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December 7, 2012News for hotel and lodging professionals

  Front Desk 
  • Kimpton exec: Mentoring programs help enrich young talent
    Interaction with senior leaders will play a heavy role in advancing the skills of young executives at Kimpton Hotel & Restaurant Group, said Ron Vlasic, a regional vice president at the company and new chairman of AH&LA. Kimpton's mentoring program also aims to close a generation gap between higher-ups and the hotel firm's young leaders. The Kimpton University supplements this program by educating new managers on fundamental practices of management in a classroom setting. (12/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Business Update 
  • Fairmont ramps up expansion drive in China and the Middle East
    Fairmont Hotels & Resorts has lined up several hotel openings in China and the Middle East region as it works to widen its global footprint. The hotel firm expects to open a property in Nanjing, China, next year, followed by two more in 2013. "Increasing our exposure in Asia Pacific is something we're very focused on right now, and we see great opportunity to further grow the Fairmont brand in China," said Ian Wilson, Fairmont's regional vice president for China and Southeast Asia. In the Middle East, Fairmont plans to open the Palm Dubai this month and three additional hotels in 2013. The Baltimore Sun (12/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Vantage Hospitality marks India as key growth target
    Vantage Hospitality Group will seize on strong opportunities in the Indian lodging market to grow its Value Inn Worldwide and Value Hotel Worldwide brands, top company executives said. Vantage CEO Roger Bloss estimates that about 3,000 hotels in India are potentially compatible with the two brands. (12/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • St. Regis Hotels plans to open first property in Africa
    St. Regis Hotels and Resorts is looking to open its first hotel in Africa with the planned launch of the St. Regis Mauritius Resort. Its beachside location along the Le Morne UNESCO World Heritage Site will afford expansive views of the Indian Ocean from the property's 172 rooms and suites. TravelPulse (12/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Market Trends 
  • Modest growth is forecast for 2013 U.S. hotel market
    Hotel-industry professionals say 2013 will bring some new opportunities, but growth will be modest. "There will be a continuation of modest growth. We aren't getting the recovery we expected, but we also didn't see a drop or regression," said Ed James, principal of brokerage firm Mumford Co. Hotel Management online (12/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • As economy rebounds, hotel development still takes time
    Hotel developers looking to build from the ground up may have a tougher time obtaining lending from banks though the economy has improved from its recent downturn. It takes time to obtain capital for new development; securing money for renovations typically does not take as long. (12/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Owners of iconic hotels count on upgrades to boost demand
    A number of quirkily designed hotels built during the 1960s and 1970s are receiving renovations as owners seek to modernize indoor amenities while highlighting the properties' unique architecture, this feature says. The Westin Peachtree hotel in Atlanta and the Four Points by Sheraton San Diego Downtown are just some of the properties that have undergone multimillion-dollar upgrades to remain current in today's environment. Travel Weekly (12/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Spotlight on Technology 
  • Priceline survey tracks mobile booking trends
    According to a Priceline survey, about half of people booking rooms on mobile devices were on the road when they secured reservations. Mobile travelers cited free Wi-Fi as the most important aspect of their stay, according to the report. 4Hoteliers (12/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Best Practices 
  • Column: 5 tips to increase direct booking to hotels
    Hotels can boost their direct bookings by offering competitive rates and making their websites easy to use just like online travel agencies do. Other tips in this feature include offering incentives to those who book directly. 4Hoteliers (12/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  AH&LA News 
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