Wyndham embraces full-force expansions | Art deco is back -- and luxury hotels show it | Seven years later, Santa Barbara's El Encanto reopens
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March 20, 2013
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Wyndham embraces full-force expansions
Last year, Wyndham added more gross rooms to its development pipeline than any year before. At the end of 2012, it had 930 hotels and 110,700 rooms in the pipeline; 59% were new construction and 56% were outside the U.S. The company has made some transactions to take over multiple locations. "It’s infinitely better for the owners and the brand if you go into a country in a significant way instead of one followed by another one followed by another one because the hotels can get up to speed a little bit faster," said Eric Danziger, president and CEO. HotelNewsNow.com (3/19)
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The Concierge Desk
Art deco is back -- and luxury hotels show it
Claridge’s in London and the St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort in Miami are just two luxury hotels that are embracing art deco design. The Chatwal in New York City also pays homage to the era throughout its design. 4Hoteliers (3/20)
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Seven years later, Santa Barbara's El Encanto reopens
El Encanto in Santa Barbara, Calif., has reopened after a lengthy renovation. Orient-Express Hotels put $134 million into the hotel, which took seven years to restore. In addition to a new spa, the hotel features private bungalow patios, fresh hardwood floors, plantation-style shutters, a repositioned pool, a gym and a ballroom. Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model) (3/19)
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Hospitality Trends and Technology
Which locales are best for luxury hotel investments?
According to IPIN, London is the premier location for luxury hotel investments. Other top picks include Monaco, in second; St. Petersburg, Russia, in third; and San Francisco Bay in fourth. IPINGlobal.com (3/19)
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UAE spas under pressure to raise service levels
Spas in the United Arab Emirates increasingly are drawing sophisticated customers who are seeking cutting-edge treatment in UAE facilities, say spa experts who spoke this week at the Hotelier Middle East Spa & Wellness Forum held in Dubai. "Guests are more aware of the spa offering -- they're going online, researching what's been offered all over the world, looking at spa reviews on Timeout, TripAdvisor and creating a preconceived idea of what to expect before they've even reached your spa," said Deborah Castignani, spa manager at the Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina. HotelierMiddleEast.com (United Arab Emirates) (3/18)
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Spotlight on Development
Marriott hotel tower proposed for West Sacramento, Calif.
City officials of West Sacramento, Calif., are pushing for development of a 343-room Marriott hotel and conference center in the city. The proposal calls for the city to float $30 million in bonds to help fund the $131 million project. The Sacramento Bee (Calif.) (free registration) (3/18)
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Do more with less for hotel renovations
Hotels that want to resume renovation plans after slowing down because of economic limitations need to remember to use a "selective focus." Instead of a top-to-bottom makeover, hoteliers are doing more with less. In hotel rooms, they are looking at which features to upgrade for the most bang for the buck, instead of revamping everything; meanwhile food and beverage offerings are sharing a central kitchen or integrating with the lobby. HotelsMag.com (free registration) (3/19)
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International Update
Middle East is new luxury travel hot spot
Fairmont, Starwood, Hilton and The Ritz-Carlton have either opened or plan to open luxury hotels in the Middle East, making it a premier luxury travel destination. St. Regis hotels will open locations in Abu Dhabi and Cairo, and Hilton Hotel’s Waldorf Astoria will open in Qatar. Luxury Daily (3/20)
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Spa, resort to open on private Indian island
Banyan Tree Kerala, a Banyan Tree resort, will open later this year on a private Indian island, and will feature a spa that offers ayurvedic treatments with trained ayurvedic doctors. Treatments will include massage, cellulite-fighting therapy and use of aromatic oils. SpaOpportunities.com (3/19)
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Soak your cares away in these luxury hotel bathtubs
Take a peek at some of the most enticing luxury hotel bathtubs. The Esperanza Resort in Los Cabos adds rose petals for a luxurious touch, while tubs at the Millennium Hilton in New York boast views of the Brooklyn Bridge. HotelChatter (3/19)
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Luxury Hoteliers News
Human resources manager for cruise line
An international cruise line is looking for a shipboard human resources manager with hospitality HR experience in a management role. The candidate must speak both English and Spanish, with Portuguese an advantage. Contracts are 4 months onboard, 2 months vacation with a single cabin. Learn more.
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Mandarin-speaking human resources manager needed
A pre-opening opportunity now exists for an experienced Human Resources Manager for a new resort due to open on Hainan Island in 2014. Extensive experience as Assistant HR Manager with an international brand hotel, fluent verbal and written English and Mandarin skills and the relevant qualification required. Pre-opening island experience is an advantage. Read more.
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