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February 1, 2013
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  • Sheraton Hotels plans 30 hotel openings in 2013
    Sheraton Hotels & Resorts expects to open 30 new properties around the world this year, with 15 hotel openings planned for China. "Sheraton is anticipating record-breaking growth, putting us on track to open our 500th hotel in 2015. The majority of our new hotel development is taking place in the world's fast-growing economies, while in North America, Sheraton remains one of the most sought-after brands for conversion opportunities," said Hoyt Harper, Sheraton's global brand leader. TravelPulse (1/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  The Concierge Desk 
  • Fly away with Four Seasons grand Valentine's Day package
    Four Seasons Hotel New York and JetWay Private Air are teaming up to offer a Valentine's Day package. The "52 Love Salute" deal includes a chartered flight, penthouse stay and a Premier Gem diamond necklace; it costs $417,000 to $487,000 depending on departure city. Luxury Daily (2/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Toronto hotel spas make wellness indulgent
    Whether it's the hammam bath or wine therapy at the Miraj Hammam Spa in Shangri-la Hotel, the co-ed lounge at My Blend Spa by Clarins in The Ritz-Carlton, or the gold facial and manicure at Four Seasons Hotel spa, Toronto spas are offering high-end indulgence in the pursuit of wellness. Another: the Trump International Hotel's Quartz Crystal Spa, where quartz and diamonds are used to exfoliate the skin. The Toronto Star (1/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • PKF: Wi-Fi fees likely drove jump in hotel telecommunications revenue
    Data released by PKF Hospitality Research indicate that hotels' telecommunications revenue per available room in 2011 was up 51% from two years before. "We believe it is an increase in the monies collected from Internet connections that is driving the growth in telecommunications revenue," said Robert Mandelbaum, a director at PKF Hospitality. NBC News (1/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Is responsive Web design the answer for hoteliers?
    Hoteliers must keep their traditional desktop websites up to date and focus on mobile offerings as well. Some website vendors believe Responsive Web Design is the solution to create one format that can be used across multiple devices, but does it work for the hotel industry? "In my view, for content-rich and revenue-focused websites like the hotel website, fitting the desktop website into different screen sizes, achieved via traditional RWD, is not good enough," writes Max Starkov, president & CEO of HeBS Digital. (2/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Work on Wynn's Cotai resort to begin this month
    The construction of Wynn Resorts' casino resort in Macau's Cotai Strip will begin on Feb. 11. Chairman Steve Wynn said that work to stabilize the site of the resort has already been completed. "We're the first (light-rail) stop on Cotai between the ferry terminal and the airport. The stop is right at the middle of the lake we're building that's roughly the size of Bellagio," Wynn said of the design details of the casino project, which may cost up to $4 billion. (Las Vegas) (1/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Luxury hotels add high-end appeal to Puerto Rico
    Dorado Beach, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve, in Puerto Rico is the second hotel that has opened as a part of Ritz-Carlton's newly launched ultra-luxury brand. Waldorf-Astoria, W and St. Regis have also opened on the island, which boasts a convenient location and a growing number of luxury hotels. USA Today (2/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • 10 best global health-and-wellness retreats
    Meditation in Bali, yoga in New Zealand, and a whole lot of wine therapy in France: Getting well by going global gets a whole lot more fun with this list of 10 top wellness-promotion resorts. The spas on the list range from India's Jiva Grande Spa, where ancient Ayurvedic therapies aim to detoxify, to Rancho La Puerta in Mexico, which offers lessons in cooking, tennis, Pilates and even dream interpretation. (1/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • French fine dining restaurant seeks manager -– Abu Dhabi
    A luxury brand hotel in Abu Dhabi is looking for a restaurant manager for its French fine dining restaurant. This is a single status position with single accommodation and full benefits. Read more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Have you been on braincation yet?
    Going gadget-free is the latest trend, and hotels like Marriott and Renaissance are offering guests tech-free areas where they can finally get away from work and relax. Other hotels are taking it a step further and allowing guests to hand in all devices in exchange for complimentary hikes, cooking classes and good old-fashioned books. Read more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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