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February 7, 2013
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  • Choice CEO touts firm's diversified growth strategy
    Steve Joyce, president and CEO of Choice Hotels International, says his company has taken major steps with new hotel segments in its bid to elevate its brand image. "For forever Choice was the company that was a stopover when you were on the way to something else. Now we want to be the destination," Joyce said. Three large deals recently secured by Choice have granted it a stronger foothold in the budget and time-share segments as well as the European lodging market. (2/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Starwood Capital Group unveils growth plan for 2 new hotel brands
    Starwood Capital Group has announced that it will open five hotels in the next two years under two new brands -- the luxury Baccarat Hotels & Resorts and the eco-minded lifestyle brand 1 Hotels & Residences. "With two revolutionary hotel brands entering the marketplace and five hotel openings in the next two years, we are confident that Baccarat and 1 Hotels will place Starwood Capital Group at the very forefront of the dynamic hospitality industry," said Barry Sternlicht, Starwood Capital's chairman and CEO. TravelPulse (2/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Dubai resort unveils new offerings at luxury spa
    The Talise Ottoman Spa at Dubai's Jumeirah Zabeel Saray resort has launched a new menu of services including a "coffee peeling" hammam, couple's treatments, and massage and facials focused on men. The spa, which has 42 treatment rooms, is filled with Ottoman-inspired marble and mosaics, and is considered a top luxury spa in the Middle East. (2/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • TravelClick: Room rates will drive hotel revenue in 2013
    TravelClick's North American Hospitality Review for January predicts a steady increase in key hotel metrics in 2013 as average daily rates continue to push growth in revenue per available room. "Based on TravelClick data, ADR continues to be the main source of revPAR growth heading into 2013. While both ADR and occupancy are growing, occupancy is improving more slowly while ADR is increasing at a slightly more rapid pace," said Tim Hart, an executive vice president at TravelClick. The group projects committed-occupancy growth of 2% in 2013, while rates and revPAR are expected to rise 4.9% and 4.1%, respectively. TravelPulse (2/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Column: Collaboration makes sustainable tourism viable
    Despite the challenges of mass tourism and a lack of universal standards for sustainability, eco-friendly tourism is still a possibility through cooperation within a country's local tourism industry, writes Gavin Landry, principal of Landry Hospitality Consulting Services. Bhutan stands as an example of how a country's government and local tourism industry can rally together to provide a tourism product that is both economically and ecologically viable, he writes. (2/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Column: Technology choices need a twist of guest satisfaction
    Hotels should be smart with their technology choices, selecting those that improve guests' experiences. "Look for innovations that work with what people already use and are compatible with what's currently trending," writes Larry Mogelonsky, president and founder of LMA Communications. Hotel Interactive (2/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Israel aims to boost tourism amid security concerns
    Although security is a concern, hotel development and travel are on the rise in Israel, and even the government is pitching in with grants. "It's understood by the government that tourism here is very sensitive to the political and geopolitical environment, and if we want investors to build big hotels for hundreds of millions of shekels, we have to help them," said Eran Nitzan, the Ministry of Tourism's senior deputy director for infrastructure development and investments. The Waldorf Astoria Jerusalem is set to open this summer. Bloomberg (2/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  International Update 
  • Sofitel plans 3 properties in Asia-Pacific
    Sofitel is looking to open three hotels in the Asia-Pacific region by the end of 2014. The properties are the Sofitel Bali Nusa Dua Beach in Bali, Indonesia; the Sofitel Wellington in New Zealand; and a 590-room hotel in Shenyang, China, which is undergoing renovation. Travel Weekly (2/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Enjoy a stay high in the sky
    Travelers who want to enjoy a stay at the top of a skyscraper will enjoy the Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong, which holds the Guinness World Record for the world's highest hotel suite. Other skyscrapers to stay in include the 92-story Trump International Hotel & Tower Chicago and the Armani Hotel Dubai, which is in the world's tallest building. CNN (2/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Has "foodstagramming" gotten out of control?
    How are chefs and restaurant owners dealing with snap-happy patrons taking pics of their dishes to share online? Ban photos altogether, or just flash photography? Provide customers with digital pics of their meal -- or take them to the kitchen and assist them with the shoot? Read more here. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Who are the 10 richest hotel magnates in the U.S.?
    Wonder who the powerful leaders are behind the most successful U.S. hotels? Here's a list and a little interesting background to pique your interest. Read more here. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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