Conrad ‘Stay Inspired’ initiative turns team members into curators of 1, 3, and 5 hour experiences

Conrad Hotels & Resorts announced the launch of Stay Inspired (www.stayinspired.com), a global, brand-wide initiative that marks a cultural shift and overhauls the way the brand trains its team members as storytellers of their destinations. At each one of its 24 global properties, Conrad now offers guests who seek out inspired experiences a more customized […]

Chip Eng Seng partners with Park Hotel Group to buy Maldives resort

Singapore construction and property group Chip Eng Seng Corporation Ltd will make its foray into the Maldives together with Singapore-based Park Hotel Group with the acquisition of Kodhipparu Island Resort for US$65 million. JLL was exclusive advisor on behalf of the resort owner, Kodhipparu Investment Private Limited. Located in the North Malé Atoll, the resort […]

Hotel Food and Beverage Trends

In past articles, PKF Hospitality Research (PKF-HR) has labeled the period 2000 to 2010 as the “lost decade” for the U.S. lodging industry.  During this volatile period, hotel revenues remained virtually flat through two major recessions and one extended period of prosperity.  On the surface, it appears that hotel food and beverage (F&B) revenue followed […]

Marriott International Caps 2016 With Historic Global Expansion

Marriott International announced that 2016 represented the strongest year of rooms growth in its history. Marriott opened a record 55,000 rooms in 2016, excluding the 381,000 rooms gained with the Starwood acquisition.  The combined company signed 880 new hotel deals, representing nearly 136,000 rooms, under long-term management and franchise agreements, and opened over 400 hotels […]

Mandarin Oriental to Acquire Boston Hotel

Mandarin Oriental International Limited will acquire the freehold interest in the property that houses Mandarin Oriental, Boston together with its hotel business for US$140 million.  Mandarin Oriental has managed the 148-room Hotel, which is situated on Boylston Street in Boston, under a management contract since its opening in 2008. The Group also manages 85 privately owned […]

Embracing Domestic Tourism in Africa

For a long time, Africans have perceived traveling as non essential especially within the continent thus only reserved for the high net-worth persons. Attributed mostly to their supposedly low spending power, Africans are said to believe that money should be spent on ‘more important priorities’ which exclude traveling (in this case considered as leisure). Therefore, […]

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  • The Future Ski Resorts – Will they Survive?

    Over the past decade and a half, regional ski resort visits throughout the U.S. have been largely stagnant or in decline. Per Snowsports Industries America 2015 Fact Sheet, nationwide visits peaked at 60.5 million in the 2007/08 season and dropped to an almost 15 year low of 52.8 million in the 2015/16 season. Why is […]

  • Airbnb’s CEO Took to Twitter to Ask His Users for Product Feedback:

    Here’s What Hotels Can Learn About What Guests Want By Alex Shashou, President & co-founder of ALICE Alex Shashou When Airbnb’s CEO asked his Twitter community for their Airbnb product wish list, what he got was a comprehensive look at what guests want from lodging today. When Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky asked his Twitter followers […]

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  • The New Norm in Global HR Competencies

    PAST: The competency profile of professionals in Human Resources (HR) roles has always been a moving target, consider the various names the function has taken over the decades – staffing, personnel, human resources, and more recently, more creative monikers like ‘people and culture’ to ‘human capital managers’ and ‘talent resources’. These changing names typically reflect […]

  • Hostel market in America: Potential for growth

    What is a Hostel? Hostels offer low-priced accommodations with a unique social component, guests rent a bed rather than a room, sharing the space with up to five other guests, some hostels include private bathrooms and kitchens in every room, though most hostels have a common bathroom area with no kitchen facilities. More than 4,500 […]

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