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December 26, 2012News for hotel and lodging professionals

  Front Desk 
15 Ways To Fix Your Proposal Process
A guide for hotels & venues to fix your property's proposal process and win over modern event strategists. Find out what planners' biggest gripes are with the proposal process, and help your sales team adapt with actionable tips, backed by data.
  Business Update 
  • First JW Marriott resort in Panama opens its doors
    Marriott International introduced its JW Marriott brand in Panama with the opening of the JW Marriott Panama Golf & Beach Resort near Panama City. The 118-room property joins Marriott's other hotels in the country, including the 248-room Courtyard by Marriott Panama Real, the 380-room Panama City Marriott and the 120-room Courtyard Panama City MetroMall. Travel Weekly (12/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Market Trends 
  • Climbing foreign demand in Hawaii limits options for U.S. tourists
    Hawaii continues to enjoy rising visitor arrivals and tourist spending, mostly as a result of a rebound in demand from international markets. Hoteliers and travel agents say the influx of foreign visitors is beginning to limit U.S. tourists' booking options. "Our occupancy [percentage] has been in the mid-to-high 90s for August, September, October and November. We've just seen a really large increase in overall demand to Hawaii, and a lot of that's been from international markets rather than domestic," said Kelly Sanders, general manager at the Sheraton Waikiki. Travel Weekly (12/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Best Practices 
  • Experts recommend focus on online efforts to draw Asian travelers
    Hoteliers need to adopt targeted online marketing strategies to capitalize on an expected increase in the number of travelers from Asia, experts said in a recent webinar by HSMAI. "Online marketing is a flexible and affordable way to attract (Asian travelers) interested in travel to your market," said Stephen Curtis of PacRim Marketing Group, adding that such marketing can make the difference between single-digit gains from Asian inbound travel and triple-digit gains. (12/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  AH&LA News 
  • AH&LA launches mobile app
    AH&LA has released its first mobile application for smartphones. This official app keeps members up to date on the latest events on Capitol Hill, gives access to our Information Center and connects members to AH&LA's social media activity. Members also get the latest on networking opportunities with top lodging leaders, education offerings and special events, including the Fall Conference/IHMRS, the largest event of the year! To learn more, visit LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Lodging survey tracks key industry trends
    The 2012 Lodging Survey tracks key trends in more than 100 areas, including in-room amenities, security, food/beverage, guest services, green and facilities, giving hoteliers a detailed analysis of the industry. To download a copy of the study, funded every two years by the American Hotel & Lodging Educational Foundation, visit the members-only section of LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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