5 things to know: 19 December 2019
5 things to know: 19 December 2019
19 DECEMBER 2019 10:33 AM

From the desks of the Hotel News Now editorial staff:

  • Thesis Hotels brand launched by NP International
  • Hotels emphasizing female empowerment
  • Hotels in smaller UK cities strive keep up with bigger hubs
  • How hotels have changed Los Angeles’ skyline in the last decade
  • US, Canada weekly performance results

Thesis Hotels brand launched by NP International: 2019 has seen several brand launches, and the latest comes from NP International, the development company behind boutique hotel collection Casa Chameleon Hotels, launching Thesis Hotels, according to a news release. The brand, which will debut its first property, Thesis Hotel Miami in Coral Gables, Florida, this March, is designed to serve the communities with a focus on access to education, transportation and medical facilities.

Thesis Hotel Miami will feature 245 guestrooms, two restaurants, contemporary co-working spaces and more.

“We are very excited to launch Thesis Hotels and to open the first location in our home of Coral Gables,” said Brent Reynolds, CEO and managing partner of NP International, in the news release. “Thesis Hotels are designed to be cultural epicenters for the destinations they serve, and we are introducing a concept the industry has not yet experienced with our modern and affordable guest rooms, mixed use design and curated community experiences.”

For a complete list of brands launched in 2018, click here.

Hotels emphasizing female empowerment: There’s been a rise in catering to female travelers across the industry, and now some hotels are looking to create an “ode to feminine strength, celebrated by all genders, races and sexualities,” Bloomberg reports.

In 2018, Pebblebrook Hotel Trust acquired the former Hotel Donovan in Washington, D.C., and began renovations with plans to open it as Hotel Zena in 2020 as part of the Viceroy Urban Retreats portfolio and Pebblebrook’s unofficial Z collection. Pebblebrook CEO Jon Bortz described it as “the first hospitality establishment solely dedicated to celebrating the accomplishments of women” the new outlet writes.

The real estate investment trust has tapped Dawson Design Associates to position the hotel as a “haven for the liberated forward thinker,” with decor such as a mural of Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

Hotels in smaller U.K. cities strive to keep up with bigger hubs: Many hotel brands in the larger cities within the United Kingdom are in good health, but those outside capitals and larger cities are working to stand out through innovation, flexibility on revenue streams and willingness to work with other real estate classes, writes Hotel News Now’s Terence Baker from the Annual Hotel Conference in London.

“There has always demand for London and Edinburgh, but we’re seeing movement in secondary cities involved in regeneration projects with their councils. Increasingly, councils are involved in more commercial development than hotels, in office, retail,” said Asli Kutlucan, senior partner of development and acquisitions at hotel-management company Cycas Hospitality.

How hotels have changed Los Angeles’ skyline in the last decade: Much has changed in Downtown Los Angeles over the last 10 years, including its shifting skyline and resurgence of downtown life, and hotels had a part in that, according to Curbed.

“As the economy recovered from the Great Recession, so did downtown, and project after project sprouted to cater to a rising interest in living and spending time in the city’s urban core,” the publication writes.

Projects include the 889-room InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown that opened in 2017; the Ritz-Carlton, Los Angeles, and JW Marriott Los Angeles L.A. Live that both opened in 2009; and more.

“The next decade of downtown’s life is on track to be another big one,” Curbed writes.

U.S., Canada weekly performance results: During the week of 8-14 December, the U.S. hotel industry reported positive results in the three key performance metrics year over year, according to data from STR, parent company of HNN.

Occupancy increased 5.6% to 60.5%, average daily rate grew 5.3% to $125.37 and revenue per available room rose 11.2% to $75.87.

During the same week, Canadian hotels also recorded positive results in the three key performance metrics. Occupancy increased 4.4% to 56.8%, ADR grew 5.5% to 147.11 Canadian dollars ($112.13) and RevPAR jumped 10.1% to CA$83.51 ($63.65).

Compiled by Dana Miller.

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