Industry News
Hospitality
Top stories summarized by our editors
1/24/2022

Calls to the "front desk" by guests of hotels large and small are increasingly being answered many miles from that site by employees checking text messages and via automation. Worker shortages are driving the shift, resulting in a tripling of texts through the Marriott International Inc. app last year.

1/24/2022

A group of New York City elected officials is seeking a city landmark designation for the historic Roosevelt Hotel, which has been closed since December 2020. The petitioners fear the owner, Pakistan International Airlines, will convert the deteriorating, legally entangled property to a non-hotel use property.

1/24/2022

A new 11-story hotel tower has opened at Wild Horse Pass in Chandler, Ariz., as part of the casino-hotel's $143 million expansion. The project also includes a rooftop steakhouse and two pools as well as a renovated lobby and gaming area.

More Summaries:
Wild Horse Pass
1/24/2022

Distressed property specialist AWH Partners has purchased the Kimpton Goodland Hotel near Santa Barbara, Calif., for $33 million, $24 million less than its selling price in 2015.

Full Story:
The Real Deal
1/21/2022

The California Bay Area's recovery from the pandemic's devastation is reflected in a 127% increase in new hotels in 2021 over 2020, as cited in a new study. "We are definitely seeing signs that point to a big and rapid rebound for hotel openings and hotel construction," said Atlas Hospitality Group President Alan Reay, who also projected that the trend would continue into 2023.

1/21/2022

Dubai Parks and Resorts debuted its Legoland Hotel today at Legoland Dubai in the United Arab Emirates. The Lego-themed hotel features the Legoland Hotel Creative Workshop, a turreted castle soft play area, a large temperature-controlled swimming pool and 250 rooms with themes such as Kingdom, Friends, Pirate, Ninjago and Adventure.

1/21/2022

The pandemic chilled hotel occupancy in Austin, Texas, but development has been at boom level since 2015 and is accelerating now, according to the capital's tourism leader. More than 5,000 hotel rooms have been added since 2019 and every project in the construction pipeline before the pandemic has either opened or advanced, says Visit Austin President Tom Noonan.

Full Story:
Axios
More Summaries:
Tom Noonan
1/21/2022

Palladium Hotel Group's luxury, adults-only, all-inclusive TRS brand will enter the Mediterranean market this summer with a 378-room property on Ibiza in Spain. The TRS Ibiza Hotel joins a portfolio with Caribbean and Mexico locations.

Full Story:
TravelPulse
1/20/2022

MGM Resorts International's increasingly lucrative venture into sports and online betting will see a heavy influx of new money to accompany new markets. MGM Resorts and Entain Plc plan to add $450 million to BetMGM, bringing their total investment to $1.1 billion.

More Summaries:
Entain PLC
1/20/2022

Congress was petitioned by more than 600 travel industry members Wednesday to aid recovery from a devastating 2021. The representatives' letter called for such steps as relief funding for hard-hit sectors, tax incentives to stimulate spending and new funding for the Brand USA program wooing international visitors.

Full Story:
TravelPulse