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December 17, 2012
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  • East, West Coast hotels show unequal recovery rates
    Stronger performance numbers in year-to-date October 2012 indicate that West Coast hotels are recovering much quicker than hotels on the East Coast despite being hit harder in 2009 by the economic downturn, data released by STR show. "A little bit of this has to do with rebound, but a lot of it has to do with pricing power," said Jan Freitag, a vice president at STR. HotelNewsNow.com (12/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Disney unveils new spa concept for resort properties
    Disney will open its spa, Senses, at the Grand Floridian Resort & Spa in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., in January. Also next month, all of the spas, salons and fitness centers in Walt Disney World will be run under the Senses brand and owned by Disney. Disney's Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa in New York will launch the company's second Senses spa in mid-2013, this feature says. SpaOpportunities.com (12/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Column: DMO partnerships can benefit hotels
    Destination marketing organizations -- or DMOs and also known as convention and visitors bureaus -- can be a lucrative feed for hotel business and can provide valuable data to hotels, this feature says. "We're fighting, perhaps more so than anybody ... because we want that business in our city," said Kevin Kane, immediate past chairman of Destination Marketing Association International. HotelNewsNow.com (12/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Report: Multigenerational family travel will continue to thrive in 2013
    Virtuoso's Luxe Report for 2013 indicates a continued boom in multigenerational family travel as well as trips focusing on adventures and authentic experiences. The study names Italy as the most popular international destination in 2013. Bhutan, Chile and Myanmar have entered the list of top emerging travel spots, while Cuba and Vietnam retained their places from last year among the five most popular emerging destinations. TravelPulse (12/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Public relations is a key SEO tactic, too
    The search engine optimization field is always changing, and hotels need to do more than simply add popular keywords into their websites, this feature says. Getting other websites and publications talking about your hotel is a useful way to boost your website's domain authority, according to this feature. 4Hoteliers (12/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Hilton Hawaiian Village offers a new look, program for children
    The Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort in Honolulu is showing off the $45 million makeover of its Rainbow Tower. The hotel features new furnishings in the rooms with warm tones, and it has also revamped its Camp Penguin program for children to include a 1,200-square-foot facility with educational programs. Travel Weekly (12/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • 2013 will see a number of luxury-hotel openings
    The first Four Seasons in Russia is set to open in 2013, but it is not the only much-anticipated luxury-hotel launch expected in the new year, this feature says. The Mandarin Oriental Pudong, Shanghai, is set to open in April, and the Mukul will debut next month on the Emerald Coast in Nicaragua. Luxury Travel Advisor (12/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • General manager for restaurant portfolio in Doha, Qatar
    A large residential, hospitality and retail complex located in Doha, Qatar, is looking for a general manager for its nine a la carte restaurants and expanding portfolio. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Sales manager needed for deluxe resort in the Maldives
    A collection of resorts in the Maldives is looking for a Russian-speaking sales manager who has contacts in Europe. Read more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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