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  • 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.

  • HFTP Report: Hospitality Data Security — Strategy for Data Protection and Regulation Compliance

    This guide from Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP(R)) covers safeguards that can be implemented in hospitality businesses today, tips on how to continuously improve security and data regulation compliance.

  • HFTP GDPR Guidelines: Privacy Policies for Hotels

    This document offers points to consider in the development of a hotel’s privacy policy. In view of the multiple organisational and legal structures under which hotels operate, as well as the complexity of the third party landscape that may be part of the complete guest experience, this document serves as a guideline only.

  • HFTP GDPR Guidelines: Hospitality Guest Registration Cards

    This document offers recommendations for guest information collection on the guest registration card along with consent for use. It can be used as a guideline for loyalty cards, health data, export of data outside of the EU, privacy policies and direct marketing.

Lowe Reaches Agreement To Sell Two Roads Hospitality To Hyatt Hotels

Hotel Interactive ·12 October 2018
Lowe and partner Geolo Capital have reached agreement to sell international lifestyle hotel company Two Roads Hospitality to Hyatt Hotels Corporation. Two Roads Hospitality is a global operator of independent, boutique and lifestyle hotels, resorts and vacation residences.

Arbor Lodging Partners, MBRE Healthcare And Metro Park Announce Joint Acquisition

Hotel Interactive · 9 October 2018
Executives from Arbor Lodging Partners, MBRE Healthcare, and Metro Park are pleased to announce the acquisition of a 352-room dual-branded hotel, 93,000 square foot medical office building, and 225-stall parking garage at 150 and 160 E. Huron Street, located a block from the Magnificent Mile and directly across from the Northwestern University Medical Campus in Chicago.

Accor/SBE Deal Has Closed

Hotel Interactive · 8 October 2018
Pryor Cashman client sbe Entertainment Group, the owner of major hospitality brands including SLS, Delano, Mondrian, Katsuya and Cleo, has closed on the strategic sale of a fifty percent interest in the company to Paris-based AccorHotels in a transaction valued at $319 million. The deal closed on October 5, 2018.

McNeill Hotel Investors Acquires Indianapolis Carmel Homewood Suites By Hilton

Hotel Interactive · 4 October 2018
McNeill Hotel Investors (“McNeill”) announced today that it has acquired the 137-room Homewood Suites by Hilton in Carmel, Indiana, expanding its geographic footprint to the Midwest and adding to the company’s existing portfolio of 18 hotels owned or managed by the affiliated McNeill Hotel Company. The announcement was made by Chief Executive Officer Phillip McNeill, Jr.

Doubling Down On Boutique

Hotel Interactive ·27 September 2018
The rapid brand extension efforts of Best Western Hotel & Resorts’ continued in earnest as the company officially unveiled two new boutique brands earlier this week at the Lodging Conference in Phoenix.

A Cautionary Tale

Hotel Interactive ·26 September 2018
Conference Chairman Harry Javer kicked off this year’s Lodging Conference yesterday by posing the question, “How much longer will the good times continue?” Unfortunately, while the answers from industry analysts varied to some degree, the overall takeaway is that both the U.S. economy, in addition to overall hotel growth, are expected to slowdown moving into 2019 and beyond.

Navy Lodge Fort Worth Renovates Lobby

Hotel Interactive ·25 September 2018
Navy Lodge Fort Worth, TX, recently finished a renovation to its lobby area. The renovation included a new front desk and breakfast bar with seating area as well as new furniture and fixtures. It also received new carpet, paint, lighting and signage. The new lobby design creates a modern and functional lobby space and is authentic to its Fort Worth location with Texas inspired finishes, custom artwork and accessories.

Choice Hotels Continues Comfort Transformation

Hotel Interactive ·25 September 2018
After unveiling a new logo for Choice Hotels International, Inc.'s (NYSE :CHH ) flagship brand in May, the Comfort brands' transformation journey continues to advance. More than 450 hotels in the U.S. Comfort brand portfolio are in the process of obtaining new brand signage and completing renovations to guest rooms and common areas for an overall refreshed look and feel.

Present And Accounted For

Hotel Interactive ·25 September 2018
Think the job of a hotel/resort general manager is all glamour? Try walking in his or her shoes. Better yet, try going to bed thinking about the same job-related issues they think about. Hint: It’s not counting sheep.

Prism Hotels & Resorts Continues Rapid Growth, Signs 8 New Management Contracts

Hotel Interactive ·24 September 2018
Prism Hotels and Resorts announced today that, continuing its exciting growth trajectory and expansion in working with great hotels across the country, it has acquired eight new management deals in Texas, Rhode Island, California and Arizona. Prism Hotels and Resorts’ President and CEO Steve Van made the announcement.

The Modular Movement

Hotel Interactive ·21 September 2018
There are a number of key factors to building a successful ground-up hotel in a high-barrier-to-entry market, but clearly cutting development costs and construction time are chief among them. This is why Hilton, along with owner and developer Southern Hospitality Services, LLC, have partnered on the first modular construction hotel in the San Francisco market.

How Do You Explain These NYC Room Rates Metrics?

Hotel Interactive ·20 September 2018
Like most every other role at a hotel, being an owner or investor has never been easy. This is perhaps nowhere more evident than in New York City where exorbitant construction costs mixed with steadily increasing wage rates, maintenance and depreciation can make the break-even point higher than practically any other locale on the continent. Thank goodness this is reflected in the average daily rates.

Apple Hospitality REIT Provides Hurricane Florence Update

Hotel Interactive ·20 September 2018
Apple Hospitality REIT, Inc. (NYSE: APLE) (the “Company” or “Apple Hospitality”) today provided an update on operations at its hotels in the path of Hurricane Florence.

Azul Hospitality Group And Pinnacle Hotels USA Forge A Relationship

Hotel Interactive ·19 September 2018
Azul Hospitality Group (Azul) and Pinnacle Hotels USA (Pinnacle) announced today they have entered into an agreement for Azul to manage eight Pinnacle properties under a long-term contract.

Brand Building

Hotel Interactive ·19 September 2018
Building a brand is not for the faint of ‘heart,’ so to speak, but apparently no one told David Hart as he has continues to methodically build up the company’s Harbor Hotel Collection with unique resort destinations.

Crescent Hotels & Resorts And Aliz Group Announces Management Team For Aliz Hotel Times Square

Hotel Interactive ·17 September 2018
Aliz Group announced today the appointment of the new management team who will oversee day-to-day operations at the group’s flagship property, Aliz Hotel Times Square, which is managed by Crescent Hotels & Resorts.

Hotel Equities Joins Forces With Virtua Partners

Hotel Interactive ·12 September 2018
Hotel Equities (HE), the hospitality industry’s premier hotel management and development company, announced today that it has created a strategic alliance with private equity firm, Virtua Partners. Virtua Partners is making a series of investments totaling more than $500 million into HE’s hospitality platform. The new capital will be utilized to fuel growth through hotel management company acquisitions, organic growth and strategic investments into various hospitality assets.

MCR Sells Downtown St. Louis Hillton

Hotel Interactive ·10 September 2018
MCR, the sixth-largest hotel owner-operator in the United States, has sold the 195-room Hilton St. Louis Downtown at the Arch, located at 400 Olive Street in St. Louis, Missouri. The firm purchased the hotel in December 2016.

Pebblebrook Hotel Trust Comments On Determination by Board of LaSalle Hotel Properties

Hotel Interactive · 6 September 2018
Pebblebrook Hotel Trust (NYSE: PEB) (“Pebblebrook”) today commented on the determination by the Board of Trustees of LaSalle Hotel Properties (NYSE: LHO) (“LaSalle”) that the Pebblebrook proposal of August 21, 2018 constitutes a “Superior Proposal” under the merger agreement LaSalle entered into with affiliates of The Blackstone Group L.P. (NYSE: BX) (“Blackstone”).

Tru by Hilton Achieves Unprecedented Summer Growth With 13 New Property Openings Across 11 States

Hotel Interactive · 5 September 2018
Tru by Hilton, the fastest hotel brand to launch in industry history, continues to heat up this summer with the openings of 13 new properties from June through August that span 11 states. Tru by Hilton’s growth and success are a testament to the brand’s aggressive development, with more than 35 open properties and over 300 hotels in the pipeline. The latest Tru by Hilton properties have expanded the options for both leisure and business travelers seeking a quality stay at an affordable price point in these 13 markets.

Marriott International Plans To Expand Its Branded Residential Portfolio By More Than 70 Percent By 2022

Hotel Interactive · 5 September 2018
Marriott International (NASDAQ: MAR) has announced that its branded residential portfolio is expected to grow by more than 70 percent in four years as both consumers and residential real estate developers seek homes affiliated with its brands such as Ritz-Carlton, St. Regis, EDITION and W everywhere from Mexico to Malaysia and Boston to Bangkok.

Preservation Projects

Hotel Interactive ·30 August 2018
Everything “that’s old is new again” is becoming commonplace at Charlestowne Hotels. The addition of Atlanta’s famed Hotel Clermont brings the number of Charlestowne Hotel’s most-recent preservation properties to five. That portfolio includes The Collector Luxury Inn & Gardens in St. Augustine, FL; The Fairlane Hotel in Nashville, TN; The Bristol Hotel in Virginia; and The Foundry Hotel in Asheville, NC. The Bristol and The Foundry each are scheduled to open in the Fall of 2018.

On An Extended Run

Hotel Interactive ·28 August 2018
There’s no denying how trendy boutique independent hotels are these days, especially some of the more uniquely designed properties in major urban markets. In fact, barely a day goes by when we don’t hear about another new one. But for owners and developers looking to maximize profitability and enhance their chances for long-term success, one of the industry’s worst kept secrets is: extended-stay hotels. This burgeoning segment has consistently outperformed other segments for the better part of the last decade and shows no signs of slowing down.
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Filling The Void

Hotel Interactive ·24 August 2018
The retail apocalypse has already claimed many victims, and with the convenience of the Amazon-led online shopping trend, there may be an opportunity for hotel brands to fill this vacuum in order to meet malls’ and landlords’ need for new tenants.

Plenty Of Runway Left

Hotel Interactive ·21 August 2018
As we near the end of August, the annual summer season—critical to many hoteliers—is winding down and the overall lodging industry is gearing up for the final third of 2018. By all accounts the summer has generally been solid, if not spectacular, in terms of performance and there is plenty of more good news on the horizon.

First Hospitality Group Inc. Acquires The Hampton Inn Pittsburgh/Monroeville

Hotel Interactive ·21 August 2018
Rosemont, Illinois-based First Hospitality Group, Inc. (FHG) announced that it has acquired and will manage the Hampton Inn Pittsburgh / Monroeville in Monroeville, Pennsylvania. FHG President David Duncan made the announcement.

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