Recent News

August, 2020

  • 3 August

    How Host Hotels can get by on 10% to 15% occupancy

    During Host Hotels & Resorts’ second quarter earnings call, CEO James Risoleo estimated that properties can be economically viable with occupancy as low as 10 to 15 percent. At that level, he said, the company could expect to lose marginally less earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization being open than closed.  “Our …

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July, 2020

  • 31 July

    Fairmont, Montage, others announce new hires

    The Hotel at the University of Maryland, a luxury hotel and conference center in College Park, Md., named Russ Dlin sales manager. Dlin joins the team with more than two decades of experience and will spearhead the hotel’s sports and special markets. He most recently worked as the senior sales manager …

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  • 31 July

    French hotel group, IDeaS partner on revenue management

    Les Hotels Baverez, a luxury hotel group based in Paris, has selected IDeaS G3 revenue-management system to improve its forecasting capabilities and boost its competitiveness. With three hotels in the French capital, Les Hotels Baverez will implement the RMS technology to ensure revenue is maximized in all its 233 rooms. …

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  • 31 July

    Calabogie Peaks Resort joins the Ascend Hotel Collection

    CALABOGIE, Ont. — The all-seasons Calabogie Peaks Resort has joined the Ascend Hotel Collection by Choice Hotels Canada. The fast-growing Ascend Hotel Collection is a network of upscale resorts, historic properties and boutique hotels that offer guests a uniquely local experience. The resort, which first opened to guests in 2004, …

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  • 31 July

    A Turning Point For UK Agents

    According to GlobalData, the decision by TUI to close 166 of its travel agencies in the UK “marks a turning point” for agents there. GlobalData’s Johanna Bonhill-Smith said that: “This move from TUI UK is unsurprising after the European travel giant already declared initiatives to digitize operations in its half …

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  • 31 July

    Travelport Launches Airline Health & Safety Tracker

    Responding to the demand from both travellers and travel agents for information on airline health and safety measures, Travelport has launched the Travelport Airline Health & Safety Tracker. The tool, which is available free of charge to both Travelport customers and the wider industry, highlights the safety measures being undertaken by more …

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  • 31 July

    “Devastating And Unprecedented Effects”

    Air Canada is reporting unrestricted liquidity of $9.120 billion at June 30, 2020, in line with Air Canada’s expectations, compared to unrestricted liquidity of $7.380 billion at Dec. 31, 2019. Total revenues fell from $4.738 billion in the second quarter of 2019 to $527 million in the second quarter this …

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  • 31 July

    Alaska Airlines Joining oneworld

    Alaska Airlines is joining oneworld, becoming the alliance’s 14th member airline and bringing even more destinations and flights to customers. Alaska Airlines is working with oneworld to deliver benefits to its guests as quickly as possible, with a hope of joining oneworld around the end of the year. The airline’s wholly-owned regional …

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  • 31 July

    US Travel Calls For Significant, Meaningful Relief

    Massive Q2 Economic Contraction Chills Industry The U.S. Travel Association reacted yesterday to the news of the US GDP’s record plunge with the association’s executive vice-president for public affairs and policy, Tori Emerson Barnes observing: “This morning’s news (July 30) of a 32.9% Q2 contraction is evidence that this economy …

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  • 31 July

    Getaway With ACV And Tourism Victoria 

    Tourism Victoria and Air Canada Vacations are promoting Victoria as a great place for those who want to enjoy some urban life during their vacation and also as a suitable retreat for those eager to experience Mother Nature at the same time. A Thursday webinar saw Nicole Yamamoto of Tourism Victoria …

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  • 31 July

    Ottawa Launches ‘It’s On Us’ Campaign

    Ottawa Tourism has launched a visitor incentive campaign called It’s On Us whereby visitors who book at least a two-night stay in Ottawa receive a $100 Visa Gift Card. Rooms must be booked before Sept. 30, 2020 for stays before Dec. 31, 2020 at more than 30 participating hotels. Visa Gift Cards …

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  • 30 July

    5 ways to maximize PR efforts in today’s world

    Public relations communication methods that were effective last year or even at the beginning of this year are very likely not going to be practical in today’s day. Acknowledging the situation is essential, but the next step is to re-evaluate these PR efforts and figure out how exactly they can …

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  • 30 July

    Pittsburgh DoubleTree wraps up multimillion-dollar renovation

    Integrated Capital, a Los Angeles-based, private real estate advisory and investment firm, completed a multimillion-dollar renovation of the 140-room DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Meadow Lands. The hotel is operated by Hospitality Ventures Management Group, a private hotel investment, ownership and management company, on behalf of Integrated Capital. “Though …

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  • 30 July

    Pandemic drives mobile development, adoption for hotels

    As the COVID-19 pandemic keeps people 6 feet apart from one another, hotels have turned to technology to maintain the spirit of hospitality while also maintaining a safe distance.  Little of this technology is new—plenty of brands have offered keyless entry to guestrooms via apps for years—but the pandemic has …

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  • 30 July

    STR: U.S. occupancy, rate ‘slightly’ up last week

    U.S. hotel performance data for the week ending July 25 showed slightly higher occupancy and room rates from the previous week, according to the latest data from STR. Compared to the same week in 2019, occupancy was down 37.9 percent to 48.1 percent while average daily rate was down 27.3 …

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