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1. Fairmont Hotels buys San Diego's Grand Del Mar hotel

ILHA SmartBrief | Mar 30, 2015

FRHI Hotels & Resorts and Blum Capital have purchased the Grand Del Mar hotel in San Diego for an undisclosed amount. The partnership will assume an 88% stake in the property -- valued at $230 million -- while seller Doug Manchester will keep the remainder. The resort will be renamed the Fairmont Grand Del Mar. San Diego Union-Tribune (03/26)


2. Preferred Hotel Group shifts to one master brand

ILHA SmartBrief | Mar 27, 2015

Preferred Hotel Group is highlighting its "new consumer-focused approach" by shifting to one master brand: Preferred Hotels & Resorts. "In a time when seemingly every hotel company is introducing new brands that target specific demographics, we are doing the opposite by transitioning from a house of brands to a branded house," noted Chief Executive Lindsey Ueberroth. She added that the change will create "stronger clarity" for the brand within the marketplace. HotelierMiddleEast.com (United Arab Emirates) (03/26)


3. Starwood opens first 1 Hotel in Miami Beach

ILHA SmartBrief | Mar 26, 2015

The recently opened 1 Hotel & Homes South Beach in Miami Beach is the first property under the 1 Hotel eco-luxury brand by Starwood Capital Group. The 426-room property features 600 feet of beachfront. Travel Weekly (03/25)


4. List: Hottest wedding trends

ILHA SmartBrief | Mar 30, 2015

Craft cocktails, select microbrews and pre-ceremony drinks are among the hottest trends in weddings, says Alice Fay, Fairmont Chicago's wedding specialist. HotelsMag.com (free registration) (03/27)


5. Starwood rolls out new smartphone key system in Fla.

ILHA SmartBrief | Mar 30, 2015

Starwood Hotels & Resorts is rolling out a new keyless entry system at its Florida properties. The new technology allows guests to use smartphones to gain room entry via mobile app. Sun-Sentinel (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) (03/27)


6. Hotels to participate in Earth Hour 2015

ILHA SmartBrief | Mar 25, 2015

Fairmont Hotels & Resorts, The Ritz-Carlton and Four Seasons are among the luxury brands that have announced their participation in Earth Hour on March 28, in which properties turn off their lights between 8:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. to raise awareness about sustainability. The hotels will each offer unique, localized events that hour, such as a beach barbecue or cocktail event. Luxury Daily (03/24)


7. Spas take innovative steps to stand out

ILHA SmartBrief | Mar 27, 2015

Spas across the world are taking steps that they hope will make themselves stand out among their peers. This article highlights some of the unique features and services available to guests. The BodyHoliday LeSport in St. Lucia, for example, is now offering DNA tests that create the basis of a treatment program for guests. Telegraph (London) (tiered subscription model), The (03/26)


8. Hoteliers: Industry will benefit from continued rates growth

ILHA SmartBrief | Mar 25, 2015

Average daily rate will be the growth driver for the hotel industry in 2015 as operators overturn room discounts made during the downturn and consumers use more of their money on travel, several hotel management executives said. Hoteliers seeking expansion will also find more lenders willing to issue debt, they said. Hotel Management online (03/23)


9. Study: Social media engagement can drive occupancy

ILHA SmartBrief | Mar 25, 2015

Social media engagement can double occupancy rate growth, according to a new study by Medallia. The group's analysis of data from 4,400 hotels shows a direct relationship between responding to social media reviews and increasing occupancy. Hotel Management online (03/24)


10. NYC hotels offer in-room beauty options for ladies

ILHA SmartBrief | Mar 26, 2015

The in-room "glamour bar" at New York's Gansevoort hotel and on-demand makeovers at The Trump Center Park highlight the ways luxury hotels in the Big Apple are catering to the beauty regimens of female guests. Travel Weekly (03/25)




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