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1. RLJ Lodging Trust gains $240M from portfolio sale

AH&LA SmartBrief | Feb 25, 2015

RLJ Lodging Trust has divested 24 underperforming assets for $240 million. The company said the proceeds from the sales will be used as capital for future hotel purchases. American City Business Journals (02/24)

2. PwC: Driven by rate, revenue per available room to rise by 7.4% in 2015

AH&LA SmartBrief | Feb 24, 2015

PwC has updated its lodging outlook for 2015 to reflect an expected 7.4% increase in revenue per available room, with more than 80% buoyed by increases in average daily rate. Real ADR is expected to return to peak 2007 levels this year as demand continues to outpace supply and hoteliers increasingly use rate management strategies to maximize their margins. Hotel Management online (02/23)

3. InterContinental takes steps to improve the breakfast experience

AH&LA SmartBrief | Feb 20, 2015

Hotels that seek to improve their customers' experience should take a hard look at the breakfast experience offered to their guests, according to InterContinental Hotels Group CEO Richard Solomons. The company has launched training for staff centering on breakfast, which "has identified [as among] the biggest opportunities to improve the guest experience," Solomons said. Skift (02/18)

4. Virgin Hotels aims for 20 hotels in 10 years

AH&LA SmartBrief | Feb 25, 2015

Virgin Hotels hopes to have 20 hotels in its portfolio by 2025. Plans for several more U.S. properties will be announced this year as the company explores opportunities in international markets including London, Paris, Mexico City and Barcelona, CEO Raul Leal said. (U.K.) (02/24)

5. Column: How to win back bookings amid OTA consolidation

AH&LA SmartBrief | Feb 23, 2015

Expedia's recent purchase of Priceline should serve as a signal for hoteliers to increase their commitment to boost their direct bookings, Madigan Pratt writes. "To do this many hotels need to rethink the way they market themselves. They have to move away from having various marketing disciplines ... in different silos where it is difficult to coordinate messages," Pratt writes. 4Hoteliers (02/20)

6. Tourists are flocking to Fla. Keys

AH&LA SmartBrief | Feb 25, 2015

Key West, Fla., is emerging as one of the most popular resort destinations in the U.S., with visits increasing by 6% a year, prompting new luxury developments such as The Marker boutique hotel. Forbes (02/23)

7. Marriott CEO touts strength of lifestyle brands

AH&LA SmartBrief | Feb 23, 2015

In a recent interview, Marriott International CEO Arne Sorenson said that the company's investment in lifestyle brands has led to big benefits for the company. "I think we now have five very strong brands in the lifestyle space, giving us a good stack across the segments," he said. "Each of those brands is resonating not just with customers but with owners and franchisees." Looking ahead, he noted that it is difficult to predict whether the company will continue to acquire additional brands. American City Business Journals (02/19)

8. La Quinta sees strong Q4 performance amid portfolio growth

AH&LA SmartBrief | Feb 26, 2015

La Quinta Holdings reported an 8.4% increase in revenue per available room in the fourth quarter as average daily rate and occupancy rose 3.3% and 296 basis points, respectively. The company continues to expand its global portfolio, having opened 45 hotels last year and two properties last month. La Quinta also expects to launch the first property under its new Del Sol prototype in March. (02/25)

9. $1B in Four Seasons properties are coming to south Fla.

AH&LA SmartBrief | Feb 26, 2015

Fort Capital Management and partners are investing $1 billion on three Four Seasons hotels in south Florida, with the possibility for a fourth under way. "It has more prestige and greater client recognition," said Fort Capital owner Nadim Ashi of the Four Seasons brand. Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model), The (02/24)

10. Choice Hotels is ramping up new construction at home

AH&LA SmartBrief | Feb 24, 2015

Choice Hotels International is halfway through an initiative to refresh its Comfort Suites and Comfort Inn brands, which has boosted the number of new build projects in its domestic pipeline by 39% over year-end 2013. Executives also named Choice's Cambria and soft brand Ascend as potential drivers of domestic portfolio growth. (02/23)

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