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On the Move: This Week’s Comings and Goings

On the Move: This Week’s Comings and Goings

Michael Metcalf has been promoted to chief operating officer of Crescent Hotels & Resorts, where he has worked for 10 years. Throughout his 25-year hospitality career, Metcalf has worked with varying property types in positions including hotel operations and investment. ...

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Construction to Begin Soon on Orlando’s New JW Marriott

Construction to Begin Soon on Orlando’s New JW Marriott

BETHESDA, Md.—Marriott International announced that construction will begin in the fourth quarter on the 16-story, $282 million JW Marriott Orlando Bonnet Creek Resort, which will provide Orlando visitors a new option for luxury accommodations. The 516-room hotel will be built ...

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Wyndham Plans To Spin Off Timeshare Business

Wyndham Plans To Spin Off Timeshare Business

PARSIPPANY, N.J.—Wyndham Worldwide announced plans to spin off the company’s timeshare business from its hotel business, resulting in two separate, publicly traded companies. Wyndham Hotel Group, with headquarters in Parsippany, N.J., will become a new, publicly traded pure-play hotel company ...

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The Future of Hotels? Ask a Chatbot!

Machine learning and artificial intelligence—technologies seen in consumer products such as Siri, Amazon Echo, and Google Home—are starting to make the jump over to the hospitality industry. One way that hospitality companies are adding this tech to their offerings is ...

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Hotel Demand Drove Occupancy in Q2

Occupancy rates nationally were 69.5 percent in the first half of 2017, up 0.5 percent from 2016. STR’s Q2 report also shows that RevPAR has increased for the seventh year in a row, in some markets significantly. For example, Orlando ...

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U.S. Hoteliers Watch China’s Travel Habits

Paying attention to how Chinese travelers are affecting the global hospitality industry is becoming more important for U.S. hoteliers. As China’s middle class expands their travel frequency and spending habits, hoteliers plan to attract this growing market by updating businesses ...

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