Technology, local culture, food and the impact of home-sharing are key areas of concentration for future lodging entrepreneurs, says Sonia Tatar, CEO of Les Roches Global Hospitality Education. Millennials, with their demands for design, luxury and flexibility, present a challenging market.
Mud Facial Bar in Charlotte, N.C., recently began offering a facial mask featuring breast milk. Spa owner Kerri Flanigan said that breast milk has bacteria-fighting antibodies and that the mask is a good choice for people dealing with acne or eczema.
Katie Chang visited Canyon Ranch in Lenox, Mass., where she previewed the resort's Residences at Bellefontaine and enjoyed the 100,000-square-foot spa complex. The resort offers a full menu of spa treatments and more than 40 fitness activities daily.
The Crowne Pointe Historic Inn and Spa in Provincetown, Mass., features Shui Spa, which includes a steam room, sauna, swimming pool and heated outdoor tub. The spa features Kiehl's products and treatments like the Superbly Restorative Massage, which can be enjoyed within the spa or in an outdoor cabana.
Four Seasons could reach 250 properties worldwide over time, more than doubling its current global footprint of 105 hotels in 43 countries, according to founder Isadore "Issy" Sharp. "We don't see an upside limit at all because the marketplace has grown dramatically," he said.
In Chicago, revenue per available room rose less than 1% for the first five months of the year. Insiders say the hotel market appears to be stable after years of growth.
Fairmont Hotel's use of Facebook for advertising is paying off by leveraging the latest analytics capabilities. Fairmont's advertising push led to website improvements to help capture bookings.
Z Resorts is on track to open its second Hotel ZaZa in Houston, Texas, by the end of the year. The property's largest suites will cover 900 square feet.
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