Friday, March 23, 2018

Hospitality News For The Week Of 3/23/18

Orbitz: Data breach affects 880,000 payment cards

The Expedia-owned travel website operator, Orbitz, announced that it discovered a data security breach on March 1. The breach may have exposed information from 880,000 payment cards and the data of thousands of customers. The company stated that an older website and an unmanned business partner were affected by the breach, which happened between October and December of 2017. The Expedia platform itself was not compromised in the breach, according to Expedia. Full Story Here:

Top 10 Most Booked Destinations by U.S. Travelers in 2018

Travelers Leaders Group recently published their 2018 Travel Trends Survey and released a list of the most booked vacations for U.S. travelers during 2018. Alaska cruises jumped up to the number one ranked vacation, rising from number five last year. The rest of the top five, in order, consists of Orlando, FL; Las Vegas, NV; Maui, Hawaii; and New York City. Top international destinations for U.S. travelers are Caribbean Cruises at number one, Cancun; Mexico at number two and European river cruises at number three. Full Story Here:

March Online Room Rates Are Down 2.0% From A Year Ago

According to data from, compared to March of last year, the average U.S. online room rate is down by -2.0 percent in the top-25 most popular destinations. The average online room rate is $247.08 in March 2018, up however from the previous month’s figure of $213.85 in February. The company estimates that in 2018 about three-quarters of all reservations are completed online, either on brand websites or travel agent merchant websites. Full Story Here:

STR: US hotel results for week ending 17 March

According to published data from STR, the U.S. hotel industry posted positive performance figures for the week of 11-17 March 2018. Compared to the same period last year, industry-wide occupancy went up by +1 percent to 70.7 percent for the week. Average daily rate rose by +2.8 percent to close the week at $133.76. Revenue per available room climbed +3.9 percent higher to end the week at $94.55. Full Story Here:

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