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Three Ways Women Can Make a Name for Themselves in Hospitality

Lodging Magazine· 7 January 2019
Alexandra Walterspiel, CEO and co-founder of IMPRINT Hospitality, cites three ways that female hospitality hopefuls can make a name for themselves in the industry.

Seattle Hotels See Profits Drop in November

Lodging Magazine· 7 January 2019
Hotels in the United States recorded a 5.2 percent year-on-year drop in profit per room in November, according to the latest HotStats data tracking full-service hotels. In line with the decline across the country, Seattle hotels recorded a drop in profit per room in November, falling 9.8 percent YOY to $71.89.

Survey Predicts Another Boon Year for the Travel Industry in North America

Lodging Magazine· 4 January 2019
The results of a recent Travel Leaders Group consumer travel trends survey suggest 2019 is going to be another boon year for the travel industry. More than 3,500 consumers participated in the survey and 96 percent indicated they intend to travel for vacation in the year ahead. Nearly 90 percent said they will take the same number or more trips in 2019. The majority (76 percent) are planning at least two or more leisure trips this year, with 36 percent indicating their travels will, in part, involve solo trips.

Days Inn & Suites by Wyndham Denver International Airport Completes Renovation

Lodging Magazine· 4 January 2019
Days Inn & Suites by Wyndham Denver International Airport has completed its renovation just in time to welcome guests in 2019. With the hotel’s transformation, the property received major upgrades and enhancements.

Four Hospitality Innovators Share Their Plans for 2019

Lodging Magazine· 4 January 2019
Throughout the years, LODGING has profiled and connected with countless hoteliers, 
hospitality professionals, brands, and other industry organizations. Sometimes, the stories told within these pages are just the beginning of something much bigger. That’s why for LODGING’s final issue of 2018, the editorial team checked in with four previously profiled executives and companies to see what they were up to and what’s on the horizon for 2019. Read about each of them below.

HotStats: U.S. Hotels Suffer Profit Plunge in November

Lodging Magazine· 4 January 2019
Hotels in the United States did not have much to be thankful for in November as they posted a 5.2 percent year-on-year drop in profit per room—the single biggest margin of decline thus far in 2018, according to the latest HotStats data tracking full-service hotels.

HVMG Adds Hard Rock Hotel Daytona Beach to Management Portfolio

Lodging Magazine· 3 January 2019
Hospitality Ventures Management Group (HVMG), an Atlanta-based, private hotel investment, ownership, and management company, has taken over management of the 200-room Hard Rock Hotel Daytona Beach. The hotel, which opened in early 2018, is owned by Summit Hospitality Management Group.

IMPRINT Hospitality CEO Alexandra Walterspiel on the Path to Success

Lodging Magazine· 3 January 2019
During her interview for this piece, Alexandra Walterspiel couldn’t help but regale LODGING with hotel anecdotes while reflecting on her successful global hospitality career.

How Guests Are Using In-Room Tablets

Lodging Magazine· 3 January 2019
Technology has permeated nearly every aspect of society today with the goal of making life easier. Following the examples of how individuals are using technology at home, hotels are integrating technology throughout guestrooms, often in the form of bedside tablets—a familiar device for many guests.

Four Sustainable Practices for Hotel Fitness Centers

Lodging Magazine· 2 January 2019
Travel and tourism is one of the world’s fastest-growing industries, with hotel bookings hitting nearly $1.6 trillion in 2017. However, with that growth comes competition. Whether a boutique or a branded property, hotel owners are aiming to stand out and attract guests to their properties. Because of this heightened competition, it is crucial to provide guests with an experience as opposed to just an ordinary stay. An attainable and unique way to do this is by incorporating sustainable practices throughout the hotel. Eco-friendly initiatives can easily be implemented and can make a big difference by attracting new clientele and saving operational costs.

Inside the Mind of the Wellness Traveler

Lodging Magazine· 2 January 2019
In November, the Global Wellness Institute (GWI) released its annual report on the wellness tourism economy. GWI’s fifth report on the subject revealed a large, growing, affluent, and educated market of wellness-minded travelers. GWI estimated the global market for wellness tourism at $639.4 billion in 2017 with an annual growth rate of 6.5 percent. GWI estimated the North American market to be worth $241.7 billion, with travelers taking an estimated 204 million trips in 2017. An expanding middle class, a growing consumer desire to adopt a wellness lifestyle, and a rising interest in experiential travel, among other factors, continue to drive this trend.

Redefining a Health Retreat for a New Generation

Lodging Magazine· 2 January 2019
Joan Wolff’s mother wanted to be in business for herself following a weekend getaway at a wellness retreat. She believed she could run a better business than the retreat she experienced, and she was right; in 1979, she found a Victorian house in East Stroudsburg, Pa., and opened what today is the Deerfield Health Retreat & Spa. Wolff says, “My mother was a people person, and I think I am, too. She was very successful, and the year after she opened, the other place went out of business.”

Xenia Hotels & Resorts Sells Residence Inn Denver City Center for $92 Million

Lodging Magazine· 2 January 2019
Xenia Hotels & Resorts has sold the 228-room Residence Inn Denver City Center for $92 million—approximately $404,000 per key. The sale price represents a 12.8x multiple and a 7.1 percent capitalization rate on the hotel’s trailing twelve-month Hotel EBITDA and net operating income as of November 30, 2018, respectively. The company realized an unlevered IRR of 10.4 percent on this investment since acquiring the hotel for $80 million in 2013.

WalletHub Names Best U.S. Cities To Celebrate New Year's Eve

Lodging Magazine·28 December 2018
At least 6.4 million people are expected to pay an average of $165 for a round-trip ticket to travel around the New Year’s holiday, an estimated total of $1.1 billion. With New Year’s Eve around the corner and the majority of Americans spending up to $200 each on the occasion per year, personal-finance website WalletHub has released its report on 2018’s Best Places for New Year’s Eve Celebrations.

Five Hospitality Designers on Pantone's Color of the Year and 2019 Trends

Lodging Magazine·28 December 2018
Pantone recently announced the Pantone Color of the Year 2019: PANTONE 16-1546 Living Coral. According to the company, the shade of orange with golden undertone signified how humans draw energy from nature—just as coral reefs are a source of sustenance and shelter to sea life, Living Coral is a color of warmth and nourishment to provide comfort in an ever-changing, ever-shifting world, the company adds. Five hospitality designers—Lela Richardson, senior project designer, Wilson Associates’ Dallas studio; Lesley Hughes Wyman, principal, MatchLine Design Group; David Shove-Brown, partner, //3877; David Tracz, partner, //3877; and Justin Colombik, studio director, Puccini Group—weigh in on this color choice, and what it means for 2019 hotel design trends.

The Risks and Rewards of In-House vs. Outsourced Spa Operations

Lodging Magazine·26 December 2018
It is far from a secret that the business of spa is a difficult one to get right. The hard truth is that there are many operations in this space that are running at a loss or falling short from an experiential perspective.

Three Outdoor Decor Predictions for 2019

Lodging Magazine·26 December 2018
As 2019 rapidly approaches, experts are weighing in on what outdoor décor trends hoteliers can expect to see in the new year. According to these forecasts, the line between indoor and outdoor will continue to blur in the year ahead as hotels focus on safer and more luxurious features for exterior spaces and patios. Two hotel décor experts weigh in on this trend: Arthur Lasky, founder of ventless fireplace company HearthCabinet, and Mal Haddad, vice president of teak furniture company Westminster Teak.

Inside Angad Arts Hotel in St. Louis

Lodging Magazine·26 December 2018
Designed to act as a social hub for the 
St. Louis Grand Center Arts District, the Lawrence Group’s Angad Arts Hotel immerses its guests in constant, spontaneous creativity of all kinds, celebrating the surrounding artistry. The hotel is meant to represent art in every facet of its construction and function, from pop-up installations and impromptu performances, to the hotel staff uniforms, which are designed by St. Louis-based designer Reuben Reuel, creator of the brand Demestik.

New Faces in Congress Offer Opportunities for Hoteliers To Connect

Lodging Magazine·26 December 2018
The shocking election night of 2016 was not to be repeated in the 2018 midterm elections, for the predicted outcomes largely came to be. With Democrats taking a majority of seats in the U.S. House of Representatives, Republicans maintaining control of the U.S. Senate, and the gubernatorial races across the country falling along the lines predicted by pundits everywhere, there was nothing particularly surprising for hoteliers to wake up to on November 7. That said, with a divided Congress, the question hoteliers now face is, what does this mean for our industry?

Community Connects With Historic Kansas City Hotel

Lodging Magazine·21 December 2018
Not many buildings have an especially notable past, but Crossroads Hotel in Kansas City, Mo., has some historic connections to its community. The hotel is located in the former Pabst Brewing Company bottling and distribution plant and the adjacent Tom Pendergast offices. However, even when a building has an interesting history, adaptive reuse projects aren’t always easy to execute.

The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas Remodels Guestrooms, Unveils 2019 Updates

Lodging Magazine·21 December 2018
The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas has completed the remodel of its guestrooms and suites. The multi-year redevelopment of the resort includes technology advancements, a premium WiFi network, and more, with continued developments into 2019.

Egencia Data Finds Top 20 Business Travel Destinations of 2018

Lodging Magazine·20 December 2018
Egencia today released findings from a global study on flight demand for the 20 most traveled-to cities for business travel. For the fourth year in a row, its flight demand data shows that New York is the most popular business travel destination globally, followed by London, which last held the top spot in 2014, and Paris rounding out the top three.

Kimpton Hotels Support California Wildfire Recovery

Lodging Magazine·20 December 2018
Thirteen Kimpton hotels in California—in Huntington Beach, Los Angeles, Palm Springs, Sacramento, San Diego, San Francisco, and Santa Barbara—are taking steps to support communities impacted by this year’s devastating wildfires in Northern and Southern California. Through the end of January 2019, the hotels plan to donate a portion of every reservation to—up to $25,000.

HOS Management and Hawkeye Hotels Acquire Georgia Hotel

Lodging Magazine·19 December 2018
Georgia-based HOS Management (HOS), in a joint venture with Iowa-based firm Hawkeye Hotels, recently completed the acquisition of B Historic hotel in Georgia for an undisclosed sum. The property will be converted to a TRYP by Wyndham and will be managed by HOS, which has four Savannah hotels in operation and, including the B Historic, six Savannah hotels in various phases of development.

Four Innovators in Hotel Development and Franchising

Lodging Magazine·18 December 2018
A multi-faceted industry, there are more opportunities in hospitality to innovate, disrupt, and generally shake things up than in other business arenas. Innovating is exactly what hospitality leaders love to do. They incorporate new technologies in surprising ways, create inventive new processes and procedures, and break new ground wherever they go. LODGING recently turned the spotlight on more than a dozen executives and companies making a unique mark on the industry and influencing the course of its future. Below are four innovators and disruptors in hotel development and franchising.

Anu Saxena: Transforming Hilton's Global Procurement Division

Lodging Magazine·17 December 2018
As Senior Vice President and Global Head for Hilton Supply Management (HSM), Anu Saxena leads the global procurement of over $5 billion in more than 90 countries with more than 2,000 global suppliers. Saxena recently discussed with LODGING how her love of travel, a job at Ohio State University’s office of information technology, and a Big 4 consulting career led her to Hilton and an industry she loves, as well as her plans for what she calls “HSM 2.0.”


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