STR: Africa’s hotel supply projected to grow 11%

Hospitality Industry News - October 9, 2017 - 10:16am
Ahead of the Africa Hotel Investment Forum (AHIF), STR highlights Africa's key hotel development and performance trends. Based on August 2017 data from STR, Africa currently shows 301 hotel projects in the pipeline, accounting for 57,011 rooms, or 11.0% of the continent's existing room supply.
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London hoteliers offer ‘once in a lifetime’ experiences to students at the Edge Hotel School

Hospitality Industry News - October 6, 2017 - 5:58pm
Georgian House, the London EDITION, Red Carnation, The Ritz London and Shangri La at the Shard have all signed up to the innovative scheme, where students can apply for a stay in one of these prestigious hotels whilst gaining real practical experience shadowing the management team and staff.
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Get to Know the Top 5 Largest Hospitality Project Investments

Hospitality Industry News - October 6, 2017 - 5:50pm
The Lustica Development is a premium holiday resort that's being constructed around the Traste Bay on the Lustica peninsula in Montenegro. Once completed it will be embedded in the heart of nature of a new living environment that it is creating. It will include many hotels, such as The Chedi Lustica Bay, Marina Hotel, Hillside Boutique Hotel, Thalasso Hotel, and more. In addition there will be 1,600 apartments and 750 villas, as well as a downtown area with all the necessary faiclities, such as shopping, schools and medical services, plus two marinas for water sports, a conference center and an 18-hole golf course. The investment is 2.2 billion dollars. [MORE INFO…]
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Magnuson says hotel franchise direct booking drive is “war profiteering” at franchisee expense

Hospitality Industry News - October 6, 2017 - 5:37pm
London UK/Spokane WA -- In panel comments this week at London's Hotel Distribution Event, Magnuson Hotels CEO and co-founder Thomas Magnuson stated the recent push by major hotel brands to use frequent guest rewards programs to drive direct bookings may be ineffective and costly to hotel owners.
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ITB Berlin forwards global conservation efforts by joining Adventure Travel Conservation Fund (ATCF)

Hospitality Industry News - October 6, 2017 - 4:23pm
ITB Berlin is proud to announce their membership in the Adventure Travel Conservation Fund (ATCF), an international nonprofit focused on funding on-the-ground conservation projects around the world. The ATCF provides members in the travel and outdoor industry an avenue to directly support projects that are critical to protecting the future of adventure travel.
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dormakaba Video: Steps for Easy Hotel Mobile Access Adoption

Hospitality Industry News - October 6, 2017 - 3:13pm
dormakaba, one of the top three companies in the global market for access and security solutions, released a video on how to simplify mobile access electronic door lock adoption.
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OTAs vs Hotels: The Age-Old Battle Over Online Booking | By Dan Lawrence

Hospitality Industry News - October 6, 2017 - 12:33pm
While OTAs and hotels seem at odds with each other, they both have one important thing in common: their dedication to the customer— or more specifically the guest. In regards to online booking, there are important and striking differences between how the two cater to the guest— which has resulted in OTAs seemingly dominated the online booking market.
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The Month of October’s Hard Start for Tourism | By Peter Tarlow

Hospitality Industry News - October 6, 2017 - 10:38am
One day when historians of the tourism industry write about the first part of the twenty-first century they may view the week of October 1 as one of the tourism and travel industry's harder months. The week began with news of terrorism attacks in both France and Canada, and quickly moved onto the tragedy that took place in Las Vegas. Many people will desire to know the personal history of Stephen Paddock and what motivated him. In reality, there are other issues more important than his personal history, and the tourism industry needs to be careful not to allow itself to be seduced into spending a great deal of time on irrelevant facts. Instead, the tourism industry must concentrate on the most important issue: how do we protect visitors, locals, event attendees, employees, and security and law enforcement agents in an age of uncertainty and violence. These questions and the answers we discover are the lessons that can we learn from the Las Vegas attack. What has happened is now history, and it is our task to help the victims heal as best as they can and seek ways in which the tourism industry together with governments and law enforcement can we work together to prevent future tragedies.
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STR: U.S. hotel results for week ending 30 September

Hospitality Industry News - October 6, 2017 - 10:15am
HENDERSONVILLE, Tennessee -- The U.S. hotel industry reported positive year-over-year results in the three key performance metrics during the week of 24-30 September 2017, according to data from STR. In comparison with the week of 25 September through 1 October 2016, the industry recorded the following:
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Competitive Advantage 2018 – The World Has Changed | By Robert A. Rauch

Hospitality Industry News - October 6, 2017 - 9:43am
The classic model of competitive advantage is Michael Porter's five forces shown below. This is still a useful model for the hotel industry. The most interesting part of this in 2017 is the "substitute" portion of the grid–this is what Airbnb is all about and they will have had a huge impact on our industry by the time most people wake up to it. According to Porter, "the existence of products outside of the realm of the common product boundaries increases the propensity of customers to switch to alternatives."
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What do hotel guests really want? The answer may surprise you | usatoday.com

Hospitality Industry News - October 6, 2017 - 9:37am
What do you really want when you check into a hotel? The lodging industry thinks it knows. The pollsters do, but too often they ask the wrong questions. One recent survey suggested guests crave more technology. (It was sponsored by Oracle.) Another claimed guests desire free Wi-Fi, breakfast and parking. Well, duh. In this post-summer vacation period, a lot of us are scratching our heads about our last lodging experience and asking, "What were they thinking?"
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Wake up to wildlife: Asia's best luxury tented camps | cnn.com

Hospitality Industry News - October 6, 2017 - 9:35am
The glamping trend has swept through Asia, with new luxury tented camps setting up in the region's most pristine locations. The latest additions include the soon-to-open Cardamom Tented Camp and Bill Bensley-designed Shinta Mani Wild, both in southwest Cambodia, and Rosewood Luang Prabang in the jungles of Laos. Better yet, many of Asia's hottest spots provide glimpses of elephants, gibbons and leopards through safari-style excursions. "It is different than an African safari," John Roberts, director of elephants at the Golden Triangle Asian Elephant Foundation, tells CNN Travel. "The nature of the forests and wildlife allow you to be much more intimate. Even in deepest tiger, leopard, rhino, sloth and bear territory -- with a good guide, you can safely walk and spend time concentrating on birds, butterflies and plant life between encounters with large mammals." Looking for adventure that doesn't sacrifice comfort? Here are the top luxury tent experiences in the Asia region.
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Zaplox Reinforces U.S. Presence with Appointment of Chris Clement as Vice President Sales, North America

Hospitality Industry News - October 6, 2017 - 9:28am
Zaplox AB, a market innovator of advanced mobile key services for the global hospitality industry, today announced the appointment of Chris Clement as Vice President Sales, North America. The recent addition represents an important step for Zaplox in implementing its growth plans for the U.S. market, which were announced earlier this year. Clement is joining the Zaplox team, effective October 10, 2017.
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Why We Love the Hotel Business in Ten Parts | By Larry Mogelonsky

Hospitality Industry News - October 6, 2017 - 9:27am
Have you ever sat back for a moment to reflect on the profession of hospitality? With all its ups and downs, could you think of any other business you would rather be in?
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The Life of a Hotel Doctor - Tempting the God of Housecalls | By Mike Oppenheim, M.D.

Hospitality Industry News - October 6, 2017 - 9:27am
I was mildly entertained during 45 minutes of the popular movie, Interstellar. The physics was wrong, and the politics of its dystopian future defied logic, but the production held my interest.
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Why Major Brands See So Much Potential in Indonesia’s Project Pipeline [Infographic]

Hospitality Industry News - October 5, 2017 - 5:54pm
Some of the largest and most glamorous hotel brands in the world are excited about Indonesia, and they have real cause to be because of the country's active hotel project pipeline.
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Rainmaker Ends Summer with Record-Setting Performance and Growth

Hospitality Industry News - October 5, 2017 - 5:52pm
The Rainmaker Group (Rainmaker), a leading provider of cloud-based hospitality revenue management software, today announced that it has ended the summer with record-setting performance and growth, deploying its solutions at more than 150 properties in 14 countries in July and August. The properties include hotels, resorts and casinos throughout North America, Europe, Asia and Australia.
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Angie Hospitality to Showcase Voice-activated Guest Room Technology at 2017 Hong Kong Electronics Fair

Hospitality Industry News - October 5, 2017 - 5:41pm
Angie Hospitality, creator of the world's first 24-hour interactive guest room assistant, Wi-Fi and room control solution designed exclusively for the hospitality environment, is expanding its global presence by demonstrating the award-winning solution at the 2017 Hong Kong Electronics Fair. The prestigious annual consumer technology event is scheduled to take place October 13 to 16 at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre.
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RLH Corporation Board Approves Listing for Sale of Majority of Owned Hotels to Accelerate Asset-Light Strategy

Hospitality Industry News - October 5, 2017 - 3:09pm
RLH Corporation (NYSE:RLH) today announced that as part of its commitment to its focus on franchising, its Board of Directors has approved the listing for sale of 11 of the company's remaining 18 owned hotels. The hotels that are not being listed at this time are generally newer joint venture acquisitions (Baltimore, Washington DC and Atlanta) in which additional time will help stabilize to higher revenues and profitability before marketing those properties. The remaining hotels are leasehold interests with no near-term plan for disposal.
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What 2017 Fall Trends Tell US Hoteliers About Traveler Behavior

Hospitality Industry News - October 5, 2017 - 2:59pm
Before leaf-changing season kicks into full swing, check out our fall travel trends that reveal interesting insights into traveler search behavior. Our data* tells us where travelers to the US are coming from and what cities they're going to and compares their search behavior with those traveling domestically.
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