Club Med eyes growth in China | Cruising success invites hoteliers to test waters | Baltimore's Pier 5 flies Curio flag
March 24, 2017
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Club Med eyes growth in China
Club Med is pursuing the development of all-inclusive resorts in China following its acquisition of Fosun Group. China will become the French company's No. 2 market in coming years. (free registration) (3/23) 
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Cruising success invites hoteliers to test waters
A vibrant cruise industry presents a still-barely-tapped opportunity for hoteliers, especially with its appeal to millennials. Belmond and HNA Group have cruise components and Uniworld's new U service touts new views of Europe for younger travelers.
Hotel Management online (3/22) 
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Baltimore's Pier 5 flies Curio flag
The 66-key Pier 5 Hotel in Baltimore is now part of Hilton's Curio Collection, following the hotel's $1 million revamp. The property features multiple meeting rooms and two ballrooms. (3/23) 
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Hospitality Trends and Technology
Top airports put travelers at ease
Many of the top airports around the world have common amenities to include hotels that attach to terminals and expedited security checks. According to a Hilton Hotels survey, most travelers choose hotels based on location, indicating frequent travelers prefer airports that offer connected full service hotels.
Forbes (3/24) 
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Review: Hotel Emma transforms historic Texas brewery
The 146-key Hotel Emma in San Antonio, Texas, opened in 2015 in a conversion the 1890s-era Pearl Brewery building. The "glorious hotel will alternately bring to mind European elegance, South Texas ranch charm and 19th-century industrialism," Matthew Odam writes.
Austin American-Statesman (Texas) (free content) (3/23) 
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Spotlight on Development
NYC's Life Hotel prepares to open
Life Hotel in New York City is on track to open this spring with 98 rooms. The hotel occupies the former headquarters of Life magazine.
The Telegraph (London) (tiered subscription model) (3/23) 
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International Update
Wyndham Grand Ambergris Caye on track for 2018 opening
The 242-key Wyndham Grand Ambergris Caye will open in late 2018, according to Wyndham Hotel Group. The "first-class, high-end hotel" will have a spa, the largest swimming pool in Belize and several restaurants and will be just steps from the Belize Barrier Reef, says Wyndham's Paulo Pena.
Caribbean Journal (Miami) (3/23) 
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Movenpick Hotels & Resorts signs deal for 274-room hotel in Oman
The Movenpick Hotel & Apartments Al Azaiba Muscat represents Movenpick's first deal in Oman's capital. The property will feature 274 guest rooms and 50 apartments.
Gulf News (United Arab Emirates) (3/23) 
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Tickets to the ILHA Inspire Summit now on sale
This year's ILHA Inspire Summit, scheduled for Sept. 18 and 19, is the premier event where the luxury, hospitality and wellness travel communities come together to share new ways of thinking, build strong partnerships and address key industry challenges. Find out more.
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Spotlight: Vaibhav Garg, cluster director of talent and culture for Accor Hotels
Garg discusses policies to attract top talent and how evolving guest experience has given human resources a new perspective. Read here.
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