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  • Members Only: IT Spending in the Lodging Industry Three-year Analysis: 2015–2017

    By Agnes DeFranco, Ed.D., CHAE; Arlene Ramirez, CHE, CHAE; and Tanya Venegas, MBA, MHM, CHIA. PART II: An analysis of IT spending data in the lodging industry based on reporting in the new USALI Schedule 6 — Information and Telecommunications Systems.

  • HITEC Special: Revenue Strategy: Not Just a Fancy New Name for Revenue Management

    By Cindy Estis Green. A strategic view of revenue calls for proactive business mix planning and decision-making around deployed resources, well beyond reacting to what comes over the transom. Excerpt from the 2018 HITEC Bytes Special Report.

  • HITEC Special: Forecasting Accuracy: The Living Forecast

    By Jill Wilder. Forward-looking, continuously updated statistical trend analysis is emerging as a strategic tool that performs the practical magic of creating an accurate forecast you can take to the bank.

  • Members Only: IT Spending in the Lodging Industry

    HFTP Research Report: The new USALI Schedule 6 — Information and Telecommunications Systems and the effects thus far on the industry. An analysis of IT spending data in the industry and compliance practices by lodging executives.

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Five Reasons Tile is Trending in Hospitality

Lodging Magazine·17 July 2018
CEO of Artaic Tiles, Ted Acworth, spoke to LODGING about 
the benefits that come with wallcoverings made of tile, as well as 
why this material has a growing following in the hospitality industry.
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Nature Inspires 2019 Color Trends and PPG's Color of the Year

Lodging Magazine·17 July 2018
The most impactful color trends for the upcoming year will be closely tied to nature, according to the color experts at PPG, which recently released its 2019 Color of the Year, Night Watch (PPG1145-7). Hand selected by PPG’s global color experts, this rich shade of green will be at the forefront of design trends in 2019 as it emulates greenery and nature in spaces.
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Pascua Yaqui Tribe Breaks Ground on 151-Room Hotel at Casino Del Sol

Lodging Magazine·17 July 2018
The Pascua Yaqui Tribe and Casino Del Sol officially broke ground on an extensive hospitality project, which includes a new 151-room hotel, new 90-space RV park, and an expansion of the current meeting space at Casino Del Sol in Tucson, Ariz. Hotel construction is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2019.
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The Austin Collection Launches With Eight Properties

Lodging Magazine·17 July 2018
Dan Austin, founder and president of luxury tour provider Austin Adventures, and his wife, Carol Austin, drew on nearly 40 years of international hosting experiences to launch The Austin Collection and select its first eight properties—all-inclusive accommodations in locations ranging from Alaska to Peru.
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China's Hotel Pipeline Shows Marginal Growth Year-Over-Year

Lodging Magazine·16 July 2018
Analysts at Lodging Econometrics (LE) report that China’s total hotel construction pipeline has 2,481 projects/546,424 rooms, up 2 percent year-over-year (YOY).
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Hilton's Tapestry Collection Debuts in New York City with The Bernic Hotel

Lodging Magazine·16 July 2018
Tapestry Collection by Hilton has added The Bernic Hotel New York City to its portfolio of upscale properties. The first Tapestry Collection property in New York City, The Bernic offers an authentic, modern experience for guests in the heart of Midtown East, located a few blocks from Grand Central Station and Rockefeller Center, among other landmarks.
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Boosting a Hotel's Direct Booking Conversion Rate Without Giving Away Rooms

Lodging Magazine·16 July 2018
One of the biggest and most widespread misconceptions in the hotel industry is that discounting is the best way to boost direct bookings. Even though this has been proven over and over again to be untrue, many hoteliers still insist that it’s the fastest way to profitability and that it helps a property lower the cost of acquisition and increase occupancy.
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How Hotels Can Meet the Global Demand for Wellness with Design

Lodging Magazine·16 July 2018
The pursuit of wellbeing is about so much more than receiving a pampering facial or a relaxing massage. Travelers are thirsty for wellness, and these guests are no longer satisfied with the standard issue hotel gym and generic spa services. According to the Global Wellness Institute, the number of wellness trips between 2013 and 2015 reached 691 million, growing the global wellness economy by 10.6 percent during that two-year period. In 2015, the overall global wellness market was valued at $3.72 trillion, according to the Global Wellness Institute. Consumers are increasingly seeking hotels with robust wellness offerings—both within and beyond the spa.
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Cybercrime Fighter Theresa Payton Talks Data Security and Hotels

Lodging Magazine·16 July 2018
Theresa Payton is a veteran cybercrime fighter who has brought her expertise to everything from the White House as a former chief information officer to the CBS show “Hunted,” where she plays a recurring role as herself.
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RLH Corporation's Signature Hotel Brand Debuts in San Francisco

Lodging Magazine·16 July 2018
RLH Corporation just celebrated the grand opening of its first Signature brand property since announcing the brand’s refresh last year. Signature San Francisco has 34 guestrooms, two suites, and is outfitted with mid-century modern furniture, fun textures, and complementary design elements to craft a retro-modern feel with all the conveniences and comforts today’s traveler has come to expect.
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2018 Revenue Strategy Summit Offers a Day of Deep Dives Into Hospitality Finance

Lodging Magazine·13 July 2018
On July 10, approximately 300 revenue managers, owners, operators, and other hotel professionals met at the Newseum in Washington, D.C. for the sixth annual Revenue Strategy Summit. Co-hosted by Duetto, Kalibri Labs, and Silver Hospitality Group, the one-day conference offered attendees a deep dive into revenue management and strategies, pulling in experts from all areas of the industry to discuss everything from new technologies disrupting the hospitality revenue space to the overall financial health of the lodging industry.
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Check Out the Library at the Adelphi Hotel

Lodging Magazine·13 July 2018
The Adelphi Hotel’s construction during the 1877 Saratoga Golden Age brought a cultural icon with classic Victorian glamour to Saratoga Springs, N.Y. Now, after a reimagining and redevelopment, the property exudes old-time luxury with a modern twist. Redesigned to complement the history of the hotel, new flexible meeting spaces are now able to accommodate intimate and large events alike.
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How Hoteliers Can Get Creative with Dual-Purpose Lighting

Lodging Magazine·13 July 2018
Quality lighting throughout a property is not only practical but also can be used to showcase a hotel’s style in a creative way. That’s especially true with LED lighting today, according to Shant Madjarian, founder of Brooklyn-based lighting design studio Juniper. Because LEDs run far cooler than their predecessors, they can be used in a variety of new ways. LODGING spoke with Madjarian about the latest lighting design trends and why dual-purpose lighting is an effective and efficient design tactic for hotels.
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Hotel Zachary: Design Inspired by Chicago's Wrigley Field

Lodging Magazine·13 July 2018
Located just across the street from Chicago’s Wrigley Field, Hotel Zachary at Gallagher Way’s name pays homage to architect Zachary Taylor Davis, who drew the blueprints for the iconic ballpark. Mixing both traditional and contemporary design elements, the hotel has a cohesive, timeless atmosphere in the public spaces, restaurants, and guestrooms.
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Nature Meets Neon at the Renovated Shoreline Hotel Waikiki

Lodging Magazine·13 July 2018
Shoreline Hotel Waikiki unveiled its major property renovation, with design by BHDM Design. The 135-room boutique property underwent colorful updates including a 26-foot high white “jungle wall” art piece in the lobby, custom furnishings, and an updated rooftop pool deck with commissioned mural artwork, along with new hotel programming for guests and locals.
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High Hotels Invests $1.5 Million in 100 Percent Solar-Powered Hotel

Lodging Magazine·12 July 2018
High Hotels Ltd. announced that it is installing a $1.5 million solar array that will generate 100 percent of the electrical power required to operate one of its existing hotels in Greenfield Corporate Center. The completed installation will make the 133-room Courtyard by Marriott-Lancaster the first Marriott-branded hotel in the United States with 100 percent of its electricity needs generated from solar power. It is also believed to be the first solar array in the country installed for the sole purpose of generating 100 percent of the electricity needs of a hotel.
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Hampton by Hilton Expands With 60 Hotel Openings in the First Half of 2018

Lodging Magazine·12 July 2018
Hampton by Hilton, Hilton’s upper-midscale brand, announced the opening of 15 new properties, including Hampton Inn by Hilton Petaluma in California. The latest openings are part of the brand’s global portfolio of more than 2,345 properties—60 of which were added in the first six months of 2018.
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Updating a Beloved Brand: Checking In With Sheraton's Indy Adenaw

Lodging Magazine·12 July 2018
At this year’s NYU Investment Conference, Marriott’s Sheraton brand showcased nine new flexible design additions to its portfolio, refreshing the brand for a new generation of travelers, while keeping much-beloved elements to give returning guests a sense of place. Indy Adenaw, vice president and global brand leader for Sheraton Hotels, spoke with LODGING about Sheraton’s updates.
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Check Out the Hilton Oak Brook Hills Resort's Executive Lounge

Lodging Magazine·12 July 2018
During the mid-20th century golden age of leisure, the town of Oak Brook Hills, Ill., was a polo club for elite Chicago travelers looking to escape for a weekend. Affluent Chicagoans would visit the club not only for its tennis, golf, and polo, but also for its live entertainment and proximity to the center of the growing automobile industry. As Oak Brook Hills developed into a Chicago suburb, the Hilton Oak Brook Hills Resort underwent many changes, including a $20 million renovation.
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The Countries and Cities Outside of China That Are Leading Hotel Construction in the Asia Pacific Region

Lodging Magazine·11 July 2018
According to analysts at Lodging Econometrics, the top countries in the Asia Pacific hotel construction pipeline, excluding China, by project count are: Indonesia with 394 projects/66,154 rooms, Japan with 228 projects/46,356 rooms, India with 206 projects/33,501 rooms, Malaysia with 137 projects/36,244 rooms, and Thailand with 134 projects/31,964 rooms.
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The Pros and Cons of Different External-Use Materials for Hotels

Lodging Magazine·11 July 2018
The first impression that a hotel makes has to be one that defines its aesthetic and is appealing to guests. When travelers are searching for hotels either online or in person, the first impression of the hotel will make them decide in a heartbeat if they are going to pay to stay there or not.
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Six Tech and Traveler Trends of 2018: What Travelers Are Looking for From Booking to Stay

Lodging Magazine·11 July 2018
Today’s technology continues to influence how consumers plan and book their travel. Hotels can find it difficult to keep up with the constant change, but guests know what they want and hoteliers need to exceed those expectations. A recent report by MicroMetrics uncovered that customer expectations will be the disruptive trend of 2018. Below are six key trends from The Strategic Guide To New Tech & Traveler Trends.
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Hawkeye Hotels and HOS Management Acquire Hotel Indigo in Fort Myers

Lodging Magazine·11 July 2018
Iowa-based firm Hawkeye Hotels in a joint venture with Georgia-based HOS Management (HOS) recently completed the acquisition of Hotel Indigo in downtown Fort Myers, Florida, for an undisclosed sum.
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Managing the Challenges That Come With a Major Sporting Event

Lodging Magazine·11 July 2018
Major sporting events are big business for hotels—just ask the Minneapolis hoteliers who were swamped during the Super Bowl earlier this year. Trying to go about “business as usual” when a major sporting event is in town—or, in some cases, at your hotel—is next to impossible. Hoteliers have to find a perfect balance between accommodating guests who are there for the event, guests who aren’t, and, sometimes, the event itself.
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Four Ways Revenue Managers Can Prepare for a Possible Economic Slowdown

Lodging Magazine·10 July 2018
More than 600 revenue managers and hospitality professionals gathered in Houston last month for the Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International’s (HSMAI) Revenue Optimization Conference (ROC). During the conference, The Economic Outlook Group’s Chief Global Economist Bernard Baumohl outlined what revenue managers can expect in the year ahead and how they should prepare for situations in which the United States experiences an economic slowdown.
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What's So Special About College Markets?

Lodging Magazine·10 July 2018
College markets are all the rage in today’s hospitality industry for some very good reasons. Below are five reasons from The Plasencia Group—a national hospitality sales, investment consulting, and advisory firm—that explain why investors are increasingly focusing on college markets.

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