Donald Trump’s Hotel Business Blues: 6 Hotel and Resort Trends That Defined the Week of Apr. 1-7
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Looks like Donald Trump’s adventures on the Presidential campaign trail are negatively affecting his hotel business. Per a survey conducted for Forbes by consulting firm Penn Schoen Berland, nearly half of the 500 surveyed U.S. residents (who earn at least $200,000 annually) said they would avoid Trump-branded hotels and golf courses over the next four years, with over three-fourths of that near-half calling it a boycott in protest of his POTUS run. Click for further analysis of the numbers.
Of the countless hotels opening in 2016, here are the five that we are most excited about. It’s an assortment of edgy/luxurious urban lodging and sumptuous tropical resorts. Click for the list.
Baha Mar, the Bahamas’ way-behind-schedule, not-yet-completed white elephant is on sale, and prime minister Perry Christie said the resort’s current owners are “fast-tracking” the search for a buyer. But since this is Baha Mar we’re talking about, there are stipulations. Potential buyers are urged “not to rely on the accuracy of statements, estimates or forecasts included in the China Exim Bank Receiver-provided materials,” and “[are] forbidden to speak to any current or former director officer, employee, consultant, advisor, creditor, customer, or supplier of [original Baha Mar developer Sarkis] Izmirlian, or his team.” Click for more intrigue.
IllicitEncounters.com, a U.K. dating website for those already married people, has plans to purchase a private island where people with a somewhat weak moral compass can cheat on their spouse to their heart’s content. The company said they will put measures into place to keep the island (off the coast of England near Portsmouth) a secret, utilizing blindfolded helicopter rides and nondisclosure agreements. Click for more on this taboo locale.
Wondering the ideal time to reserve accommodations for a summer vacation? TripAdvisor just published its "Best Time to Book" report, and depending on the destination, it varies from as little as two weeks and up to seven months out among the top 25 most popular destinations in the world. Click for specifics.
Hilton Worldwide and Marriott International both topped the list in J.D. Power's 2016 Hotel Loyalty/Rewards Program Satisfaction Report — having been judging by six factors: account maintenance and management, ease of redeeming points and or miles, ease of earning points and or miles, the variety of benefits offered, the terms of the reward program and customer service. Hilton and Marriott each earned 741 points out of a 1,000-point scale. Click to see who else scored big.
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