Content by Ed Watkins, Contributing Editor

Ed Watkins, Contributing Editor

Ed has been covering the hotel industry for more than 40 years. He was editor-in-chief of Lodging Hospitality from 1980 to 2012. He then joined Hotel News Now as an Editor at Large, until his retirement at the end of 2014. Ed still contributes to several publications and is a member of the advisory boards for the hotels schools at Michigan State and Penn State.

Travel Ban Creates Confusion, Angst for U.S. Hotels

by Ed Watkins, Contributing Editor |

The travel industry — particularly airlines, but also hotels — is in a state of flux until a final decision is made on U.S. President Donald Trump’s order to ban travel from seven African and Middle Eastern countries. Until the issue is resolved, travel plans remain up in the air for perhaps thousands of people with plans to come to the United States for business, leisure or to visit family.

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Strong Bookings Forecast for U.S. Hotels in First Half of Year

by Ed Watkins, Contributing Editor |

Seven trending hotel news stories that will impact your hotel Revenue Strategy.

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How To Identify and Sell to the Bleisure Traveler

by Ed Watkins, Contributing Editor |

Business people seem to have a renewed love of travel, and many of them are extending their trips for a little R&R or to experience a destination. This so-called “bleisure” trend represents a great opportunity for revenue strategists to increase revenues and profits from group and corporate customers.

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What’s ahead in revenue management in 2017?

by Ed Watkins, Contributing Editor |

As we all dive into the new year, hotel owners, operators and revenue strategists are probably a bit perplexed as they try to determine what kind of 2017 it will be. Will the hotel industry’s long upswing continue with further increases in occupancy and higher levels of average rate? Or will the merry-go-round finally come to a stop and everyone need to devise ways to gain bigger shares of declining or flat markets?

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