The hostel grows up: ‘Poshtels’ make their way to USA

For many people, the word hostel evokes images of grungy backpackers, uncomfortable beds, shared bathrooms and snack machines. But that’s a hostel for another era. These days, hostels are more like boutique hotels at a bargain price. The upscale hostel trend was born in Europe. To attract younger travelers, hoteliers started outfitting hostels with bars, coffee […]

Marriott Receives Antitrust Clearance from the European Union to Acquire Starwood

Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) and Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide (NYSE: HOT) today announced they have received unconditional clearance from the European Union for Marriott to acquire Starwood in a merger transaction. In announcing the decision in a press release issued by the European Commission, the Commissioner for Competition, Margaret Vestager, said, “This is […]

The Waldorf Astoria Hotel As You Know It Is Over

KEYSTONE-FRANCE VIA GETTY IMAGES, The Waldorf Astoria, still under construction. As the saying goes: “Don’t cry because it’s over. Smile because it happened.” New York City’s landmark Waldorf Astoria hotel will close for up to three years while most of its rooms are gutted and turned into luxury apartments, according to The Wall Street Journal. Once […]

Swiss International enters the Kingdom of Bahrain with the signing of the Swiss International Palace Hotel

The well-known Palace hotel, located in the Gudaibiya area of Manama will be rebranded to receive its guests as the Swiss International Palace hotel, effective July 1, 2016. The Palace hotel (formerly known as the Ramada Palace hotel) concluded a franchise agreement with Swiss International, with effect from July 1, 2016. The signing took place […]

Dubai Tourism – Statistics And Trends [Infographic]

Holding some of the biggest modern manmade marvels, Dubai is one city that can’t be missed to visit. It homes 7 of the 10 tallest hotels in world and the tallest building, the Burj Khalifa. The Building is so tall that people on the top floors have to wait a while longer than those on […]

From Berlin to Barcelona; will Airbnb ruin our most loved cities?

To use the industry jargon, it is the ultimate “disruptor”. Airbnb, the website that allows homeowners around the world to rent out their spare rooms, has had a seismic impact on the travel market. Hotel chains are reportedly feeling the squeeze as the US upstart – which has attracted $2bn in funding in less than […]

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  • Social Media Strategies for your Hotel

    When it comes to the hospitality industry, social media can make or break your business. 76% of vacationers upload photos from their travels to social media; their good times can be an excellent source of free promotion for your business but if they have a bad time, they’ll be more likely to make a negative […]

  • New iModerate Study Examines Airbnb vs. Hotels

    New iModerate Study Examines Airbnb vs. Hotels

    Airbnb is growing at an explosive rate and gunning to become a full-blown hospitality brand, putting even more pressure on large hotel chains to hold onto their customer base. We have released a new research study that reveals the consumer preferences behind this growth and details the personas and different expectations of guests who stay […]

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  • Social Media Strategies for your Hotel

    When it comes to the hospitality industry, social media can make or break your business. 76% of vacationers upload photos from their travels to social media; their good times can be an excellent source of free promotion for your business but if they have a bad time, they’ll be more likely to make a negative […]

  • The Waldorf Astoria Hotel As You Know It Is Over

    KEYSTONE-FRANCE VIA GETTY IMAGES, The Waldorf Astoria, still under construction. As the saying goes: “Don’t cry because it’s over. Smile because it happened.” New York City’s landmark Waldorf Astoria hotel will close for up to three years while most of its rooms are gutted and turned into luxury apartments, according to The Wall Street Journal. Once […]

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  • Encouragement = the “Miracle Grow” of Employee Morale

    Encouragement = the “Miracle Grow” of Employee Morale

    Complaint after complaint is heard about today’s workforce; they are lazy, spend too much time on social media while on-the-job and they have no work ethic. True or not, it is a fact of business. Today’s employees; regardless of their social status, geographic makeup or millennial segmentation, face a vastly different work environment that those […]

  • Making the most of a first impression

    Making the most of a first impression

    We’ve all heard the expression that “you never get a second chance to make a first impression”. Recent studies support this, but more importantly, the studies indicate that it’s very hard to change a poor first impression to a more positive one later on. As a hotel, your entire image depends on the ability to […]

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  • What's the difference between the Hospitality Industry and the Service Industry?

    What’s the difference between the Hospitality Industry and the Service Industry?

    WOW! What IS the difference between the hospitality industry and the service industry? Do you know? Can you tell me? I can’t believe I haven’t done this before. I guess I’ve assumed that anyone who is reading my posts would already have an idea of what the Hospitality and Service industries are, what they entail, […]

  • American Express Restaurant Trade Survey

    American Express Restaurant Trade Survey

    According to the 2016 American Express Restaurant Trade Survey, restaurant operators in the U.S. are feeling bullish about the economic environment. In fact, 39% of restaurateurs said they see the economy improving and expanding opportunities for their businesses over the next six months, while another 32% expect their businesses to grow regardless of the economic […]

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