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Hotel, hospitality and travel

Analysis of Hotel Franchise Fees

In the current market environment of modest growth in revenue, hotel owners and operators are paying extra attention to their operating expenses. RevPAR growth in the U.S. is forecast to remain under 3.0 percent from 2018 through 2021.

Guidelines for Surviving Today's Changing Hotel Environment

Marriott's Kaua'i Beach Club photo
Marriott Kaua'i Beach Club

The hotel business is facing new kinds of competition and changing expectations. Here are four focus points for hotel owners and managers to use in meeting today's challenges in lodging, according to an innovation consultant writing for Forbes.

Hotel Panel Urges Franchisees to Leverage Their Brands Better

Hotel brands have an abundance of programs and tools that franchisees surprisingly are not taking advantage of, according to a panel of hotel experts meeting at a Chicago conference.

The Components of Hotel Payroll

Per the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average hourly compensation for a hospitality industry employee increased by 3.6 percent in 2016.

U.S. News Rates Hotel Rewards Programs

U.S. News & World Report has named the Marriott Rewards program as number one in its hotel rewards ratings, awarding it a high 4.92 out 5 points. Wyndham Rewards comes in second at 4.74 and Choice Privileges rounds out the top three at 4.53. Each in this trio has over 4,000 hotels in its network.

Wyndham U.S. Hotel RevPAR Grows 2.8% in Q2

Wyndham Worldwide Corporation (NYSE:WYN) announced its second quarter earnings results on August 2. Domestic same-store revenue per available room (RevPAR) increased 2.8 percent at Wyndham hotels compared to the second quarter of 2016.

Hyatt Sees Softer 3rd Quarter; Will Expand through Franchising

Hyatt Louisville recently sold to franchisee
Company-owned Hyatt Regency Louisville was sold last month to a franchisee for $50M (photo/d sniegowski)

On Thursday Hyatt Hotels Corporation (NYSE:H) reported a long list of issues to shareholders that are also of interest to franchise owners — from resolution of its online travel agency (OTA) fight, expansion through franchising, to a softness in room revenue in the second half of the year.

Wyndham to Split Into Hotel and Timeshare Firms but Publicly Neglects Hotel Owners

New Jersey-based hotel franchisor Wyndham Worldwide (WYN) announced this morning that it plans to split the company into two separate, publicly traded firms. Wyndham Hotel Group, with its headquarters in Parsippany, New Jersey, will be a pure-play hotel company with a portfolio of brands.

Trump Hotels Kicking Off New Midscale Franchising Brand

American IDEA Hotels logoIn a departure from the luxury hotels that the Trump brand is known for, the company is going after the midscale market with a new line, American Idea that sells franchises. Former Wyndham CEO Eric Danzinger is heading up the effort as CEO of the about-to-be-launched brand. He joined the Trump organization in August 2015 as CEO of Trump Hotel Collection. In contrast to the rest of the Trump hotel organization, the new chain will be franchised, which is what Danzinger knows and does.

Hotel Management Fees, A Growing Expense

The U.S. lodging industry recovery from the depths of the great recession was characterized by strong growth in rooms revenue (RevPAR), concurrent with strict cost controls.  This combination resulted in double-digit growth rates for profits from 2010 through 2014.  Starting in 2015, market conditions changed.