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January 23, 2013
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  • STR: 2012 was a strong year for U.S. hotel industry
    Data released by STR show that U.S. hotels improved in all key industry metrics in 2012. Total revenue per available room during the year rose 6.8%, occupancy climbed 2.5%, and average daily rate increased by 4.2%, STR reports. "While the industry's resolve will continue to be tested with pockets of uncertainty, we anticipate continued growth in all industry performance metrics for 2013," said Brad Garner, chief operating officer of STR. TravelPulse (1/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Miami spa makes relaxing a social experience
    The Standard Spa in Miami offer guests a communal experience -- spa treatments that occur in the company of others. That means group hammam experience and, for those who want more togetherness, a clothing-optional outdoor mud lounge. (U.K.) (1/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • On-site hotels an extension of airport experiences
    Airports with on-site hotels are more common than ever, as many travelers spend time at the hotels during flight delays, or zonk out there before or after a flight. Most airport hotels operate in accordance with a land lease agreement. "The only person at the airport who roots for a bad winter is the hotel manager. It has certainly helped our revPAR," said Terry Teifer of the Wayne County Airport Authority in Michigan. (1/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • U.S. hoteliers forecast strong hotel performance in 2013
    Ninety-eight percent of attendees at the Americas Lodging Investment Summit in Los Angeles this week say they expect revenue per available room to remain strong in 2013. "Growing demand in the face of very limited new supply sets the stage for very attractive room-rate increases and therefore profit growth," said R. Mark Woodworth, president of PKF Hospitality Research. Hoteliers say they expect the weak supply growth to result in four more years of strong performance. CNBC (1/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Hoteliers, tech firms share ideas during Thayer summit
    At Thayer Ventures' annual tech summit this week in Los Angeles, representatives from the hotel industry were able to interact with startup technology companies to discuss the expanding role of technology in travel and lodging. The event brought up leading trends and vital focus points to help strengthen hoteliers' connection with consumers and their ability to retrieve data for decision-making. Lobby blog (1/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Tech companies leverage Apple Passbook for hotels, guests
    Hotels are making it easier for Apple Passbook users to manage reservations. ZDirect is creating a new solution that links from a hotel's property-management system to the Passbook digital wallet. It uses the ZMail platform so a guest confirmation turns into a mobile pass. The confirmation then appears on the phone screen when the guest gets closer to the hotel. Checkfront has also developed a similar integration. Hotel Management online (1/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Best Western eyes up to 120 hotel projects in North America this year
    Best Western International has announced plans to add 110 to 120 hotel projects in its North American development pipeline in 2013. The company is aiming for more than 80% of these new hotels to open under the Best Western Premier or Best Western Plus tiers and for more than 40% to be new-build projects. "Our priority is to develop compelling hotels across all three Best Western descriptors that deliver strong revenue for hoteliers by attracting a strong mix of business and leisure travelers," said Mark Williams, a vice president at Best Western International. TravelPulse (1/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Las Vegas' Mandalay Bay undergoes major renovation
    MGM Resorts International's Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas is going through major upgrades, which includes the resort's casino, restaurants and entertainment venues. "As Las Vegas continues to recover, we want MGM and Mandalay Bay to be positioned to get their fair share of the business. We think these investments will make sure we attract people here for the first time and give us the best opportunity to bring back people who haven't seen us in a while," said Chuck Bowling, Mandalay Bay's president. (Las Vegas) (1/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Choice Hotels plans to add 9 UK hotels to its portfolio
    Choice Hotels International says it has reached a deal with Akkeron Hotels Group to reflag five of Akkeron's hotels in the U.K. under Choice's Quality hotel brand and four properties under its Clarion Collection brand. "The agreement initially will focus on rebranding nine hotels with the opportunity to discuss rebranding further Akkeron hotels in the future," said Duncan Berry, CEO of Choice Hotels Europe. (free registration) (1/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Seven Stars Resort on top of the world
    Conde Nast Traveler has included the Seven Stars Resort, on the island of Providenciales, Turks & Caicos, on its 2013 Gold List of the World's Best Places to Stay. Winning factors included guest service, location, design, activities and food. Read more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Internal Audit Program Leader sought in Michigan
    A Fortune 500 company in Ann Arbor, Mich., is seeking an Internal Audit Program Leader with 5 to 7 years Accounting/Operational audit experience including SOX and a CPA/CIA. IT and finance experience is a plus. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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