Michael Bedner talks timeless hotel design | Plaza hotel nods to Gatsby book, latest film version | Skilled salesmen are becoming a vital asset for hoteliers
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March 22, 2013
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Michael Bedner talks timeless hotel design
Glenn Haussman chats with Michael Bedner, chairman of Hirsch Bedner Associates, about his impact on the hotel design arena. He has seen good and bad trends during his career, but says something that can hold up through decades works best regardless of its style. "I believe in timeless. I believe in you can do something whatever the style is. If it's contemporary, it should be timeless. It should stand the test of time," Bedner said. Hotel Interactive (3/21)
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Plaza hotel nods to Gatsby book, latest film version
The Plaza Hotel is kicking off a series of events in honor of its role in Baz Luhrmann's new film adaptation of "The Great Gatsby." The movie opens May 10 and features Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire and Carey Mulligan. In addition to a F. Scott Fitzgerald suite, the hotel will feature Fitzgerald memorabilia as well as photos from the movie shoot. HotelsMag.com (free registration) (3/21)
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Skilled salesmen are becoming a vital asset for hoteliers
Hotel firms such as Pyramid Hotel Group, White Lodging and Hostmark Hospitality Group have emphasized sales skills as an important trait in new hires. A strong grasp of sales strategies are also proving to be useful qualities for a hotel general manager. "The best GMs in the industry ... are very engaged with their sales teams and with their customer bases. ... GMs who set the tone by taking care of the guest and engaging the guest at a very high level will perform well in the good times but will also sustain that success as the market cycles in the other direction," said Cory Chambers, a director at White Lodging. HotelNewsNow.com (3/20)
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Mexico retreats offer Mayan, Asian spa therapies
The Banyan Tree Spa Mayakoba and the Rosewood Mayakoba are two resorts cradled near Riviera Maya in Mexico and each features a spa that focuses on indigenous therapies. Rosewood Spa, located on a private island, employs Mayan techniques in its massage and other treatments, while Banyan Tree provides Asian-inspired treatments by therapists trained in Indonesia, Thailand and China. JustLuxe (3/20)
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Hotels should consider adding gluten-, allergen-free foods
Hotels can capitalize on rising demand for gluten- and allergen-free foods. "Over 100 million Americans, or approximately one-third of the U.S. population, require some type of gluten- or allergy-free diet," said Kim Koeller, author of "Let's Eat Out with Celiac/Coeliac and Food Allergies." HotelsMag.com (free registration) (3/21)
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Hospitality Trends and Technology
2013 RevPAR highest ever in U.S. as hotels look up
Speakers at this week's 25th annual Hunter Hotel Conference said that despite economic and political issues across the globe, the hotel sector is doing all right. STR's senior vice president of global development said U.S. hotels have brought in $16.6 billion in room revenue during the first two months of this year -- the highest level ever. HotelNewsNow.com (3/21)
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Country Inns to renovate for modern, fresh look
Country Inns & Suites will renovate the interiors of its hotels to attract a younger crowd. While still appealing to older visitors, the look allows for a more modern, broader audience. According to Glenn Haussman, editor-in-chief of HotelInteractive.com, the current design scheme has "an aesthetic incongruent with Generation Y/Millennial Generation or male business traveler's tastes." USA Today/Hotel Check-In blog (3/21)
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Spotlight on Development
Oil business booms in N.D. -- and so does hotel growth
Various towns in North Dakota are experiencing a hotel development boost as a result of the active oil industry. Since 2011, more than 40 new hotels have opened in the state. Hotel Management online (3/21)
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International Update
W Hotels set to open 11 new hotels in Asia Pacific by 2018
W Hotels says it is looking to expand its hotel portfolio in the Asia Pacific region to double its current size over the next five years. The hotel firm has put more than half of its development pipeline in Asia, with 11 planned hotel openings in China, Malaysia, India and Indonesia. TravelPulse (3/21)
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These airport hotels are worth a visit, not a layover
Airport hotels used to be more of a stop-over, but now they are turning into destinations. The Courtyard Newark Downtown in New Jersey, the Hyatt Regency Orlando International Airport in Florida and the Embassy Suites Los Angeles International Airport South in Southern California feature modern rooms with a few extras. HotelChatter (3/21)
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Assistant lodge manager for property in Kenya
A lodge in Masai Mara, Kenya, is looking for an assistant lodge manager or senior duty manager ready to move up to an assistant manager role. Ideally the candidate would need to be a Kenyan national. Package is available to couples and includes housing and meals. Learn more.
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Director of rooms required in Kuwait
A luxury design hotel in Kuwait is looking for a director of rooms to be responsible for the front office, concierge, bell staff as well as guest relations. He/she needs to have excellent verbal and written English language skills. Package is single or family status with medical insurance, accommodation allowance, meals and flights. Learn more.
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