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January 14, 2013News for hotel and lodging professionals

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  • MGM looks to improve its Las Vegas properties, says CEO
    MGM Resorts International CEO Jim Murren told the Nevada Gaming Control Board on Wednesday that the company plans to prioritize improving its properties in Las Vegas. Murren said MGM looks to invest more than $500 million into its Vegas properties. "We finished the year on a high note in 2012, both operationally and financially," he said. VegasInc.com (Las Vegas) (1/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Wyndham introduces TRYP by Wyndham brand in Turkey
    The 108-room TRYP by Wyndham -- Taxim Istanbul Hotel in Turkey has opened its doors, marking the brand's debut in the country. The select-service property includes free Wi-Fi, airport transfer services, a fitness center and meetings space. TravelPulse (1/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Marriott International tries out new workspace-rental program
    Marriott International's new Workspace on Demand program has entered the testing phase at hotels in San Francisco and Washington, D.C., the company says. The program allows groups to book meeting rooms as well as lobby space at a Marriott hotel. "Whether you work from home and need a place to meet a client in the neighborhood or you want a flexible space to meet and collaborate with company colleagues, we want to welcome you into our hotels and Greatroom lobbies," said Paul Cahill, a senior vice president at Marriott Hotels & Resorts. HotelsMag.com (free registration) (1/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • STR: U.S. lodging supply grew 0.5% in 2012
    The STR/McGraw Hill Construction Dodge Pipeline Report indicates that 407 new hotels opened in the U.S. in 2012, representing 0.5% growth over the previous year and an addition of 43,865 rooms to the total supply. "Net U.S. room supply growth in 2012 should be 0.5% when the final numbers are in, the second consecutive year of very low room capacity gains for the industry. We anticipate higher supply growth this year and are expecting a full year net room increase of about 1% in 2013," said Bobby Bowers, a senior vice president at STR. TravelPulse (1/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • China will open the most hotels this year, report shows
    The majority of hotels opening this year will be in China, this feature says. More than 2,500 luxury hotels with up to 540,000 rooms will launch this year worldwide, Top Hotel Projects reports. The largest U.S. resort opening is the Palazzo del Lago, an InterContinental resort set to launch next month in Orlando, Fla. SpaOpportunities.com (1/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Hotel developers look to Russia
    Russia has 21,302 hotel guestrooms in the active-development pipeline and most of them are from global brands, according to STR Global. The country isn't saturated, which makes it a good market that more hoteliers are focusing on -- especially areas such as Moscow and St. Petersburg, this feature says. Challenges to hotel development in Russia include a lack of hotel developers, and government red tape that companies may not encounter in other countries. "It's a great market for a lot of hotel developers to enter," said Marina Usenko, executive vice president of Jones Lang LaSalle Hotels in Moscow. HotelNewsNow.com (1/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • At some hotels guests can enjoy a good read from on-site library
    Hoteliers are adding libraries as a way to offer guests more than reading material -- some use it to sell books or beverages, too. "The [new space] gives guests a chance to congregate instead of staying in their rooms," says Ian Harvey, the general manager at the Capitol Hill Hotel, which recently debuted a library. "They can play cards, hold a meeting or read a good book." USA Today/Hotel Check-in blog (1/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Best Practices 
  • "X factor," photography are key to an exceptional hotel website
    A successful hotel website not only offers fluid navigation and booking capabilities, but also presents a special, intangible element that seizes a customer's attention, writes Larry Mogelonsky, president of LMA Communications. High-quality photography is also a vital component in attracting potential guests, Mogelonsky writes. Hotel Interactive (1/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Development 
  • Construction begins on Cabana Bay Beach Resort in Orlando, Fla.
    Workers have broken ground on Universal's Cabana Bay Beach Resort, a 900-room hotel at the Universal Orlando Resort in Florida. Loews Hotels & Resorts and Universal Parks & Resorts will jointly own the hotel through their affiliates. The property is scheduled to open next year. TravelPulse (1/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  AH&LA News 
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    Join owners, CEOs and general managers April 23-24 in Washington for AH&LA's Legislative Action Summit to lobby on the issues that affect your bottom line. Come to the conference that offers levels of access, insight, and influence like no other. Highlights include appearances from key Washington policymakers, a CEO panel, informative sessions, culminating in personal meetings with members of Congress and an evening reception on Capitol Hill. Register today. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Flu prevention time
    Everyone 6 months and older should get the flu vaccine, especially those at risk for complications from the flu, including pregnant women, children and infants, seniors, and people with some health conditions. AH&LA is helping the CDC spread the word on why the flu vaccine is so important. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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