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Marriott Rewards Unveils Points Bidding

Marriott Rewards now allows members to use their points to bid on special experiences, such as a trip to see “Hamilton” on Broadway or tickets to the Breeders’ Cup. The bidding is done auction-style, with a limited amount of time ...

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Marriott Leads in Most New Hotel Openings

PORTSMOUTH, N.H.—Lodging Econometrics (LE) reports that Marriott has the most new hotel openings of any franchise company in the second quarter of 2016 with 53 hotels/5,959 rooms. Fairfield Inn is Marriott’s top brand for New Hotel Openings with 18 hotels/1,704 ...

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New U.S. Hotel Openings for 2016

PORTSMOUTH, N.H.—Lodging Econometrics (LE) reports that 902 hotels/101,454 rooms are expected to open in the United States by the close of 2016, up from 736 hotels/82,074 rooms opened in 2015. Through the second quarter of 2016, 380 hotels/42,798 rooms have ...

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Global Chaos Not Having Major Affect On Vacation Bookings

Despite concerns surrounding terrorism, political unrest, the Zika virus, Brexit, and more, American vacationers continue to travel. While 2016 may not come out as strong and robust for the overall leisure industry, major North American travel agencies are still expecting ...

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National Park Centennial’s Affect on Lodging

Currently celebrating its 100th anniversary, the U.S. National Park Service has made a concerted effort to encourage tourists to visit parks over the course of this year. For hotels located within these parks, occupancy has remained pretty steady, but demographics ...

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Upper Midscale Projects Dominate U.S. Pipeline

Analysts at Lodging Econometrics report that of the 4,633 projects in the hotel construction pipeline, 2,069 (or some 45 percent) are in the upper midscale category. It’s the largest number of construction projects in any chain scale. The leading upper ...

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