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1. Source: Chinese hotel groups to merge, possibly acquire Starwood

AH&LA SmartBrief | Jul 27, 2015

What will soon be the biggest hotel group in China, to be created by the merger of the Plateno Group and Jin Jiang Hotels, is considering the purchase of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide. A source says that the acquisition would create world's biggest global hotel group. (free registration) (07/24)

2. Hilton beats Q2 earnings estimates, plans to launch new midscale brand next year

AH&LA SmartBrief | Jul 30, 2015

Hilton Worldwide surpassed second quarter earning estimates, rising from $2.67 billion in 2014 to $2.92 billion this year. Hilton is also preparing to debut a new midscale label early next year. Skift (07/29)

3. N. America's top 25 hotel markets post strong Q3 performance

AH&LA SmartBrief | Jul 24, 2015

In the top 25 markets in North America, revenue per available room, average daily rates and reserved occupancy were on the upswing in the third quarter compared with the same period last year, according to TravelClick. RevPAR was up 7%, and daily rates increased 4%. TravelPulse (07/22)

4. Four Seasons' new California Coastal Tour promotes local culture

AH&LA SmartBrief | Jul 28, 2015

The Four Seasons' new Suite Hotel California Coastal Tour is designed to give guests a high-end road-trip experience. The tour takes guests on a trip to seven of its California properties that will allow them to experience local culture at its finest. Haute Living online (07/27)

5. Residence Inn launches Mix program to attract millennials

AH&LA SmartBrief | Jul 29, 2015

Residence Inn has launched the Mix program to attract millennial customers to its Boston; Los Angeles; Austin, Texas; and Washington, D.C., locations The program uses Blippar, a mobile app that allows users to play trivia games, pair food and beer and customize selfies by pointing the app at "blipapple" coasters. The properties also feature local food trucks three nights a week. "Younger travelers want variety and sometimes want to relax and stay in rather than fight their way into the trendiest bar or restaurant in the city," says Diane Mayer, vice president and global brand manager of Residence Inn. Business Insider (07/26)

6. WageWatch CEO: Overtime rule's financial impact on hotels would be severe

AH&LA SmartBrief | Jul 30, 2015

Hoteliers foresee a severe impact on their companies' bottom lines when the Fair Labor Standards Act's new overtime rule takes effect, writes Randall Pullen, president and CEO of WageWatch. Pullen breaks down how the new rule will affect the hospitality industry in particular. (07/29)

7. Austin is in midst of Texas-size hotel boom

AH&LA SmartBrief | Jul 28, 2015

The city of Austin, Texas, has added more than 2,000 upscale rooms since 2014, underscoring a hotel boom in the city. JW Marriott Austin, Hotel Van Zandt and South Congress Hotel are among the new properties that have opened or are coming to the city. The Dallas Morning News (free content) (07/25)

8. Google launches upgraded Hotel Finder interface

AH&LA SmartBrief | Jul 24, 2015

Travelers surfing the Internet can access Google's new user interface for the search engine's Hotel Finder. The product, which debuted in 2011, now can sort your search results by location, price and class. (free registration) (07/23)

9. Hotels evolve in bid to bring in more millennial business

AH&LA SmartBrief | Jul 27, 2015

The sheer size of the millennial generation makes it a key segment the hospitality industry wants to attract, leading to investment in social media, technology and makeovers. "This is a huge generation that will have a big impact, and we'll continue to meet them wherever they are," said Mary Beth Parks, Hilton Worldwide's senior vice president of global marketing. Advertising Age (free access for SmartBrief readers) (07/24)

10. Study reveals business travelers' top tech wishes

AH&LA SmartBrief | Jul 30, 2015

Today's tech-savvy business travelers have clear ideas for hospitality-related tech wish lists, according to a study conducted by the GBTA Foundation and AccorHotels. The top three items include creating real-time app- or text-based concierge services; combining e-folios with expense reporting software; and upgrading airport shuttle service technology. (07/29)

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