2011 Year in Review
 
2011 Year in Review
30 DECEMBER 2011 7:55 AM

Google’s Hotel Finder experiment went live in late July with mostly OTAs and CRS providers supplying rates and availability, as reported in the 25 February article “Hoteliers on board with new Google features.” Today, several major hotel chains appear in searches as well.

 

 

8 US hotel recovery trends revisited
By Patrick Mayock, International News Editor
STR’s Bobby Bowers looks revisits key recovery drivers from the 23 May article “8 trends shaping the US hotel recovery.”

 


 

Virgin Hotels' development strategy revisited
By Shawn A. Turner, Finance Editor
Virgin Hotels’ patient approach to development, as reported in the 9 June article “Virgin taking deliberate steps in launch plan,” paid off with an acquisition of the Old Dearborn Bank Building in downtown Chicago.

 


 

Choice, Summit move on after dust up
By Shawn A. Turner, Finance Editor
Choice Hotels International and Summit Hotel Properties have each focused on growth since Choice stripped Summit of 11 franchise agreements, which was reported in the 30 March article “11 Choice-branded hotels lose franchise licenses.”

 


 

Renovation financing remains limited
By Jason Q. Freed, News Editor-Americas
After the 29 March article “Options limited for owners facing renovations," few lenders opened their flood gates throughout 2011. And brands are knocking even harder on the door with required capital improvements.

 


 

Hoteliers follow Facebook with booking engines
By Patrick Mayock, International News Editor
Hoteliers began incorporating Facebook booking engines in earnest during 2011, as reported in the 23 March article “Facebook leads to hotel room revenue.” But at least one consultant says they have little to show for it.

 


 


Google Hotel Finder revisited
By Jason Q. Freed, News Editor-Americas
Google’s Hotel Finder experiment went live in late July with mostly OTAs and CRS providers supplying rates and availability, as reported in the 25 February article “Hoteliers on board with new Google features.” 
Today, several major hotel chains appear in searches as well.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

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