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February 25, 2013News for hotel and lodging professionals

  Front Desk 
  • STR: U.S. hotels' revPAR jumped 8.8% in January
    January saw robust gains in key hotel metrics in the U.S., including an 8.8% rise in revenue per available room -- the strongest growth in the metric since June 2012, STR reports. Average daily rate during the period was up 5.1% as occupancy increased 3.6%. "The results were driven both by solid ADR and demand gains with Washington, D.C., Miami and New York among the top performers," said Brad Garner, chief operating officer of STR. "The chain scale segments saw growth across all scales, with luxury leading in both ADR and revPAR growth rates." TravelPulse (2/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Business Update 
  • Host Hotels CEO forecasts continued growth for lodging industry
    Ed Walter, president and CEO of Host Hotels & Resorts, has expressed confidence that solid industry metrics last year and at the start of 2013 will help sustain the hotel industry's growth in the near term. "The lodging recovery is pressing on well due to high demand trends and low supply. We believe this cycle will continue to gain momentum through 2013 and 2014," Walters said. Host says its revenue per available room rose 5.8% during the fourth quarter, while average daily rate and occupancy increased 2.8% and 2 percentage points, respectively. (2/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Caesars to implement resort fees at its Las Vegas properties
    Caesars Entertainment said it will begin charging resort fees at its Las Vegas hotels instead of charging separately for amenities such as wireless connections and fitness centers. "This is in response to the increasing demand from our guests to provide a package price instead of the inconvenience of separate fees. We continue to do all we can to provide our guests with the best value, best products and best experiences in Las Vegas," said Gary Thompson, Caesars' director of corporate communications. Las Vegas Sun (2/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Market Trends 
  • Las Vegas tourism is recovering slowly but surely
    Tourism in Las Vegas improved last year, when 2.1% more visitors came to the city than in 2011. Hotel occupancy increased 0.6%, to 84.4%, and ADR rose 2.8%, to $108.08, the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority says. The number of people driving in from Southern California is also on the rise. "Between hotels coming back online from renovations and new hotels coming into the market over the next 12 to 18 months, Las Vegas will see another 5,000 or more rooms added to the market," said Jim Cady, general manager of the DoubleTree by Hilton near the city's airport. Cady says he doesn't think occupancy will return to 2007 levels until 2015 or 2016. (2/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Hotels secure negotiating power amid meetings recovery
    A new study by Colliers PKF Hospitality Research indicates an optimistic outlook for the meetings industry, with hoteliers positioned to control negotiations with planners. "The leverage up until now has been with planners but, due to rising occupancy levels, the leverage is swinging back to the hotel sales manager," said Robert Mandelbaum, a director at Colliers PKF Hospitality. Planners are now increasingly focusing negotiations on additional amenities such as breakfast and free Internet access, Mandelbaum said. (2/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Best Practices 
  • Column: Displaying familiarity wins clients' trust
    Taking steps to recognize and greet repeat guests helps display a hotel's "humanity" and could help earn their customers' trust, Don Peppers writes. "[I]t really doesn't require a high degree of technology or an overly complex set of processes. It might involve something as simple as taking a customer's picture, or even counting license plates," Peppers writes. (2/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Calif. ski resort is undergoing renovations
    Sugar Bowl Corp., the new owner of the Royal Gorge Cross Country Ski Resort, has taken steps to revive the property through capital improvements since closing on its purchase in December. "My board felt absolutely determined that Royal Gorge regain its position as America's pre-eminent cross-country resort," said Sugar Bowl CEO Rob Kautz. San Francisco Chronicle (2/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  AH&LA News 
  • Register today: Legislative Action Summit
    Join owners, CEOs and GMs April 23-24 in Washington for the AH&LA Legislative Action Summit. Highlights include appearances by key policymakers, a CEO panel, informative sessions, personal meetings with members of Congress and an evening reception on Capitol Hill. And a special tribute to industry icon Bill Marriott Jr. is planned. Get access, insight and influence, and show how Washington policies impact your bottom line. Register today. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Flu prevention time
    Everyone 6 months and older should get the flu vaccine, especially those at risk for complications from the flu, including pregnant women, children and infants, seniors, and people with some health conditions. AH&LA is helping the CDC spread the word on why the flu vaccine is so important. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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