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November 2, 2016
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Roundup: New DoubleTree in Michigan, China World’s Largest Business Travel Market




A new DoubleTree in Michigan and a GBTA study that shows China is the world’s largest business travel market are the top stories to watch today in the meetings and events industry. 

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DoubleTree by HiltonDetroit Bloomfield Hills to Open in 2017

The new DoubleTree by HiltonDetroit Bloomfield Hills is set to open in fall 2017 with 11,396 square feet of flexible meeting space. 

Formerly the historic Kingsley Inn, the 147-room hotel will undergo a $10 million revitalization project this fall ahead of its rebranding as a DoubleTree. The hotel’s meeting space includes two ballrooms and pre-function areas. The Grand Ballroom has a dance floor and the Bloomfield Ballroom can be divided into three separate areas of approximately 1,000 square feet each. 

The hotel will also have a new full-service restaurant, Joe Muer Seafood, and an indoor pool. 

GBTA: China Is the World’s Largest Business Travel Market

In industry research, a new report from the GBTA Foundation, the education and research arm of the Global Business Travel Association, shows that China remains one of the fastest growing business travel markets in the world. 

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Total business travel spending is expected to grow 9.2 percent this year reaching $317.9 billion USD. In 2017, another 8.4 percent increase is expected bringing total Chinese business travel spend to $344.6 billion USD. By comparison, U.S. business travel spending is expected to reach $293.1 billion USD in 2017, a $51.5 billion USD difference, further solidifying China’s new-found position as the largest business travel market in the world, the GBTA said.

China accounts for nearly 25 percent of global business travel spending, up from a 5 percent share in 2000. 

Source: GBTA

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