The imperative of customer experience, the shrinking of margins and the overall economic outlook were among highlights of the topic-packed Hunter Hotel Investment Conference in Atlanta. Experts urged industry leaders to embrace competition from Airbnb while demanding equal government regulation.
Los Angeles hotel development is surging despite high land and construction costs, with credit going to airport renovation, new Facebook and Google leases with the city and other activity. In the downtown area, at least 5,000 rooms are in the planning stages, according to HVS Global Hospitality Services.
Microtel by Wyndham's new prototype, Moda, aims to maximize efficiency in minimal space. The new exterior and interior configuration results in a 28% reduction in Microtel's footprint, the company says.
French hotels are working to keep up with current design trends. "The idea is to break with established design codes, to deconstruct old styles and reconstruct them in a modern way to create vibrant settings and enhance the atmosphere," says Gwenola Donet of JLL France.
Watchmaker F. P. Journe now has a store inside Miami's EPIC Hotel. The retail space has a bar and lounge area.
The 157 guest rooms at Capitol Kempinski Hotel Singapore opened last fall as part of Leading Hotels of the World. "The rooms have stylish, modern features with Singaporean touches like Peranakan-style vases and lacquered wooden dressers," writes reviewer Katie Lockhart.
Hospitality, with its wide reach and high level of connectivity, is among the industries most susceptible to cyberattacks, according to several analytical sources. The immense volumes of money and sensitive information flowing through the business also invite hackers, observers note.
Hotels in Washington, D.C., suffered an 88.8% drop in profit per room in January, the heaviest month of the 35-day partial federal government shutdown, HotStats reports. With widespread cancellation of events and closures of attractions, such as museums, revenue also fell across all categories.
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