5 things to know: 31 January 2018
5 things to know: 31 January 2018
31 JANUARY 2018 10:06 AM

From the desks of the Hotel News Now editorial staff:

  • Hilton’s Cordell shifts focus to new brand creation
  • San Diego hotels raise money for convention center
  • Mexico reports positive 2017 performance
  • Midtown NYC hotel serves as emergency shelter for homeless
  • Instagram fuels millennials’ destination choices

Hilton’s Cordell shifts focus to new brand creation: Former head of Hampton by Hilton Phil Cordell is refocusing his efforts on building new brands as Hilton’s global head of new brand development, HNN’s Jeff Higley writes.

In an interview at the recent Americas Investment Lodging Summit, Cordell said he’s “hitting the ground running as Hilton explores multiple growth opportunities.”

Hilton President and CEO Chris Nassetta said on the company’s third-quarter earnings call that he has plans to launch several new brands this year.

“One that we’re working on now is an urban micro brand,” Cordell said. “It’s one that would exist in an urban environment, smaller guestrooms, really hypercharged food and beverage opportunities. We’re in the midst of planning and pulling together thoughts on that now.”

San Diego hotels raise money for convention center: High-profile hotels in San Diego collected approximately $300,000 in 2017 for an initiative to underwrite a convention center expansion, expand homeless services and fund road repairs, The San Diego Union-Tribune reports.

The initiative is being led by a group called Yes! For a Better San Diego, and includes a hike on the city’s hotel tax to pay for the improvements. The group is collecting signatures to get the tax on the November ballot.

The newspaper reports that the Manchester Grand Hyatt contributed $81,250 to the initiative; the Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina contributed $67,800; and the San Diego Bayfront Hilton contributed $59,500.

Mexico reports positive 2017 performance: The hotel industry in Mexico recorded positive year-over-year results in the three key performance metrics last year, according to data from STR, parent company of Hotel News Now.

Occupancy in the region rose 0.5% to 63.9%, average daily rate increased 6% to 2,323.31 Mexican pesos ($124.77) and revenue per available room increased 6.4% to 1,484.81 Mexican pesos ($79.74).

Midtown NYC hotel serves as emergency shelter for homeless: The Wellington Hotel in Midtown New York City has been housing the homeless while the city works to resolve a problem with overcrowding at its homeless shelters, The New York Post reports.

“Near-record numbers of homeless people” are straining shelters in the city, the newspaper reports. The hotel housed approximately 120 family members in 55 rooms two weeks ago. As of Monday, there were 60,861 people being housed by the city.

The Savoy Hotel in Midtown will open permanently as a homeless shelter in March.

Instagram fuels millennials’ destination choices: A survey conducted by Schofields shows that Instagram plays a key role in how millennials choose their vacation destinations, Forbes reports.

According to the report, 40% of millennials under the age of 33 choose destinations based on what locations would make a good Instagram post.

Compiled by Danielle Hess.

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