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Mixed Messages for Meetings Market

The U.S. meetings market has lagged in its recovery from the depths of the 2008/2009 lodging industry recession.

Value Place Announces Construction of New Extended-Stay Property in Lake Charles, LA

WICHITA, Kan. – Value Place announced today that construction has begun on a new property in Lake Charles, La.

Creation of the Havana Hilton Hotel

With the easing of the U.S. trade embargo on Cuba, I contacted my friend Curt Strand in Aspen, Colorado to recall the creation of the Havana Hilton Hotel which opened in 1959.  Curt was president of Hilton International from 1968 until 1986.  In response to my request, he wrote the following:

Hilton Ranks First in Upscale Hotel Loyalty

Hilton Dahab Resort and Spa, Egypt
Hilton Dahab Resort and Spa, Egypt (c) 2013 Hilton Hotels & Resorts

NEW YORK — Hilton is the pinnacle when it comes to customer loyalty in upscale hotels, edging out competitors Marriott and Hyatt.

Fitness Center in a Hotel Room

On January 18, 2013, Julia Lawlor reported in the New York Times that hotel guests can get an excellent workout in their guestroom if it contains certain pieces of furniture and bathroom equipment.

Expedia, Marriott Face Antitrust Suit

Two consumers are suing Expedia, Marriott, Starwood, Hilton Worldwide and others for breaking California's anti-trust laws, allegedly colluding to fix hotel room prices.

Engaging Hotel Guests through Pinterest

Lodging Interactive and CoMMingle are helping hotels increase their visibility on the hot, new online bulletin board; From creating accounts and developing boards to pining and re-pining pho

Hotel Owners Govern the Brand at Best Western

CEO David Kong speaks to hotel owners of the Asian American Hotel Owners Association conference in Atlanta
Best Western CEO David Kong speaks with hotel owners. photo/Best Western

PHOENIX — David Kong, CEO of Best Western International, corresponds with Blue MauMau to explain how its unit hotel owners, not the franchisor, direct the company on how to best protect and grow the brand. 

Good News, U.S. Hotel Profit Recovery

According to the new PKF Trends survey, the U.S. lodging industry produced a 12.7% profit growth in 2011.  80.5% of participating hotels enjoyed an increase in total revenue while 72.3% achieved growth in profits.