From the desks of the Hotel News Now editorial staff:
- Marriott to open nearly 40 luxury hotels in 2018
- State department to roll out new travel alert system
- Art in hotels can improve guest experience, improve rate
- Preliminary US lodging data for November
- US weather forecasts show white Christmas, difficult travel
Marriott to open nearly 40 luxury hotels in 2018: Marriott International announced it will open almost 40 hotels around the world through its portfolio of luxury brands next year, according to a news release.
“From former palaces in Venice and Vienna, to skyscrapers in Hong Kong and Dubai, to intimate, remote escapes in the Maldives and Mexico, the breadth of our portfolio is incomparable and allows us to surpass the expectations of our guests around the globe,” Tina Edmundson, Marriott International global brand officer, stated in the news release. “We see luxury as a launch pad for self-actualization, with bucket lists evolving from where you want to go to who you can be. With data showing a global shift in perception around luxury, we are uniquely positioned to provide personalized and truly differentiated experiences that resonate with this next-generation jetsetter.”
State department to roll out new travel alert system: The U.S. State Department will update its current travel alert system in January to a new tiered warning system that will “identify the risk for every country in the world,” Conde Nast Traveler reports. The advisories will provide advice for U.S. citizens through a four-level classification system and include guidance on what actions travelers should take.
Level-one countries will be considered the safest, according to the article, and travelers there can expect to “exercise normal caution.” Level-four countries would be considered the most dangerous, meaning U.S. citizens should not travel there because of concerns over issues such as terrorism, conflict or crime.
Art in hotels can improve guest experience, improve rate: Hoteliers use art in their hotels as a way to better express their properties’ personalities, creating a better guest experience, while also helping raise the hotel’s price point, writes HNN’s Terence Baker.
“Beyond increasing the price point of rooms, the acquisition of artwork is an important investment opportunity, not only as a way of contributing to the cultural heritage, but also the identity of our cities,” said Philippe Demers, CEO of MASSIVart. “It strengthens the customer experience and creates additional value for the acquiring brand.”
Preliminary U.S. lodging data for November: Revenue per available room in U.S. hotels grew 3% to 5% year over year in November 2017 due to 1% to 3% growth in average daily rate and flat to 2% occupancy growth, according to preliminary monthly data from STR, parent company of Hotel News Now.
Among the chain scale segments, the luxury, upper midscale, midscale and economy segments saw the highest RevPAR growth ranges, at 3% to 5%. The economy segment was able to overcome an occupancy growth range of -1% to 1% by having stronger ADR growth of 3% to 5%.
U.S. weather forecasts show white Christmas, difficult travel: Weather forecasts are showing states in the Midwest and Northeast could expect a white Christmas this year, AccuWeather reports, but that also means holiday travelers might experience some challenges. There are one or two storms that could travel across the eastern half of the country from 21-24 December.
“One storm early in this period can produce snow in the western Ohio Valley and Great Lakes as it initially arrives in the Northeast,” said Paul Pastelok, lead long-range meteorologist. “This looks like a storm that can impact air travel in the north.”
Compiled by Bryan Wroten.