringer der Nordgriechenlandautobahn „Egnatia Odos“. Eine Frau verstarb und neun Menschen wurden verletzt.Am Freitag kam ein vierjähriges Kind ums Leben, als ein Kleinbus auf der „Egnatia Odos“ auf der Höhe der Ausfahrt nach Vrasna auf einen Lkw prallte. 27 weitere Personen wurden verletzt, davon zwei schwer. Damit kam es binnen eines Monats zu vier Unfällen dieser Art in Nordgriechenland. Am 12. Oktober starben nahe der Stadt Kavala elf Menschen in den Flammen eines Kleinbusses, und nur eine Woche später gab es bei einem weiteren Unfall dreizehn Verletzte (die GZ berichtete). Auch hier waren die Insassen illegale Migranten, die vermutlich kurz vorher aus der Türkei eingereist waren und nach Thessaloniki wollten.(Griechenland Zeitung / ak) Let's block ads! (Why?)

Bombe gegen Staatsanwalt entschärft

Vor dem Haus des stellvertretenden Staatsanwalts Isidoros Dogiakos im östlichen Athener Vorort Vyronas wurde in den frühen Morgenstunden ein Sprengsatz gefunden und entschärft.Ein anonymer Anrufer hatte bei den griechischen Medien „Efimerida ton Syntakton“ und Zougla-News“ gegen 4 Uhr morgens angekündigt, dass in der Adramitiou-Straße eine Bombe platziert sei, die in 20 Minuten hochgehen würde. Die sofort mobilisierte Polizei riegelte das Gebiet ab und bat die Bewohner, in ihren Häusern zu bleiben. Der Sprengsatz wurde schließlich in der Heckbox eines Motorrades entdeckt, das direkt vor dem Haus von Dogiakos abgestellt worden war. Experten konnten die Bombe schnell entschärfen und Entwarnung geben. Erste Untersuchungen  ergaben, dass der Mechanismus aufgrund eines Verdrahtungsproblems voraussichtlich nicht explodiert wäre. Seine Bauart verweise auf linke militante Gruppierungen, die im Dezember 2017 einen Anschlag auf das Athener Berufungsgericht verübt haben. (GZjs) Let's block ads! (Why?)

Erster Bürger im Staat erhielt erste Organspenderkarte

Letzte Woche unterzeichnete der griechische Staatspräsident Prokopis Pavlopoulos im Athener Präsidialpalais die erste Karte für Organ- und Gewebespender.Bei der Zeremonie waren der Präsident der Griechischen Organisation für Transplantationen Andreas Karabinis sowie Menschen, die eine Organtransplantation erhalten haben und Angehörige von Organspendern, zugegen. In seinem Grußwort betonte Präsident Pavlopoulos, dass das Spenden von Organen und Geweben als Grundverpflichtung Ausdruck der Solidarität und Hingabe an den Mitmenschen und tätige Nächstenliebe sei. (GZak) Let's block ads! (Why?)

Voice of Greece renewed program beginning on Monday, November 12th

The new program of the VOICE OF GREECE, ERT’s radio station  addressed to the Greeks of the Diaspora, begins airing on Monday, November the 12th.                                                                                                With special broadcasts focused on the news of the Greeks of the Diaspora, which are now the major part of the program, the VOICE OF GREECE opens its microphones to all Greeks and becomes their own voice, transferring the personal experiences, the problems, but also the dreams of our expatriates from every corner of the planet. The personal success stories of distinguished expatriates in the fields of science, culture, entrepreneurship and sport unfold with interviews and special tributes at the broadcasts of the VOICE OF GREECE, proving that, beyond the borders, there is another Greece that carries the homeland in its heart and never ceases to create. Leading hominid organizations (federations, communities, associations) from various corners of the earth will also be present, highlighting the focuses of Hellenism throughout the globe. Moreover, the VOICE OF GREECE, through the promotion and dissemination of the Greek language and Greek culture, integrates two-minute tributes to poetry into its program. Each week is devoted to a modern or classic Greek poet as well as to the poets of the Diaspora. Beloved poets and actors will recite radio performances so that one Greek poem per day will travel through the station’s frequencies across the globe. At the same time, the informative, cultural, musical and sports programs of the station are being continued and enriched, presenting all the significant events of the moment and transferring the image of modern Greece to even the most remote parts of the planet. Finally, the station’s foreign language news bulletins, aimed at thousands of philhellenes, as well as third and fourth generation Greeks who do not know their mother tongue, are continuing. THE VOICE OF GREECE A bridge of communication between the Greeks abroad, the citizens of the world, with their motherland. THE VOICE OF GREECE, VOICE OF ALL GREEKS FREQUENCIES OF THE VOICE OF GREECE Shortwave:  9420 KHZ for Europe & North America 11645 KHZ for Central & South Africa 9935 KHZ for Europe Central America Digital media from the ERT TV platform INTERNET SITE:  www.ert.gr Online media from ERT’s web radio: http://webradio.ert.gr/i-foni-tis-elladas/ Facebook: www.facebook.com/voiceofgreece.ert Contact the “VOICE OF GREECE” by email at: [email protected] Contact numbers: (++)30 210 6066815, 210 6066816, 210 6066238. Read more at int.ert.gr RELATED TOPICS: Greece, Greek tourism news, Tourism in Greece, Greek islands, Hotels in Greece, Travel to Greece, Greek destinations , Greek travel market, Greek tourism statistics, Greek tourism report Photo Source: int.ert.gr Let's block ads! (Why?)

Brimin Kipkorir Misoi from Kenya wins 36th Authentic Athens Marathon (video)

Brimin Kipkorir Misoi from Kenya is the athlete who won the 36th Authentic Athens Marathon on Sunday, clocking at 2:10:57. More than 55,000 runners from 105 countries flooded Attica to compete in the classical 42km route and the 5km and 10km races, along with other races for children and people with special needs. The classical route of the 36th Athens Marathon commenced at 9.00 am in Marathon, in an emotionally charged atmosphere, as it passes through Mati, where 99 people died from the East Attica wildfires in July. The particular race is dedicated to the memory of peacemaker and parliamentary Grigoris  Lambrakis, Balkan champion in the long jump. Nevertheless, Marathon Mayor Elias Psinakis dedicated the run to the victims of the fires in Mati. According to the organisers, 18,750 runners took part in the particular race. In Athens, the start signal for the 10 km race was given at 8:30 by Mayor Giorgos Kaminis, at Syntagma Square. Earlier, at 7:45, it was the beginning of the 5k race. The classical Marathon-Athens race route is established in honor of the Athenian soldier, who in 490 BC ran from Marathon to Athens to announce the victory of the Athenian army against the Persians in the Marathon Battle. Read more at greekreporter.com RELATED TOPICS: Greece, Greek tourism news, Tourism in Greece, Greek islands, Hotels in Greece, Travel to Greece, Greek destinations , Greek travel market, Greek tourism statistics, Greek tourism report Photo Source: Wikimedia Commons Copyright: Ανώνυμος Βικιπαιδιστήςs License: CC-BY-SA  Let's block ads! (Why?)

Educational programs for kids at the Museum of Cycladic Art in Athens

ATHENS –The Museum of Cycladic Art, Neophytou Douka 4 in Athens, holds educational programs and amusement for children ages 2-12 on weekends from October to May. Children and parents can experience the Museum through fairy tales, interactive guided tours, art workshops, theater, photography, and music. Workshops include Garage: Cars, bicycles, tool benches, boxes, all in a row. Everything is ready to play, experiment, and create in original ways. In that workshop, children will practice their motor skills by playing and balancing with big boxes. They will paint in different positions, upright and render, stick large objects together, cut large stripes, and in the end create a work in their own dimensions. Little Heroes, where children will follow the little hero in his accomplishments and then they will create their own hero by making a doll out of newspapers, paper, fabrics, buttons, wood. In the end, parents will help the children fit their hero into a small box-surprise. The Warrior of Good – Ancient China: Until 221BC, China consisted of many kingdoms, which ruled rival dynasties (strong families). In 221BC, a king subjugated the rest and became the first emperor. Qin Si Huang defeated his opponents and joined China with the help of soldiers. When Qin Si Huang died in 210BC, his body was buried along with 7,000 soldiers of terracotta (baked clay) in real dimensions. The clay soldiers were created to guard the emperor’s body and serve his spirit in the afterlife. How does Egypt, Greece, and Rome fit into a portrait? The Fayum portraits came from the Fayum area of Egypt. They were portraits that were placed with the Egyptian mummies, they had Roman hairstyles, clothes and jewelry, and Greek style. The portraits were painted on wood or on a linen shroud. The painting was realistic and had nothing to do with the then-known Egyptian tradition. Children will play with the camera, capture moments, and portray them on wood with tempera, like the Fayum portraits. “What do I use?” Daily Life in Antiquity: What would happen if we were back in antiquity, not necessarily as humans but as gods, as animals, or even as objects? What would we use? How would we spend our day? What would our strengths be? What would they remember about us?Analmost silent journey, since the movements of the figures will be “spoken” by the sculptures and vases of the Museum. Read more at thenationalherald.com RELATED TOPICS: Greece, Greek tourism news, Tourism in Greece, Greek islands, Hotels in Greece, Travel to Greece, Greek destinations , Greek travel market, Greek tourism statistics, Greek tourism report Photo Source: Wikimedia Commons Copyright: Tilemahos Efthimiadis License: CC-BY-SA  Let's block ads! (Why?)

Saffron 'the red gold of the Greek land' to reach Chinese shops by 2019

Greek saffron, known as the "red gold" of the Greek land, is expected to soon reach the Chinese market, landing on the shelves of Chinese shops by the beginning of 2019.  Speaking to the Athens-Macedonian News Agency (ANA), President of the Kozani Saffron Producers Cooperative Nikos Patsiouras noted that entering the Chinese market had been a very long and arduous process but one that, if successful, will greatly benefit both saffron producers and the Greek economy as a whole. "It appears to be heading toward a good outcome...For four days a Chinese delegation that was in Kozani from October 31 went over everything with a fine-tooth comb and I believe that, by the end of the current year or early 2019 at the latest, our saffron will be imported as a spice in the distant and vast Chinese market," he added. Greek saffron is produced exclusively in the northern Greek region of Kozani. The cultivated areas cover up to 600 hectares, with about 100 of them being used exclusively for organic cultivation. Approximately 1,000 families in the region earn their income by cultivating the saffron plant. One kilo of saffron sells for between 1,350-1,500 euros. The yield for every 1,000 square metres of cultivated land is between 700 grams and 1 kilo of the product.  According to Patsiouras, nearly 85,000 flowers are required to yield a single kilo of fresh saffron stigmas, with one kilo of fresh stigmas reduced to 200 grams of dried final product. This year's production is estimated at 2 tons, down by over 50 pct compared to previous years due to the prolonged dry weather. RELATED TOPICS: Greece, Greek tourism news, Tourism in Greece, Greek islands, Hotels in Greece, Travel to Greece, Greek destinations , Greek travel market, Greek tourism statistics, Greek tourism report Photo Source: Wikimedia Commons Copyright: Saravask  License: CC-BY-SA  Let's block ads! (Why?)