Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection to bring luxury to high seas in 2019 | Marriott showcases soft brands in NYC | Ga. hotel signs $2.5M in event contracts
June 23, 2017
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Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection to bring luxury to high seas in 2019
The new Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection will feature a trio of vessels now under development, with plans to launch the ships in 2019. The first ship in the fleet will be 623 feet long.
Robb Report (6/22) 
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The Concierge Desk
Marriott showcases soft brands in NYC
Marriott is touting its soft brands to attendees of the International Hospitality Investment Conference in New York. Marriott created a pop-up gallery to showcase its Tribute Portfolio, Autograph Collection and Luxury Collection.
Travel Weekly (6/22) 
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Ga. hotel signs $2.5M in event contracts
The Hotel at Avalon, an Autograph Collection property in Alpharetta, Ga., has signed a dozen events expected to bring in $2.5 million.
Patch (6/22) 
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Hospitality Trends and Technology
Forecast: Mobile to hit 40% of digital bookings
Forecast: Mobile to hit 40% of digital bookings
(Dieter Nagl/Getty Images)
Online travel sales will reach $189.6 billion this year, and 40% of those bookings will be via mobile devices, research firm eMarketer projects. The mobile share would be four percentage points above last year's numbers.
Skift/eMarketer (6/21) 
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London Marriott Hotel County Hall hires meteorologist to help guests
London Marriott Hotel County Hall has hired Kirsty McCabe as its meteorologist in residence to help guests account for weather when making vacation plans and daily itineraries. She will be available 24/7 to provide weather-related advice to guests.
The Daily Mail (London) (6/22) 
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Spotlight on Development
San Francisco's hotel pipeline heats up
San Francisco has 4,685 hotel rooms in the pipeline, with occupancy hitting 85.5% last year. Five hotels will open in the city this year.
The Business Journals (tiered subscription model)/San Francisco (6/22) 
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125-room hotel project coming to Central Station in Memphis, Tenn.
The Central Station passenger terminal in Memphis is slated to become a 125-key hotel, with Amtrak expected to remain in the building. The project will cost an estimated $18.5 million.
WHBQ-TV (Memphis, Tenn.) (6/22) 
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International Update
Palladium Hotels introduces TRS brand
The Royal Suites by Palladium, which are all-adult resorts, is being rebranded as TRS Hotels and breaking off from Grand Palladium. The company is renovating properties in Mexico and the Dominican Republic.
TravelPulse (6/22) 
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Spotlight on William Haandrikman of Soļ¬tel Bangkok Sukhumvit
Rising to challenges, price positioning, and a 25-year journey with AccorHotels. Read here.
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Going beyond expectations
There are two reasons for working in hospitality: host and guest. Read a series of guest experience tales to warm your heart and inspire your team. Read here.
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Memories are like flagstones -- time and distance work upon them like drops of acid.
Ugo Betti,
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