Friday, September 2, 2016

Hospitality News For The Week Of 9/2/16

12 Once-Standard Things at Hotels That Are Rapidly Disappearing

The hospitality industry is rapidly being transformed by both inside and outside forces. Today’s hotels are beginning to look nearly unrecognizable to travelers of just a few decades ago. Technology, costs and generational changes are driving this transformation. Certain amenities, services, fees and even furniture, once considered standard, are quickly fading into history. Even the hotel the hotel front desk itself may soon be a thing of the past. Full Story Here:


Expedia to Investigate Scam Allegations Amid Lawsuit

Two hotels in California are suing Expedia, Inc. and its products,, and Orbitz for operating a scam designed to steer customers toward their fee-paying hotels. The Buckeye Tree Lodge and Sequoia Village Inn; both in Three Rivers, California; filed the suit last month. The suit alleges, among other things, that the websites went so far as to purchase advertising which listed fake phone numbers for the two hotels. Full Story Here:


19% of travelers use an agent survey finds

The 2016 Portrait of American Travelers survey was published by MMGY Global this past week. Data from the survey indicates 19 percent of American travelers now use traditional travel agents to plan and book their vacations. The research also shows that one-third of Millennials actively use travel agents now. Further takeaways from the research include 59 percent of those vacations going to new destinations and spending more when they are on their vacations. Full Story Here:


STR: US hotel results for week ending 27 August

In comparison to the same time period last year, the U.S. hotel industry posted positive performance numbers for the week of 21-27 August 2016. Occupancy rose by 4.3 percent to reach 67.5 percent for the week. The average daily rate was 4.2 percent higher at $121.22 by week’s end. And revenue per available room climbed up by 8.7 percent to $81.85 at the end of the week. Full Story Here:


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