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January 9, 2013
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  • New year, new luxury hotels on the way
    In February, the Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal, in the United Arab Emirates, is set to open with 447 rooms, 85 villas and 11 restaurants. Other notable hotel launches include the Four Seasons Hotel Lion Palace St. Petersburg, which is in a former Russian palace; and the Shangri-La Hotel in London's Shard skyscraper, which both open in May. USA Today/Hotel Check-in blog (1/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • MGM Resorts official balances guest experience and sustainability
    When Cindy Ortega, MGM Resorts International's chief sustainability officer, set out to reduce the effect of the environment by her hotel properties, she said it was important to keep customer expectations and the guest experience in mind. During the past five years, her company lowered its power consumption by more than 10% and reduced water usage by 12% at all of its properties while still providing coveted guest experiences, this feature says. Bloomberg Businessweek (1/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Orient-Express launches independent-hotels partnership program
    Orient-Express Hotels has unveiled a new program that will allow it to expand its global portfolio through partnerships with established independent luxury properties. Hôtel du Palais in Biarritz, France, is the founding member of the Orient-Express Associate Hotels program. TravelPulse (1/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Wyndham Hotel group launches spa in Turkey
    Wyndham Hotel Group has opened its first property in Turkey, the Wyndham Istanbul Kalamis Marina, which will be home to the Blue Harmony Spa. The spa's key features include a hammam, fitness center, Turkish baths and a healthy-menu cafe. (1/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Experiential trend could boost leisure travel, tour operators say
    A growing desire among travelers for an authentic and immersive travel experience could provide an avenue for tour operators and travel agents to boost their business in 2013, industry leaders say. The continued growth of the baby boomer market and somewhat lower airfares to Europe could also help drive travel demand this year. (1/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • 2013's expected cruising trends have arrived
    River cruising may finally have its day, or year, in 2013, this feature says. Excursions on Europe's Rhine, Danube and Rhone rivers are already popular -- and exotic destinations such as Andaman and Nicobar islands are expected to flourish, too. Another cruising trend in 2013 will be ships that let guests stay overnight at hotels in port cities. AOL Travel (1/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Hotel developers get creative with small-hotel designs
    Several hotel investors have found a way around the limited lending availability in the lodging market by acquiring small lots and adopting a flexible design attitude to fulfill brand requirements. The Embassy Suites in Fort Worth, Texas, built its brand-standard atrium on the seventh floor instead of at the lobby as in other Embassy Suites properties. "What that ultimately means for smaller footprints in an urban environment is that Embassy can enter that space because of this ... flexible strategy," said Shawn McAteer, a vice president at Embassy Suites. (1/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Occidental debuts "hurricane proof" luxury hotel in Haiti
    The three-acre luxury Royal Oasis by Occidental condominium hotel in Haiti's Pétion-ville district is "earthquake resistant and hurricane proof," the company says. The resort, which offers 128 guest rooms, along with five bars and restaurants, is located 30 minutes from Port-au-Prince International Airport. "The self-contained hotel is a perfect addition to our growing mix of vacation clubs in the Caribbean," said Luis Namnum, president of Occidental Vacation Club. TravelPulse (1/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Start 2013 refreshed with a stay at these hotel spas
    According to a survey, 30% of people will take a trip to unwind in the beginning of 2013, and 49% of them will stay in hotels. This feature lists some of the top hotel spas in the U.S., including the Four Seasons Hotel Denver and the Mandarin Oriental in Las Vegas. eTurboNews (1/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Executive chef required to open international hotel in UAE
    A leading luxury hotel group requires an executive chef to open its new flagship property in the United Arab Emirates. This position will report to the cluster executive chef, who will be based at the hotel for eight to 10 months for the opening and then will hand over the entire operation to the executive chef. Read more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Training manager for new resort in the Maldives
    A small, luxury, private island resort in the Maldives is opening this year and requires a training manager with about three years' experience in the role and strong English language skills. An additional language is an advantage. Read more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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