Hotel, hospitality and travel

Hotel Spas: Not Just For Resorts Anymore

According to the December 2018 edition of CBRE’s Hotel Horizons, the annual growth in RevPAR for U.S. hotels is forecast to decelerate from 2.8 percent in 2018 to 0.1 percent in 2021.  As the main source of hotel revenue is plateauing, hoteliers are looking up and down their operating statements to find alternative sources of income.  For hotels that operate a spa, this department has stood out as a bright spot not only for growth in revenue, but gains in profits as well.

Unit-Level Hotel Marketing: P&L Reveals Changes In Department Functions

Technology, online intermediaries, social media, revenue management software, shared-services, and the proliferation of market intelligence reports have reshaped the way hotel Sales and Marketing Departments conduct business.  The traditional organizational structure of assigning personnel by demand segments (commercial, group, leisure) has given way to assignment by function (revenue management, social media, channel distribution, customer relationship management).  According to one industry executive, most of the “selling” of hotel rooms has moved from the property level to corporate and

Why Hotel Chains Have So Many Brands

Marriott, after its 2016 merger with Starwood, now has 30 different hotel brands. Shouldn't it be cutting that number down? If the typical employee doesn't know the 30 brands and what distinguishes each of them, surely hotel customers don't. Hilton has 15 brands.

Why are hotel companies keeping so many brands? Josh Barro of New York magazine explains:

Who's Buying U.S. Hotels

U.S. hotel acquisitions are up dramatically in the past 12 months. Who's behind the hot buying streak? JLL, a real estate services firm, gives us the numbers and tells us who.

As of YTD 2018, hotel transaction volume in the United States reached $29.7 billion, more than a 25 percent year-over-year increase, with private equity firms representing 37 percent of hotel acquisition in the United States, or $11 billion.

Death Penalty Sought for Las Vegas Hotel Murders

Julius Damiano Deangilo Trotter, a convicted felon, faces the death penalty for the murder of two Vietnamese tour leaders at the Circus Circus Hotel on the Las Vegas Strip. The latch on the victims door was inspected the next day and found to be broken.

Dual-Branded Hotels: Beware Expectations of Significant Operating Efficiencies

For the past four years the opening of dual-branded properties has been popular among hotel developers.  The perceived benefits of building a property with two or more brands are many.

Marriott to Expand across Africa

Expanding on the news of five new hotel signings, Marriott International (NASDAQ: MAR) revealed at the Africa Hotel Investment Forum (AHIF) in Nairobi, Kenya, that it plans rapid expansion in Africa. According to the company, it’s on track for an increase of over 200 hotels and 38,000 rooms in five years, generating approximately 12,000 jobs. The new signings further consolidate Marriott's presence in Ghana, Kenya, Morocco and South Africa, and additionally gives it entrée into Mozambique.