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Development Pipeline for New Hotels Throttles Ahead Remarkably to Record Highs — For Now

Development Pipeline for New Hotels Throttles Ahead Remarkably to Record Highs — For Now

Cameron Sperance, Skift

The U.S. hotel industry may already be inching into recovery territory while hotel construction has yet to begin a decline that could last years.

9 hours ago

Godfather of Macau’s Rise Into a Gambling Destination, Stanley Ho, Dies at Age 98

Godfather of Macau’s Rise Into a Gambling Destination, Stanley Ho, Dies at Age 98

The Guardian, The Guardian

Stanley Ho's life was hardly a rags-to-riches story, but he nevertheless will be remembered for his enduring impact on modern gambling in China and Macau.

18 hours ago

Booking’s Agoda Chops Staff and 11 Coronavirus Travel Stories This Week

Booking’s Agoda Chops Staff and 11 Coronavirus Travel Stories This Week

Dennis Schaal, Skift

In coronavirus travel stories this week, we covered staff trims at Agoda, the future of vacations, social distancing on flights, and what it will take to see a hotel industry recovery.

4 days ago

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How Hospitality Revenue Managers Can Take a More Holistic Approach to Planning and Profitability

How Hospitality Revenue Managers Can Take a More Holistic Approach to Planning and Profitability

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No matter the situation, hotel revenue managers need to figure out how to stack the right building blocks to forecast accurately, price with confidence, and maximize profitability. Taking small steps toward a more holistic approach to revenue planning and strategy is a smart — yet realistic — way to make this happen.

7 days ago

The Delicate Balance for Hotel Owners in This Crisis Between Defaulting and Protecting a Portfolio

The Delicate Balance for Hotel Owners in This Crisis Between Defaulting and Protecting a Portfolio

Cameron Sperance, Skift

Braemar Hotels & Resorts may have a $3 billion lighter mortgage debt load than Ashford Hospitality Trust, but it still needs to find a way to buy time and protect assets, many of which are still temporarily closed.

4 days ago

Austria Plans Mass Virus Testing of Hotel Staff to Get Tourists Back

Austria Plans Mass Virus Testing of Hotel Staff to Get Tourists Back

Francois Murphy, Reuters

For a country desperate to reopen its internal borders for summer holidays, Austria's bold plan to extensively test hospitality workers for coronavirus could pave a faster way towards tourism recovery.

5 days ago

Debt Woes Mount for Hotel Company Tied to Coronavirus Relief Loan Controversy

Debt Woes Mount for Hotel Company Tied to Coronavirus Relief Loan Controversy

Cameron Sperance, Skift

Ashford Hospitality Trust is running out of relief options for its billions of dollars in mortgage debt, and selling or giving back assets to lenders seems almost certain.

5 days ago

Someone Says They Caught Coronavirus at Your Hotel: Now What?

Someone Says They Caught Coronavirus at Your Hotel: Now What?

Cameron Sperance, Skift

Coronavirus liability lawsuits may seem like catnip for lawyers who advertise on daytime TV, but the proof hurdle is a high one to clear when it comes to a highly infectious disease.

6 days ago

Premier Inn Owner Whitbread Seeks $1.2 Billion to Convert Independents to Brand

Premier Inn Owner Whitbread Seeks $1.2 Billion to Convert Independents to Brand

Muvija M and Abhinav Ramnarayan, Reuters

Whitbread is the UK's leading hotel operator. It wants to boost its room inventory in the UK and Germany by 170,000, mostly by taking share from the "significant but declining independent hotel sector."

6 days ago

Coronavirus Closings Turn Mississippi County Dependent on Casinos Into a Ghost Town

Coronavirus Closings Turn Mississippi County Dependent on Casinos Into a Ghost Town

Adrian Sainz and Jay Reeves, Associated Press

Coronavirus heightened the vulnerabilities of tourism-based economies, but Tunica's problems were beginning well before the first outbreak.

7 days ago

Hilton CEO Says Comeback Depends on How Quickly Contactless Tech Features Roll Out

Hilton CEO Says Comeback Depends on How Quickly Contactless Tech Features Roll Out

Cameron Sperance, Skift

Hotel tech innovations that were just beginning to roll out before coronavirus will likely become tech necessities, as companies look to limit guest interactions and do everything they can to assure a safe stay.

1 week ago

Hotel Reopenings at Least 3 Weeks Away in Massachusetts Coronavirus Plan

Hotel Reopenings at Least 3 Weeks Away in Massachusetts Coronavirus Plan

Steve LeBlanc, Associated Press

The Massachusetts tourism sector shouldn't get too excited by the state's reopening guidelines. Coronavirus case numbers and death rates still need to decline significantly before hotels and short-term rental hosts will have the green light to open their doors to visitors.

1 week ago