Wyndham Hotel Group has reached the 200-hotel milestone in Latin America and the Caribbean with the opening of Wyndham Grand hotels in Uruguay and Paraguay. "Wyndham Hotel Group has made massive strides in Latin America over the last five years, establishing our diverse brands in key markets and meeting the needs of a growing traveler base seeking globally recognized, quality hotel brands," said the company's Paulo Pena.
The travel industry must step up to build confidence in globalization against the growing isolationism of the political scene, Marriott International CEO Arne Sorenson told a gathering Wednesday. Listening to concerns about safety and immigration while providing data about realities are imperative, he said at the Travel & Tourism Council Global Summit in Bangkok.
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The consulting firm Fizziology, which collects and analyzes social media chatter about hotels to distill top customer preferences, finds that what guests most want are wellness options, home-like conveniences and offerings that are true to the brand. "We also analyze macro and micro trends in the industry, and understand what key audiences -- foodies, young mothers, health enthusiasts, for example -- are driving those trends," Fizziology's Jen Handley said.
The basics -- pleasant staff, cleanliness, a good burger -- come to mind when hotel industry experts are asked what they want most from a stay. Excellent Wi-Fi connectivity and exciting retail were among other amenities mentioned by a half-dozen interviewees.
Construction could begin in December on a $1.5 billion Wynn theme park in Las Vegas. Paradise Park will feature a central lagoon spanning about 20 acres, meeting space and a hotel tower with about 2,000 rooms, according to CEO Steve Wynn.