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March 5, 2013
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  • Economists maintain positive outlook for hotel industry
    A panel of economists during a session at this week's International Hotel Investment Forum in Berlin forecast steady improvement for the hotel industry despite continued economic uncertainty in several markets worldwide. "I can forecast that the future will be very difficult and it will be tough to navigate the waters ahead, but luck plays a dominant role and I think we're lucky to be in the travel and tourism industry. This is an industry that will benefit from the mass effect of so many [middle-class] travelers coming abroad," said Thierry Malleret, managing partner of the Monthly Barometer. Hotel Management online (3/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Modern butler role is defined by top-notch management skills
    While many people have an old-fashioned picture of butlers derived from popular television shows such as "Downton Abbey," many modern-day butlers fill complex roles at luxury hotels coordinating guest requests that can include room service and arranging wedding proposals. Their key qualifications often involve being able to handle a large number of projects simultaneously, and they can earn salaries in the hundreds of thousands of dollars per year. CNNMoney/Fortune (3/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Column: Hotels' tech offerings should keep seniors in the loop
    Hoteliers should not discount the strong demand provided by the above-60 consumer market, writes Larry Mogelonsky, president and founder of LMA Communications. The notion that seniors are unfamiliar with today's technological advancements should also be discarded. "Mobile, tablets, OTAs, social media -- all trends that apply elsewhere also apply to us, albeit with less immediacy," Mogelonsky writes. Hotel Interactive (3/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Willow Stream Spa comes to Fairmont the Palm in Dubai
    The Willow Stream Spa is now offering its specialized services to guests of Fairmont the Palm, Dubai. What sets this spa apart includes its specialized menu of services for men and for women, its suites designed to accommodate couples and the way the intrinsic nature of Dubai itself is infused into the atmosphere at the spa. Luxury Travel Advisor (3/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Mixed-use developments boost focus on hotel rooms
    Mixed-use developments are changing to an increased emphasis on hotel properties and a more limited focus on residential units, this feature says. Ritz-Carlton last year opened a new property in Puerto Rico with 115 hotel rooms and 13 condos that immediately sold out. "The projects include residential, but in a much more rational way in that they are really hotel projects that have residential components rather than the reverse of that," said Ritz-Carlton executive Timothy J. Grisius. (3/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Honeymoon travel, spending are still going strong, survey finds
    A new survey of travel agents by Allianz Travel Insurance indicates that honeymoons continue to be a travel priority for consumers, with 67% of couples reported as spending $2,500 to $5,000 for the trip. Respondents named Mexico, the Caribbean and Hawaii as some of the most popular honeymoon destinations, and June as the most popular month to take a honeymoon trip. "Honeymoons have always been a significant investment for couples, both financially and emotionally," said Alan Josephs, chief marketing officer at Allianz Global Assistance USA. TravelPulse (3/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Technology drives advancement in hotel service
    More hoteliers are turning to technology to provide their guests with superior comfort and a greater level of customization over their hotel stay, this feature says. At the Fairmont Beijing Hotel, for instance, guests can choose room settings that fit their desired environment. Wireless sensors in each room also enable automatic energy-management procedures such as reducing temperature if the room is unoccupied. China Daily (Beijing) (3/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • DiamondRock will focus on renovations in the near term, execs say
    Executives of DiamondRock Hospitality said Friday that the company's strategy over the next two years will focus on divesting noncore assets and renovating its existing hotel portfolio. DiamondRock's planned investment for renovations will amount to $140 million, says Sean M. Mahoney, the company's chief financial officer. "2014 to 2017 will be peak profitability years for the hotel industry, so we're trying to position the portfolio for those peak cash-flow years," said DiamondRock CEO Mark W. Brugger. (3/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Sunborn seeks investors in Asia for its luxury yacht hotel
    Finland-based Sunborn is seeking investors to help raise $156 million for its Sunborn III luxury yacht hotel under construction in Malaysia. The yacht hotel will include 189 rooms, a ballroom, a nightclub and an outdoor infinity pool. Sunborn is looking to Asia's growing wealth for investors as Europe's economy continues to struggle. Bloomberg Businessweek (3/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Seda hotel brand strives for seamless function, style
    The Seda hotel brand, Philippine hotel firm Ayala Land Hotels & Resorts' first foray in the urban lifestyle hotel concept, blends minimalist style with seamless connections between spaces favored in today's hotels, this feature says. The brand's flagship property, the 179-room Seda Bonifacio Global City, also showcases Filipino art and craftsmanship in its interior design. Manila Standard Today (Philippines) (3/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Prison makeover
    Het Arresthuis, a notoriously fearsome jail in the Netherlands, has been revamped into a stylish and modern hotel where you can stay in an updated prison cell, or for a hefty sum, a night in the original holding cells. Read more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Gaming reaches out to mobile
    The Bortaga Hotel Casino & Spa in Atlantic City, N.J., is the first hotel in the United States to offer guests electronic gaming on their television sets, using technology that will influence the future of gaming as it moves towards mobile and internet betting. Read more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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