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February 25, 2013
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  • STR: U.S. hotels' revPAR jumped 8.8% in January
    January saw robust gains in key hotel metrics in the U.S., including an 8.8% rise in revenue per available room -- the strongest growth in the metric since June 2012, STR reports. Average daily rate during the period was up 5.1% as occupancy increased 3.6%. "The results were driven both by solid ADR and demand gains with Washington, D.C., Miami and New York among the top performers," said Brad Garner, chief operating officer of STR. "The chain scale segments saw growth across all scales, with luxury leading in both ADR and revPAR growth rates." TravelPulse (2/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Authenticity brings luxury to resorts in Hawaii
    Hawaii has plenty of five-star luxury hotels, so travelers should take note on what differentiates them, this feature says. Mauna Kea Beach Hotel has a stunning beach that's popular for snorkeling, while the Fairmont Kea Lani lets guests paddle in a modern Hawaiian canoe. Travel Weekly (2/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Caesars to implement resort fees at its Las Vegas properties
    Caesars Entertainment said it will begin charging resort fees at its Las Vegas hotels instead of charging separately for amenities such as wireless connections and fitness centers. "This is in response to the increasing demand from our guests to provide a package price instead of the inconvenience of separate fees. We continue to do all we can to provide our guests with the best value, best products and best experiences in Las Vegas," said Gary Thompson, Caesars' director of corporate communications. Las Vegas Sun (2/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Host Hotels CEO forecasts continued growth for lodging industry
    Ed Walter, president and CEO of Host Hotels & Resorts, has expressed confidence that solid industry metrics last year and at the start of 2013 will help sustain the hotel industry's growth in the near term. "The lodging recovery is pressing on well due to high demand trends and low supply. We believe this cycle will continue to gain momentum through 2013 and 2014," Walters said. Host says its revenue per available room rose 5.8% during the fourth quarter, while average daily rate and occupancy increased 2.8% and 2 percentage points, respectively. (2/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Hotels secure negotiating power amid meetings recovery
    A new study by Colliers PKF Hospitality Research indicates an optimistic outlook for the meetings industry, with hoteliers positioned to control negotiations with planners. "The leverage up until now has been with planners but, due to rising occupancy levels, the leverage is swinging back to the hotel sales manager," said Robert Mandelbaum, a director at Colliers PKF Hospitality. Planners are now increasingly focusing negotiations on additional amenities such as breakfast and free Internet access, Mandelbaum said. (2/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Post-Triumph, price drops are not likely, cruise experts say
    The fire that left the Carnival Triumph adrift for days in the Gulf of Mexico is unlikely to cause a drop in bookings and price cuts to attract hesitant cruisers, several experts say. Records show that earlier incidents, including the grounding of the Costa Concordia in 2012 and the Carnival Splendor fire in 2010, did not lead to significant booking declines. "There may be a hiccup in bookings, but people have moved on," said Stewart Chiron, founder of the Cruise Guy website. Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model) (2/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Renaissance in Washington, D.C., debuts $30M renovation
    Sunstone Hotel Investors poured $30 million into renovations at the Renaissance in Washington, D.C., which is debuting its new look. In addition to spalike guestroom bathrooms, an in-room iPod docking station, Aveda spa products, and 40-inch HDTV, the hotel brought a new concept to the lobby. Breaking Travel News (2/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • World's tallest hotel is set to open this week
    The JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai in the United Arab Emirates is set to open this week, and when it does it will be the world's tallest hotel. Its two towers each have 804 rooms, and the property boasts numerous restaurants and bars. The hotel is the second JW Marriott Marquis-branded property on the globe. Khaleej Times (United Arab Emirates) (2/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Daily Meal unveils top 101 U.S. eateries for 2013
    The Daily Meal has assembled its list of the 101 best restaurants in the U.S. this year. The French Laundry (also topping the list in 2011), in Yountville, Calif., is back in the top spot, and New York's Gramercy Tavern took second. The Daily Meal (2/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Top-notch food and service go hand in hand
    Zagat recognizes the importance of excellent service to complement delish food, especially for business travelers, who often entertain clients and cannot separate food from service in the ultimate gastronomic experience. It has put together a list of restaurants with the finest service across 25 cities in the United States. Read more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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