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Omicron Emergence a Yardstick for the Hotel Industry

Just as the world was rounding the corner on the Delta variant, along came Omicron—a rowdy interloper arriving to a party all hoped was winding down. And though the intrusion was noisy at first, Omicron could potentially be more insipid than insidious.

Article by David Eisen for HotStats

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A Review of Hotel Company Key Performance Metrics in 2021

The recovery of the hotel industry from the ongoing global pandemic can be measured by improvements to key performance metrics, which dropped precipitously as lockdowns and travel restrictions were imposed in March 2020, and have improved through starts and stops since.

Article by Rachel Daub & Robert McCune for CoStar

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U.S. Travel Association Biannual Forecast Shows Uneven Travel Recovery

Days after the U.S. reopened its land and air borders to vaccinated international visitors, U.S. Travel Association released its biannual forecast, which shows an uneven recovery for the international inbound and business travel segments, while domestic leisure travel has returned to near pre-pandemic levels.

Article by Guest Contributor for LODGING Magazine

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Hoteliers Evolve Operations To Focus More on Experiences

Experiential travel and hotel stays have been the buzz of the past few years, and top the agendas of many hotel brand operators. Lenders now are also paying attention to the demand for hotel experiences, according to executives who spoke at the recent Gulf & Indian Ocean Hotel Investors’ Summit in Ras al Khaimah, United Arab Emirates.

Article by Terence Baker for HNN

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International Travel Ban Ends as Borders Open to Visitors from Dozens of Countries

From Dublin, Sao Paolo, Brussels, London and other cities around the world, international visitors spilled into U.S. airports Monday in joyous celebrations that marked the end of a pandemic-related travel ban that kept them separated from loved ones for more than 18 months.

Article by Lori Aratani and Ian Duncan for The Washington Post

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Business Travel Spend Set to Reach Two Thirds of Pre-Pandemic Levels by 2022

Worldwide business travel spending looks set to rise by more than a quarter this year and reach two thirds of pre-pandemic levels by 2022, according to the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC). The forecast comes in a major new WTTC report in collaboration with McKinsey & Company.

Article by Guest Contributor for wttc.org

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The U.S. Will Open Land Borders for Fully Vaccinated Travelers in November

The Biden administration will lift travel restrictions at the borders with Canada and Mexico starting in November for fully vaccinated travelers, reopening the doors of the United States to tourists and separated family members who have been sealed out of the country during the pandemic.

Article by Zolan Kanno-Youngs & Emily Cochrane for the New York Times

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5 Ways 5G Will Transform the Hospitality Industry

SkiftX unpacks how 5G can impact every dimension of the hotel experience, from customer convenience and deeper guest personalization, to amazing entertainment resources, enhanced meetings and events, and streamlined operations industry-wide.

Article by Guest Contributor for Skift

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Booking Revenue Triples on Travel Demand Boost from U.S., Europe

Online travel agency Booking Holdings Inc said on Wednesday its quarterly revenue more than tripled and trounced estimates, driven by strong demand in Europe and the United States as more people planned their long-delayed getaways. 

Article by Shreyasee Raj for Reuters

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IHG CEO Bullish on New Hotel Construction Despite Tight Lending Market

IHG Hotels & Resorts CEO Keith Barr sees plenty of interest in moving ahead with new-build construction for hotels despite the tight lending market. Financing for new hotels dried up in the worst months of the pandemic, leading many hotel executives — Barr included — to promote the idea of signing new brand deals with the owners of existing hotels, also known as a conversion.

Article by Cameron Spence for Skift

Industry Events

ALIS 2022
January 23 - 26

For 20 years, ALIS has delivered an unrivaled combination of compelling content, top-tier delegates, and extraordinary networking opportunities. The ALIS conference, making it the leading and largest hotel investment conference in the world.

Hotel Association of Canada National Conference
March 02 - 03

The Hotel Association of Canada National Conference (HAC) takes place March 2-3, 2022, at the Fairmont Royal York in Toronto, Canada. This industry conference brings together professionals to address Canada's hotel labor shortage, discuss legislative solutions to industry challenges and find sustainable solutions for the Canadian hotel industry. 

Hunter Hotel Investment Conference 2022
March 22 - 24

The Hunter Hotel Investment Conference, also known as HUNTER, is a highly-anticipated annual gathering of prominent leaders and investors in the hotel industry along with up-and-coming hoteliers and entrepreneurs.

The Hotel Show Dubai
May 24 - 26

For over 20 years, The Hotel Show Dubai has been connecting global suppliers with regional buyers actively seeking new products and services.
The event attracts thousands of serious buyers each year, providing an unrivalled opportunity for hospitality professionals to network,
discover and do business.