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Marriott Resort Fee Lawsuit Puts New Target on Long-Held Hotel Industry Practice
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July 15, 2019 via Skift

A lawsuit pending against Marriott in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia may very well result in the company and its franchisees paying millions of dollars in restitution for resort fees that it is accused of deceptively charging guests. But it is unlikely to eliminate the practice from the hotel industry altogether, experts say.

And for those hospitality groups who do drop resort fees under this new pressure, they may opt instead to tack on amenity costs onto offered room rates to compensate for the loss of revenue from resort fees. This has dangerous implications for customers and hoteliers alike, according to Bjorn Hanson, hospitality consultant and former clinical professor at the NYU Jonathan M. Tisch Center for Hospitality and Tourism.'s ConvergeBlog
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Enhanced Security Systems for Hotels and Resorts: Threat Detection and Avoidance

July 7, 2019 via Hotel Executive
Hotels and resorts have increasingly become targets of terrorist attacks. Ease of access to facilities that are designed to promote welcoming hospitality to its guests and visitors make securing hotels against attacks a difficult challenge.
Hospitality M&A – Lodging Industry Consolidation Trends

July 6, 2019 via ConvergeBlog

For hotel brand operators, a merger with/acquisition of another brand represents the prospect of a larger distribution platform, broader customer base and offering, expanded loyalty programs, integration synergies (i.e., cost reduction) and further expansion of their asset- light strategy through the leverage of scale.
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How to Add Value to Your Hotel Asset
June 27, 2019 via ConvergeBlog

At the most basic level, the value of a hotel is based on the property’s net income divided by a capitalization rate. As such, one has two possible levers to adjust as a means of increasing a property’s value: either increase the property’s net income or decrease the capitalization rate.
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