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March 13, 2013News for hotel and lodging professionals

  Front Desk 
  • PKF forecasts steady growth for hotel industry this year
    PKF Hospitality Research has released its March 2013 Hotel Horizons report, which forecasts increases in hotels' earnings this year. Revenue per available room is expected to rise 6.1%, while net operating income is forecast to grow by 10.2%. "The uncertainty and fear generated by Congress' handling of the fiscal cliff and sequester may have tempered the pace of economic growth, but it has not completely shut down the growth in demand for lodging accommodations," said PKF Hospitality Research President R. Mark Woodworth. TravelPulse (3/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Accor plans 3 hotel openings in Myanmar
    Accor says it has agreed to operate three hotels in development in Myanmar. "These three developments represent yet another step towards our goal of operating 700 hotels in Asia Pacific by 2015," said Michael Issenberg, Accor's chairman and chief operating officer for the Asia Pacific region. The properties are a 168-room MGallery hotel in Naypyidaw and two Novotel properties in Yangon with 366 and 280 rooms each. (free registration) (3/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Las Vegas Sands sets its focus on large-scale resorts
    Las Vegas Sands, which is set to build a $9.8 billion casino-resort complex in Alcorcón, Spain, later this year, is currently focused on developing big resorts, according to Sands spokesman Ron Reese. The company is also working to sell its casino in Bethlehem, Pa. "It's safe to say that Las Vegas Sands is focused on large-scale integrated resorts, rather than smaller, regional sites. That said, we're very proud of our investment in Bethlehem," Reese said. The Morning Call (Allentown, Pa.) (3/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Market Trends 
  • Hotel development is ramping up in Detroit
    Detroit's continuing economic recovery has spurred leisure and business travel to the city, this feature says. Hotels are starting to consider development opportunities in the city to capitalize on the rising demand. "There is movement upward in average rate; people are forecasting average rates increasing by 3% to 5% for the next couple of years. Things are improving and just look very good going forward," said Jaime Law, HVS San Francisco assistant vice president. (3/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Costs, commissions top concerns for hotel owners
    Cost-cutting, rising commissions for online travel agencies and government regulations on minimum wage and health care are the biggest challenges facing hotel owners, according to attendees of the 2013 La Quinta Inns & Suites Conference. Bright spots include low interest rates that ease development and overall positive growth trends. (3/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Hotel development booms across Asia
    There are more than 1,700 hotel projects in the works across Asia, according to 4Hoteliers. While development money is aimed mostly at China, countries such as Japan and Myanmar are slated for new Hilton properties. Vietnam will see the opening of the Six Senses Saigon River in 2013. Hotel Management online (3/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Best Practices 
  • Column: Strong general managers take on many roles
    The skills required of today's hotel general manager have evolved beyond the traditional operation-focused disciplines such as cost control, writes Steve Van, president and CEO of Prism Hotels and Resorts. Communication -- with guests, operational partners and the hotel staff -- has become one of the top responsibilities of a hotel general manager, to ensure smooth operations and a good public image, Van writes. (3/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Renaissance Dallas begins expansion
    The Renaissance Dallas Hotel will undergo a $20 million renovation to make it more suitable for weddings and trade conventions, said Marriott International vice chairman John Willard Marriott III. The expansion will add 30,000 square feet of space, including two ballrooms and a rooftop terrace. "It's a great building, great location, but strategically there's a big opportunity, which we clearly saw, in group business," said Marriott. The Dallas Morning News (free content) (3/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  AH&LA News 
  • Court rules NLRB recess appointments unconstitutional
In a major victory for AH&LA and its Coalition for a Democratic Workplace (CDW), the U.S. Court of Appeals recently ruled President Obama violated the Constitution by bypassing the Senate when filling National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) vacancies. The ruling brings into question the validity of many of NLRB's recent rulings that adversely impact the lodging industry, including the notice posting rule, the ambush election rule and the micro-unions decision, among others. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Make sure your pool is compliant
    The U.S. Department of Justice has mandated that all lodging properties must have a pool lift out in position and ready for use all hours the pool is open, have a separate means of entry for each pool/spa and attach the lift to the pool deck or apron in some manner. Details on what you need to consider to be compliant may be found here. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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