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February 26, 2013
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  • Hotel gyms are so last year
    Hotels are going beyond their on-site fitness centers to offer outdoor classes and in-room fitness programs. Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa in California lets guests take part in bike tours to local wineries. For those looking to stay indoors yet skip the gym, Hilton lets guests book a yoga room with extra space for poses. Reuters (2/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • The Spatium spa opens at resort in Mexico
    The Nuevo Vallarta spa on Mexico's coast now has a new spa, the Spatium, to serve visitors to the Grand Luxxe resort property. The spa, which features a range of massage, facial and relaxation techniques, has six outdoor and 25 indoor rooms for treatments. (2/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Column: 10 elements of top-notch guest service
    Developing a hotel atmosphere that exudes warmth, efficiency and value in its amenities and staff is key to securing guest loyalty, Alan Campbell writes. "The best advice that is true and to the point is this: 'If you don't take care of your customers, somebody else will,' " Campbell writes. (2/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • STR: Americas lodging market saw performance jumps in January
    The Americas region experienced strong gains in key lodging metrics in January, STR Global says. Revenue per available room was up 8.3%, while occupancy rose 3.3% and average daily rate went up 4.8%. The Washington market saw the highest growth in rates and revPAR during the period, with ADR up 17%, to $151.75, and revPAR up by 25.8%. The Middle East and Africa region posted strong gains during the same period, while Europe and the Asia-Pacific region saw mixed results. TravelPulse (2/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Hotel-upgrade spree in Hawaii is causing a price boom
    Visitors to Hawaii are being met with higher room rates as tourism demand continues to rise and more budget hotels either close down or are renovated into higher-end properties, this feature says. Data from STR indicate a 12% rise in Hawaii's average hotel rate in January compared with last year, with rates on Oahu rising 15%. USA Today/Hotel Check-in blog (2/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Travelers want websites that are easy and quick
    With the number of online travel bookings around 375 billion last year, companies that offer a seamless and quick experience tend to satisfy customers best. Compuware evaluated travel websites and found that AirTran Airways was the best-performing airline website, Best Western the best hotel website and Resort Vacations To Go was the top travel-agent website. USA Today (2/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Carlson Rezidor leverages experience to strengthen footprint in India
    Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group's expansion in India is going smoothly thanks to its decades of experience handling development challenges and finding reliable partners to drive its growth in the country, says Simon Barlow, Carlson's president for the Asia-Pacific region. The company has set its sights on capturing the country's growing middle-class market by pushing its Park Inn by Radisson brand. "Clearly we see the growth in opportunity for new hotels on the back of growing middle-class wealth and growing infrastructure spending by government in India," Barlow said. (2/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • For a cool stay, try these ice hotels
    Guest looking to chill out on their next trip can stay at one of these hotels with rooms made from snow and ice. ICEHOTEL in JukkasjÀrvi, Sweden, offers rooms with designs crafted from snow and ice. Norway's Sorrisniva Igloo Hotel features an ice chapel and an ice bar. (2/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Culinary masterpieces at a price
    Treat yourself to some of the world's most expensive cuisine that is pleasing to the eye and to the palate, but may put some pressure on the wallet. Diamond-encrusted toothpicks, sushi artworks and edible gold dusting are some of the special ingredients. Read more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • 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
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