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Best Western honors women, launches new brand
Company’s convention held in National Harbor, Maryland, last week

Best Western Hotel and Resorts’ Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer Dorothy Dowling led the company’s second “Today’s Women in Leadership Forum” leading into its North American Convention last week.

BEST WESTERN HOTELS and Resorts’ 2019 North American Convention, held last week, started with the company’s second annual “Today’s Women in Leadership Forum.” Before it was over, the company also announced its newest brand, SureStay Studio.

The convention was held in National Harbor, Maryland, Oct. 2-5.

Launched in 2018, the women’s forum promotes the role women play both inside their organizations and out, and delivers relevant content for today’s women in business. Read More...
Insiders Renee Millett-Gosier is now development project director for Noble Investment Group. Previously she was senior director of capital planning at Hersha Hospitality Trust.

openings Fairfield by Marriott Inn and Suites Houston NASA/Webster is now open in Webster, Texas. It is owned by SRI Hospitality and Resorts LP managed by BH Hospitality under President and CEO and co-founder Harsh Patel.
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Accor CEO wins Castell Award
The award recognizes efforts to promote women’s roles in the hospitality industry
From left, Castell Award winner Accor CEO of North and Central America Heather McCrory, Castell Project board member and Panther Ridge Partners principal Kirk Kinsell and Castell Project founder Peggy Berg. McCrory received an award by artist Brad McCollum representing the glass ceilings women rise through as they succeed during the Lodging Conference in Phoenix, Arizona, in September.
HEATHER MCCRORY, CHIEF executive officer of North and Central America for hotel management company Accor, is the winner of the first Castell Award from the Castell Project, an organization dedicated toward promoting the careers of women in the industry. McCrory received the award during the Lodging Conference in Phoenix, Arizona, in September based on her qualifications as a change-maker, a trailblazer, a gender equality champion and a principled professional.

Report: Governments depend on lodging taxes
HVS also analyzes taxability of Airbnb and other short-term home rental companies
The “2019 HVS lodging Tax Report – USA” found that 120 of 150 states surveyed impose a dedicated lodging tax, and all of them collect some form of taxation on hotel room revenue.
STATE AND LOCAL governments have come to depend on the collection of lodging taxes from hotels, according to a study hotel valuing and financial research company HVS. The study found that average state lodging tax revenue grew at a rate of 2.92 percent from 2017 to 2018.

The “2019 HVS lodging Tax Report – USA” looked at rate and revenue figures for 150 U.S. cities to discover trends in lodging tax policy and revenue.It lists several specific changes in those policies, such as the decrease in New Jersey’s state lodging tax from 7 percent in 2017 to 6.625 percent in 2018.
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The percent occupancy for U.S. hotels fell during the week of Sept. 22 to 28, ending at 71.2 percent, according to STR. ADR decreased 0.5 percent to $136.63 while RevPAR went down 0.8 percent to $97.26 Read More...
Study: Some third-party online hotel bookings misleads consumers
AHLA calls for government action, launches Search Smarter campaign
There were $5.7 billion in fraudulent and misleading hotel reservations made through online third-party travel agencies in 2018, according to a study from the American Hotel and Lodging Association.
CERTAIN THIRD-PARTY travel agencies were misleading in their telephone and online booking, said 23 percent of consumers surveyed for a study by the American Hotel and Lodging Association. The questionable communications resulted in $5.7 billion in fraudulent and misleading hotel bookings in 2018, the study found.

AHLA’s study also found that one in four consumers had problems with their reservations and 40 percent said they were unhappy to learn that, despite comparison shopping among numerous OTAs, most prices were actually set by Expedia and Priceline, which control 95 percent of the online travel market, according to AHLA.
Hotel stock index rose 1.6 percent in September
THE BAIRD/STR HOTEL Stock Index rose 1.6 percent in September to 4,634. The rise comes after a 6.6 percent drop in August. Read More..
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