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February 18, 2013
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  • STR: U.S. hotel pipeline rose 4.9% in January
    The total hotel-development pipeline in the U.S. was 4.9% higher in January compared with figures during the same month last year, with 307,289 rooms in 2,637 construction projects, the January 2013 STR Pipeline Report shows. "Upscale and upper-midscale brand dominance continues, accounting for almost 63% of rooms that have broken ground. Additionally, luxury rooms under construction are up significantly from January 2012, perhaps reflecting confidence in the industry's sustained upward momentum. We expect supply growth to continue inching forward in 2013, with full-year net growth of around 1%," said Bobby Bowers, a senior vice president at STR. World Property Channel (2/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • A celebrity chef may not be the answer for every hotel restaurant
    Hotels that retain a celebrity chef can stand out from the competition and create a name for themselves. "Signature restaurants and celebrity chefs, however, aren't for every property or every company. While their proponents expound on greater visibility and increased business for the hotel/resort, opponents point to high-priced licensing fees and low margins as reasons to avoid jumping on the bandwagon," writes Steve Pike. Hotel Interactive (2/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • IHG Dubai Festival City will add another dining concept
    InterContinental Hotel Group's Dubai Festival City in the United Arab Emirates will keep its Reflets par Pierre Gagnaire, but open a separate dining concept on the terrace at the hotel. "Reflets is staying as is, of course, but the terrace operation is going to be something different, complementary of course, to the existing operation but appealing to slightly different clientele, we hope," said Yannis Anagnostakis, the hotel's general manager. HotelierMiddleEast.com (United Arab Emirates) (2/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • From Thailand to Dresden: Top spas for unwinding
    Unwinding in the new year hits a new level of luxury at resorts that combine indigenous treatments with sleek decor. SwissĂ´tel Dresden's Purovel Spa in Dresden, Germany, offers an alpine valley experience, while Paresa Resort in Phuket, Thailand, provides traditional southeast Asian massage in a seaside setting. Other top spas for relaxation include The Regent Spa at the Regent Palms Turks and Caicos and Willow Stream Spa at Riviera Maya, Mexico. HotelChatter (2/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Report: Recovery ongoing for hotel industry, but issues could surface
    Robust results at the end of 2012 and a strong start to 2013 indicate steady recovery for the lodging industry, PricewaterhouseCoopers reports. However, an economic slowdown in China and the eurozone, as well as potential negative effects of U.S. fiscal policy, could reverse the positive trend of the hotel industry's performance, this article says. Hotel Management online (2/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • In Northeast, ski season arrived with a blizzard
    Ski resorts in the Northeast could find sales increasing thanks to the recent blizzard. The snowfall gets people thinking about skiing, and it came just in time for the usually lucrative Presidents Day weekend. This season is on track to at least match revenue and traffic totals from the 2010-2011 season, says Sarah Neith, a spokeswoman for the Vermont Ski Areas Association. USA Today/The Associated Press (2/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Mobile service lets clients book spas on the go
    A new mobile site offered by Wahanda allows customers to schedule salon and spa services using their tablets or cellphones and get text or e-mail confirmations afterward. The site makes booking easier for clients, says Wahanda CEO Lopo Champalimaud, and it supplies the company's online spa marketers with a pool of potential new customers. SpaOpportunities.com (2/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Luxury hotels could bring 1,800 more rooms to capital region
    The Washington Marriott Marquis convention-center hotel, a Donald Trump hotel in the Old Post Office pavilion and a potential new Conrad hotel could bring more than 1,800 rooms to the Washington, D.C., region and affect prices at other luxury hotels. "There is a lot of speculation that in 2014, when the Marquis opens, that the convention center calendar will look much better," said David Loeb, senior real estate research analyst and managing director at Robert W. Baird Co. The Washington Post/Capital Business (2/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • 200-room hotel will rise in NYC's Barclays Center area
    Plans for a 200-room, full-service hotel in New York have been unveiled. The developer, Second Development Services, hopes to capitalize on the growing tourism demand around the Brooklyn Academy of Music and the Barclays Center. "The arrival of the Barclays Center coupled with the pipeline of new cultural-district projects in downtown Brooklyn is driving demand for further hotel development," said Tucker Reed, president of the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership. The developer expects to complete the project by 2015. New York Post (2/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Baby boomers lead the way
    Here is an interesting read on how baby boomers have shaped the travel industry and the various approaches the hospitality industry is using to entice them. Read more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Operations manager in Qatar
    A large residential, retail and hospitality complex is looking for a well-traveled, on-trend operations manager to oversee nine restaurant managers. Five to seven years of F&B experience in upscale operations or development in worldwide reputed firms required. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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