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HNN Editors
Let’s muse on likely Marriott/Starwood changes
November 23 2015
By Terence Baker The merger between Marriott and Starwood took us all by surprise, but since now we are all experts, let us speculate on likely changes to Marriott’s brand portfolio.
How Marriott escaped the Starwood rumor mill
November 20 2015
By Patrick Mayock Marriott International escaped the maelstrom of speculation that surrounded Starwood Hotels’ months-long strategic review—all while setting itself up as the prime suitor. 
Dealing with a big merger? Do your homework.
November 19 2015
By Stephanie Ricca Look to the past and to other industries for insight on how to deal with big mergers like this week’s news that Marriott plans to acquire Starwood. 
We should have seen Marriott/Starwood coming
November 16 2015
By Stephanie Ricca We should have seen it coming that Marriott International would emerge as the likely buyer of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide. 
Sunny Mediterranean gets its own conference
November 16 2015
By Terence Baker The hotel industry is all about recognizing and acting upon opportunities, and the same goes for hotel-industry conferences, the latest in the lineup the Mediterranean Resort & Hotel Real Estate Forum.
STR and STR Global
More overused clichés in the hotel industry
November 4 2015
By Steve Hennis and Carter Wilson STR Analytics is back to explain more overused clichés in the hotel industry, including: meat on the bone; black swan; and more.
Freitag’s 5: RevPAR on fire in September
October 30 2015
By Jan Freitag After August’s slow RevPAR growth, September saw growth return to 8% in the U.S. hotel industry.
Is now the time to build full-service hotels?
October 26 2015
By Jan Freitag Group demand is outpacing supply growth of full-service hotels. Does that mean the U.S. hotel industry will be under-supplied with full-service rooms?
Technology is changing hotel design
November 11 2015
By Harry Wheeler New tools are changing the ways we collaborate, conceptualize and create within the world of hotel design. 
Hoteliers, disrupt before someone else does
September 9 2015
By Dan Kowalewski and Bruno Despujol Fundamental changes to the digital landscape are giving rise to a new breed of travel distribution competitor. Here’s how hoteliers can combat them.
Hoteliers should be concerned about Airbnb
July 9 2015
By David Kong Only through being involved can we ensure that our interests, as well as the interests of the traveling public, are being protected when it comes to Airbnb and the sharing economy.
Straight-to-room is coming … and I can’t wait
November 25 2015
By George Jordan The benefits of straight-to-room keyless entry technology are highly anticipated by frequent travelers and will revolutionize hotel stays. 
Using Uber to understand the Airbnb challenge
November 20 2015
By Larry Mogelonsky Hoteliers should look at the impact Uber has had on the traditional taxi industry to learn more about how to co-exist with Airbnb. 
Service recovery plans need to be empathetic
November 9 2015
By Beau Benton When it comes to service recovery, you should be authentic in your concern and empathy to create a solution for guests.
Tax benefits of intangibles are often lost
September 28 2015
By Bernice T. Dowell Recognizing intangibles that are acquired when buying an operating hotel can provide income tax benefits. Here’s what you need to know.
Ruling has ‘troubling implications’
September 9 2015
By Peter Connolly The recent NLRB ruling broadening joint-employer status will have far-reaching effects beyond union issues. 
Ruling creates ‘disincentive’ for franchisees
September 9 2015
By Kerry Ranson The entrepreneurial nature of hotel franchising as we know it is set to change, post-NLRB ruling.
ISHC Global Insights
How to manage a renovation during a recovery
November 19 2015
By Warren G. Feldman Here’s a look at how to walk the tight rope of handling your renovation with busy contractors, long lead times and short time frames.
Loyalty and cybersecurity: Don’t risk a breach
September 10 2015
By Deborah S. Friedland Loyalty programs are popular and influential, but they also carry cybersecurity risks. Arm yourselves with protective measures. 
The problem with chains branding boutique
August 26 2015
By Becka Chester Chains that brand boutique and lifestyle will face challenges to truly distinguish themselves, remain relevant and set themselves apart.
Don’t lean on optimism when reality is here
November 13 2015
By Joel Ross Optimism is always good as a base character trait, but reality is what is needed now, and there is almost none in the hotel industry once again.
Hoteliers will lose the Airbnb war
October 16 2015
By Joel Ross The hotel industry stands to lose its fight against the sharing economy just as the taxi industry did. 
Urban hotels outside CBDs can offer rewards
October 15 2015
By Robert Habeeb Hotels in urban neighborhoods outside downtown cores can present intriguing opportunities for developers.
Revenue Management
Analysis: Exchange rate impact on US rates
August 5 2015
By Jan Freitag The dollar has appreciated markedly against the euro. What’s the impact on average daily rate?
How to win in hotel revenue management
May 5 2015
By Ted Arps Now is the time to audit your revenue management practices. In so doing, you will be preparing your company for the eventual downturn.
How to raise hotel rates—at any rate
April 24 2015
By W. Chris Green Now is the time to adopt specific strategies to maximize rooms revenue. These five tips will help you get there. 
Sales & Marketing
Front-desk team is crucial to hotel marketing
November 24 2015
By Doug Kennedy A hotel’s front-desk team serves as the first impression. How staff members interact with guests can set the tone for the entire stay.
Why this hotelier booked with Airbnb
October 28 2015
By Doug Kennedy I’ve booked with hotels all my life. During a recent trip to Germany, however, my wife and I booked with Airbnb. I wasn’t disappointed. 
A startup guide to hotel e-commerce
October 7 2015
By Sam Trotter Don’t know where to start when it comes to creating an e-commerce plan? Here’s a guide to get you on the right track.
Tracking Baha Mar’s development trek
What to know about Marriott’s Starwood deal
Marriott-Starwood deal is a 'game changer'
Marriott/Starwood must clear loyalty hurdle
Analysts talk Marriott’s new brand overlap
The 10 largest hotel companies by room count
Concord embraces change
Red Roof Inn on international track
2015 in 10 words
Condor Hospitality takes flight
HNN recaps Lodging Conference 2015 Day One
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