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U.S. hotel occupancy rates decline for week ending October 15

Thursday, October 20th, 2016

STR reports that the U.S. hotel industry experienced negative results for the week ending October 15.

Comparing year-over-year numbers, the industry’s occupancy fell 1.4 percent to 70.7 percent.  Average daily rate stayed nearly flat (-0.2 percent, to US $123.84).  And revenue per available room fell 1.6 percent to US $87.57.

The Norfolk and Virginia Beach, Va., area experienced the only double-digit increase in occupancy (up 16.1 percent to 65.9 percent).  It also saw the largest lift in RevPAR (up 20.7 percent to US $60.22).

Tampa-St. Petersburg, Fla., saw the only double-digit rise in ADR (up 10.6 percent to US $120.24), and the only other double-digit rise in RevPAR (up 10.9 percent to US $85.89).

Houston posted the largest declines across the three performance metrics.

For more information, visit www.str.com.

 

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New Joplin Holiday Inn is on the way

Wednesday, October 5th, 2016

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Construction kicks off this week on a brand new, 115-room Holiday Inn in Joplin, Mo.

The property is expected to offer exciting new prefunction and conference options for medical and other meeting groups.  There will be 3,500 square feet of event space, accommodating up to 350 guests; the facility also will feature an outdoor patio, indoor saltwater pool, large fitness center, lounge, and full service restaurant.

The hotel is set for completion in 2017.  It will be located at 3402 S. Arizona.

The area also is home to the brand new, 600,000-square-foot Mercy Hospital Joplin.

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Oct. 20 “Future of Health-Care Compliance” webinar announced

Wednesday, September 28th, 2016

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Involved in medical meetings?  Join Maritz Travel’s senior director of health-care compliance, Pat Schaumann, for a free webinar on the current health-care meeting landscape.  (more…)

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New hotel and space options for medical events in NC

Monday, September 19th, 2016

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Raleigh, N.C.-based developer MJM Group has announced it will open a new, 188-room, dual-brand hotel in Charlotte under the Marriott name.  The facility will consist of a 94-room Courtyard by Marriott, and a 94-room Marriott Residence Inn.  It will be managed by St. Louis-based Midas Hospitality.

Construction of the seven-story, $45 million facility is slated to begin in September 2016.  It will be located at 9110 Harris Corners Parkway, Charlotte, NC, and offer  flexible event options for medical groups and other organizations.  The property will include dining, two patio areas with an outdoor pool, a large fitness room, and meeting space.  It’s expected to use alternative energy technology and provide charging stations for electric cars.

Plans are for construction to be complete in March 2018.   MJM Group also is building the new Residence Inn and Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Charlotte Airport, which is expected to open in October 2016.

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Texas resort expands, welcomes medical meetings

Friday, September 16th, 2016

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The Gaylord Texan Resort in the Dallas suburb of Grapevine has announced it’s on the cusp of a $120 million expansion project.

The project will add 303 new guest rooms, for a total of 1,814; and 86,000 square feet of new meeting space, for a total of 490,000 square feet.

The expansion also includes a new 30,000-square-foot ballroom, terrace spaces, and more.  The Gaylord is accepting reservations for its new meeting facilities beginning with the 2019 calendar year.  It is owned by publicly traded Ryman Hospitality Properties Inc.

The Gaylord books key medical gatherings such as the annual meetings of the American Medical Group Association, Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society, and Ambulatory Surgery Center Association.  For more information about the property, visit www.gaylordtexan.com.

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