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What the Hotel World Looks Like in 2020

April 3, 2019

Bob Rauch and Sarah Andersen Hotel Distribution is arguably the big topic of the near term. Expedia Group and Booking Holdings (previously Priceline) are the...

Flexing Hotel Labor Today

March 6, 2019

Bob Rauch and Sarah Anderson It’s easy to say, “flex down your labor costs” when revenues drop, but is it easy to do? In a market of...

A Primer on 2019 in the Lodging Industry: Economy, Loyalty, and Specific Markets

February 5, 2019

By Robert Rauch When forecasting what will occur in a given year, I often quote lots of others, which reduces the risk I am taking as a sole prognosticator....

Lodging Forecast 2019: Industry Threats Yet Growth

January 3, 2019

By Robert A. Rauch Reading forecast content from the plethora of prognosticators out there can drive one into craziness. Clearly, the current economy has...

Hotel Trend Report – What You Need to Know About 2019

December 4, 2018

Top 10 Hospitality Market Trends By Robert Rauch It is time to pick the top ten hospitality industry trends to come next year! Last year, we said that...

3 New Technical Strategies to Personalize Your Targeting

October 30, 2018

This month’s blog post features a guest article written by Meredith Rauch.  This article was originally posted on ScreenPilot’s website....

Hotel Industry – Q4 2018 and Beyond

October 3, 2018

By Robert A. Rauch Many of us who attended The Lodging Conference this past month heard Bernard Baumohl, Chief Economist for the Conference Board,...

To Q3 and Beyond: Hotel Industry Forecast for San Diego, Arizona, Colorado, and Other U.S. Markets

September 6, 2018

By Robert A. Rauch U.S. Economy Companies are reporting solid revenues as well as profits. Q2 Gross Domestic Product (GDP) was at 4.2 percent, the best...

Mid-Year 2018: Brands, OTAs, Marriott, Blockchain, Robotics and Sustainability

July 10, 2018

By Robert A. Rauch Online travel agencies (OTAs) outspend brands by a wide margin and continue to steal market share from brands. As Marriott is becoming more...

Hospitality 2020 – The Next Big Things

June 7, 2018

By Robert A. Rauch Hospitality’s turnaround in both profits and technology over the past eight years has been rather phenomenal. Revenues and profits...

The Transformation of the Hotel Industry in the 2010s

March 1, 2018

By Robert A. Rauch, CHA We have officially been transformed into the John Naisbitt coined “hi tech, hi touch” world, 33 years after the release of...

Build, Buy, Hold or Sell? Late-Cycle Owner Strategies

February 5, 2018

Use this guide to determine which strategy you as an owner should pursue in 2018. by Robert Rauch This year, some analysts talk about how the cycle is...

Why 2018 Will Be Great: Hotel Industry Forecast

February 2, 2018

By Robert A. Rauch The big news in 2017 was the stock market, consumer confidence and the economy in general. Tax reform, wage growth, reduced regulations and...

Hotel Business Plan Development 2018: Getting Ready for 2018 Budgeting

September 7, 2017

By Robert A. Rauch Before we complete our business plans for 2018, a review of macroeconomic data is in order. China’s growth might be slowing but...

Summer in the City - or Outside a City: Enjoying Strong Market Revenues & Positioning for Fall Season

August 1, 2017

by Robert A. Rauch Yes, it’s summer but you might be outside a city. Either way, enjoy the remainder of revenues if you are in a strong market or the...

Revenue and Cost Strategies for Boutiques, Independents

July 28, 2017

Find the right tools and embrace the cost generators that best fit your independent property. By Robert A. Rauch With many moving parts and no brand systems...

Spring Conference Season – What is the Buzz?

June 6, 2017

by Robert A. Rauch Spring brings on many conferences including our own Lodging Industry Forecast Event (LIFE) Conference held in March. Recently we’ve...

Ten Years After – Hospitality Technology 2017

May 2, 2017

by Robert Rauch No, for those of you who appreciated Alvin Lee and Ten Years After as a kid, this is not about music. This is about the 10 year anniversary of...

Robert Rauch’s Hotel Industry Forecast: 2017

April 5, 2017

by Robert Rauch The big news in 2016 was Marriott’s merger with Starwood and provides the new company with over 1,000,000 hotel rooms in 5,700 hotels,...

Leadership – Information and Skills Needed for Hospitality Success in 2017

March 2, 2017

By Robert A. Rauch Whether you are an owner, industry executive, general manager or aspiring industry leader, 2017 is going to be a very solid year as we have...

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