Friday, April 27, 2018

Hospitality News For The Week Of 4/27/18

Strong outbound tourism demand from traditional and emerging markets in 2017

According to the latest UNWTO World Tourism Barometer, the top 25 source markets increased spending on international tourism during 2017. The growth was lead by the United States, which spent $12 billion more on international travel over the previous year. China spent $8 billion more, while the Russian Federation increased foreign travel spending by $7 billion, followed by Brazil with $5 billion more than the previous year. China is the leader in international travel spending with a total of $258 billion spent on international travel. Full Story Here:

Hackers can turn room cards into untraceable master keys

Researchers announced this week that they have uncovered a major security issue involving hotel room key cards and the ability of hackers to compromise them. Last year Finnish researchers for F-Secure discovered the issue and reported it to the Swedish security firm Assa Abloy regarding their Vision by Vingcard system. This system is used by thousands of hotels worldwide. Hackers were able to access any hotel room with a old card, essentially creating a master key. Full Story Here:

U.S. News & World Report Ranks This Year’s Best Summer Vacations

With the 2018 summer vacation season approaching, U.S. News & World Report published their latest rankings of the world’s best summer vacation spots. For the U.S., Boston took the top spot because of it providing living history and is the hometown of the most famous baseball team, the Red Sox. In second place was the family-friendly beach town of Seaside, Oregon. In third place was Steamboat Springs, Colorado that offers many outdoor activities. Internationally, Paris was number one with its many iconic sights, followed by Florence, Italy and Boston again at number three in the world. Full Story Here:

US Hotel Occupancy Up 3.1 Percent To 70.1 Percent - Week Ending April 21st - 2018

Compared to the same period last year, the U.S. hotel industry posted positive performance figures for the week of 15-21 April 2018. According to data published by STR, industry-wide occupancy was up by +3.1 percent to 70.1 percent. Average daily rate climbed +5.4 percent higher to finish the week at $131.15. Revenue per available room rose up by +8.7 percent to $91.89 by week’s end. Full Story Here:

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