Power Breakfast: Hotels join forces to compete, jobless rate jumps, water war, AirTran, Coke, financial reform

Several Atlanta hotels that normally compete for business are now joining forces to attract customers, AJC reporter Leon Stafford writes.

The hotels are combining rooms, meeting space and restaurants into packages they pitch to meeting planners looking to bring group business to the city, Stafford reports. By offering big blocks of meeting space and rooms, the partners can go after business that books one or two years in advance and compete with convention centers in smaller cities.

“What we realized is we need to fill in the blanks,” Mike Sullivan, marketing director at the Omni at CNN Center, told Stafford.

“It helps us compete against places like Opryland in Nashville or smaller convention cities like Cincinnati,” said Pat Trammel, senior director of sales and marketing for the downtown Hyatt Regency.

The strategy is important to Atlanta’s $11 billion hospitality industry. Hotel occupancy has rebounded for the first six months of the year after suffering some of the steepest declines on record in 2008 and 2009, Stafford reports.

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Edward R. Murrow

July 22nd, 2010
8:40 am

BREAKING NEWS:

UPS reports a DOUBLING of quarterly profits.

Contrastly, the United States Postal Service has announced it is LOSING money and will need to raise the price of postage… again… for even more incompetent service and needless Affirmative-Action hires.

Libertarian

July 22nd, 2010
9:45 am

not too worried about the unemployment rate because its teaching us valuable lessons. The two ares creating jobs? Texas and DC. DC is leeching growth from teh rest of the nation to establish public sector job growth whereas Texas has given the recession the finger and is trucking right along. I think every politician, economist, voter, etc. should stop and contemplate this for a bit. Texas, the state the left LOVES to demonize, is clearly doing something right. We need to figure out exactly what it is and figure out a way for more states to get a piece of that pie.