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    5 things to know: 15 January 2019

    From the desks of the Hotel News Now editorial staff:

    • Militant group attacks Dusit hotel in Nairobi
    • New brands in 2018 focused on experience-driven guests
    • Lindsay Goldberg acquires Affordable Suites of America
    • TWA Hotel donates sand to Jamaica Bay recovery effort
    • Robot hotel lays off more than half of robot staff

    Indies pin direct booking success on customized sites

    Boutique hotels and independents are banking on CRM-savvy website investments and personalization to drive direct bookings. Many are seeing remarkable payoffs as a result, and claim they are stealing chain-loyal customers away with enhanced personalization.

    Hoteliers support Venice day-tripper taxes

    Ratified by the 2019 Italian budget law, Venice now has the ability to impose a tax on the millions of day-trippers coming to the fragile city. Hoteliers and politicians support the initiative, stating it will result in a more livable city and better services for visitors.

    5 things to know: 14 January 2019

    From the desks of the Hotel News Now editorial staff:

    • TSA short-staffed in government shutdown
    • US stocks to open reflecting signs of slower growth
    • The impact of opportunity zones on US hotel development
    • Major snowstorm hits mid-Atlantic, kills seven
    • Theresa May continues to push MPs to back Brexit deal

    STR: Preliminary December data for Sydney hotels

    Sydney hotels reported occupancy dipped 1.4% to 81% in December, according to preliminary STR data. ADR decreased 1.1% to 245.93 Australian dollars ($176.99) and RevPAR fell 2.5% to AU$199.23 ($143.40).

    STR: Preliminary December data for Dubai hotels

    Preliminary December 2018 data from STR shows Dubai hotel occupancy dropped 2.7% to 79.2%, ADR declined 4.3% to 758.80 Emirati dirhams ($206.62) and RevPAR decreased 6.9% to 600.98 dirhams ($163.64).

    Bright spots, looming shadows for Europe hotels in 2019

    Europe and the U.K. will see hotel performance growth in 2019, although that growth will be mixed across the continent as issues such as supply and Brexit come to the surface and after a host of destinations enjoyed stellar growth in 2018.

    5 things to know: 11 January 2019

    From the desks of the Hotel News Now editorial staff:

    • Brands refocus sustainability initiatives in 2019
    • Host closes on sale of Westin Grand Central
    • Weekly performance results for US hotels
    • Government shutdown could end job growth streak
    • Atlanta hotels being inspected before Super Bowl

    Brand sustainability leaders focus on future, not fads

    High-profile initiatives such as bans on plastic get the public’s attention, but executives at hotel companies say their goals in sustainability are aimed at the greatest potential impact for the least potential cost.

    5 things to know: 10 January 2019

    From the desks of the Hotel News Now editorial staff:

    • How hoteliers can manage online reviews by employees
    • Looking to expand LXR brand, Hilton partners with M&C
    • Fed probably won’t raise rates in next few months
    • More hotel fees hitting different types of hotels
    • Blockchain center to open in New York City