Marriott, Hilton, IHG and Accor accounted for more than half of the worldwide hotel construction pipeline during 2018 in terms of room count, according to Lodging Econometrics' "Global Construction Pipeline Trend Report." Last year marked a high point for planned hotel room construction and eight years of growth for the global pipeline.
Marriott has turned over information related to Starwood's data breach to the FBI, and the company is "focused on making sure the door is closed and communicating with our customers," CEO Arne Sorenson told a Senate panel last week.
Red Lion Hotel's RLabs company wants to sell a cloud-based hospitality management platform to independent hotels. Red Lion is offering discounted commissions with online travel agencies as an incentive.
The new Five Feet to Fitness rooms at DoubleTree by Hilton Chicago-Magnificent Mile feature 11-plus pieces of exercise equipment. The wellness rooms were created as part of a $35 million update to the property.
Hotel designers are taking on competition from short-term rentals and independents by marshaling technology, local sensitivity and luxuries into cutting-edge facilities. "Hotels have to keep their offerings fresh and be in tune with consumer demands at a faster rate than ever before," says Bryan Jones, a principal with design and construction firm the Beck Group.
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