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Urban Resort Concepts (URC) announces its first villa-only resort
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Urban Resort Concepts (URC) announces its first villa-only resort

The PuYun Hotel and Spa’s scheduled opening in 2022 will add to URC’s global portfolio of award-winning ultra-luxury hotels and resorts, including The PuLi Hotel and Spa, Shanghai, The PuXuan Hotel and Spa, Beijing and The RuMa Hotel and Residences, Kuala Lumpur, with eight further properties under development in Dubai, Bangkok, Phuket, Kota Kinabalu, Shenzhen,...

The Hotelier’s Action Plan for a Post-Lockdown World
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The Hotelier’s Action Plan for a Post-Lockdown World

In just a short number of weeks since the beginning of March 2020, the worldwide travel industry rapidly plunged deep into a state of crisis. Hotels across the globe closed their doors and reached minus 95% of new bookings compared to 2019. But now that the initial shockwaves of the crisis have passed and we...

STR details forecast downgrade, weekly performance
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STR details forecast downgrade, weekly performance

HENDERSONVILLE, Tennessee – In this week’s video take on weekly performance data, STR SVP of Lodging Insights Jan Freitag started out by diving into the company’s forecast downgrade for 2020. Advertisements STR is the parent company of Hotel News Now. Average daily rate is expected to decrease almost 22% this year and will not be...

Another Stoic – The Life of a Hotel Doctor
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Another Stoic – The Life of a Hotel Doctor

“She thinks her drink was spiked,” explained the caller whose friend was bent over the toilet, vomiting. Advertisements I explained that alcohol is a toxic drug and occasionally provokes this reaction. Common stomach viruses cause most vomiting. Did her friend want me to come? “I’ll ask.” I waited for a long time. “She wants to...

Hotel Industry, Google Team Up To Help House First Responders
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Hotel Industry, Google Team Up To Help House First Responders

WASHINGTON – AHLA today announced a new collaboration with Google to expand the industry’s efforts to meet the continued demand from first responders and healthcare workers for available hotel rooms. This joint effort comes two months after the launch of American Hotel & Lodging Association’s (AHLA) “Hospitality for Hope,” an initiative designed to match emergency and...

Hotel Industry Across U.S. & Canada Unite Around Enhanced Safety, Cleaning Standards
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Hotel Industry Across U.S. & Canada Unite Around Enhanced Safety, Cleaning Standards

WASHINGTON – As states across the country navigate reopening and hotels begin to safely welcome back guests, the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA) today announced that hospitality leaders across North America have endorsed Safe Stay, AHLA’s enhanced industry-wide cleaning guidelines. AHLA’s Partner State Associations, who represent the hotel industry in each state across the country,...

3 Reasons to Turn to Benchmarking in the COVID-19 Era
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3 Reasons to Turn to Benchmarking in the COVID-19 Era

You wouldn’t trust a doctor’s mere intuition with your health, right? Of course not. You’d require testing and data. Operational benchmarking is the hotel industry’s electrocardiogram (EKG), MRI, X-ray and ultrasound — the instruments that provide the cold hard facts. Isn’t your bottom line worth it? Advertisements Among industries, the impact of COVID-19 on the...

COVID-19 Recovery Series: Email Marketing
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COVID-19 Recovery Series: Email Marketing

While our industry continues to deal with a state of travel that is breaking all norms, there is actually an opportunity to solidify relationships with your audience. A strong email marketing strategy will keep loyal guests engaged and can even be a source of positive news to your audience as you lead them down the...

Wyndham Expands “Count on Us” Initiative to Europe, Middle East, Eurasia and Africa as Hotels Prepare to Welcome Back Travellers
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Wyndham Expands “Count on Us” Initiative to Europe, Middle East, Eurasia and Africa as Hotels Prepare to Welcome Back Travellers

LONDON — Wyndham Hotels & Resorts (NYSE: WH), the world’s largest hotel franchising company with over 9,300 hotels in more than 90 countries, today announced the expansion of its “Count on Us” initiative across Europe, Middle East, Eurasia and Africa (EMEA), outlining new long-term efforts to build confidence among guests and to support Wyndham hotel...