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5 things to know: 16 August 2017

From the desks of the Hotel News Now editorial staff:

  • Shareholders approve merger of FelCor and RLJ
  • Hoteliers on meeting the needs of different generations
  • Strong economy, low unemployment boost Labor Day travel
  • Asia/Pacific, Americas pipeline reports from STR
  • Airbnb in Oklahoma City to start collecting, remitting hotel tax

CEOs differ on M&A pace, agree on value of connection

Hotel industry leaders speaking in Australia have differing views about whether more hotel companies will merge, but agree that whatever activity there is will be the result of an increase in experiential travel and the need for connectivity.