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December 7, 2012
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  • Club floors bring exclusivity to luxury hotels
    The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch in Colorado offers exclusive club floors and rooms in its hotel, creating a hotel within a hotel. These floors in this and other hotels have food and drinks available in the lounges, along with dedicated service and exclusive products not found in standard guest rooms. Hotel Interactive (12/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Kimpton exec: Mentoring programs help enrich young talent
    Interaction with senior leaders will play a heavy role in advancing the skills of young executives at Kimpton Hotel & Restaurant Group, said Ron Vlasic, a regional vice president at the company and new chairman of the American Hotel & Lodging Association. Kimpton's mentoring program also aims to close a generation gap between higher-ups and the hotel firm's young leaders. The Kimpton University supplements this program by educating new managers on fundamental practices of management in a classroom setting. (12/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Four Seasons in Costa Rica seeks to help guests unplug, rewind
    The Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagayo hopes its Disconnect to Reconnect program will help guests who say they want to unwind actually do so. The resort offers guests a service to hold their iPhones and distributes a guide of resort activities that do not require technology. HotelChatter (12/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • World Travel: 1 billion people will travel internationally in 2012
    The World Travel & Tourism Council predicts that 1 billion travelers will cross an international boundary while on a leisure trip in 2012. The group attributes the increase in part to an increasing desire for travel to emerging countries such as China. "There is an inexorable growth in the number of people who want to travel around the world," said David Scowsill, the council's president and CEO. Reuters (12/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Survey: Most European companies stick to travel budgets in 2012
    Sixty-three percent of companies in Europe maintained their corporate travel budgets in 2012 and 23% increased spending, shows the American Express Global Business Travel survey. The survey found that 73% do not plan to revise their corporate-travel forecasts for 2013 and 16% will increase their budgets. Reuters (12/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Owners of iconic hotels count on upgrades to boost demand
    A number of quirkily designed hotels built during the 1960s and 1970s are receiving renovations as owners seek to modernize indoor amenities while highlighting the properties' unique architecture, this feature says. The Westin Peachtree hotel in Atlanta and the Four Points by Sheraton San Diego Downtown are just some of the properties that have undergone multimillion-dollar upgrades to remain current in today's environment. Travel Weekly (12/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Fairmont ramps up expansion drive in China and the Middle East
    Fairmont Hotels & Resorts has lined up several hotel openings in China and the Middle East region as it works to widen its global footprint. The hotel firm expects to open a property in Nanjing, China, next year, followed by two more in 2013. "Increasing our exposure in Asia Pacific is something we're very focused on right now, and we see great opportunity to further grow the Fairmont brand in China," said Ian Wilson, Fairmont's regional vice president for China and Southeast Asia. In the Middle East, Fairmont plans to open the Palm Dubai this month and three additional hotels in 2013. The Baltimore Sun (12/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • St. Regis Hotels plans to open its first property in Africa
    St. Regis Hotels and Resorts is looking to open its first hotel in Africa with the planned launch of the St. Regis Mauritius Resort. Its beachside location along the Le Morne UNESCO World Heritage Site will afford expansive views of the Indian Ocean from the property's 172 rooms and suites. TravelPulse (12/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Do hotels need to go green for their guests?
    Consumer demand is moving more toward energy-friendly, healthier choices, and the hotel market is no different. Guests expect more from their hotel when it comes to being environmentally aware, and some hotels are leading the way. Read more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Room rates are climbing across the U.S.
    Hotel analyst Jan Freitag of hotel industry tracker STR shares with us rising hotel-room rates across key cities in the U.S. His research reflects the fact that Americans are traveling despite an uncertain political and economic future, pushing room rates up with increasing demand on existing rooms. Read more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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