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December 21, 2012
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  • Global investor sentiment toward hotels is rising, report says
    A new study by Jones Lang LaSalle Hotels has found that globally, investors' interest in the hotel market has risen to its highest level since 2005. On a global scale, the short-term performance outlook for hotels has strengthened amid economic uncertainty. Performance expectations in the Americas region are peaking, especially in gateway markets such as New York, Miami, Boston, San Francisco and Los Angeles. (free registration) (12/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Innovation is a vital component of luxury-hotel success
    SESTO on Arno, a rooftop restaurant on the sixth floor of The Westin Excelsior in Florence, Italy, offers innovation in the hotel industry by offering unique furnishings and materials along with different table arrangements, this writer says. Most buildings in the historic part of the city do not go beyond a height of four floors, nor do they offer indoor and outdoor dining as part of a restaurant on a rooftop, and the innovation has turned SESTO into the "talk of the town," Ian Graham writes. Hospitality Net (12/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Here are 16 suggestions on where to ring in 2013
    Travelers looking for a unique New Year's Eve bash can check out celebrations at these 16 hotels, this writer says. One of them is available at the new Revel hotel in Atlantic City, N.J. It offers a package for $1,845, which includes two nights in an Ocean King Room, two 60-minute spa treatments and two vouchers for the New Year's Day brunch. HotelChatter (12/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Spa with rain-forest views in India debuts
    The 30,000-square-foot Jiva Grande spa opened at the Vivanta by Taj-Madikeri hotel in Coorg, India, on Monday. It offers rain-forest views in addition to a traditional Gudda bath. Guests enjoying the body polish treatment will find coffee, avocado and rice powder as its main ingredients. (12/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Former Marriott CEO weighs in on future of hotel, travel industries
    In this interview, Bill Marriott, executive chairman of the board and former CEO of Marriott International, discussed his positive outlook for the hotel industry and the overall travel industry in 2013. "You see a tremendous number of travelers coming out of China, more out of India and Brazil and developing countries with a developing middle class who want to travel and want to travel the world. The international travel scene is going to explode, and the efforts we're making in the United States to attract global travel are extremely important," Marriott said. (12/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Mobile, SEO will drive hotel marketing in 2013, experts say
    Hotel marketers will continue to focus on the mobile channel and search-engine optimization strategies in 2013 as consumers increasingly turn to the Internet and their mobile devices to conduct their travel transactions, a panel of experts said during a webinar this week by the Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International. Hotels are also expected to enjoy stronger pricing power next year because of widespread increases in demand. (12/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Eco-weak to eco-chic: Hotel sustainability is fiscally smart
    The Glen Oaks Big Sur in California is a shining example of how sustainable changes don't have to break the bank for a hotel, Glenn Haussman says. The lodge went from charging $75 per night to $225 after renovating with sustainable materials for about $15,000 to $20,000 per room. "There is change going regarding sustainability in our industry. In 1999 the idea of sustainability was, it was expensive and difficult and may not stick around. Now we are very much in the phase of doing what we did but causing less damage while doing it," said Craig Palacios, architect, sustainability consultant and adjunct professor at the University of Las Vegas. Hotel Interactive (12/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • IHG signs deals for hotel openings in Indonesia and Thailand
    InterContinental Hotels Group says it has signed agreements to open new properties in Indonesia and Thailand. The planned hotels are the 300-room InterContinental Jakarta Pondok Indah in Jakarta, Indonesia, and the 240-room InterContinental Phuket Rawai Beach Resort in Phuket, Thailand. Travel Weekly (12/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • 20 hotel openings to watch out for in 2013
    Here's a list of some of the exciting hotel openings for next year, including restored Russian palaces and high-tech urban architectural giants and tranquil villas hidden among nature. Read here for more details. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Iconic brands and their hotels
    Why not showcase your brand from head to toe, 24/7, and what better place to do that than your own hotel? Some of the bigger, more fashionable brands like Armani, Bulgari and Nobu have chosen to diversify into the hotel market, adding to the brand's identity and lifestyle image. Read more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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