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The Biggest Innovators in Travel and Hospitality: 2022 Year-End Edition

Skift is back with another installment of inspiration in hotels and hospitality. Female-led luxury seemed to be a common theme this year, alongside those maintaining standards, leading teams and executing on subtle touches for the people who notice. Here are a few brands, ideas and services that deserved a hat tip in 2022.

By Colin Nagy for Skift 

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The U.S. Sees Continued Travel Demand Through Holiday Season, Ending 2022 on a High Note

Amadeus, a global leader in travel technology, is seeing a positive trend in U.S. hotel bookings for the 2022 holiday season, with their business data showing that U.S. occupancy for the last two weeks of the year (Dec 18-31) is currently at 27%, pacing 1% behind the same time in 2019.

By Alison Guillot for Amadeus 

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U.S. Hoteliers Gradually Make Headway Against Labor Shortage

Hoteliers are benefiting from a loosening labor market as perks such as higher salaries, retention bonuses, finder’s fees for new workers, more flexible work schedules, and same-day payments appear to be drawing workers back into the hospitality industry.

By Danny King for CoStar 

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UKHospitality Scotland Calls on the Scottish Government to Implement Business Rate Support

With a third of Scottish hospitality business owners concerned about survival this winter, UKHospitality Scotland has called upon the Scottish Government to allocate support on business rates quickly, making the difference between survival or closure for hospitality venues across Scotland. 

By HospitalityUK Scotland 

US Hotel Occupancy for Thanksgiving Mirrors 2019 Volumes

Amadeus, a global leader in travel technology,  is seeing a positive trend in US hotel bookings for the Thanksgiving holiday as U.S. occupancy for Thanksgiving week is at 29%, pacing 1% higher than 2019 (pre-pandemic) levels.

By Alison Guillot for Amadeus 

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Fragile Global Economy Clamps Down on Hotel Performance

HotStats’ August performance data showed that both revenue and profit were following a normal, typical summer seasonal pattern, but unrestrained inflation, higher interest rates and foundering financial markets augur a potential global recession that could derail the ongoing hotel comeback.

By HotStats 

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IHG CEO at Skift Global Forum 2022

IHG CEO Keith Barr covers a lot of ground in this conversation at Skift Global Forum. Watch him discuss the global hotel brand's headwinds, evolution, strategy and more.

By Dawit Habtemariam for Skift

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87% of Surveyed Hotels Report Staffing Shortages

 According to a new member survey conducted by the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA), 87% of survey respondents indicated they are experiencing a staffing shortage, 36% severely so. The most critical staffing need is housekeeping, with 43% ranking it as their biggest challenge.


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IHG Owners Association Launches Healthcare Program for IHG Franchised Hotels

The IHG Owners Association has announced a new member benefit, the IHG Owners Association Healthcare Program, which offers nationwide healthcare coverage and benefits options to employees of U.S. Association members.

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Lodging Companies Tout Strength of Recovery

Recent second-quarter earnings reports from the major lodging companies points to a sustained recovery within the global hotel industry. They reported significantly improved results over the first quarter of 2022, with many profitability metrics outpacing those in 2019.

By HotStats

Industry Events

Future Hospitality Investment Summit (FHS) 2023
September 25 - 27

The Future Hospitality Investment Summit (FHS) 2023 is the place for discussions, deals and insight on the continued growth of the region's hospitality and tourism sectors.

Skift Global Forum
September 26 - 28

Skift Global Forum 2023, the industry's leading conference, has become an essential gathering for travel industry leaders, innovators and disruptors to discuss the latest developments in technology, sustainability, marketing and innovation.

Hospitality Tech Expo
October 10 - 11

From EPOS, online ordering, workforce management and payment solutions to digital signage and technology for cooking, the Hospitality Tech Expo brings the whole hospitality industry together, making it the event to be!

2023 Toronto Owner Summit
October 16 - 17

The IHG Owners Association’s Owner Summits are designed to help fine tune owners' operational skills, set their business up for success and allow them to network directly with fellow franchisees, with agendas tailored through owner input to address both the challenges and opportunities hoteliers face.

IMEX America
October 17 - 19

IMEX America, the largest trade show in the US for the global meetings, events and incentive travel industry, brings the meetings industry together to do a year's worth of business under one roof. 

HFTP Annual Convention
October 18 - 20

The HFTP Annual Convention gathers hundreds of hospitality finance and technology professionals for three days of networking, education sessions, featured vendors and networking and social activities.

2023 Santo Domingo Owner Summit
October 18 - 19

The IHG Owners Association’s Owner Summits are designed to help fine tune owners' operational skills, set their business up for success and allow them to network directly with fellow franchisees, with agendas tailored through owner input to address both the challenges and opportunities hoteliers face.

Hotel Investment Conference Asia Pacific 2024
October 23 - 25

For over 30 years, HICAP has been the unequaled annual gathering place for Asia-Pacific's hotel investment community, attracting the most influential owners, developers, lenders, executives, and professional advisors from around the globe.

HTNG and Hotec
October 30 - November 01 2023

Two of the most powerful names in hotel technology, HTNG Conference and Hotec EMEA, have come together to convene leading hoteliers, procurement specialists and technology partners from across Europe.

Western Canadian Lodging Conference
November 01 - 02

The Western Canadian Lodging Conference has established itself as the definitive source for information, insight and opinion on today's Western Canadian lodging market.