US hotels look for upswing in corporate travel | 2 downtown Austin, Texas, hotels sold to L.A. group | Investors see upside in EU hotel sector
August 18, 2017
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US hotels look for upswing in corporate travel
US hotels look for upswing in corporate travel
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Growth of revenue per available room in the US has been sluggish, despite an improving economy and positive consumer sentiment. Marriott CEO Arne Sorenson and Hilton CEO Christopher Nassetta cited caution among the corporate travel segment.
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Business Update
2 downtown Austin, Texas, hotels sold to L.A. group
Los Angeles-based Nimes Real Estate has purchased two hotels in downtown Austin, Texas, from Journeyman Group of Austin for an undisclosed sum. The Hotel Indigo Austin Downtown -- University and the Holiday Inn Express Austin Downtown -- University both opened in 2016.
Austin American-Statesman (Texas) (free content) (8/15) 
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Investors see upside in EU hotel sector
Revenue per available room is up 4% for the first half of the year in the EU, and hotel investors are looking to put money to work in the region as the broader economy recovers. "The more conviction investors and developers have in economic growth, the less risk on industry fundamentals they underwrite into hotel deals, that allows them to be more aggressive on pricing," said Ryan Meliker of Canaccord Genuity.
Hotel Management online (8/16) 
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Market Trends
Millennials think best hotel deals come from OTAs
Last year, more than half of hotel bookings came via online travel agencies, showing OTAs will continue to be a factor, even as hotels step up efforts to win direct bookings. The notion that OTAs offer the best deals appeals to millennials.
Hotel News Now (8/16) 
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Minneapolis rooftop sanctuary welcomes public 1 day a week
The Hewing Hotel in Minneapolis is opening its celebrated rooftop bar and restaurant to the general public one day a week. Originally reserved for hotel guests and social club members only, the spot known for distinctive cocktails will serve all comers on Tuesdays.
Star Tribune (Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minn.) (tiered subscription model) (8/17) 
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Best Practices
After Super Bowl, formerly homeless staff still serving Houston hotel
After Super Bowl, formerly homeless staff still serving Houston hotel
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Houston's Marriott Marquis continues to employ people from a pool that the city's hotels turned to for help during February's Super Bowl festivities: the once-homeless. "They come to work motivated; not only are they motivating, but being around them motivates the rest of our team," general manager Scot Cotton said.
KHOU-TV (Houston) (8/16) 
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Government Affairs
Ind. city considers public-private partnership for hotel development
Carmel, Ind., could partner with Pedcor on the development of a $40 million hotel. Through a public-private partnership, the city and Pedcor would take out $25 million in financing for the project.
The Indianapolis Star (tiered subscription model) (8/16) 
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