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Hotels and Resorts Pulse: 5 Trends That Defined the Week of Jan. 9-15

Hotel & Resort | Michael Isenbek | January 16, 2016

Hotels and Resorts Pulse: 5 Trends That Defined the Week of Jan. 9-15

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In a world where hotel Wi-Fi speeds average between 100 and 250 mbps, one accommodation outpaces them all. Wi-Fi speeds at Jannah Burj Al Sarab hotel in Abu Dhabi have been clocked at a lightning-fast 1.2 gigabytes per second. Click to find out more about this tech-forward five-star hotel.

So you’ve had an amazing, relaxing time at a great resort, but upon checkout, you receive the bill, and all the tension returns — there are a bunch of fees tacked onto the bill that you were not anticipating. There is much debate between lawmakers and the hospitality industry over the transparency of these “daily resort fees,” but now the Federal Trade Commission has commenced a quest to keep guests informed about every cent they are charged during a stay. Click for details.

Major hotel brands all have ambitious expansion plans in 2016, and according to industry insiders, this will result in 865 hotels offering roughly 103,230 rooms. After a cautious start to the decade, things have definitely picked up — room construction is up 21 percent from last year. Click for more details.

Acapulco’s reputation as a synonym for “tropical paradise” has been sullied in recent years by drug cartel-related violence and other unrest. But the Mexican Pacific coast vacation destination is making a comeback, currently boasting its best hotel occupancy numbers in seven years. Jan. 1, 2015 saw 95.9 percent occupancy, but it was 98 percent on the same day in 2016. Click for more details.

AAA has just bestowed its prestigious Five Diamond Award upon six hotels around the world — the only accommodations on Earth to receive the accolade. Besides being amazing hotels, these locations also earned the award due to savvy use of cutting-edge technology. Click to see who made the list.


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