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February 4, 2013News for hotel and lodging professionals

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  • Best Western eyes growth opportunities in Myanmar
    Best Western International says it is looking to open more properties in Myanmar after its debut hotel opening this year. The government is taking steps to attract foreign investment in the country amid an increase in inbound tourism. "There are huge opportunities in the country, following new investment regulations. The hotel sector is severely undersupplied, especially in the midscale segment, so there will be big opportunities for first movers," said Glenn de Souza, a vice president for Best Western in Asia. Bloomberg Businessweek (2/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Wyndham will ramp up brand expansion in Latin America
    Wyndham Hotel Group last week held its first Latin America regional conference in Panama, where it announced plans to expand in the region through management and franchising deals. The company will focus on securing management contracts for its Wyndham Hotels and Resorts and TRYP by Windham hotel brands in the region, said Daniel del Olmo, senior vice president and managing director of Wyndham Hotel Group Latin America. "Since we have not been in the management game here before, we are taking a 'crawl, walk, run' approach," del Olmo said. HotelsMag.com (free registration) (2/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
  • Hard Rock aims to triple global hotel portfolio
    Jim Allen, chairman of Hard Rock International, says his company is looking to increase its global hotel portfolio to triple its number in the next three to five years. Allen identified target markets in the U.S. including Texas, Miami, Kentucky, New York and northern New Jersey. Globally, the company is studying expansion opportunities in South America, Asia and the Caribbean. HotelNewsNow.com (2/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Visitors to NYC are finding more budget-friendly accommodations
    The midscale hotel market in New York is experiencing a development boom. Lodging Econometrics projects 18 openings of midpriced hotels this year, up from four in 2012. "If you look at the broad expanse of New York, it's really upper-midscale kind of customers who were finding discounts or finding less-than-acceptable lodging. Now, there are so many different options. These midblock hotels fill a real void," said Interstate Hotels & Resorts CEO Jim Abrahamson. USA Today/Hotel Check-in blog (2/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Luxury hotels add high-end appeal to Puerto Rico
    Dorado Beach, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve, in Puerto Rico is the second hotel that has opened as a part of Ritz-Carlton's newly launched ultra-luxury brand. Waldorf-Astoria, W and St. Regis have also opened on the island, which boasts a convenient location and a growing number of luxury hotels. USA Today (2/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Spotlight on Technology 
  • Is responsive Web design the answer for hoteliers?
    Hoteliers must keep their traditional desktop websites up to date and focus on mobile offerings as well. Some website vendors believe Responsive Web Design is the solution to create one format that can be used across multiple devices, but does it work for the hotel industry? "In my view, for content-rich and revenue-focused websites like the hotel website, fitting the desktop website into different screen sizes, achieved via traditional RWD, is not good enough," writes Max Starkov, president & CEO of HeBS Digital. eHotelier.com (2/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Hotels offer privacy measures for celebrity lodgers
    Welcoming VIP guests into hotels requires measures to secure their safety and privacy, this feature says. Services offered by several luxury properties for their VIP clients include exclusive elevators, private penthouse suites and helicopter pickups. Travel Weekly (1/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Development 
  • Work on Wynn's Cotai resort to begin this month
    The construction of Wynn Resorts' casino resort in Macau's Cotai Strip will begin on Feb. 11. Chairman Steve Wynn said that work to stabilize the site of the resort has already been completed. "We're the first (light-rail) stop on Cotai between the ferry terminal and the airport. The stop is right at the middle of the lake we're building that's roughly the size of Bellagio," Wynn said of the design details of the casino project, which may cost up to $4 billion. VegasInc.com (Las Vegas) (1/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Flu prevention time
    Everyone 6 months and older should get the flu vaccine, especially those at risk for complications from the flu, including pregnant women, children and infants, seniors, and people with some health conditions. AH&LA is helping the CDC spread the word on why the flu vaccine is so important. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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