SDBJ: Local Hotel Industry Seems to Have Put Downturn Behind It

from San Diego Business Journal (July 11, 2014):

…The rise in room rates is a sign that San Diego has shaken off the last vestiges of the post-recession economy, along with last year’s political controversies that log-jammed local tourism promotion funding in the early months of 2013, hotel consultant Robert Rauch said.

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Embracing Airbnb

Is Airbnb for real?

Chip Conley is the successful founder of boutique hotelier Joie de Vivre and CEO of Airbnb.  His valuation of AirBNB makes it one of the world’s largest lodging companies and the “sharing” economy is here to stay. So, yes, it is for real.  The question is, do we as lodging operators embrace Airbnb as friendly competition, treat it like an OTA (online travel agency) or ignore it and hope that it disappears?

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Summer 2014 Forecast

Yes, the recovery was slow and erratic but 2014 is shaping up to be a great year as we begin the summer and there is no reason the momentum will slow next year or anytime soon. Sure, there is always some type of uncertainty regarding expenses, e.g. the impact of minimum wage bills and the living wage movement on labor costs or healthcare costs and the impact of Obamacare, but in the short term

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Summer 2014 Forecast Preview

2014 is shaping up to be a great year and there is no reason the momentum will slow next year or anytime soon. Sure, there is always some type of uncertainty regarding expenses, e.g. the impact of minimum wage bills and the living wage movement on labor costs or healthcare costs and the impact of Obamacare, but in the short term it is mostly good news. And there is always the possibility that

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New Magazine: Destination Elite April/May 2014

desintationeliteBob Rauch, the Hotel Guru, published an article in the 2nd edition of a new magazine called “Destination Elite.”  He focused on the San Diego Hospitality market and the potential impact of the Balboa Park Centennnial coming up in 2015. (Click image to go to the online edition of the magazine.)

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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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