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October 11, 2012News for hotel and lodging professionals

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  Business Update 
  • Terranum Hotels aims for growth in Latin America
    Terranum Hotels has added two hotels to its portfolio since its entry into the lodging industry a couple of years ago and is looking to expand its presence further in Latin America, the company says. The hotel firm is making progress with development projects through a growth strategy unique to the market, which includes a focus on branded select-service properties and avoidance of the condominium-hotel model that is popular with Latin American developers, this feature says. (10/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Preferred Hotel Group adds 4 hotels to group
    Preferred Hotel Group has announced the addition of four properties. The Mark in New York and The Jefferson Hotel in Washington, along with the Wynn and Encore Las Vegas, will join the group. The company provides its hotels with marketing and sales support. HotelChatter (10/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Market Trends 
  • Corporate travel will fall 2% this year, GBTA says
    U.S. companies are reining in business travel because of continued volatility in the global economy, the Global Business Travel Association reports. The trade group forecasts that corporate travel volume this year will decline 2% from 2011 levels. Travel spending is expected to rise 2.6% from 2011 but only because of rising travel costs. "Corporations are in a wait-and-see mode and holding back on investment decisions that would help boost the economy," said Michael W. McCormick, chief operating officer of the association. The Washington Post/The Associated Press (10/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Brands aim to iron out inconsistencies
    Brands are realizing the need for more consistency with their global locations, some of which are much higher ranked in some countries over others. In Asia, for example, Howard Johnson is a four- or five-star lodge, even though in the U.S. it's a midtier establishment. "[W]ith the emergence of the Asian travel market, it does become more of an issue -- more particularly with brands like Howard Johnson and Days Inn," said Damien Little, a director at Horwath HTL Asia. (10/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • In Sin City, green goes beyond what you gamble
    Las Vegas hotels are making even more of an effort to go green as tourists are in the market for sustainable hotels. MGM Resorts International, Caesars Entertainment and Las Vegas Sands have incorporated sustainable practices into their business models. MGM's CenterCity project, for example, earned six U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Gold certifications. Hotels in the city have embraced composting, rootop gardens, recycling and water-saving measures. Travel Weekly (10/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Other News
  Spotlight on Technology 
  • Blog: Developing a responsive hotel website is a sound investment
    Hoteliers can reach more potential guests if they modify their property website to have a responsive design, writes Ashley Stevens of Blue Magnet Interactive. This setup allows consumers to receive a seamless user experience and consistent content on the website regardless of the device they use to view it. "Your content will be more shareable, Google will give you the thumbs up, and your website's usability will be better than ever before on any device," Stevens writes. The Blue Magnet Blog (10/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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  Best Practices 
  • Column: In hotel reviews, insights matter more than ratings
    Focusing on users' comments in hotel reviews offers a more accurate gauge of a hotel's service performance than the ratings themselves, writes Larry Mogelonsky, president and founder of LMA Communications. "The solution is not to study the numbers with closer scrutiny but what the guests are saying. ... Embrace the chatter and respond to deficiencies, rather than worrying about rating points," Mogelonsky writes. Hotel Interactive (10/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Other News
  AH&LA News 
  • Don't fall for it
    If one hotel is the target of a scam, chances are the incident will repeat itself. Visit the industry scam update page in AH&LA's members only section to learn about scams across the country. By being aware of the fraudulent behavior, you can ensure it doesn't happen to your property. To report a scam, contact Kathryn Potter. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Free webinar archive
    From ADA regulations to bed bugs to healthcare, AH&LA has a library of webinars that AH&LA members can watch and listen to for free. Each session features an expert panel and concludes with Q&A from attendees. Visit here to access these resources now. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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