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January 14, 2013
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  • Marriott International tries out new workspace-rental program
    Marriott International's new Workspace on Demand program has entered the testing phase at hotels in San Francisco and Washington, D.C., the company says. The program allows groups to book meeting rooms as well as lobby space at a Marriott hotel. "Whether you work from home and need a place to meet a client in the neighborhood or you want a flexible space to meet and collaborate with company colleagues, we want to welcome you into our hotels and Greatroom lobbies," said Paul Cahill, a senior vice president at Marriott Hotels & Resorts. HotelsMag.com (free registration) (1/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Banyan Tree spa: Traditional therapy in downtown Shanghai
    Traditional Asian therapy that seeks to balance the five Chinese elements is the signature offering at Banyan Tree spa, a retreat amid the bustle of Shanghai. The massage offerings invoke elements such as water, fire and earth with different oil blends and herbs that are ingested and applied topically. JustLuxe (1/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • STR: U.S. lodging supply grew 0.5% in 2012
    The STR/McGraw Hill Construction Dodge Pipeline Report indicates that 407 new hotels opened in the U.S. in 2012, representing 0.5% growth over the previous year and an addition of 43,865 rooms to the total supply. "Net U.S. room supply growth in 2012 should be 0.5% when the final numbers are in, the second consecutive year of very low room capacity gains for the industry. We anticipate higher supply growth this year and are expecting a full year net room increase of about 1% in 2013," said Bobby Bowers, a senior vice president at STR. TravelPulse (1/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Visitor arrivals to Las Vegas up 2.5% in November
    A 16.6% increase in attendance at Las Vegas conventions helped lift the number of visitors to the city in November. According to the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, Las Vegas played host to 3.1 million in November, an increase of 2.5% over the same month last year. Steve Brown, director of the Center for Business and Economic Research at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, said results for the month show that "at least in one respect, our tourism industry has recovered to where it was prior to the recession." Las Vegas Review-Journal (1/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Hotels eye digital check-in options
    InterContinental Hotels Group has launched a digital check-in kiosk at the Crowne Plaza Orlando-Universal in Florida, which lets guests scan a bar code on paper or via their smartphones to obtain room keys. The company will continue testing the technology before rolling it out at other locations. Hilton lets its HHonors members use the Suite Selection service at its Homewood Suites by Hilton, which allows them to choose the room they want via a virtual map of the hotel. HotelNewsNow.com (1/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • "X factor," photography are key to an exceptional hotel website
    A successful hotel website not only offers fluid navigation and booking capabilities, but also presents a special, intangible element that seizes a customer's attention, writes Larry Mogelonsky, president of LMA Communications. High-quality photography is also a vital component in attracting potential guests, Mogelonsky writes. Hotel Interactive (1/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • In Bangkok, a high-rise dip takes guests to the edge
    The 25th floor of the Okura Prestige Bangkok is home to an infinity pool that lets guests swim to the edge of the building. The pool extends out over the edge of the Park Ventures Ecoplex building, and features a tapered shape on the ends paying homage to "wai," meaning "thanks and welcome." HotelChatter (1/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • 2013 is the year to make it happen
    Working on your New Year's resolutions? Struggling to stay motivated? Here's some guidance on how to get started, posted originally by Deorike, on the LinkedIn Luxury Hoteliers forum. Read here. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Customers to customize their dining experience
    "Fast casual" is one of the exciting new trends in dining, through which customers are given flexibility and choice as to when and where they would like to eat. Read the full article here. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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