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Increasing Efficiency of Hotel Retail Outlets

Increasing Efficiency of Hotel Retail Outlets

Historically, hotels have offered retail operations primarily for guest convenience and satisfaction. And the revenue generated by hotel retail outlets typically represents only a small part of total hotel revenue—of the properties in the Trends in the Hotel Industry database ...

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Soft Brands Reap Benefits from Distribution Chains

Soft Brands Reap Benefits from Distribution Chains

Hendersonville, Tenn., has launched a singular promise in recent years: Retain the flexibility of independence, get the backing of a major brand. This approach has been fueling the swell of so-called “soft brands” launched in recent years. And, for the ...

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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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