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December 5, 2012
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  • Luxury Collection will conclude restoration project on European hotels
    The Luxury Collection Hotels & Resorts, a Starwood brand, is preparing to unveil the results of a restoration and renovation project on two of its iconic hotels in Europe -- the Gritti Palace in Venice, Italy, and Prince de Galles in Paris. The renovations were part of a $200 million initiative by the Luxury Collection that included work on the Hotel Maria Cristina in San Sebastian, Spain, and the Hotel Alfonso XIII in Seville, Spain, both of which reopened this year. Travel Weekly (12/4) , TravelPulse (12/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Dalian Wanda studying hotel, film investment opportunities in U.S.
    Wang Jianlin, chairman and founder of the Dalian Wanda Group, says his firm is in talks with a number of major hotel chains for potential mergers and acquisitions in its bid to enter the U.S. lodging market. "[W]e're in negotiations with the city governments of Washington, D.C., New York and other American cities for the construction of hotels, department stores and commercial properties," Wang said. The China-based firm is also negotiating with several Hollywood movie companies to co-produce films. Reuters (12/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • More room on the all-new Celebrity Reflection
    The Celebrity Reflection debuted this weekend, traveling from Miami to the Caribbean. The new ship offers a glass rain shower extending over the edge of its 1,636 square-foot Reflection Suite. The ship also includes 245 more loungers on a bigger pool deck, 45 additional seats in the theater and more restaurant seating. USA Today/Cruise Log blog (12/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Hotels in Wash. state offer same-sex marriage deals
    Hotels in Washington state are hoping to cash in by offering special packages for same-sex weddings when the marriages become legal there Sunday. The Renaissance Seattle Hotel has a deal for a room and sparkling wine. The Four Seasons in downtown Seattle will offer a private ceremony, cake, flowers, a Champagne toast and a room for the night. American City Business Journals/Seattle (12/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • IPad use is gaining ground in the hotel space
    The iPad is fast becoming a standard amenity in hotel lobbies and guest spaces as the industry continues to integrate the device more deeply into its operations. These days, iPads in several hotels are being promoted as tools for guests to check in, to check area information, order room service or reserve a table at the hotel restaurant. USA Today/Hotel Check-in blog (12/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Spanish hotels are expected to post weak winter performance
    Spanish hotel operators are holding a bleak business outlook for the winter season, a survey by the Confederation of Spanish Hotels and Tourist Accommodations has found. Expected results in terms of rates, profitability, overnight stays and length of stay dropped 31% from those in the previous year. (12/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Virtual concierges give hotels mobile edge
    Hotels are increasingly adding virtual concierge services as more customers carry mobile devices. Conrad Hotels & Resorts, Aloft Hotels and the Ritz-Carlton, Riyadh in Saudi Arabia are launching virtual programs, which leaves some people wondering if the technology will replace human concierges at luxury hotels. Hotel Management online (12/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Carlton Hotel in NYC unveils suites
    The Carlton Hotel in New York has debuted three specialty suites -- the Terrace Suite, the Broadway Diva Suite and the Speakeasy Suite -- along with two updated penthouse suites. The Corner Pocket penthouse suite boasts a 1950s Brunswick Centennial billiards table, while the New Yorker penthouse suite features covers of New Yorker magazine that date to the 1920s. Frequent Business Traveler (12/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Accor launches renovation program for Pullman Hotels in Paris
    Five hotels in Paris under Accor's Pullman Hotels brand will be receiving an overhaul under the hotel group's "Pullman Paris Live" project. Interiors at the hotels, including a total of 2,510 rooms and 28,000 square feet of public spaces, will undergo an extensive redesign that is expected to finish in 2014. TravelPulse (12/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Neighborhood streets are luring developers of luxury hotels
    Some neighborhood streets, looking to capitalize on the newest boutique hotels, are attracting luxury retailers and becoming luxury hubs. The NoMad Hotel in New York, which opened this year, is drawing luxury retailers in the blocks around it. The same thing is happening in Chicago's Rush Street area as the Sutton Place Hotel is set to relaunch as Thompson Chicago next year; the area is home to a growing number of luxury retailers. Forbes (12/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Luxury Hoteliers launches new website for members
    Luxury Hoteliers has launched a new website,, giving LinkedIn members added benefits, including categorized forums, a daily news brief, an international jobs board and a directory of suppliers. Don't miss out on this opportunity to sign up. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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