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Boca Raton Resort & Club Offers Orangetheory Fitness Pop-Up Experience·Requires Registration ·27 February 2019
Are you ready to feel the burn? That’s the ultimate goal of Orangetheory Fitness (OTF), a full body, science-backed, technology-tracked, coach-inspired workout. Boca Raton Resort and Club, A Waldorf Astoria Resort, has partnered with the fitness franchise to offer a limited time, pop-up experience for guests through April.

How Wellness-Focused Resorts Can Expand Beyond Asia·Requires Registration ·27 February 2019
Top-tier wellness resorts in Asia are looking at expansion, with goals to bring similar experiences to destinations in Mexico, the Caribbean and Costa Rica.

F&B: The Missing Piece in Your Hotel Loyalty Program·Requires Registration ·26 February 2019
Loyalty programs are a secret weapon for hotels. It’s been a rocky road since OTA’s first made their entrance into the market more than 20 years ago. At first heralded for their ability to expand a hotel’s reach to new audiences, hoteliers quickly realized that these third party bookings carried steep costs and had long term impacts on their ability to create personalized and lasting relationships with guests.

Wyndham Destinations Reports Positive Q4 and 2018 Results·Requires Registration ·26 February 2019
Wyndham Destinations Inc., vacation ownership and exchange company, reported positive fourth quarter and full-year 2018 financial results for the period ended Dec. 31, 2018.

Preferred Hotels & Resorts Launches New Loyalty Program·Requires Registration ·22 February 2019
Preferred Hotels & Resorts launched I Prefer Alliance, a new loyalty platform that allows independent hotels and regional hotel brands to extend full benefits of I Prefer Hotel Rewards to members of their distinctive guest benefit programs.

Carl Icahn Discloses Stake, Urges Sale of Caesars·Requires Registration ·20 February 2019
Billionaire investor Carl Icahn has disclosed a 9.8% stake in Caesars and is urging for a sale of the gaming giant.

Wyndham Rewards to Expand With New Features·Requires Registration ·19 February 2019
Wyndham Rewards plans to introduce new features this April, from free nights at thousands of hotels starting at just 7,500 points (half their original redemption cost), to the addition of more than 900 La Quinta hotels, to the ability to earn and redeem points with a host of new and expanded partners.

Hilton Earns Top Workplace on Fortune 100 List·Requires Registration ·18 February 2019
Hilton has been recognized for its workplace culture, earning the top spot on the 2019 Fortune Best Companies to Work For in the U.S. list. In its fourth consecutive year on the list, Hilton has become the first hospitality company in history to achieve the #1 ranking, capping a significant rise from #33 in 2018.

In South America, Hotel Activity Heats Up·Requires Registration ·18 February 2019
Hilton and Atlantica Hotels will introduce the first DoubleTree by Hilton in Brazil, Sonesta grows its reach in Ecuador, and there’s more happening in South America.

Liaison Capitol Hill Sold for $111M; More U.S. Transactions·Requires Registration ·18 February 2019
Two hotel sales are complete in the Washington, DC area, plus a transaction in Texas.

6 Ways to Drive Loyalty with Locals, According to East, Miami Hotel·Requires Registration ·18 February 2019
We live in an experiential economy where consumers seek new and exciting experiences in their day-to-day lives. Hotels are uniquely positioned to capitalize on this lucrative trend by providing these experiences closer to home to local residents, where they can be enjoyed many times over and create loyal guests for life across the portfolio.

Optimizing F&B for standout success in secondary markets·Requires Registration ·15 February 2019
With the advent of the lifestyle hotel product in the last lodging cycle and with it going mainstream in the top 25 MSA markets in the current lodging cycle, the obvious next step for the expansion of this product type is to bring it into non-top 25 MSA markets. Lifestyle hotel product has been around in the major markets for a while but are typically positioned in the upper-upscale to luxury price range.

Crowne Plaza program tests employees' emotional IQ·Requires Registration ·15 February 2019
Business travel—fast, efficient, functional. But what many may not realize about traveling for work is that it can be quite emotionally taxing. Aside from the natural anxiety that accompanies presentations, meetings and dealmaking, business travel is often accompanied by little rest and even a bit of loneliness.

Hyatt Place is putting hotel breakfast on the map·Requires Registration ·15 February 2019
The most important meal of the day is getting a healthy dose of local flavor. Hyatt Place is rolling out regionally inspired breakfast experiences in the U.S., giving guests options aligned with the country’s geography.

Choice Reports Largest Domestic Pipeline in Company History·Requires Registration ·15 February 2019
Choice Hotels International Inc. has its largest domestic pipeline in company, according to its reported results for the three months and year ended Dec. 31, 2018.

The Trump Organization Scraps Scion, American Idea Hotels·Requires Registration ·15 February 2019
The Trump Organization is scrapping plans for its Scion and American Idea Hotels brands.

Optimistic for Centennial, Hilton Sees Revenue Spike in Q4·Requires Registration ·15 February 2019
Hilton Worldwide Holdings Inc. has reported its fourth quarter and full year 2018 results. Earnings increased for the brand while the pipeline slowed a bit in Q4.

Net Revenues, Operating Income Up for MGM in Q4·Requires Registration ·15 February 2019
MGM Resorts International has reported results for the quarter and year ended Dec. 31, 2018. On Jan. 1, 2018, the company adopted the new revenue recognition accounting standard (ASC 606). As such, certain previously reported 2017 numbers have been retrospectively adjusted under the new standard to assist with comparability to the prior period.

Why Teens Don't Want to Work in Hospitality·Requires Registration ·15 February 2019
Why don’t teens want to work in hospitality? The hospitality industry as a whole is having a difficult time attracting this demographic because it is competing for talent within a pool of workers that are looking for a company that offers a lot of flexibility in their time.

How Prefab Bathrooms Can Save Time and Money·Requires Registration ·15 February 2019
A growing number of hotels are using prefabricated bathrooms to speed up construction and offset a skilled labor shortage.

This Student-Led Startup Aims to Disrupt the Hotel Industry·Requires Registration ·15 February 2019
Harsh Patel is the founder of InnTech, a platform designed to automate the check-in process for hotels. Much like others in the hospitality industry, he wears many hats—college student, startup inventor and budding businessman.

MGM Springfield Taps Locale's Literary History·Requires Registration ·15 February 2019
Located in a city rich with history and storytellers, MGM Springfield is for literary lovers. The brand tapped into the locale and its literary legacy to offer programming and design that is equally distinctive and thought provoking.

In Q4, Wyndham Sees Significant Revenue Uptick·Requires Registration ·14 February 2019
Wyndham Hotels & Resorts’ fourth quarter earnings revealed revenues increased 69% compared with fourth quarter 2017, to $527 million. Net income was $43 million for the quarter and adjusted net income was $57 million—a 50% increase over the prior-year quarter.

Hyatt Reports Strong 2018 Results·Requires Registration ·14 February 2019
Hyatt Hotels Corporation reported that its net income increased 97.5% to $769 million for 2018. Its net income was $44 million, or $0.40 per diluted share, in the fourth quarter of 2018, compared to $213 million, or $1.75 per diluted share, in the fourth quarter of 2017.

Two Beach Renovations, More East Coast Updates·Requires Registration ·14 February 2019
The East Coast is updating with hotel renovations. With properties upgrading spaces, guestrooms, amenities and F&B outlets, here’s a closer look at the recent projects.

Lodging Econometrics--The U.S. Hotel Construction Pipeline·Requires Registration ·14 February 2019
According to the year-end U.S.Construction Pipeline Trend Report from Lodging Econometrics (LE), the pipeline continued its upward growth trend in 2019 and stands at 5,530 projects/669,456 rooms, up a strong 7% by projects and rooms year-over-year (YOY). However, pipeline totals continue to trail the all-time high of 5,883 projects/785,547 rooms reached in the second quarter of 2008.


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