GBTA Poll: Vaccine a Game-Changer for a Return to Travel

Alexandria, VA – The Global Business Travel Association (GBTA), the world’s largest business travel association, finds most GBTA members and stakeholders (79%) would be “very comfortable” or “comfortable” traveling for business after receiving the COVID-19 vaccination, and almost half support mandatory testing prior to travel to ensure the safety of customers and clients when meeting […]

STR: U.S. hotel results for week ending 13 February

U.S. hotel occupancy increased more than 4 percentage points from the previous week, according to STR‘s latest data through 13 February. 7-13 February 2021 (percentage change from comparable week in 2020): Occupancy: 45.1% (-29.0%) Average daily rate (ADR): US$99.21 (-25.7%) Revenue per available room (RevPAR): US$44.72 (-47.2%) Photo: STR Boosted by Valentine’s Day and the […]

Marriott posts $164M loss following “most challenging year in 93-year history”

On the heels of a difficult past 12 months, Marriott International suffered another blow earlier this week with the unexpected passing of president and CEO Arne Sorenson. Sorenson, 62, died on Monday after a battle with pancreatic cancer. As the industry mourns the loss of an important figure in hospitality – Sorenson joined the company […]

UKH urges industry to ‘send message’ to government

UKHospitality (UKH) is calling on businesses in the hospitality sector to “send a message” to the government by supporting a campaign to secure further financial support ahead of Rishi Sunak’s budget announcement next month. The trade association has garnered support for the campaign from leaders in the industry, including representatives from Parkdean Resorts, The London […]

Hyatt swings to £146m loss in Q4

International hotels operator, Hyatt has announced losses of £145.5m for its fourth quarter of 2020, marking a year-on-year fall of over £350m. The group also revealed that its adjusted EBITDA for the period declined from profits of £137m to a loss of £70.3m. As a result, the firm’s full-year results entailed a £504.1m net income […]

Landsdowne Holdings acquires Bennet House Hotel

Bennet House hotel, located on the Portrush seafront in County Antrim,  has been acquired by Landsdowne Holdings for an undisclosed price. The new owners said they plan to refurbish the four-storey Victorian property and then continue to run it as a hotel. Bennet House was previously a RBL Break Centre, providing respite holidays for military […]

Hilton London Heathrow Hotel undergoes £3m refurb

Hilton London Heathrow Airport is set to unveil an “exciting new look” once it reopens its doors to guests, following a £3m refurbishment currently underway at the site.  The transformation will enhance the hotel’s large open lobby and natural light, to create a “nature-inspired” experience, according to Hilton. The design, based around the concept of […]

Hotel Marketing Mistakes Hoteliers Must Avoid In 2021

The events of 2020 have levelled the playing field for hotels across the industry. Implementing a strong hotel marketing strategy is crucial now more than ever. According to a recent study by HubSpot, 70% of businesses are investing in a digital marketing strategy. In this age of technology, intuitive and relevant hotel promotion should be […]

Report: New Airbnb Hosts Have Earned $1 Billion During the Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has sent travelers looking for safe, comfortable settings in which to connect with family and friends, creating economic opportunity for others to earn needed extra income by listing their homes on Airbnb. We are gratified to be able to announce that new hosts with only one listing who have welcomed their first […]