Friday, June 26, 2015

Hospitality News For The Week Of 6/26/15

New Survey Reveals Surprising Shifts In Travel Habits/Booking Trends

A new study just released by MMGY Global, highlights shifting patterns in habits of U.S. travelers. Most significantly for hotels, the study reveals a growing trend of hotel booking habits toward directly booking on brand websites and away from online travel agencies. In the last year only 58 percent of travelers booked through OTA’s, down from 84 percent the prior year. Travelers may seek vacation planning information on OTA sites, but then move to the brand website to actually book their travel. Full Story Here:


STR: US results for the week ending 20 June

STR reports that U.S. hotel industry numbers for the week of 14-20 June 2015 were mostly positive. However, industry-wide occupancy decreased by 0.5 percent to 74.8 percent, in year-over-year figures. Positive numbers were achieved for the other key measurements over the previous year. Average daily rate climbed 4.8 percent to $122.01. Revenue per available room was up by 4.2 percent, attaining $91.26 for the week. Full Story Here:


Seven In Ten Americans Plan On Hitting The Road This Summer

In a survey of 2,215 U.S. adults, a Harris Poll found that 71 percent plan on taking at least one road trip this summer. On average the distance that will be traveled amounts to just under 1300 miles. The Millennial generation leads the way, being most likely to take a summer trip, at 79 percent. Next are Baby Boomers and Matures at 68 percent, followed by Gen Xers at 64 percent. Full Story Here:


IHG Brings Mobile Check-In and Check-Out to the Masses

IHG is going to be rolling out, in the U.S. first, then the rest of the world mobile check-in and check-out at its properties. Arrival time confirmation, room readiness, and other hotel stay management features will be available to all customers with a smartphone or other mobile device. Real-time billing information is another feature of this new technology becoming available to IHG customers. Full Story Here:


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