• 2016 Lodging Industry Enjoys Positive Cycle

     
    POSTED July 24, 2017
     

The hotel industry’s performance during 2016 was solid in most Michigan markets and the year ended on a positive note, reports Charles Skelton of Hospitality Partners in Ann Arbor. The firm has tracked the state’s lodging sector performance for years.

“We are at the point in our cycle where gains in occupancy will be much slower while rate will continue to increase, but at a more reasonable pace," says Skelton in his firm’s spring/summer newsletter released earlier this month.. "I think 2017 will be a solid year with softening coming in 2018 and 2019. To what degree that softening takes place really depends on what happens nationally."

Detroit’s renovated Cobo Convention Center is receiving rave reviews, Skelton adds. “Coupled with the sports teams, bars and restaurant activity, and the newly arrived residents, the D is heading into the century reclaiming some of its glory as the 1940s and 1950s when it was truly a world-class city and an engine for the Midwest.”

Event planners often schedule meetings and events in natural places near wilderness areas, at waterfront resorts, and at mountain event spaces. But there are many ways to bring nature into your events by making use of the architectural concept of biophilic design, which can be defined as seeking to engage most people’s innate desires to affiliate with nature in the modern built environment. If you think of yourself as an “event architect,” you can use nature to stimulate the senses. 

 

It won’t be quite the same as ordering a pizza or nachos to be delivered to your front door but getting eats at venues is taking a leap toward convenience with a new collaboration: DoorDash has become ASM Global’s “On-Demand Delivery Platform” partner, launching at ASM Global’s top North American arenas, stadiums, theaters, and convention centers in the coming months. The partnership will allow attendees to skip traditional lines by leveraging DoorDash services to order within the arena for pickup.

 

The latest Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) Business Travel Recovery Poll revealed that business travel is surging forward and international travel is returning alongside the challenges of rising fuel prices, inflation, supply chain disruption, and the war in Ukraine. In addition, corporate travel policies are undergoing a revamp, and a large majority of employees indicate they are willing to travel for business.