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Out-of-Block Bookings Hurt Hotels, Planners

A Tourism Economics study from 2015 of U.S. group room nights found that more than one in three were booked outside an event’s contracted room blocks. This trend poses a challenge for both hotels and meeting planners who risk financial ...

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Travel Industry Reacts to Potential Brand USA Budget Cuts

Among the major cuts proposed in the Trump administration’s 2018 budget was the elimination of funding for Brand USA, the public-private partnership created by Congress to promote the United States as a tourist destination. Major travel and tourism entities—including the ...

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Harris Poll: Healthiest Hotel Brands

The Harris Poll’s 29th annual EquiTrend Study of brand health found that nine of the top 10 travel brands are hotel brands. Based on input from more than 100,000 consumers assessing more than 100 travel brands, the study showed that ...

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Summer’s Hotel and Travel Trends

For the first time, Marriott analyzed its two million web searches and bookings to compile a Summer Travel Trend Report for 2017. The data revealed top domestic travel destinations and insight into the travel trends of millennials, who were likely ...

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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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