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    5 things to know: 19 June 2018

    From the desks of the Hotel News Now editorial staff:

    • Minor confident in acquiring NH Hotel Group
    • Mandarin Oriental’s growth and evolution
    • Jumeriah plans for third hotel offering
    • Indian hotels performing poorly
    • Union asks Hawaii hotels to help employees buy homes

    Mandarin Oriental keeps laser focus on luxury

    Group Chief Executive James Riley shares insights into why development is so important for Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group and why the company will not launch new brands in the near future.

    Extended-stay hotels: Growth or performance?

    An analysis of moderate-priced and upper-priced extended-stay hotels shows a difference in each category's performance due in part to their operating models, but extended-stay hotels overall outperform the rest of the industry in terms of occupancy and rate.

    US hotel conversion list

    Updates to this list include: Hotel Lancaster to be converted to a Holiday Inn; a DoubleTree by Hilton conversion; and more.

    5 things to know: 18 June 2018

    From the desks of the Hotel News Now editorial staff:

    • LaSalle board still supporting Blackstone transaction
    • Hawaii hotels have yet to feel direct volcanic impact
    • Global stocks, oil dip as US-China trade dispute escalates
    • Tourism boom expected in Sweden
    • Columbus needs more rooms to keep sports tournaments

    Hyatt Place updates include wellness, loyalty perks

    Next-generation Hyatt Place designs, set to appear in the market next year, incorporate new design elements for guestrooms and lobbies, and also a variety of wellness-focused amenities and loyalty privileges.

    What hoteliers can do when crises strike

    The U.S. has been hit with the longest streak of crises—mass shootings, natural disasters and security breaches—in the past decade. Hoteliers need to better prepare and develop plans for not if, but when crises strike.

    5 things to know: 15 June 2018

    From the desks of the Hotel News Now editorial staff:

    • Culinary union workers approve new contract with Caesars
    • Wage increases in Europe bolster central bank’s confidence
    • 3 F&B pairings that spice up summer menus
    • US, Canadian hotel results for week ending 9 June
    • Study finds business travel can make people depressed

    LIIC: Execs look at M&A in a sellers’ market

    Tax reform, strong stock prices for publicly listed companies and the easy ability to refinance have changed some dynamics in the hotel industry, according to experts speaking during the recent Lodging Industry Investment Council meeting.

    5 things to know: 14 June 2018

    From the desks of the Hotel News Now editorial staff:

    • Fed increases interest rates, signals more to come
    • Hoteliers try to manage influx of influencer requests
    • A history of the ever-evolving Hampton by Hilton brand
    • US retail sales see month-to-month increase in May
    • Airbnb delivers $15.3 million in hotel taxes to Texas

    Hampton’s evolution from economy to an industry leader

    Hampton by Hilton has come a long way since 1984, when it started as an economy brand under the Holiday Corporation. In this brand history, executives and owners talk about how Hampton’s growth has influenced the industry.

    Hoteliers shrug off political, economic uncertainties

    During a recent panel discussion at Michigan State University, hotel company executives talked about promising signs they’re seeing for the industry and economic climate, as well as new opportunities to control costs.