5 things to know: 10 September 2018
 
5 things to know: 10 September 2018
10 SEPTEMBER 2018 9:41 AM

From the desks of the Hotel News Now editorial staff:

  • UKHospitality releases workforce report
  • Tough talk on trade continues
  • Buy-in a must when adding fees
  • Luxury hotels lead growth in preliminary data
  • Debare steps down as CEO of Action Hotels

UKHospitality releases workforce report: UKHospitality, the trade group representing the hospitality sector in the U.K., has released its U.K. Hospitality Workforce Commission 2030 report, making nine recommendations to boost employment in the sector, including a nationwide campaign to “eliminate negative perceptions of hospitality careers” and adjusting immigration policy so it is “evidence based, tailored to hospitality workforce needs.”

Other recommendations include: improving outreach in schools; better industry collaboration to show career opportunities; expanding “lifelong learning and on-the-job training;” government promotion of the value of “soft skills” developed in hospitality jobs; review of the apprentice levy; promotion of diversity through “employment contract flexibility;” and government encouraging placement of “older and ‘hard to place’ workers into the sector.”


Tough talk on trade continues: The Chinese government promises to retaliate if the administration of U.S. President Donald Trump takes any more action to impose tariffs on Chinese imports, according to a report from Reuters. The news agency reports Trump said on Friday he plans to impose taxes on “practically all Chinese imports.”

“If the U.S. side obstinately clings to its course and takes any new tariff measures against China, then the Chinese side will inevitably take countermeasures to resolutely protect our legitimate rights,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said, according to Reuters.


Buy-in a must when adding fees: People don’t like seeing new fees at hotels unless they can also see the value they get from paying those fees, writes Hotel News Now’s Robert McCune. A panel of experts speaking at the recent Hotel Data Conference said it’s imperative that hoteliers communicate the value proposition of any new fee, and buy-in must come from not just guests but front-desk staff.

“What we’ve been seeing at our company over the years is an upward trend in resort fees … which are really an opportunity and very profitable. … We look for areas to capture items that guests deem valuable,” Paul Mengacci, VP of finance and analytics at Prism Hotels & Resorts, said.


Luxury hotels lead growth in preliminary data: Growth in rate and revenue was led by the luxury chain scale in the U.S., according to August preliminary data from Hotel News Now’s parent company, STR. Early data shows luxury hotels growing average daily rate 3% to 5% and revenue per available room 4% to 6%, with occupancy growth flat to up 2%.

Overall U.S. hotels saw occupancy flat to 2% with ADR growth of 2% to 4% and RevPAR up 2% to 4%, as well.


Debare steps down as CEO of Action Hotels: Action Hotels announced in a short news release published with the London Stock Exchange that Alain Debare has stepped down as CEO of the company. Debare also has left the Dubai-based company’s board.

A Reuters news brief from April reports Debare had originally intended to resign earlier this year but agreed to stay on for up to six months.

CFO Andrew Lindley will serve in the chief executive role on an interim basis, according to the release. Action Hotels has 14 properties, mostly in the Middle East, and two in its pipeline.


Compiled by Sean McCracken.

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