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January 4, 2013News for hotel and lodging professionals

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  • 3 Marriott hotels are sold for $21M
    Lightstone Value Plus Real Estate Investment Trust has announced its acquisition of three hotels: a Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott and a SpringHill Suites by Marriott in West Des Moines, Iowa; and a Courtyard by Marriott in Willoughby, Ohio. The total purchase price was $21 million. (free registration) (1/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Market Trends 
  • Conversion offers a second life for distressed hotels
    Owners of underperforming hotels may consider marketing their property for potential conversion as investor interest in adaptive-reuse projects grows. Hotels can be repurposed as student housing, condominium properties or assisted-living facilities depending on the area's market, this feature says. (1/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Abu Dhabi, UAE, hotel market expected to be "subdued" in 2013
    While the outlook for tourism in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, looks good in the long run, it may not be a year of growth in the market, this feature says. Occupancy declined 6% for the year, to 65%, average room rates are down 8%, and revenue per available room decreased 13%, the Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority reports. "The long term prospects for the market remain strong, with the continued expansion of Etihad and the airport, and major investment in new leisure attractions. These projects will however take time to generate additional demand and the hotel sector is likely to remain subdued in 2013," says a Jones Lang LaSalle report on Hotel Management online (1/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Hotels appeal to healthy-minded guests with fitness, food offerings
    Hotels are catering to health-conscious travelers, especially during this time of year when many people set resolutions to lose weight or improve fitness. Boston's Fifteen Beacon Hotel features minibars with items that include Boston baked beans, coconut water, Cape Cod "all-natural" potato chips and cucumber eye cream. The 45 Park Lane hotel in London has added an in-room fitness TV channel with workouts by fitness expert Matt Roberts along with complimentary yoga mats. The Boston Globe (tiered subscription model)/Pack Up blog (1/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Best Practices 
  • N.D. oil boom spurs hotel construction
    North Dakota's hotel-development pipeline continues to expand in an effort to meet the population boom caused by the state's flourishing oil industry. Short- and long-term budget properties are thriving as they accommodate oil workers in need of temporary lodging. Economy and midscale properties "can be built quickly and are aligned with the daily commute an employee is making. It doesn't mean that nicer luxury hotels won't be built later, but what you'll see out there now are midscale and economy hotels," said Bruce Ford, a senior vice president for Lodging Econometrics. Hotel Interactive (1/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  AH&LA News 
  • Pool lift deadline approaching

    Review your compliance needs in advance of the January 31, 2013, ADA pool and spa accessibility deadline. In May 2012, the Department of Justice (DOJ) granted a one-year extension and issued two guidance documents related to its interpretation of the requirements for pool and spa accessibility in the 2010 Standards for Accessible Design. Details on what properties need to consider when coming into compliance can be found here. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Editor's Note 
  • Correction
    A headline and summary in Thursday's brief misstated the number of properties Summit Hotel Properties recently acquired. Summit has closed on three hotel purchases and has sold the Courtyard by Marriott in Missoula, Mont. SmartBrief regrets the error. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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