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February 27, 2013News for hotel and lodging professionals

  Front Desk 
  • Katherine Lugar is appointed president, CEO of AH&LA
    AH&LA has announced its appointment of Katherine Lugar as the organization's new president and CEO. Lugar, who serves as executive vice president of the Retail Industry Leaders Association, will assume her new post April 17. "She is eminently qualified to transform AH&LA by significantly strengthening its government affairs and media outreach," AH&LA Chairman Ron Vlasic said. (free registration) (2/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story to auction 5 Hotel Properties in Feb, the Nation's Leading Online Real Estate Marketplace, are pleased to auction 5 hotel properties nationwide., LLC. 1 Mauchly, Irvine, CA 92618, (800) 499-6199. Visit our site for more licensing information and to see more info about our auctions.
  Business Update 
  • La Quinta Inns & Suites eyes Central America for expansion
    La Quinta Inns & Suites has unveiled plans to develop properties in Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Panama through a partnership with Grupo Santos. La Quinta posted a strong performance in 2012, with 7.9% growth in revenue per available room, a 2.6% increase in occupancy and 10% rise in systemwide revenue, to $1.4 billion. (2/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Market Trends 
  • Westin, Delta partner for in-flight bedding program
    Westin Hotels & Resorts and Delta Air Lines have entered into a partnership to provide business fliers on Delta flights with Westin-made bedding products. "We are delighted to bring the Westin Heavenly experience to thousands of Delta travelers around the world, especially at a time when Westin is experiencing tremendous growth in key markets around the world," said Brian Povinelli, Westin's global brand leader. (free registration) (2/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • 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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  Best Practices 
  • Column: How to draw the millennial travel segment
    Offering services and amenities attuned to the specific preferences of the millennial generation is key to capturing this growing segment, writes Robert Habeeb of First Hospitality Group. Millennials generally respond positively to high-tech amenities and venues that allow socialization, Habeeb writes. (2/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Owner of San Antonio Hyatt resort plans refurbishment
    Woodbine Development Corp. is looking to use part of $89.5 million in refinancing it recently obtained to fund renovations on the Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort and Spa in San Antonio. The $35 million project calls for improvements to the property's outdoor space, including its water park. (2/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  AH&LA News 
  • Educational Institute celebrates 60th anniversary
    The American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute was founded in 1953 to provide working hospitality professionals with education and training. EI continues to meet the needs of the hospitality industry with online learning, 22 professional certification designations and targeted resources for high schools, colleges and workforce development agencies. Visit LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Report examines top multicultural groups' spending power
    AH&LA's foundation funded a study to quantify the travel and spending power of the top five multicultural groups: African-Americans, Asian-Americans, Hispanics, Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual/Transgender (LGBT) and females. Providing a snapshot of the size and potential economic impact if harnessed, it also examines differences in media usage, leisure travel activities, and attitudes toward travel. AH&LA members can download for free. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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