Recent News

October, 2019

  • 23 October

    Dubai: A City With A Vision Of The Future

    These are good days for Dubai’s tourism industry and considering what’s happening in the next year and a half, things are just going to get that much better. In October 2020, Dubai will become the focus of world attention with the opening of the Expo 2020 Dubai World Expo that …

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  • 22 October

    UK’s Reuben Bros. partner with Corinthia for Rome hotel

    U.K.-based investment firm Reuben Brothers has acquired a historic property in the center of Rome and entered into contractual arrangements with Malta-based Corinthia Hotels to develop, lease and operate it as an “ultra-luxury” hotel. The 7,500-square-meter asset, once the seat of the Central Bank of Italy on Parliament Square, will be …

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  • 22 October

    HVS Market Report: Reno, Nevada – By Desiree Flanary

    My first article about Reno was in 2008, just after I moved to the market. As I was falling in love with this unique city that was struggling from the Great Recession, local officials were working to diversify its economic base away from gaming. Occupancy and average rate (ADR) in …

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  • 22 October

    CWT Collaborates with Amadeus and American Airlines to Issue Live NDC Booking in Production

    CWT today announced its first successful live NDC booking through Amadeus Selling Platform Connect, a Level-4 NDC-certified solution that has the capability to shop, book, pay, cancel, refund, void and exchange tickets. The ticket, issued on American Airlines, was done within an actual production environment. It reinforces CWT’s belief that …

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  • 22 October

    Hotel Revenue Management: 3 Key Concepts for Modern-Day Success

    The following is a brief excerpt from The 2019 Smart Decision Guide to Hospitality Revenue Management. Now in its fifth edition, this title is widely considered to be the industry’s most authoritative resource on next-generation hotel revenue management. The new edition is now available for complimentary access. With advances in …

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  • 22 October

    Real Hospitality Group appoints 2 new SVPs of operations

    Sanjay Bedi. Photo credit: Real Hospitality Group Real Hospitality Group appointed Sanjay Bedi and Ron Loman SVPs of operations. The two industry veterans both bring decades of experience to their new roles at the Ocean City, Md.-based hotel management company. Bedi’s promotion comes after more than six years with Real, …

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  • 22 October

    How Guest Surveys Can Become a Valuable Touchpoint for Guest Experience

    Let’s imagine this scenario. You’re an avid business traveler and find yourself setting flight for a conference in Houston. You’ve been to the city before, but never stayed at the hotel you’ve booked for this trip. Following the confirmation of your stay, you receive a pre-arrival survey. Upon check-in, you …

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  • 22 October

    Mobile Devices and Their True Impact on the Hotel Industry

    The next time you leave your home, take a look around you. As you scan your surroundings, I want you to look for a common theme; what do most passerby’s have in common? Today, we exist within a revolution. The mobile revolution, to be precise. That common theme I just …

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  • 22 October

    Element Unveils Communal-Room Concept

    BETHESDA, Md. — Marriott International’s Element by Westin brand has debuted a new room concept that blends the convenience of a hotel with the flexibility and comfort of a home. Element’s Studio-Commons rooms are designed for groups looking to spend time together in a more private setting, while still enjoying …

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  • 22 October

    Contiki Launches Global TikTok Challenge

    Combining the hottest social network to burst on to the global stage, and a drive to further connect the emotion of music and travel, Contiki is launching a worldwide competition to find its 2020 TikTok creator through the power of “friendship.” The launch of Contiki’s TikTok channel, @ContikiTravel, is being …

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  • 21 October

    California Limits Use of Independent Contractors, Creating Significant Liabilities and Penalties for California Hotel and Restaurant Employers – By Jim Butler

    As of January 1, 2020, California employers will need to comply with a new law which codifies a heightened standard of classifying an individual as an independent contractor. The new law can have significant implications for hospitality industry employers. Marta Fernandez, hotel lawyer and a partner in JMBM’s Labor & …

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  • 21 October

    Mixed YOY Performance for US Hotel Industry for August September

    The U.S. hotel industry reported mostly negative results in the three key performance metrics during September 2019, according to data from STR. In a year-over-year comparison with September 2018, the industry posted the following: • Occupancy: -0.9% to 67.4%• Average daily rate (ADR): +0.6% to US$131.93• Revenue per available room …

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  • 21 October

    Chick-fil-A Announces Dine-In Mobile Ordering

    Chick-fil-A announced a new technology that will make ordering and dining at Chick-fil-A even more convenient. “Dine-in mobile ordering” is a new ordering option via the Chick-fil-A App that allows guests to order from a table in the restaurant and eliminates the need to stand in line or place an …

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  • 21 October

    Owners look to make sense of modular construction

    One effect of a growing economy is the cost to build or renovate hotels is constantly climbing. In 2018 alone, the cost of construction rose an eye-popping 5.7 percent, according to Rider Levett Bucknall’s “First Quarter 2019 North American Quarterly Construction Cost Report.” One cause of rising costs is a …

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  • 21 October

    Oyo Hotels & Homes and Jin Jiang International Lead in Asia Pacific Hotel Presence

    Oyo Hotels & Homes represents the largest hotel supply count in the Asia Pacific region, while Jin Jiang International leads in number of rooms in the development pipeline. As part of the STR 500, STR will release a list of the region’s 100 largest companies during this week’s Hotel Investment Conference …

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