Hospitality employees are being trained to spot and report suspected human trafficking in their workplace. Connecticut is the first state to require workers to be trained at more than 500 properties, lodges, and motels. Training is free, and more than 165 workers have already completed the program. Read more.
The Counselors of Real Estate (CRE) has released its annual list of the top issues that are influencing real estate today. The biggest challenges ranged from global uncertainty to the impacts of booming technological innovations. In the hospitality space in particular, automation is expected to change how hotels are bought, sold, and managed. Staff roles from housekeeping to front-desk concierge could be automated in the coming years, impacting labor costs and job availability at hotel properties. Read more about the top real estate trends and what they mean for the hospitality industry here.
PORTSMOUTH, NH—Analysts at Lodging Econometrics (LE) reported that projects in the China construction pipeline total 2,441 with 534,285 total rooms, down just seven projects year-over-year (YOY). Projects currently under construction total 1,722 with 360,379 rooms, down 4 percent by projects YOY. The number of projects scheduled to start construction in the next 12 months is 323 with 72,323, up 10 percent YOY, while projects in the early planning stages total 396 with 101,583 rooms—up 8 percent YOY.
The top hotel companies in China’s construction pipeline are: Marriott International with 240 projects/69,051 rooms; InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) with 215 projects/58,481 rooms; and Hilton Worldwide with 266 projects/67,909 rooms. The largest brand in the pipeline for each of the these companies respectively is: Marriott’s Sheraton Hotels with 50 projects/15,901 rooms; IHG’s Holiday Inn with 55 projects/15,305 rooms; and Hilton’s full-service hotel with 64 projects/23,153 rooms. Cities in China with the largest pipelines are: Shanghai with 133 projects/25,406 rooms; Guangzhou with 116 projects/22,727 rooms; Chengdu with 92 projects/21,918 rooms; Sanya with 57 projects/20,324 rooms; and Suzhou with 90 projects/17,220 rooms.
Fitch Ratings released a report predicting that hotel RevPAR will slow down this year, but the industry’s positive streak will likely continue at least through 2018. The report also noted that the industry will see more demand for leisure travel than business, while resort, suburban, and airport hotels will perform better than those in city centers, due to the recent influx of new urban lodging options. Read more about Fitch Ratings’ outlook on the lodging industry here.
STR reported that hotel results for the week of June 11 to June 17 were mostly positive compared to the same time period last year. Occupancy for U.S. hotels fell from -0.3 percent to 74.3 percent, while ADR went up 1.7 percent to $129.32 and RevPAR rose 1.4 percent to $96.10. Read more about the report here.
Hotels are using innovative methods to reduce food waste and lower their carbon footprint. Organizations like the American Hotel & Lodging Association have started programs to prompt properties across the country to discover their own methods of producing less food waste. The crux of any food waste reduction program is measuring how much food hotel kitchens need. For example, buffets in particular create more waste than plated dinners. Closing the gap between purchasing and serving is a critical step in these initiatives, as is better training for F&B and sales staff. To read about how hotels are taking on this issue by creating their own unique methods to minimize food waste—from creative uses for food scraps to composting programs—click here.