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Ever wondered how much other nationalities pay to stay in the U.S.? Hotels.com recently revealed the big spenders, the more prudent spenders, and how much they each splash out when traveling. According to the latest Hotels.com Hotel Price Index, visitors from South Africa spent the most to stay in the U.S. in 2015, followed by Japan in second place with three European nations tied in third: Norway, the U.K., and Switzerland.

“Interestingly enough, the gap between the highest and lowest spenders has a difference of $87 for just one night’s stay,” said Taylor L. Cole, APR, travel expert for Hotels.com.

Who is visiting the U.S.: In spite of a relatively high price per room per night and a stronger U.S. dollar, the Big Apple remains the most popular destination for Canada, the U.K. and Australia over many other international cities.

Who is spending the most to come to the U.S.: An eclectic mix of nations made it in the Top 10 with travelers from Australia, Argentina, and the Philippines in addition to our visitors from South Africa, Japan, Norway, the U.K., and Switzerland.

Who is spending the least: Travelers from Central America, including Venezuela, Honduras, and Costa Rica, managed to stretch their budgets the furthest for a night’s stay in the U.S.

According to the latest Global Construction Pipeline Trend Report from Lodging Econometrics, the top five cities with the largest construction pipelines in the world by room count are: New York with 34,788 rooms/204 projects; Seoul with 28,223 rooms/132 projects; Dubai with 27,194 rooms/94 projects; Shanghai with 23,245 rooms/115 projects; and Jakarta with 22,463 rooms/128 projects. All of these pipelines showed room count increases in 2015, with the exception of Jakarta which was down slightly.

The European Commission is in talks with European Union (EU) lawmakers and governments to determine whether to suspend its U.S. and Canadian visa waiver program, due to non-reciprocity with some EU countries. The U.S. government has maintained an open dialogue with EU officials, but said the five countries in question had not yet met the requirements for its visa waiver program. Additionally, Canada has no visa waiver for Bulgaria and Romania. The commission reported the non-reciprocity situations in April 2014, triggering a two-year window for the United States and Canada to lift their visa requirements. That deadline passed on Tuesday, prompting the commission to start the suspension talks. The parliament and member states must weigh in by July 12 on whether the commission should launch a legal procedure. If the EU were to require U.S. and Canadian citizens to get visas, it would have a devastating economic impact, the European Tour Operators Association indicated. To read more, click here.

During a news conference on Tuesday, Attorney Cory Briggs, representative for San Diegans for Open Government, announced that San Diego hoteliers have agreed to settle his lawsuit challenging a tax on hotel guests for tourism marketing. However, the Tourism Marketing District denies the settlement. The board has already spent more than $2 million fighting the lawsuit. Read more here.

According to a recent Global Construction Pipeline Trend Report from Lodging Econometrics (LE), the top three hotel franchise companies with the largest pipelines in the world are: Hilton Worldwide with 1,471 Projects/238,904 Rooms; Marriott International with 1,458 Projects/234,734 Rooms; and Intercontinental Hotels Group (IHG) with 1,184 Projects/187,212 Rooms. These three companies account for 37% of the world’s 11,130 projects.

Among these three franchise companies, Hilton leads in Europe, the Middle East and China. Marriott leads in North and South America and IHG, while having fewer projects in China than Hilton, still has more projects in the greater Asia Pacific region overall.

According to a new survey from Oracle Hospitality, 20 percent of millennials polled checked into a hotel using a mobile device, while 46 percent had booked a room using similar means. When evaluating employers’ use of technology, 36 percent of millennials who worked in hospitality said there was much room for improvement. Read more here.

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