5 things to know: 29 November 2017
5 things to know: 29 November 2017
29 NOVEMBER 2017 10:45 AM

From the desks of the Hotel News Now editorial staff:

  • Senator calls for TripAdvisor investigation
  • What travel might look like based on today’s landscape
  • New IHG CEO talks about key issues the company faces
  • Summit Hotel Properties buys portfolio for $164m
  • Site of demolished Georgia Dome could see new hotel

Senator calls for TripAdvisor investigation: After TripAdvisor announced in early November it will begin flagging hotels with a “cautionary badge” in its online property listings where sexual assaults might have occurred, Wisconsin Sen. Tammy Baldwin is calling for TripAdvisor to be investigated on possible “violations of consumer protection laws,” according to The New York Times.

Baldwin states the violations included the site failing to post reviews from travelers who say they were “sexually assaulted at Mexican resorts.” She has asked the Federal Trade Commission to look into the matter, according to the article.

The FTC told The Times it “will consider the information” that Baldwin provided, but it did not promise a full investigation.

What travel might look like based on today’s landscape: During a recent Phocuswright conference, speakers discussed what trends might shape the travel industry going into 2018 and beyond, according to an article by The Washington Post. Some points touched upon were artificial intelligence, alternative accommodations, increasing loyalty programs and assisting with hurricane recovery.

“Travel with a purpose” is something that Puerto Rico is encouraging for leisure travelers come Christmastime, in an effort to assist hurricane survivors on the island, the newspaper reports.

Hotels are rebuilding and renovating, the article states, with 110 of the 149 properties endorsed by the tourism office nearly operational.

“We’re planning a big comeback party,” Jose Izquierdo, executive director of the Puerto Rico Tourism Co. told The Washington Post.

New IHG CEO talks about key issues the company faces: Keith Barr assumed the role of InterContinental Hotels Group CEO on 1 July 2017 following Richard Solomons’ retirement, and HNN recently sat down with Barr for a video interview.

During the interview, Barr touched upon consolidation, growth of the brand and changes in the company’s tech platforms. Click here for full coverage from the interview.

Summit Hotel Properties buys portfolio for $164m: Summit Hotel Properties announced the company has acquired a portfolio of four hotels, totaling 652 rooms, for $164 million, or $252,000 per key, according to a news release.

The portfolio comprises the 207-room Courtyard New Haven at Yale, the 148-room Hilton Garden Inn Boston/Waltham, the 175-room Residence Inn Cleveland Downtown and the 122-room Homewood Suites by Hilton Tucson/St. Philip’s Plaza University.

Site of demolished Georgia Dome could see new hotel: The board governing the Georgia World Congress Center voted in favor of pursuing a pre-development deal for a 1,010-room hotel on the site of the recently demolished Georgia Dome, a stadium in Atlanta, reports The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

The hotel project, which will be owned by the Congress Center Authority, is not to exceed $380 million in cost, the article states. Construction could start as soon as after the 2019 Super Bowl. Planning for this project has been in the talks for several years and is part of the Congress Center’s strategy to overtake other convention centers across the country, the newspaper reports.

Compiled by Dana Miller.

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