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December 31, 2012
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  The Concierge Desk 
  • Seoul spas offer winter treatments
    The Grand Hilton Seoul's La Clinique de Paris Aging Management & Spa's singing bowl therapy treatment includes ringing eight silver and gold bowls while guests are lying on their back and again on their stomach, along with a hot stone massage. SPA G offers the RG (Red Ginseng) Time, which includes a steam bath and red ginseng applied to the body, then washed and followed with a rub-down. The Korea Herald (Seoul) (12/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Inbound tourism rises in several Asian markets
    Initial data released by the Pacific Asia Travel Association indicate that overall foreign visitation in Asia increased 5.5% year over year between January and September 2012. Tourism growth in South Asia was modest compared with last year, while other Asian markets such as South Korea, Taipei and Japan recorded double-digit increases. (free registration) (12/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Hotels move to serve guests with their own video content sources
    The hotel TV is shifting from the traditional video-on-demand model to serving as an access point for travelers with subscriptions to third-party video content providers, this feature says. However, this new business model is not as profitable as video on demand. "Video on demand was a revenue generator in the past, but how does the hotel benefit off of guests using a service such as Netflix? How do you commercialize an app, since it needs a guest's account details to work? There is a solution, but it isn't there yet," said Chris Barton, a manager at LG Electronics. Hotel Management online (12/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Hotels' recovery in metro Atlanta inches forward
    Room rates and occupancies for hotels in the metro Atlanta area have not yet returned to peak levels reached in 2007, but operators are hopeful that an influx of conventions and corporate travelers will lead to a full rebound in the next few years. PKF Hospitality Research forecasts that Atlanta will hit or approach 2007 levels by 2014. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution (12/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Australia, New Zealand are gaining steam in cruising world
    Cruise lines are expanding to Australia and New Zealand, and some say these destinations are poised to become cruising hot spots just like Europe, Alaska and the Caribbean. Carnival, Princess Cruises, Royal Caribbean, and Holland America have increased their itineraries in the areas. USA Today (12/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Luxury Hoteliers News 
  • 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
  • Director of Operations for restaurants in Dubai and Morocco
    A multiple-brand restaurant company based in Dubai and Morocco is seeking a Director of Operations to oversee two upmarket Japanese restaurants, an American crab shack-style theme restaurant and a beach club. The position will report directly to company founders. Read more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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