Market Data

Rate, supply concerns weigh on latest US hotel outlook

Jun 11, 2019 / USA

STR and HVS talked data at the NYU International Hospitality Industry Investment Conference and how their outlooks on the rest of the year have changed.

The pace of overall U.S. hotel industry growth has slowed, due in part to rising supply, growing expenses and less-than-aggressive pricing of average daily rate. But industry analysts point to some bright spots, like demand, group performance and a steady overall economy, that are contributing to forward motion, even if it comes at a slower pace.

Speaking at the NYU International Hospitality Industry Investment Conference, STR President and CEO Amanda Hite and HVS President and CEO Stephen Rushmore Jr. put the latest performance trends into context.

Related: STR and Tourism Economics downgrade U.S. Hotel Forecast

Products & Services

Marriott looks to redefine select-service in lifestyle

Jun 11, 2019 / Marriott

Marriott’s four lifestyle, select-service brands are growing at a fast pace while bridging a gap between traditional select-service and full-service.

Marriott International’s select-service brands, particularly in the lifestyle chain scale, are on a fast development track, with more than 70 projected openings and nearly 450 signings globally for AC, Moxy, Element and Aloft in 2019.

Fueling this growth is high interest from developers, investors and owners, who see the opportunity to drive incremental revenue by bridging a gap for guests.

Revenue Management

What is your hotel room’s ‘best before’ date?

Jun 11, 2019 / Pricing

When you let one of your rooms expire, you are throwing away a huge amount of money each and every night.

So, how can you get a soon-to-be-expired room booked, even at the very last minute?

To ensure long-term profitability, hotels must update their distribution strategy to fill the literal void that an empty room creates. Here are two ways to fill your property’s empty rooms and increase your overall occupancy and revenue per available room.

Products & Services

Hotels acclaim the power of breakfast

Jun 11, 2019 / F&B

Breakfast is often touted as the most important meal of the day. For many hotel brands, the first meal of the day is also a critical piece of the guest experience.

Westin Hotels & Resorts unveiled a new worldwide culinary program, adding to the brand’s existing wellness offerings and helping travelers fuel their workouts, productivity, and sleep.

This new culinary offering provides options that suit guests’ individual dietary needs and preferences. Westin will also implement responsibly sourced and organic items. The new menu will be available at breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and through in-room dining.


Amazon to shut down its Amazon Restaurants business in the U.S.

Jun 11, 2019 / Amazon

Amazon ended the program in London last year in November and will say goodbye to its U.S. service later this month.

Amazon Restaurants first launched in Seattle back in 2015. Amazon expanded the program across more than 20 U.S. cities and later in London. The service gave Prime members a way to get meals delivered to their door, using the Amazon Restaurants website or through the Prime Now shopping app.

Amazon will also shut down Daily Dish, a workplace lunch delivery service that launched in 2016, on June 14. This move comes less than a month after Amazon led a $575 million funding round for Deliveroo, a U.K.-based food delivery company.


Webinar: How to make the most of the Google Ads migration

Jun 11, 2019 / Koddi (sponsored)

To help advertisers use Hotel Ads in a more robust and scaled manner, Google is excited to introduce a new Google Ads campaign type called Hotel Campaigns.

Hotel campaigns help travel marketers work smarter – with richer ad management, powerful analysis, and more granular targeting options.

Koddi has been working closely with Google to build support for Google Ads in the Koddi platform. To help users get a better understanding of what the migration entails, key dates to keep in mind, and best practices, the company is co-hosting a free webinar with Google on June 20th at 11 am ET.

Digital Marketing

Key trends uncovered in Sojern’s 2019 report on hotel advertising

Jun 11, 2019 / Sojern (sponsored)

The company surveyed more than 300 hotel marketers around the world to better understand the challenges and successes they face in navigating the travel advertising landscape.

Social media is the most effective digital channel across all hotel segments for establishing brand presence and keeping a brand top of mind for potential guests.

This social-media-first branding strategy was reflected in all hotel segments, from international luxury hotel chains (79%) to hotel groups (73%) to independent hotels (52%). The percentage of marketers identifying Facebook and Instagram specifically as strong brand drivers was almost identical