Most Clicked AH&LA SmartBrief Stories

1. Source: Chinese hotel groups to merge, possibly acquire Starwood

AH&LA SmartBrief | Jul 27, 2015

What will soon be the biggest hotel group in China, to be created by the merger of the Plateno Group and Jin Jiang Hotels, is considering the purchase of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide. A source says that the acquisition would create world's biggest global hotel group. (free registration) (07/24)

2. N. America's top 25 hotel markets post strong Q3 performance

AH&LA SmartBrief | Jul 24, 2015

In the top 25 markets in North America, revenue per available room, average daily rates and reserved occupancy were on the upswing in the third quarter compared with the same period last year, according to TravelClick. RevPAR was up 7%, and daily rates increased 4%. TravelPulse (07/22)

3. Sixty Hotels CEO on boutique chic, F&B, the future

AH&LA SmartBrief | Jul 23, 2015

Sixty Hotels and its CEO, Jason Pomeranc, have been evolving together over the years, and Pomeranc says flexibility is key for smaller and boutique properties. "As an operator, if you can't change with it, you're obviously going to get left behind," he says. Pomeranc shares his thoughts on going four-star, food and beverage and new opportunities. (07/22)

4. Hotel industry looks to future of design

AH&LA SmartBrief | Jul 23, 2015

To attract new, younger guests, the hotel industry is looking toward the next big trends in design. "This is a pretty exciting time, and the trends are rapidly changing," said Stephen Galbreath of Garfield Public Private. "Design follows that, and technology is a big thing for the future of design because it enables us to do a lot of fun things that were not possible just a few years ago." Hotel Interactive (07/21)

5. Extended Stay America hires new president and CEO

AH&LA SmartBrief | Jul 23, 2015

Extended Stay America has announced that Gerardo Lopez will replace Jim Donald as the next president and CEO of the company. Donald, whose contract ended in February, will remain as transitional adviser until the end of 2015. (free registration) (07/22)

6. FTC blog posts remind consumers to be careful when making online bookings

AH&LA SmartBrief | Jul 21, 2015

The Federal Trade Commission has published two blog posts warning the public to be wary of fraudulent online hotel booking sites. AH&LA is lobbying against these rogue sites because they "leave consumers out in the cold, causing them to not get what they wanted or paid for, and leaving them to deal with everything from additional room charges, cancellation fees or service charges and accessibility problems," said Katherine Lugar, AH&LA's president and CEO. USA Today (07/17)

7. Hotels invest in more renovations to increase RevPAR

AH&LA SmartBrief | Jul 21, 2015

More hotels are completing renovations, especially at recently purchased properties, in a bid to increase revenue per available room. "During the downturn, a lot of owners pulled back in terms of capital expenditures, and now that the recovery is in place, they are looking for opportunities to tweak product to increase RevPar penetration," said Tom Baker of Savills Studley's Professional Hospitality Group. (07/20)

8. Google launches upgraded Hotel Finder interface

AH&LA SmartBrief | Jul 24, 2015

Travelers surfing the Internet can access Google's new user interface for the search engine's Hotel Finder. The product, which debuted in 2011, now can sort your search results by location, price and class. (free registration) (07/23)

9. Hyatt works with sharing-economy firm for pilot program

AH&LA SmartBrief | Jul 22, 2015

Hyatt and Onefinestay created a pilot program in London that shows the start of a collaboration between a traditional hotel and a sharing-economy lodging firm. The program involves Hyatt Regency London-The Churchill, where guests can store their bags and stay while they wait to check in to their vacation rentals with Onefinestay. "The opportunity here is recognizing this is a new type of activity and trying to understand it and meeting guests' needs as best we can," said Greg Marsh, Onefinestay's co-founder and CEO. Skift (07/21)

10. Le Meridien Dallas changes ownership

AH&LA SmartBrief | Jul 24, 2015

NB Holdings has purchased the Le Meridien Dallas from Arden Group and HEI Hotels & Resorts. The 258-room luxury property was built in 2002. The Dallas Morning News (free content) (07/21)

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