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Ways for Small Hotels to Boost Bookings

Nearly half of travelers would be most likely to book direct if a hotel offered an incentive, such as a room upgrade or free room service, according to a recent study. To increase bookings, small hotels can also arrange OTA ...

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Trump Intends to Reverse U.S.-Cuba Relations

Since December 2014, the United States and Cuba have been working to normalize relations, opening up a new wave tourism opportunities for the hotel industry. Yesterday, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump tweeted that he intends to reverse the Obama administration’s ...

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Study Examines Social Media Presence

A new study on the social media presence of luxury hotels and brands shows that the Dorchester Collection has the highest average number of followers per property. L.I.K.E. Consulting reports that Peninsula Hotels ranked second, while W Hotels placed third. ...

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Tourism Leaders Discuss Booking Scams

Sen. Steve Daines (R–Mont.) recently visited with Montana tourism leaders to discuss his proposed legislation tackling hotel booking scams. The state’s tourism is thriving, with 11.7 million visitors spending $3.66 billion in 2015. Booking scams accounted for $1.3 billion in ...

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Hotel Deals Slow While Prices Remain the Same

While hotel deals are still happening, the transaction environment is becoming increasingly choppy, according to members of the Lodging Industry Investment Council. Listing levels are the same, but there has been a drop in closings due to a lack of ...

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Rio Olympics Provides Major Hotel Boost

The hotel industry in Rio de Janeiro saw a higher performance lift as host of the 2016 Summer Olympics than London in 2012 and Beijing in 2008, according to STR. That being said, Rio’s post-Olympic challenges will also be greater, ...

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