Friday, February 20, 2015

Hospitality News For The Week Of 2/20/15

Hooked On Mobile: The Milestones Your Hotel Has To Meet In 2015

The technology research firm Gartner projects mobile phone sales will reach 1.95 billion for 2015. The shear number of smartphone users around the world means hoteliers need to ensure the needs and expectations of their customers are being adequately met. In order to do so hotels need to convert their website to a responsive design so it seamlessly transition between device types, enable mobile payments, and provide a mobile hotel app. Full Story Here:


US hotel results for week ending 7 February

In three key measurements, U.S. hotels experienced clear gains for the week ending February 7 over the same week last year. Occupancy was up by 1.9 percent to 57.5 percent. Average daily rate gained 3.5 percent to reach $113.55 to end the week. Revenue per available room rose a solid 5.5 percent, attaining the level of $65.32 for the week. Full Story Here:


A Look At Online Hotel Bookings

According to figures provided by Phocuswright and put together in this informative infographic, online hotel bookings are clearly increasing. In 2014 the U.S. market received 36 percent of its total bookings via online channels. This represents an increase as indicated in the infographic, as was for all markets across the globe. OTA’s are the leading online source for gross bookings in European and Asian-Pacific markets. However, in the U.S. hotel websites provide 52 percent of total online bookings. Full Story Here:


How Hotels are Capitalizing on What Business Travelers Value Most

The importance for hotels to assuage the business traveler is made abundantly clear in figures from the U.S. Travel Association report, as noted in a Huffington Post story. Both domestic and international business travelers spent $266.5 billion in U.S. hotels during 2013. That figure totals nearly one third of all travel money spent in the U.S. for the year. Additionally, a report released by American Express Global Business Travel, business travelers stay in a hotel an average of 21 to 30 times annually. Full Story Here:


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