Latin America's lodging industry remains very interesting to local and global investors alike. Economic headwinds and political upheavals have slowed but not stalled some of the world's largest hotels groups from capitalizing on opportunity in the region.
Recent reports alleging that Marriott has "buyer's remorse" about the deal, while scintillating, don't seem very logical when you think of all the effort both Marriott and Starwood have put into making this deal a reality.
These are the hospitality trends we were talking about this week.
De Niro's global hotel empire continues to grow.
If they're as good at hospitality as they are at crafting cocktails, make ours a double.
Is there a real demand among travelers for robotic luggage handlers, 3-D mapping technology, or a massive rainforest? When is too much just too much, or do we need these types of hotels to remind us of what we can achieve when it comes to hospitality? Or when it comes to Dubai, does extravagance equate to authenticity?
Is there still demand for these mega resort-casinos in Macau? We'll see soon after the opening of Wynn Palace and The Parisian this fall.
It could still be several weeks before the Marriott-Starwood deal is wrapped up — and much longer before the two companies are integrated — but travel buyers and travel management companies are wise to start preparing now for eventual negotiations with the bulked-up company.
Dukes Hotel’s new female-specific rooms highlight personal safety, but they also reinforce gender stereotypes. The bigger question is: Do they really think these measures are serving women better or is the real goal to use women as a marketing gimmick?
The merger of The Standard Hotels and Bunkhouse Group was based on their like-minded mission to build each hotel as a one-off experience in an effort to build bigger communities around their brands.