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Summer Patterns at Mountain Destinations Remain Essentially Unchanged Through August

Denver, Colo., Sept. 16, 2019—The peak months for summer visitors in mountain destinations wrapped up in August with little change in either year-over-year occupancy or revenues. Results for September and October are still pending but bookings for the fall and early winter months were cooling down as of Aug. 31 according to the most recent DestiMetrics’* Market Briefing released by Inntopia. The trend of slipping …

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Summer Lodging Tracking Nicely in Southeast; Winter Patterns Showing a Downshift from Last Year

DENVER, COLO., Aug. 20, 2019— Participating lodging properties across the Southeast region are now assured of a positive summer performance for both occupancy and revenues—with only one month remaining for the summer season. The news was released yesterday in the DestiMetrics* Market Briefing by Inntopia. The aggregated results are compiled through July 31 from nine participating Southeast resort destinations.

While actual aggregated occupancy during July …

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Shift in Summer Performance at Mountain Destinations

OCCUPANCY UP SLIGHTLY FROM LAST MONTH BUT DOWN FOR SUMMER; RATES UNCHANGED AS SUMMER REVENUE REMAINS FLAT AT MOUNTAIN DESTINATIONS

Denver, Colo., Aug. 15, 2019—At the halfway point of summer, lodging properties in mountain destinations are enjoying a strong overall seasonal performance, but lacking the impressive year-over-year growth figures posted in the past decade. Eighteen destinations across six western states reported a slight recovery …

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Sipapu’s has it even more right than I thought.

Last winter I wrote about an offer that, as I dug into it, quickly went from “how does this make sense?” to “whoa, this is powerful.”

In a sentence, Sipapu gives you a free night of lodging when you buy a lift ticket. Here’s what I said at the time.

“Millions of skiers have been tempted by a ski vacation, but have never actually taken

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Summer Occupancy Is Down At Western Mountain Destinations; Daily Rates Still Edging Up

Denver, Colo., July 18, 2019—After nearly seven years of consistent year-over-year growth, aggregated lodging results among 18 mountain communities in six western states is starting to experience small but measurable declines. The DestiMetrics’* monthly Market Briefing released yesterday by Inntopia, revealed that modest declines that started appearing more than a year ago are emerging as a slight, but consistent, negative trend.

For the month of …

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Southeast Destinations on Track for Strong Summer Lodging; Winter Patterns Changing

DENVER, COLO., June 18, 2019— With four of the six summer months (March through August) already “in the bank” or on-the-books, Southeast destination resorts in five states are on a solid path to surpass last summer’s occupancy, room rate, and revenue figures. All six summer months are pacing ahead of last year according to the most recent DestiMetrics* Market Briefing released yesterday by Inntopia with …

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The fascinating perk offered by Jay with their new lodging packages.

Almost a decade ago during the first few months of SlopeFillers, I made a list of all the 2-for-1s I could find. I stopped at 28, but the list could have gone on and on. Likewise, there are dozens of perks offered by resorts in an effort to push season pass sales through the spring and summer. For example:

  • Ski free in the spring
  • Free
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Are you holding your guests’ hands enough? Hint: Probably not.

I want you to imagine two scenarios.

The first is getting invited to speak at a big university in a town you’ve never been to. “Just meet us at the back entrance of the Ray Bowen building at 6:00pm for a quick rehearsal” they say. The second is that same invitation but at your alma mater.

Picture in your mind being a few blocks away …

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Why Hotels and Resorts Should Probably Run “Prime Day” Promotions

Guess what? This July 15 – 16, your guests are going to be primed to make a purchase. Yes, it’s a bit corny, but it’s true.

In just over two weeks, there’s an online shopping bonanza coming called Amazon Prime Day. Except this year, it’s actually two days. Your guests and prospects will likely have their wallets out, ready to pounce on a deal on …

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Southeast: Lodging Looking Strong For Remainder of Summer

The Highlights:

  • As of May 31, actual results for the month in a year-over-year comparison to last May
    • Aggregated actual occupancy for May was up 8.4 percent
    • Average Daily Rate (ADR) was up five percent
    • Revenues were up a dramatic 13.8 percent
  • As of May 31, for the six-month summer season from March through August using on-the-books figures in a year-over-year comparison to the same
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