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European Travel Industry Withers Amid Coronavirus

According to the Hellenic Chamber of Hotels in Greece, some 65% of hotels in the country are on the verge of bankruptcy. The outlook is equally dire in other tourist-heavy economies across Europe. EU officials are scurrying behind-the scenes to salvage what they can of the summer tourist season. From a supply-side perspective, policy initiatives … Continue reading European Travel Industry Withers Amid Coronavirus

‘They Have a Credit Card or They’re Paying Cash’

Medical tourism is a cutthroat business. According to US-based Patients Beyond Borders, some 14 million patients worldwide visited overseas hospitals and clinics in 2016. The commercial intensity has much to do with the cash infusion at stake. So there is little surprise that Tucson—home to medical science-oriented University of Arizona—wants to get into the game. … Continue reading ‘They Have a Credit Card or They’re Paying Cash’

For Investors, Hotels Become Utilities

Shareholders may soon shift their attention from electric companies to hospitality-management firms for income considerations. Hoteliers have long mothered their profits to accommodate capital investment. Yet in a curious turn of tradition, InterContinental Hotels Group, the UK-based owner of the Crowne Plaza and Holiday Inn brands, declared a special dividend this week for investors based … Continue reading For Investors, Hotels Become Utilities

Cruise Industry Propelled by Geopolitical Unrest

As tourists rethink their itineraries amid terrorist concerns, the cruise industry is seeing a revenue windfall. The three major stocks—Royal Caribbean, Carnival, and Norwegian Cruise Line—have registered impressive double-digit gains over recent months. Analysts soured on the sector across most of 2015-2016 because of capital-spending plans. The trend favoring new and refurbished ships is exorbitantly … Continue reading Cruise Industry Propelled by Geopolitical Unrest