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Digital Disruption: How Hotels are Embracing Change

Are Morch

Have you ever booked a hotel room without glancing at reviews? The chances are slim. According to a Bloc study, a whopping 93% of individuals peruse reviews before committing to a hotel reservation. The hotel industry, propelled by the surge in digital technology, grapples with a fresh adversary: digital disruption. Yet, rather than succumbing to […] The post Digital Disruption: How Hotels are Embracing Change appeared first on Are Morch, Digital Transformation Coach.

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Will Airbnb’s Brian Chesky Get an OpenAI Board Seat?

Skift Blog

Skift Take: Will Sam Altman return to OpenAI? Will he bring Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky along with him as an OpenAI director? The competition will be intense for any board openings.

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IHG debuts Vignette Collection brand in Doha

Hospitality Net

IHG Hotels & Resorts, one of the world’s leading hotel companies, has announced the signing of its first Vignette Collection hotel in Doha in partnership with Hospitality for Success H4S Hotels & Residences, one of Al Baladi Holding companies. Set to open by the end of Quarter 1, 2024, Velero Hotel Vignette Collection Doha Lusail is IHG’s fifth Vignette Collection hotel signing in the MEA region, following those in Zimbabwe, Saudi Arabia, UAE and Kuwait.

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2024 Is the Year of the Sustainable Hotel

Lodging

For the second year in a row, sustainability will be a defining factor in hospitality in 2024. Hotels that prioritize sustainable initiatives will bring in more business, both from groups and leisure travelers. Even business travel managers are looking for ways to reduce the carbon footprint of their corporate travel programs, and that can include choosing more eco-friendly accommodations.

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How to Stay Competitive in the Evolving State of Martech

Marketing technology is essential for B2B marketers to stay competitive in a rapidly changing digital landscape — and with 53% of marketers experiencing legacy technology issues and limitations, they’re researching innovations to expand and refine their technology stacks. To help practitioners keep up with the rapidly evolving martech landscape, this special report will discuss: How practitioners are integrating technologies and systems to encourage information-sharing between departments and pr

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Global brand debut: The StandardX to introduce first hotel in Melbourne

Hotel Management

Lifestyle hotel brand The Standard is set to debut a new global hotel concept StandardX with its first opening in Melbourne in February 2024. Described as “the rebellious younger sibling of The Standard”, the new concept takes the iconic brand back to its roots, while retaining a classic Standard experience with minimalist rooms, cultural programming and intuitive hospitality.

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Global Tourism Slows: Europe Takes Most Pronounced Dip

Skift Blog

Skift Take: Global travel softened due to the seasonality of demand. In October 2023, the Skift Travel Health Index dipped to 103. Europe was impacted the most due to reduced pent-up demand and economic concerns. Despite China's Golden Week holiday, the travel recovery in the country remained sluggish.

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STR, TE Lift ADR and RevPAR Predictions in Final U.S. Hotel Forecast Revision of 2023

Lodging

HENDERSONVILLE, Tennessee—STR and Tourism Economics lifted year-over-year growth projections for average daily rate (ADR) and revenue per available room (RevPAR) in the final U.S. hotel forecast revision of 2023. For 2023, growth in RevPAR was raised by 0.3 percentage points, due to a 0.6 percentage point lift in ADR growth. Recent RevPAR trends demonstrate that rate continues to be the primary driver of performance.

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Winners revealed: top people and properties celebrated at 2023 HM Awards

Hotel Management

A crowd of 1,000 hotel industry professionals gathered to celebrate the 21st HM Awards for Hotel and Accommodation Excellence, presented by Sealy Posturepedic, on Friday November 24. The 2023 awards, hosted by HM magazine, took place at The Star Event Centre, where outstanding properties and people across Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific were recognised in spectacular fashion.

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Tourism’s Growth in the Middle East: What to Expect at Skift Global Forum East

Skift Blog

Skift Take: As we return to Dubai this December, we are thrilled to discuss the opportunities and challenges ahead for the Middle East with leaders on stage. It’s going to be a jam-packed event you will not want to miss.

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Four Points By Sheraton Kuala Lumpur, City Centre Makes Its First Debut

Hospitality Net

Debuting as the first Four Points by Sheraton hotel in the heart of Kuala Lumpur and the fourth in Malaysia, Four Points by Sheraton Kuala Lumpur, City Centre celebrates its opening just in time for the year-end festivities. The opening comes hot on the heels of the recent reopening of Renaissance Kuala Lumpur Hotel & Convention Centre in October 2023, together forming Marriott Bonvoy’s first dual-branded property in Malaysia.

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Diving into Diversity: Decoding the Foundations of Inclusion in Hospitality Talent Acquisition

Speaker: Lauren Fernandez - CEO & Founder, Full Course

Companies all over the world, including Marriot International and Hilton Worldwide, are aware of the value of including DEI in their talent acquisition strategy. However, despite these initiatives, there is still plenty that the hospitality sector can do to promote DEI. When comparing the hospitality industries in India, Iraq, the UK, and the US, you will see that there is a consistent underrepresentation of persons from different ethnic, gender, and disability origins across all levels of the i

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MHG Hotels Acquires Courtyard West Palm Beach Airport

Lodging

WEST PALM BEACH, Florida—MHG Hotels announced the recent acquisition of Courtyard West Palm Beach Airport, marking a milestone in the company’s growth. The property offers 103 guestrooms designed to provide guests with a contemporary environment, and its amenities include an outdoor pool & spa, a full-service bistro, and access to the Tri-Rail, Brightline, and West Palm Beach International Airport. “We are thrilled to welcome Courtyard West Palm Beach Airport to the MHG family,&#

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A night to celebrate: the countdown is on to HM Awards 2023, presented by Sealy Posturepedic

Hotel Management

Hotel industry professionals from around Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific will don their best 1920s attire for another sold out HM Awards tonight, Friday November 24, in Sydney. Now in its 21 st year, the 2023 HM Awards for Hotel and Accommodation Excellence, sponsored by Sealy Posturepedic, will draw 1,000 hotel industry professionals to celebrate the best people, properties and departments in the region.

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Booking.com Notes Strong Business Sentiment In Hospitality Sector: India Report

Skift Blog

Skift Take: The report's findings are clear in that the majority of hoteliers are becoming more environmentally conscious. They realize the importance of investing in sustainability measures and ways to decarbonize their operations.

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Merging Rich History and Modern Design, the Luxury Collection Debuts in Georgia With Vibrant Contrast

Hospitality Net

In the heart of the capital city, Paragraph Freedom Square, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Tbilisi accentuates Georgia’s indigenous charms with authentic service, thoughtful design, and refined epicurean experiences.

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A Buyer’s Guide to Future-Proofing Your Restaurant Tech Stack

The race to 100% digital is on. With the restaurant industry still in the early innings of its digital transformation, brands need an airtight strategy when it comes to building out their tech stack. Download the buyer’s guide to learn where to prioritize your efforts and get the most out of every investment.

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AAA: Thanksgiving Travel to Increase 2.3 Percent Over 2022

Lodging

WASHINGTON, D.C.—AAA projects 55.4 million travelers will head 50 miles or more from home over the Thanksgiving holiday travel period. This year’s Thanksgiving forecast is an increase of 2.3 percent over last year and marks the third-highest Thanksgiving forecast since AAA began tracking holiday travel in 2000. The top two years were 2005 and 2019, respectively.

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Hilton becomes first hospitality company to earn ‘World’s Best Workplace’ title

Hotel Management

Hilton has come out on top as the World’s Best Workplace by Fortune magazine and Great Place to Work – marking the first time a hospitality company has achieved the top honour. The win comes after Hilton’s eight consecutive appearances on the “World’s Best” list. Within APAC, Hilton has ranked as the top hospitality company to work for in Asia for seven consecutive years, in China for eight consecutive years and top company overall in China for three consecutive years.

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What I Am Looking Forward to Most at Skift Global Forum East

Skift Blog

Skift Take: As I am gearing up for what is going to be an exciting few days in Dubai, I wanted to share what excites me the most about Skift Global Forum East.

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STR, TE upgrade U.S. ADR and RevPAR forecast

Hospitality Net

STR and Tourism Economics lifted year-over-year growth projections for average daily rate (ADR) and revenue per available room (RevPAR) in the final U.S. hotel forecast revision of 2023.

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Beyond The Meeting Room: Luxury Magazine Resource

Escape into a world of luxury and dive into the future of tech, fun takes on the American pastime, and many inspirational individuals. With engaging reports on fashion, food, travel, finance, sports, and more, download now and enjoy the read!

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The Data-Driven CVB: Modern Destination Marketing

Lodging

In today’s rapidly evolving business travel landscape, convention and visitor bureaus (CVBs) and destination marketing organizations (DMOs) remain allies to the hospitality industry in their respective cities. While leisure travelers have their merits, the ability to secure group events that guarantee a steady stream of income for local businesses is an asset.

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Ascott Australia earns gender equity award as business reaches 55% female management

Hotel Management

Ascott Australia has been recognised for its efforts on gender equality at the Recalibrate Gender Equity Awards 2023, in a year that the company reached 55% female representation at the management level. Ascott was commended for its commitment to fostering gender equity throughout its workforce through a range of progressive practices and policies. Assessment was based on the Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA) standards and the specific actions organisations are taking to demonstrate a comm

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Chinese Travel Rebound Pushes Trip.com Group’s Revenue to Exceed 2019 Levels

Skift Blog

Skift Take: Trip.com has reported a solid third quarter and sees no signs of a slowdown any time soon. But not keen to put all its eggs in one basket (China), the online travel company has also sets its sights on global expansion.

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Hilton Supercharges “The Stay” at Inaugural F1 Vegas Grand Prix in Style

Hospitality Net

As you may already know, last weekend, history was made at the Formula One Circuit in Las Vegas with the inaugural Vegas Grand Prix. Hilton, a brand deeply rooted in Las Vegas and a longstanding partner of McLaren Racing, played a pivotal role in enhancing the race experience in the entertainment capital of the world.

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ABM Evolution: How Top Marketers Are Using Account-Based Strategies

In times of economic uncertainty, account-based strategies are essential. According to several business analysts and practitioners, ABM is a necessity for creating more predictable revenue. Research shows that nearly three-quarters of marketers (74%) already have the resources needed to build successful ABM programs.

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Hilton Burlington Lake Champlain to Introduce New Restaurant

Lodging

BURLINGTON, Vermont—Hilton Burlington Lake Champlain, soon to be Hotel Champlain, Curio Collection by Hilton, has announced a culinary partnership with Heirloom Hospitality, helmed by Chef Eric Warnstedt. Together, the hospitality partners will introduce the seafood-focused spot, Original Skiff Fish + Oyster. Construction of the restaurant will begin in November with an opening date slated for spring 2024.

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Quest New Zealand opens third Christchurch property, with another on the way in 2024

Hotel Management

Quest Apartment Hotels New Zealand has introduced its third Christchurch hotel with the opening of Quest on Cambridge in Christchurch last week. It’s the third opening of 2023 for the independently owned and operated accommodation group and marks their 42nd property in New Zealand & Fiji. “The opening of Quest on Cambridge Terrace in Christchurch is the third of the four properties we have planned for Christchurch,” said Quest Apartment Hotels (NZ), Chief Operating Officer, Adrian Turner.

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American Airlines Accuses Travel Agents of Stifling Innovation for Self Interest

Skift Blog

Skift Take: American Airlines has lashed out at U.S. travel agents in a scathing response to the complaint that the airline's robust distribution strategy was unfair.

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Scandic to rebrand hotel in central Helsinki

Hospitality Net

Scandic Hotels has signed a long-term agreement with landlord Exilion to extend the agreement and rebrand the Holiday Inn City Centre in downtown Helsinki. Since acquiring Restel in 2017, Scandic has operated the hotel under a lease agreement with Exilion and a franchise agreement with IHG. From 2025, the hotel will be operated under the Scandic brand.

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Preventing Employee Burnout in Restaurants & Hospitality: An Integrated Approach

Speaker: Lissa Bowen - Chief People + Culture Officer, Full Course Executive Director, Full Course Foundation

Employee burnout is a pervasive issue in the fast-paced and demanding restaurant industry, resulting in decreased productivity, high turnover rates, and compromised mental well-being. Effectively addressing this challenge requires a comprehensive approach that combines conventional management techniques, insights from neuroscience, and stress management strategies.

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Wyndham Discloses Updates on Choice Proposal

Lodging

PARSIPPANY, New Jersey—Wyndham Hotels & Resorts announced that its Board of Directors received a letter from Choice Hotels International, Inc. on November 14, 2023. Wyndham’s Board of Directors, together with its financial and legal advisors, closely reviewed Choice’s letter and determined that it represents a step backward and that the terms Choice outlined are not in the best interests of Wyndham or its shareholders.

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1834 Hotels signs two Sydney properties under Accor brands

Hotel Management

White-label hotel management company 1834 Hotels is breaking into the Sydney market with the signing of new management contracts for two properties under Accor brands, Breakfree on Broadway and Mantra Castle Hill. Additionally, 1834 Hotels is set to take over management of Mantra Tonsley Adelaide, formerly La Loft Hotel Tonsley, expanding its portfolio of Accor franchised hotels to six.

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WeRoad Boosts Growth for DIY Tours With Novice Guides

Skift Blog

Skift Take: WeRoad is turning spontaneous travel into a full-time profession for its community of trip coordinators who initially joined by leading tours without any trip-planning experience.

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Rising Tech Tide: FCS Solutions’ U.S. Expansion Driven by Increasing Demand for Their Intuitive Cloud-Based Solution from Hotels

Hospitality Net

FCS Solutions, global leading provider of hospitality technology, announced the significant expansion of its U.S. team, responding to the growing adoption of its all-in-one cloud-based solution - FCS1 - by hotels around the globe.

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ABM Success Recipe: Mastering the Crawl, Walk, Run Approach

Shifting to an account-based marketing (ABM) strategy can be both exciting and challenging. Well-implemented ABM motions build engagement with high-value accounts and drive impactful campaigns that resonate with your audience. But where do you begin, and how do you progress from crawling to running? Watch now as Demand Gen experts delve into the essentials of each stage of the ABM process.