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    5 things to know: 28 April 2017

    From the desks of the Hotel News Now editorial staff:

    • US GDP growth slows to 0.7%
    • Labor costs increasing
    • Freitag on Easter, supply growth
    • Buyers still buying despite supply
    • Host sees 3.4% RevPAR increase

    AHIC: Middle East hoteliers stress social reform

    As the eyes of the world look more to the Middle East, the region's hotel industry must support initiatives aimed at bettering employment, civil rights and gender positions for those whose voices struggle to be heard.

    Extend hospitality to your own employees

    Discussions at this year’s Hospitality Law Conference have led me to believe that even if it costs a little more, sometimes it’s better to be more accommodating to employees.

    ESA: Renovations almost done; franchising deals near

    Extended Stay America officials pointed to a strong first quarter as a sign of good things to come in 2017 as the company completes its portfolio renovation program and lines up its first franchise agreements.

    5 things to know: 27 April 2017

    From the desks of the Hotel News Now editorial staff:

    • Trump tax plan faces political test
    • Jobless claims jump, but remain relatively low
    • Navigating the Middle East outlook at AHIC
    • IHG and TripAdvisor partner for bookings
    • ESA and MGM issue Q1 earnings

    STR: Canada hotel results for week ending 22 April

    During the week of 16-22 April, the Canadian hotel industry reported occupancy decreased 0.6% to 61.2%, while a 1.3% ADR increase to CA$139.45 ($102.41) drove RevPAR up 0.7% to CA$85.28 ($62.63). 

    A guide to leasing space for owners, asset managers

    Leasing spaces to restaurants and retail outlets can be a great way for hotels to bring more people on-property and unlock a new source of revenue, but speakers at the recent Hotel Asset Managers Association conference said it’s important to guard your interests in case things go south.

    STR: US hotel results for week ending 22 April

    The U.S. hotel industry reported mixed performance results during the week ending 22 April. Occupancy fell just 0.5% to 68%, while ADR increased 1.3% to $124.48 and RevPAR increased 0.7% to $84.61.

    Wyndham may be setting up for spinoff

    During a first-quarter earnings call with analysts, Wyndham Worldwide CEO Steve Holmes discussed steps the company is taking toward a possible spinoff of its vacation ownership business, including the hiring of a hotel industry veteran who was involved in a similar move by Hilton. 

    5 things to know: 26 April 2017

    From the desks of the Hotel News Now editorial staff:

    • More details on Trump tax plan
    • Corcoran on RLJ-FelCor merger
    • What hoteliers look for during hotel stays
    • Hilton ups commitment to hire veterans
    • Wyndham considering splitting business

    What industry experts want from a hotel stay

    The hotel experience is different for everyone. Hotel News Now asked general managers, food-and-beverage experts, designers and more what they want out of a hotel stay. Here’s a look at their expectations.