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Hilton, Marriott Among Best Travel Brands

Most hotel brands demonstrate stronger brand equity than airline, cruise, and online travel service brands, Harris Poll’s 2016 EquiTrend Study found. Hilton surpassed Marriott and Hyatt among full-service hotel brands, while W reclaimed its top spot for the first time ...

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Hospitality Industry Maintains Robust Employment Numbers

After a rocky start to summer, the Bureau of Labor Statistics’s July employment report has delivered positive news: 255,000 new jobs were added last month, with the unemployment rate holding steady at 4.9 percent. Leisure and hospitality, in particular, continued to trend up ...

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‘Mancations’ Offer Steady Hotel Business

Many hoteliers, especially those that offer sport or adventure-based vacation packages, have begun to focus their marketing efforts on attracting groups of male friends traveling together on a “mancation.” This can be a very lucrative approach, as it attracts men ...

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Rio to Face Hurdles After Olympics

In preparing for the 2016 Summer Olympics, Brazil may have built too many hotel rooms—causing concern that Rio de Janeiro will not be able to fill the rooms after the event. Rio’s rooms increased by 37 percent in the past ...

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IHG Sees Direct Booking Push Success

Since IHG’s May launch of a new initiative providing exclusive rates to loyalty members who book direct, the company has seen a two-point shift in growth rate to direct web bookings from OTAs. IHG’s push for direct bookings followed similar ...

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Study: Desktop Still Trumps Mobile Bookings

While 52 percent of consumers browse travel experiences via their smartphone or tablet, only 21 percent of travel sales occur on portable devices, according to a new report from Adobe. The majority of travelers switch to their desktops when it ...

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