Hotel Earnings: What We Learned This Week – in 2 Minutes – Skift Travel News

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IHG saw U.S. hotel revenue normalize. Marriott plans to launch a new midscale brand. Hyatt aims to expand its all-inclusive resort portfolio. And more.

Marriott, IHG, and Hyatt joined other hotel companies in releasing earnings or giving financial updates this week. Here are the highlights. Note: All numbers are for the first quarter.

🇺🇸 U.S. hotel demand is softening

  • The surging wave of post-pandemic travel demand in the U.S. may have crested. Marriott International said its U.S. and Canadian hotels saw their revenue-per-available room, or RevPAR — a key performance metric — rise only 1.5% year-over-year. 
  • IHG, owner of Holiday Inn and other brands, said U.S. room revenue growth was down 0.3% year-over-year.

💰 U.S. hotel profits are normalizing

🌏 Asia Pacific is booming

  • Marriott saw a 16.5% spike in revenue-per-available room there thanks to strong economic winds, ongoing growth in leisure and business travel demand, and an uptick in cross-border demand, particularly from Mainland China.

🆕 More hotel brands are on the way

  • Marriott teased that it plans to add “a conversion-friendly midscale brand” within about a month’s time.

😎 Expect more all-inclusives

  • Hyatt provided a financial update ahead of its earnings call next week that showed it sees all-inclusive resorts as a growth area. It plans to expand all-inclusive resort inventories.

🏅 Competition is intensifying among loyalty programs

  • Expedia Group said membership in its loyalty program jumped 40%, without disclosing a figure. (Last July, the online travel giant said its program had 163 million members.)
  • “A number is a number but it can actually not be a true guide for the power of a program,” said Leeny Oberg, chief financial officer.
  • IHG didn’t say how many members it currently has but noted that members would likely buy about $50 million in points this year to top-up their accounts and meet redemption thresholds.
  • Hyatt separately said it planned to enhance benefits for loyalty members who earn or redeem stays at its all-inclusive resorts.

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