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December 24, 2012
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  • Secrets to a knockout lounge
    Hotels that aim to have a successful lounge should make sure the space flows well and offers an upbeat vibe, says Ric Addison, who owns AVA Lounge at the Dream Hotel in New York. He also says that a good doorman and exterior look add appeal to a lounge. Hotel Interactive (12/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Relax poolside or by the ocean at The Westin St. John
    With 175 guest rooms and 146 villas, The Westin St. John Resort & Villas in the U.S. Virgin Islands offers a relaxing retreat, this feature says. In addition to fine dining at Cruz Bay Prime, the resort offers a 50-minute poolside cabana massage and a wide range of water sports. JustLuxe (12/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Hospitality Trends and Technology 
  • SLS Hotel in Fla. offers bubbly at the touch of an iPad
    Guests at the SLS Hotel South Beach in Florida not only get an iPad in their room, but they can order bubbly from it using the hotel's application "Bring Me Bubbles." The app also has the "Shake a Drink" feature that lets users shake the iPad for a cocktail recipe recommended by a mixologist. HotelChatter (12/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Silver-infused products are being used in more spas
    Silver-infused products are becoming popular at spas for their skin-cleansing and anti-inflammatory properties, this feature says. Silver is used in many facials, and some spa owners even tout drinking colloidal silver to stay healthy. Colloidal silver is also being used in topical gels to heal cuts and cold sores and soothe skin in after-shaves. DAYSPA magazine (12/2012) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Spotlight on Development 
  • Small hotel projects dominate U.S. pipeline growth
    Small hotel projects accounted for 92% of the U.S. lodging market's total construction pipeline by the end of the third quarter, says Patrick Ford, president of Lodging Econometrics. "Burgeoning project counts for smaller hotels along with a falling number of larger projects help explain why an apparently stalled total pipeline can still produce a growing number of new hotel openings. It's always this way at the start of a new real estate cycle," Ford writes. Growth in the overall pipeline during the third quarter marks the second consecutive quarterly rise from the cyclical bottom set in the first quarter of 2012. Hotel Management online (12/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  International Update 
  • In China, New Century Global Center promises big amenities
    The New Century Global Center in China will be the largest standalone structure in the world. The structure's exterior is complete and the rest should be done by June 2013. The building will house offices, conference rooms, a university complex, two commercial centers, two five-star luxury hotels, an Imax theater, a Mediterranean village, a skating rink and a pirate ship, this feature says. Business Insider/Agence France-Presse (12/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Wait staff required for luxury hotel in Dubai
    A luxury hotel in Dubai is looking for wait staff with experience in a high-end property. Benefits include shared accommodation, flights, visa and meals. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Chief engineer for luxury resort in the Maldives
    An island resort is looking for a chief engineer who can travel single status. The ideal candidate has experience working on an island or in a remote environment. Read more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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