Traveling is often regarded as one of the best ways to improve your overall health. It is believed to strengthen your immune system, boost your mood and alleviate stress levels. Traveling is also said to expand your horizons and increase communication skills. It can help you make unforgettable memories and forget about your everyday worries.
Accommodation is an important sector within the travel industry and hotels are the most popular form of overnight stay. They provide access to beds in private rooms and usually come with en suite bathrooms and additional facilities. Hotel rooms can be booked via hotel directly, via booking consolidator websites, or by airlines, railways, ferries and other travel-related services providers (who act as intermediaries).
Most hotels offer an array of services, which may include a reception with front desk staff, security personnel or concierge, business centres with equipment and services such as computer use and printing, faxing and copying, fitness and spa facilities, swimming pools and sauna, restaurants, bars and coffee shops. Some hotels also provide a wide range of other services such as childcare and beauty/grooming salons.
Many hotel groups have their own star rating system, while others are rated by international organizations such as the Leading Hotels of the World. In addition, hotels have their own sales representatives who work with travel agencies and they reward those with the most bookings with benefits that can range from upgrades to nice welcome amenities.