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Group Bookings Brighten Hotel Outlook

Group Bookings Brighten Hotel Outlook

NEW YORK—Committed occupancy and average daily rates (ADR) for the first quarter of 2017 are showing major signs of growth with group travel leading the way despite the continuing lag in transient booking pace in the fourth quarter of 2016, ...

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Rising Expenses Cut into Hotel Profitability

Rising Expenses Cut into Hotel Profitability

There are a lot of “double-edged sword” issues on the minds of hotel operators these days. Hotel occupancy has reached record levels, which is attracting the attention of developers and therefore the threat of new competition. Inflation and interest rates ...

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Economy Chains Face Lack of Demand

Economy Chains Face Lack of Demand

In the rapidly expanding room pipeline of the U.S. hotel industry, one segment seems to have fallen out of favor with developers. In June 2016, STR counted 166,000 rooms under construction. However, only 1,000 of these rooms were in the ...

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Slow Growth Challenges U.S. Hotel Margins

Slow Growth Challenges U.S. Hotel Margins

NEW YORK—Hotel RevPAR will turn negative in the second half of 2017 as weak corporate and decelerating group demand challenge asset owners looking to offset expense growth, Fitch Ratings says. While lodging companies have cited relative leisure strength as an ...

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Beating the Budget

Beating the Budget

Hotel managers achieved the winning formula in 2015—they exceeded their budgeted revenue projections while concurrently spending less than expected to operate their hotels. The result was a 2.2 percent profit surplus compared to budget. As general managers, controllers, and directors ...

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Fitch Ratings: U.S. Leisure Unsustainable

Fitch Ratings: U.S. Leisure Unsustainable

NEW YORK—Fitch Ratings expects mid-single digit U.S. leisure transient lodging demand growth to decelerate to the low single digits against the backdrop of heightened geopolitical risk, U.S. dollar (USD) strength, growth in alternative lodging accommodations and Zika-virus related health concerns. ...

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