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March 7, 2013
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  • CEOs tout travel as an economic recovery tool
    Hotel executives speaking at the International Hotel Investment Forum in Berlin say governments are starting to realize the vital role that travel plays in economic growth. Arne Sorenson, president and CEO of Marriott International, said visa reform in the U.S. was a huge help to the industry, but Richard Solomons, CEO of InterContinental Hotels Group, said things haven't progressed as quickly in the U.K. HotelNewsNow.com (3/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Do hotel guests really want to go green? Yes, mostly
    Hotels may be going green, but there is a rather large divide between those who say they want to live sustainably and those who actually do so when they're in a hotel room. According to an analysis of a J.D. Power and Associates North America Hotel Guest Satisfaction Index Study, of 90% of hotel guests who were offered the chance to do something sustainable during their stays, two-thirds participated. Guests reported that they felt better when participating in sustainability programs, though some guests want little luxuries such as the use of a clean towel each day instead of reusing their linens. CNN (3/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Checking in? Come right this way, to the kiosk
    Front desks are so yesterday, at least in some hotels. The new Moxy Hotel from Marriott and Ikea will have a self-service machine for guests to check in, check out and receive keys. This writer asks if guests want self-service hotels or if they prefer for a human to handle front-desk tasks. HotelChatter (3/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Vegas' Nobu Hotel exudes appeal from dining to design, reviewer says
    Nobu Hotel Caesars Palace in Las Vegas boasts more than the largest Nobu Restaurant on the globe -- it is filled with appealing perks from the design to the customer service. The hotel also features a Qua Baths and Spa and a 5,500-square-foot gym. "Nobu Hotel provides a great new option for clients seeking exclusive, first-class Las Vegas accommodations and dining while having access to all of the city's highlights," writes Marty Wentzel. TravelAge West (3/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Take a swing at these resorts in Bermuda
    Many hotels in Bermuda pay homage to the country's longstanding roots in the sport of tennis by offering lessons, designated court time, mixed doubles play, and "find a partner" programs. Elbow Beach boasts five plexi-pave tennis courts, three of which are lit so players can hit the court at night. The Fairmont Southampton hotel's six courts are located next to the private beach, with three lit for play during cool nights. Luxury Travel Magazine online (3/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • There's something fresh on the Fla. hotel scene
    Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center in Kissimmee, Fla., has completed a $50 million makeover and unveiled its Cypress Springs Family Fun Water Park. In Tampa, the Epicurean Hotel, a 137-room boutique property with a strong focus on food, is set to open in November. This article sums up the latest developments at other Florida hotels and resorts. Travel Agent Central (3/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Downtown Los Angeles is experiencing a hotel renaissance
    Over the next four years, the number of hotel rooms in downtown Los Angeles will grow by 30%. At least 10 hotels with nearly 5,000 rooms either will have been built or renovated between 2010 and 2017. "Downtown's going through this real renaissance in terms of its popularity," said Sean Rossall, a spokesman for the Wilshire Grand project, a $1 billion, mixed-use project with a 900-room luxury hotel set to open in 2017. RevPAR is up 34% over the past three years in the area. Travel Weekly (3/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • $1B hotel complex will rise in Dubai, UAE
    A $1 billion project to build four towers with lodging and commercial space in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, has been unveiled by development firm Damac Properties. Damac has partnered with Paramount Hotels & Resorts for the buildings' design. Paramount will also operate the buildings when they open by the end of 2015. Bloomberg Businessweek (3/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Best hotel bets in the Windy City
    This feature offers a slide show of hotels in Chicago that have earned the best reviews. Among those featured are the Park Hyatt Chicago, which took first place in a ReviewPro list, followed by The Peninsula Chicago and the Waldorf-Astoria Chicago. USA Today (3/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Executive chef required for Kuwait luxury hotel
    An international hotel group is looking for an executive chef for its property in Kuwait. The successful candidate will have prior experience as an executive chef for at least two years in a five-star hotel or high-end restaurant group. Read more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Prison makeover
    Het Arresthuis, a notoriously fearsome jail in the Netherlands, has been revamped into a stylish and modern hotel where you can stay in an updated prison cell, or for a hefty sum, a night in the original holding cells. Read more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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