NEWS BRIEFS update as of Oct. 9, 2018

Record highs for Global hotel construction. Chelsea partners with Motion Pay. Fairmont loves Film. Days Inn invites travellers to stay twice. RLH enhances data program with HAPI. Tourism Canada partners with India to train workers

Global hotel construction reaches record highs 

Lodging
Econometrics (LE) has released its bi-annual Global Construction Pipeline Trend
Report, which compiles the construction pipeline counts for every country and
market around the world, states that the total global construction pipeline
stands at 12,839 projects/2,158,422 rooms which are at all-time highs. 

The
construction pipeline is up an extraordinary 86 per cent by projects over the cyclical
low established in 2011 when global counts were at 6,907 projects/1,257,296
rooms.

There are
5,988 projects/1,133,017 rooms currently under construction worldwide. Projects
scheduled to start construction in the next 12 months are at 3,945
projects/570,731 rooms, both counts are at record highs. Projects in the early
planning stage stand at 2,906 rooms/454,674 projects, just 134 projects short
of the record high established in the fourth quarter of 2017. 

The
leading five franchise companies in the global construction pipeline by project
count are Marriott International with 2,324 projects/391,058 rooms, Hilton
Worldwide with 2,202 projects/327,723 rooms, InterContinental Hotels Group
(IHG) with 1,653 projects/244,038 rooms, Choice Hotels with 1,024 projects/84,350 rooms and AccorHotels with 809 projects/147,647
rooms. Hyatt, at 212
rooms/45,117 projects, is also significant with their portfolio of large luxury
and upper upscale projects as well as Best Western with 275 projects/29,243 rooms
which are concentrated in the middle three chain scales. 

The 25-year
explosion of hotel brands now totals 610 globally. Marriott leads with 29
labels, followed by Accor with 25, Hilton with 15, and IHG and
Hyatt with 12 each, and Choice with 11. 

Chelsea partners with Motion Pay 

TORONTO –Chelsea Hotel, Toronto has partnered with Motion Pay Technology Inc., allowing Chinese tourists an opportunity to directly access their Alipay and WeChat Pay accounts. Chelsea Hotel is one of the first hotels in downtown Toronto to offer this convenient payment option. Motion Pay is a Canadian Fintech that connects Canadian businesses to Chinese consumers.

With the service provided by Motion Pay, guests of the hotel can pay their bills directly with Chinese RMB through Alipay and WeChat Pay. There won’t be a requirement to exchange manually for Canadian dollars therefore, Chinese guests can enjoy the most convenient and familiar payment methods, just the same as they use every day in China. This will definitely facilitate the payment process and enhance guest satisfaction.

Alipay was introduced in 2004 and today, there are over 520 million active Chinese users. WeChat Pay and Alipay have more than 1.3 billion active users. Reaching a record of 682,000 arrivals to Canada in 2017, up 12 per cent over 2016, China was Canada's largest source of tourist arrivals from the Asia-Pacific region and Destination Canada’s second largest overseas market.

Fairmont loves Film 

Fairmont Hotels & Resorts officially premiered
their new global Fairmont Loves Film exhibit at the Fairmont Royal York during
TIFF.  The exhibit consisted of pop-up events,
multi-media retrospectives and cinema-inspired experiences. Its next
stop will be in London and then Shanghai.

Film lovers can celebrate the brand’s storied history
with cinema, as Fairmont Hotels has served as the backdrop to many iconic
movies, such as The Great Gatsby (1971 and 2013), Breakfast At Tiffany’s, Sleepless
in Seattle, and many more.

Days Inn by Wyndham invites travellers to stay twice 

TORONTO,— Days Inns – Canada, one of the
country's leading hotel chains, has launched an eight-week media campaign to
support its new “Stay Twice, Earn Up to One Free Night” fall promotion.
From now through February 19, Wyndham Rewards
members who register and complete two qualified stays at any participating Days
Inn by Wyndham in Canada will earn 15,000 Wyndham Rewards bonus points — enough
for up to one free night at over 8,000 hotels worldwide!
. 

Designed to drive
incremental value to its hotels and generate awareness for its Wyndham Rewards
loyalty program, the “Stay Twice, Earn Up to One Free Night” promotion
is backed by a national marketing campaign that encompasses TV, social media
and digital. All advertising directs entrants to daysinn.ca/freenight for more
information and to register for the promotion.

Ally Wesson.

Ally Wesson.

“Our new marketing
campaign is a key component of the Days Inn by Wyndham unique identity,” said
Ally Wesson, senior director of marketing, Days Inns – Canada. 

“With over 110
locations across Canada, Days Inn by Wyndham provides business travellers with
a base camp to work from, with great amenities like free Wi-Fi and free breakfast.
We want all travellers to Seize the Days and make memories along the way – after all, business travel is still
travel.”

The TV campaign,
created by Toronto-based Giants & Gentleman, is built around 30-second,
15-second and 6-second TV spots, which debuted on October 1, 2018. The
commercial can be seen on cable sports and entertainment channels including
Sportsnet, Global, CTV and CityTV until November 23, 2018. Media buying was
handled by VMC Media Inc.

RLH enhances data program with HAPI 

ORLANDO, Fla. -— 
HAPI, a transformative new data streaming, integration
and enrichment platform designed to solve the hotel industry's rapidly
expanding data management challenges, has successfully been implemented by the
RLH Corporation. 

Via the use of HAPI data connectors, RLH properties can now
link to a new revenue management system, as well as to the company's enterprise
data warehouse (EDW), with benefits that include the ability to drive
revenue through improved rate management and yielding strategies in real time.

John Edwards.

John Edwards.

“At RLH Corporation, we give our owners
freedom in the way they run their hotels and that includes giving them a choice
in the vendors and technology solutions that they choose to implement,”
said John Edwards, SVP and chief information officer at RLH Corporation. 

“For our economy brands, we currently have seven approved PMS vendors and
two options for central reservation systems. From a corporate perspective,
however, this creates challenges in integrating the various systems' data
streams which is why we were interested in Hapi.”

Hapi solved this challenge for RLH Corporation
by developing real-time data connectors that normalize data from different
PMSs, enrich it and expose it for the company to use in various ways. For
example, RLH Corporation can leverage the streams to drive revenue through
improved rate management and yielding strategies in real time.

In
addition to creating added revenue optimization opportunities at the individual
hotel level, Hapi also saves a great deal of time and money for RLH
Corporation, as the connectors eliminate the need for costly and time-intensive
system integrations.

Tourism Canada partners with India to train workers 

DELHI, India — On September 21, 2018, at a Delhi event
that brought together key industry stakeholders, Dr. Sonali Sinha, COO
representing the Tourism & Hospitality Skills Council (India), and
Philip Mondor, president and CEO, Tourism HR Canada, signed a memorandum of
understanding (MOU) to establish a collaborative working relationship. This was
the second such agreement formalized during a successful recent mission to
India.

The Tourism and Hospitality Skills
Council (THSC) has a mandate similar to Tourism HR Canada. THSC is a
not-for-profit organization established “by industry, for industry”. THSC is
mandated to create a robust and sustainable ecosystem for skill development in
the tourism and hospitality sector, comprised of hotels, tour operators,
foodservice restaurants, facilities management, and cruise liners.

THSC is contributing to the development
of more than 3.3 million competent workers by 2022, by setting National Occupational Standards, conducting labour market research, accrediting
training partners and vocational institutions, certifying trainers, and
facilitating learner assessments and certifications.

The agreement acknowledges the
organizations’ historic working relationship and further advances mutual interests.