Hurricanes slow down RevPAR growth for IHG Americas | Experiential travel combines authenticity, high-level service | Company measures connection between marketing content and bookings
October 20, 2017
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Hurricanes slow down RevPAR growth for IHG Americas
The recent hurricanes have taken a toll on InterContinental's Americas business. IHG noted a slowdown in growth of revenue per available room for the third quarter.
Reuters (10/20) 
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Experiential travel combines authenticity, high-level service
Lightfoot Travel co-founder Lucy Jackson says her company overlays "pared-back authenticity" with "highly personalized service that you couldn't find elsewhere." She says experiential travel "is going beyond visiting some place; it's about becoming immersed in the country, tapping into the local culture, seeking out new and exciting authentic experiences, connecting meaningfully with the community, and developing a rich knowledge and understanding -- not just about your surroundings, but also about yourself."
South China Morning Post (Hong Kong) (10/20) 
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Hospitality Trends and Technology
Company measures connection between marketing content and bookings
Curacity is seeking to "force a new conversation between hotels and OTAs as to where demand originates and what entity deserves the financial credit," says CEO Mike Keriakos. The company helps hotels measure the connection between online content and bookings.
GeoMarketing (10/19) 
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Marriott taking Ritz-Carlton brand to high seas
Beginning in 2019, Marriott will roll out a trio of 600-foot Ritz-Carlton yachts, each one taking up to 298 people in 149 suites.
Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model) (10/19) 
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Spotlight on Development
Developer plans 9-room hotel in Buffalo, N.Y.
Developer Noel Sutton plans to create the nine-room Viceroy Hotel, renovating a three-story building in Buffalo, N.Y.
The Buffalo News (N.Y.) (10/19) 
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Kimpton property opening in Charlotte, N.C.
The Kimpton Tryon Park Hotel is on track to open Nov. 1 in Charlotte, N.C. The property features 217 guest rooms.
Meetings & Conventions online (10/19) 
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International Update
Weligama Bay Marriott opens for business in Sri Lanka
The 188-key and 10-suite Weligama Bay Marriott Resort & Spa is opening as the company's first hotel in Sri Lanka.
Commercial Property Executive (10/19) 
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The leading luxury-focused hospitality conference returns for its 6th event
Gain insight into emerging strategies, new technology and best practices at INSPIRE SUMMIT '17, taking place Dec. 4 and 5 at the Four Seasons Miami. Find out more.
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Founder and CEO of Blue Horse Hotel Management Co. to speak at INSPIRE SUMMIT '17
Robert Gaymer-Jones will join Phil Keb of the Langham Hospitality Group in a panel discussion, "Hotel Development in a Competitive Market." They will discuss growth strategies, key areas of development, trends to watch and challenges hoteliers are facing over the next five years. Find out more.
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