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January 3, 2013
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  • Dual-branding offers a win-win scenario for hotel developers
    More hotel chains are using dual-branding new projects to take advantage of the cost savings that the concept offers, this feature says. "It allows the owner to not only save on construction and operational costs from combining services such as the pool or housekeeping department, but it also gives them an opportunity to appeal to a wider array of potential clientele," said Glenn Haussman, editor-in-chief of Hotel Interactive. USA Today (1/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Hotels appeal to healthy-minded guests with fitness, food offerings
    Hotels are catering to health-conscious travelers, especially during this time of year when many people set resolutions to lose weight or improve fitness. Boston's Fifteen Beacon Hotel features minibars with items that include Boston baked beans, coconut water, Cape Cod "all-natural" potato chips and cucumber eye cream. The 45 Park Lane hotel in London has added an in-room fitness TV channel with workouts by fitness expert Matt Roberts along with complimentary yoga mats. The Boston Globe (tiered subscription model)/Pack Up blog (1/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Crystal Cruises adds food, wine trip in July
    Foodies will unite on Crystal Cruises' Arctic cruise this July. The trip will have a food-and-wine theme, as well as culinary celebrities such as Sven Erik Renaa, manager of the champion Norwegian national culinary team; Gwénaël Laroche of Burgundy's Domaine Laroche winery; and Marc Cummings, a Cordon Bleu master chef and star of TV's "The Very Best of Everything." The cruise will take place on board the Crystal Serenity and is scheduled to start July 5 in Copenhagen and reach Stockholm, visiting 10 ports. USA Today/Cruise Log blog (1/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Averted "fiscal cliff" could mean growth for hotel industry
    The passing of a measure that prevents the U.S. economy from going over a "fiscal cliff" of tax increases and spending cuts will allow the lodging industry to maintain its steady pace of growth, observers say. PKF Hospitality Research forecasts that Congress' actions will result in a 6% rise in revenue per available room in 2013. Hotel Management online (1/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Lodging brand leaders share their 2013 outlook for the industry
    The year ahead will pose several challenges for the hotel industry, including controlling distribution and monitoring brand image on social review sites, a number of hotel-brand executives say. However, opportunities such as improving technology and stronger hotel performance put the industry in a better position for growth in 2013. "An obvious opportunity is to grow the number of international travelers into this country. Growing international business is a win-win proposition because with this strategy you grow the size of the pie and drive better occupancy and rates for all brands," said David Kong, president and CEO of Best Western International. HotelNewsNow.com (1/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Abu Dhabi, UAE, hotel market expected to be "subdued" in 2013
    While the outlook for tourism in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, looks good in the long run, it may not be a year of growth in the market, this feature says. Occupancy declined 6% for the year, to 65%, average room rates are down 8%, and revenue per available room decreased 13%, the Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority reports. "The long term prospects for the market remain strong, with the continued expansion of Etihad and the airport, and major investment in new leisure attractions. These projects will however take time to generate additional demand and the hotel sector is likely to remain subdued in 2013," says a Jones Lang LaSalle report on HotelierMiddleEast.com. Hotel Management online (1/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Luxury Boutique Hotel & Villa Group in Dubai requires Sales Manager
    A suitable candidate would have sales experience in the luxury market, ideally with a background in villa rentals. Responsibilities would include developing and updating all marketing collateral as well as market and sales analysis. Read more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • How to cope with relocating several times
    Christian Clerc, the soon-to-be general manager of the Hotel George V in Paris, France shares how his family copes with the many moves they have made in his career as a top-level hotel executive. Read more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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