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Nobody Asked Me, But... No. 211: Hotel History: Asian American Hotel Owners Association*

Hotel Online· 2 April 2019
The Asian American Hotel Owners Association (AAHOA) is a trade association that represents hotel owners. As of 2018, AAHOA has approximately 18,000 members who incredibly own about half the 50,000 hotels in the United States. If you bear in mind that Indian Americans constitute less than one percent of Americas population, the conquest of this business niche is extraordinary. Furthermore, about 70% of all Indian hotel owners are named Patel, a surname that shows that they are members of a Gujarati Hindu subcaste.

AHLA Launches Campaign Recognizing Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Hotel Online· 2 April 2019
In honor of Sexual Assault Awareness Month this April, the American Hotel and Lodging Association (AHLA) is launching a month-long campaign along with member companies and national partners to raise public awareness about sexual assault and reaffirm the hotel industry’s commitment to providing a safe and welcoming environment for all employees and guests.

The Ritz-Carlton, South Beach Undergoing Hotel-Wide Transformation

Hotel Online· 2 April 2019
A pillar of the Miami community over the past decade, The Ritz-Carlton, South Beach will soon re-open its doors and step into the role of gracious host to travelers visiting the most exotic place in America. The luxury hotel will open in late 2019 after a multi-year, property-wide renovation inclusive of guest rooms, suites, spa, Club Lounge, restaurants and bars, lobby, meetings and events spaces, and pool.

Hotel Data Management: Build an Integrated Journey

Hotel Online· 2 April 2019
Data scientists are becoming increasingly popular and necessary as industries realize the need to manage data points and understand how to collect and breakdown their data to better advance their business. Data scientists are experts in collecting, analyzing, and interpreting data and can make educated decisions on what to do with and how to use that data.

Sonnenblick-Eichner Arranges $36.3M of Acquisition Financing for Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Campbell Pruneyard Plaza Campbell (Silicon Valley), California

Hotel Online· 2 April 2019
Sonnenblick-Eichner Company announced today that it has arranged $36.3 million of first mortgage financing for the acquisition of the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Campbell – Pruneyard Plaza, a 169-room, full service hotel located in downtown Campbell, California.

Reconsidering Cleaning Processes and Products With Wellness in Mind

Hotel Online· 2 April 2019
Wellness is a top trend in hospitality, with leading organizations investing in gyms, in-room fitness programs, spas, nutrition, and more to meet guests’ needs and expectations. However, fewer hotels are focusing on cleaning processes and products as a fundamental building block of wellness-minded companies. What goes on “behind the scenes” and between guest visits is a crucial component that any wellness-focused hospitality organization must consider.

How to Integrate Purpose Into Your B2B Content Strategy

Hotel Online· 1 April 2019
Bill Gates's "Content is king" comment has never been truer for B2B companies than it is right now. The digital world has changed things... for the better. Access to information has never been easier, and we've all become used to the idea of immediate gratification. We don't want to wait for things we want, and we certainly don't want to sift through a ton of information to figure out what we need (who has the time?!).

Why keeping metrics simple is the way to go

Hotel Online· 1 April 2019
Travel brands can make huge leaps in performance through relatively simple measurements and metrics finds a recent white paper.

The Hotelier's Guide to Building a Successful Distribution Strategy

Hotel Online· 1 April 2019
Data, analytics, personalization and mobile are redefining the travel marketplace. Adding to the complexity, the growing prevalence of metasearch sites and reliance on OTAs has revolutionized how consumers search for and book hotel rooms. Travelers are becoming increasingly interested in new experiences.

Marketing attribution models: The complete guide

Hotel Online·29 March 2019
Complete overview of marketing attribution models, including last touch, first click, time decay, linear, position-based, and data-driven. Which works best?

Park Hotels & Resorts Inc. Completes Sale of the Hilton Nuremberg for $17.5 Million

Hotel Online·28 March 2019
Park Hotels & Resorts Inc. (“Park”) (NYSE:PK) today announced that it has closed on the sale of the 152-room Hilton Nuremberg hotel (the “Hotel”) located in Nuremberg, Germany for gross proceeds of $17.5 million, or $115,000 per key. When adjusted for Park’s anticipated capital expenditures (“capex”) of $10.1 million for the Hotel, the sale price represents a 3.5% capitalization rate on the Hotel’s 2018 net operating income (5.6% excluding capex), or 21.2x (13.4x excluding capex) the Hotel’s 2018 EBITDA.

HVS Market Pulse: Chicago Ascending

Hotel Online·28 March 2019
Chicago continues to attract major corporations and hotel development, supported by its proximity to global transportation infrastructure and a well-educated workforce. In 2018, 57.6 million visitors came to Chicago, setting a record for city tourism. In addition to the plethora of tourist attractions in Downtown Chicago, McCormick Place continues to be a major demand generator for the ever-growing supply of hotels in the market.

GF Management Completes $9 Million Room Renovation of Hilton Garden Inn Philadelphia Center City

Hotel Online·28 March 2019
Hilton Garden Inn Philadelphia Center City will complete a full guest room renovation on April 1, 2019. As a result, the Hilton Garden Inn is now one of the most modern and relaxing places to rest in the heart of Center City Philadelphia.

It's interactive, it's engaging, it's AI-powered: Mobile advertising 2019, are you there yet?

Hotel Online·28 March 2019
By the end of 2019, in-app advertising will have grown by 60% as media-buyers continue to see increased conversion rates. What to expect from mobile advertising over 2019?

How Concerned Are Consumers About Online Privacy?

Hotel Online·28 March 2019
More than three-quarters (76%) of consumers in the United States say they are now moderately or significantly concerned about online privacy and the ways in which brands use data, according to recent research from SlickText.

The Wrap: Kuala Lumpur-Singapore crowned world's busiest international route for second straight year

Hotel Online·28 March 2019
In the news: Asia Pacific home to world’s busiest flight routes, more rail options for Ctrip users in Amadeus tie-up, Fliggy’s new shopping channel

Hong Kong based Cathay Pacific acquires LCC rival

Hotel Online·28 March 2019
The flagship carrier announced on Wednesday that it has entered into a Share Purchase Agreement for the acquisition of 100 per cent of Hong Kong Express

Why the Boutique Hotel Sector Is Booming

Hotel Online·28 March 2019
Hotel guests are have made it clear: Whether traveling to New York City or Durham, NC, they value individuality and personality over uniformity and they are willing to pay a premium to get it.

Hotel Operations Always Come Down to Your People

Hotel Online·27 March 2019
Springtime sees the prerequisite visit to my favorite outdoor furniture shop. Over the past few visits I had been dealing with the same fellow who was both friendly and extremely knowledgeable. While our largest purchase was made prior, we continued to acquire additional items that he recommended based upon his prior knowledge of our purchasing history and what he thought would best help us ‘fill in the gaps’ for our terrace.

Cendyn and Hospitality Plus Collaborate to Assist Hotels With the Guest Experience

Hotel Online·27 March 2019
Cendyn, the World’s Leading Hotel CRM Provider, and Hospitality Plus, the online distribution and digital marketing experts, have announced a collaborative initiative that will enable hoteliers to enhance the guest experience throughout their travel journey.

Travelzoo Celebrates Successful Debut of Global Sustainability Campaign

Hotel Online·27 March 2019
Travelzoo, a global publisher of exclusive offers and experiences for members, has seen a highly positive reaction from its members in China to the company’s #GreenAmbassador initiative. The #GreenAmbassador is the first in a series of initiatives to be launched by Travelzoo as part of its new Global Sustainability Campaign to champion sustainable travel solutions for the world.

SKAL International Australia empowers staff with eHotelier Academy online training

Hotel Online·26 March 2019
eHotelier Academy has launched a new online training programme for SKAL International Australia, a global membership organisation for tourism and travel professionals. The newly branded SKAL eCampus will help to up-skill SKAL Australia’s members and employees and help develop the next generation of its leaders.

Professor Dimitrios Buhalis was invited to address the World Tourism Organization Forum: Facing the Demographic Challenge Through Tourism and Innovation in Segovia, Spain, 26 March 2019.

Hotel Online·26 March 2019
The meeting was opened by the Prime Minister of Spain, HE Pedro Sánchez Pérez-Castejón, President of the Government of Spain and Zurab Pololikashvili, Secretary-General of the United Nations World Tourism Organization.

Marketing attribution and data management 2019: Key takeaways from research briefing

Hotel Online·26 March 2019
Research (and lots of graphs) around the main data challenges for marketers today, what factors people asses in marketing intelligence vendors, attribution, and more.

Condor Hospitality Trust Closes Sale of Quality Inn & Marina in Solomons, Maryland

Hotel Online·26 March 2019
Condor Hospitality Trust, Inc. (NYSE American: CDOR), a hotel-focused real estate investment trust (REIT) headquartered and incorporated in the state of Maryland, today announced the closing on the sale of a legacy hotel asset, the 59-room Quality Inn & Marina in Solomons, Maryland for $4.3 million. Net proceeds from the sale will be applied to outstanding debt on the Company’s $150 million secured credit facility.

Hilton University of Houston Receives $30.4 Million Bond for Renovation and Expansion of Teaching Hotel

Hotel Online·25 March 2019
A $30.4 million project to expand and renovate the Hilton University of Houston, the teaching hotel for students at UH’s Conrad N. Hilton College of Hotel and Restaurant Management, has been approved by the University of Houston System Board of Regents. The project is financed through a revenue bond issued by the UH System, which will be repaid with additional revenue generated by the hotel.

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