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December 13, 2012
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  • STR: U.S. lodging industry will post strong results to end 2012
    The U.S. hotel industry is expected to close the year with strong performance in all key lodging metrics, STR reports. Preliminary year-end data released by STR indicate a 6.6% rise in revenue per available room, a 2.3% increase in occupancy and a 4.3% jump in average daily rate. "The data indicates 2012 will finish as a solid year for the U.S. hotel industry. The industry has experienced back-to-back years of record demand, which, coupled with limited supply growth, has fueled the increases in the other measurement categories," said STR President Amanda Hite. TravelPulse (12/11) , (free registration) (12/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • High-end retail brands eye luxury-hotel market
    Luxury companies such as Nobu and Armani have turned their brands into hotels. "Hotels are a great way to showcase the design identity of a brand, and to project a lifestyle that goes beyond products," said Silvio Ursini, executive vice president of Bulgari Hotels & Resorts. The Bulgari Hotels business offers contemporary and traditional Italian architecture along with vintage Bulgari designs. CNN (12/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • 5 ways hotels can make a good first impression
    Hoteliers need to make sure that a guest's first impression of the hotel is a positive one, says Larry Mogelonsky, president and founder of LMA Communications. Hotels must help weary travelers locate the check-in desk without a hassle, and offer free Wi-Fi so travelers can check messages upon arrival. Hotel Interactive (12/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Los Angeles-area hotels offer yoga classes
    Guests can attain their best downward-facing dog at some Los Angeles-area hotels that offer cool yoga programs, this feature says. Among them are Shutters on the Beach in Santa Monica, which offers free beach yoga for guests on Thursday mornings; and Palihouse Holloway in West Hollywood, which entices guests with free rooftop yoga on Saturday mornings. HotelChatter (12/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Trends for boutique hotels in 2013
    In the coming year, boutique hotels will go even further to differentiate themselves by offering quirky furnishings, locally made decor and more, this feature says. Social spaces, such as lounges and bars, will also grow in popularity but must be versatile to host an array of gatherings. (12/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • STR: Asia market is strong, and luxury hotels emerge in Europe
    According to data from STR Global on November pipelines, in the Asia-Pacific region, 1,748 hotels are in the development pipeline, 664 hotels opened during the year so far, and 667 hotels are set to open during 2013. In Europe, 21.8% of the pipeline was luxury hotels. TravelPulse (12/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Fresh powder, fresh looks for ski hotels in the U.S.
    Washington School House Hotel in Park City, Utah, is a new must-see ski destination in the U.S., this reviewer says. Hotel Jerome and the St. Regis Aspen in Colorado, as well as the Mountain Club on Loon in New Hampshire, will debut fresh looks after off-season renovations. CNN (12/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Sales manager needed for deluxe resort in the Maldives
    A collection of resorts in the Maldives is looking for a Russian-speaking sales manager who has contacts in Europe. Read more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Sound bites of the travel industry
    Globus is offering free Wi-Fi on its coaches across North America, Lebuah hotels launch in West Delhi, tour through the home cities of legends such as Elvis, Johnny Cash and Dolly Parton, or take a stylish surf package in Fiji. Read more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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