• Issue 1038

Prices on the rise

 

Hotels, airfares and car hire are all expected to increase next year as restricted supply meets growing demand. Room rates are expected to rise an average 2.6%, but will grow 6.3% in Latin America, reports Carlson and the GBTA.

 

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US-German link

 

US hotel company Hotel Equities has agreed a strategic partnership with German umbrella brand Worldhotels. HE is to provide management to individual properties under the Worldhotels banner.

 

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Marriott expands mobile

 

Marriott is expanding its mobile check-in and check-out facility. The service is being rolled out from 1,200 properties immediately to 4,000 by the year end, across 11 additional brands. 

 

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Hilton adds DoubleTree

 

Hilton has signed to open a DoubleTree hotel in Ahmedabad, India. The 174 room hotel is being created with local partner Hirise Hospitality Private.

 

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Skills challenge

 

Whitbread has partnered with the Prince’s Trust to encourage the recruitment of more young people into hospitality. Without further action, many businesses fear a lack of skilled staff will restrict business growth. 

 

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