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January 17, 2013News for hotel and lodging professionals

  Front Desk 
  • Starwood Hotels says expansion drive in India will continue
    Starwood Hotels & Resorts has reaffirmed its commitment to expand its portfolio in South Asia and India. The hotel firm is looking to introduce its luxury W Hotels and St. Regis brands in India to capture the rising upper-upscale segment in the country. "As domestic travel increases and Indian travelers continue to demand more sophistication in terms of both quality and experience, we have significant opportunity to grow our brands across the spectrum in gateway cities, tertiary markets as well as in resort destinations," said Stephen Ho, president of Starwood's Asia-Pacific region. TravelPulse (1/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Business Update 
  • PokerStars parent company to purchase Atlantic Club
    Rational Group, the parent company of Internet gambling firms PokerStars and Full Tilt Poker, has struck a deal to acquire the Atlantic Club Casino Hotel in Atlantic City, N.J. "The acquisition of the Atlantic Club Casino Hotel will secure up to 2,000 jobs and maintain the economic benefits the casino brings to New Jersey," Atlantic Club Chief Operating Officer Michael Frawley and the Rational Group said. The Press of Atlantic City (N.J.) (1/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Market Trends 
  • Rising temperatures are melting profits at ski lodges
    Chris Steinkamp, executive director of the nonprofit group Protect Our Winters, says global warming is having an effect on ski season. He says Pennsylvania, Maryland and Virginia are struggling for natural powder, while states such as Montana, Idaho and Vermont will "feel climate change later." Hotel Interactive (1/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Column: Green rankings for hotels lack standard criteria
    The wide variety of criteria that groups use in ranking hotels for their green initiatives makes comparing hotels and finding the "best" green hotel a difficult task, columnist Eric Ricaurte writes. However, "Regardless of external competency to accurately compare, more important is the sense of competition building in corporate responsibility and sustainability that is spawned by the comparisons," Ricaurte writes. "As companies strive to be the greenest or most sustainable for various motives, in 2013, one can see more innovation, more improvement of tangible performance and more mainstreaming of the concepts involved." (1/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Best Practices 
  • Going green can enhance -- not eliminate -- luxury experience
    According to Scot Hopps, the Lenox Hotel's director of sustainability, going green doesn't have to take away from the luxury-hotel experience. He says the Boston hotel has introduced a lot of behind-the-scenes greening measures, including the use of soy-based ink for printing and washable plates and cups in the employee cafeteria. The historical hotel wound up customizing LED bulbs for its candelabra after off-the-shelf LED bulbs didn't give off a warm glow, overcoming a challenge presented by the age of the candelabra and the desire for more energy efficiency. The Boston Globe (tiered subscription model)/Job Doc blog (1/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  AH&LA News 
  • Lodging survey tracks key industry trends
    The 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
  • Become a Certified Hospitality Trainer
    Hotel trainers play a crucial role in ensuring that their property's employees know how to deliver the kind of service guests expect. The Certified Hospitality Trainer (CHT) designation from the American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute (EI) validates your knowledge and skills and recognizes you for your training expertise. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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