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November 6, 2012
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  • Washington-area hotels renovate ahead of inauguration
    Hotels in the Washington area are gearing up for the inauguration, which drives an incredible amount of guests to the nation's capital. Avenue Suites has upgraded its exterior, lobby and patio; the Washington Hilton has poured $150 million into renovations including a coffee shop. They are just two of the hotels in the Washington area to upgrade; this blogger details some of the others. blog (11/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Robert De Niro's stint as luxury hotelier is no act
    Add "hotelier" to actor Robert De Niro's résumé: He holds shares in Nobu Hospitality, which is chef Nobu Matsuhisa's restaurant and entertainment company. The Nobu Hotel Caesars Palace in Las Vegas is set to open thanks to a $30 million renovation, and De Niro has chosen some furnishings. "If I see anything that doesn't feel right or is working against what it should be, I tell everyone we have to rethink that," he said. Las Vegas Review-Journal (11/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Four Seasons Hotel New York reportedly receives bid for $900M
    Ty Warner, owner of the Four Seasons Hotel New York, has reportedly received a bid for the luxury hotel for about $900 million, a source says. The unsolicited bid said to be from an unidentified Asian investor could force Four Seasons Hotels to match the offer in order to retain its management contract for the 368-room property. If a sale is completed, the $2.4 million-per-room deal would be one of the most expensive hotel sales in Manhattan. The Wall Street Journal (11/4) , Bloomberg Businessweek (11/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Hotel packages help guests kick their smoking habit
    Hotels including the Champneys in the U.K., the Regency Health Resort in Florida and the Vilalara Thalassa Resort in Portugal are among those that have introduced special packages in recognition of Lung Cancer Awareness Month this month. The programs aim to help guests quit smoking through processes such as hypnotherapy, juice detoxification and acupuncture. HotelChatter (11/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Column: Direct communication is key for targeted public relations
    Public-relations personnel should possess excellent interpersonal skills for situations when they need to interact with only a small portion of the public, writes Judy Hoffman, founder of JCH Enterprises. "This 'belly button to belly button communication' ... is incredibly valuable. It avoids the filter which the media would provide in getting the message out. The message can be targeted precisely to those affected without having to involve the entire readership base," Hoffman writes. 4Hoteliers (11/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Future travel will include nontraditional destinations, study finds
    Market research firm Euromonitor International has released the results of its "Global Trends Report," which shows the world's top emerging travel trends. The study says U.S. travelers will be increasingly drawn to destinations previously off-limits to foreigners, such as Myanmar, Cuba and North Korea. The travel industry is also expected to see a rise in "technology-free" vacation packages and trips that focus on relaxation. (11/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Developers add hotel to Hard Rock Casino plan in Sioux City, Iowa
    Sioux City Entertainment plans to build an upscale hotel alongside its proposed Hard Rock-branded casino in Sioux City, Iowa. The company said it would partner with Stoney Creek Hospitality for the planned boutique hotel, which would include 60 rooms and suites. "This entertainment-themed hotel will include top-of-the-line suites designed to enhance the Hard Rock Casino experience," said Jim Thompson, CEO of Stoney Creek Hospitality. Sioux City Journal (Iowa) (11/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Associate hotel director for large-operation cruise line
    A leading cruise line is looking for hotel managers or general managers with a food and beverage career path at high-volume hotels. All successful applicants will need to complete about two work cycles as associate hotel director to orient themselves for the hotel director role onboard. Read more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Luxury Hoteliers launches new website for members
    Luxury Hoteliers has launched a new website,, giving LinkedIn members added benefits, including categorized forums, a daily news brief, an international jobs board and a directory of suppliers. Don't miss out on this opportunity to sign up. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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