Friday, July 1, 2016

Hospitality News For The Week Of 7/1/16

81% Of Travelers Say Their Smartphone Is Their Number One Travel Accessory

Hotels.com published the results of a global study of 9,200 travelers called Mobile Travel Tracker, which reports 81 percent of travelers consider their smartphone their most important travel accessory. Furthermore, 51 percent say their mobile devices are the most important information source while traveling. 71 percent have searched with them for restaurants, 59 percent for tourist attractions, and 56 percent for maps and directions. Additionally, 31 percent of these travelers choose their hotel accommodations based on whether free Wi-Fi is offered. Full Story Here:

Choice Hotels Examines Americans’ Summer Travel Habits

Choice Hotels International has released the findings of their summer travel survey of American travelers. The survey found that Americans’ struggle to find time for vacation is very real, over 40 percent say they have hotel loyalty points they can’t use. Over 60 of the travelers surveyed said their vacation plans are made around their loyalty points. 57 percent save their points towards their upcoming summer vacations. Many business travelers, 62 percent, will add combine work and leisure time in a business trip in order to get time to vacation. Full Story Here:

New Study Identifies What Apps Business Travelers Use And Why

A new study published by the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA), in partnership with Sabre Corporation, has found that globally more than seven out of ten business travelers prefer to manage their own travel with mobile technology while on the go. Travelers from the United States lead this trend at 78 percent using self-service technology for travel management. These same tech driven business travelers like to get personalized travel options, but are reluctant to give up too much personal information to get it. Full Story Here:

STR: US hotel results for week ending 25 June

The U.S. hotel industry experienced occupancy levels which were almost flat for the week of 19-25 June 2016, when compared to the same time period last year. According to figures published by STR, Inc., industry wide occupancy was -0.1 percent at 76.8 percent for the week. Average daily rate, however, was up by 4.5 percent to reach $128.04 by week’s end. And revenue per available room was positive as well, climbing up 4.4 percent to $98.29 for the week. Full Story Here: 


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