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October 12, 2012News for hotel and lodging professionals

  Front Desk 
  • AH&LA's McInerney receives Person of the Year honor
    AH&LA President and CEO Joseph A. McInerney has been selected by the Boutique & Lifestyle Lodging Association as its 2012 Person of the Year. "Mr. McInerney's involvement with hospitality programs at colleges and universities is unparalleled, and his commitment to hospitality education at all levels is exemplary. Under his leadership, the hotel industry has a strong voice on Capitol Hill, and through his efforts, the lobbying PAC has tripled," said Frances Kiradjian of the Boutique & Lifestyle Lodging Association. Hospitality Design (10/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Business Update 
  • RockBridge acquires hotel in Oak Brook, Ill.
    The former Renaissance Oak Brook hotel in Oak Brook, Ill., has been sold to RockBridge Partners, part of RockBridge Capital. The company looks to invest $21 million in renovations to the 172-room property. (10/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Q3 for Rezidor was busy as it added 13 properties
    Rezidor signed nine hotels and opened four new properties during the third quarter this year. Two of the new hotels are in sub-Saharan Africa; the others are the Radisson Blu in Ukraine and the Park Inn by Radisson in Odintsovo, Russia. This year to date, Rezidor has acquired 26 hotels and opened 13 more. TravelPulse (10/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Market Trends 
  • Column: Growth in hotel market can lead to trouble
    The editor-in-chief of Hotel Interactive, Glenn Haussman, explains the ebb-and-flow cycle that hotels go through. When the market strengthens, banks start lending and developers begin new projects -- that's when Haussman says the hotels can get into trouble. "At a certain point, that supply of new product will begin to outstrip consumer demand which then has an effect on room pricing power and occupancy," he writes. Hotel Interactive (10/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Corporate travel budget, trips are on the rise, survey finds
    Travel sentiment and budgets among companies have increased from last year, according to a survey conducted by Wakefield Research for Best Western International. The survey indicates that 43% of corporate travelers expect to go on more business trips this fall compared to last year. Travel budgets also rose from the previous year for 39% of respondents. TravelPulse (10/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Travel income is up for Caribbean hotels
    Although the travel market in the Caribbean suffered during 2009 and 2010, the outlook is much better now, this feature says. According to a PKF survey, the average hotel in the region had a 10% increase in net operating income last year. (10/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Business Leaders Make Loyal Travel Customers
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  Spotlight on Technology 
  • Using Facebook ads to help boost a hotel's online exposure
    An optimized Facebook ad will complement engagement efforts on social media platforms and help build a hotel's online fan base, writes Kim Leveque of Blue Magnet Interactive. "Facebook ads can and should be used for more reasons than to just build awareness of your hotel and grow fans. Use the ads for other objectives such as promoting special events happening at the hotel," Leveque writes. The Blue Magnet Blog (10/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Best Practices 
  • Strong grip on market channels helps recovery from lost group sales
    Hoteliers can keep rooms filled in the event of last-minute group cancellations by closely monitoring potential replacement demand channels and maintaining pricing integrity, say hotel operators who have faced similar scenarios. Studying historical data helps identify key channels that could help recover demand, they said. (10/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Renovated D Las Vegas reopens as D Hotel
    The D hotel-casino, which has undergone renovation work, has reopened. Derek Stevens, a co-owner of the gaming facility, said the D embodies the spirit of the redeveloped downtown Las Vegas. "We wanted to create something completely different from the property's former identity. The result is a sleek, modern style that still incorporates elements of classic Las Vegas. ... The two-level casino, with vintage coin-operated machines upstairs and a contemporary vibe downstairs, offers a place that appeals to a wide variety of guests," Stevens said. Las Vegas Sun (10/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  AH&LA News 
  • Webinar: Child Trafficking -- Learn How to Identify and Address -- Oct. 16
    Worldwide, more than one million children are trafficked each year primarily for sexual or labor exploitation. It's not just a problem in developing countries; it's here in the United States. Panelists will discuss the difference between human trafficking and smuggling, what you should look for to identify trafficking, steps to take if you suspect trafficking, how to work with local authorities and resources available. Visit here for more information and to register. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Lodging survey tracks key industry trends
    The new 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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