After years of struggle, Club Med eyes growth in China

Club Med is on an expansion tear following its 2015 acquisition by China’s Fosun Group. The Paris-based originator of the all-inclusive resort plans to open 15 properties and renovate nine over the next three years, with a heavy emphasis on its parent company’s home turf.

New York hotel market chases recovery

New York City has been working through an enormous hotel construction pipeline for the past several years — the largest in the nation — and one that is expected to keep a lid on rates and room revenue until sometime next year. 

Sam Nazarian: sbe to merge with Hakkasan Group

Wall Street is abuzz after billionaire hotel owner Sam Nazarian’s confirmation that he expects to close a giant merger with Hakkasan Group within 60 days that will form a huge hotel, restaurant and nightclub operation headquartered in Las Vegas with a $1 billion valuation.

Expedia enhances partner knowledge with new sentiment analysis tool

Expedia group, the world’s largest online travel company, today announced Guest Review Insights, a new sentiment analysis tool to help hotels manage and improve their online reputation, and as a result, attract more travellers while maximizing guest experiences on property.

Hilton Garden Inn launches six region-specific hotel prototypes

Hilton Garden Inn has announced a revamped hotel design approach that provides six new, customizable hotel prototype options – one for each region of the world where the brand operates. The prototypes are designed for hotel developers seeking to cost-efficiently expand their portfolios while maximizing revenue.

Online hotel booking scams cost Americans $1.3 billion annually

The American Hotel and Lodging Association (AHLA) has applauded the Senate Subcommittee on Consumer Protection, Product Safety, Insurance and Data Security for taking another step in raising awareness about the prevalence and significant impact of online hotel booking scams on American consumers.

Augmented reality start-up aims for cleaner rooms

No hotel owner wants their name bad-mouthed on social media for bed begs, unchanged sheets, dirty toilets, or worse. Augmented reality start-up, AR-Check, hopes to alleviate the nightmares associated with dirty rooms.

Plans to hire hundreds of Emiratis in hospitality and retail by 2020

From leading heritage tours to greeting hotel guests, hundreds of Emiratis will soon represent the UAE’s hospitality industry. A new campaign aims to recruit 500 Emiratis for the tourism sector by 2020. Some students have already graduated from hospitality training courses.

New sources of Asian investment buying European hotels

The lion’s share of Chinese and Asian hotel industry capital entering Europe of late has derived from publicly listed conglomerates, notably HNA Tourism Group and Jin Jiang International, but midsize players are trying to make a play in the region, as well.

Marriott International announces new collaboration with career advancement startup Amavitae

Global hospitality leader Marriott International announced it has embarked on a new initiative with career advancement startup, Amavitae. Launched in 2016, Amavitae's mobile-first career advancement platform addresses the skills and opportunity gaps of a new generation of jobseekers and empowers them to find a career they love.

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