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December 27, 2012
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  • Survey shows rise in European cruise bookings
    According to a recent Travel Leaders Group survey, the number of cruise bookings in Europe is increasing. Rob Clabbers, president of Cruise Holidays Chicago, expects European river cruises, Europe's Adriatic Coast and Venice, Italy, departures to be popular. USA Today/Cruise Log blog (12/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Hotels are turning to rebranding to stay fresh
    Recent data by STR show an increase in properties switching flags as franchise deals expire. Switching lets hoteliers trade up or down to meet shifting travel patterns, but oftentimes presents a nuisance for current guests. Some rebranded hotels are undergoing yearlong renovation campaigns, including switching shampoo brands, swapping out potted plants and changing the scent of their lobbies. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (12/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Hotels appeal to weary, jet-lagged travelers
    Luxury hotels are appealing to travelers dealing with jet lag. At the InterContinental London Park Lane, the spa offers a flotation bed, which wraps guests in a foil blanket. The DeepSleep Package at the SwissĂ´tel Berlin offers a mix of light therapy, aromatherapy, dietary supplements and more to help guests achieve satisfying rest. HotelChatter (12/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • More development coming to Pittsburgh to meet demand
    Developer Concord Hospitality is planning a string of hotel-development projects in Pittsburgh to help address strong demand in the area. Construction on a 136-room Hyatt House and a 120-room Homewood Suites by Hilton are expected to conclude in March and December, respectively. The developer also unveiled plans to build a 128-room Hyatt House and a 110-room Hampton Inn & Suites in the area. Pittsburgh Tribune-Review (12/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Starwood Hotels plans further expansion in Brazil
    Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide is looking to expand its footprint in Brazil with a conversion project on the 284-room former Hotel da Bahia in Salvador. The Sheraton da Bahia Hotel is scheduled to open in the first quarter of 2013. Another hotel, the Sheraton Reserva do Paiva Hotel and Conference Center, is expected to open by the first quarter of 2014, bringing Starwood's portfolio in the country to nine. Travel Weekly (12/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • The most state-of-the-art hotels of 2012
    See Yahoo! Travel's list of avant-garde hotels that have that certain unique offering. Read here. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • A luxury resort in the Bahamas seeks assistant general manager
    Do you have 10 years of hotel management experience with at least five years' experience in front of house? A resort in the Bahamas is looking for an assistant general manager to run the operations and finance of multiple outlets. Read more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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