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January 10, 2013
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  • Some hotel marketers are adopting a targeted approach
    Several hotel brands are rolling out marketing strategies that target narrower groups defined by culture and ethnicity, this feature says. Marriott International's "For You" campaign, which debuted in September, seeks to appeal to the Hispanic, African-American and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities. "The tagline is: 'For you, we're Marriott.' We felt it resonated with the customers -- we were really trying to position the Marriott brand as welcoming," said Joanna Todd, a vice president at Marriott International. (1/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Starwood Hotels gears up for global growth
    Starwood Hotels & Resorts says it is looking to maintain the brisk growth pace it enjoyed in 2012 with continued expansion in various global markets. "Whether it's manufacturing in Vietnam, mineral resources from Nigeria, or outbound tourism from Brazil, Russia, India or China, globalization is spurring economic development and creating many exciting expansion opportunities for our business," said Starwood President and CEO Frits van Paasschen. Fox Business (1/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Italy's Vair Spa uses movement, flotation to refresh guests
    New retreats at the Borgo Egnazia Hotel's Vair Spa in Italy are designed to help guests "rediscover the joy of being alive," this feature says. In addition to spa treatments, the program incorporates movement so it may involve such activities as juggling, dancing or swimming. The Acquann programs encourage guests to float in a warm saline tank with lighted colors or in complete darkness. JustLuxe (1/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Report: U.S. hotels are poised for growth in 2013
    Performance projections are pointing to continued growth for the U.S. hotel industry in 2013, Horwath HTL reports. A diminished construction pipeline is helping to improve metrics as the industry steadily recovers from the recession. However, the industry's growth could still suffer setbacks from rising lodging taxes and costs associated with the Affordable Health Care Act. (1/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • MGM announces free Wi-Fi service at its Las Vegas resorts
    MGM Resorts International, which has completed the installation of Cisco Systems' network at four of its resort casinos in Las Vegas, says it will start offering free Wi-Fi. The service will be available in the casino, restaurants, the pool and the lobby, this feature says. "No one else in Las Vegas, and even the U.S., can offer the scale, quantity and quality of wireless services we now have available," said John Bollen, vice president of technology strategy for MGM Resorts, in a statement. Las Vegas Sun (1/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Conrad's mobile app offers perks, but has kinks
    The new Conrad Concierge mobile application available at 22 locations across the globe goes beyond offering local tourist attractions, this feature says. The app allows guests to request amenities and room service, check out and more. Information from the app goes directly into the hotel's internal computer system so the staff can respond, but this writer details a few technical kinks when she tested it at Conrad New York. The Wall Street Journal (1/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Claridge eyes luxury hotel site in Ottawa
    Claridge wants to add three floors to the Union of Canada Life Insurance building in Ottawa and turn it into a luxury hotel with a rooftop patio. The company wants to open the new space in time for the 2015 women's World Cup soccer tournament, a Claridge executive says. Ottawa Citizen (Ontario) (1/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • MGM's $2.5B Macau casino project wins government approval
    MGM Resorts subsidiary MGM China received approval for its $2.5 billion casino project on Macau's Cotai Strip from the government Wednesday. In October, the company said it would give the government an initial payment of $56.4 million for a land concession contract. MGM plans to open the resort casino in 2016. Reuters (1/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Save your Benjamins for these 8 pricey getaways
    Explore eight exotic vacations with ultra-expensive price tags, this feature suggests. The getaways include a $37,500-a-night stay at David Copperfield's resort in the Bahamas and a $1,595-a-night stay in a jungle villa at the Song Saa Private Island resort in Cambodia. CNN (1/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Director of sales needed for Maldives property
    Would you like to be part of a new luxury Maldives resort? The successful candidate would need to come from a luxury brand background with experience working in the Maldives. Read more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • CFO for restaurant group in Dubai
    A multi-award winning restaurant group in Dubai is looking for a CFO to head up finance, IT and procurement. Read more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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