Rising consumer confidence in US supports hotel industry | Hotel Californian opens to trial by fire | AccorHotels ready to make deals in 2018
February 22, 2018
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Rising consumer confidence in US supports hotel industry
The hotel industry in the US is expected to maintain a modest growth rate amid rising consumer confidence.
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Hotel Californian opens to trial by fire
Hotel Californian in Santa Barbara, Calif., contended with wildfires and mudslides after opening last year, with the natural disasters filling the hotel with displaced citizens while forcing the property to operate under emergency conditions. "All of our team members jumped in without hesitation ... providing shelter, finding clothes and basic necessities for those who had lost everything, taking care of pets and doing whatever possible to support our neighbors and the community," said General Manager Warren Nocon.
Hotel News Now (2/21) 
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AccorHotels ready to make deals in 2018
AccorHotels is in acquisition mode, according to CFO Jean-Jacques Morin. "We have the means to grasp our acquisition opportunities in the hotel business but elsewhere, too. So we expect to increase the number of acquisitions we will be making over the year," he said.
Skift (2/21) 
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Hospitality Trends and Technology
Bigelow Aerospace plans orbiting hotel
Bigelow Aerospace is fabricating a pair of space pods to serve as an orbiting hotel and private space station. The space station could serve space tourists and governments.
Travel + Leisure online (2/21) 
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Plastic straws get heave-ho at Honolulu hotel
The Modern Honolulu has joined a Hawaii hotel movement by ending distribution of plastic drink straws. A bill pending in the Hawaii Senate would ban plastic straws altogether in the environmentally conscious state.
TravelPulse (2/21) 
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International Update
Norwegian hotel design promises otherworldly experience
The ring-shaped Svart hotel is in the planning stages in Northern Norway. The property will be constructed on stilts over Holandsfjorden fjord at the base of Almlifjellet mountain.
The Express & Star (U.K.) (2/21) 
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IHG maintains focus on growth, technology
With 244,000 rooms in its pipeline, InterContinental is in expansion mode. IHG Chief Development Officer Robert Shepherd says the company is retaining its focus on technology.
Hotel Management online (2/21) 
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