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Forecast for New Hotel Construction

For the remainder of 2017, analysts at Lodging Econometrics (LE) forecast another 868 projects/97,386 rooms to open for a total of 1,080 hotels/121,508 rooms this year alone, a 22 percent increase over the total number of openings last year. In ...

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Google Updating Hotel Review Format

Google has announced its intention to roll out a new user interface and feature set around hotel reviews. Earlier in May, the search engine started testing new review features for hotels, including displaying third-party reviews in a carousel format and ...

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Upper-Midscale Hotels Most Popular in Construction Pipeline

Analysts at Lodging Econometrics (LE) report that upper-midscale hotel projects are currently the most popular in the construction pipeline. With 2,067 projects/205,662 rooms, the category has the largest project count of any chain scale in the total pipeline. The second largest category is upscale, ...

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Summer Trends to Maximize Bookings

An analysis of Trivago’s 1.4 billion annual searches identified several summer trends that hoteliers can leverage to maximize bookings. Among them are top U.S. and international destinations for American travelers, emerging global hotspots, and increasingly popular national parks. To view ...

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Hotels Get Creative with Charging Ports

Guests travel with numerous devices that require a charged battery. Hotels are responding by renovating existing rooms and finding creative ways to add more power and USB outlets to new properties. Hidden charging ports in nightstands, desks, bathroom mirrors, and ...

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Securing Investors for Independent Hotels

Last week at the InnDependent Lodging Executive Summit, which took place the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, a panel of investors and industry specialists talked about the highs and lows of securing investors for independent hotels. While ...

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