5 things to know: 11 October 2017
5 things to know: 11 October 2017
11 OCTOBER 2017 9:27 AM

From the desks of the Hotel News Now editorial staff:

  • California wildfires’ toll of death, destruction rises
  • Revised timeline in Vegas shooting raises new questions for hotel
  • AccorHotels’ Bazin advises hotel industry: Risks are mandatory
  • Hotel-branded residence projects abound in SE Asia
  • STR preliminary September data for Hong Kong, Dubai, Sydney

California wildfires’ toll of death, destruction rises: At least 17 people have been killed and 2,000 homes and businesses, including a Hilton hotel, destroyed by wildfires in California’s wine country, Reuters reports.

Forecasts for 50-mile-per-hour winds today into Thursday raised fears that the fires “could grow exponentially” a spokeswoman for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection told the news agency. The wildfires forced 20,000 people to flee their homes in the region, fire officials said. On Tuesday, some evacuation orders were lifted for parts of western California, while to the east in Sonoma and Napa Valley, evacuations were expanded, Reuters reports.

Revised timeline in Vegas shooting raises new questions for hotel: A hotel security guard at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino is now reported to have been shot six minutes before gunman Stephen Paddock opened fire on an outdoor concert crowd from a guestroom window on the 32nd floor of the hotel, authorities said, according to a report by ABC News.

The revised timeline for the shooting is raising new questions about security at the hotel, including how long it took hotel staff to notify police about the incident, and whether more could have been done to stop the gunman during that time, a former FBI agent and ABC News consultant told the news station.

“Officials briefed on the investigation have also told ABC News that Paddock used the hotel’s service elevator in the days leading up to the attack. Access to the service elevator, sources say, was a perk for high-rollers,” the news station reports.

AccorHotels’ Bazin advises hotel industry: Risks are mandatory: “In today’s world, either you change or you will be changed,” AccorHotels CEO Sébastien Bazin said in an on-stage interview with Hotel News Now’s Stephanie Ricca at the recent South America Hotel Investment Conference.

Read the highlights and watch video clips from Bazin’s interview, which touch on topics from disruption to deals strategies, in a two-part series starting today at Hotel News Now.

Hotel-branded residence projects abound in SE Asia: A new market trend report from consulting firm C9 Hotelworks shows growth in the number of hotel-branded residences in Southeast Asia, according to a news release.

Mainstream hotel residence projects in the pipeline for 2018 and 2020 represent an 83% increase over existing supply, according to the report, which lists the top five markets as Danang, Phuket, Kuala Lumpur, Bali and Bintan. The hotel chains that are most active in the sector include “Marriott, Banyan Tree, Hyatt, Melia, Minor and Mövenpick along with brands that have used hotel residences to spur their pipelines such as BHM Asia and Alila,” the report states.

STR preliminary September data for Hong Kong, Dubai, Sydney: Hotels in Dubai saw performance declines due to supply growth, while Hong Kong and Sydney reported gains driven largely by rate growth, according to preliminary September data from STR, parent company of Hotel News Now.

The early data for Dubai shows a 5.6% increase in supply and demand growth of only 0.6% led to declines in occupancy (-4.7%), average daily rate (-10.6%) and revenue per available room (-14.8%).

In Hong Kong, demand (+3.6%) slightly outpaced supply growth (+3.1%) and a 4% increase in ADR helped boost RevPAR by 4.5%, the preliminary data shows.

Sydney hotels overcame 2.3% supply growth and muted demand (+0.5%) by lifting ADR 4.9% to boost RevPAR by 3.1%, the early data indicates.

Compiled by Robert McCune.

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