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January 24, 2013
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  • Hoteliers are optimistic about industry growth
    The mood at the American Lodging Investment Summit was much lighter this year than in years past, as demand is up and President Barack Obama's re-election has created a sense of certainty for the next four years, this feature says. According to an ALIS survey, 98% of respondents say 2013 will bring revPAR increases. Hotel Interactive (1/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  The Concierge Desk 
  • WildSpring Guest Habitat in Ore. is an eco-luxe retreat
    The WildSpring Guest Habitat in Port Orford, Ore., offers a comfortable escape for guests who appreciate the outdoors, this feature says. It includes five cabins that are anything but rustic, the co-owner says. The rooms include antique furniture and natural products, and the resort's spa uses propane for heat. Hotel News Resource (1/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Hilton, Marriott execs: Countries need Smart Visa rules
    At the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, this week, Hilton and Marriott executives urged governments to enact Smart Visa regulations. These policies have enabled governments to collect and share more data, bolster security, boost efficiency and lower government spending -- all while offering a better customer experience, this feature says. "Smart governments are thinking about international travel and tourism as trade, and they are doing everything they can to remove barriers and be more strategic in addressing visas and other access issues that discourage people from traveling and doing business," said Marriott's president and CEO, Arne Sorenson. TravelPulse (1/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Column: Social media raise the stakes for hotel-service quality
    In the age of social media, hoteliers need to raise the bar in providing top-notch service while working to catch and resolve any negative reviews that turn up online, hospitality expert Clinton Farley writes. "Read your guests' body language -- make the first move to ensure satisfaction rather than dissatisfaction, move with the times -- monitor social media actively -- set up online alerts to track all channels, invest in social media tracking resources, respond to reviews on websites but be careful not to become emotional," Farley writes. (1/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Health, travel merge for gluten-free cruise
    When the Ama Waterways' AmaPrima sets sail on May 22 for a seven-day cruise down the Danube River from Budapest to Vilshofen, Germany, it will leave one thing behind -- gluten. Working together on the menu are: Lynda McHenry, owner of Willamette Tours and Cruises; registered nurse Nadine Grzeskowiak; baker/consultant Jules Shepard of Jules Gluten Free; and Anne Roland Lee, director of nutrition at gluten-free-food producer Schar. Travel Weekly (1/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Hotel execs discuss vital industry issues in 2013
    Robust room demand in 2012 has placed the hotel industry in a position to push rates this year, a panel of hotel executives said during the opening session of the Americas Lodging Investment Summit in Los Angeles this week. "Barring something unforeseen, we should have a pretty good year," said Steve Joyce, president and CEO of Choice Hotels International. The leaders also voiced their opinions on distribution and technology trends that are affecting the industry. (1/23) , Hotel Management online (1/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Hilton Worldwide touts record development pipeline
    Hilton Worldwide said its global development pipeline numbers nearly 170,000 rooms in almost 1,000 hotel properties -- representing the largest pipeline in the lodging industry. The hotel firm said its 2012 growth drive led to more than 28,000 additional rooms in 171 new hotels around the world. TravelPulse (1/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  International Update 
  • Millennium, Anantara coming to United Arab Emirates
    Millennium & Copthorne will debut its Millennium Executive Apartments brand in the United Arab Emirates, which is set to open by the end of the first quarter this year, Hotelier Middle East reports. In September, the Anantara Dubai Palm Jumeirah Resort & Spa will open as the brand's first property in Dubai, Breaking Travel News reports. Hotel Management online (1/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • CFO for restaurant group in Dubai
    A multi-award winning restaurant group in Dubai is looking for a CFO to head up finance, IT and procurement. Read more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Working on integrity
    In a world where the true value of success is often measured by the final achievement, not the process itself, dishonesty and a lack of integrity can creep in, especially when you think no one is watching. Trust can be broken in moments and a reputation ruined forever. Take note of some good advice in this article on how to do the right thing. Read more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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