Making it personal is the key to satisfying travelers in a setting that's often just for one night, says James Gardiner, general manager of Hyatt Place London Heathrow Airport. The hotel met the challenge recently by keeping staff and guests informed and comfortable during a major renovation, he said.
Widely employed in Europe, hotel sale-leaseback deals are gaining popularity in the US as cash vehicles with modest risk, experts observe. The seller as lessee is able to keep branding and management arrangements in place.
Four hotels opening in San Gabriel and Monterey Park, Calif., have been created to attract Asian travelers: The Sheraton Los Angeles San Gabriel, a Hyatt Place, a Courtyard by Marriott Hotel and a Doubletree Hotel.
The Hilton Savannah DeSoto hotel in Georgia is planning to relinquish its association with Hilton this year and rebrand as the DeSoto. "That tradition of Southern hospitality -- whether it was born here or not, it was certainly perfected here -- and we're returning the hotel to that one-on-one level of Southern hospitality," said Jeff Kmiec, managing director.
The old Warrior Hotel and nearby Davidson building in Sioux City, Iowa, are slated to be transformed into a Marriott hotel that includes luxury apartments. Developer Restoration St. Louis plans to begin work on the project in early 2018.
Major hotel names, including Hilton, Hyatt, ITC and Shangri-La, are entering Sri Lanka, which has 2,800 hotel rooms in the pipeline. Sri Lanka's hotel landscape is expected to get more luxurious, as the country's civil war is eight years in the past.
Dublin has 3,000 hotel rooms coming on line by 2020. The city's room inventory is positioned to grow by 15% in three years.
A site midway between Amarillo, Texas; and Oklahoma City has gotten the nod for Best Western Hotel & Resorts' first move into the growing dual-brand market. Best Western executive Ron Pohll said the Best Western Plus Elk City/Executive Residency in Elk City, Okla., fills a demand for extended-stay hotels in the region.
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