The US share of long-haul international travel dropped last year for the first time since 2006 and is projected to fall again in 2017, according to a new analysis. A stronger dollar and President Donald Trump's "antagonistic" stance toward foreign visitation are most to blame, according to an official with the U.S. Travel Association.
Business has been brisk for the new Hotel Landing in the small town of Wayzata, Minn., which is home to several Fortune 500 CEOs and enjoys proximity to Minneapolis. The operators of the hotel -- the first new one near Leake Minnetonka in 50 years -- are eagerly awaiting the 2018 Super Bowl.
Federal officials would be forbidden from charging taxpayers for travel expenses at Trump-owned properties under a bill introduced by Senate Democrats. Lodgings owned by other senior government officials also would be off-limits under the measure, spurred by reports of a $1,092 bill for an official's stay at President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago Club.
The spa at the Ritz-Carlton on Amelia Island in Florida features the Heaven in a Hammock massage, which eschews the traditional massage table in favor of hammock and adds in reflexology, energy work and rocking. "The treatment has a specific outcome in mind: to take the person back to a womblike existence," Eliza Krpoyan writes.
The Barrel Bath wine hydromassage at Les Sources de Caudalie's spa in Bordeaux-Martillac, France, and a treatment incorporating honey and mineral salt at Southern Ocean Lodge's spa on Kangaroo Island in South Australia are among the spa treatments Jane Sung says are worth traveling for.
To create a more relaxed atmosphere, especially for younger guests, Marriott's luxury brands have updated staff clothing and grooming requirements, including rules on hair length and facial hair. Marriott's Lisa Holladay says it's not only about appealing to guests but is "super important for ... the future ladies and gentlemen that we want to come work at the brand."
CBRE is forecasting REVpar growth of less than 3% at US hotels through 2021, prompting many to look for ways to cut costs. Franchise fees hit 7.2% last year.