Chinese fuel California hotel deals, demand

from Hotel News Now (March 24, 2014):

Some 97 million Chinese traveled overseas last year, and that number is expected to rise by 14% in 2014, said Robert A. Rauch, president of R.A. Rauch & Associates, which sponsored a panel last week titled “Onward & upward: A lodging industry forecast for 2014” at the Hilton Garden Inn San Diego/Del Mar.
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Hotel Market Experts Look to East for Drivers of Local Growth

from the San Diego Business Journal (March 21, 2014):

…Hotel consultant Robert Rauch, president of conference presenter R.A. Rauch & Associates Inc., noted that if San Diego could attract just 1 percent of the 10 million Chinese tourists expected to visit the U.S. this year, the local hotel business impact would be 12 times that of what Qualcomm Inc. currently brings to San Diego.

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Expert: Chinese tourists could boost local hotel business

From the San Diego Daily Transcript (March 14, 2014):

At a time when the hotel market seems to be improving, visits by mainland Chinese nationals could represent as many as 700,000 room nights in San Diego County this year.

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Westin Invests to Help Lawyers Prep for Battle

from San Diego Business Journal (March 7, 2014):
Hotel consultant Robert Rauch, who operates two Hilton-branded properties in Carmel Valley, said there is likely not large demand for war rooms in that northern San Diego neighborhood and others where law firms have a large presence and their own legal prep facilities. However, he and other operators are often called

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Hospitality Industry Service Leadership

A “business success plan” for the hospitality industry requires a new set of disciplines because knowledge acquisition of the changing technologies alone represents a challenge in and of itself. Strong service leadership skills will allow for the transfer of the success plan to each unit manager.

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SAVE THE DATE, Onward and Upward: A Lodging Industry Forecast for 2014

On March 14, 2014 I will be hosting “Onward and Upward: A Lodging Forecast for 2014″ at Hilton Garden Inn San Diego-Del Mar. Featuring an expert group of panelists offering their insight into what the year 2014 has in store for the industry.

For more info click on the flyer below, to register follow this link:

I hope to see you there!


Join us in welcoming our group of panelists as they offer their expertise, insight and outlook on what we can expect from the lodging industry this year. Gary London, renowned economist, Robert Rauch, CHA, Hotel Guru, Alan Reay, Capital Markets and Asset Expert and Guy Maisnik, Leading Hospitality Law Expert, Sandra Shapira, Hospitality Sales Specialist will present the 2014 Lodging Industry Forecast in a unique roundtable setting. This interactive format will allow attendees to communicate, compare thoughts and inquire of our industry’s thought leaders. For a complete overview of what we can look forward to in 2014 and Beyond, Onward and Upward is the best ticket.

March 14, 2014

Hilton Garden Inn, San Diego/Del Mar
3939 Ocean Bluff Ave
San Diego, CA 92130

Registration starts at 7am

$49 if registered before March 10

Continental Breakfast
will be provided.

RSVP here to reserve your seat
or call (508) 404-7930

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Social Media Comes of Age in Hospitality

This fall the online publication Hotel Executive asked me to write an article for them referencing my thoughts on social media and how its evolution will impact the hospitality industry. Personally, I believe those hospitality and lodging companies that aren’t taking advantage of using social media as a tool and vital resource

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