5 things to know: 2 January 2018
5 things to know: 2 January 2018
02 JANUARY 2018 10:45 AM

From the desks of the Hotel News Now editorial staff:

  • Architect and developer John Portman dies at 93
  • 2018 design trends revolve around F&B, public spaces
  • Wyndham’s Hawthorn Suites to expand in India
  • Israel’s 2017 tourism reached record 3.6 million visitors
  • STR: US, Canada weekly numbers

Architect and developer John Portman dies at 93: John Portman, a pioneer in post-modern architecture in Atlanta and abroad died at age 93 on Friday, according to a statement from his company, John Portman & Associates.

Portman was known for his sometimes controversial design and for introducing the floor-to-ceiling atrium hotel concept in Atlanta’s Hyatt Regency and Westin Peachtree Plaza Hotel. He also revitalized Times Square with the New York Marriott Marquis, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Not only was he a noted architect and developer, he was a founding member of Atlanta’s Action Forum, “a coalition of black and white business leaders, who worked to make Atlanta more racially and economically inclusive.”

The Portman companies—John Portman & Associates, Portman Holdings, AmericasMart and Atlanta Decorative Arts Center—will continue to operate under their current leadership, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

2018 design trends revolve around F&B, public spaces: Entering into the new year means new expectations for hotel design trends. Hotel News Now’s Danielle Hess caught up with industry design experts who gave their outlook.

Much of the evolution includes improved food-and-beverage outlets, localizing experiences and using indoor and outdoor spaces in a creative way.

To view examples of these trends, check out the slideshow here.

Wyndham’s Hawthorn Suites to expand in India: Wyndham Hotel Group will further grow its global presence with plans to expand in India. The company has signed a non-exclusive development agreement with Ahmedabad-based Nebula Infraspace LLP, according to BWHotelier.com.

The agreement, which is in line with the company’s plan to increase its footprint across with Eurasia region, will bring development of 1,600 rooms across 20 hotels in India within the next 10 years under the Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham brand.

Israel’s 2017 tourism reached record 3.6 million visitors: According to Israel’s Tourism Ministry, travel to Israel jumped 25% in 2017 to a record 3.6 million people, which totaled $5.8 billion in revenue for the country, Reuters reports.

Much of the increase of 700,000 tourists last year was sparked by 18 new routes flying into Tel Aviv’s Ben-Gurion Airport as well as more flights to the Red Sea resort of Eilat. The U.S., Russia, France, Germany and the U.K. were among the top sources of tourists to Israel. Jerusalem and Tel Aviv were the top destinations for the incoming travelers.

STR: U.S., Canada weekly numbers: For the week of 17-23 December 2017, the U.S. hotel industry saw positive year-over-year results in the three key performance metrics.

Occupancy grew 7.1% to 45.1%, average daily rate rose 0.5% to $106.97 and revenue per available room increased 7.6% to $48.28, according to data from STR, parent company of HNN.

During the same week, the Canadian hotel industry reported mostly positive year-over-year results. Occupancy grew 8.5% to 37% and RevPAR increased 6.4% to 50.57 Canadian dollars ($40.33), while ADR dropped 1.9% to 136.52 Canadian dollars ($108.89).

Compiled by Dana Miller.

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