HRS Helps Shine A Light at Los Angeles Film Screening

by Suzanne Neufang

HRS was a lead sponsor among several travel industry iconic brands at an L.A. Live event earlier this month that put a spotlight on the scourge of child sex trafficking. On January 17, 600+ people attended a screening of SOLD, a film adaptation of the globally acclaimed novel by Patricia McCormick, starring Gillian Anderson and David Arquette. Through one girl’s journey in Southeast Asia, the film illustrates the brutality of child trafficking which affects millions of children both domestically and globally.

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2017 RFP Season – Time for Travel Managers to Pounce

by Suzanne Neufang

We’ve arrived at the fourth quarter, and prognostications for hotel rates in 2017 are starting to unfurl. Several respected entities have already published their forecasts. NYU’s Bjorn Hansen projects increases between 3-4 percent in the U.S.; Advito sees increases averaging as high as five percent. These type of “blanket” average forecasts often color RFP seasons that are, in many cases, just getting underway.

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MANAGED TRAVEL TAKES THE STAGE IN BEIJING

by Suzanne Neufang

This week in Beijing, several hundred of the Asia-Pacific region’s leading corporate travel managers and industry suppliers will meet to discuss the exponential rise of business travel in that part of the world. In particular, the explosion of business travel in China presents both challenges and opportunities – not only for Chinese companies, but the vastly growing number of multi-national companies doing business there.
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GBTA Corporate Travel Projections Highlight Importance of Securing Solid Hotel Rates for 2017

Headline writers – even in travel trade publications – are most focused on words that drive likes, shares, and clicks on immediate news. That semi-obvious conclusion can be seen in recent news stories about softening business travel trends. GBTA downscaled their full-year 2016 projections, and Hyatt revised their 2016 revenue-per-available-room figures from a 3-5 percent jump down to a 2-3 percent increase.
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MILLENNIAL BIZ TRAVELERS CAN GET A UNIQUE LOCAL HOTEL EXPERIENCE WITHOUT SHARING A BATHROOM

by Suzanne Neufang

As GBTA gets underway in Denver, this is talk in the air once again about the progress Airbnb is making on the managed travel front. Just like many other vertical markets, hospitality markets place a premium on targeting and winning Millennial customers, seeking their higher-yielding transaction and the hope of years of brand loyalty.
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SAN FRANCISCO’S HOTEL MOSSER: A CASE STUDY FOR WINNING NEW CORPORATE BOOKINGS

by Robert Ambrozy

San Francisco’s thriving lodging scene can make it challenging for an independent property to attract and maintain a healthy flow of business guests. A property has to stand out with its décor and energy, as well as find its way into the channels used by business travelers old and new to book hotels. The Mosser, an independent hotel located between Union Square and the Moscone Convention Center, successfully tackles this challenge every day.
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