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November 14, 2012
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News for luxury hospitality professionals

  The Concierge Desk 
  • Hong Kong hotels appeal to younger travelers
    Upper House and Hotel Icon are two newer hotels on the Hong Kong scene that are earning rave reviews for appealing to travelers who embrace the digital age and are keen on top-notch service. At Upper House, the same person who checks in guests also serves as a concierge; both hotels offer free Wi-Fi. Times (11/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Ritz-Carlton in NYC reopens unscathed after superstorm Sandy
    The Ritz-Carlton New York, Battery Park, in New York City has reopened after superstorm Sandy caused minor flooding damage to the basement. "We haven't had any cancellations for future days, which is great. ... We moved some of the groups that were supposed to have been here over the last couple of weeks into the next quarter, so some of [that business] is not lost, though some of it did go to sister hotels and competitor hotels in Midtown," said Nicole La Valette, the hotel's sales and marketing director. USA Today/Hotel Check-In blog (11/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Imanta in Punta Mita, Mexico, is a hidden gem
    The Imanta Resort in Mexico's Punta Mita development near Puerto Vallarta offers 11 villas and private plunge pools. Guests eat at the restaurant Tukipa in the main building and frequent the Observatory tower for cucumber margaritas. The luxury hotel is mostly under the radar, overshadowed by the popular St. Regis and Four Seasons properties, this feature says. HotelChatter (11/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Hospitality Trends and Technology 
  • Luxury retail hot spots rise in NYC
    In Manhattan, the Flatiron District, the World Trade Center and the financial district area near the New York by Gehry apartment building are transforming into luxury retail areas. Bedford Avenue in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn is another luxury shopping hot spot. "Large-scale projects change neighborhoods," said Jason Pomeranc, co-chairman of Commune Hotels & Resorts. "You'll see a wave of that in 2014, 2015 and 2016. It will change New York." Bloomberg Businessweek (11/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Travel exports in September jumped to $13.9B, group reports
    Travel exports in September reached a six-month high of $13.9 billion, according to a U.S. Travel Association analysis of September exports data from the Commerce Department. "The growth in travel exports continues to outpace those in all other sectors, increasing 7.8% year-to-date, a remarkable 67% faster than the 4.6% rise in other exports of goods and services," said David Huether, a senior vice president at the association. TravelPulse (11/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Spotlight on Development 
  International Update 
  • Wynn selects Australian company to build its Macau casino
    Wynn Macau has selected a subsidiary of Australian company Leighton Holdings to build the company's Cotai casino resort. "Leighton has built a solid track record in casino and hotel resorts in Macau over the past eight years with a number of significant projects successfully delivered, and we are delighted to be working with Wynn again," said Leighton CEO Hamish Tyrwhitt. Leighton said the resort's construction, which is expected to be completed by 2016, is set to begin next month. (11/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Luxury Hoteliers News 
  • International hotel group seeks Assistant Director of Engineering to oversee four properties in Riyadh
    A 5-star hotel group is looking for an Assistant Director of Engineering to work across four properties near Riyadh,  Saudi Arabia. Read more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Luxury Hoteliers on LinkedIn passes 100,000-member mark
    Luxury Hoteliers is proud to announce that it now has more than 100,000 members in its luxury hospitality group on LinkedIn. The largest group of hospitality professionals on the Web is now even bigger, holding its place as the leader of 8,000-plus LinkedIn groups for the hotel industry. The group is growing at a rate of 1,100 members a week, creating a demand for the group's new website to provide a bigger platform where fellow networkers can get daily news, participate in discussions and visit the even bigger jobs board, now powered by Simply Hired. Read more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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