From the desks of the Hotel News Now editorial staff:
- Starboard continues select-service growth
- Paris sues Airbnb for unregistered listings
- UK Parliament could veto final Brexit deal
- Weekly performance data for US hotels
- Secret notes left by guests at Indiana hotel
Starboard continues select-service growth: Executives with Starboard Hotels said the company is where it is today because of lessons learned, investing in their employees and continued growth of select-service assets, HNN’s Terence Baker reports.
Paul Callingham, managing director at Starboard, said what the company learned during the recession of the early 1990s and the Great Recession put the company on its current trajectory of focusing mostly on select-service ownership.
“The aspiration when we began buying hotels around 2013 was to have 20 hotels by 2020, but we are already there,” he said.
Paris sues Airbnb for unregistered listings: City officials in Paris are suing Airbnb over unregistered listings in the city, The Wall Street Journal reports.
“Paris demanded Thursday that a French court force Airbnb—and other smaller platforms—to remove listings that don’t comply with a new law that requires Parisians renting out their primary residences on sites like Airbnb to display a city registration number in their listings,” the news outlet reports.
Ian Brossat, deputy mayor of Paris, told The Wall Street Journal that the city has asked the court to fine shared-accommodation sites that could add up to €1 million ($1.2 million) a month. The trial date is set for 12 June.
U.K. Parliament could veto final Brexit deal: David Davis, Brexit minister, said on Thursday that “Parliament could veto any final deal negotiated with the European Union unless it has a ‘substantive’ idea of what the future trading relationship will look like,” Reuters reports.
Britain wants the EU to sign a free-trade deal “shortly after it leaves the bloc in March 2019,” according to Reuters.
Signing off on a deal would require “a lot of detail” from Parliament members, Davis said, according to Reuters, because Britain would owe the EU £39 billion ($55 billion) to honor financial obligations to the trade bloc.
Weekly performance data for U.S. hotels: Hotels in the U.S. reported mostly negative year-over-year results in the three key performance metrics for the week ending 7 April, according to data from STR, HNN’s parent company.
Occupancy was down 2.7% to 68.3%, average daily rate increased 0.7% to $128.84 and revenue per available room decreased 2% to $88.03.
Miami/Hialeah, Florida, saw the highest jump in RevPAR among the top 25 markets (+34% to $222). Chicago reported the largest decrease in RevPAR (-29.9% to $79.30).
Secret notes left by guests at Indiana hotel: Employees at the historic West Baden Springs Hotel in West Baden Springs, Indiana, have uncovered notes and letters from guests hidden in the pages of books in the hotel’s library, WTHR reports.
Guests ranging from a 13-year-old asking for a book recommendation to a guest claiming the hotel is magic left notes for others to find in books in the library. Guests have been leaving notes at the hotel for the past five years, according to the report.
Compiled by Danielle Hess.