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    5 things to know: 11 December 2017

    From the desks of the Hotel News Now editorial staff:

    • Four injured in explosion in Manhattan subway
    • Best Western names Jim Cosgrove as new board chairman
    • Hilton to use tech to enhance guest stays, recruitment
    • California wildfires spread by high winds
    • Global tourism market to reach $160.8b by 2025

    Hilton enhances guest stays, recruiting via tech

    Hilton is testing out various types of technology at its Innovation Gallery to enhance the guest stay and also is trying out different tech-based methods to help with company recruitment and training. 

    Bordering on the ridiculous

    Brexit negotiations are stuck on whether the U.K.’s border with Ireland should be a “hard” or “soft” one. Hoteliers in Ireland should be concerned about this, although the U.K. system is hardly set up for their voices to be heard. 

    5 things to know: 8 December 2017

    From the desks of the Hotel News Now editorial staff:

    • White Lodging looks to reposition portfolio after sale
    • Brexit negotiations move on to second phase
    • GM fosters guest, staff enthusiasm at DC Canopy
    • Hotel Stock Index up 5% in November
    • Nearly 100m Americans plan to travel for holidays, survey says

    Running the Show: Comfort key for Canopy GM in DC

    Mike Anderson, GM at the Canopy by Hilton Washington DC The Wharf, the first-ever Canopy to open in North America, said ensuring guests and employees feel comfortable in their own shoes is a big part of Canopy’s mission.

    Play it safe when it comes to guest privacy

    As consumers show their increasing desire for smart speakers, hoteliers should resist the urge to put them in their guestrooms before we fully understand how they will affect guest privacy.

    5 things to know: 7 December 2017

    From the desks of the Hotel News Now editorial staff:

    • SoCal wildfires force thousands to flee
    • Hilton’s Nassetta sees tax reform boosting hotel demand
    • Evolution of hotel workspaces has guests’ needs in mind
    • STR: US, Canada weekly hotel performance positive
    • Hoteliers say apps can’t fully replace concierges

    Group bookings pace for 2018: Up, but different

    Group business is pacing well for next year, but booking windows are getting shorter, and it can be tougher to raise rates, said sales and marketing executives at a recent industry roundtable. 

    STR: Canada hotel results for week ending 2 December

    During the week of 26 November to 2 December, the Canadian hotel industry reported occupancy rose 3% to 61.7%, ADR increased 4.1% to 143.10 Canadian dollars ($111.45) and RevPAR jumped 7.2% to CA$88.26 ($68.74).

    STR: US hotel results for week ending 2 December

    The U.S. hotel industry reported occupancy rose 1.3% to 56.6% during the week of 26 November to 2 December. ADR also increased 0.2% to $117.82 and RevPAR rose 1.5% to $66.71 during the week.