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View From the Top: Execs Weigh In on Industry Issues

View From the Top: Execs Weigh In on Industry Issues

In the View From the Top session at The Lodging Conference last week, industry executives weighed in on the broader issues facing the industry. The executives, Wyndham Hotel Group’s Geoff Ballotti, Vantage Hospitality’s Roger Bloss, AH&LA’s Katherine Lugar, Greg Marcus ...

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Grounds for Optimism: Lodging Conference 2014 Recap

Grounds for Optimism: Lodging Conference 2014 Recap

With hotels performing at near-peak levels across the country and projections showing this should continue for years, speakers at the Lodging Conference last week had a hard time containing their rational exuberance. During one of the opening sessions, Mark Woodworth, ...

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Here’s What’s Driving Growth at Choice Hotels

Here’s What’s Driving Growth at Choice Hotels

Like so many other hotel companies, Choice Hotels is having a great year, with several initiatives driving the company’s ongoing transformation. In last week’s earnings call Choice Choice reported a system-wide RevPAR increase of 8.8 percent for the third quarter ...

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Hoteliers Seek Footholds in Changing Digital Landscape

Hoteliers Seek Footholds in Changing Digital Landscape

At the Revenue Strategy Summit last week in New York City, hoteliers, brand representatives, and technology folks gathered to address the high cost of guest acquisition along with other hot revenue management topics. In the opening session, Mark Lomanno, partner ...

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How Much Bandwidth Does Your Property Need?

How Much Bandwidth Does Your Property Need?

Two years ago, BioMarin, a pharmaceutical firm based in San Rafael, Calif., called Inn Marin to book an offsite training session. This wasn’t unusual since the 69-room independent hotel is located eight miles up the road from the company’s headquarters. ...

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