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Published: Fri, 21 Oct 2016 15:23:10

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STR: $50 million in hotel room revenue lost during Hurricane MatthewSTR: $50 million in hotel room revenue lost during Hurricane Matthew

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 15:23:05

(image) The five U.S. states in the path of Hurricane Matthew saw a net hotel room revenue loss of approximately US$50 million during the days of and around the storm, according toSTR's consulting and analytics division.For the purpose of its Hurricane Matthew analysis, STR examined the hotel room revenue impact in Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia."When looking at the net impact on hotel demand and rates, the story was very similar to what we saw when Hurricane Sandy hit in late 2012," said Steve Hennis, STR's VP of consulting and analytics. "Unfortunately, the overall loss will be higher once you factor in future lost business as a result of the extensive damage and renovations that many hotels will require prior to reopening."The major markets most affected were Orlando, Florida (-14.5 million); Miami/Hialeah, Florida (-13.6 million); and Charleston, South Carolina (-9.6 million).The submarkets most affected were Miami Beach, Florida (-10.2 million), and Charleston/West Ashley, South Carolina (-7.3 million).The most affected day was Friday, 7 October."There also were many submarkets that saw positive gains as hotels catered to evacuees, stranded visitors, emergency management personnel and the media," Hennis said.Those submarkets included: Tampa CBD/Airport, Florida (+2.7 million); Georgia South Area (+2.1 million); Greenville, South Carolina (+1.5 million); North Carolina Southeast Area (+1.5 million); and Charlotte CBD/Airport, North Carolina-South Carolina (+1.4 million).

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Hampton Inn by Hilton Announces the Opening of New hotel in Irapuato, MexicoHampton Inn by Hilton Announces the Opening of New hotel in Irapuato, Mexico

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 15:17:58

(image) IRAPUATO, Mexico and MCLEAN, Va. -- Hilton (NYSE: HLT) announced today the opening of the new 112- room Hampton Inn by Hilton Irapuato, strategically located approximately nine miles of the city's thriving industrial and automotive center, as well as near cultural and tourist attractions. This new build hotel is the latest addition to the global brand of more than 2,100 Hampton Inn by Hilton, Hampton Inn & Suites and Hampton by Hilton hotels.

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Marriott International Raises RMB 2.24 Million for Underprivileged Chinese YouthMarriott International Raises RMB 2.24 Million for Underprivileged Chinese Youth

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 13:49:28

(image) Marriott International hosted its fourth annual charity gala in support of Yao Foundation today and raised a total of RMB 2.24 million to further support education projects for underprivileged children in rural China.

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SALTO Systems to unveil new SALTO Hospitality websiteSALTO Systems to unveil new SALTO Hospitality website

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 12:37:25

(image) SALTO systems, a world leader in access control is announcing the official launch of its hospitality websiteSALTO Hospitality ( focused primarily on targeting the needs and demands of the hospitality sector within the remit of access control solutions. The primary objective of the SALTO Hospitality website is to serve the highly specific and tailored requisites posed by the sector, reaching a global audience through the site and offering hoteliers an in depth understanding of how SALTO is best placed to empower hotels worldwide in achievin g their broad access control requirements. Rob Zijl (VP Hospitality Access Solutions) Throughout the website, SALTOs flagship products are explained in detail along with exciting developments of the mobile access range and Bluetooth Low Energy devices (BLE), in addition to displaying the extensive stylish electronic lock collection. The primary focus of the website is on personalizing access control solutions to cater for the unique needs of differing hotel types, from large resorts to small boutique hotels. The websites sleek conceptual design enables users to navigate through content in a structured and intuitive fashion. The key areas of SALTOs Hospitality solutions are clearly designated and each section explored in depth to ensure users obtain a complete picture of SALTOs innovative products. The website itself is designed to reflect the pioneering nature of the products and services it aims to promote, offering users a wealth of information presented in a clear and concise format. Moreover, hoteliers will also be able to see when and where SALTO will be exhibiting at trade shows around the world and will be provided with the possibility of filling in contact forms if they wish to engage in discussion with company representatives.The official launch of the webpage is expected to take place during the first week of November, at the EquipHotel trade show in Paris.We very much look forward to sharing the latest news in SALTO Systems expanding hospitality solutions with you. Feel free to visit the site at (

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STR: US hotel results for week ending 15 OctoberSTR: US hotel results for week ending 15 October

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 11:45:05

(image) The U.S. hotel industry reported negative results in the three key performance metrics during the week of 9- 15 October 2016, according to data from STR.In year-over-year comparisons, the industry's occupancy decreased 1.4% to 70.7%. Average daily rate (ADR) was nearly flat (-0.2% to US$123.84). Revenue per available room (RevPAR) fell 1.6% to US$87.57.STR analysts note that overall performance for the week was affected by the Yom Kippur calendar shift from 23 September 2015 to 12 October 2016.Among the Top 25 Markets, Norfolk/Virginia Beach, Virginia, saw the week's only double-digit increase in occupancy (+16.1% to 65.9%) and the largest lift in RevPAR (+20.7% to US$60.22). ADR in the market rose 4.0% to US$91.45.Tampa/St. Petersburg, Florida, posted the only double-digit increase in ADR (+10.6% to US$120.24) along with the only other double-digit rise in RevPAR (+10.9% to US$85.89).Houston, Texas, reported the steepest declines across the three key performance metrics. Occupancy in the market dropped 19.4% to 62.1%; ADR was down 14.7% to US$102.57; and RevPAR fell 31.3% to US$63.71.Five additional markets experienced a double-digit decrease in RevPAR: Miami/Hialeah, Florida (-17.9% to US$105.33); San Francisco/San Mateo, California (-15.9% to US$194.12); Dallas, Texas (-15.0% to US$76.40); Boston, Massachusetts (-13.8% to US$168.42); and New York, New York (-12.7% to US$250.24).After Houston, two markets reported a double-digit decrease in ADR: San Francisco/San Mateo (-12.6% to US$224.78) and New York (-10.2% to US$284.08).Two other markets saw a double-digit decline in occupancy as well: Miami/Hialeah (-12.7% to 66.4%) and Dallas, Texas (-11.2% to 72.0%).

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Assessment of the Hotel Market in Rwanda - HorwathHTLAssessment of the Hotel Market in Rwanda - HorwathHTL

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 11:11:24

(image) Rwanda is the smallest country in the East Africa region it has managed to conquer the news and receive highest appreciation for the economic and social achievements during the last two decades. With a total population of around 12 Million on a land area of 26,338 km² Rwanda is the highest densed country, landlocked and a member of East African Community EAC which comprises Kenya, Tanzania, Burundi, Uganda and South Sudan. Rwanda is constantly among the top performers on various indicators on the continent; indicators such as economic progress, governance and healthcare featuring at positions fourth, third and sixth, respectively, in the top 3 best places in Africa for doing business.

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Boutique & Lifestyle Lodging Association To Hold First Ever Paris Conference at EquipHotel Trade ShowBoutique & Lifestyle Lodging Association To Hold First Ever Paris Conference at EquipHotel Trade Show

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 11:08:33

(image) The Boutique & Lifestyle Lodging Association (BLLA) will host the association's first ever Paris Conference on November 9, staying true to its mission to provide opportunities for global recognition and connections for the world's best in hospitality. BLLA is the official organization to the world's premiere boutique hotels, dedicated to connect independent, upscale hoteliers with fellow industry innovators. BLLA's Paris Conference, which will be held at the travel industry's premiere trade event, EquipHotel, will create an intimate networking environment for leaders in the hospitality industry, as well as opportunities to learn from the field's revolutionaries.

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2016 International Quiet Hotel Awards Competition to be announced2016 International Quiet Hotel Awards Competition to be announced

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 11:07:06

(image) In December 2016, the winners of the 2nd Quiet Hotel Awards will be announced by the Quietroom Foundation. The annual Quiet Hotel Awards have been created to reward hotels which have gone the extra mile to ensure their guests a good night's rest in a quiet room. In 2015, the 1st overall QHA was won by Hotel Regina, a 5-star luxury hotel close to the Louvre in Paris.

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Shifts in Hotel Revenues Reflect Changes in Development and Guest Preferences | By Robert MandelbaumShifts in Hotel Revenues Reflect Changes in Development and Guest Preferences | By Robert Mandelbaum

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 11:00:09

(image) Historically, revenue management within the lodging industry has focused on renting guest rooms in a profitable fashion. Revenue managers, aided by sophisticated computer programs, helped hotels determine the proper balance between the volume of guest rooms rented, with the price charged to rent those rooms. These decisions are now made round the clock, with room prices on any given day changing by the hour.

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Beyond tonight’s occupancy - What Every Great GM Knows | By Gerry ChaseBeyond tonight’s occupancy - What Every Great GM Knows | By Gerry Chase

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 09:19:26

(image) A great hotel general manager is a diplomat, an accountant, a psychologist, an engineer, a janitor and a marketing maven, all rolled into one hospitable, can-do person who is eager to serve others. The best ones know they have one of the best jobs in the world and they have fun doing it. Here are a few other things every great GM knows:

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The Presidential Election Effect on Hotel Performance | By Madigan Pratt The Presidential Election Effect on Hotel Performance | By Madigan Pratt

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 09:19:20

(image) Coming off of a record year in 2015, Caribbean hotel occupancy in 2016 has declined every month so far this year compared to last according to the folks at STR. Blame it on Zika, AirBnB, Brexit, Cuba or the airlines if you like, but there is something else at work this year – the US Presidential election.

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Life and desire for hotel employment in jeopardy | By Georges PanayotisLife and desire for hotel employment in jeopardy | By Georges Panayotis

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 09:19:14

(image) Jobs in hotels and restaurants, and, more generally, in tourism, bear the brunt of the backlash from the accumulation of cyclical or structural crises. For years, the biggest problem for the industry was to convince younger generations of the interest of and career growth potential within this very real industry. The constant shortage of quality staff, powered by high turnover, was enough to upset the most inventive Chief Personnel Officers.

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IntercityHotel – New Locations, New Design, New TechnologyIntercityHotel – New Locations, New Design, New Technology

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 09:11:54

(image) In Germany, we are fond of saying that all good things come in three's. This certainly applies to the latest developments at IntercityHotels, a successful Deutsche Hospitality brand which can look back over a history of nearly 30 years and has made three new announcements. IntercityHotel is set for expansion. Before the end of the year, it will open its first hotel in Braunschweig and a further establishment in Qingdao (China). The first IntercityHotel outside Europe in Salalah (Oman) commenced operations in July. Further hotels in Duisburg, in Esslingen, at Berlin Airport and in Saarbrücken, Dubai, s'Hertogenbosch (NL) and Leiden (NL) will all follow over the course of the next few years. "We have a number of great projects at the planning stage," said Joachim Marusczyk, Managing Director of IntercityHotel GmbH. "Blank spaces on the map of Germany are being filled in, and IntercityHotels is also pursuing international growth." There is certainly plenty in the planning pipeline and, what's more, the upcoming IntercityHotels will feature a completely new concept. The IntercityHotel Braunschweig, the first hotel to boast a new design developed by the Italian architect Matteo Thun, will open its doors in November. Thun will deliver a real feel-good factor by transforming the lobby into a living room and will create bright and generously proportioned spaces for guests to enjoy. "Business life today requires extreme flexibility," he says. "We are all travelling a lot and often only stay in the same locality for one or two nights. 'Being at home' is no longer tied to any particular place. It is a feeling. This is precisely what we are seeking to impart to IntercityHotel guests via our new interior concept." A small change has also been made to the IntercityHotel logotype. The name of the brand is being spelled with a lower case "c" with immediate effect. In addition, IntercityHotel has joined forces with the trend and restaurant expert Pierre Nierhaus to rework its culinary offerings. Future menus will contain modern and light dishes alongside familiar classics.Internal design is not the only area in which guests will notice a difference in future. The background technology is also changing. Guests will be able to check in and out by using the convenient "hotelbird" mobile app. They will also have the option of using their smart phone to open the door to their room and to pay the bill. This is the first time anywhere in the world that the app, which operates in conjunction with the Oracle hotel management system, will be implemented in a fully automated manner. Test runs are already taking place at the IntercityHotels in Mainz and Darmstadt. The plan is for the concept to be rolled out across all IntercityHotels, beginning with the IntercityHotel Braunschweig. "Together with IntercityHotel und Oracle, we are defining new standards in the hotel sector," said Juan A. Sanmiguel, Managing Director of hotelbird GmbH. "As well as the technology, we are also delivering a completely new guest experience. We are looking forward to working with IntercityHotel to roll out the app at the start of 2017."

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IBEROSTAR Hotels & Resorts Celebrates 60 Years!IBEROSTAR Hotels & Resorts Celebrates 60 Years!

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 08:47:21

(image) This year, GRUPO IBEROSTAR, one of the most important Spanish companies in the world, is celebrating its 60 year anniversary. The anniversary falls on a milestone year for tourism in Spain, with a record number of tourists - 70 million – having visited the country so far this year.

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CBRE Hotels October 2016 Lodging Insights VideoCBRE Hotels October 2016 Lodging Insights Video

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 08:26:52

(image) Mark Woodworth and Jack Corgel update viewers on the latest forecasts from CBRE Hotels' Americas Research and their current thoughts on hot topics in the U.S. lodging industry.

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Arora Group Hosts Ground Breaking Ceremony for New Heathrow Terminal 4 HotelsArora Group Hosts Ground Breaking Ceremony for New Heathrow Terminal 4 Hotels

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 16:31:15

(image) The Arora Group today (20 October) held an official Ground Breaking ceremony for two new hotels at Heathrow Terminal 4, which will become the largest hotel development at the airport. These two hotels will help serve an expanding airport as the government look to grant the expansion of Runway 3.

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TrustYou Launches Extensive Partner Program TrustYou Connect Offering Free Guest Feedback Solutions TrustYou Launches Extensive Partner Program TrustYou Connect Offering Free Guest Feedback Solutions

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 16:06:20

(image) TrustYou, the world's largest guest feedback platform, today announces the launch of TrustYou Connect allowing eCommerce providers like PMS, CRM, IBE, RMS, OTA, and GDS to integrate TrustYou's guest feedback platform. More than 20 partners worldwide such as FASTBOOKING, Cloudbeds and eRevMax have already integrated with TrustYou Connect to offer guest feedback solutions to thousands of hotels across the globe.

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STR: US hotel performance for September 2016STR: US hotel performance for September 2016

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 16:03:40

(image) The U.S. hotel industry recorded positive results in the three key performance metrics during September 2016, according to data from STR.Compared with September 2015, the U.S. hotel industry's occupancy increased 1.6% to 68.8%. Average daily rate (ADR) for the month was up 3.9% to US$127.07. Revenue per available room (RevPAR) grew 5.6% to US$87.40, marking the 79th consecutive month with a year-over-year increase in the metric."September was the best month of 2016 in terms of RevPAR growth rate. In fact, September was only the second month this year where growth hit 5% or higher," said Jan Freitag, STR's senior VP for lodging insights. "It is important to note that growth was boosted by a favorable calendar shift with Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur (September 2015 to October 2016). We'll see the reverse of that calendar shift in October results, which will fall more in line with the overall slowdown the industry is experiencing. "Nonetheless, the absolute RevPAR and demand levels were the highest for any September on record. Because of the strong performance this month, September year-to-date occupancy was the highest we have ever benchmarked (67.1%)."Among the Top 25 Markets, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota-Wisconsin, posted the largest year-over-year increases in ADR (+15.7% to US$136.28) and RevPAR (+21.5% to US$109.28). Occupancy in the market rose 5.1% to 80.2%.Seven additional markets saw a double-digit lift in RevPAR: New Orleans, Louisiana (+18.8% to US$92.97); Orlando, Florida (+16.9% to US$67.83); Phoenix, Arizona (+16.5% to US$66.11); Los Angeles/Long Beach, California (+14.3% to US$140.88); Atlanta, Georgia (+13.0% to US$80.15); Washington, D.C.-Maryland-Virginia (+11.7% to US$124.76); and San Diego, California (+11.2% to US$122.17).After Minneapolis/St. Paul, one other market recorded a double- digit rise in ADR: Los Angeles/Long Beach (+10.0% to US$169.93).New Orleans experienced the only double-digit increase in occupancy (+13.1% to 68.6%).Houston, Texas, reported the largest declines across the three key performance metrics. Occupancy in the market fell 9.3% to 59.8%; ADR was down 4.2% to US$102.06; and RevPAR dropped 13.1% to US$61.02.No other Top 25 Market reported a double-digit decrease in any of the metrics."The major markets grew RevPAR at the same level as all other markets (+5.5%), but the other markets were able to raise rates at a higher percentage," Freitag said. "That is a function of higher supply growth and less pricing power in the Top 25 Markets."

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Stephen Bollenbach dies at 74; former executive at Hilton, Disney and Trump Organization | latimes.comStephen Bollenbach dies at 74; former executive at Hilton, Disney and Trump Organization |

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 15:10:35

(image) Stephen F. Bollenbach, a financial whiz who helped engineer Hilton Hotels Corp.’s international expansion and negotiated a deal to help Donald Trump avoid filing for personal bankruptcy in the 1990s, has died. He was 74. Bollenbach, a Los Angeles native, died Oct. 8 after a long illness, widow Kimberly Bollenbach said. A graduate of UCLA and Cal State Northridge, Bollenbach held executive positions at Hilton, Disney, Caesars Entertainment and the Trump Organization, earning a reputation as a creative finance deal maker. His was so respected that shares of Hilton Hotels surged 13% in early 1996 when it was announced that he was hired as president and chief executive of the hotel giant. Bollenbach helped reunite Hilton in 2005 with its international properties that were split off in 1964.

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Virgin Hotels Dallas Breaks GroundVirgin Hotels Dallas Breaks Ground

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 15:09:35

(image) Virgin Hotels, the lifestyle hotel brand by Virgin Group founder Sir Richard Branson, marks a new milestone as Virgin Hotels breaks ground with Dunhill Partners and Gatehouse Capital on Virgin Hotels Dallas. The groundbreaking ceremony, held on location on Monday, October 17, marks Virgin Hotels' second property currently under construction, behind Virgin Hotels New York City. Virgin Hotels Dallas will open its doors at the end of 2018.

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