Rising construction costs and fallout from the partial US government shutdown could impede hotel financing in 2019, according to attorney Barbara Anne Spignardo. "Despite such hesitations, there is optimism that demand for hotel rooms will continue to exceed new supply levels," she writes.
A Himalayan salt room is the latest addition to spa amenities at the Waldorf Astoria Orlando in Florida. The room is lined with salt bricks and can be reserved for 30-minute and hourlong sessions.
A developer could revive plans to add a hotel to the American Tin Cannery mall in Pacific Grove, Calif.
Mandarin Oriental hotels in major cities such as Paris, Hong Kong, New York and Bangkok are offering special tours with Abercrombie & Kent. "This natural partnership will allow guests to experience the A&K difference -- insider access that nobody else can provide, creating memories that last a lifetime," Abercrombie & Kent CEO Geoffrey Kent said.
MGM Springfield in Springfield, Mass., collaborated with local leaders to add regional history and literary elements into the hotel's design. MGM Springfield includes features such as Emily Dickinson quotes in the hotel carpet, local yearbooks in the hotel lobby and a salvaged stained-glass dome from the local United Electric Building.
Hyatt has prioritized wellness across its portfolio in response to changing guest sensibilities. "We think about wellness as an opportunity," said CEO Mark Hoplamazian.
The Oaklander Hotel will be the first Marriott Autograph Collection property in Pennsylvania. The 167-key hotel is in Pittsburgh's Oakland neighborhood.
A Fairfield by Marriott hotel sporting a barn design is the latest feature of Fair Oaks Farms, the lavish agritourism attraction off Interstate 65 in Northwest Indiana. The $15 million hotel fills a void in the immediate area for overnight stays and complements a Fair Oaks conference center, whose offerings include weddings.
Several things can help build buzz on social media, starting with setting up a customer chatbot on Facebook, writes Larry Kim. Other suggestions include linking to social accounts from your website and adding click-to-Tweet features.
The La Prairie treatment center has opened in Air France's lounge at John F. Kennedy International Airport. "We are committed to enhancing the airport experience for our customers, and by partnering with luxury brands like La Prairie, we continue to elevate the lounge offering," Stephane Ormand of Air France KLM says.