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More Properties Able to Cover Their Interest Payments

More Properties Able to Cover Their Interest Payments

Much has been written about how U.S. hotel owners and operators are profiting from the current strong lodging market conditions. Revenues have returned to pre-recession levels and are expected to experience real growth through 2017. On the bottom line, net ...

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Examining Hotel Labor Costs

Examining Hotel Labor Costs

As revenues continue to grow for most U.S. hotels, the combined cost of salaries, wages, bonuses, and payroll-related expenditures has declined as a percent of total hotel revenue. In 2013, labor costs represented 32.3 percent of total revenue, down from ...

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U.S. Hotels in Profitable Portion of Recovery Cycle

U.S. Hotels in Profitable Portion of Recovery Cycle

Despite the slowdown in the pace of revenue per available room (RevPAR) growth in 2013, U.S. hotels were able to sustain strong gains in net operating income (NOI) during the year. Looking forward, the combination of rising average daily rates ...

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Hotels Continue to Invest in People and Technology

Hotels Continue to Invest in People and Technology

The introduction of technology has influenced the duties of on-site hotel sales personnel over the years. The Internet, sophisticated revenue management programs, and social media provide marketing professionals with an array of new tools. Investment in technology is often justified ...

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