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February 28, 2013
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  • Radisson Blu will drive Carlson Rezidor's growth, executive says
    Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group expects further growth in the global market spearheaded by its Radisson Blu brand, says Thorsten Kirschke, the company's president for the Americas, during the Carlson Rezidor Full Service Brands Business Conference this week in Chicago. The company launched 33 hotels around the world last year under the Radisson Blu brand and is looking to open 21 more this year in markets such as India, China and Russia. The growth comes as Carlson reaches the halfway point of its expansive Ambition 2015 strategy, through which many hotels in its portfolio have undergone repositioning and property-improvement projects. Hotel Interactive (2/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • New Sensory Spa offers water therapy in Panama City
    The Sensory Spa by Clarins which opened last fall at the Westin Playa Bonita beach resort in Panama City offers guests a chance to explore the healing properties of water -- in myriad forms. There's the herbal sauna, the ice fountain, a steam room that incorporates amethyst crystals and even what the spa calls a "raindance" shower. HotelChatter (2/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • The wine list goes on ... and on at St. Helena, Calif., restaurant
    Press, a restaurant in the Napa Valley town of St. Helena in California, has an extensive wine list of local bottles in its inventory -- 10,000, give or take. The sommeliers are up for a 2013 Outstanding Wine Program award from the James Beard Foundation, this feature says. Forbes (2/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Some hotels want guests to come "home," stay awhile
    Hotel suites may look a lot more like home, as hotels are designing them to be more comfortable with features to accommodate longer stays. Best Western is breaking into the suite segment, as other chains offer extended-stay options as well. "The rooms allow the guest to completely unpack and set up shop no matter how long you're going to be there," said Loren Nalewanski, vice president and global brand manager for TownePlace Suites by Marriott. "[It] makes it easy for business to happen even though they might not be at their workplace." HotelNewsNow.com (2/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Africa's Serengeti attracts hotel development
    Luxury safari hotels are becoming the next big thing in Africa's Serengeti region as more hoteliers discover the strong tourism opportunities there. New lodges include Kempinski Hotels' Olare Mara Kempinski Masai Mara tented camp and the Four Seasons Safari Lodge Serengeti Tanzania. HotelNewsNow.com (2/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Marriott plans 49 hotel openings in Middle East and Africa
    Arne Sorenson, Marriott International's president and CEO, says the company has about 12,000 rooms in its development pipeline in the Middle East and Africa region as it seeks partner investors for hotel projects in markets including Saudi Arabia. "We have 42 [properties] open and 49 signed and in the pipeline for the Middle East and Africa. When we look across the region we see Dubai, the kingdom [of Saudi Arabia], the rest of the emirates and probably Nigeria as being the most significant growth markets," Sorenson said. ArabianBusiness.com (United Arab Emirates) (2/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Searching for luxury-hotel gems in the Caribbean
    Rockhouse in Jamaica offers an intimate setting with reasonable rates that USA Today says makes the hotel a hidden gem in the Caribbean. Other picks: Eco-chic bungalows at Natura Cabana in the Dominican Republic, and cottages at the Fond Doux Holiday Plantation in St. Lucia. USA Today/Oyster.com (2/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Executive housekeeper for resort in the Maldives
    A luxury island resort in the Maldives is looking for an executive housekeeper with experience working in a remote location with multinational staff. He or she must be able to travel single status. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Luxury Hoteliers is a partner in the International Herald Tribune's Luxury Hospitality 2013
    The Luxury Hospitality Summit agenda, to be held in Lausanne, Switzerland, will address all aspects of luxury and present ideas as well as business models to new consumers. Read how you can be a sponsor and benefit. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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