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IHG launches new brand and three new prototypes
New upper-midscale Atwell Suites aims to meet latest trends among travelers
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InterContinental Hotels Group based its design for its new Atwell Suites brand on research into guest needs that showed a demand for memorable experiences combined with “right-sized amenities” that fall between those offered by traditional extended stay and traditional select service hotels.
AIMING TO MEET what its research shows to be an unmet, $18 billion market, InterContinental Hotels Group has launched a new upper-midscale hotel brand called Atwell Suites. At the same time, the company has released new design prototypes for its Holiday Inn, Staybridge Suites and Candlewood Suites brands.

Both announcements came out of IHG’s Americas Investors & Leadership Conference being held this week in Las Vegas.

Atwell Suites will join IHG’s all-suites brand family that includes Staybridge and Candlewood. The creation of the brand was driven by research into guest needs that showed a demand for memorable experiences combined with “right-sized amenities” that fall between those offered by traditional extended stay and traditional select service hotels. It also seeks to provide IHG owners with a brand they can bring to local markets.
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INSIDERS
Insiders Kirby Smith is the new vice president of sales and marketing at Auro Hotels. He will lead all aspects of the hotel group’s sales, marketing and revenue management initiative.
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Hotel association supports Employee Flexibility Act
Legislation would change Affordable Care Act’s definition of full-time work to 40 hours
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The Affordable Care Act currently sets the definition of full-time employees, who under the act require the employer to provide insurance, at those working 30 hours a week. The Employee Flexibility Act would change that standard to 40 hours a week.
PROPOSED LEGISLATION WOULD change the definition of full-time work under the Affordable Care Act from 30 to 40 hours. Some in the hospitality industry say the Employee Flexibility Act will provide more work opportunity by freeing employers from having to provide medical insurance for those looking to earn more money by adding or trading shifts.

U.S. Representatives Jackie Walorski (R-Indiana), Dan Lipinski (D-Illinois), Mike Kelly (R-Pennsylvania), and Collin Peterson (D-Minnesota) are sponsoring the act. A companion bill also has been introduced in the Senate.
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Surveys show consumer views on Airbnb
Home sharing still preferred by many, but with notable exceptions
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IPX1031, a 1031 Tax Deferred Exchanges fund, surveyed 2,000 Americans and found that, while most would prefer to rent an Airbnb over a hotel while on vacation, the stays were not always perfect. The most common complaints included deceiving photos, slow or no WiFi, an unresponsive host, a long list of “house rules” and even dirty linens.
IN WHAT MAY be a case of “Know thy enemy” for some, a pair of recent surveys reveal what consumers like, and what they don’t like, about home-sharing app Airbnb. The news is not exactly good, but neither is it all bad.

On the bad side, 68 percent of the 2,000 Americans surveyed by 1031 Tax Deferred Exchanges fund IPX1031 said they prefer Airbnb over traditional hotels. The reasons why include privacy, uniqueness of the property, free parking and pet-friendliness, and many consider a private home to be better for group events like weddings or family reunions. Read More...
 
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OPENINGS
openings Charlotte, North Carolina-based Maya Hotels on May 9 held a grand-opening celebration at its Hilton Garden Inn Gastonia/Charlotte West with a ‘Spring Into the Garden’ event. Baldev Thakor is president and co-founder of Maya Hotels and J.D. Deva is co-founder and CEO.
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NUMBERS
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9.9 percent  

The percentage of growth the U.S. hotel pipeline grew in terms of rooms in April over the same time last year, according to STR. It is the seventh consecutive month of growth in the industry and highest for any month since August 2017.
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Legislation would expedite TSA PreCheck enrollment
USTA endorses bill that would allow some with existing security clearance to skip background checks
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The Secure Traveler Act, if approved, would expand enrollment in TSA PreCheck for individuals who have passed extensive background checks, like federal employees holding an active security clearance and law enforcement officers.
BALANCING SECURITY AND convenience, proposed legislation would expand the TSA PreCheck program that allows pre-cleared air travelers to pass through airport security more quickly. The U.S. Travel Association is endorsing the bill, saying it will reduce wait times and stress on Transportation Security Administration personnel.

The Secure Traveler Act, sponsored by U.S. Sens. John Thune (R-South Dakota) and Gary Peters (D-Michigan) who serve on the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, which has jurisdiction over the TSA, would expand enrollment in TSA PreCheck for individuals who have passed extensive background checks, like federal employees holding an active security clearance and law enforcement officers.
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GRAPHIC OF DAY
CBRE: Attrition and cancellation fees a significant source of revenue in 2009 and 2010
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CANCELLATIONS OF RESERVATIONS are not complete losses for hotels, thanks to the fees charged when the cancellation comes past a prescribed deadline. New data from CBRE Hotels Americas Research on U.S. hotels’ attrition and cancellation fees from 2010 to 2017 shows variances that measure the overall health of the lodging industry and the group demand segment.

CBRE’s Trends in the Hotel Industry survey of 308 hotels includes this data, said CBRE’s Director of Research Information Services Robert Mandelbaum in an article about the survey. For example, the Great Recession had an extremely negative impact on group demand, Mandelbaum said.

Attrition and cancellation fees became a significant source of revenue in 2009 and 2010, leading to 8.9 percent decline from the previous year in 2011. However, rooms revenue increased by 7.5 percent.
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