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1. STR: Lodging metrics are now at an all-time high

AH&LA SmartBrief | Apr 27, 2015

The 12-month moving average of hotel occupancy was 64.9% in the first quarter, matching the peak reached in 1995 and joining the rest of the lodging industry's key metrics in achieving record highs, STR's Jan Freitag reports. Hotels also sold 12 million more rooms in March than they did eight years ago as average daily rate posted its second consecutive increase over the previous month, Freitag said. (04/24)

2. IHG could expand Kimpton globally, exec says

AH&LA SmartBrief | Apr 22, 2015

One of InterContinental Hotels Group's goals is to expand its newly acquired Kimpton lifestyle brand, Americas Chief Development Officer Joel Eisemann said. This could eventually lead to international growth as the brand would benefit from its parent firm's global reach and IHG has already received several inquiries about overseas expansion. Other growth opportunities for the firm include its wellness-themed Even brand and dual-branded development projects, Eisemann said. (04/21)

3. Four Seasons takes service to the skies in new private jumbo jet

AH&LA SmartBrief | Apr 27, 2015

The Four Seasons' new private jet tour service uses a converted Boeing 757-200ER with enough room to accommodate 52 passengers at $119,000 per ticket. Each flight features a minimum of 21 Four Seasons-trained personnel, including a concierge and executive chef. Bloomberg (04/23)

4. Value Place rebrands as WoodSpring Suites

AH&LA SmartBrief | Apr 24, 2015

Value Place has changed its name to WoodSpring Suites in an effort to improve guests' perception of the brand. The company is also developing a new brand extension, WoodSpring Suites Signature, which will be a more upscale product. WoodSpring Suites expects to open its first property in the fourth quarter and complete the conversion of all Value Place properties to the new brand at the end of March 2016. (04/23)

5. Report: High-end hotels received the highest customer satisfaction scores

AH&LA SmartBrief | Apr 21, 2015

Hotel brands in the upscale and luxury segments received the highest customer satisfaction ratings in the 2015 ACSI Travel Report. ACSI Managing Director David VanAmburg said the results reflected how consumers value the hotel experience as part of their vacation. The overall score for the hotel industry was unchanged from last year, at 75 out of 100. TravelPulse (04/20)

6. Aron says interim gig as Starwood CEO doesn't preclude plenty of action

AH&LA SmartBrief | Apr 21, 2015

Adam Aron says his interim role as CEO of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide isn't to serve as a seat-warmer. "I'm someone with a bias for action -- prudent and wise action to be sure, but action nonetheless. ... I have no intention of merely being a caretaker," he said. (04/17)

7. Report: Tomorrow's travelers will fall under six "tribes"

AH&LA SmartBrief | Apr 27, 2015

By 2030, travelers can be grouped into six distinct "tribes" with different priorities and motivations for travel, including Social Capital Seekers, Cultural Purists, Ethical Travelers, Obligation Meeters and Reward Hunters, according to a report by Amadeus. The Simplicity Seekers, the group with which many frequent travelers already align, will try to avoid stress in trip-planning by turning to bundled travel products, the report said. TravelPulse (04/23)

8. Amazon unveils its new hotel search, booking service

AH&LA SmartBrief | Apr 22, 2015

Amazon has launched its new hotel product, Amazon Destinations, which allows hotels to list published or discounted rates. The website encourages weekend trips by focusing on destinations a short drive away from major cities. "We created Amazon Destinations to solve a problem most travelers face: how to easily plan and book a local getaway trip," spokesman Tom Cook said. Skift (04/21)

9. Red Lion to add 73 hotels by buying 2 brands

AH&LA SmartBrief | Apr 27, 2015

Red Lion Hotels is acquiring GuestHouse International and Settle Inn for $8.5 million. The deal adds 5,187 rooms in 73 hotels to Red Lion's portfolio. American City Business Journals (04/24)

10. Aurora Gaylord Rockies Hotel begins construction for 2018 opening

AH&LA SmartBrief | Apr 23, 2015

The 1,500-room Gaylord Rockies Hotel in Colorado began construction this week with plans to open in November 2018. "Anything worthwhile is hard and takes time," said Wendy Mitchell, CEO of the Aurora Economic Development Council. Denver Post, The (04/21)

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