Hotel transactions on the rise in Canada, report says | Choice Hotels introduces cloud-based technology division | Skip the doughnuts -- go for the superfoods at hotel meetings
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March 29, 2013
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Hotel transactions on the rise in Canada, report says
According to Colliers International, Canada will experience growth in the hotel development sector for the next few years -- Ontario is seeing the most action. "Unlike the 2005-2007 era when deal volume surged mainly due to one-off strategic acquisitions, the current up-cycle stems from traditional transactions and reflects a healthy market supported by the strength of other commercial real estate sectors, improving economic indicators and low borrowing costs," said Alam Pirani, executive managing director at Colliers International Hotels. Hotel Management online (3/28)
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Choice Hotels introduces cloud-based technology division
Choice Hotels International has unveiled SkyTouch Technology, a new division that will manage the hotelier's efforts in developing cloud-based technology solutions for the hotel industry. "We believe that launching SkyTouch Technology as a separate line of business apart from our core hotel franchising operations gives the division the independence it needs to offer custom solutions and high levels of support, service and security to all its users," Choice President and CEO Stephen P. Joyce said. The launch of SkyTouch Technology coincides with the introduction of SkyTouch Hotel OS, Choice's new property- and rate-management system, to the market. Hotel Management online (3/28)
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Skip the doughnuts -- go for the superfoods at hotel meetings
Hotels have changed the menu when it comes to meetings, favoring healthier snacks to keep even the most boring meeting bearable. Omni Hotels retained "The Biggest Loser" nutritionist Cheryl Forberg to create menus, while the Ritz-Carlton in Naples, Fla., has a "Lite Break" program that offers nuts and assorted seasonings. USA Today/Hotel Check-in blog (3/28)
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Calif. firm strikes while the luxury hotel iron is hot
The Pacific Hospitality Group now has four luxury hotels in its Meritage Collection: the Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa, The Meritage Resort & Spa in Napa, the Balboa Bay Club & Resort in Newport Beach and, the latest, the Bacara Resort & Spa near Santa Barbara. The company already has a few other midscale hotels but entered the luxury hotel market on the California coast at an opportune time. "Now it has rebounded," said Alan X. Reay, president of Atlas Hospitality Group in Irvine. "It's very, very healthy and very, very profitable." The Orange County Register (Santa Ana, Calif.) (3/28)
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Hospitality Trends and Technology
Mobile plays huge part for luxury hotels
Small Luxury Hotels of the World released data on how mobile device usage is growing in the luxury hotel industry. Hits to an SLH website from mobile devices were up from the previous year 406% in China, 104% in Brazil and 22% in Russia. Travel Daily News International (Greece) (3/28)
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The New York Palace introduces in-room tech hub
The New York Palace now offers Crestron gadgets that do everything from set mood lighting to control shades. A HotelChatter blogger had a hard time getting the device to work, even though it included instructions. HotelChatter (3/28)
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Flotation therapy gains fans in Portland, Ore.
Clients are flocking to the flotation tanks at The Float Shoppe in Portland, Ore., in ever-growing numbers as customers including fibromyalgia sufferers, injured athletes, and mothers and daughters having a spa day remove stress with the tanks' sensory deprivation effects. The spa offers two flotation chambers, one enclosed and the other not, along with a host of other services including massage, acupuncture and hypnosis. "When combined with a float beforehand, the relaxation and health benefits of each treatment are intensified," said co-owner Dylan Schmidt. DAYSPA magazine (3/2013)
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Spotlight on Development
Starwood CEO eyes expansion despite economic hurdles
Frits van Paasschen, CEO and president of Starwood, is making headlines for the company's growth initiatives. Though the European market is uncertain, he says, people will still travel there and business will help drive tourists. In this interview, he also talks about expanding into markets such as China and Dubai. HotelNewsNow.com (3/28)
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International Update
Qatari-backed investor buys InterContinental London Park Lane
Constellation Hotels, a Qatari-supported investor, has purchased the InterContinental London Park Lane hotel. Reuters (3/28)
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A Cinderella stay you can't book
The Cinderella Castle Suite is the only overnight room in Disney's Magic Kingdom in Florida. People can't pay money to stay there, though some celebrities have done so; they have to win a stay in the 650-square-foot room as a prize. ABC News (3/27)
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Luxury Hoteliers News
General manager for Las Vegas casino resort
An acclaimed casino and resort in Las Vegas is looking for a general manager with a hands-on approach to leading and inspiring his team to create a unique guest experience. He/she must have the relevant managerial experience within the high-end resort/gaming industry. Find more information here.
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Capturing nature's essence to boost the immune system
Scientists in Tokyo are confirming what nature-lovers have known for some time. The smell of the great outdoors reduces stress, lowers our blood pressure and even has anti-cancer properties. Qing Li, an immunologist at Tokyo's Nippon Medical School, used Cypress aromatherapy in hotel rooms to prove part of his theory regarding the benefits of the smell of nature. Read the full article here.
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