5 things to know: 12 July 2018
5 things to know: 12 July 2018
12 JULY 2018 10:01 AM

From the desks of the Hotel News Now editorial staff:

  • Best practices for mass-hiring at new-build hotels
  • US performance results for week ending 7 July
  • Israel sees tourism boom in first half of 2018
  • Courtyard in Pennsylvania to run completely on solar
  • Travelers from LatAm take longer vacations

Best practices for mass-hiring at new-build hotels: Hotel companies hiring a large amount of staff for a new property face challenges such as historically low unemployment rates, but human resources experts have found ways to overcome these obstacles, HNN’s Dana Miller writes.

Having flexibility as the employer and engaging candidates right away to keep them from taking another position is a big part of successfully hiring many candidates at once, said Steve Martin, VP of human resources at Marcus Hotels & Resorts, adding that set application hours is long gone.

“If you’re not able to take applicants who walk in the door at any time, then you’re going to be missing out on a lot of potential talent,” he said.

U.S. performance results for week ending 7 July: The United States hotel industry saw mixed year-over-year results in the three key performance metrics for the week of 1-7 July, according to data from STR, HNN’s parent company.

U.S. hotels reported a 3.1% decrease in occupancy to 63.5% for the week, a 1.1% rise in average daily rate to $123.59 and a 2% dip in revenue per available room to $78.47.

Decreases in occupancy were mostly a result of the Fourth of July holiday, according to STR analysts.

Israel sees tourism boom in first half of 2018: Statistics from the Israeli Ministry of Tourism show that the country saw a record number of tourists in the first half of the year, The Times of Israel reports.

Between January and June, 2.1 million travelers visited Israel, which was the first time the 2-million threshold was passed. This is a 19% increase over the same period in 2017, the newspaper reports.

Israel’s tourism ministry said tourism has brought 12 billion Israeli new shekels ($3.3 billion) into the country’s economy in the first half of the year.

Courtyard in Pennsylvania to run completely on solar: High Hotels announced that the company is investing $1.5 million into running its Courtyard by Marriott-Lancaster in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, on electricity generated from solar power, according to a news release. This will be the first Marriott International-brand hotel in the U.S. that’s 100% solar-powered.

“This is an exciting approach to addressing our energy needs that aligns very well with High’s commitment to environmental stewardship,” Russ Urban, president of High Hotels, said in the news release. “We’ve been advancing many environmentally responsible practices across our hotel portfolio, including converting the interior and exterior lighting at the Lancaster Courtyard to LED, which will lower electricity demand by 15%.”

Travelers from LatAm take longer vacations: A Latin American Tourism and Travel Trends study from Expedia shows travelers from countries in Latin America are taking longer vacations than travelers from other countries.

These travelers are also more likely to travel to places within Latin America than internationally, and they look for trips that offer relaxation, family visits or sightseeing.

Other findings from the study report that 62% of Latin American travelers are undecided on a destination whey they decide to go on vacation. Two-thirds of travelers from Latin America prefer to travel by plane, and 69% stay in hotels when traveling.

Compiled by Danielle Hess.

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