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March 8, 2013News for hotel and lodging professionals

  Front Desk 
  • Room rates will continue to fuel hotel growth in 2013, study finds
    TravelClick's North American Hospitality Review for February indicates that average daily rate will continue to be responsible for growth in the hotel industry this year. "Based on TravelClick data, while committed occupancy is showing a steady increase as 2013 goes on, ADR remains the main source of growth for hotels. We expect to see this trend continue as we get further into the year," said Tim Hart, an executive vice president at TravelClick. The study found that average daily rate for February this year through January 2014 will rise 3.4%, as committed occupancy and revenue per available room are up 2.1% and 5.5%, respectively. TravelPulse (3/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Business Update 
  • Hilton signs deal for its first hotel in Myanmar
    Hilton Worldwide has announced its entry into Myanmar with the signing of a management deal for a 300-room hotel in development in Yangon. The property is expected to open in 2014. "Following the social and economic reforms the country has made over the past year, Myanmar has seen visitor arrivals grow by 45.1% compared to the previous year. Yangon, in particular, is positioned to grow much faster than many other emerging markets in Asia," said Andrew Clough, a senior vice president for Hilton in the Middle East and Asia Pacific. Travel Weekly (3/7), (free registration) (3/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Market Trends 
  • Downtown Los Angeles is experiencing a hotel renaissance
    Over the next four years, the number of hotel rooms in downtown Los Angeles will grow by 30%. At least 10 hotels with nearly 5,000 rooms either will have been built or renovated between 2010 and 2017. "Downtown's going through this real renaissance in terms of its popularity," said Sean Rossall, a spokesman for the Wilshire Grand project, a $1 billion, mixed-use project with a 900-room luxury hotel set to open in 2017. RevPAR is up 34% over the past three years in the area. Travel Weekly (3/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Do hotel guests really want to go green? Yes, mostly
    Hotels may be going green, but there is a rather large divide between those who say they want to live sustainably and those who actually do so when they're in a hotel room. According to an analysis of a J.D. Power and Associates North America Hotel Guest Satisfaction Index Study, of 90% of hotel guests who were offered the chance to do something sustainable during their stays, two-thirds participated. Guests reported that they felt better when participating in sustainability programs, though some guests want little luxuries such as the use of a clean towel each day instead of reusing their linens. CNN (3/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Best Practices 
  • Column: How to boost sales through segmentation
    Hoteliers should use segmentation strategies extensively to find weakly contested markets that they could capture, writes Kevin Holt, president and founder of Co.Innovation Consulting. Segmentation can also help pinpoint specific needs of certain customer groups, which hoteliers can address to boost satisfaction, Holt writes. (3/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Government Affairs 
  • CEOs tout travel as an economic recovery tool
    Hotel executives speaking at the International Hotel Investment Forum in Berlin say governments are starting to realize the vital role that travel plays in economic growth. Arne Sorenson, president and CEO of Marriott International, said visa reform in the U.S. was a huge help to the industry, but Richard Solomons, CEO of InterContinental Hotels Group, said things haven't progressed as quickly in the U.K. (3/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  AH&LA News 
  • New Lodging Tax Study‚Ä®
    The 2012 Lodging Tax Study includes the total tax rate for 182 cities across the U.S., total lodging tax collections in 2011 for 23 states, tax rates and total room revenue data for the top 25 markets, and the percentage that goes toward tourism-related purposes versus government purposes. It's funded by AH&LEF, and AH&LA members can access it via the Members Only section of Nonmembers can purchase the study for $450 by calling AH&LA's Information Center at (888) 743-2515. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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