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Hotel Retail Outlets Are Growing in Profit

Historically hotels have offered retail outlets primarily for guest convenience and satisfaction. In general, the revenue generated by hotel retail outlets represents only a small part of total hotel revenue.

Survey: Percentage of Hotels with Bibles Has Dropped Drastically over Past Decade

Important story correction: In an email to Blue MauMau after the story below was published, STR stated: "Unfortunately, it has been brought to our attention that a response error produced incorrect data in regards to question 14 of the survey (Percentage of Hotels with Religious Material in Room). A corrected entry has resulted in an updated figure of 79% of U.S. hotels with religious material in room in 2016. This data can be viewed in the updated attachment."

UK's 'Oldest Hotel' Destroyed by Blaze

Royal Clarence Hotel
Before the fire. Photo from Wiki Commons

The 287-year-old Royal Clarence Hotel in Exeter, U.K. was gutted by a fire which started in a building next door, then spread to the hotel. Raging for days, with more than 150 firefighters at the scene, only a charred shell of the historic hotel was left.

Major Hotel Brands Sweetening Loyalty Programs

Major hotel chains are revising their loyalty programs to retain guests and gain new ones in the face of changes in the hospitality environment, such as competition from alternative forms of lodging and hotel consolidations.

J W Marriott Exploring Branded Cinema

Rather than interrupting readers or viewers with unwanted commercials, Marriott is exploring a better way: producing travel shorts and programs that promote its hotels while entertaining and informing its audience. The hotel chain, as of last month the largest in the world, has recruited Bill Rancic, winner of the first Apprentice season and now a restaurateur, to host its latest series.

Hoteliers Beat Budgeted Revenues and Control Costs

Hotel managers achieved the winning formula in 2015 – they exceeded their budgeted revenue projections while concurrently spending less than expected to operate their hotels. The result was a 2.2 percent profit surplus compared to budget.

Staying at Hotels with a Dog

John Owens, travel writer, tells about his experience as a guest with a 24-lb. pug at various hotels during a 3,000-mile trip.

Marriott’s Acquisition of Starwood Given the Green Light by China

Marriott International Inc. (NYSE:MAR) and Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Inc. (NYSE:HOT) announced yesterday that the Chinese Ministry of Commerce has given its approval for giant hotel franchisor Marriott to acquire Starwood. Marriott says it was the last regulatory approval required to complete the merger.

Airbnb, Coming to a Market Near You

Airbnb has continued to grow throughout the United States in 2016, and recently in cities that heretofore have yet to feel the impact. CBRE Hotels' Americas Research released a report in February 2016 entitled, The Sharing Economy Checks In: An Analysis of Airbnb in the United States.

Investigation Revealed that Some Hotels Didn't Change Bedsheets for New Guests

Inside Edition, the well-known American TV newsmagazine, found that three out of nine hotels that it investigated did not use clean, fresh bedsheets for new guests. Instead, the sheets from the previous guest were used on the newly made-up bed.