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February 19, 2013News for hotel and lodging professionals

  Front Desk 
  • InterContinental Hotels will add 13 hotels in India
    InterContinental Hotels Group has announced a deal to open 13 new hotels in India. The new properties will bring its portfolio in the country to 47, including those in Mumbai, Delhi and Bangalore. "India is an extremely important market for IHG. ... With international tourism increasing year on year and the continued strength of domestic tourism, we see incredible opportunities for growth," said Jan Smits, IHG's CEO in Asia, Middle East and Africa. TravelPulse (2/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Business Update 
  • DoubleTree by Hilton will maintain its rapid growth pace, exec says
    DoubleTree by Hilton plans to expand its global portfolio at the same robust pace it achieved in 2012, making the most of the brand's flexibility in conversion projects, says John Greenleaf, global head of the DoubleTree brand. "We're in 26 countries, and we'll be in more than 30 by the end of this year. The growth is continuing at pace," Greenleaf said. (2/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Market Trends 
  • In Northeast, ski season arrived with a blizzard
    Ski resorts in the Northeast could find sales increasing thanks to the recent blizzard. The snowfall gets people thinking about skiing, and it came just in time for the usually lucrative Presidents Day weekend. This season is on track to at least match revenue and traffic totals from the 2010-2011 season, says Sarah Neith, a spokeswoman for the Vermont Ski Areas Association. USA Today/The Associated Press (2/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Best Practices 
  • A celebrity chef may not be the answer for every hotel restaurant
    Hotels that retain a celebrity chef can stand out from the competition and create a name for themselves. "Signature restaurants and celebrity chefs, however, aren't for every property or every company. While their proponents expound on greater visibility and increased business for the hotel/resort, opponents point to high-priced licensing fees and low margins as reasons to avoid jumping on the bandwagon," writes Steve Pike. Hotel Interactive (2/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Luxury hotels could bring 1,800 more rooms to capital region
    The Washington Marriott Marquis convention-center hotel, a Donald Trump hotel in the Old Post Office pavilion and a potential new Conrad hotel could bring more than 1,800 rooms to the Washington, D.C., region and affect prices at other luxury hotels. "There is a lot of speculation that in 2014, when the Marquis opens, that the convention center calendar will look much better," said David Loeb, senior real estate research analyst and managing director at Robert W. Baird Co. The Washington Post/Capital Business (2/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  AH&LA News 
  • DHS PSA debuts
    The Department of Homeland Security has created a 30-second spot reminding travelers to be vigilant and report suspicious activity. The spots will air in movie theaters, airports and, starting today, in more than 6,000 hotel rooms via LodgeNet Interactive. AH&LA has customized materials, including a risk self-assessment tool and videos for hoteliers; posters, table circulars and payroll stubs for employees; and the AH&LA Traveler Safety Tips for guests. For more information, visit LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Used soap goes to a great cause

    Clean the World, a nonprofit organization that saves lives by recycling used hotel soap and bottled amenities, is offering AH&LA members an additional 5% discount per room to participate in the initiative. Clean the World distributes soap to homeless shelters and in countries suffering from high death rates due to acute respiratory infection and diarrheal disease. For more information, visit LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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