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January 16, 2013
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  • Kempinski looks to double global footprint in 2 years
    Kempinski Hotels has unveiled plans to double the size of its holding around the world by 2015. The luxury-hotel firm has nine hotels in its pipeline and a specific growth focus on the European market, Duncan O'Rourke, Kempinski's chief operating officer, wrote in an e-mail. "Overall, the European region is performing well and in line with its targets," O'Rourke said. "Kempinski remains optimistic for 2013." (1/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Booming Muslim tourism prompts hoteliers to tweak amenities
    Some Western hotels have taken note of the significant growth of the Muslim travel market and are offering amenities that fulfill the religious requirements of this demographic. "Muslim travelers are now a large market that people in the hospitality sector are beginning to pay attention to, and it is certainly worth attracting. The total Muslim travel market is larger than the world's biggest source market, which is Germany, and twice that of China," said Reem El Shafaki, a senior associate at consultancy DinarStandard. (1/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Going green can enhance -- not eliminate -- luxury experience
    According to Scot Hopps, the Lenox Hotel's director of sustainability, going green doesn't have to take away from the luxury-hotel experience. He says the Boston hotel has introduced a lot of behind-the-scenes greening measures, including the use of soy-based ink for printing and washable plates and cups in the employee cafeteria. The historical hotel wound up customizing LED bulbs for its candelabra after off-the-shelf LED bulbs didn't give off a warm glow, overcoming a challenge presented by the age of the candelabra and the desire for more energy efficiency. The Boston Globe (tiered subscription model)/Job Doc blog (1/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Group hotel occupancy is showing growth, survey finds
    The TravelClick North American Hospitality Review for December 2012 indicates that group hotel bookings have begun to recover. Data show a 2.2% rise in group bookings from the fourth quarter of 2012 through the third quarter of 2013. "Based on TravelClick data, it appears that decline in group was temporary. ... As we head into the new year, there are opportunities for hoteliers to increase both ADR and occupancy in this critical segment," said Tim Hart, an executive vice president at TravelClick. TravelPulse (1/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Rising temperatures are melting profits at ski lodges
    Chris Steinkamp, executive director of the nonprofit group Protect Our Winters, says global warming is having an effect on ski season. He says Pennsylvania, Maryland and Virginia are struggling for natural powder, while states such as Montana, Idaho and Vermont will "feel climate change later." Hotel Interactive (1/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Carlson Rezidor closed 2012 with 13 new hotels in India
    Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group reported strong results in its expansion campaign in India in 2012, recording 13 hotel signings and 13 openings. "Carlson Rezidor remains confident in the potential of the Indian market and we foresee great opportunities to further strengthen our position in 2013. Apart from opening 13 more hotels in India this year, we will continue in our efforts to drive hotel management excellence and build capability at all levels," said Simon C. Barlow, Carlson Rezidor's president for the Asia-Pacific region. TravelPulse (1/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Ski the Alps and stay in style
    The Alps boast several ski destinations with luxury appeal, including Italy's Hotel & Spa Rosa Alpina and Austria's Grand Hotel Lienz. The Tschuggen Grand Hotel in Switzerland offers an appealing interior and sightseeing in the town of Graub√ľnden. Luxury Travel Magazine online (1/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • 2013 is the year to make it happen
    Working on your New Year's resolutions? Struggling to stay motivated? Here's some guidance on how to get started, posted originally by Deorike, on the LinkedIn Luxury Hoteliers forum. Read here. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Customers to customize their dining experience
    "Fast casual" is one of the exciting new trends in dining, through which customers are given flexibility and choice as to when and where they would like to eat. Read the full article here. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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