Executives at the recent NYU International Hospitality Industry Investment Conference discussed the reasons economically friendly hotel brands are growing. Making choices based on value and still providing a lifestyle experience are among the top focuses for these budget-savvy brands.
Expedia President Cyril Ranque says the company will not charge hotels commissions on resort fees even though Booking Holdings has recently made that move. However, Ranque said hotels that charge consumer fees will be ranked lower on the search list since the list is generated by the offer's quality.
Antony Doucet of Kerten Hospitality has big plans for development in Georgia that will appeal to visitors from the Middle East and showcase Georgian culture. "The hotels are mostly targeted to international guests, while we are to offer a unique experience in restaurants and gastronomy for our Georgian clientele," Doucet says.
Liquor dispensers are being removed from minibars in rooms at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, General Manager Erica Lopez says, adding that recent tourist deaths in the country did not prompt the move. The resort also is ensuring that its on-site clinic complies "with all international and US standards of care," Lopez says.
Hotel bars in Washington, D.C., are committed to providing an energetic atmosphere that's much more unique than the typical hotel bar, Travis Mitchell writes. With trendy, imported ingredients and atmospheres that are inviting and on point, the bars are creating standalone experiences.
Keeping the long hair look during hot summer months often requires the right accessories such as barrettes and scarves.
Leaders who share personal stories, even the painful ones, will build trust with team members and give them permission to be honest, writes Alaina Love. "Stories spark transformation in ourselves, in others and in our organizations," she writes.
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