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  • Meet Minneapolis: Travel to the Twin Cities this Summer for HITEC 2019

    We all know that travel can be a real hassle. So, what about a trip makes it worth packing up your suitcase, saying goodbye to your family for the next few days, fighting the airport and staying in a.

  • New Global Directors Join the 2018-2019 HFTP Board

    The HFTP 2018-2019 Global Board of Directors was installed during the association's 2018 Annual Convention and introduces new directors Toni Bau, Carson Booth, CHTP and Mark Fancourt. These extensive director profiles give insight into the distinguished professions and personal goals of HFTP's newest association leaders.

  • A Series of Must-Read Articles on Cybersecurity Produced by the HFTP Research Centers

    Data security remains a pressing concern and top priority for the hospitality industry. The HFTP Research Centers are dedicated to producing findings that can significantly aid hospitality businesses in their efforts to protect their guests’ privacy and personal information against potential cyber threats and attacks.

  • HITEC Special: Does EU GDPR Affect U.S. Hospitality Companies?

    By Alvaro Hidalgo. The EU General Data Protection Regulation has set a path towards protecting personal data which many other countries will follow. In a global industry such as hospitality, it should be a primary objective to take the steps towards compliance.

Olympia adds Maine resort to management portfolio

Hotel Management·21 March 2019
Olympia Hotel Management is assuming management of Point Lookout Resort and Conference Center in Northport, Maine. The new owner of Point Lookout is Deep Creek Grazing Association, led by principals David and Tami Hirschfeld.

Las Vegas hotel to deliver IoT-enabled smart rooms

Hotel Management·20 March 2019
Downtown Grand Hotel & Casino, a boutique hospitality and entertainment destination in downtown Las Vegas, is using Aruba’s wireless, wired, security and location services products to bring new services to its guests. Aruba is a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company.

Beverly Hills hotel updates in-room technology

Hotel Management·20 March 2019
The Viceroy L’Ermitage Beverly Hills (Calif.) recently launched advanced guestroom technology from Sonifi Solutions, ushering in a more immersive guest experience through streaming, easy-to-use menus and a newly designed remote control. Located just off Rodeo Drive’s high-end shopping district, Viceroy L’Ermitage Beverly Hills now is better capable of accommodating guest needs and maintaining their privacy with the customizable Sonifi technology.

Travelodge looks to add 100 hotels by 2024

Hotel Management·19 March 2019
Travelodge plans to add 100 properties by 2024 and says it is on track to introduce 20 hotels this year, with most arriving in fourth quarter. According to a press release from the company, Travelodge remains on track to introduce 20 hotels this year, with most arriving in the final quarter.

Maestro adds to its analytics, business-intelligence tool

Hotel Management·19 March 2019
Maestro PMS strengthened its analytics and business-intelligence module with the addition of a combined revenue and marketing analytics view. The new analytics view enables hoteliers to monitor current on-the-books reservations and revenues updated with real-time occupancy gains and losses. The system also tracks historical attainment and forecast revenue trends in addition to other valuable data. Maestro’s newest hotel software functionality provides operators of one or more hotel properties with point-and-click data-mining tools to manage more profitably by the numbers.
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Nuvola partners with Evolutix on automation, energy management

Hotel Management·19 March 2019
Nuvola has partnered with Evolutix to integrate its guestroom automation and energy-management products into Nuvola’s software. Now available to hoteliers, the joint efforts between both companies offer the hospitality industry an energy-savings return-on-investment platform that can significantly reduce utility expenses while delivering optimization solutions to cost-effectively manage, track and optimize each department.

3-property Hampton Inn portfolio changes hands

Hotel Management·17 March 2019
HREC Investment Advisors arranged the sale of a three-property portfolio: the 122-guestroom Hampton Inn Appleton-Fox River Mall Area located in Wisconsin, the 119-guestroom Hampton Inn Milwaukee/Brookfield located in Wisconsin and the 135-guestroom Hampton Inn West Des Moines located in Iowa. Denver-based Walker Reynolds acquired this select-service portfolio.

Outbound Spanish travel spend to reach $64B in 2021

Hotel Management·15 March 2019
While there have been plenty of studies on the value of inbound tourism to Spain (and the correlating value of hotel investment in its more popular regions), the value of the country’s outbound travel trends hasn’t received nearly as much attention.

China's hotel pipeline 'booming': Lodging Econometrics

Hotel Management·14 March 2019
China’s hotel pipeline is “booming,” according to analysts at Lodging Econometrics.

Report: Southeast Asia tourist arrivals to reach 155M by 2022

Hotel Management·14 March 2019
According to analytics company GlobalData, the number of international visitors to the ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) region is expected to expand at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 4.72 percent from 129.2 million in 2018 to 155.4 million in 2022.

RLH Corporation launches RLabs

Hotel Management·14 March 2019
RLH Corporation's desire to push the technology envelope is no secret—it just introduced a housekeeping robot in December—and now the company is making additional moves in that direction.

Sage Hospitality sells Halcyon brand, Denver property

Hotel Management·14 March 2019
Sage Hospitality, a Denver-based hotel investment, development and management company, along with Denver-based developer BMC Investments, announced the sale of the Halcyon hotel in Denver to Rockbridge Capital. Dallas-based Makeready will take over management of the property. In addition to the 154-key hotel, Rockbridge acquired the Halcyon and B&GC brands, which were developed and trademarked by Sage Hospitality.

India's Lemon Tree inks deal to acquire Keys Hotels

Hotel Management·14 March 2019
Lemon Tree Hotels, reportedly India's third-largest mid-price hotel operator, is looking to boost its capacity by nearly a third.

HIS releases analysis of guest Wi-Fi, IoT expectations

Hotel Management·14 March 2019
Hotel Internet Services released a new white paper examining how advances in consumer technology have impacted and heightened guest expectations of hotel Wi-Fi and related services. Using feedback from a recent survey conducted with more than 670 guests and 200 hoteliers across the United States, the white paper demonstrates how the expanding functionality of smart personal devices and evolving online guest behavior is placing greater strain on hotel Wi-Fi networks.

Comcast makes X1 platform available to businesses

Hotel Management·14 March 2019
The Comcast Business X1 video platform now is available to hotels and other businesses across Comcast’s footprint. X1 for Business includes easier search and navigation, voice control and a picture-in-picture sports content companion called the X1 Sports App that includes team and players profiles, statistics and real-time, game-specific data.

Oxygen Hospitality's goal: Breathe life into Southwest hotel scene

Hotel Management·13 March 2019
Yaron Ashkenazi has flipped the script on his career, moving halfway around the world in the process. The international hotelier joined Oxygen Hospitality as CEO in May 2018, leaving his previous gig as CEO of GCH Hotel Group—the second largest hotel management group in Germany—where he ran a portfolio of 120 hotels across Germany, Belgium and Austria. By comparison, Oxygen Hospitality had yet to start breathing.

Concord partnership fills out WoodSpring Suites pipeline

Hotel Management·13 March 2019
The extended-stay segment remains one of the most prosperous in hospitality, and the WoodSpring Suites brand is taking advantage of that upward momentum. In February, Choice Hotels International opened its 250th WoodSpring hotel, and it is following up this milestone with a deal to develop 27 new WoodSpring properties across Michigan, North Carolina, Nashville and Jacksonville, Fla.

The name game: Defining wellness and well-being

Hotel Management·13 March 2019
Wellness has become the word du jour across industries beyond just hospitality, and its popularity has led to an explosion of variances when it comes to defining the term. When I say wellness, chances are you think of fitness, healthy eating, maybe even sleep or mindfulness. And when I say well-being, you may have a more immediate sense of how that should feel, but not necessarily how to get there. The confusion occurs when the terms are used synonymously, which is increasingly the case in the world of hospitality.

New brands driving market share in Europe: Horwath HTL

Hotel Management·13 March 2019
The third annual Horwath HTL Chains & Hotels Report, released during last week’s International Hotel Investment Forum in Berlin, looks at the relationship between hotel chains, their brands and the wider world of hospitality and lodging.

As Israeli tourism grows, hoteliers look beyond major cities

Hotel Management·12 March 2019
Share Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Email Print By the end of 2018, Israel had attracted its four millionth tourist for the year, setting a new record that was approximately 14 percent more international entries than in 2017, and 42 percent more than in 2016.

Hilton-sponsored study examines what Chinese travelers want

Hotel Management·12 March 2019
Hilton has released results from a study undertaken on its behalf by global information and measurement houses Kantar and Nielsen.The study, examining Chinese consumers’ travel mindset, was conducted as Hilton pushed the growth of its Canopy brand across China and the broader Asia-Pacific region.

Hospitality X-Factor' foundation of long-term success

Hotel Management·12 March 2019
“People are the product in the hospitality industry.” This simple principle implies that talent pipeline and continuity of bench strength are critical drivers of business success. If your company’s goal is to identify those who will deliver the strongest return on investment, the sad fact is that you likely are screening applicants or appraising incumbents based on incomplete or misguided performance characteristics. Simply put, most organizations manage talent up and down the organizational chart using metrics tied to short-term or tactical views of performance versus a strategic one.

PMZ Realty Capital secures $35M refinancing for 3 hotels

Hotel Management·12 March 2019
PMZ Realty Capital, a boutique real estate investment banking firm, secured a $35 million, three-hotel portfolio refinancing for Middletown Management, a property management company in Beavercreek, Ohio. PMZ Realty Capital specializes in hotel real estate investment banking nationwide, with an expertise in sourcing capital for the hospitality industry.

IPD Hospitality picks up management of 3 new properties

Hotel Management·12 March 2019
IPD Hospitality added three hotels to its portfolio: The Holiday Inn Express in Hillsville, Va.; the Comfort Suites in Milwaukee; and the Sleep Inn in Ladson, S.C.

Austin, Texas hotels update communication, management software

Hotel Management·12 March 2019
Alongside its sister property Hotel Ella, South Congress Hotel in Austin, Texas, selected Alice to optimize staff efficiency, organization and communication for a better guest experience.

Flood, fire can't stop Hanalei Colony Resort's Laura Richards

Hotel Management·11 March 2019
Even after spending decades at the 52-room condo-hotel Hanalei Colony Resort on the Hawaiian island of Kauai, 2018 was an especially memorable year for GM Laura Richards. In April, floods destroyed and damaged homes and infrastructure across the island, and just three months later, a fire completely destroyed several buildings on the property.

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