Archive for the ‘HOSPITALITY’ Category

Four Hotel Transportation Trends

According to Jason Rabbino, chief commercial officer for Towne Park, “Ridesharing services have changed the transportation game to the extent that it’s becoming hard to imagine a time people couldn’t order a ride from their phones.” Yet, he adds, hotel guests still want access to hotels’ transportation services.

International Travel to the U.S. Contracts for the Fifth Month of 2019

Travel to and within the United States grew 2.2 percent year-over-year in September, according to the U.S. Travel Association’s latest Travel Trends Index (TTI), marking the industry’s 117th straight month of growth. However, international travel to the United States contracted 0.4 percent in September, marking the fifth month in negative territory in 2019. The Leading […]

Boutique Hotels Say They Face Unique Challenges Going Plastics-Free

Travel Beyond Plastics is a groundbreaking new Skift series about the travel industry’s addiction to plastics and what happens when companies and travelers try to kick this unsustainable habit. Marriott said in August that it would replace little bottles of shampoo, conditioner, and bath gel with bigger bottles. Intercontinental Hotel Group, whose brands include Intercontinental, […]

In The Wake Of Hurricane Dorian The Bahamas Face Public Health Challenges

On September 1st, Hurricane Dorian made landfall in the Bahamas as the strongest Category 5 storm ever to hit the archipelago, with sustained winds of 185 mph and 220 mph wind gusts. In the Bahamas, the death toll from Dorian stands at 20. The number of fatalities is expected to climb in the coming days.

Best Western’s Newest Acquisition Points to Long-Term Reservations Strategy

Best Western Hotels & Resorts has acquired property management software company AutoClerk, in a move to combine the startup’s technology stack with its own central reservation system. The chain’s long-term goal is to create one internal system that more quickly provides up-to-date pricing and inventory information to online travel agencies for customers looking to book […]

Luxury Boutique Hotels Push Further Into Former Warehouse Districts

Destinations around the world are discovering that gritty urban neighborhoods that once housed factories or warehouses show no signs of cooling off as hot spots for development. While the trend started in the late 1990s in forward-thinking coastal cities like New York and San Francisco, the widespread phenomenon of warehouse/industrial district conversion has grown even […]

US hotel occupancy down 1.3 percent to 73.5 percent for June 2019

The U.S. hotel industry reported mostly negative results in the three key performance metrics during June 2019, according to data from STR. In a year-over-year comparison with June 2018, the industry posted the following: • Occupancy: -1.3% at 73.5% • Average daily rate (ADR): +0.9% to US$134.52 • Revenue per available room (RevPAR): -0.4% to […]