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Travel Sector Prepares for Hurricane Matthew

As Hurricane Matthew moves north toward Jamaica, Haiti, and Cuba, people along the Eastern Seaboard are steeling themselves against storm-related disruption. Hospitality companies, including Marriott, are communicating to guests that they have precautions in place and will waive cancellation fees ...

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Red Lion Closes Acquisition of Vantage Ahead of Schedule

SPOKANE, Wash.—Red Lion Hotels Corporation today announced that it closed its acquisition of Vantage Hospitality Group, based in Coral Springs, Fla., on Sept. 30, a month ahead of schedule. As a result of the acquisition, the company acquired approximately 1,000 ...

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Hotel Construction Pipeline Shows Modest Growth

PORTSMOUTH, N.H.—According to the recent Global Construction Pipeline Trend Report from Lodging Econometrics (LE), who tabulates the Construction Pipeline for 182 countries worldwide, the total pipeline has 11,260 projects/1,919,370 rooms, up 3 percent by projects and rooms year-over-year (YOY). For ...

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Airbnb Faces New Scrutiny Over Taxes

American Family Voices, a D.C.–based nonprofit, is filing freedom of information requests with 11 cities, states, and counties to learn in greater detail the tax deals they are making with Airbnb. The organization says Airbnb’s tax agreements make it more ...

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Anbang Closes on Strategic Hotels Properties

Anbang Insurance Group has closed on its acquisition of Strategic Hotels & Resorts’ portfolio from the Blackstone Group, with just one more property out of 16 left to review. The acquisition includes Essex House in New York. To read more, click ...

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What’s in Store for West Elm’s Boutique Brand?

On Monday, the Wall Street Journal reported that West Elm plans to open (obviously) stylish boutique hotels in the United States. Now that the hotel industry has had time to digest the news, Bloomberg wonders what place this new brand will have in hospitality ...

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