Hotels make grab-and-go options work for guests, bottom line | AccorHotels packs luxury pipeline | Hyatt Place Washington, D.C., acquired by Excel Group
August 18, 2017
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Hotels make grab-and-go options work for guests, bottom line
Ensuring a marketing plan is in place is essential to making grab-and-go food items pay off, according to Rich Garcia, vice president of culinary for Crescent Hotels & Resorts. Royal Sonesta Houston focuses on placement of grab-and-go items in high-traffic areas.
Hotel Management online (8/17) 
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AccorHotels packs luxury pipeline
AccorHotels packs luxury pipeline
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AccorHotels will expand its luxury segment with the openings of Fairmont Amman in Jordan, Fairmont Riyadh in Saudi Arabia and The Retreat Palm Dubai MGallery by Sofitel and Fairmont Abu Dhabi Marina Resort, both in the UAE, within the next year. Also in the pipeline are Fairmont Fuka Bay, Swissotel Fuka Bay and Fairmont Cairo Pyramids Hotel & Residences -- all in Egypt -- and the Sofitel Wafi Dubai, UAE, and MGallery Jeddah King's Walk, Saudi Arabia.
Hotelier Middle East online (United Arab Emirates) (8/17) 
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Hospitality Trends and Technology
Hawaii's Westin Hapuna Beach Resort to debut next year
Hawaii's Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel will undergo a $46 million update before being rebranded as the Westin Hapuna Beach Resort and reopening in early 2018.
Travel Weekly (8/17) 
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New Road hotel to open on historical London site
London's Whitechapel district will see the opening of the New Road hotel by year's end. The boutique property will feature 80 rooms on the former site of the historical Service House textile factory. (8/17) 
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Spotlight on Development
Dual-branded AC Hotel, Residence Inn to open next year in N.C.
Charlotte, N.C.'s dual-branded AC Hotel and Residence Inn will debut in February. The property will have 300 keys.
The Charlotte Observer (N.C.) (tiered subscription model) (8/17) 
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Ritz-Carlton to begin construction of NYC skyscraper next year
Plans for a 40-story Ritz-Carlton tower in New York City's NoMad neighborhood include 164 guest rooms and a rooftop bar. Construction of the $484 million project is slated to begin next year, with the hotel targeting a 2021 opening.
ArchDaily (8/17) 
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International Update
InterContinental signs agreement to develop two Dubai hotels
The Crowne Plaza Dubai Business Bay will open in 2019 under a new development agreement between InterContinental and API Hotels & Resorts. The partners will also build the InterContinental Residence Suites Dubai Business Bay.
Hotelier Middle East online (United Arab Emirates) (8/17) 
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Panel to discuss ways of maintaining a competitive advantage
Panelists will be looking at lead acquisitions, powerful partnerships and ways of maintaining a competitive advantage. It will be presented by Sharon Thony (Triumph Hotels), Elizabeth Fettes (Regent Seven Seas), Louise O'Brien (Langham Hotels) and Sara Evans (J Public Relations), and moderated by Mathew Evins (EVINS Communications Ltd.). Find out more.
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Well-being hospitality: The mega-trend hotels and resorts cannot afford to ignore
Roger Allen, group CEO of resources for Leisure Assets, will be presenting at INSPIRE SUMMIT '17 on Sept. 19 at the Four Seasons Resort in Miami. Find out more.
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