Despite growth in inventory, the timeshare occupancy rate in Hawaii showed only a 0.2% drop last year from 2016, the Hawaii Tourism Authority reported. Timeshare usage for the year rose 5% and hotel usage went up 4%, the survey found.
Canada-based R&R Real Estate Investment Trust has purchased five US economy extended-stay hotels for $31.5 million. Among the properties sold by Texas-based Westmont Hospitality Group is the HomeTowne Studios in Columbus, Ohio.
A variety of drivers, from business travel to college visits and special events, is credited with high demand and robust hotel and B&B growth in Providence, R.I. Occupancy rates exceed the national average for the 12 hotels counted by STR, and five more are under construction or in the pipeline.
What owners call the first "true all-inclusive hotel offering" in the area is now available at the Eden Roc Miami Beach in Florida. "Travelers can experience a beach cosmopolitan hotel with updated spacious ocean view rooms, elevated food and beverage offerings like the farm-to-table Malibu Farm restaurant, and more, without breaking the bank or having to travel internationally," said Frank Maduro of AIC Hotel Group.
Poseidon Spa at Casa Monica Resort in St. Augustine, Fla., offers an array of treatments inspired by water. The facility has four treatment rooms.
The Celebrity Edge luxury liner includes a spa with eight treatment zones. Options include a Turkish bath, rainfall room, salt room and Float Zen Zone. "We really focused on the destination experience, a place where all wellness needs -- nutrition, culinary arts, holistic medicine, medispa services, and fitness--would be met," said Aisling McCarthy, spa director.
The EU's General Data Protection Regulation is set to take effect Friday, meaning companies will be required to obtain consent prior to using people's personal data. The data protections apply to the information hotels collect on guests.
Most hotels across the Florida Keys have reopened, marking progress in recovering from Hurricane Irma. New hotel projects are also in the works.
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