Hotel security has been beefed up across the US since the Mandalay Bay shooting in Las Vegas last October, but an expert cautions against taking new measures for granted. "By training your employees, adding technology and barriers to fill gaps, creating plans and holding drills, you can force bad actors to look elsewhere for a softer target," said Michael O'Rourke, founder of security consulting firm Advanced Operational Concepts.
Avid Hotels target a market of 12 million underserved travelers who value practicality and economy, the new brand's vice president, Jennifer Gribble, says in a video interview from Avid's debut location, near Oklahoma City. More than 100 owner signings have been gathered in nine months for the venture by InterContinental Hotels Group, Gribble adds.
Instagram is playing a starring role in hotel marketing, and even affecting design decisions in many cases, as it vies to lead social media in growth rate. Experts note pitfalls such as gaps in reach, but warn that hoteliers ignore the platform at their peril.
After about eight years of growth, STR sees potential for a slowdown in revenue per available room. "It could go either way, but I think it's going to start to slow down, and we've got to be prepared for that," STR President and CEO Amanda Hite said.
Standard International is pursuing four hotel developments in Thailand, attracted by the country's tourism boom. The company is looking across Asia for expansion opportunities.
The Residences at Mandarin Oriental project is scheduled to break ground this fall in Honolulu. The property will have 125 guest rooms.
The 700,000 Heures travel project is "the first wandering hotel in the world," says founder Thierry Teyssier. The concept is to use existing properties for several months and create unique experiences for guests.
Striking artwork and floor-to-ceiling terrazzo tile on the fireplace highlight a lavish makeover of the venerable Swank Lounge in San Francisco's Laurel Inn. Renamed Laureate, the 1,100-square-foot lounge also features an updated, California-themed menu.
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