Friday, July 17, 2015

Hospitality News For The Week Of 7/17/15


AH&LA Applauds FTC Action To Alert Consumers On Rogue Online Booking Sites

The recently taken action by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to warn consumers about scams involving online hotel sites was applauded by the American Hotel & Lodging Association this week. The FTC has published a series of blogs informing consumers of deceit being perpetuated by rogue sites posing as legitimate hotel direct booking websites. These online scams involve upwards of 2.5 million hotel bookings annually. Full Story Here:


STR: US results for week ending 11 July

In figures released indicating year-to-year performance measurements, the US hotel industry posted positive numbers for the week of 5-11 July 2015. Industry wide occupancy rose by 0.4 percent to reach 72.1 percent. Average daily rate increased by 4.8 percent to $119.08 for the week. And revenue per available room was up 5.2 percent, attaining $85.81 by week’s end. Full Story Here:


Japan Robot Hotel Ready to Welcome Its First Human Guests

The world’s first hotel run mostly by robots is opening this week. The Henn na Hotel in southern Japan is the first to be staffed almost entirely by robots in the place of human personnel. Japan is at the forefront of robotic technology and the hotel sees robots as a cost saving measure in a very pricey market. Accommodations at the Henn na Hotel start at the bargain price, for Japan, of $80 a night. Full Story Here:


July Profits Per Room Rise 8.4% For US Hoteliers

Trivago hotel price indices (tHPI) indicate hotel room rates on average at the 25 most popular destinations in the U.S. are $217.60. In June the figure was higher at $220.45, but the July number represents a rise of 8.4 percent over July 2014. 60 percent of all hotel reservations are now booked on brand websites or travel agent merchant websites, as compared to only 25 percent eight years ago. Full Story Here:




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