Global Hospitality Report (August 29, 2016)

2016 HVS Lodging Tax Report - USA  
By Thomas Hazinski and Alex Moon

In the 5th annual Lodging Tax Report, HVS explores lodging tax trends in the USA. This updated version provides lodging tax rates/collections in all 50 US states and 150 US cities, and estimates the impact of Airbnb on lodging tax collections.

HVS Market Pulse: A Hollywood Revival 
By Greg Mendell

Hotel development across Hollywood, California, has been ramping up over the past year, with population and visitation numbers on the rise. From high-end office buildings to new boutique hotels, the market is on the verge of a boom.

Indonesia Hotel Watch 2016 
By Samantha Poh, and Hok Yean CHEE

Indonesia Hotel Watch 2016 is a comprehensive report discussing trends and opportunities in twelve major hotel markets in Indonesia: Bali, Bandung, Bintan, Bogor, Jakarta, Lombok, Makassar, Medan, Palembang, Semarang, Surabaya, Yogyakarta.

HVS Key Takeaways: The Southern Lodging Summit 2016 
By Daniel McCoy, MAI

The 2016 Southern Lodging Summit drew a crowd of hoteliers and industry experts to Memphis. While delegates shared optimism about the prospects for growth, the conference shed light on some looming operational challenges facing the region’s hotels.

IHG Announces Global Partnership with Alipay 

InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) has announced a global partnership with Alipay, China’s leading third-party online payment solutions company. The announcement builds on IHG’s existing partnership with Alipay, formed back in 2012, when IHG became the first international hotel company to launch a flagship e-store on Alitrip ( Through this partnership, IHG now becomes the first global hotel company to give Chinese guests the ability to pay via Alipay through all of IHG's online and mobile channels, as well as across all IHG hotels globally. The partnership, which has been agreed with Alipay’s parent company, Ant Financial will initially apply to more than 270 IHG hotels in Greater China, as well as a number of hotels around the world that participate in IHG’s China Ready Programme, offering a range of tailored services to Chinese travellers. The global rollout of Alipay will begin in 2017. IHG entered the China market more than 30 years ago and China is now its second largest market globally. The partnership will allow IHG to further capitalise on the significant increase in Chinese outbound travel.

Marriott to Move into Northern Ireland with its AC Brand  

Marriott International is to make its debut in Northern Ireland with a hotel planned for the capital, Belfast. The188-room AC by Marriott Belfast is to be constructed at the city’s waterfront, with views of the Titanic Belfast museum, and will be operated under a franchise agreement with Interstate Europe Hotels & Resorts. The €25 million project is expected to open in early 2018.


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