Last updated: 04:50 PM ET, Sat December 26 2015

Hotels and Resorts Pulse: 4 Trends To Watch For This Week

Hotel & Resort | Michael Isenbek | December 26, 2015

Hotels and Resorts Pulse: 4 Trends To Watch For This Week

The world’s largest hotel company is one step closer to being formed. In the ongoing acquisition process of Starwood Hotels & Resorts by Marriott International, the company filed a joint proxy and registration statement with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. A finalized statement and stockholder vote is still ahead, but Marriott expects the deal to close by mid-2016.  

OK, so it’s definitely not a good idea to trust everything you read on the Internet, but it looks like a lot of people trust online hotel reviews. An overwhelming majority of those surveyed by Nerval Corp. said they trusted this take on a lodging in question. The company also found out that potential guests are also looking at how accommodations reply to a negative review. Click to find out more.

Add hotel rooms to the sharing economy list. Winston Club, which will launch on the West Coast in 2016, aims to reduce hotel bills by booking complete strangers in the same room. There is a vetting process, and individuals will be carefully paired based on common interests.

Now a full year beyond its scheduled opening date, the still-unfinished Bahamas mega-resort Baha Mar has garnered a new nickname: White Dinosaur. With nothing but vague funding plans at the moment, the opening is predicted to slip past spring 2016. Now other problems are cropping up, like crumbling infrastructure, ballooning re-staffing costs and that Inter-American Development Bank conference scheduled for April…


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