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February 18, 2013News for hotel and lodging professionals

  Front Desk 
  • Report: Recovery ongoing for hotel industry, but issues could surface
    Robust results at the end of 2012 and a strong start to 2013 indicate steady recovery for the lodging industry, PricewaterhouseCoopers reports. However, an economic slowdown in China and the eurozone, as well as potential negative effects of U.S. fiscal policy, could reverse the positive trend of the hotel industry's performance, this article says. Hotel Management online (2/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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  Business Update 
  • Trenton Marriott in N.J. could be rebranded as a Wyndham hotel
    The troubled Trenton Marriott hotel in Trenton, N.J., could undergo rebranding as a Wyndham hotel after its governing board decided to recommend Wyndham and Marshall Hotels as the property's new brand and operator, respectively. A number of the board members believe that Marshall's experience in similarly struggling properties will give it an edge in helping the hotel's recovery. (Hackensack, N.J.) (2/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Market Trends 
  • STR: U.S. hotel pipeline rose 4.9% in January
    The total hotel-development pipeline in the U.S. was 4.9% higher in January compared with figures during the same month last year, with 307,289 rooms in 2,637 construction projects, the January 2013 STR Pipeline Report shows. "Upscale and upper-midscale brand dominance continues, accounting for almost 63% of rooms that have broken ground. Additionally, luxury rooms under construction are up significantly from January 2012, perhaps reflecting confidence in the industry's sustained upward momentum. We expect supply growth to continue inching forward in 2013, with full-year net growth of around 1%," said Bobby Bowers, a senior vice president at STR. World Property Channel (2/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Hot hotel markets welcome designers
    Designers are experiencing a surge in demand as hotels continue to grow in emerging markets such as South America. "We're seeing a lot more hiring in key firms than we have in the last two years," said Reed Fry of Interior Design magazine. (2/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Hot Topics 

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  Spotlight on Technology 
  • More hotels are adding social media booking this year
    According to a TravelClick survey, most hotels will have booking options integrated into their social media platforms this year. Of the more than half of hotels that do not have social media integration, 22.5% say they will by the end of 2013. TravelPulse (2/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Best Practices 
  • Hotel rooms evolve with unique design ideas
    Hotel developers can take a nod from boutique hotels to create one-of-a-kind rooms. A few tips are to explore different configurations, integrate furniture into the architecture and turn the bathroom into more of a spa complete with a bathtub and high-end fixtures. Hospitality Net (2/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • 200-room hotel will rise in NYC's Barclays Center-area
    Plans for a 200-room, full-service hotel in New York have been unveiled. The developer, Second Development Services, hopes to capitalize on the growing tourism demand around the Brooklyn Academy of Music and the Barclays Center. "The arrival of the Barclays Center coupled with the pipeline of new cultural-district projects in downtown Brooklyn is driving demand for further hotel development," said Tucker Reed, president of the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership. The developer expects to complete the project by 2015. New York Post (2/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  AH&LA News 
  • Don't fall for it
    If one hotel is the target of a scam, chances are the incident will repeat itself. Visit the industry scam update page in AH&LA's members-only section to learn about scams across the country. By being aware of the fraudulent behavior, you can ensure it doesn't happen to your property. To report a scam, contact Kathryn Potter at LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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