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COVID-19 Hotel Forecast: Chicago

July 2020

Like other cities that introduced strict lockdowns, the negative impact on revenue per available room (RevPAR) has been severe, especially for Chicago's city-center properties. Amidst some solid progress in stats such as Chicago's 90-day YoY RevPAR disruption forecast and demand/hotel occupancy, other areas - lack of group business, capacity restrictions, the unknown Phase 5 timeline, loan...

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2020 outlook and sizing for the German travel market

July 2020

For the summer season, Phocuswright expects that many of the main destinations will open their borders to receive German tourists. 

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COVID-19 resources for you

July 2020

We're here to help you through this challenging period with analyst expertise, PhocusWire resources and the Phocuswright community of partners, brands and contributors. It's important to keep up-to-date on all of the news impacting the industry, so we’ve put together all of the resources we have.

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InPhocus, Episode 15 - Racial diversity should be the challenge we accept and win

June 2020

For the latest episode of InPhocus, we spoke to Jamie-Lee Abtar, executive director of U.K.-based BAME Women In Travel, to learn more about the organization and what new steps brands should be considering.

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U.S. short term rental demand climbing

June 2020

The rental traveler population continues to skew younger than the U.S. traveler population overall, with more than four in 10 rental travelers under age 35. However, travelers 55 and older are the fastest-growing demographic of rental travelers.

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Travel activities planning and booking go digital

June 2020

More activity providers' have gotten onboard with the digital times in recent years. In addition, online aggregators have taken an interest in capitalizing on the opportunity, allowing the segment shift from offline to online to accelerate. This has changed how travelers engage with activities throughout the trip life cycle.

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InPhocus, Episode 14 - So, we're going to launch this during a pandemic

June 2020

Bryan Porter, OpenJaw's chief commercial officer, tells us about how a project can come together in the midst of the most trying of circumstances.

U.S. segments: key developments and outlook

U.S. segments: key developments and outlook

June 2020

Even though annual growth slowed considerably to just 2% in 2019 due to fears of a looming economic slowdown, Americans were still planning their vacations - all the way up to mid-March. 

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InPhocus, Episode 13 - Open for business, figuring out change

June 2020

Luuc Elzinga, president of Netherlands-based Tiqets, which takes bookings for big-ticket attractions around the world, joins Kevin May of PhocusWire and research analyst Alice Jong of Phocuswright on the latest episode of InPhocus to talk about the issues that many suppliers are facing.

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COVID-19 Hotel Forecast: Toronto

June 2020

Ontario's occupancy has risen to just above 22%. In line with the global trend, occupancies for the province as a whole and the greater Toronto region have been higher than the city's downtown core, with large convention and business-oriented hotels suffering the greatest disruption.

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COVID-19 Hotel Forecast: Key West

June 2020

Key West is in the enviable position of having successfully contained the local spread of the virus, while enabling a relatively rapid rebound. For hoteliers having survived over two months of single-digit occupancy, the worst is hopefully behind them.

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InPhocus, Episode 12 - Right place, right time for a travel startup

May 2020

The CEO of FindHotel, a Netherlands-based hotel booking platform, which has survived the coronavirus outbreak from an operational perspective, Oz Har Adir, speaks to us on the latest episode of InPhocus about the situation in the Netherlands for startups and how he has managed to keep the brand's team in place, monitor the market and look at new opportunities.

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COVID-19 Hotel Forecast: Dallas

May 2020

The occupancy growth trend for Dallas is positive, and the city's normally low-performing July may be a blessing in disguise. 

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InPhocus, Episode 11 - An opportunity for NDC post-coronavirus

May 2020

Norm Rose, a Phocuswright analyst and veteran travel technology consultant, thinks the reset phase that airlines currently find themselves in will accelerate NDC as a standard (and more) in aviation.

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COVID-19 Hotel Forecast: Sydney

May 2020

As a result of measures taken in the city, Los Angeles' rate of RevPAR decline across the weekly forecasts covering the six weeks between March 29 and May 3 has not been nearly as steep as other U.S. gateway cities like New York, Boston and San Francisco. Differences in YoY RevPAR variance for March and April showed that the impact on Los Angeles was less severe than for most major markets. This...

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InPhocus, Episode 10 - Farelogix tells all on the failed Sabre deal

May 2020

In this latest episode of InPhocus, PhocusWire's Kevin May talks to Jim Davidson, CEO of Farelogix, to get his take on the entire story, including the background to the deal, the court case, the decision to nix the acquisition two weeks ago and what's next for the business.

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COVID-19 Hotel Forecast: Los Angeles

May 2020

As a result of measures taken in the city, Los Angeles' rate of RevPAR decline across the weekly forecasts covering the six weeks between March 29 and May 3 has not been nearly as steep as other U.S. gateway cities like New York, Boston and San Francisco. Differences in YoY RevPAR variance for March and April showed that the impact on Los Angeles was less severe than for most major markets. This...

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InPhocus, Episode 9 - Stuck in the middle with you

May 2020

In this latest episode of InPhocus, we hear from David Litwak, CEO of Mozio Group (who also co-hosts the How I Got Here podcast), about his experiences as a platform for ground transportation and its difficulties with some online travel agencies. We then dig into the wider problems that OTAs and others that sit in the middle of the digital travel ecosystem have faced over the course of the last few...

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COVID-19 Hotel Forecast: Boston

May 2020

Boston started March in better shape than New York across the board, but its downward slope accelerated much more aggressively. Despite the city's successful curve-flattening, the leisure travel ban has contributed to Boston's YoY occupancy falling off. This Phocuswright Hotel Forecast shows some potential good news for Boston is that modeling for 2Q20 shows continual improvement in May and June...

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InPhocus, episode 8 - A chance to use your time wisely

April 2020

Travel startups, perhaps more nimble than their larger peers in the industry, should use this opportunity to take a deep breath, ensure the finances will keep the lights on and think differently. Gerry Samuels offers guidance to new businesses that have survived the initial slump in their usual activities but have some time to consider how their businesses will look in the future.

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COVID-19 Hotel Forecast: London

April 2020

One concerning factor in the London Hotel Forecast is that the city's steep ADR decline may indicate more discounting than merely attributable to share shifts from luxury to midscale and economy chain scale properties.

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InPhocus, episode 7 - Travel crises often ignite revolutions in the industry (sorry, not this time)

April 2020

The current crisis will undoubtedly alter the traveler's experience of airports, accommodation, airlines and activities - but will it inspire any change in the models that underpin the industry and its relationships? Perhaps not this time, as we discuss in the latest episode of InPhocus with Phocuswright Research creator Lorraine Sileo, who has heaps of experience of seeing how the industry...

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COVID-19 Hotel Forecast: San Francisco

April 2020

The term devastated does not sufficiently characterize the state of San Francisco hotel demand in April. Driven by a 95% evaporation of hotel occupancy, the RevPAR decline exceeded even New York City’s YoY drop. San Francisco will hit bottom this month, see a slight improvement in May and considerable (relative) rebound in June ...

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InPhocus, episode 6 - Being smart is all we have at the moment

April 2020

Forecasting with smart data, a future role for hotels and intermediaries, loyalty programs and what lies next for Airbnb - hefty subjects during any time period but especially so during the coronavirus outbreak. For the latest episode of InPhocus, we bring in Phocuswright analyst and hotel expert Robert Cole for a discussion on all of the above.

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COVID-19 Hotel Forecast: Singapore

April 2020

While many are looking backwards to compare the current market environment with the post-9/11 or 2008 Great Recession periods, Phocuswright prefers to look forward – trying to address the tough questions weighing on our collective minds. This Hotel Forecast focuses on Singapore.

COVID-19 Hotel Forecast: New York City

COVID-19 Hotel Forecast: New York City

April 2020

While many are looking backwards to compare the current market environment with the post-9/11 or 2008 Great Recession periods, Phocuswright prefers to look forward – trying to address the tough questions weighing on our collective minds. This Hotel Forecast focuses on New York City.

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InPhocus, Episode 4 - A jolt to make us all think

April 2020

In this episode of InPhocus, Kevin May interviews Yeoh Siew Hoon, founder of WebInTravel, to discuss the impact of COVID-19 on both her country and the industry, plus how its arrival as mass global event is giving brands and the industry's millions of workers the opportunity to consider how they might emerge in better shape.

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Fast Facts: Traveler Sentiment in the Age of COVID-19

April 2020

Phocuswright surveyed travelers from the U.S., the U.K., France and Germany to understand traveler sentiment during the coronavirus pandemic and early indicators on travel intent post-pandemic. The survey included questions about how travelers' plans have been impacted, their satisfaction with companies when changing their travel plans, considerations for future travel, and more. 

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Before 2020, growth slowed but was continuing

April 2020

In 2019, gross bookings increased marginally to $398 billion, up just 2% compared to a 6% gain in 2018. Before the current pandemic, moderate travel growth was expected to continue through 2023, with annual increases in the 3-4% range.

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InPhocus, Episode 3 - Living with the virus, thinking about a reset for tourism

March 2020

PhocusWire spoke to Doug Lansky, a Sweden-based destination management expert, believes destinations have an opportunity at the moment to massively rethink how they use technology and tourism modeling to better understand how to manage their cities and attractions once the pandemic is over and some semblance of order resumes. After learning that he'd contracted the coronavirus, we asked if he could...

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Would you use Amazon over your current preferred booking method?

March 2020

More than two in five online travelers in the U.S. and France, and about one third in the U.K., Germany and Japan indicated that they would be likely to book travel on Amazon over their current preferred method, if Amazon were to offer travel booking services.

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InPhocus, Episode 2 - In the midst of a crisis we can rethink the rules

March 2020

Our guest for the latest episode of InPhocus: Florence, Italy-based Giancarlo Carniani, manager three properties in the city and president of Confindustria Alberghi Firenze, the region’s hotel association. This podcast interview was inspired by the PhocusWire interview by Mitra Sorrells. 

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InPhocus, Episode 1 - Coronavirus came from nowhere and turned 2020 on its head

March 2020

InPhocus is a brand new show from PhocusWire and Phocuswright - where the media and research divisions of our family unite for a regular dissection of the news, issues and trends in travel, tourism, hospitality and technology.

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Most notable developments impacting the accommodations segment

March 2020

Though there has always been tension between hotels and intermediaries, there are clear signs that the conflict is subsiding. Hotels now have the tools necessary to make OTA partnerships work to their benefit and are focused on ensuring that OTA sales are incremental, rather than coming from their loyalty members. Online will continue to grow for both direct and indirect bookings; it’s just a matter...

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Online channel split varies widely depending on the segment

March 2020

Online travel agencies have faced their share of hurdles across the globe but remain resilient in the U.S. market.

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The future of OTAs: 5 key developments

February 2020

Though OTA growth will slow amid a more complex set of competitive threats, U.S. OTAs will continue to grow their top line in 2020. Recent Phocuswright research shines the spotlight on the 5 key developments that have major implications for the future of the OTA marketplace.

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Lines blur between traditional and mobility business models

February 2020

It remains to be seen if the cross-pollination of car rental products and mobility services creates clear winners and losers, or if more consumer choices create a larger car rental marketplace. Car rental executives believe that demand outweighs current capacity, creating room for growth for any supplier that can demonstrate strong fleet management, operational efficiency and analytics-driven...

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Consumer demand is shaping the experiences market

February 2020

Consumer demand is surging ahead of supplier readiness, but activities and experiences providers are adapting to shifting behaviors and investing in digital tech to advance travel’s third-largest segment.

European travel market advances, thanks to online, mobile and leading suppliers

European travel market advances, thanks to online, mobile and leading suppliers

February 2020

Led by Europe’s two largest markets – the U.K. and Germany – online bookings grew at approximately three times the rate of the overall market in 2019.

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Hotel revenue management opportunities in a dynamic and challenging landscape

January 2020

The field of revenue management has since evolved to support an array of strategic decisions made by hotels, management companies, and travel intermediaries aimed at optimizing profit and enhancing the overall value of the physical asset. As a result, the role of revenue managers has expanded.  

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Destination and vacation decision making, planning and timing

January 2020

The majority of travelers in seven markets explored by Phocuswright analysts actively research destinations and possible vacations at least several times a year. In markets outside of China, one in five travelers research at least monthly.

European OTAs invest heavily in mobile sites and apps

European OTAs invest heavily in mobile sites and apps

January 2020

In 2019, OTA mobile bookings for the European market climbed 11%, while OTA desktop bookings actually fell 1%, following a flat year in 2018.

A milestone for online bookings in Europe

A milestone for online bookings in Europe

January 2020

By 2021, Europe will surpass the U.S. to have the highest online penetration of any other region.

Will biometric adoption surpass voice?

Will biometric adoption surpass voice?

January 2020

Biometrics is actually more of a reality for travelers than many people may realize. As biometric technology rolls out, businesses must proceed with caution and be mindful of both legal constraints and consumer sentiment and concerns.

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A tourism model under siege in Spain

December 2019

The Spanish travel industry has celebrated several years of strong inbound visitation and a healthy domestic market. However, while tourism forecasts for 2019 remained positive in the first half of the year, second-half performance is projected to decline due to the Thomas Cook collapse, the Brexit delay and violent protests in Catalonia.

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Travel industry not there yet when it comes to gender equity

December 2019

488 men and women in travel technology participated in this essential survey, Phocuswright's second detailed look at gender equity. The results uncover how companies within the travel technology ecosystem stack up when it comes to promoting women's leadership.

4 key developments shaping the German online travel market

4 key developments shaping the German online travel market

December 2019

Germany is well positioned to remain Europe's largest travel market. Although revenue dipped slightly in 2018, travel gross bookings are expected to rebound this year.

Recovery continues in French travel market

Recovery continues in French travel market

December 2019

Following several challenging years, recovery continues in the French travel market. The French travel market is projected to grow modestly in the medium term, climbing from €47.0 billion in 2019 to €49.9 billion by 2023.

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Mega investments in travel

November 2019

Funding to travel startups increased 55% year-over-year to $5.7 billion in 2018 . The investors participating in the biggest funding rounds often overlap, as potentially highly lucrative deals are coveted and exclusive to a select few.

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Public OTA gross bookings growth rates slowed in 1H19

November 2019

Across all regions, public online travel agency (OTA) gross bookings growth rates slowed in the first half of 2019 (1H19). Collective gross bookings of publicly reported online companies rose just 11% year over year (YoY) in 1H19, compared to 21% in 1H18.