Hyatt Hotels Corporation ( H Quick Quote H - Free Report) recently announced the addition of Hyatt Regency Panama City to its Hyatt Regency portfolio in Panama. This marks the brand's first hotel and the company’s third property in the region. Post the renovations, the company expects to open the hotel by summer 2024. Located in the heart of Panama City’s business district, the hotel comprises 382 guestrooms, a gym, meeting rooms and dining spaces. The property offers convenient access to cinemas, restaurants, retailers and recreational activities. It is also in proximity to attractions such as the Panama Canal, the Casco Viejo neighborhood and the Fuerte Amador cruise terminal. The management remains optimistic concerning the hotel opening and brand growth strategy in the Latin America and Caribbean region. Attributes of robust travel demand and property renovations (tailored to the needs of both business and leisure travelers) are likely to pave a path for growth in the upcoming periods. Focus On Expansion
Hyatt aims to differentiate its brands by providing distinct travel experiences. It is also consistently trying to expand its presence worldwide and plans to expand in Asia-Pacific, Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Latin America. Expansion in these markets will likely help the company gain market share in the hospitality industry and boost business.
During the second quarter of 2023, 24 new hotels (or 5,927 rooms) joined Hyatt's system. As of Jun 30, 2023, Hyatt had a pipeline of executed management or franchise contracts of approximately 585 hotels (or 119,000 rooms). Going forward, it remains optimistic about full-service growth opportunities, comprising both newbuilds and conversions globally. In 2023, the company anticipates unit growth to increase by approximately 6% on a net-room basis. Price Performance Image Source: Zacks Investment Research
In the past year, shares of the company have gained 16.3% compared with the
industry’s 15.6% growth. The company benefits from solid leisure transient demand, recovery in business travel demand and a favorable pricing environment. Furthermore, strong ALG segment performance, expansion initiatives and loyalty program bode well. Going forward, the company emphasizes on expansion initiatives and the extended-stay segment in the Americas to drive growth. However, stiff competition and volatile macroeconomic scenarios are a concern. Earnings estimates for 2023 have decreased in the past 30 days, depicting analysts’ concern regarding the stock’s growth potential. Zacks Rank & Other Key Picks
Hyatt Hotels currently carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold).
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