Hotels and resorts along the path of Monday's total solar eclipse seized the occasion with special programs, themed food and beverage offerings and, in some cases, room rate hikes. "The demand has been high with visitors from around the world," said Maya Stanic of the Westin Nashville in Tennessee.
Brand power -- and the need for franchisees to take better advantage of it -- dominated discussion at the recent Hotel ROI Midwest conference in Chicago. Executives noted that brands can help meet such challenges as excess supply, wage increases and home-sharing.
A report on the hotel industry in Orlando, Fla., shows more than 15,000 additional hotel rooms are planned for the city. The increase is attributed mostly to plans recently announced by Universal Orlando Resort to open two hotels, with a total 4,000 rooms, on the site of its former Wet 'n Wild water park.
Electronic wallets now can be used at many Las Vegas casinos and hotels to cover a range of transactions, excluding gaming. Credit cards are headed for extinction, according to a spokeswoman for Caesars Entertainment, which recently adopted the popular Chinese platform WeChatPay.
Emirates airline's first-class lounge in UAE's Dubai International Airport features a private spa where guests can take a shower or get a massage.
The Somatheeram resort in Kerala, India, offers guests ayurvedic treatments such as shirodhara, a treatment in which oil is poured over the "mind's eye." The resort, established in 1985, focuses on holistic treatments.
The Dermovia Lace Your Face X Dr. Pimple Popper Clear Complexion Kit involves a series of reusable masks that cleanse the face over four weeks. Treatments include Exfoliating Papaya, Clarifying Mulberry Leaf, the Healing Yogurt Milk Mask and the Brightening Bearberry Mask.
Marriott International is combining four of its brands in an advertising campaign built around the theme of human connection. The venture into category marketing, dubbed "Golden Rule," features the "classic select" SpringHill Suites, Courtyard by Marriott, Fairfield Inn & Suites and Four Points by Sheraton.
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