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December 11, 2012News for hotel and lodging professionals

  Front Desk 
  • Lodging investments in Hawaii rebound as tourism bounces back
    Activity in Hawaii's real-estate market is picking up, driven by a recovery of the state's tourism industry, analysts say. "What's driving Hawaii now, particularly Oahu, is the resurgence of the Japanese market -- there was a lot of pent-up demand after the tsunami -- and substantial growth in Chinese and Korean numbers because of the increase in wealth in those regions," said Joseph Toy, Hospitality Advisors' president, referring to the devastating 2011 tsunami off Japan. The new deals include a $1.85 billion loan by Goldman Sachs for a five-resort portfolio that includes Westin's Moana Surfrider in Honolulu and the Sheraton Waikiki. Bloomberg Businessweek (12/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Marriott will debut 2 of its brands in Brazil
    Marriott International has reached a deal that will introduce two of its hotel brands in Brazil. The hotel chain unveiled plans to open two hotels in Curitiba under the Fairfield Inn by Marriott and Courtyard by Marriott brands as well as a Fairfield Inn by Marriott hotel in Porto Alegre. (free registration) (12/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Accor Hotels will focus on Indonesia for growth in SE Asia
    Accor Hotels has announced that it has selected Indonesia to drive its growth in the Southeast Asian region. Robert Murray, Accor's chief operating officer in Northeast and Southeast Asia, says the company is looking to increase its portfolio in the country from 55 to 94 properties. Plans call for 11 hotel openings in Jakarta and 20 new properties in smaller cities such as Bandung, Serpong, Samarinda and Makassar. Bloomberg Businessweek (12/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Market Trends 
  • Fairmont adds honeymoon registry program
    Couples who book their honeymoons at a Fairmont location can use the Fairmont Hotels & Resorts Honeymoon Registry Program to request gifts. Instead of receiving traditional wedding gifts on their big day, couples can receive spa treatments, tee time and more at the resort. Luxury Daily (12/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Spotlight on Technology 
  • New F&B website by Four Seasons aims to promote a hipper vibe
    Taste, Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts' new food-and-beverage website, was created with the aim of taking potential guests on an interactive experience that highlights the chain's vibrant, fun-loving atmosphere, says Guy Rigby, food and beverage executive at Four Seasons. "The purpose of this site for me is how we continue to let everybody know that we're moving in a very different direction with our restaurants and bars," Rigby said. (free registration) (12/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Best Practices 
  • Hoteliers need proper controls when outsourcing for security
    Choosing whether to build an in-house staff for loss-prevention operations or hire out contractors usually boils down to the question of cost efficiency, hotel industry leaders say. "If you're an independent hotel, say a big resort someplace and you're not part of a brand, you can't afford to have a loss-prevention person," said AH&LA President and CEO Joe McInerney. However, observers say that hotel operators who decide to outsource should avoid potential liability in case of negligence by carefully scrutinizing contractors. (12/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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  • New looks for 3 San Diego County luxury hotels
    The Rancho Valencia in Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., is one resort in the San Diego region that recently underwent a makeover. The owners invested $30 million into the 45-acre resort, which boasts a yoga pavilion and wine cave. The La Valencia Hotel and the Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa, both in La Jolla, are undergoing renovations. San Diego Union-Tribune (12/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • New hotel to help turn FireKeepers Casino into a destination
    A new hotel at the FireKeepers Casino in Battle Creek, Mich., could help transform the gaming facility into a destination. The casino's 242-room hotel, new restaurant and events center will open this week. "When we first opened, we were really a locally focused casino. Adding the hotel allows us to have a broader reach and make this a destination," said Jeff LaFrance, FireKeepers' director of marketing events. Kalamazoo Gazette (Mich.) (12/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  AH&LA News 
  • Lodging CEOs talk diversity‚Ä®
    The industry's top CEOs emphasize the business case for promoting and pursuing diversity, highlighting its importance to their workforce, guests and vendors. View the video and other resources to help drive new business. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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