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December 12, 2012News for hotel and lodging professionals

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  Business Update 
  • Hotel chains plan $1.8B investment in Peru due to booming tourism
    Rising tourism numbers in Peru have captured the interest of several global hotel chains including Marriott International and Hilton Worldwide, which are leading a $1.8 billion investment drive in the country over the next four years. Hilton is looking to spend $65 million to build its portfolio in Cuzco and Lima, while Marriott has targeted Cuzco, Lima and Trujillo for its $104 million investment. Bloomberg Businessweek (12/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Commune Hotels & Resorts CEO outlines growth plans for firm
    Niki Leondakis, the new CEO of Commune Hotels & Resorts, has laid out the hotel company's expansion plans for its Joie de Vivre and Thompson Hotels brands. "We have seven management and acquisition deals in the pipeline," Leondakis said. On the financial side, Leondakis said that Commune is looking to earn $1 billion in revenue within the next five years. Travel Weekly (12/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Market Trends 
  • AH&LA encourages sustainability initiatives amid growing interest
    AH&LA is strengthening its efforts on sustainability-related programs across the lodging industry in response to heightened interest in the issue by member hoteliers, says Patrick Maher, a consultant for AH&LA and partner at The Maher Group. "In 2011 and 2012, AH&LA saw a major increase in sustainability programs being used by members," Maher said. The association is looking to increase the number of members compliant with its 11 Minimum Green Guidelines, as well as those certified under Energy Star and LEED. Hotel News Resource (12/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • U.S. lodging pipeline dropped 3.6% in November, STR says
    The latest STR/McGraw Hill Construction Dodge Pipeline Report indicates that the country's hotel pipeline in November dropped by 3.6% in terms of number of rooms in active development. The East North Central region showed the largest rise in rooms under construction, at 155.6% for a total of 7,216 rooms. The Middle Atlantic, New England, East South Central and West South Central regions reported growth of more than 50% in rooms under construction. TravelPulse (12/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Condo-hotels in South America are coming back
    The condo-hotel market in South America is experiencing another boom -- this time with better-equipped developers and managers, this feature says. In addition to Brazil, other emerging markets include Colombia, Argentina and Uruguay. "In the past, there was a disconnect between unit owners and developers as to viable returns. Development was not truly regulated, and consequently, condo-hotels were overbuilt. Supply exceeded demand and occupancy expectations were not realized. The model ostensibly 'crashed.' Today in Brazil, things are different," said Salo Smaletz, an executive with the InterContinental Hotels Group in Latin America. (12/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Spotlight on Technology 
  • Expedia pinpoints mobile users to grasp growing trend
    At the Expedia Partner Conference this month in Las Vegas, executives explained the importance of knowing mobile customers. They separate phone, computer and tablet users into different customer categories to track trends. "We see customers are using mobile during commute hours, desktop computers at the lunch hour and during work hours, and tablet bookings go up after 9 p.m.," said Sarah Bernard, Hotwire's vice president of global product development. She notes that 75% of same-day reservations come via mobile, while tablet users book the highest average daily rates. Hotel Management online (12/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Best Practices 
  • Column: Technology solutions factor into guest comfort
    Hotels must appeal to guests in order to provide comfort on a number of levels. From the temperature and moisture level in a room to scents and noises, hoteliers can deploy technology to keep guests comfortable, writes Ranjit Gunewardane. 4Hoteliers (12/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • $35M renovation is under way for Hyatt Regency resort in San Antonio
    The owner of the Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort and Spa in San Antonio has unveiled details of an ongoing renovation project on the 500-room property. The $35 million upgrade includes renovations on all guest rooms, the addition of a 20,000-square-foot ballroom and an expansion on the resort's indoor meeting space from 35,000 square feet to about 70,000, including the new ballroom. San Antonio Express-News (12/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  AH&LA News 
  • Ensure your organization is legally compliant

    Keep up with recent employment law changes and how they apply to your industry. Only HR in Hospitality, March 11-13 in Las Vegas, gives you the guidance you need to ensure you're using HR best practices for legal compliance. Register early and save $350. AH&LA members save $125 more. E-mail for your savings promo code. 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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