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February 11, 2013News for hotel and lodging professionals

  Front Desk 
  • Return of Wall Street travel extravagance is unlikely, expert says
    An increased awareness over public perception will likely prevent the financial-services sector from raising travel spending despite market performance coming close to peak levels reached in 2008, says Bjorn Hanson, divisional dean of New York University's Preston Robert Tisch Center for Hospitality, Tourism and Sports Management. "Attitudes are different -- both public attitudes toward Wall Street but even attitudes on Wall Street about wanting to avoid the appearance of excess," Hanson said. USA Today/Hotel Check-in blog (2/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Business Update 
  • Six Senses eyes growth beyond Asia, CEO says
    Six Senses Hotels Resorts & Spas is studying expansion opportunities outside the Asian market, including South American and in urban areas, CEO Neil Jacobs says. "Asia continues to be on our radar, as does China, but we want to go everywhere. We have also talked a lot about the urban execution of the brand. We would love New York City, London and Shanghai," Jacobs said. (free registration) (2/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Market Trends 
  • U.S. travel exports exceeded overall growth pace in 2012, group says
    The U.S. Travel Association reports that travel exports rose 10% in 2012, compared with 4% overall growth by U.S. exports. "The last time travel exports grew this much faster than overall U.S. exports was in 1990," said David Huether of the U.S. Travel Association. The growth also marks the third consecutive year of double-digit export growth by the travel industry. TravelPulse (2/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Luxury-hotel transaction costs waned in Q4, report says
    According to a new Cornell Center for Real Estate and Finance study, the prices for large-scale hotel real estate transactions slowed in the fourth quarter last year. Construction costs for new luxury hotels are equal to the price tags on existing luxury hotels, the report says. An HVS report stated that Detroit, Chicago and Austin, Texas, are markets where hotel development is active. Hotel Management online (2/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Travel helps set the mood for love, survey finds
    The U.S. Travel Association has released the results of a new survey that found travel as a strong motivator for romance. Sixty-three percent of respondents said that a weekend vacation helps stir romantic thoughts more effectively than gifts. Strengthening intimacy was an important motivator for travel for nearly 60% of couples surveyed, the survey found. (2/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Best Practices 
  • Column: Hoteliers must make websites engaging, functional
    Hoteliers need to consider what consumers are looking for when they visit a hotel's website, writes Carol Banks Setter, national director of insights and innovations at Band Digital. She says including photos that are too small to show details and not giving users a way to change a reservation are two mistakes a hotel can make on its website. Luxury Daily (2/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Government Affairs 
  • Payroll-tax increase raises fears of reduced travel spending
    Observers warn that a 2% increase in payroll taxes that took effect in January is expected to cut the average American's monthly income by $50 to $100 and could lead to reduced spending in travel and lodgings. "It's obviously going to take its toll on spending, and people are going to have to make adjustments. And when people make adjustments, they cut out items that are not necessary -- recreation and travel will be cut first," said Emin Hajiyev, an assistant director at Georgia State University's J. Mack Robinson College of Business. (2/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  AH&LA News 
  • Information center provides wealth of resources
    AH&LA members have unlimited access to a full-service research center dedicated to assisting them with industry-related questions. The AH&LA Information Center maintains extensive working files on thousands of hospitality-related topics. Contact Research Manager Tamika Figgs at or 888-743-2515 with your member questions. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Safety and Security Resources
    AH&LA has seen an increase in the number of members requesting safety and security resources. AH&LA works closely with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to improve hotel property awareness as it relates to terrorism and have partnered on several resources, including videos and a risk self-assessment tool. Additionally, you can download the award-winning Traveler Safety Tips. The Educational Institute also has security training products. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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