on the road again
Posted by Mark J. Miller on December 10, 2013 07:01 PM
Women are on the move, and some sectors of the hotel industry are going the extra mile to make sure they’ve all got a nice, safe place to lay their heads.
Small Luxury Hotels of the World, which has more than 520 hotels in 70 countries, had a 53 percent rise in single occupant females booking rooms from 2011 to 2012, the Daily Mail reports. And the trend is expected to continue. Women represented “the most important and fastest growing segment of the travel market in terms of both leisure and business travel,” the Mail notes.
InterContinental Hotel Group’s Crowne Plaza hotels have jumped on the trend since 47% of its guest population is now female; now the chain offers women-only floors at some of its locations that feature such things as “special bath salts and body products, a magnifying mirror, nail polish, nail files and a curling iron” in the rooms, according to USA Today. Continue reading...
Posted by Mark J. Miller on December 5, 2013 12:57 PM
Much like Twitter did a few months ago, the executives of Hilton Worldwide Holdings will be hitting the road this month to butter up investors for what is set to be the largest hotel IPO ever.
Sold to Blackstone Group in 2007 for $26 billion, the global hotel chain—the largest in the world with 4,000 properties—hopes to raise over $2.4 billion in its initial offering to pay off $1.25 billion in debt. 112.8 million shares will be made available for between $18 to $21 each, which would result in a market value of over $19.2 billion, according to Bloomberg.
It would be one of the most high-profile IPOs of the year along with Twitter, which raised $1.82 billion last month. It wouldn’t make it the year’s largest IPO, though, as oil-pipeline company Plains GP Holdings brought in $2.8 billion in October.Continue reading...
Posted by Mark J. Miller on October 29, 2013 04:39 PM
When Business Travel News released its annual hotel satisfaction study a few weeks ago, one unique name popped up among the major hotel chains: Kimpton. The boutique hotel network founded in 1981 took a short hiatus from the list before returning this year to claim several high scores in the upper upscale tier of hotels.
"What's interesting is the hotels with the largest networks aren't necessarily the strongest," said Henry Harteveldt, a travel industry consultant and partner at Hudson Crossing, according to BTN. "Kimpton is very localized and takes a high degree of pride in the personalization of the service it can deliver to a guest."
Kimpton only has 60 locations in the US, but it is continuing to grow. "As we've added more hotels and more cities to our portfolio, we've become a trusted brand with them and their travelers," Kimpton’s senior vice president of sales and catering, Christine Lawson, told BTN. "It's enabled us to show what we're made of: not just the design and uniqueness of our hotels, but our WiFi capabilities, being sensitive to what's going on from a health and fitness perspective and our lobbies and our social space."Continue reading...
Posted by Mark J. Miller on October 4, 2013 06:45 PM
Dogfish Head Gets Spaced Out
Delaware brewery Dogfish Head is always up for experiments. Its latest is a small-batch Oktoberfest ale, Celest-jewel-ale, that features an ingredient probably never used before in the brewing process: moon dust.
According to Fox News, Dogfish made a deal with ILC Dover, which produces spacesuits for NASA, in order to have access to “lunar meteorites” that it ground up and put into the brew like a big teabag.
Much more experimental than that, though, is the brewery’s plan to open a 16-room, beer-themed hotel. It’ll open next year about 11 miles from the brewery, Eater.com reports. Each room will have its own micro-fridges and beer glasses as well as a bottle opener on the wall.
In the spirit of inventiveness, Dogfish has also created a little gadget known as the Randall Jr. that allows consumers to infuse their own beers with interesting ingredients and flavorings. At Dogfish, the brewers want everyone to catch the creativity bug.Continue reading...
Posted by Mark J. Miller on September 11, 2013 01:39 PM
Despite dozens of properties across the US and internationally, Donald Trump has never quite been able to crack the Washington, D.C. market—until now.
Trump, his daughter Ivanka, and sons Don Jr. and Eric flew into D.C. Tuesday (on a private jet, naturally) to announce a $200 million investment that will turn the city's iconic 114-year-old Old Post Office into a 270-room luxury hotel that will feature presidential suites with bulletproof windows and a nine-story atrium lobby, according to USA Today.
"Cost is no object, 'cause if it were, I wouldn't do it," Trump said, according to The Huffington Post. Trump, of course, has had for of his businesses declare bankruptcy in recent years, but he sounds pretty confident about this venture.Continue reading...
chew on this
Posted by Sheila Shayon on September 11, 2013 11:06 AM
The Four Seasons luxury hotel chain is taking its high-end cuisine to the street with a novel FS Taste Food Truck.
In a bid to reach a wider audience, the truck will set off on an eight-stop West Coast tour on Sept. 16 from Palo Alto, Calif., covering 1,000 miles through three states. The tour stops coincide with Four Seasons locations, with the adventure ended on Nov. 10 in Santa Fe, NM.
"Food is a passion for us at Four Seasons and we are always seeking to share that in inspiring and exciting ways, whether it’s through a Michelin-star dining experience or the perfect beer and burger pairing at one of our gastropubs,” said Guy Rigby, VP food and beverage in the Americas, in a press release.Continue reading...
Posted by Mark J. Miller on August 20, 2013 10:42 AM
Holiday Inn is shelling out $1 billion to prove to consumers that it's not just their parents' hotel anymore. The record-breaking hospitality campaign hopes to change traveler opinions on the long-time hotel brand, making it a more relevant choice for young families and Millennials.
Titled “Change Your View,” the campaign is wrapped up in a single one-minute commercial that demonstrates the many different people that stay at Holiday Inns, and the many possibilities that the hotel holds for visitors. According to BusinessInsider, the ad will be running on 15 major US networks, such as during NFL games on CBS, as well as online.Continue reading...
Posted by Mark J. Miller on August 6, 2013 02:43 PM
There's a new hotel brand coming to the Caribbean and you can bet the shops inside will be top-notch. LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton has bought a five-star hotel on the island of St. Barths and is planning to open others in Egypt, Oman, and the Maldives as well as in Paris and Milan. The latter will be right next to Prada’s store. To get to the brand's 45 private villas in the Maldives, guests will have to fly in on a seaplane, Warc reports.
LVMH, like many luxury retail brands, is looking to expand its portfolio in order to give its high-end clientele a full, luxurious experience, from clothing and accessories to dining and travel accomodations. As London-based consultant Laura Ford of Futurebrand tells Warc, the company would like "to own the whole spectrum, to have a 360-degree view on what the customer is doing, what they are buying, what they are eating, where they are staying."Continue reading...