Hotels expand wellness options | Members of Congress want Dept. of Veterans Affairs to sell Paris hotel | Clean-energy financing option catching on
October 13, 2017
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Hotels expand wellness options
Fitness workshops at Bulgari Hotels in Milan and London, and "Brain Power Packages" at ESPA Life spa at London's Corinthia Hotel are prime examples of how hotels are stepping up wellness offerings.
JLL Real Views (10/12) 
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The Concierge Desk
Members of Congress want Dept. of Veterans Affairs to sell Paris hotel
Some lawmakers are pushing for the US Department of Veterans Affairs to sell Pershing Hall in Paris, a building the department leases to a boutique hotel operator. "While Pershing Hall is probably a terrific hotel, it makes no sense that the VA keeps a luxury hotel in Paris on its books," said Rep. Mike Coffman, R-Colo.
Stars and Stripes (tiered subscription model) (10/12) 
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Clean-energy financing option catching on
A financing vehicle known as commercial property assessed clean energy is giving hotels a new way to finance improvements that add to sustainability. Improvements are paid off via a property-tax assessment.
Hotel News Now (10/12) 
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Hospitality Trends and Technology
At 30, Fairfield brand gets a makeover
With three decades under its belt, Marriott's Fairfield brand is getting a makeover. The brand has approximately 900 locations.
Hotels online (free registration) (10/12) 
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Spotlight on Development
Westin Anaheim Resort's tax breaks draw criticism
The $245 million Westin Anaheim Resort project in California is attracting criticism over tax breaks given to developers. The property will have 613 rooms when it opens in 2021.
OC Weekly (10/12) 
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Texas city solicits proposals to revitalize historic downtown buildings
The city of Temple, Texas, has issued a request for proposals from developers to breathe new life into two historic downtown buildings that have been vacant since the 1970s. "The city is looking for rehabilitation of the buildings in keeping with their historical character. We want to increase the number of residents downtown," says Kayla Landeros, acting city manager.
Temple Daily Telegram (Texas) (10/12) 
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International Update
Four Seasons coming to French Alps
The first-ever Four Seasons mountain hotel in Europe is on track to open by year's end. The Edmond de Rothschild group is spending $119 million on the French Alps project.
Bloomberg (free registration) (10/11) 
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ANA InterContinental Tokyo ready to open new Club Rooms
The ANA InterContinental Tokyo is opening new Club Rooms to guests next month. "They will be our top-level rooms and, in addition to offering fantastic views of the city, they will be innovative when it comes to technology, as well as the look and feel of the design," said Michel Chertouh, general manager.
The Japan Times (10/13) 
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What is driving travelers to make the choices they make?
The spotlight is on Tom Marchant, owner and co-founder of the Black Tomato Group, in the latest issue of Luxury Hoteliers Magazine. Read it here.
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Founder and CEO of Blue Horse Hotel Management Co. to speak at Inspire Summit ’17
Robert Gaymer-Jones will join Phil Keb of the Langham Hospitality Group in a panel discussion, "Hotel Development in a Competitive Market." They will discuss growth strategies, key areas of development, trends to watch and challenges hoteliers are facing over the next five years. Find out more.
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George Bernard Shaw,
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