Industry Report: USA and Canada, a Summer of Tourism

By On 15th August 2016

Paul Breslin of Horwath HTL Atlanta, GA, USA, has written our latest Industry Report, focusing on the USA and Canadian’s tourism market.

As we find ourselves in this precarious era of global travel and tourism, there is a sense that U.S. summer vacationers are staying just a bit closer to home in 2016. Canada has proven appealing for those who seek a travel experience while still remaining near. Thanks to the country’s economic and political stability, as well as the ease of traveling back and forth between Canada and America, many Americans are finding their neighboring country a desirable destination, perhaps more so today than in previous years. Toronto, for example, anticipates this year to top the record 14 million overnight visitors who arrived in 2015. An income boost and a growth in Canadian tourism has been a result of the travel into and within the country itself. Interestingly, Canada also attracts less money-conscious travelers; Travelers from the U.S. and Canada report that they are looking to spend $6,400 and $8,400 respectively on travel this year. This exceeds the global average on travel spend, which is $5,100 (Sojern).

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Paul Breslin


Paul Breslin, Managing Partner of Panther Hospitality, is a 30-year veteran of the hospitality industry. His background within the industry is all encompassing, as he has extensive experience in hotel operations, development and asset management with major branded hotels as well as independent and smaller luxury hotels. After his experience of working with eleven different hotels and resorts in ten different cities over the years, Mr. Breslin founded Panther Hospitality in 2005 to provide consulting services to developers and hoteliers in all aspects of their businesses. From property acquisition and infrastructure development to the successful opening and operating of a hotel, Mr. Breslin and his team of industry professionals leverage their expertise and customize their services to meet the needs of their global client base. He and his team have successfully consulted on a variety of establishments within the industry, including boutique hotels, both limited and full-service hotels, as well as luxury hotels. Major brands such as Hilton, Marriott, Starwood, IHG and Hyatt have worked with Panther Hospitality, as well as independent resort hotels such as the Inn on Destin Harbor, Daytona Beach Resort & Conference Center, Foxhall Resort and Sporting Club and Barnsley Gardens Resort. Previous to founding Panther Hospitality, Mr. Breslin held positions at the world-famous Fontainebleau Hilton Resort and Spa, the Sheraton San Diego Resort, the Sheraton New Orleans and three convention hotels in Atlanta, Georgia. He became a Certified Hotel Administrator (CHA), which is the most prestigious hospitality certification available to a hotel general manager and hospitality executive. Mr. Breslin, who is qualified as a Certified Hospitality Educator (CHE), is also a respected and well-known teacher and leader within the industry. He is the Executive-in-Residence in Lodging in the J. Mack Robinson College of Business, Cecil B. Day School of Hospitality at Georgia State University. The GSU program was recently ranked as one of the top 25 hospitality programs in the nation according to the Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Education. He has trained senior level executives at the Rixos Hotel Leadership Training Program through Sabanci University in Turkey and is a frequent lecturer at national conventions and hospitality industry conferences throughout the United States. Mr. Breslin has also been quoted on hospitality issues in publications such as The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Atlanta Business Chronicle, Atlanta Journal-Constitution and The Miami Herald. He has also appeared on the Clark Howard Show. In addition to his work as a consultant and educator, Mr. Breslin provides hotel expert witness services to attorneys specializing in litigation, bankruptcy, real estate, franchising, employment and personal injury cases related to the hospitality industry. His caseload as an expert witness over the years includes work with both plaintiffs and defendants.
 
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