5 things to know: 29 December 2017
5 things to know: 29 December 2017
29 DECEMBER 2017 9:45 AM

From the desks of the Hotel News Now editorial staff:

  • Authorities beef up security on Las Vegas Strip for NYE
  • 2017 recap: A look at brand launches
  • Detroit has highest room rates for NYE in Midwest
  • Russia revisits plans to build space station hotel
  • Alarm clocks in hotel rooms cause issues for guests

Authorities beef up security on Las Vegas Strip for NYE: Local authorities in Las Vegas are increasing police presence on the Las Vegas Strip for New Year’s Eve celebrations this weekend by having snipers and spotters in overhead positions, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports. 

The Metropolitan Police Department hasn’t deployed overhead armed officers since the 1 October shooting at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino that killed 58 people and injured more than 500, the news outlet reports.

Approximately 330,000 people are expected to spend New Year’s Eve in Las Vegas, according to the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority.

2017 recap: A look at brand launches: 2017 was a good year for new brand launches, many of which focused on the midscale segment, HNN’s Sean McCracken reports.

The focus on midscale is “not surprising considering these chain scales are outperforming the industry today,” said C. Patrick Scholes, managing director of lodging and leisure equity research for SunTrust Robinson Humphrey.

“There is a continued push to get guests out of their rooms—reportedly a trend favored by younger travelers who want to be in the public areas,” he said. “Regardless of whether or not they want to converse with others, they still want to be seen, and we continue to see new brands focusing on enhanced revenue-generating public space offerings.”

Detroit has highest room rates for NYE in Midwest: Detroit hotels are expected to have the highest room rates for New Year’s Eve when compared to other Midwest cities, according to a survey from ChicagoHotels.org.

Double rooms at hotels in 20 popular Midwest cities were surveyed, with Detroit’s lowest room price being $359, a 182% increase compared to regular rates.

Minneapolis followed behind Detroit with a nightly room rate of $259, according to the survey.

Russia revisits plans to build space station hotel: Russia’s 2010 plan to build a luxury hotel on the International Space Station never materialized, but it seems that now Russia’s space agency is revisiting the idea, Fortune reports.

The hotel, if completed, would give Russia a leg up over private companies that already have plans for space tourism, Fortune reports.

Trip costs to the space station hotel would start at $40 million, and “the space walk and an option to stay for a month would cost another $20 million,” the article states.

Roscosmos State Corporation, which is responsible for Russia’s space science program, has started reviewing the plans from space contractor RSC Energia, according to Fortune.

Alarm clocks in hotel rooms cause issues for guests: Alarm clocks in hotel guestrooms can be a pain, which is why some hoteliers believe they should be removed from hotel rooms, Traveller reports.

“The alarm clock is one in-room amenity that should go the way of the dinosaur,” Michael Nixon, president of Innisfree Hotels, told the news outlet.

Some hotels are doing away with in-room alarm clocks because many people now use their smartphones to wake them up, while other hotels are “reusing their old clock radios, even when they refurbish their rooms,” according to Traveller.

Compiled by Danielle Hess.

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