Welcome to BlogNotions' Hospitality Blog

The BlogNotions Hospitality Blog delivers a diverse series of perspectives provided by thought leaders in the hospitality industries. Presented by NetLine, this forum delivers compelling updates on the technologies being used for a variety of hospitality services, discussions of various problems and solutions, best practices for event planning and execution, tips and tricks for successful marketing, and much more. Here you can find helpful information, ask questions, and collaborate freely.

Freelance Friday – Steve Bennett, Uncommon Caribbean

Newsrooms are nearly nonexistent. Sure, it’s an added challenge to any PR pro’s day, but imagine the freelancer who’s trying to concentrate on quality writing while having to hustle their stories – all day, every day. To show our love for these dynamic free agents who are on this crazy (and rewarding) ride along with […]

Continue Reading

Hotel mergers and acquisitions: Which hotel chain will be the next?

In mid-January, Wyndham announced that it would purchase La Quinta’s franchise and management business for $1.95 billion. Currently, Wyndham Worldwide operates more than 8,100 hotels in 79 countries, with a total room inventory of more than 705,700 rooms. The company’s portfolio includes 19 brands, ranging from the economy segment, such as Super 8 and Days Inn, to the […]

Continue Reading

DMO services to hotels: How valuable are they?

Destination marketing organizations (DMOs) are responsible for the management and marketing of a tourist destination. As a means to promote a destination, DMOs provide a variety of services to the tourists as well as other hospitality and tourism businesses in the area. While DMOs usually operate in different geographical and administrative levels — namely in […]

Continue Reading

What to expect in 2018 from the battle between hotels and Airbnb

–> Entering 2018, Airbnb will soon celebrate the company’s 10th anniversary. The company has now turned into one giant service provider in the lodging industry. Today, Airbnb has already served more than 200 million travelers in more than 65,000 cities around the world. With a supply of more than 3 million listings, Airbnb has more available “rooms” than […]

Continue Reading

Happy New Year from MP&A Digital & Advertising!

Wishing you beautiful reflections as the sun sets on 2017! Happy New Year from the MP&A team! Best wishes, Madigan Pratt, Ann Hughes, Catherine Smagala, Harshad Methrath, Amy Kerr, Stephanie Miller & Erica Hammett Nisbet Plantation photo courtesy of Tina Thuell Photography; Rosalie Bay Resort photo courtesy of Randy Kerr …

Continue Reading

Hotels are now entering the short-term residential rental business

It is clear that room-sharing services have created a big threat to hotels — even though a recent study also reported that Airbnb listings could actually have positive impacts on hotels’ RevPAR (revenue per available room) performance. Hotels are firing up for a new war against Airbnb, as well as other platforms that provide short-term residential rental services. Many hotels, […]

Continue Reading

More hotels are adopting the ‘asset-light’ strategy

Earlier this month, Hyatt Hotels made an announcement about the company’s plan of selling its $1.5 billion worth of real estate in the next three years. By doing so, Hyatt would become another major hotel chain in the market that adopts the “asset-light” strategy, allowing the hotel to focus on franchising service with long-term management contracts. […]

Continue Reading

What is the future of tradeshows? The case of the Canton Fair

Canton (Guangzhou) is currently hosting the largest tradeshow in China — the Canton Fair. Officially known as the China Import Export Fair (or the China Export Commodities Fair before 2007), the Canton Fair is a biannual event with one session in the spring and the other in the fall. For decades, the Canton Fair was the […]

Continue Reading

CHRS 2017: Opportunities in the era of disruption

I was in Ithaca, New York, last week for the 2017 Cornell Hospitality Research Summit(#CHRS2017), where a good mix of industry professionals and academic researchers shared their viewpoints on the outlooks of the hospitality business and findings of relevant research. This year, the conference’s theme was “opportunities in the era of disruption.” So, what are the disruptions? In […]

Continue Reading