What attracts a guest or a local resident walking by a hotel to stop in for lunch? Hoteliers are finding that the energy and buzz created around their F&B options is one powerful driving force. The visibility of a dining area—especially grab-and-go outlets—gives guests and passerby alike a chance to see and consider their food options and dining experiences. That visibility can also help break down assumptions that potential customers may have about the speed of hotel food service and the type of food that a hotel’s chefs are serving up. Read more about the ways that hoteliers are driving lunch traffic to their F&B venues here.
The Las Vegas Police Department has identified the 64-year-old gunman of the Sunday night shooting that left more than 50 dead and 400 injured at the Route 91 Harvest Music Festival. The shooter, now dead, opened fire from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino before police arrived. Area hotels went on lockdown following the shooting and authorities temporarily stopped flights from McCarran International Airport and redirected traffic from the Las Vegas Strip. Read more about the shooting and reactions to it here.
While the importance of providing a comfortable environment for guests to lay their heads at night is somewhat of a no-brainer in the hotel industry, many properties have really taken the task to heart. More luxury hotels, in particular, are adding amenities to help guests enjoy a full night of rest, whether installing blackout shades in guestrooms, offering special pajamas, or bringing in a sleep specialist to consult with weary travelers. Some of these sleep initiatives align with broader health and wellness programs at hotels and resorts. Read about how hotels and hospitality companies are taking a good night’s sleep to the next level here.
PORTSMOUTH, N.H.—The total hotel pipeline for every country and market in the world stands at 12,190 projects and 2,029,231 rooms, up 8 percent by projects year over year (YOY), according to Lodging Econometrics’ Global Hotel Construction Pipeline Trend Report. The number of projects under construction is up 9 percent YOY and stands at 5,691 projects/1,048,457 rooms. The number of projects scheduled to begin construction in the next 12 months is up a strong 14 percent YOY, standing at 3,879 projects/557,958 rooms, and projects in early planning are down by just 12 projects or less than 1 percent since last year, standing at 2,620 projects/422,816 rooms.
The leading franchise companies in the global construction pipeline by project count are Marriott International with 2,239 projects/377,820 rooms, Hilton Worldwide with 1,996 projects/299,676 rooms, InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) with 1,347 projects/203,438 rooms, and Choice Hotels with 536 projects/44,262 rooms. The leading brands for each of these companies are Marriott’s Fairfield Inn with 331 projects/35,232 rooms, Hilton’s Hampton Inn & Suites with 544 projects/66,381 rooms, IHG’s Holiday Inn Express with 605 projects/72,148 rooms, and Choice’s Comfort Suites with 122 projects/10,270 rooms.
After Hurricanes Irma and Maria swept through the Caribbean, the storms left the areas’ islands and their residents in various states of devastation and recovery. At the same time, these islands took an economic hit when the storms put a major industry on hold. With clean up efforts underway, tourism in some areas—like the Bahamas, Antigua, and St. Kitts and Nevis—is slowly picking up again while others—like Barbuda, St. Martin, and Puerto Rico—may not see a return to pre-hurricane tourism levels for some time. Read about the state of each island here.
As Veterans’ Day approaches, independent properties are coming together to offer complimentary stays for those who served their country. An initiative of the Association of Independent Hospitality Professionals, the B&B for Vets program offers free nights on or around Veterans’ Day at participating properties. Read more.