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Best Western Plots Global Growth

hotelbusiness.com·Requires Registration ·20 November 2018
Best Western is expanding its footprint around the world, from its first locations for its newest brands, to expansion in North America.

Ramada Encore by Wyndham Gets a Refresh

hotelbusiness.com·Requires Registration ·20 November 2018
Wyndham Hotels & Resorts has revealed a new direction for the Ramada Encore by Wyndham brand globally. Recognizing that today’s traveler has more choice than ever before, at the heart of this new identity is a brand promise to be “Refreshingly Different,” which is underpinned by the brand’s core attributes of being fresh, approachable and vibrant, the company reports.

RCI, Bluegreen Vacations Renew Affiliation

hotelbusiness.com·Requires Registration ·20 November 2018
RCI and Bluegreen Vacations Corporation have renewed their affiliation agreement. Through the renewal, Bluegreen Vacations’ 60-plus vacation resorts will continue to be part of the RCI exchange network. Properties are located across the United States and Caribbean in destinations including Orlando, Las Vegas, Myrtle Beach, Aspen and New York City.

Kushner Companies to Buy NYC's Hotel on Rivington

hotelbusiness.com·Requires Registration ·20 November 2018
Jared and Joshua Kushner are expanding Kushner Companies by buying Hotel on Rivington on the Lower East Side in Manhattan, according to a spokeswoman for Kushner Companies, who confirmed it is under contract to buy the hotel.

Growing Interest in Primary Markets Drives Q3 Transactions

hotelbusiness.com·Requires Registration ·19 November 2018
The third quarter of 2018 was marked by strong liquidity and increased interest in primary markets, according to JLL’s commercial real estate investment trends & outlook report.

Hyatt Centric Unveils Music-Inspired Brand Collaborations

hotelbusiness.com·Requires Registration ·19 November 2018
Hyatt Centric has entered into a new music collaboration with Sofar Sounds and Spotify that will “bring immersive experiences to its hotels and guests through the power of music.”

New York's Park Lane Hotel Cleared for Sale

hotelbusiness.com·Requires Registration ·19 November 2018
The Park Lane Hotel in New York City can be sold to Abu Dhabi’s state-owned Mubadala Investment Co. after fugitive Malaysian financier Low Taek Jho agreed to drop his claims to the property in a U.S. forfeiture lawsuit, according to a report from Bloomberg.

Renovated Spaces in San Francisco, Chicago Metro Area, Atlanta; More...

hotelbusiness.com·Requires Registration ·19 November 2018
New hotel design—from San Francisco to Miami—reflects the culture, history and individual spirit of each city. Here’s more on the recent updates across the country.

New Mobile App for Generator; More Tech Activity...

hotelbusiness.com·Requires Registration ·15 November 2018
Generator has launched a new app to bring its guests together, even before they arrive on property, while other companies have launched their own technology or partnered in the sector.

Marriott's Family of Brands Make Moves in DC, OK, MN, CT

hotelbusiness.com·Requires Registration ·15 November 2018
The Marriott brand is making moves across the country, with big city dual-brands and openings with new guest experiences.

Study: New Supply Unlikely to Impact Orlando Market

hotelbusiness.com·Requires Registration ·15 November 2018
HREC Investment Advisors has just completed a study of hotel supply and demand trends in the Orlando Market over the current economic cycle.

Study: More Than Half of Gen Z Wants to Pursue Work in Hospitality

hotelbusiness.com·Requires Registration ·14 November 2018
A new report shows that more than 50% of the Gen Z demographic—the largest generation in the U.S.—is interested in pursuing a career in hospitality. Commissioned by the American Hotel & Lodging Educational Foundation (AHLEF) and conducted by BW Research Partnership in collaboration with Hcareers, the study examines the perceptions, attitudes and career preferences of Gen Z as they gear up to enter the workforce.

Luxury Properties in NYC and Texas Unveil Reimaginings

hotelbusiness.com·Requires Registration ·14 November 2018
High-end properties in New York City and Texas have spent millions to update their properties. Here’s a look.

PwC: Industry Expected to Grow at Slower Pace

hotelbusiness.com·Requires Registration ·14 November 2018
PwC has released its latest U.S. lodging industry forecast, PwC Hospitality Directions U.S.: November 2018. According to the report, waning fiscal stimulus and resultant deceleration in GDP growth are expected to keep a lid on RevPAR increases by the latter half of 2019.

Following AccorHotels Investment, sbe Moves NYC headquarters

hotelbusiness.com·Requires Registration ·14 November 2018
sbe has moved its global headquarters to the heart of Soho here to accommodate its continuous growth. The office is located at 131 Spring St., assuming the entire fourth floor of the six-story building.

NewcrestImage Expands Into Third-Party Management

hotelbusiness.com·Requires Registration ·13 November 2018
NewcrestImage has been awarded a third-party management contract for the 163-room Holiday Express Inn & Suites at Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) Airport North.

Report: Americans Don't Take All Their Vacation Days

hotelbusiness.com·Requires Registration ·13 November 2018
With less than two months remaining in 2018, one in four working Americans have nine or more days of paid time off still available to use. Twenty percent of the full-time American workforce expects to reach the end of the year without using their allotted vacation time. These were among the findings of the Priceline Work-Life Balance Report, a survey of 1,003 employed Americans executed in October by Morar HPI.

MCR, BLT Close $647.5M Portfolio Financing

hotelbusiness.com·Requires Registration ·13 November 2018
A joint venture of MCR and Building and Land Technology (BLT) has completed a $647.5-million financing across a 5,958-guestroom national portfolio of 53 Marriott and Hilton select-service and extended-stay hotels spanning 15 states and 31 markets.

Best Western Partners With OTA Insight

hotelbusiness.com·Requires Registration ·13 November 2018
OTA Insight, the cloud-based data intelligence platform for the hospitality industry, has expanded its partnership with Best Western Hotels & Resorts to maximize revenue and drive better distribution across each of its 2,200 U.S. and Canadian hotel properties.

RLH Corp. Turns to Ideas to Redefine Revenue Strategy

hotelbusiness.com·Requires Registration ·13 November 2018
RLH Corporation has prescribed a transformational goal for itself: build a culture around commercial revenue strategy and adopt technology that breaks down organizational silos across sales and marketing. The company is working with Ideas Revenue Solutions to take a disruptive approach to proactively optimize revenue and create a competitive advantage, according to the company.

Are You Delivering the Cleanliness Guests Expect?

hotelbusiness.com·Requires Registration ·13 November 2018
A recent study by the hotel booking site Trivago found that more than 60% of hotel guests read reviews on Yelp, TripAdvisor, AAA and elsewhere before booking rooms, and that 71% of guests expect “above average” cleanliness ratings when choosing hotels.

Trump Hotels' flagship property adopts modern aesthetic

hotelbusiness.com·Requires Registration ·12 November 2018
How does an iconic property keep things fresh and enticing for guests to come back year after year? Never do the same thing twice. It’s advice taken to heart for the team at Trump Hotels and Trump International Hotel & Tower New York, which completed a full-scale renovation of its guestrooms, suites and common spaces in September.

Small Luxury Hotels of the World, The Leading Hotels of the World Add to Collections

hotelbusiness.com·Requires Registration ·12 November 2018
Small Luxury Hotels of the world and The Leading Hotels of the World have recently added to both of their expanding global portfolios with properties around the globe.

Extended-Stay Occupancy Stays Near Record High Despite Signs of Cyclical Slowdown

hotelbusiness.com·Requires Registration ·12 November 2018
In the third quarter of 2018, extended-stay hotel supply and demand posted their slowest quarterly increases in two years, according to The Highland Group’s “2018 Third Quarter U.S. Extended-Stay Lodging Market Report.”

A Look At Five U.S. Developments

hotelbusiness.com·Requires Registration ·12 November 2018
Properties are shaping up across the country. From new-builds in the North to brands expanding in the South, here’s more on the developments shaping up.

From Military to Hospitality: How This Leader Got Her Start

hotelbusiness.com·Requires Registration ·12 November 2018
While many don’t get their start in the hospitality space, few begin on the battlefield. Here’s one account from a former U.S. Intelligence Officer’s time in the forces, which taught her all she needed to know for a successful career move.

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