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Hotel, hospitality and travel

The Components of Hotel Payroll

Per the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average hourly compensation for a hospitality industry employee increased by 3.6 percent in 2016.

U.S. News Rates Hotel Rewards Programs

U.S. News & World Report has named the Marriott Rewards program as number one in its hotel rewards ratings, awarding it a high 4.92 out 5 points. Wyndham Rewards comes in second at 4.74 and Choice Privileges rounds out the top three at 4.53. Each in this trio has over 4,000 hotels in its network.

Wyndham U.S. Hotel RevPAR Grows 2.8% in Q2

Wyndham Worldwide Corporation (NYSE:WYN) announced its second quarter earnings results on August 2. Domestic same-store revenue per available room (RevPAR) increased 2.8 percent at Wyndham hotels compared to the second quarter of 2016.

Hyatt Sees Softer 3rd Quarter; Will Expand through Franchising

Hyatt Louisville recently sold to franchisee
Company-owned Hyatt Regency Louisville was sold last month to a franchisee for $50M (photo/d sniegowski)

On Thursday Hyatt Hotels Corporation (NYSE:H) reported a long list of issues to shareholders that are also of interest to franchise owners — from resolution of its online travel agency (OTA) fight, expansion through franchising, to a softness in room revenue in the second half of the year.

Wyndham to Split Into Hotel and Timeshare Firms but Publicly Neglects Hotel Owners

New Jersey-based hotel franchisor Wyndham Worldwide (WYN) announced this morning that it plans to split the company into two separate, publicly traded firms. Wyndham Hotel Group, with its headquarters in Parsippany, New Jersey, will be a pure-play hotel company with a portfolio of brands.

Trump Hotels Kicking Off New Midscale Franchising Brand

American IDEA Hotels logoIn a departure from the luxury hotels that the Trump brand is known for, the company is going after the midscale market with a new line, American Idea that sells franchises. Former Wyndham CEO Eric Danzinger is heading up the effort as CEO of the about-to-be-launched brand. He joined the Trump organization in August 2015 as CEO of Trump Hotel Collection. In contrast to the rest of the Trump hotel organization, the new chain will be franchised, which is what Danzinger knows and does.

Hotel Management Fees, A Growing Expense

The U.S. lodging industry recovery from the depths of the great recession was characterized by strong growth in rooms revenue (RevPAR), concurrent with strict cost controls.  This combination resulted in double-digit growth rates for profits from 2010 through 2014.  Starting in 2015, market conditions changed. 

Are Tattooed Staffers Acceptable at Your Hotel?

Are tattoos on staffers in your hotel all right with you? If not, with them becoming more mainstream and common, you may want to rethink how your hiring policy impacts your guests and the competency level of your staff.

Paying the Intermediaries: An Analysis of Hotel Commissions

The increasing incidence of intermediaries selling hotel rooms and other services is a major topic of discussion among U.S. hotel owners and operators.

Intercontinental Hotels Group Reveals Expanded Credit Card Breach

Intercontinental Hotels Group (IHG) has publicly adjusted radically upwards the number of its hotels involved in the credit card breach originally announced this past December, giving a ballpark figure of a dozen hotels involved in February. IHG now says that at least 1,000 of its hotels were involved.