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November 28, 2012News for hotel and lodging professionals

  Front Desk 
  • Asia-Pacific forecast will show strongest growth in meetings business
    American Express predicts that the Asia-Pacific region will experience the largest increase in meetings volume and spending in 2013. Total meetings spending in the region is expected to rise 4.2% next year, while the number of meetings is predicted to increase 6.4%. "Meetings professionals are also preparing for group hotel and air expenses to rise next year," said Issa Jouaneh, vice president and general manager of American Express Meetings & Events. (free registration) (11/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Business Update 
  • Sahara India Pariwar acquires 75% stake in NYC's Plaza Hotel
    Sahara India Pariwar has completed its acquisition of a 75% stake in the 230-room Plaza Hotel in New York. The $431 million purchase from El Ad US Holding puts Sahara in partnership with Kingdom Holding Co., which keeps its 25% stake in the landmark property. (11/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Market Trends 
  • Tourism development in Mexico is proceeding on pace, official says
    Mexico's drive to strengthen its tourism industry is making steady progress thanks to the National Agreement on Tourism created by the government, Secretary of Tourism Gloria Guevara Manzo says. The number of domestic and international visitors this year is expected to surpass 200 million, breaking the 2011 record, Guevara says. TravelPulse (11/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Spotlight on Technology 
  • Hotel chains' online campaigns bring user reviews to the forefront
    More hotel websites are adding customer reviews to their list of features as chains refocus their attention on this online channel, says reputation management consultant Daniel Edward Craig. "Reviews have become the fourth dimension of making trip decisions -- after location, price and brand," Craig said. Websites are also poised to add more tools for social engagement to capitalize on consumers' enthusiasm toward social media, he says. (11/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Best Practices 
  • Column: Employee-idea systems are a potential source of innovation
    A number of hotels have shown that an employee-idea system is a viable means for staff to contribute to improving a property's operations, writes Kevin Holt, founder and president of Co.Innovation Consulting. Hoteliers wishing to establish such a program should begin with a pilot program tackling a single problem before expanding its reach, he advises. (11/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Steve Wynn explores possible casino site in Everett, Mass.
    Everett, Mass., Mayor Carlo DeMaria will take Steve Wynn on a tour this week to examine a possible site for a casino in the city. Wynn Resorts executive Kim Sinatra recently toured the former site of Monsanto Chemical on the Mystic River. "I am looking forward to seeing what proposal Wynn Resorts presents for the development of a resort in the City of Everett," DeMaria said. The Boston Globe (tiered subscription model) (11/26), WBZ-TV (Boston) (11/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  AH&LA News 
  • AH&LA launches mobile app
    AH&LA has released its first mobile app for smartphones. This official app keeps members up to date on the latest events on Capitol Hill; gives access to our Information Center; and connects members to AH&LA's social media activity. Members also get the latest on networking opportunities with top lodging leaders, education offerings and special events, including the upcoming Fall Conference/IHMRS, the largest event of the year! To learn more, visit LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Distribution Channel Analysis: A Guide for Hotels
    This special report, released by AH&LA and STR and published by the HSMAI Foundation, discusses the effects of channel mix on profitability and what the industry can expect in the future. It's based on interviews with hundreds of industry executives and data from more than 25,000 hotels and 100 brands. You'll gain insight for determining your optimal channel mix. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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