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Fornova partners with eRevMax to create a one-stop shop for smart distribution, benefiting hotels worldwide

Hospitality Industry News - October 18, 2017 - 10:08am
Fornova announced that it is joining forces with eRevMax, bringing its market intelligence and market visibility tools to the eRevMax LIVE OS platform. Now hotels that visit the platform for best of breed technology solutions can access Fornova's industry leading Strategic Distribution Management tools, which provide unparalleled insight into a hotel's online market position, efficacy in selling across markets, and recommendations to help optimize distribution.
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US revokes economic sanctions against Sudan: What it means for hospitality businesses | By Josephine Wawira

Hospitality Industry News - October 18, 2017 - 9:48am
News of the revocation of economic sanctions against Sudan by the United States government, is music to the ears of businesses and investors interested in Africa's third largest country after two decades of severe restrictions.
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STR: Middle East and Africa hotel pipeline for September 2017

Hospitality Industry News - October 16, 2017 - 12:44pm
STR's September 2017 Pipeline Report shows 164,497 rooms in 574 hotel projects Under Contract in the Middle East and 55,349 rooms in 299 projects Under Contract in Africa. Under Contract data includes projects in the In Construction, Final Planning and Planning stages but does not include projects in the Unconfirmed stage.The Under Contract total in the Middle East represents a 3.4% increase in rooms Under Contract compared with September 2016. Specifically in the In Construction phase, the Middle East reported 96,694 rooms in 302 projects. Based on number of rooms, that is a 15.9% increase in year-over-year comparisons.
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STR: U.S. hotel pipeline for September 2017

Hospitality Industry News - October 16, 2017 - 12:43pm
STR's September 2017 Pipeline Report shows 585,248 rooms in 4,886 hotel projects Under Contract in the United States. The total represents a 6.6% increase in the number of rooms Under Contract compared with September 2016. Under Contract data includes projects in the In Construction, Final Planning and Planning stages, but does not include projects in the Unconfirmed stage.In the In Construction stage, the U.S. reported 188,479 rooms in 1,440 projects. Based on the number of rooms, that is a 5.7% increase in year-over-year comparisons."The overall room construction total was down from last month, but outside of Houston, there wasn't a noticeable decline in activity around hurricane-affected markets," said Bobby Bowers, STR's senior VP of operations. "There is still potential for that to change in next month's reporting if damage to existing sites and increased material costs continue to remain a challenge. Regardless, construction activity and the total pipeline remains up year over year – just at a lot lower rate of growth compared with 2016."Among the Top 26 Markets, New York, New York, reported the most rooms Under Contract (25,607 rooms) and most rooms In Construction (13,533 rooms). Four additional markets each reported more than 15,000 rooms Under Contract for the month: Dallas, Texas (19,312 rooms); Orlando, Florida (16,368 rooms); Houston, Texas(16,266 rooms); and Los Angeles/Long Beach, California (15,023 rooms). After New York, three other markets reported more than 5,000 rooms In Construction: Dallas (7,047 rooms); Nashville, Tennessee (5,497 rooms); and Las Vegas, Nevada(5,125 rooms). "The impact of new supply coming online is already visible in occupancy rates among the major markets," Bowers said. "Demand in those markets continues to grow at a healthy clip as well, but not enough to lift hotelier pricing confidence."
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STR: Europe hotel pipeline for September 2017

Hospitality Industry News - October 16, 2017 - 12:39pm
STR's September 2017 Pipeline Report shows 170,199 rooms in 1,103 hotel projects Under Contract in Europe. The total represents an 11.5% increase in rooms Under Contract compared with September 2016. Under Contract data includes projects in the In Construction, Final Planning and Planning stages but does not include projects in the Unconfirmed stage. Europe reported 73,675 rooms in 471 projects In Construction for the month. Based on number of rooms, that is a 16.3% increase in year-over-year comparisons.Among Chain Scale segments, the Upper Midscale segment accounted for the largest portion of rooms Under Contract (28.2% with 47,948 rooms). The Upscale segment represented the largest portion of rooms In Construction (25.9% with 19,112 rooms).
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STR: Asia Pacific hotel pipeline for September 2017

Hospitality Industry News - October 16, 2017 - 12:36pm
STR's September 2017 Pipeline Report shows 625,359 rooms in 2,842 hotel projects Under Contract in the Asia Pacific region. The total represents a 7.4% increase in rooms Under Contract compared with September 2016. Under Contract data includes projects in the In Construction, Final Planning and Planning stages but does not include projects in the Unconfirmed stage. The Asia Pacific region reported 288,850 rooms in 1,241 projects In Construction for the month. Based on number of rooms, that is a 20.9% increase in year-over-year comparisons. Among Chain Scale segments, the Upscale segment accounted for the largest portion of rooms Under Contract (26.5% with 165,532 rooms) and In Construction (26.4% with 76,223 rooms).
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Orbitz Insiders Advise That It's Time To Get Ready for Holiday Travel

Hospitality Industry News - October 16, 2017 - 12:21pm
Don't look now, but the holiday season is fast approaching. Falling on November 23rd this year, Thanksgiving 2017 is earlier than usual, and with Christmas, New Year's and other festivities following soon after, the time is right to get ready for holiday travel.
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MADE In Partnership With Moxy Unveils FAITH CONNEXION X SITA ABELLAN Capsule Collection

Hospitality Industry News - October 16, 2017 - 12:15pm
JORDAN BARRETT, HARI NEF, PETER BRANT JR, VENUS X and SLICK WOODS were just some of the names joining New York's fashion crowd Thursday night in Times Square for the unveiling of FAITH CONNEXION and Sita Abellan's capsule collection FAITH CONNEXION X SITA ABELLAN at the city's most audacious and non-conventional new hotel location, Moxy Times Square. The design-driven hotel provided the backdrop for a presentation of the collection complete with live snakes, a pop-up shop with exclusive items for purchase, and a private rooftop cocktail party, toasting the hosts' shared affinity for fashion, art and creativity.
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Wyndham Vacation Rentals Welcomes Guests "Home" with New Campaign

Hospitality Industry News - October 16, 2017 - 12:07pm
From family movie nights full of laughs and buttery popcorn to favorite bedtime stories or long talks with your teen, it's the special moments and traditions that make a house a home. Wyndham Vacation Rentals is helping guests find that familiar feeling by spotlighting the stories and memories shared within the walls of its vacation home rentals. To celebrate the launch of its Our Home Is Your Home campaign, now through October 31, 2017 travelers have the chance to win a vacation rental stay worth $2,500 USD+.
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Airbnb’s home-hotel hybrid will open in Florida next year | techcrunch.com

Hospitality Industry News - October 16, 2017 - 12:04pm
While Airbnb continues to grow its number of hosts and guests on the platform, sending the hotel industry into a frenzy, landlords and building owners don’t share the same enthusiasm for the home-sharing platform as Airbnb users. But the company has a new plan that gets each party on board with home-sharing. The company is collaborating with development firm Newgard Development Group to build a 324-unit building in Kissimmee, FL that will be branded as an Airbnb building. Tenants in the building will be able to rent their apartments or individual rooms (exclusively on Airbnb, of course) for up to 180 days of the year, and will be encouraged to do so. The first building will be called Niido, powered by Airbnb.
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Australian hotel group Mantra rolls out the carpet for Accor's $920 million bid | reuters.com

Hospitality Industry News - October 16, 2017 - 12:02pm
Mantra Group Ltd (MTR.AX) on Thursday agreed to a A$1.18 billion ($920 million) buyout from French hotel company Accor SA (ACCP.PA), a deal which will create the biggest hotel group in Australia where tourism is rising sharply.
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Super 8 Hotel in Kentucky Allows Horses | travelandleisure.com

Hospitality Industry News - October 16, 2017 - 12:01pm
Even horses need a place to rest after hoofing it all day. Many hotels have policies to include your furry family members, but often establishments only allow dogs and cats — sometimes with strict limitations. Pet policies can include weight and breed restrictions — like no dogs over 25 lbs. — and can include extra fees for bringing your four-legged companion along. But at the Super 8 in Georgetown, Kentucky, they're a lot more lenient.
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Uk Tourism Reports Increased International Visitors Number | tourism-review.com

Hospitality Industry News - October 16, 2017 - 11:59am
United Kingdom is expected to end the year with 39.7 million international visitors, a record figure that represents a 6% increase over the previous year, when 37.3 million visitors were registered. Along the same lines, the expenditure generated by travelers will be around 29,000 million euros, an increase of 14%, according to forecasts by Visit Britain, the national tourism agency. During the first six months of this year, UK welcomed 8% more international visitors according to Visit Britain. The fall of the pound after the Brexit victory has favored tourism, although Steve Ridgway, chairman of the British Tourist Authority, has claimed that such a competitive industry cannot be built on a weak currency. “Tourism is an economic "potential" and a major source of jobs across the country as it contributes £ 127 billion to the British economy,” said Ridgway.
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Airbnb Properties In Switzerland Growing In Number | tourism-review.com

Hospitality Industry News - October 16, 2017 - 11:58am
The Valais Tourism Observatory estimates that by the end of the year there will be 3 million Airbnb overnight stays – approximately 8% of the 35 million hotel overnight stays. Since 2014, the Valais Tourism Observatory (Tourobs) has been monitoring the development of the Airbnb properties in Switzerland and especially in Valais canton. The analyses carried in 2015, 2016 and early 2017 showed a strong increase in the number of properties and beds and quite distinct territorial disparities. A new study provides an overview of the current Airbnb offer in Switzerland, based on the primary data collected by Tourobs at the end of June.
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How to avoid litigation on Resort Fees and other mandatory hotel charges | By Jim Butler

Hospitality Industry News - October 16, 2017 - 11:55am
In evaluating what you should do about the new furor over mandatory hotel charges, it would be helpful to have a clearer understanding of what the FTC seems to be saying on the issue. The chart below is our translation into "street English" of the FTC pronouncements discussed earlier. (See How Resort Fees became an explosive $2.7 billion issue which contains links to the original FTC press release of November 29, 2012 and the most recent FTC Economic Analysis of Hotel Resort Fees of January 2017.)
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Hotel couture: Designer makes clothes from Paris hotel curtains | cnn.com

Hospitality Industry News - October 16, 2017 - 11:54am
One evening, fashion designer Alexandra Hartmann was walking down a street in her native Paris when she spotted a pair of old curtains -- abandoned in front of a hotel in the city's Belleville district. "There was something that really kind of attracted me about the fabric, it was fascinating," Hartmann tells CNN Travel. Struck by the luxurious texture of the material and its eye-catching, reversible pattern, Hartmann's creative side kicked in. "I thought, wow I could make something very cool with this," she recalls. This serendipitous discovery marked the beginning of Hôtel -- Hartmann's curtain-turned-clothing fashion collection. Now the designer regularly turns unwanted Parisian hotel curtains into beautiful jackets.
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The impact of the newly added VAT on the UAE hospitality sector | By Mariano Faz

Hospitality Industry News - October 16, 2017 - 11:52am
Earlier this year it was announced that the GCC states would introduce a value added tax (VAT) rate of 5% to be levied anytime between 2018 and 2019. The UAE Ministry of Finance has announced that it will be implemented as early as the 1st of January 2018.
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What is the ROI of Hotel Website Live Chat?

Hospitality Industry News - October 16, 2017 - 11:45am
Lodging Interactive, an award winning digital marketing and social media engagement agency exclusively serving the hospitality industry, today offered some insightful looks into the return on investment of live chat for hotels.
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Strategic portfolio revamp for Kempinski in Middle East and Africa

Hospitality Industry News - October 13, 2017 - 9:09am
Outstanding new destinations will be added to the Middle East and Africa portfolio of Kempinski Hotels in the coming months and throughout 2018, as Kempinski continues to strengthen its foothold in the region's luxury segment with a portfolio revamp.With two prestigious openings in the pipeline and additional projects underway in the United Arab Emirates, Oman, Saudi Arabia and Africa, Kempinski is making significant investments in prestige properties in the region to satisfy growing demand for authentic luxury hospitality. "Our hotels in the Middle East and Africa feature some of the most iconic luxury properties in the Kempinski portfolio and our upcoming openings, including Emerald Palace Kempinski Palm Jumeirah Dubai Hotel and Kempinski Hotel Muscat, are sure to fulfil this brand promise," said Henk Meyknecht, COO Middle East and Africa. "At the same time, we are applying increasingly higher standards across our portfolio and, as a result, Kempinski Hotel Ajman will exit the portfolio as of January next year."In line with the long-term vision for Middle East and Africa, Kempinski targets operating luxury hotels in each key city within the GCC, as well actively expanding presence through selective growth in exciting destinations in Africa.UPCOMING OPENINGS:KEMPINSKI HOTEL MUSCATMUSCAT / OMAN(opening in Q1 2018)Nestled within the community of Al Mouj and spread along six kilometers of stunning coastline, the Kempinski Muscat is an unparalleled luxury destination in the capital of Oman. Future guests will be delighted by two kilometres of white sandy beach; Oman's only signature PGA standard 18-hole golf course, designed by Greg Norman; as well as the 400-berth Al Mouj Marina, Oman's largest private yachting hub. Next to the Kempinski Hotel Muscat with 310 rooms amongst 40 suites and two presidential suites, each with a private swimming pool, the Kempinski Residences features 77 serviced apartments for long stays and leasings. Eight unique restaurants and bars offer a wide culinary range – inside and under the open sky.EMERALD PALACE KEMPINSKI PALM JUMEIRAH DUBAIDUBAI / UNITED ARAB EMIRATES(opening in Q2 2018)With its opening scheduled in 2018, this legendary European Palace in Dubai will complement the Kempinski Hotel & Residences Palm Jumeirah, opened in 2011. The outstanding palace hotel will feature 389 rooms and suites. Rooms start at a size of 67 square metres and are thus the largest rooms in this category on the Palm. In addition, the Emerald Palace stands out due to the largest indoor swimming pool, with 175 square metres, as well as the largest private cinema on Palm Jumeirah with a capacity of 80 seats. Guests can enjoy 500 metres of private sandy beach and the 3,000 square metres Cinq Mondes spa, including 24 spacious treatment rooms and two private spa suites. The hotel hosts six exclusive culinary experiences, including all-day dining; the lobby lounge, pool and beach bar; in-room dining; 'Mix', the first restaurant operated by renowned 3-Michelin starred chef Alain Ducasse in the UAE; the Italian en vogue restaurant 'All'onda' from New York, managed by China Grill Management; 'Il Riccio' Beach House & Restaurant, managed by Doğuş Group; and an upcoming Lounge/Bar.
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New Findings from NYU Stern, NYU Wagner, and Airbnb Researchers Bring an Economic Lens to the Evolution and Profitability of Short-Term Rentals in New York City

Hospitality Industry News - October 13, 2017 - 8:31am
ew research reveals how the geography of Airbnb usage patterns in New York City has evolved over time while revealing unexpected trends in short- and long-term rental prices. The paper, "Airbnb Usage Across New York City Neighborhoods: Geographic Patterns and Regulatory Implications," is forthcoming in The Cambridge Handbook of the Law of the Sharing Economy.
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