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1. Georgetown University's hospitality program moves beyond tradition

AH&LA SmartBrief | Jan 20, 2015

Gray Shealy, executive director of the new hospitality management program at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., has shaken up the traditional program to ensure students make valuable real-world connections with adjunct professors who actually work in the industry. "I see the classroom as not only a way to learn about the foundations of hospitality, and the academic theories of hospitality, but also learn from the people who have done it for many years, and learn how they run the business of hospitality," Shealy said. Skift (01/19)

2. Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants selects new CEO

AH&LA SmartBrief | Jan 20, 2015

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3. More hotels needed in Cuba to meet expected influx of U.S. visitors

AH&LA SmartBrief | Jan 19, 2015

President Barack Obama's new policy to ease travel to Cuba has raised concerns that the country's current hotel supply may not be enough to accommodate the surge of U.S. travelers expected to make their way into the country within the year. Another issue is the scarcity of hotels available to Americans that meet international standards. Washington Times, The (01/16)

4. Marriott launches Moxy brand featuring small rooms, industrial design

AH&LA SmartBrief | Jan 22, 2015

Moxy represents the 18th brand by Marriott International, and the hotel chain is planning to launch the brand across the U.S. and Europe. Moxy features small, 183-square-foot rooms, and "industrial-chic" design elements. Washington Post (tiered subscription model), The (01/21) Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model), The (01/20) (United Arab Emirates) (01/20)

5. Sources: Few hitches in hotels' transition to new accounting standards

AH&LA SmartBrief | Jan 23, 2015

Aside from seeking a few clarifications, the hotel industry adopted the new accounting guidelines under the 11th edition of the Uniform System of Accounts for the Lodging Industry with relative ease, sources said. Among the changes in the new guidelines are increased detail in labor reporting, updated terminology to match universal usage and labeling resort fees as miscellaneous income. (01/22)

6. IHG: Consumer trust now vital to hotels' growth

AH&LA SmartBrief | Jan 21, 2015

Hoteliers must now invest in strengthening the trust that consumers have in the credibility and integrity of their brands and organization, according to InterContinental Hotels Group's 2015 Trends Report. "To build trust, organizations must ensure they adopt a trust agenda, focus on personalization while being aware of the boundaries and develop a deep understanding of how guest needs are changing by demographic and by geography," IHG CEO Richard Solomons said. (free registration) (01/20)

7. Canyon Ranch Hotel and Spa in Fla. sold in bankruptcy auction

AH&LA SmartBrief | Jan 19, 2015

Z Capital Partners has acquired Canyon Ranch Hotel and Spa in Miami Beach, Fla., in a bankruptcy auction with a bid of $21.6 million. The property has 150-room hotel-condominium units and will be renamed the Carillon Hotel and Spa. (01/16)

8. Marriott evolves in age of Netflix

AH&LA SmartBrief | Jan 21, 2015

Marriott International is planning to change the way hotel on-demand entertainment is purchased by enabling in-room TVs at eight of its hotels to provide access to Netflix. "We are moving toward content access that guests would find in their own home," said Scott Hansen, director of guest technology. Bloomberg (01/19) Hotel Management online (01/19)

9. New Proper Hotels brand targets new breed of travelers

AH&LA SmartBrief | Jan 22, 2015

Proper Hotels, a new lifestyle hotel brand co-designed by Viceroy Hotels' founder and former CEO Brad Korzen, was unveiled Wednesday. The brand will target innovation districts worldwide and aims to combine a luxury experience with an atmosphere that embraces creativity and cultural relevance. Its first two properties will be a 135-room property in San Francisco and a 250-room high-rise hotel at the Green Water Treatment Plant in Austin, Texas. Skift (01/21) American City Business Journals (01/21)

10. Sunstone Hotel Investors board names new CEO

AH&LA SmartBrief | Jan 21, 2015 (free registration) (01/20)

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