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Louisiana looks to impose taxes on Airbnb rentals

03-29 10:25

Central visitors bureaus in Louisiana are supporting the passage of a bill that would require Airbnb rentals and other short-term accommodations to pay the same local occupancy taxes as hotels, according to Baton Rouge Business Report.

Marriott to bring Luxury Collection to Seychelles

03-18 11:26

Marriott International's Luxury Collection soft brand is coming to the Seychelles with the signing of North Island, a private island resort.

RevPAR to flat at U.S. hotels

03-15 12:09

A drop in occupancy was enough to wipe out any gains in rate to keep RevPAR flat year over year in U.S. hotels for the week ending 23 February, according to HNN’s parent company STR.

Xtreme Arena could help out Iowa hotels

03-14 12:08

The Iowa River Landing District has seen a lot of new hotel rooms come into the area but not a lot of demand.

Panama City hotels still recovering from hurricane

03-13 12:06

Hurricane Michael swept through the Florida Panhandle in October, and some hotels in Panama City are still dealing with damages from the storm, according to news station WJHG.

Marriott, Ashford and RLJ report earnings

03-12 12:05

Real estate investment trusts Ashford and RLJ Lodging Trusts will discuss fourth-quarter and full-year 2018 earnings with analysts today.

Women lacking presence in hotel finance roles

03-11 12:04

Berg said it is important to realize “unconscious biases exist.”

Best Western CEO on how WorldHotels to buy fits strategy

03-08 11:29

Best Western Hotels & Resorts President and CEO David Kong is confident his company’s recent acquisition of WorldHotels Collection will leverage that company’s presence among its competitors, while giving Best Western exposure in the upper-upscale and luxury segments, along with better negotiating power that comes with a larger footprint.

Hilton to launch Signia with focus on meetings, events

03-07 11:27

York City subpoenaed Airbnb for the data it has for about 20,000 listings to see if hosts are in compliance with laws on short-term rentals, CNN reports.

NYC subpoenas Airbnb for data on 20,000 listings

03-06 11:26

New York City subpoenaed Airbnb for the data it has for about 20,000 listings to see if hosts are in compliance with laws on short-term rentals, CNN reports. The city issued a similar subpoena to HomeAway.

U.S. business investment fell again at end of 2018

03-05 11:24

Data from the U.S. Department of Commerce shows a measure of business investment fell for the fourth time in five months at the end of last year. The Wall Street Journal reports.

Iowa considers bill on human trafficking training at hotels

03-04 11:23

The Iowa state legislature will consider a bill that would require hotel staff to undergo training on human trafficking in order to receive business from government agencies, KCRG-TV9 reports

MGM Resorts to foresees strong performance in 2019

03-01 12:37

The end of 2018 was a bit of a reprieve from a challenging year for MGM Resorts International. During the company’s fourth-quarter and full-year earnings call, executives spoke about stronger performance at the end of the year and expressed confidence in how 2019 is lining up.

Hotel companies to rank in list of great workplaces

02-28 12:35

In 2019’s Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work For, Hilton topped the list as No. 1.

Pebblebrook to closes on $110m sale of Liaison Capitol Hill

02-27 12:34

Real estate investment trust Pebblebrook Hotel Trust announced on Thursday it closed on the sale of the 343-room Liaison Capitol Hill hotel in Washington, D.C., for $110 million, according to a press release.

Hyatt’s market exposure expanded in ’18

02-26 12:33

Several growth strategies during 2018 led to new market exposure for Hyatt Hotels Corporation and executives on the company’s fourth-quarter and full-year earnings call said much of that growth has boosted loyalty membership, writes Hotel News Now’s Sean McCracken.

Trump Organization halts hotel development plans

02-25 12:32

On Thursday, the Trump Organization announced it would halt its growth plans for its two new hotel chains, Scion and American Idea, which the Trump Hotel Group launched in June 2017, according to the New York Times.

Wyndham in spend mode after strong Q4 of 2018

02-22 11:12

Wyndham Hotels & Resorts continues to realize synergies, primarily in cost savings, from its acquisition of the La Quinta brand, freeing up cash flow that the company expects to put into stock buybacks and potentially further bolt-on acquisitions of brands in 2019, executives said.

IHG to buys Six Senses as new niche

02-21 11:11

InterContinental Hotels Group continues to reshape its premier luxury offerings as the Denham, England-based company has acquired Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas for $300 million.

Delhi government inspecting Karol Bagh hotels

02-20 11:09

After a fire killed 17 people at the poorly constructed Arpit Palace Hotel in the Karol Bagh neighborhood, Delhi officials are starting a fire audit at 380 hotels in the Delhi area to check for safety compliance at hotels of five floors or more, NDTV reports.

Hilton sees unit growth amid deceleration

02-19 11:08

The overall economy might be in a swing of “modest deceleration,” but Hilton President and CEO Chris Nassetta is still optimistic about his company’s future after a record-setting 2018, Hotel News Now’s Stephanie Ricca writes.