8 Ways to Improve Communication Between Hotel and Meeting Planning Professionals

In 2018, we outlined the challenges that hotel professionals and meeting planners face as they aim to work together in an efficient and mutually beneficial way. Much has changed since then, due to the transformation that COVID-19 has brought upon our industry, but one thing has remained the same: To successfully bring people together through events and unique experiences, hotel and meeting professionals must continue to collaborate in a unified and transparent manner. Here are eight ways to maximize the relationship with your key partners in planning.

Update on American Travel Trends & Sentiment – Week of January 17th: The Dichotomy of This Virus & Travel

Measurements of American travel sentiment continue to illustrate the dichotomy in the American psyche of the seriousness of the pandemic situation and the love for travel. Even with continued strong concern for COVID safety, societal exhaustion with the pandemic and a cultural propensity for optimism have resulted in increasing excitement for travel.

Steigenberger Porsche Design Hotels Coming to Saudi Arabia

The Tourism Development Fund (TDF) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Deutsche Hospitality to develop and operate Steigenberger Porsche Design Hotels projects in Saudi Arabia. The agreement includes the right to exclusively launch the first Steigenberger Porsche Design Hotels project in the Middle East.

Summit Hotel Properties Acquires 26 Hotel Portfolio for $776.5 Million

Summit Hotel Properties, Inc. (NYSE: INN) yesterday announced that it has completed an initial closing of the previously announced portfolio acquisition through its existing joint venture with GIC from affiliates of NewcrestImage. The initial closing included 26 of the 27 hotels totaling 3,533 guestrooms, two parking structures, and various financial incentives.