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April 2017 Saw Influx of Hotel Openings

April 2017 saw 211 new hotel properties open their doors, with a total key count of 45,111. Eighty-seven of the hotels opened in the Americas alone while Europe had 49 openings and the Asia Pacific market saw 40. More than ...

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Online Reviews Bolster Hotel Revenue

A recent study from the UCLA Anderson School of Management found that the growth of online reviews and ratings is benefiting hotel revenues, particularly for independent hotels. The report’s author, Dr. Brett Hollenbeck, looked at revenues over 15 years and ...

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Airbnb Sets Sights on Business Travelers

On Monday, Airbnb plans to introduce a search tool that filters out homes and apartments that are “Business Travel Ready,” meaning they have a desk, Wi-Fi and hotel-like amenities like shampoo, a hairdryer, and an iron. Currently, 90 percent of ...

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Guarding Against Data Breaches

Data breaches are on the rise – the Identity Theft Resource Center reported 1,093 in 2016 versus 781 in 2015. This has left many hoteliers to question whether they are properly protected, and, in turn, protecting their customers’ information. Learn ...

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Mississippi Moves to Tax Home Sharing Like Hotels

The Mississippi Department of Revenue is planning a regulation change that would require taxing homeowners renting out their properties through a home sharing like hotels. People renting their home to guests for fewer than 90 days would have to collect ...

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Podcasts a New Frontier in Hotel Marketing

With podcasts like “Serial” and “S-Town” becoming major cultural touch points, it was only a matter of time before hotel companies started to look into the medium. Today, IHG and Marriott have both started producing hotel-related podcasts as a means ...

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