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Influx of Hotel Brands Brings Benefits and Challenges

Today’s hotel companies are increasingly expanding their brand portfolios to reach travelers and meet their varying needs. While a large portfolio of offerings and strategies like dual-branded properties provide travelers with greater options, the influx of brands may be complicating ...

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Hotel Technology Driving WiFi Demands

Hotels no longer use WiFi solely for guest entertainment purposes as more internet-dependent amenities are being implemented throughout the hospitality industry. Gadgets like remote key access and robotic housekeeping services increasingly rely on a strong WiFi connection to function properly. ...

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Transaction Activity Remains Flat in 2017

Hotel transaction activity in the U.S. is predicted to stay stagnant in 2017. JLL’s Q4 2016 U.S. Lodging Investment Outlook expected $29 billion in U.S. transaction activity, a repeat of the market’s 2016 performance. The gap between supply and demand ...

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U.S. Interest in Travel to Cuba Is Waning

Last year, when the United States lifted travel restrictions to Cuba, there was a flurry of interest. Now, that interest level has dropped. According to a survey from insurance provider Allainz Global Assistance, only 2 percent of Americans think they ...

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Hotels Still Struggling with Direct Booking

This morning, CBRE Hotels’ Americas Research released its 2017 edition of Trends in the Hotel Industry. The report indicated that even though U.S. hotels became financially smarter last year, hoteliers paid more to travel agents and online travel agencies. To ...

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Lifestyle Hotels Dominate Lodging

Though they have a somewhat nebulous definition, so-called lifestyle hotels are dominating the lodging industry. Every major hotel company has at least one “lifestyle” brand, and many boutique properties are self-branding as lifestyle hotels. While each lifestyle hotel looks and ...

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