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  • Hotels offer more than a night's stay with activity packages
    Hotels typically do not see huge gains in revenue by offering unique packages, but packages can help differentiate a property and keep guests returning. "Doing something unique gives them an incentive to come back," said Fabio Berto, director of business development at Rome Cavalieri, Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, in Italy. The hotel offers a "Gladiator Training" program through which guests can learn how to fight with swords. Other hotels offer activities such as cycling and windsurfing with leaders in those sports, as well as more leisurely activities. The Wall Street Journal (2/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • New fitness spa debuts in South Korea
    The Lumi Spa & Fitness center has opened in the Park Hyatt Busan on South Korea's coast, and the oceanside spa employs Korean and European spa traditions in its treatments. Guests can use the lap pool or sign up for the signature French pumice body exfoliation, or try the steam room and sauna. SpaOpportunities.com (2/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Hospitality Trends and Technology 
  • Vegas offers more than its Sin City nickname would imply
    The Las Vegas Strip may be the iconic tourism image, but downtown Las Vegas is coming into its own, offering a more cultural persona. Downtown Project was created in 2011, with investments to drive real estate, tech startups, shops and education. Tony Hsieh, CEO of the online shoe and clothing shop Zappos.com, is one of the biggest investors; his company is looking to create its own campus in the area. The Mob Museum opened last year, and Container Park with stores and restaurants is slated to open in the spring. Travel Weekly (2/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Not your average luxury-hotel bars
    Hotel bars are raising the bar by offering cocktails made from hard-to-find liquors and fresh ingredients, as well as small dishes served alongside drinks. Other trends that bar-goers will find include specialty ice, more non-alcoholic choices and farm-to-table drinks. USA Today/Hotel Check-in blog (2/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Planned 1,200-room Chicago hotel has a site in theory
    Chicago officials are excited about the revitalization efforts planned for McCormick Place Convention Center, but the owner has not yet agreed to sell the land that would be the site for a new 1,200-room hotel. James McHugh, chairman of James McHugh Construction, says his company JRM Technology has invested $400 million to develop a data center on the site. Officials at McPier, the government agency in charge of managing the convention center, are hopeful they can make a deal and start the building process. If an agreement can't be made, "the city is prepared to use its eminent domain power," McPier CEO Jim Reilly said. "But we hope we won't have to do that." Hotel Management online (2/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  International Update 
  • Hotel development in Mexico is on the rebound
    Speakers at the recent Mexico Hotel & Tourism Investment Conference say hotel development is back on track. Many developers are eyeing Mexico City, which has 80% of the country's office space. Eight Hilton hotels opened in the country in 2012, with eight more being built. Grupo Posadas has 32 projects in development. HotelNewsNow.com (2/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Luxury Hoteliers is a partner in the International Herald Tribune's Luxury Hospitality 2013
    The Luxury Hospitality Summit agenda, to be held in Lausanne, Switzerland, will address all aspects of luxury and present ideas as well as business models to new consumers. Read how you can be a sponsor and benefit. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Executive housekeeper for resort in the Maldives
    A luxury island resort in the Maldives is looking for an executive housekeeper with experience working in a remote location with multinational staff. He or she must be able to travel single status. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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