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Revenue Streams

Hotels are always looking for a differentiator—something to set them apart from the property across the street, to make someone drive a few extra miles to stay there, maybe even something to make the hotel itself a destination. So it ...

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London’s Calling

Nancy London, vice president and global brand leader for Westin, is used to being around well-known people. Her sister is Stacy London, star of cable TV’s wildly popular What Not To Wear show and a regular on NBC’s Today. Her ...

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Group, Business, and Leisure Travel

Harry Truman once said, when hearing his economic advisor say “on the one hand this…, on the other hand that…,” that what he needed most was a one-armed economist. As we analyze the forward-looking booking data we receive from hotel ...

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Half-Year Chain-Scale Review

The performance of the U.S. hotel industry in the first six months of 2010 gives strong reasons to be optimistic. Occupancy increased 4.4 percent over the same period last year and the decline of average daily rate is easing to ...

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Right Direction, Wrong Amount

As U.S. hotel managers began to prepare their 2009 budgets in the summer of 2008 there was a sense that the following year was going to be challenging. The U.S. economy was in recession, gas prices were on the rise, ...

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Prepare Now

Recently U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division officials unofficially announced the Department’s “Hotel and Motel Resort Pilot Initiative.” Although no specific strategy or plan has been set forth for this investigation program, it is scheduled to begin in ...

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