OYO introduces revenue management tools for independent hotels

UK: Following trials at a select number of hotels, the new revenue management technology will be rolled out automatically across the full UK OYO portfolio at no cost to owners. The tools are additional to OYO’s existing revenue management features, and have been designed to help independent hotel owners to


Online guest reviews ‘level the playing field’ for independent hotels

US: A new report from the UCLA Anderson School of Management has highlighted how online guest reviews are helping independent properties win business from large hotel chains. Brett Hollenbeck, an assistant professor at UCLA Anderson School of Management, studied  hotel revenues and reviews, and found that while chain hotels still


Independent hotels dominate NYC Top 10

UK: Boutique hotels make up a strong proportion of the latest Top 10 of New York City hotels compiled by ReviewPro. The company tracks and analyses more than 90 review sites and online agencies, including TripAdvisor, Orbitz and Expedia, over the course of a month to compile the list. For


Preferred Hotels & Resorts launch Independent Hotel Day

US: Coinciding with a recent study by HVS that analysed the performance of independent properties, Preferred Hotels have declared 22 October as Independent Hotel Day (IHD) Following the inaugural celebration, Preferred plans to foster IHD as an annual movement for the industry, welcoming participation by other independent brands and stand-alone


Red Lion Hotels launches boutique and independent hotel collection

US: Red Lion Hotels, of Spokane, Washington, has introduced the Leo Hotel Collection, a franchise network for independent hotels. Under the concept, boutique, smaller or historic hotels retain their identity while using Red Lion’s distribution and marketing channels. Harry Sladich, Red Lion’s vice president of sales and marketing, said it

Bespoke Hotels name senior leaders
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Bespoke Hotels names senior leaders

UK: Independent hotel group Bespoke Hotels has named Richard Grove as chief operating officer and appointed two general managers.