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March 15, 2013News for hotel and lodging professionals

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  Business Update 
  • Marriott eyes resort on Italian island
    Marriott will open a luxury resort on Sacca Sessola, a private island near Venice, Italy. The JW Marriott Venice Resort & Spa will have 266 guestrooms, a spa and more than 13,000 square feet of meeting space. (3/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Market Trends 
  • Recovery progresses differently depending on area
    According to research, hotels located in tertiary and rural areas will attain higher growth in demand and occupancy during 2013. Hotels in larger metro areas will experience more increases in average room rates and revenue. Data also indicate that occupancy levels are still under 60% at hotels located outside the 50 major markets. Hotel Management online (3/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • IHG to contribute to report on emerging travel trends
    InterContinental will contribute insights to a report by The Futures Company about market conditions and traveler behavior that will affect the travel industry over the next decade. The report highlights the new concept of the "invisible traveler," which is a guest who could potentially travel free of human interaction. TravelPulse (3/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Best Practices 
  • Column: Guests respond positively to humanized marketing
    Hotels can make their brand image stand out to consumers by putting their staff on the front lines of their marketing efforts, writes Larry Mogelonsky, president and founder of LMA Communications. Pushing for easier interaction with personnel on-property will also help display the hotel's willingness to communicate with its patrons, Mogelonsky writes. Hotel Interactive (3/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Government Affairs 
  • Hoteliers face uncertainty over health care law
    The complexities in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, set to take effect in 2014, have left many hotel operators in a quandary over ensuring compliance without putting a strain on operations and their workforce. "No business owner likes uncertainty. They want to know what the law requires and what they need to do. And with this law, you can't really tell them that at this point," said Kevin Maher, AH&LA's senior vice president for governmental affairs. (3/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  AH&LA News 
  • DHS PSA airing in guestrooms
    The Department of Homeland Security has created a 30-second spot reminding travelers to be vigilant and report suspicious activity. The spots are airing in movie theaters, airports and in more than 6,000 hotel rooms via LodgeNet Interactive. AH&LA has customized materials, including a risk self-assessment tool and videos for hoteliers; posters, table circulars and payroll stubs for employees; and the AH&LA Traveler Safety Tips for guests. For more information, visit LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Honor the women leading our industry‚Ä®
    In recognition of March's National Women's History Month, WIL Connect is inaugurating a new series honoring female leaders in the lodging industry. From CEOs and general managers to high-level executives in food and beverage and human resources, we'll profile the women who are setting the pace in lodging. With more than 2,000 members nationwide, the initiative continues to gain momentum from every corner of the industry. To submit your nominations for the leader(s) you feel should receive recognition, or for more information on getting involved in WIL, contact Kathryn Potter at (202) 289-3130. Membership is free for those employed at a member organization. If you or someone you know is interested in becoming an active participant, enroll here. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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