On average, one percent of occupied hotel rooms order paid video-on-demand, and 90 percent of those profits come from adult entertainment. However, 40 percent of rooms stream from Netflix when offered instead of video-on-demand. Read more here.
The U.N. has designated 2017 as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development. Sustainable tourism’s three main principles are implementing environmentally friendly practices; protecting natural and cultural heritage; and supporting local communities. To read more, click here.
The storied Waldorf Astoria is less than two months away from its estimated two-year shutdown, during which it will undergo renovations. The hotel, purchased by Chinese insurance company Anbang in 2014, will have many of its rooms converted into condominiums. While its future remains of interest to hoteliers, its past is just as fascinating. The property, which celebrated its 85th anniversary last year, has hosted every U.S. president since Herbert Hoover, in addition to Hollywood royalty like Elizabeth Taylor and Frank Sinatra. Read more here.
President-elect Donald Trump and Chef Geoffrey Zakarian have reached an impasse in settlement discussions regarding Trump’s lawsuit against Zakarian for pulling out of a restaurant agreement. Zakarian canceled plans to open a restaurant at the Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C., following Trump’s derogatory remarks on the campaign trail against Mexican immigrants. For more information, click here.
Now that Comfort Inn has joined Comfort Suites in offering completely smoke-free rooms, Comfort is the largest smoke-free hotel brand across the U.S. and Canada. The decision was reached after studying research and guest insights that revealed changing attitudes toward smoking policies at hotels. Read more here.
The boutique hotel trend is beginning to gain popularity in China, even though the country is facing a supply glut that is only getting worse. Companies like Cachet Hospitality say there is demand for hotel options that offer a guest-centric experience. Read more here.