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Friendlier Franchisee Contract Boosts HLS Hotel Growth in 2015

ATLANTA—Hospitality Lodging Systems announced that it will finish off 2015 with a 39 percent increase over last year in hotels that fly its flag. The twin-branded franchising firm grew 10 properties from its beginning in November of 2014. Its newer Haven Hotel has three properties as 2015 comes to a close. Its larger Budgetel brand has 18.

DoubleTree’s Newest Hotel Opens in Pennsylvania

DoubleTree room in Reading, Pennsylvania

READING, Penn.—DoubleTree by Hilton announced today that it has a newly opened 209-room hotel under its flag in Reading, Pennsylvania with a new style.

DoubleTree By Hilton Offers Franchisees a New Enhanced Amenities Concept

MCLEAN, Va.—DoubleTree by Hilton announced today that they will roll an upgrade to their premium rooms. Franchise owners can opt in to invest to renovate a floor. DoubleTree, which has 440 branded hotels across six continents, calls the U.S. upgrade their "Little Extras Upgrade."

Kube Adds Apple Watch Charging to SmartPhone Charger

Kube Systems Portable charging smartphone & tablet

NEW YORK – This summer Kube Systems Inc. launched an accessory to charge Apple Watches for hotel guests. A charging arm attaches to an alarm clock that can play music over a Bluetooth connection.

3 Franchisors Listed in 100 Best Workplaces for Women

Hyatt Regency, Schaumburg, Chicago front desk
Front desk of Hyatt Regency, Schaumburg, Chicago

Three famous franchising firms place among the top 100 Best Workplaces for Women list. Hyatt Hotels Corporation is ranked the highest, followed by restaurant franchisor Chili's Grill and Bar and then Marriott.

DC Hotel Workers Proposal to Restrict Airbnb Tougher than That of Large Hotels

The District of Columbia Unite-Here Local 25 hotel workers union and a group of large hotels have come up with separate proposals to put restrictions on Airbnb's lodging bookings

Airbnb Battles San Francisco's Proposition F

Airbnb is a privately held online lodging booking company founded in San Francisco in 2008 by two roommates who couldn't afford their rent, leading them to offer three air mattresses in their loft for temporary lodging.

Hotels Fighting Back against Discount Travel Sites

Hotels have been paying substantial commissions to online travel booking sites. They have begun taking aggressive action to book their customers directly, cutting out the middleman.

Consumption and Pricing Influence Hotel Utility Costs

In hotels, utility costs consist of four major components. According to the 2015 edition of Trends in the Hotel Industry, electricity is the largest utility expense comprising 60 percent of total expenditures. Water/service is the next largest utility cost (23.8%) followed by gas/fuel (10.6%), and steam (2.3%).

Lexington Opens First Construction Property

CLEVELAND – Lexington by Vantage, a collection of inns, hotels and suites in the midscale to upscale lodging segments, announced on Wednesday the opening of the brand's first new construction property, the Lexington Inn & Suites in Effingham, Illinois.