Houston hotel performance exceeded expectations during Super Bowl 51 weekend, and performance was
strongest in the central business district, as reported in an analysis by STR's Consulting & Analytics
division.For 3-5 February 2017, the Houston metro market reported occupancy of 84.2% and average daily
rate (ADR) of US$278.03. In the Houston CBD submarket, occupancy averaged 99.0% during the three-day
period, and ADR hit US$546.24. As a result, revenue per available room (RevPAR) grew 356% in the Houston
metro market and 851% in the Houston CBD. Super Bowlhost marketTotal hotel rooms(during Super
Bowl)Weekend RevPAR growthDallas (2011)81,476+447%Indianapolis (2012)31,320+1,082%New Orleans
(2013)39,731+361%New York City (2014)115,076+115%Phoenix (2015)63,544+344%San Francisco
(2016)51,077+234%Houston (2017)85,124+356%"Based on the relatively depressed state of the hotel
industry in Houston, it wasn't a foregone conclusion that performance would fall in line with that of previous
Super Bowl host markets," said Carter Wilson, STR's VP of consulting & analytics. "But as it turns out, year-
over-year RevPAR growth slightly exceeded the 150% to 350% projection we released a few weeks back. Of
course, that growth is helped by Houston's lower performance comparison base, but nonetheless, it was the
third-highest among the past seven Super Bowls, even with Houston having the second most rooms to
fill."In addition to the Houston CBD, two additional submarkets reported occupancy in excess of 90%:
Houston Galleria/Greenway Plaza (98.9%) and Houston Medical Center/Reliant Stadium (92.7%). All other
submarkets in Houston, with the exception of the North/Woodlands submarket, surpassed an approximate
80% occupancy level.
The TENNESSEAN Hotel, a premier luxury hotel, will open in Downtown Knoxville this April as part of the
Gemstone Collection brand of BENCHMARK®, a global hospitality company. Benchmark will operate the property,
which boasts 82 guest rooms and 12 luxury residences in the World's Fair Park. The park sits on the perimeter of
the University of Tennessee campus, a strong partner of the new hotel.
Dean Kate Walsh of the Cornell School of Hotel Administration (SHA) and Dean Soumitra Dutta of the Cornell SC
Johnson College of Business will address the Cornell community on Friday, March 17, to provide updates on the state
of the school and college and plans for their future. Dean Walsh and Dean Dutta will deliver their addresses as part
of the 92nd Annual Hotel Ezra Cornell, a hospitality industry conference held on the Cornell campus.The recent $150
million gift from H. Fisk Johnson '79, MEng '80, MS '82, MBA '84, PhD '86, chairman and CEO of S. C. Johnson, has
raised additional questions about how SHA will benefit under the new college and how administrative changes will
affect the school's curriculum. The deans hope that their speeches will provide the traditional yearly update on the
state of SHA as well as clarifying how the school fits into the larger Cornell SC Johnson College of Business
structure.The speeches mark the beginning of a weekend-long business conference, running from March 16-19,
discussing how hospitality companies can "Face the Future, Preserve the Past" in a constantly evolving industry.
Immediately following Dean Dutta's speech, keynote speaker Sabato Sagaria '97, chief restaurant officer of Union
Square Hospitality Group, will deliver an address on no-tipping policies and their potential to revolutionize the
Evolution Hospitality, a California-based hospitality management company, announces it has been chosen to
manage Hotel Angeleno in Los Angeles.
Spire Hospitality, one of the nation's leading and most respected hotel management companies, proudly
announces two DoubleTree by Hilton Annapolis leadership employees as award recipients in the Maryland
Hotel & Lodging Association (MHLA) annual 'Stars of the Industry' program. Area General Manager Dhaval
Brahmbhatt and Banquet Houseman Francisco "Chico" Ramirez were recognized with top honors in the local
industry awards program, as the General Manager of the Year and Outstanding Food & Beverage Employee of
the Year, respectively.
Boston, MA -- This April, Freepoint Hotel will open as the newest independent, lifestyle hotel in Cambridge,
Massachusetts. As the only independent hotel in West Cambridge, Freepoint celebrates the vibrant intellectual
and innovative spirit that defines both the past and present day Cambridge community.
The Duke Hotel Newport Beach joins the Newport Beach market as an upscale, lifestyle hotel. Formerly the
Fairmont Newport Beach, the property will undergo a multi-million-dollar renovation and convert to the
Renaissance Newport Beach in early 2018. The Duke Hotel Newport Beach will begin accepting reservations
as a Marriott affiliated "White Label" hotel effective March 2017. Prior to March 2017 guests can enjoy all the
benefits and royal amenities of The Duke Hotel Newport Beach by calling (949) 955-5632 for reservations.
The U.S. hotel industry reported negative results in the three key performance metrics during the week of 5-11
February 2017, according to data from STR. In a year-over-year comparison with the week of 7-13 February
Today DoubleTree by Hilton, one of Hilton's (NYSE: HLT) 14 distinct brands, welcomes DoubleTree by Hilton
Pleasant Prairie Kenosha into its global portfolio after the completion of its $3.5 million renovation.
Marriott International, Inc.® (NASDAQ: MAR) together with Atlantic Hotels Group and Civitas Capital Group
today announced the opening of a 224-room dual-branded Aloft and Element hotel development in the fast-
growing Love Field district in Dallas, Texas. Owned and managed by Civitas Capital Group and Atlantic Hotels
Group, Aloft and Element Dallas Love Field anchor a new upscale mixed-use development just one mile from
Dallas Love Field Airport (DAL) and the Dallas Medical District.
Only 10 months after My Place made its debut in Utah with the opening of My Place Hotel-West Valley City, the
brand is extremely pleased to announce Utah's second My Place location is now open in West Jordan! The
opening of Salt Lake Valley's second location marks a major milestone for the brand, which now has 30 open
locations nationwide! The brand new 4-story, 63-room extended stay hotel opened on February 13, 2017.
Atlanta-based Hotel Equities (HE) announced the opening of the 105-room Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott
Pendry Hotels has announced the grand opening ofits first hotel in San Diego's renowned downtown Gaslamp
Quarter. A new luxury brand fromMontage International, in partnership with The Robert Green Development
Company, The Pendryis a refreshing take on the hospitality establishment that blends thoughtful and
gracious service witha new approach to inspired design and authentic programming that appeals to today's
luxury guest.Pendry San Diego features 317 guest rooms, three dining concepts, three bars, Spa Pendry,
privatemeeting and event spaces and a vibrant lobby experience.
1 Hotels, the mission-driven luxury lifestyle hotel brand, today opens the doors of its third property and first
ground-up development, 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge. Remaining true to 1 Hotels founder, Barry Sternlicht, core
philosophy, "The world around us is beautiful, and we want to keep it that way." The property cultivates the best
of eco-conscious design, sustainable architecture, cause-oriented partnerships, and unrivaled service.
The Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International (HSMAI) is pleased to announce its 2017 Americas Board of Directors, Executive Committee, and Expert Communities Chairs. The HSMAI board consists of a wide range of hospitality professionals from all areas of the industry, representing more than 25 hotels and hotel companies.
Turnberry Associates, a leading real estate developer based in Miami, Florida today unveiled further plans for the new JW
Marriott opening in downtown Nashville next year. Featuring a distinctive elliptical shape conceptualized by award-
winning architecture firm, Arquitectonica, the impressive, 33-story property is poised to become one of the city's most
iconic buildings. Nashville's newest luxury hotel is located in the heart of downtown and will rise to a staggering 386 feet
once completed, offering sweeping views from one of the highest elevations in the city. The hotel is also conveniently
located within a two-mile radius of Nashville's most treasured landmarks, including the Music City Center, The Country
Music Hall of Fame and Museum, Schermerhorn Symphony Center and The Ryman Auditorium.
Start spreading the news: DoubleTree by Hilton, one of Hilton's (NYSE: HLT) 14 market-leading brands, today
announced the opening of DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel New York Times Square West, located in the heart of
Home2 Suites by Hilton, part of Hilton's (NYSE: HLT) industry-first All Suites portfolio, announced today its
newest property, Home2 Suites by Hilton Portland. Offering 88 suites, the hotel is designed for travelers
looking for a fresh, new stay experience. Home2 Suites by Hilton Portland enters the region at an
opportunistic time, with tourism currently generating an annual economic impact of $1 billion in Corpus
New York's trendy Nolitan Hotel is using ALICE's dedicated hotel staff product, ALICE Staff, to manage their
engineering operations. The Nolitan's GM appreciates how ALICE asks the right questions, listens, and works to
tailor the product to the hotel's needs.
More than 500 years ago, Álvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca, the famous Spanish explorer, shipwrecked on Texas's
Galveston Island. De Vaca's subsequent trek across the area's marshes most likely took him through what is now
Baytown, which was founded through the forging of three separate cities in 1948. Today, Baytown is one of the
most important oil and gas centers in the U.S., as reflected in its motto: Where water and oil really do mix.