September 4, 2010 |
The nation's hotel industry, already struggling to pull out of its worst slump in decades, is now suffering from another loss in revenue because of the booming popularity of cellphones and laptop computers. In the past, hotel operators could expect to collect extra money by charging guests for in-room phone calls and on-demand movies. But today most guests check into a hotel packing cellphones and laptop computers that are linked to the Internet and loaded with movies, games and music.
June 29, 2008 |
Fewer hotels are offering free breakfasts, more are charging for late cancellation and more are offering free in-room wireless Internet access. Those are some of the findings from a recent survey of 10,000 hotels conducted by Smith Travel Research for the American Hotel & Lodging Assn. Fifty-nine percent of respondents offer a complimentary breakfast, down 9 percentage points from 2006. In terms of rates, 67% offer weekend specials, up 8 percentage points from 2006, while those that charge for late cancellation rose 8 percentage points to 82%. Wireless Internet access is being offered by 91% of hotels, up 35% from four years ago, the survey found.
October 21, 2009 |
While hotels across the country continue to struggle with slumping occupancy rates and sliding revenue, industry data released Tuesday show signs of improvement in several regions, including Southern California. The hotel occupancy rate nationwide dropped 5.4 percentage points to 59.8% in the first week of October, compared with the same period last year, while revenue per available room fell 12% to $59.28, according to Smith Travel Research Global, an industry research firm. The numbers are the latest in a series of reports chronicling one of the worst slumps in decades for the hotel industry.
September 17, 2012 |
In the end, one group of Americans can proclaim both the Republican and the Democratic conventions a success: hotel owners. The Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., and the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., combined to generate $46 million in hotel revenue, according to a report issued Monday by Smith Travel Research. Despite the threat of Hurricane Isaac, the Republican National Conventions in late August pushed hotel occupancy levels in Tampa to an average of 81%, while the Democrats who met in early September increased occupancy in Charlotte to 92%, according to the report.
February 3, 2013 |
For the ninth consecutive year, Moscow hotels ranked as the most expensive in the world for business travelers, followed by Lagos, Nigeria, and New York City. The ranking, based on an annual survey by U.K.-based Hogg Robinson Group, a travel, expense and data management firm, concluded that hotel rates around the globe grew by an average of 1.4% last year, compared to a 1% increase in 2011. (In the U.S., hotel rates jumped 4.2% in 2012, to an average of $106 per night, according to STR, formerly known as Smith Travel Research.)
June 28, 2009 |
There are deals to be had. Hotels need you, and they need your money, and in this time of downturn, they aren't going to let rooms stand empty if they can generate some cash. But beyond needing you, they also want you -- to enjoy your stay, to call on them to cater to your every whim, to tell them what makes you tick and lights your life. Watch out for both this summer as you check out what's going on with checking in.