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January 29, 2013
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  • Cruise lines anticipate boom in Asia cruise market
    A number of cruise lines are increasing ship deployments in Asia in preparation for an expected rise in cruise demand in the region. Pier Luigi Foschi, CEO of Carnival Asia, predicts that the Asian cruise market will receive 3.7 million passengers a year by 2017. Travel Weekly (1/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
How Much Do You Really Need to Make? The Answer May Shock You
Rather than focus on what you can afford to pull out of the business to cover your living expenses, you need to focus on how much you need to earn at your business in order to afford the lifestyle you want to have. This is where the Personal Earnings Goal, or PEG, comes into play. Learn how to calculate your PEG and find out how much you really need to make.

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  • Local, fresh menu options are big dining trend
    Demand for fresher, healthier foods and expanded menu options beyond burgers and steaks are driving change in food and beverage offerings as hotels seek to keep guests in-house at mealtimes. A large percentage of attendees at the BITAC Food & Beverage East forum this week reported that guests are extremely or somewhat willing to try new menu items, a trend driving the additions of local dishes made from scratch with fresh ingredients and craft brews to many hotel menus. Hotel Interactive (1/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Luxury hotels will highlight chocolate specials in February
    Hospitality consortium Leading Hotels of the World is offering chocolate-themed specials at various member hotels across the world to help couples celebrate Valentine's Day. Offers include chocolate spa treatments at Hotel Sacher Wien in Vienna and chocolate-making classes at the Windsor Hotel TOYA Resort & Spa in Hokkaido, Japan. Luxury Daily (1/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Ritz-Carlton Charlotte in N.C. introduces 24-hour-stay package
    The Ritz-Carlton, Charlotte, in North Carolina is adding a new "Stay and Play 24" package that allows guests to check in at any hour on Saturdays and stay 24 hours for $379. The package also includes a $100 food and beverage credit for the hotel's Bar Cocoa and Urban Sip restaurants. HotelChatter (1/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Conrad Macao to power down lights once a month
    The Conrad Macao plans to turn off its exterior facade lighting and non-essential indoor lighting for one hour on the first Tuesday of every month this year as an extension of its participation in the global "Earth Hour" event in March. The Macau, China, hotel has offered to double the commitment if 10 other luxury hotels make a similar effort. HotelsMag.com (free registration) (1/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • How a tech pioneer changed the luxury rental market
    Tech entrepreneur Joe Poulin used his knowledge of how to drive Web traffic to build a listing service for high-end vacation properties in 1999 that today is echoed by services like Airbnb.com and Homeaway.com. His company, Luxury Retreats, inspects each of the 2,100 properties listed and provides concierge-type service for users. Its popularity has put it on track to earn $100 million in sales this fiscal year, this feature says. Financial Post (Canada) (1/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Select-service hotel market is poised for growth, experts say
    The Americas Lodging Investment Summit in Los Angeles last week concluded with a panel discussion by the Industry Real Estate Financing Advisory Council, during which experts pointed out strong investment opportunities in the branded select-service segment. The segment's development pace is picking up as more investors seek deals in this lower-risk, high-return market, they say. HotelNewsNow.com (1/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Travelport merges content distribution technology with Carlson
    Travelport and Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group have developed an advance interface system linking Carlson's central reservations system to Travelport's global distribution systems. Travel agents may now access Carlson's inventory and rates through the Apollo, Worldspan and Galileo GDS platforms. TravelPulse (1/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Underwater luxury hotel is planned for Dubai, UAE
    Dubai, United Arab Emirates, will be home to the world's largest underwater hotel, called the Water Discus, which will feature 21 underwater hotel rooms capable of reaching a depth of more than 30 feet. The hotel will be designed by Polish firm Deep Ocean Technology with backing from Swiss company BIG InvestConsult AG. Guests will have access to an underwater diving facility and miniature vehicles for observing marine life from inside their rooms. Wired.co.uk (U.K.) (1/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Sales manager needed in Dubai
    A luxury boutique hotel and villa rental group based in Dubai is looking for a Sales Manager from the luxury market, ideally with villa rental sales experience. Package includes accommodation and medical. Read more here. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Manager for beach resort in Malaysia
    An upscale resort and spa in Malaysia is looking for a resort manager with prior Asian postings within luxury hotels. He/she must have strong rooms division background with thorough knowledge of food and beverage facilities. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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