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How Zika Is Affecting Tourism

How Zika Is Affecting Tourism

Despite concerted efforts to raise awareness about the Zika virus, the mosquito-borne disease continues to have a negative impact on tourism in affected countries and territories, including the U.S. Virgin Islands, Barbados, Mexico, Brazil, and Panama. Many travelers began rethinking ...

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Commune CEO Sounds Off on Differentiating Brands

Commune CEO Sounds Off on Differentiating Brands

Niki Leondakis, CEO of Commune Hotels & Resorts, has four brands to juggle—residential-style Thompson Hotels; playful, personality-filled Joie de Vivre; eco-friendly, exotic Alila; and the company’s latest venture, micro lifestyle brand Tommie. At this year’s Hospitality Design Expo in Las ...

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Hyatt House Marks European Entry with German Hotel

Hyatt House Marks European Entry with German Hotel

CHICAGO—Hyatt has announced that a Hyatt affiliate has entered into a franchise agreement with InTown Hospitality GmbH for a Hyatt House hotel in Düsseldorf, Germany, which is expected to open January 2017. Hyatt House Düsseldorf will mark the brand’s entry ...

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Airbnb Makes $76 Million from Multi-Unit Miami Operators

Airbnb Makes $76 Million from Multi-Unit Miami Operators

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The American Hotel & Lodging Association (AH&LA) has released a new study that provides a detailed analysis of the rise in commercial activity taking place in Miami on Airbnb, one of the most trafficked short-term rental websites. The study was ...

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Energy and Commerce Committee Takes on Booking Scams

Energy and Commerce Committee Takes on Booking Scams

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The U.S. House Committee on Energy & Commerce Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade today held a hearing in which it discussed the impact of hotel booking scams on consumers. The hearing focused on H.R. 4526, the Stop Online ...

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Planet Hollywood Debuts Condo-Hotel Brand

Planet Hollywood Debuts Condo-Hotel Brand

ORLANDO, Fla.—Planet Hollywood International is expanding its lodging division by contributing to the upscale condo-hotel market with its first-to-market luxury brand—ph Premiere. The brand will debut with a flagship property ph Premiere Resort-Residences Orlando, located just minutes from Orlando. To ...

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