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December 28, 2012News for hotel and lodging professionals

  Front Desk 
  • Hotel transactions pace may pick up in 2013, brokers say
    The volume of hotel transactions this quarter showed steady growth across the U.S. and will likely continue to gain momentum in 2013, several hotel brokers say. "We're seeing a lot of continued buyer interest. We're seeing a lot greater investor interest [and] lender interest. Year 2013 is going to be a good year barring any unforeseen cliffs or other things that might arise," said Steve Kirby, principal at Mumford Co. Hotel Management online (12/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Market Trends 
  • Las Vegas hotel rooms are still available to ring in 2013
    Hotel rooms in Las Vegas are still available -- though at premium prices -- as 2012 winds down and party-goers travel to Sin City for a weekend of splurging. "We're looking at an occupancy rate in the high 90s, but there will be rooms. One of the great things about Las Vegas is, you always can find rooms." said Dawn Christensen of the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority. Las Vegas Sun (12/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Hotels appeal to weary, jet-lagged travelers
    Luxury hotels are appealing to travelers dealing with jet lag. At the InterContinental London Park Lane, the spa offers a flotation bed, which wraps guests in a foil blanket. The DeepSleep Package at the SwissĂ´tel Berlin offers a mix of light therapy, aromatherapy, dietary supplements and more to help guests achieve satisfying rest. HotelChatter (12/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Spotlight on Technology 
  • New Andaz Salon website showcases local culture
    Andaz Hotels has unveiled a new website that will expand on its Andaz Salon initiative. The website will feature notable cultural attractions in each Andaz hotel's area. The role of Cultural Insider was created to drive the initiative by providing personal insights on each hotel area's cultural scene. (free registration) (12/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Best Practices 
  • Column: Hotels should evolve alongside the global market
    Hoteliers must remain attuned to shifts in consumers' behavior and be prepared to modify their operations to meet the changing market demand, writes Robert Nyman, president of The Nyman Group. "How often do you actually speak to a guest, hear what they really have to say, ask what they are thinking about and then share those ideas and thoughts with your staff?" Nyman writes. (12/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  AH&LA News 
  • Information center provides wealth of resources
    AH&LA members have unlimited access to a full-service research center dedicated to assisting them with industry-related questions. The AH&LA Information Center maintains extensive working files on thousands of hospitality-related topics. Contact Research Manager Tamika Figgs at or 888-743-2515 with your member questions. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Safety and Security Resources
    AH&LA has seen an increase in the number of members requesting safety and security resources. AH&LA works closely with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to improve hotel property awareness as it relates to terrorism and have partnered on several resources, including videos and a risk self-assessment tool. Additionally, you can download the award-winning Traveler Safety Tips. The Educational Institute also has security training products. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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