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  • 225 | LinkedIn Means Business: How to use social media to grow
    LEADERSHIP
    August 14, 2019

    225 | LinkedIn Means Business: How to use social media to grow

    It’s not what you know, it’s who you know. That career adage is about 100 years old, but it still rings true today, especially when it comes to social media. If you’re not tuned into social media platforms such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn, it’s time to reconsider. With more than 3 billion people read more

  • Mixed Message: Multicultural and heritage tourism is big business
    Feature
    August 7, 2019

    Mixed Message: Multicultural and heritage tourism is big business

    Most people the world over think of the United States as a multicultural melting pot. We are still quintessentially American, but from north to south and east to west, our cities and outlying communities are dotted with districts defined by residents’ ethnicity and culture. Today, the more developed and culturally defined areas are attracting visitors in search of new experiences and information. Multicultural or heritage tourism is good for the hospitality industry, and it is beneficial to a city’s economic growth, say supporters.

  • Grading Curves: NAACP diversity report card reveals weaknesses in hotel companies
    Feature
    July 31, 2019

    Grading Curves: NAACP diversity report card reveals weaknesses in hotel companies

    “Equal opportunity for people of color in the United States remains an unrealized goal.” That is the opening statement in a recently released study by the NAACP. The 2019 study titled “Opportunity & Diversity Report Card: The Hotel & Lodging Industry,” not only shows stagnation in racial equality in hospitality workplaces, it reveals African Americans have lost ground over the past decade in their climb to the top in U.S. hotel companies. NAACP representatives attended NABHOOD’s summit to share the report’s results and find ways to reverse the trend, engage hotel companies and come up with clearer data, including counting the number of minority franchisees.

  • 222 | Flying Solo: What it takes to go from franchised to independent
    DESIGN & DEVELOPMENT
    July 24, 2019

    222 | Flying Solo: What it takes to go from franchised to independent

    Independent hotel supply in the U.S. has decreased in the past 10 years, reports STR. The lodging-data company reports independently owned and operated hotels account for less than 40 percent of all hotels. About 1 percent of those close each year. But that trend may take a turn. It appears more and more hoteliers who read more

  • 221 | Home Sharing’s Heavy Hitters: Airbnb’s genius is branding (Part 2)
    HOME SHARING
    July 17, 2019

    221 | Home Sharing’s Heavy Hitters: Airbnb’s genius is branding (Part 2)

    Last week, part one of our report on Airbnb looked at the home-sharing giant’s impact on hotel business performance. We reported on a study that shows for every 100 percent increase in Airbnb accommodations in a market, hotel RevPAR declines by an average 3 percent. We also reported a growth in the number of whole read more

  • 220 | Disruptive Innovator: Measuring Airbnb’s impact (Part 1)
    HOME SHARING
    July 10, 2019

    220 | Disruptive Innovator: Measuring Airbnb’s impact (Part 1)

    More than 10 years ago, the short-term home rental industry began to shapeshift with the birth of Airbnb. The technology company has quickly grown from a small peer-to-peer home-sharing platform into a virtual behemoth with more rooms than any hotel company on the planet. Today, Airbnb has more than 4 million listings in nearly 100,000 read more

  • 219 | Train and Retain: Hospitality apprenticeship fills high-level jobs
    EMPLOYEE RECRUITMENT & RETENTION
    July 3, 2019

    219 | Train and Retain: Hospitality apprenticeship fills high-level jobs

    It’s no secret the hospitality industry in America is in dire need of skilled employees. Many hotel owners and operators continually seek ways to attract and keep talent. The Bureau of Labor Statistics says the hospitality industry has a turnover rate of nearly 75 percent per year, compared to a healthy rate of 10 to read more

  • 218 | Yes, Girls Allowed: More women venturing into hotel investment
    DIVERSITY
    June 26, 2019

    218 | Yes, Girls Allowed: More women venturing into hotel investment

    Who invests money better, men or women? Fidelity Investments found surprising answers to that question when it surveyed nearly 3,000 people. The group was almost evenly divided between the sexes. Yet only a tenth of women said their investments would outperform men’s. Meantime, a separate analysis by Fidelity shows women consistently generated larger returns on read more

  • 217 | Rainy Days Ahead: Hotels advised to prepare for a downturn
    LODGING LEADERS
    June 19, 2019

    217 | Rainy Days Ahead: Hotels advised to prepare for a downturn

    Many hotel-business experts believe an industry downturn is at hand. Some say it will happen as soon as next year. Others expect business to slow in 2021. So, is the forecasted slowdown based on fact, an economic algorithm, or is it more of a gut feeling? In this episode of Lodging Leaders we try to read more

  • Wellness Travel: Get your business in shape for an emerging trend
    Feature
    June 12, 2019

    Wellness Travel: Get your business in shape for an emerging trend

    Business and leisure travelers are growing more wellness-minded.
    The Global Wellness Institute reports wellness tourism is a $640 billion industry. A quarter of that is spent by travelers in North America.
    Wellness is an emerging sector in hospitality, growing at 6.5 percent a year. The growth is spread across hotels of all price segments and guest demographics.
    Wellness-minded travelers seek a path that not only introduces them to healthy concepts and choices, but allows them to return home feeling better than when they left.
    If your hotel can live up to that promise, you can build a healthy bottom line.

  • Secret of a Healthy Chef
    HUMANS OF LODGING
    June 12, 2019

    Secret of a Healthy Chef

    Ryan Ellis is familiar with the adage, “Never trust a skinny chef,” but for the executive chef at Fit Farm, it works the opposite. Ellis, 32, joined the fitness and wellness retreat in Castalian Springs, Tennessee, about a year ago. He said he’s learned about the significance of portion control in meals – for Fit read more

  • Hotel Crime: How to manage a high-profile case
    Feature
    May 29, 2019

    Hotel Crime: How to manage a high-profile case

    When a hotel becomes a crime scene, there is little an owner or manager can do to ward off publicity. But a hotel can recover from a crisis and save its image if it has a plan in place to deal with the aftermath of a high-profile incident. Hoteliers and a PR expert offer advice on how to respond to a crime at your hotel.

  • The Weed Frontier: How hotels are capitalizing on cannabis
    Feature
    May 22, 2019

    The Weed Frontier: How hotels are capitalizing on cannabis

    As more and more states legalize the use of marijuana for medicinal and recreational purposes, hoteliers are experimenting with integrating the cannabis lifestyle into their amenities and programming. The hospitality industry is eager to jump on the bandwagon as the cannabis is predicted to grow to a $23 billion market in the U.S. over the next few years.

  • 213 | Event Entrepreneur: What’s behind The Lodging Conference success
    LODGING LEADERS
    May 15, 2019

    213 | Event Entrepreneur: What’s behind The Lodging Conference success

    Harry Javer is founder of The Lodging Conference, one of the hospitality industry’s must-do events. This year, The Lodging Conference will mark its 25th anniversary. Lodging Leaders talks with Harry about the genesis of The Lodging Conference, what it offers industry leaders, as well as newcomers to the hotel business, and how attendees can make read more

  • 212 | Can We Talk? Why women don’t negotiate
    LODGING LEADERS
    May 8, 2019

    212 | Can We Talk? Why women don’t negotiate

    This episode of Lodging Leaders explores why women in business often don’t negotiate and why they don’t win at the negotiating table as often as their male counterparts. We identify some fundamental stumbling blocks and barriers to women’s ability to get what they want. And we offer experts’ advice on how to craft a negotiation read more

  • From Bellman to GM
    HUMANS OF LODGING
    May 1, 2019

    From Bellman to GM

    Juan Mera is general manager of North Point Hospitality Group’s tri-brand Marriott hotel in downtown Nashville. Taking the job was a challenge that Mera knew was a rare career opportunity. And it made him break a promise to his wife. Mera is a native of Lima, Peru. He came to the U.S. nearly 30 years read more

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