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Why Warren County is opening hotels at a furious pace

September 23, 2019

Warren County visitors drawn by existing attractions have led to three new hotel openings this summer, and several more are on the way. “As our visitation numbers increase, so does our demand for quality lodging,” said Scott Hutchinson, director of marketing and communications for the Warren County Convention & Visitors Bureau. Places and events such as Kings Island, the Western & Southern Open tennis tournament and the Ohio Renaissance Festival lead county tourism. With Kings Island’s new coaster and the Warren County Sports Park at Union Village expected to open in 2020, hotels are anticipating a boost. Warren County...

Mexico closed its tourism board, so tourist hot spots are going DIY

September 23, 2019

The Mexican government defunded its national tourism board, forcing some hotel and resort towns south of the border to take matters into their own hands to avoid losing their biggest source of travelers — California. The result has been the opening of two privately funded tourism bureaus in Los Angeles. The hotels and restaurants in Los Cabos, a region in the southern peninsula of Baja California, have pooled their funds to open the Los Cabos Tourism Board in offices in Century City so they can promote their destination to travel agents and others in Southern California. “The opening of the Los Angeles office was a completely rat...

Proposed hotel latest German Village flashpoint

September 22, 2019

A developer planning a five-story boutique hotel at the northwest corner of German Village said his project will complement the unique neighborhood without replicating it. The proposed 135-room hotel, The McGown, at 33 E. Livingston Ave., will be built with brick, glass and stainless steel "that would evoke a texture similar to that of the slate roofs in German Village," said Michael Casey, a principal at developer Wickford Holdings. The hotel would also have 139 underground parking spaces. But some have concerns about the look, including Delilah Lopez, the executive director of the German Village Society, which hosted a meeting on the ...

Colorado Springs hotel occupancy nearly flat in August

September 21, 2019

Hotel occupancy in Colorado Springs was flat in August after rebounding in July, according to the Rocky Mountain Lodging Report. Local hotels filled 85.1% of their rooms in August, down slightly from 85.2% a year earlier during a record-setting tourism season. The occupancy rate in July rose slightly after declining in the previous four months. For the first eight months of the year, occupancy fell to 73.6% from 74.2% from the same period last year. Despite the small drop in occupancy, the average room rate rose 2.7% to $138.74, the highest for August and the fifth highest monthly average for the city. The average for the first eight mo...

Could a new hotel (or maybe more) be coming to downtown Hartford in the next few years?

September 20, 2019

WFSB-TV’s former studio location on Constitution Plaza — a vacant eyesore at a critical gateway to downtown Hartford after the building was demolished a decade ago — is among at least three potential sites for new downtown hotels. Developers have approached the Capital Region Development Authority about the potential for hotel financing in recent weeks. The discussions come just as a consultant has recommended the addition of at least one 300-500-room hotel in the downtown area in the next five years to help boost business at the Connecticut Convention Center. Michael W. Freimuth, CRDA’s executive director, also confirmed that t...

Visit Napa Valley reports favorable data, but keeps eye on trends

September 20, 2019

More visitors are spending more money and more time in Napa Valley, leading to higher hotel revenue and daily room rates. And while new local hotels have opened in recent years, occupancy remained relatively stable, dipping less than a percent over the previous 12 months. The data was reported by Visit Napa Valley during its annual Partnership Conference on Thursday afternoon at the Napa Valley Performing Arts Center at Lincoln Theater in Yountville. “The hospitality experience of the Napa Valley is second to none compared to other wine regions. That’s why the numbers are the way they are,” said Linsey Gallagher, Visit Napa Valley...

Downtown parking deck nears completion as works begins for new hotel and office space

September 20, 2019

Construction of a downtown Hay Street parking deck overlooking Segra Stadium has never halted in recent weeks, even though at times it may have appeared that way, project manager Jordan Jones said Thursday. Mayor Mitch Colvin wondered aloud Wednesday what was happening with the deck's construction. "I really don't see any activity, so I'll ask that question'' of city staff, he said. On Thursday, he said he feels better about the construction progress after speaking with Jones. The outer shell of the garage is being applied, and work has begun on the Hyatt Place Hotel and office complex that is being built on top of that, said Jone...

Outlook for Hawaii hotels improves with August growth

September 19, 2019

Hawaii’s hotel industry posted healthy year-over-year gains in August, but that was due in part to a weaker hotel performance in August 2018 as a result of Hurricane Lane. Hotel occupancy rose 5.5 percentage points across the state to 84.3%, according to the Hawaii Hotel Performance Report released Wednesday by the Hawaii Tourism Authority, which used data from STR. Average daily rate (ADR) grew more than 3% to nearly $290 and revenue per available room (RevPAR) increased nearly 11% to just over $244. RevPAR is considered by many in the industry as a key measure of success given that it’s the amount each hotelier gains per room regardl...

$120 million Austin West project would include restaurants, offices, hotels

September 19, 2019

The developer of Austin Landing gave an exclusive interview to News Center 7’s Adam Marshall, giving the latest details on a more than $120 million proposed development. “We’re taking what is today a storm water retention pond and turning that into a water feature,” Larry Dillin, president of Dillin LLC said. “We will build a collection of restaurants overlooking the water. Then build hotels, offices and apartments around that, energizing the space,” he said. At Interstate 75 and Austin Boulevard, there is more activity than what can be accommodated within the boundaries of the existing Austin Landing. That’s why Dilli...

First a flying bar, now a $12 million ride. New fun planned for Margaritaville Resort.

September 18, 2019

Building permits are issued for the amusement park at Margaritaville Resort Biloxi and Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich said Wednesday the centerpiece will be a $12 million Ferris wheel. The amusement park was one of more than a dozen projects Gilich detailed at the Biloxi Chamber’s Breakfast with the Mayor at Golden Nugget Casino Biloxi. Next door work is under way to build the amusement park on the west side of Margaritaville. Biloxi Councilman Kenny Glavan, area director of hotel operations for Leisure & Lodging Investments that owns and operates Margaritaville Resort Biloxi, said columns are being prefabricated in Moss Point. Th...

Save Shamu, ban shampoo: Long Island senator teams up with NY hotel industry to do away with environmentally hazardous miniature toiletry bottles

September 18, 2019

When it comes to protecting the environment, New York hotels are going to be head and shoulders above the rest if state lawmakers get their way. Lodges would be banned from providing mini plastic bottles of toiletries under a proposed law unveiled Wednesday, potentially preventing an estimated 27 million of those little squeeze bottles of shampoo and lotion from littering the earth every year. “Little everyday actions, like eliminating small plastic bottles, will have a positive impact on our environment," said Sen. Todd Kaminsky (D-Long Island), who announced the bill at a Wednesday news conference at the W Hotel in Manhattan. "By ba...

Space station hotel ‘just like going on a cruise, or going to Disney World,’ aims to be open 2025: report

September 18, 2019

A group looking to build the world’s first space station hotel has plans to have it up and running by 2025, according to a report in the architecture magazine Dezeen. The Von Braun Space Station is the dream of the Gateway Foundation, that looks to build the structure in low earth orbit similar to the International Space Station and use the SpaceX Starship to get the pieces to space to put it all together. Gateway’s senior design architect for the Von Braun, Tim Alatorre, gave an interview with Dezeen, in which he said the the group’s goal was to have it operational by 2025, able to support 100 visiting tourists every week. The...

Oyo to raise $200 mn for luxury push in US

September 17, 2019

Oyo Hotels and Homes, the operator of India’s largest network of hotels, is in talks with financial institutions to borrow $200 million to buy premium and luxury hotels in the US, two people familiar with the matter said. The company, which bought Hooters Casino Hotel in Las Vegas last month, has identified the premium hotels segment as its area of focus outside India, the people said on condition of anonymity. Oyo’s overseas push into the premium and luxury segment is a departure from its strategy in India, where 25-year-old founder Ritesh Agarwal has signed up thousands of small hotels onto his online platform and helped them upgr...

Pleasant Hill gives green light to hotel project on former Black Angus site

September 17, 2019

Plans for a proposed four-story, 155-room hotel in Pleasant Hill can move forward after the City Council Monday night gave the project a stamp of approval. The council approved the draft environmental impact report on Stratus Development Partners’ proposal to build a four-story Cambria Hotel on a 2.5-acre site at North Main Street and Oak Park Boulevard, near the border of Walnut Creek, and passed a resolution to allow the proposal to go ahead. The project will involve removing the now-shuttered Black Angus restaurant at 3195 North Main St. and an adjacent, vacant retail building at 1531 Oak Park Blvd. The proposed 96,665-square-foot ...

Real estate, leisure sectors to drive UAE design sector

September 17, 2019

The growth in the UAE's real estate, hospitality, and leisure sectors are helping to drive the country's design sector, experts at the first edition of the Middle East Design and Hospitality Week (MEDHW 2019) said. The event brings together eight different shows including The Leisure Show, Surface Design Middle East, and Index, and is expected to welcome over 1,200 exhibitors from 80 countries. With the Expo 2020 Dubai event contributing to a surge across various sectors, experts at the event noted that a spill over effect will result in a significant growth in the UAE's design and interiors sector. According to a BMI Research report, t...

Travellers looking for value when booking hotel stays

September 17, 2019

Travellers to the UAE and residents within the country are all looking for value deals when it comes to booking a stay at a hotel, experts at the 20th edition of The Hotel Show Dubai said on Tuesday. The exhibition was inaugurated by Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, president of the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority, chairman & chief executive of Emirates Airline & Group, and chairman of Dubai Airports. The event for hospitality professionals is taking place at the Dubai World Trade Centre, alongside The Leisure Show, Index, Index Home, Workspace, Surface Design Middle East, FIM, and FM Expo. All eight shows will run until September...

Cost for monthly housing in Honolulu not hurt by illegal vacation rentals, study finds

September 17, 2019

Illegal vacation rentals may have marred the fabric of residential neighborhoods around Oahu, but a new study concludes that they haven’t inflated primary rental housing rates. The study by local housing market researcher Ricky Cassiday found that monthly rents for housing in residential communities with the highest concentrations of vacation homes generally didn’t become more expensive during the industry’s explosion in recent years compared with the whole island or most neighborhoods with relatively few vacation rentals. Instead, average monthly rental rates for available housing between 2016 and this year declined in a...

Large mixed-use central Pa. development will include hotel, townhomes, apartments, restaurants, more

September 17, 2019

A large mixed-use project that has been years in the making and probably a decade from completion is coming along. The mixed-use development known as North Cornwall Commons is located in North Cornwall Township, Lebanon County at the intersections of Rocherty Road and Cornwall Road, across from the Lebanon Valley Exposition Center and Fairgrounds facility. The 120-acre site will eventually have between 500,000 and 600,000 square feet of office and retail space. Springwood Development Partners, a partnership between Blackford Development and Byler Holdings, is the developer of the site. The project will have five phases. Construction ...

Hurricane Dorian prompts 40% drop in Orlando hotel stays

September 16, 2019

Orlando’s tourism industry took a hit last month as hotel occupancy rates plunged by more than 40% when Hurricane Dorian threatened — but ultimately missed — Central Florida. The worst of it came Aug. 31, when the occupancy rate fell by 41.9% compared with the same day in 2018, according to the research firm STR. According to the data, revenue on Aug. 31 dropped 43% over 2018. The data showed that just 69,517 of the 129,244 hotel rooms in the Orlando metro area were occupied that day. “It’s to be expected when there is a prediction of a storm that people will cancel leisure trips, which are a lot easier to cancel than busin...

Detroit developers ditching condo plans to build more hotel rooms

September 16, 2019

Enticed by stronger demand and easier financing for new hotel projects, some downtown-area Detroit developers are ditching their plans to build apartments or condos and are instead creating more hotel rooms. Real estate insiders say this trend does not signal any end to residential construction in greater downtown, but rather the superior outlook right now for new hotel projects. Hotel occupancy and nightly rates in downtown have been at near-record highs and the city continues to experience a mini-building boom of "boutique" hotels. Still, these recent flips from residential to hotels could indicate an approaching ceiling in new demand...

Major hotels make move to bulk-size toiletries in guest rooms

September 16, 2019

Like many frequent travelers, Caroline Eubanks has accumulated dozens of tiny plastic bottles filled with shampoo, conditioner, lotion and shower gel. She has so many toiletries from hotels — ranging from high-end brands to generic — she isn’t sure what to do with all of them. “When I didn’t stay at hotels all the time, it was thrilling,” said Eubanks, 31, an Atlanta-based travel blogger and author of “This Is My South.” But for many travelers the thrill of tiny toiletries is gone. “They don’t really speak to the value of the hotel anymore,” Eubanks said. The hotel industry is shifting away from single-use toiletri...

Developer plans extended stay Staybridge Suites in Santa Fe

September 15, 2019

A three-story, 100-room Staybridge Suites extended-stay hotel is proposed for the vacant lot just west of the Regal Santa Fe Stadium 14 movie theater. The proposed development plan for the hotel project at 4075 and 4085 Cerrillos Road will be the subject of an Early Neighborhood Notification meeting at 6 p.m. Sept. 24 at the Southside Library, 6599 Jaguar Drive. Notification meetings precede filing any applications with the city Land Use Department. Development plans require such meeting with notices sent to all physical and mailing addresses and neighborhood associations within 300 feet of the project. The hotel’s developer is Alb...

Historic Elkins Park estate to become the burbs’ latest luxury boutique hotel

September 15, 2019

The old Gilded Age estates stand out, towering above overgrown lawns yet tucked away on winding roads not far from the congested highways and crowded strip malls of Elkins Park. In coming years, the 42-acre Elkins Estate will transform into a “sanctuary," said Frank Cretella, president of Landmark Developers, which recently purchased the property for $6.5 million. Cretella foresees not a religious sanctuary like the one the Dominican Sisters enjoyed there for 80 years, but a sanctuary of opulence, he said. Landmark plans to restore the mansions and open a luxury hotel with more than 100 rooms, he said, as well as a distillery, a sp...

Hurricane Dorian closed a disappointing summer for Daytona Beach area hotels

September 14, 2019

DAYTONA BEACH — Well before Hurricane Dorian provided a disastrous Labor Day finale for Volusia County's peak tourism season, area hoteliers had been coping with a disappointing summer, many of them report. "Summer was very disappointing overall," said Manoj Bhoola, president and CEO of Ormond Beach-based Elite Hospitality Inc. Elite's roster of area hotels includes the Ormond Beach Best Western Castillo Del Sol; the Best Western Plus International Speedway; Hampton Inn by Hilton Daytona Speedway Airport; and the Hilton Garden Inn at Daytona Beach International Airport. Keep up with developments in the storm with us and others in t...

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