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January 7, 2013
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  • New "fiscal cliff" legislation provides further benefits for hoteliers
    AH&LA points out several provisions in the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 that could further aid the lodging industry. Among these is the reauthorized Work Opportunity Tax Credit, which encourages hoteliers to hire at-risk individuals such as veterans and the disabled. The legislation also extended the use of the Section 179 expensing method, which allows operators to deduct acquisition costs for capital equipment immediately instead of depreciating them over a period of time. HotelsMag.com (free registration) (1/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Room 77 booking engine adds $30M from investors
    Room 77, a hotel-room meta search and booking engine that has drawn support from Expedia founder Rich Barton, has raised about $30 million in fresh venture-capital funding. Jim White of Sutter Hill Ventures, whose firm invested in an earlier round, joined the company's board of directors. CNNMoney/Fortune (1/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Spas offer glittering treatments with gold, gems
    A growing number of global spas are employing the power of precious metals and gemstones in their treatments. Among them: New Mexico's Eldorado Hotel & Spa, which offers a massage with gold-infused oil, and Carneros Inn & Spa in California, where semi-precious gems are part of the hot stone massage. ABC News/JustLuxe.com (1/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Grayshott Spa's digestive-health program goes down easy
    Guests at the Grayshott Spa in the U.K. can take part in the Grayshott Program, which aims to improve digestive health. Originated by director of natural therapies Elaine Williams and clinical nutritionist Stephanie Moore, the package consists of health consultations, two semi-fast days, abdominal massages, hydro baths, liver compresses, tai chi, relaxation techniques, breathing classes, and an educational lecture session as well as follow-up support. SpaOpportunities.com (1/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Hotels shift to fast-casual dining concepts
    Hotels are catering to guests who want healthy food on the go. Another trend is meals and beverages of different sizes. "The typical breakfast, lunch, dinner -- appetizer, entree, dessert model is not something that our guests are responding to anymore," said Beth Scott, who manages Hilton's eating concepts. USA Today (1/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Director of sales needed for Maldives property
    Would you like to be part of a new luxury Maldives resort? The successful candidate would need to come from a luxury brand background with experience working in the Maldives. Read more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • CFO for restaurant group in Dubai
    A multi-award winning restaurant group in Dubai is looking for a CFO to head up finance, IT and procurement. Read more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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