From the desks of the Hotel News Now editorial staff:
- Miami hoteliers hold trafficking summit ahead of Super Bowl
- US sees 10 years of job creation
- How having a small room count can have a big effect
- US hotel results for week ending 4 January
- Report coming following Asheville’s one-year hotel ban
Miami hoteliers hold trafficking summit ahead of Super Bowl: Hoteliers in Miami met on 9 January at an anti-trafficking summit where they discussed labor and sex trafficking and trained employees to recognize the signs of trafficking to prepare for the Super Bowl in February, the Miami Herald reports. Traffickers take advantage of big events because of the large draw of people, and Miami is already the largest hub for trafficking in Florida.
“When we started no one wanted to talk about it,” said Sarah de Carvalho, CEO of the It’s a Penalty campaign. “We’ve really seen an increase in support from sport and the hotel industry. Our campaigns reach 155 million people. We raise awareness, teach people how to spot trafficking, provide a hotline and emphasize that if you see something, say something. Call, text, save lives.”
U.S. sees 10 years of job creation: The U.S. Department of Labor’s latest jobs report shows the U.S. economy added 145,000 jobs in December, holding unemployment at 3.5%, The Wall Street Journal reports. By adding more jobs in December, the economy has seen payroll gains for 10 years, the longest stretch in 80 years.
Private-sector wages grew by 2.9% year-over-year during the month, the smallest annual gain since July 2018, the article states. The labor department revised payrolls down for October and November by a net 14,000.
Overall, employers added more than 2.1 million jobs in 2019, down from 2018’s gain of nearly 2.7 million, the newspaper reports. Out of the last 10 years of job growth, 2019 ranks eighth.
“A cooler pace of hiring reflected employers’ difficulty finding enough workers, global economic uncertainty and the fading effects of 2018’s tax cuts,” the article states.
How having a small room count can have a big effect: Owners and developers are finding they can add new hotels to popular U.S. markets by having smaller room counts and serving a niche demand, reports HNN contributor Danny King. The boutique hotels offer individually designed rooms and personal touches along with being able to leverage unique locations and backstories that draw in guests looking for something different.
Palisociety opened a 49-room Culver City hotel in what was a single-room-occupancy building in January and reopened Westwood Village’s former 55-room Claremont Hotel as the Palihotel Westwood Village in May after an extensive renovation. The company also opened the 54-room Silver Lake Pool & Inn in L.A.’s Silver Lake district in November.
“We want to be a really well-done neighborhood inn with design chops,” said Avi Brosh, founder and CEO of Paligroup. “There’s a whole demographic who really prefers to stay in neighborhood-centric properties. That’s a proven trend.”
U.S. hotel results for week ending 4 January: Data from STR, parent company of HNN, shows the U.S. hotel industry reported positive results for the week ending 4 January. Occupancy grew by 0.3% to 49%, and average daily rate grew by 4% to $136.46, resulting in revenue-per-available-room growth of 4.3% to $66.84.
Among the top 25 markets, Oahu Island, Hawaii, reported the largest RevPAR increase, coming in at 22.4% to $369.64, driven the only double-digit lift in ADR of 16% to $405.95.
New Orleans, Louisiana, reported the steepest drop in RevPAR, falling 10.8% to US$106.86, due primarily to the largest decline in ADR, dropping 8% to $159.35.
Report coming following Asheville’s one-year hotel ban: The city of Asheville, North Carolina, will have a report out 30 January with recommendations on how the city should handle future hotel development, The Citizen-Times reports. The city’s one-year ban on new hotels will expire in September.
The Urban Land Institute, a non-profit organization hired by the city, is working on putting together advice to help the city plan for future hotel development, the newspaper reports. The non-profit held a public meeting 9 January in which 120 residents and a group of city-picked stakeholders shared their opinions on hotel development.
The city put the ban in place to temper growing concerns about overtourism, the article states. Between 2015 and the enactment of the ban, the city approved 2,761 hotel rooms, 1,400 of which remain to be built.
Compiled by Bryan Wroten.