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December 20, 2012
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  • Hotels launch, expand in the Caribbean, Mexico
    Throughout the Caribbean and Mexico, luxury hotels are opening and expanding. Sandals Hotels will open its first all-inclusive resort in Grenada after it expands the existing facilities. Dorado Beach, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve, opened in Puerto Rico this month, offering a 115-room oceanfront resort. Travel Weekly (12/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Hotels can drive a healthy eating push
    Hotels can include healthier meal options on their menus; some offer fresh fruit upon guest arrival. They don't have to eliminate all junk food on their menus, but they can appeal to more health-conscious travelers by disclosing information about ingredients, Larry Mogelonsky writes. Hotel Interactive (12/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Choice Hotels focuses on its upscale Cambria Suites brand
    Choice Hotels International is building new Cambria Suites locations in the New York market as it attempts to attract customers for the more upscale brand. "We have to aggressively let those travel managers in New York know about Cambria Suites, and in a very short 24 months, they'll be able to come in and experience it," said Michael Murphy, senior vice president of Cambria Suites. (12/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Element Hotels' sustainability drive draws corporate demand
    Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide's introduction of eco-friendly amenities at its Element Hotels properties has helped boost interest in the brand from the corporate and group segments during the request-for-proposals process, says Brian McGuinness, a senior vice president with the company. "[Travel departments] are getting more educated on what they're looking for, and customers in the RFP process love the fact that we are doing green initiatives," McGuinness said. (12/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Survey highlights rising interest in European travel destinations
    The 2013 Travel Trends Survey by Travel Leaders Group shows that several European destinations are high on the list of tourists' travel picks for next year. "Already, 2013 is shaping up to be a banner year for European travel. While Caribbean cruises are still the number one international destination for our travelers, our booking data shows a marked increase in American travelers headed across the Atlantic in the coming year," said Barry Liben, CEO of Travel Leaders Group. TravelPulse (12/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Hotels could pop up near high-speed railroad systems
    Just like Holiday Inn hotels emerged in the 1950s as the highway system expanded, hotels could evolve to meet the needs of high-speed rail systems in the U.S., this feature says. "In the top 25 markets, there's always going to be interest in hotels, and increased rail activities to bring people in your market are always positive," said David Roedel, a manager with the hotel investment and management firm Roedel Cos., citing development of a high-speed line in the Northeast Corridor. A high-speed system also is in the works to link San Francisco and Los Angeles. (12/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Finally, a new luxury hotel in the Swiss Alps
    The Alpina Gstaad is an all-new five-star luxury hotel in Switzerland's Bernese Alps, and the first built in the past century. The resort boasts a spa, wine-tasting room, cigar room, three restaurants and a pool. Browse photos of this upscale resort. The Daily Mail (London) (12/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Jumeirah will expand into India
    The international hotel group Jumeirah, with hotels in the United Arab Emirates, Europe, the Maldives and China, recently signed an agreement to operate its first luxury hotel in Mumbai, India. The hotel is due to open in 2017. Read more. 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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