Luang Prabang is located in north central Laos on a peninsula bounded by the Mekong River to the north and the Khan River to the east. Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Since 1995, Luang Prabang attracts tourists from international and regional markets through a combination of preserved cultural experiences and natural beauty within the province. The following article gives a brief overview of Luang Prabang, its tourism industry and recent dynamics of the local lodging market.
With the advent of the COVID-19 pandemic in the U.S. in early to mid-March 2020, hotel owners and managers watched demand for their rooms suddenly evaporate. Since then, tough decisions have been made regarding whether to remain open or temporarily suspend operations. Hotels that have temporarily suspended operations now need to decide when to reopen. This article addresses the considerations to be weighed in this process and provides one example of the calculus for a hypothetical hotel.
The increasing concern over the COVID-19 implications on the travel and tourism sector coupled with a challenging economic outlook for the GCC region will have a major impact on the recovery of the hotel sector. Although COVID-19 has challenged our fundamental forecasting approach that typically relies on predictable market trends and metrics, we share our assumptions pertaining to what the recovery model may look like for select cities in the GCC and the likely impact on EBITDA.
While the pandemic is anticipated to prolong, hotels should start to draw up plans in preparation for a recovery. In the meanwhile, it is the perfect time to relook into operational strategies, cost-saving initiatives, refurbishment, marketing distribution channels, staff training and technology upgrade.
Reprising and updating a study from the last downturn, this article surveys operating expense elasticity in the industry’s most recent period of acute revenue loss, 2008–2009, using data presented across a range of product types and quality levels. The study is intended to help industry participants build or evaluate a forecast in a context of economic decline and provides a forecasting tool for the same.
In Focus: Singapore 2020 provides an overview of Singapore’s tourism landscape and hotel market performance, infrastructure development, revitalising and repurposing hotels, hotel transactions and investment in 2019, outlook and crisis management.
The strengthening of the Thai Baht and the ongoing US-China trade war have resulted in a decline in average rate growth and softer demand level in 2019. Furthermore, the extensive hotel supply growth in Bangkok has been the dominant topic for discussion. While a multitude of factors will impact the market performance in 2020, including the recent Coronavirus outbreak, it is evident that the 4,000 new hotel rooms scheduled set to open this year will put Bangkok’s hotel market under pressure.
February 25, 2020
ByPawinee Chaisiriroj ,Ruj Masan ,Daniel J Voellm
Albeit often not the winter weather, the lower cost of living, numerous leisure and recreational attractions, and the presence of Fortune 500 companies drives the appeal of the Twin Cities. While 2018 was a record year for the metro hospitality market, 2019 was less profitable for many of the roughly 370 hotels in the hub of the nation’s friendliest state.
Boise’s influx of new hotels since 2016 resulted in a year of absorption in 2019. This article reviews Boise’s current economic projects, tourism trends, the impact of the hotel development pipeline, and the per-diem rate increase in 2019, as well as the outlook for 2020.