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January 28, 2013
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  • Resort opportunities, financing are opening up for investors
    Opportunities for investing in resort properties are emerging in several U.S. markets as available financing continues to grow, a panel of resort executives said during a session at last week's Americas Lodging Investment Summit in Los Angeles. "Lenders are still conservatively underwriting resorts, but if you have a good story, you're a good sponsor and you have a track record of success they're now looking at your future 12 months instead of just your past 12 months," said Robert Lowe Jr., CEO of Lowe Hospitality Group. (1/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Blog: Hotel deals churned amid upbeat ALIS
    Attendees of the Americas Lodging Investment Summit held last week in Los Angeles seemed more intent on striking deals than participating in discussions -- an encouraging sign of the industry's recovery and the optimism of its top players, writes Patrick Mayock, editor-in-chief of "That's a great thing for our industry ... . It means we're approaching a state of normalcy. The conference in general was teeming with a sense of optimism -- not the hysteric euphoria that sprung prematurely in the early days of recovery but rather a matter-of-fact nonchalance planted more firmly in reality," Mayock writes. Lobby blog (1/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Column: Subtle amenity tweaks for an age-friendly hotel
    Catering to the older consumer demographic can be done through simple modifications in amenities such as lowered beds and easy-to-see light switches, writes Vijay Dandapani, chief operating officer of Apple Core Hotels. More important, marketing efforts should be subtle enough to highlight a property's age-friendly offerings without being offensive. 4Hoteliers (1/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • The newest cocktail ingredient: Essential oils
    The OPUS Hotel Vancouver is taking essential oils out of the spa and into the bar. The hotel has teamed up with doTerra Vancouver to create essential oil-infused cocktails. The bar at the hotel now serves up the Opusition, which is made up of passion fruit liqueur, Brut sparkling wine, fresh grapefruit juice, poached pineapple, and grapefruit essential oil, this feature says. The Hugo includes Bombay gin, soda, mint, and lavender and lime essential oils. HotelChatter (1/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Top global spas for a vacation that heals
    Spas such as Six Senses Zighy Bay in Oman, Ananda spa in India and Simply Healing in England aim to offer not just a vacation retreat, but a chance to detoxify the body and spirit. They're among 10 top spas on this list of wellness getaways, spas whose services include sleep-enhancement treatments at Kamalaya in Thailand and warm water massage at Spa Eastman in Canada. CNN (1/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Foreign visitor spending in November rose 10% over 2011
    International tourist spending in the U.S. reached $14.1 billion in November, up 10% during the same month in 2011, the Commerce Department reports. Spending January through November 2012 on travel and tourism-related products rose 10% over figures during the same period the previous year, to $153.8 billion. TravelPulse (1/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Technological advances present a challenge for hotel industry
    Panelists at last week's Americas Lodging Investment Summit in Los Angeles noted the lodging industry's difficulties in integrating its services with today's technology. "Our property-management systems, as an industry, are very archaic," said Mit Shah, CEO of Noble Investment Group. (1/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Manager for beach resort in Malaysia
    An upscale resort and spa in Malaysia is looking for a resort manager with prior Asian postings within luxury hotels. He/she must have strong rooms division background with thorough knowledge of food and beverage facilities. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Sales manager needed in Dubai
    A luxury boutique hotel and villa rental group based in Dubai is looking for a Sales Manager from the luxury market, ideally with villa rental sales experience. Package includes accommodation and medical. Read more here. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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