Dual-brand hotels finding footing internationally

Hotel brand companies are seeing the success of dual-branded properties in the US and looking at international markets for potential new development opportunities. Brands might initially consider the same international markets for dual-branded properties as they would for single-branded hotels.

An electric dinosaur mans the front desk at a Japanese hotel

The latest robot-staffed Henn-na Hotel opened in Japan last week, with an electronic dinosaur manning the front desk and offering concierge services to guests in multiple languages. Operators are confident that park visitors will be OK with this odd new way of lodging.

FlexBook offers industry-first flexible check-in and check-out

FlexBook.com, a new hotel booking site, offers travelers the first real opportunity to customize their hotel stays by offering early check-in/late check-out as part of their booking. FlexBook was created by the team behind HotelsByDay that helped pioneer flexible hotel stays by offering convenient day stays at top hotels around the world.

Gaylord Hotels partners with MeetingPlay for indoor wayfinding app

Gaylord Hotels has become the first hospitality brand to introduce MeetingPlay’s AppAtlas, an indoor venue wayfinding app, across its resorts. Using iBeacon technology and advanced indoor 3-D mapping, AppAtlas and Gaylord Hotels have created Navigate Gaylord Hotels, a game-changing app experience with turn-by-turn navigation.

Barcelona clamps down on hotel development

Authorities in Barcelona have announced a ban on new hotels or visitor apartments opening anywhere in that city's center, calling into question the future of its tourism and travel growth. The ban even extends to not replacing any hotels or apartments that close, with the local government calling for a better balance between tourism and the local community.

AHLEI adds breakfast attendant training and certification to START program

The American Hotel and Lodging Educational Institute (AHLEI) has added training and certification for Breakfast Attendant to its START for Individual Positions series, which provides flexible training and certification modules in multiple formats to meet the needs of schools, workforce agencies, and properties.

Introducing Yes! Getaways, the new online travel platform

Yes! Getaways has announced its official launch of its new online booking platform. Scouring over 72 million flight and accommodation combinations each day across more than 440 airlines worldwide, Yes! Getaways offers travelers a faster and more comprehensive process for booking travel.

Massive new investment in hotel development

The Australian hotel industry is responding to continued record international visitor growth with a record level of hotel investment – over $8 billion – that is set to transform Australia’s accommodation and tourism sectors. Figures released today by Tourism Accommodation Australia identify 228 hotel projects (34,702 rooms) under construction.

AHLEI and OAS sign up to boost training for tourism enterprises in the Americas

The American Hotel and Lodging Educational Institute has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the General Secretariat of the Organization of American States through its Executive Secretariat for Integral Development to provide training opportunities that will improve service quality for small and medium-sized tourism enterprises throughout the Americas.

Marriott International named as 2017 World’s Most Ethical Company

Marriott International has been recognized by the Ethisphere Institute, a global leader in defining and advancing the standards of ethical business practices, as a 2017 World’s Most Ethical Company. Marriott has appeared on the list for 10 years and is one of only three in the lodging and hospitality industry.

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