Hotel Reputation Now in the Hands of Online Reviewers

Social Media Reputation Online and Offline[Lawrence Chambers for Metrosetter Wire]

A new study has given measurement to something assumed to be true by most in the hotel industry — namely, that online reviews of hotels are highly important to travelers. The study, by the Cornell University School of Hotel Administration, identified a correlation between hotel-room revenue and favorable reviews online. The lesson? Online reviews (and online reputation) may be more powerful than brand recognition. Continue reading

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New Beverly Cinema: 35mm Prints Screened Every Day in LA

Grindhouse, Revival, Classic, Cult Movie TheatreVisiting Los Angeles? Thinking of catching a flick, but nothing is tickling your fancy at the multiplexes?  Head straight to the New Beverly Cinema on any given day of the week — there’s a 99% chance you’ll find something playing that you would never be able to see on the big screen elsewhere. (And very often, screenings are coupled with Q&As with the filmmakers!) Continue reading

HomeAway & FlipKey Unite Against a Common Enemy

Hoteliers And HOAs Versus Vacation Rental Owners

[Alvin Brickman for Metrosetter Wire]

HomeAway is teaming with other vacation rental websites to preempt what they consider to be an overregulation of their industry.  The coalition’s primary goal will be to prevent zoning and licensing changes. Vijay Dandapani, member of the Hotel Association of New York’s board of Directors, has responded by saying that it seems “like they want to have their cake and eat it too,” but couldn’t the same be said of the traditional hotel industry as well as of homeowners associations? Continue reading

[VIDEO] Is Banning Short-Term Rentals Tantamount to “Taking” of Private Property?

Protesters Protest Property Owners' Rights[Alvin Brickman for Metrosetter Wire]

Here’s an interesting video in which retired Superior Court Judge Eugene Hyman of Santa Clara, California, speaks about the question of whether banning short-term rentals restricts a homeowner’s enjoyment of their residence enough to be considered a “taking,” in which case the homeowner would be entitled to compensation from the government.

Click the “Play” button below to view. Continue reading

Zillow Expands Rental Database Through Acquisition of HotPads

Hotpads Rental Inventory Acquired by Zillow

[Alvin Brickman for Metrosetter Wire]

Another real estate search site is moving into the rental field! Last week, Trulia announced its partnership with Primedia, parent of ApartmenGuide.com, and now Zillow is following suit. Zillow has announced that it has bought HotPads.com for $16 million in an effort to expand its rental database. Continue reading