Friday, September 25, 2015

Hospitality News For The Week Of 9/25/15

Google Accelerates Moves to Become Leading Hotel-Booking Player

In the wake of the Department of Justice decision to allow the Expedia acquisition of Orbitz to go forward, Google has begun making moves to position itself as a leader in hotel booking. Google is now offering hotels right inside Google search and has shut down its Google Hotel Finder. The search giant is also changing its pricing model to allow independent hotels to pay for search listings by commission, rather than pay-per-click. Full Story Here:


Luxury Branding ranks the world’s most popular hotel brands for 2015

Luxury Branding released the results of their independent analysis of 2.25 million traveller reviews on TripAdvisor to come up with a ranking of the most popular hotels in 2015. The London-based consultancy named The Ritz-Carlton, owned by Marriott International, the most highly rated by TripAdvisor. Surprisingly, other well established names such as Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, St. Regis, Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, and others failed to make the top ten. Full Story Here:


US Hotel Occupancy Up 1.7% To 72.0% Week Ending September 19th - 2015 

According to data from STR, the U.S. hotel industry posted positive numbers in key measurements for the week of 13-19 September, when compared to the same period last year. For the week, occupancy rose by 1.7 percent to reach 72.0 percent. Average daily rate climbed 3.7 percent to $123.89. Revenue per available room was up 5.5 percent to end the week at $89.15. Full Story Here:


The Secret Of A Hotel’s Lost And Found: G6 Hospitality Reveals Results Of “motel 6 Items Left Behind” Survey

 A new survey by G6 Hospitality shows the items most commonly left behind by guests in their hotel rooms. Over half (54 percent) will admit that they have left personal items behind when they checked out of a hotel. 35 percent will drive back to the hotel to re-claim the items at lost and found. Clothing and toiletries lead the pack at 42 percent, as the most commonly forgotten belongings, Millennial Generation members are the most likely to forget something when they check out. Full Story Here:



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